The Valley Walker by T.W. Dittmer: A Book Review

29 12 2012

I applaud first time author T. W. Dittmer on his debut novel The Valley Walker on achieving what every writer dreams about: writing a great story with the potential for unfettered commercial success. Very few books are new, exciting, or fresh and The Valley Walker delivers a story that has never been told before. It is not a remake of an old idea. It is not trying to be original it is original. Like most original ideas it is hard to categorize but I will do my best.

The story centers upon Teri Altro a member of a special drug task force that has been set up in Lansing, Michigan after the deaths of several college students from heroin overdoses. The task force is supposed to find out where the drugs are coming from and stop more shipments. Ms. Altro is targeted by Laotian drug hit men and they attempt to assassinate her in a pharmacy. She is saved by an unassuming man with strange dragon tattoos which hold incredible power. John Walker Michaels saves Teri Altro to send a message to the powerful kingpins behind the drug trafficking: your power will come to an end.

What started as an attempt to stop the proliferation of drug trafficking soon spirals into a much more sinister and mystical tale that spans decades. John Walker Michaels, ex-army and potential spook, has been fighting against these powerful kingpins since the Vietnam War when their greed caused the genocide of thousands of Hmong in Laos. Greed, power, and violence are what John Walker Michaels and Teri Altro fights and replace with love, family and history.

Helping John Walker Michaels is his great dragon Za who gives him the ability to travel in time and space. The great dragon Za has tasked John Walker Michaels with vindicating the lost souls of the Hmong people by exacting justice from the evil people who have brutally killed them. John Walker Michaels is to bring back the evil souls and throw them to The Destroyer.

Teri Altro and the special task force she works for unravel who has been behind a genocide long forgotten and the powerful people are closer to home than they realize.

The book is a fast, mystical, journey that you don’t want to miss.




8 responses

29 12 2012
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29 12 2012
T. W. Dittmer

Thank you so much, Ms. Elias, for your gracious words.

29 12 2012
Maddie Cochere

Wonderful review. This was perfect: “It is not trying to be original it is original.” I’ve never read anything like it, and it truly is original.

30 12 2012

I am glad you liked the review!

29 12 2012

An excellent review — well put-together and delivered — by an obviously talented and experienced reviewer. What writer wouldn’t be highly honored to have you explore his work so thoroughly & praise it so eloquently?

30 12 2012

Thank you for the kind words! Have a happy new year!

30 12 2012
Tom Stronach

Yep, well deserved

22 01 2013
Selena Dittmer Boyts

Excellent review! What a great description of your fantastic book.

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