Comatose by Tony Estrella – Book Review



A fast-paced speculative thriller about the science of sleep and dreams by an international healthcare and lucid dreaming expert.

Author Tony Estrella brings together is experienced in healthcare, futurist and lucid dreaming expert into a riveting speculative novel that will change your perceptions on why we dream.

Lucid dreaming is knowing when you are dreaming and taking control of your dreams. Many people, including top athletes, use lucid dreaming to practice real-life skills, improve mental preparation for important events, think creatively or problem-solve. Most people have had lucid dreams as children, but even adults can learn techniques to dream lucidly.   

Comatose follows the lives of four strangers who are trying to cheat death. On the surface, these people – a famous Hollywood director suffering from terminal brain cancer, a budding scientist in Artificial Intelligence whose honeymoon tragically ended with a freak plane accident, an angry orphan who lost her closest family to a tragic accident, and the leading medical expert in treating comatose patients – appear to have nothing in common.

However, once they independently uncover a link between lucid dreaming and comas, their lives start to intersect. They uncover astounding opportunities to ease individual suffering and pain as they crisscross different time periods and distant locations in their odysseys. The competing factions careen forward into a life-threatening race for survival and supremacy, ultimately leading to an exciting conclusion that explains why we really dream.


Comatose revolves around five characters:

Sumire who on her honeymoon with Fernando was involved in an air incident and ended up in a coma….

Fernando is an AI developer and Dr Hajji is Sumire’s Doctor, a specialist in coma…and he understands what Fernando is going through due to losing his own wife…

Daya, who has been in a coma, but awakened, only to recall a dream and Him…..he left her and she is trying to see him again in her dreams…Dr Hajji is monitoring her.

Arnold has stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme and is trying to extend his life by using meditation to lower his metabolism and is considering cryogenesis at one point (I can understand his fear though)…

Are dreams a glimpse into an alternate reality? 

A very interesting, intriguing tale full of emotion and the science of sleep, coma and AI…Unique and compelling.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.


You can buy a copy here


About the Author


TONY ESTRELLA has worked in Asia, the US, and Europe as health startup founder & investor, corporate innovation leader, and strategic advisor. Tony is a regular speaker and panelist at industry conferences around the world. During his talks, he provides insights as a serial healthcare entrepreneur and a corporate executive. Comatose, his first novel was selected as a Semi-Finalist by the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative writing competition.

Tony is an alumnus of University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (MBA), London Business School, and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (Electrical Engineering). Tony currently resides in Singapore with his wife and daughter.

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