A powerful, exquisitely written tale about a charismatic yet morally ambiguous salesman Jim can sell anything to anyone. Born into abject poverty, he uses street smarts, irresistible charms, and increasingly sophisticated schemes to pull himself up from door-to-door salesman to international mogul, the father of the pyramid scheme. Jim becomes fabulously wealthy, owning estates and dining with royalty, but along the way he leaves an army of disillusioned customers broke and ruined in his wake. To escape his past, as well as government investigators, he leaves the country to become the leader of a lawless and predatory gold-mining operation in the Brazilian Amazon---an entirely lush, violent, dissolute life. Worn down by age, and a lifetime of shady enterprise, his world suddenly changes when he meets Mara, a beautiful, young Israeli woman with dark ambitions of her own. In the process of their unlikely life together, Mara finds herself attracted to this ruined old man, as if his profligate history of glory and big money, and finally his weakness and proximity to death, creates an urgency and eroticism for her. Narrated by an anonymous writer who is equally mesmerized and repulsed by Jim, Fred Waitzkin's The Dream Merchant is an unwavering look at the price of heedless ambition, the indissoluble bonds of male friendship, and the unsettling nature of love and sexuality.
The vision of the impossible becomes real, and only Winslow is awake to stop it.
Josh Tak is just an average boy. So why is an international corporation so convinced that he is the key to conquering their new market: the past? Drawn into a whirlwind adventure, Josh finds himself in the middle of a nightmare, caught in umaya, a place between dreams and reality. To find his way back, Josh and his friends must follow a trail that takes them through many adventures, to the core of human nature and to the furthest ends of time itself.
Josh Cope is just an average boy, so why is an international corporation calling him and insisting that he come and work for them - Josh soon finds himself caught in a nightmare world somewhere between dreams and reality.
Winslow is a troubled boy with a recurring dream. When mysterious alien figures show up to literally dissolve the memories out of Winslow's mind, Winslow realizes that his dream may be the most important memory in the world, and one that has been wiped from the collective minds of everyone on earth. Collects THE DREAM MERCHANT 1-5.
Shawn Reilly has spent his adult life working in the backwaters of the world for the CIA. As his career comes to an end, he is faced with an incompetent boss, a crumbling marriage and the best case of his life. The plans and hopes of the Russian and Libyan intelligence services, a Central Asian scientist and a young Russian woman all cross paths in Lisbon as Shawn tries to sell one last dream- and at the same time decide what really matters in life to an aging spy.