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The Valley Walker [Kindle Edition]

T. W. Dittmer
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Book Description

"Yeah, though I walk through the valley..."

Special Investigator Teri Altro is a hard-driving member of the Drug Interdiction Task Force. She is cold and aloof, with no room in her life for personal entanglements. No one is allowed to call her by her first name. No one is allowed to get close to her. Any form of physical contact is unacceptable to her, except when her body demands it. People who work with Altro respect her, but have learned to stay out her way. She carries a gun in her shoulder bag.

When Altro first notices the man staring at her, he doesn't seem like anything special... just some guy in the drugstore. But when three men walk in the door to assasinate her, he kills them all with fluid ease, and so quickly that she doesn't even have time to pull her own gun. The confrontation is so eerily violent that it leaves Altro wondering just who... or what... the man is.

Over the next four days she learns the man is John Walker Michaels, a man known to the Hmong of Laos as the Valley Walker. He is a Vietnam War deserter, an openly emotional man who draws her out of her shell and into the world of Hmong mysticism. At the end of this time... even after talking to him, learning his history and meeting his family... Altro can only shake her head when asked what he is like.

She had touched him and felt his warmth. She knew he was real.

Or was he?

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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite Rating 4.0 Stars

T. W. Dittmer has created a mystical tale that fluctuates from war story to ancient legend. Just when you are caught up in his story of dragons and ancient magic, he weaves us back into the present reality of criminal investigation and political injustice. More than once I found myself analyzing the symbolic meaning behind the descriptions and the true meaning of the military mantra of "two salt tablets, a canteen of water and push on grunt."
             
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers Favorite Rating 5.0 Stars

The past and the future join together in the "The Valley Walker" in a mystical and very real way. T. W. Dittmer has written a book that takes us from reality deep into the paranormal. I found myself pulled into the story and wanting more. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys reading about war, criminal investigation and political overtones but who also enjoys the paranormal. T. W. Dittmer has provided it all in a well-written and exciting book. "The Valley Walker" is a sure winner.             

Reviewed by Alice D.  for Readers Favorite Rating 5.0 Stars

"Valley Walker" is one of those rare, notable stories that will stay with the reader long after the book ends. It is well-written and well-edited with pace and action par non. The characters of Teri Altro, Bill Mallory, Doolee, beautiful Bao and Ka and all the others are totally believable and three dimensional, but it is John Walker Michaels' character that is beyond greatness.

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  • Language: English
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling read! February 12, 2013
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This is my first read from this author and I am glad I took the time to read this one! The Valley Walker is well-written novel that kept me turning pages all the way to the end. I am a very slow reader, so that is saying a lot. The Valley Walker and Altro are two characters that captured my attention. I loved the way Altro grew and evolved through the book. Not wanting to reveal any spoilers, this one has a mystical quality to it that is sure to leave you spellbound!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The power of words January 29, 2013
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The Valley Walker by T.W. Dittmer is one of the best stories I've read in a while. It has a paranormal touch, but of a different sort that drew me in from the first page.

Perhaps it has to do with my love for Southeast Asia and the knowledge that Mr. Dittmer was also there during a time of strife. Or the fact we both have a keen interest in the hill tribe- Hmong- people.

This story moves from Walker's life among the Hmong to Michigan where he protects Special Investigator Teri Altro from forces she does not understand, forces from Walker's old life.

The Valley Walker is such a powerful, well-written and grasping story I wasn't able to put it down until the end. It held me long after I finished reading.

Author T.W. Dittmer is an author of note and not one to be missed! The Valley Walker is a book you will want to read a feel the power of words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Valley Walker - Amazing! September 30, 2012
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The story begins and ends with a painting. Not just any masterpiece - a masterpiece with a spirit. Yet this fascinating book is not about the painting.

Tim Dittmer has written a fast-paced, action-filled novel that is definitely a page turner. Other reviewers have given a summary of the story; I want to focus on the experience. The chapters are short. I've never read a book with so many chapters, but it works well here as the story toggles between past, present, and the people who are all connected in some way by John Walker Michaels. There was subtle humor throughout befitting the tone of the book. I found myself smiling often. *I* wanted to know Walker. *I* wanted to feel his warmth. I shed a few tears at the end of the book only to find it wasn't the end. A few more short chapters brought about an even more amazing ending.

I tend to read chick-lit and mysteries. I'm not one for paranormal or horror, and I would not classify this book as such. The mysticism in this book is fascinating and real. It's well-written with believable characters and great dialogue. Buy it! You'll enjoy this unique novel.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book? No. Too many jumping around February 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
First of all, I was given this book in exchange of a review.
Second, I thought I would have enjoyed this book but it turned out that it wasn't my thing. Hence, the rating.

The story: Teri Altro, a tough woman who preferred to be called by her last name, met this man who saved her life at a drug store by killing men instantly with a little paranormal activity. <---- Paranormal - I tend to be interested whenever there are elements of the activity. I'll admit, there were some mysticism going on and it ended up making me want to ask more questions about it - which I think is good as it helped me to finish the book.

Honestly, it's a book that has flashbacks of Vietnam war and how it happened to this man who has this power. Another character in Altro's team (Task Force to figure out where these college students' deaths were coming from) knew that man. So generally when I read something about wars, I tend to snooze so again, it's not my thing. I knew there would be something about the wars but I didn't expect it to be this much. There were also many perspectives from him, people who care about him, Altro, Mallory, Mo, and other characters - it felt like a little too much at some points, at least on my part.

The book - the writing was definitely interesting even though sometimes it makes me go what... Overboard a little as some point in the beginning of the book where it was described that Mallory was struck with indigestion and needed to go to bathroom then proceeded to contact the members of Task Force. There were a few parts that I didn't feel were relevant to the story but I think they were added regardless because the author wanted to give them realistic lives. High-fives that many, I don't know. It sounds like a little goofy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing December 21, 2012
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This is the story of Teri Altro, a woman who responded to a tragic event in her youth by building a shell around herself. Her clothing is starched and buttoned up, she refuses physical contact (even a handshake) and has perfected the icy glare to drive away those brave enough to try and pick her up. She's worked hard and has achieved a lot in her career, but has neither friends nor close family. This all changes one night in a pharmacy when a mysterious man steps in and deliberately saves her life. The man is referred to as Walker, and is a spiritual man on a mission who drags Altro along with him and shows her all that she's missing.

I have read many, many books in my life but never something like this. The mysticism was a fun twist and neither overpowering nor religious. It was a fairly quick, engaging read. I can't remember any major editing problems, which is rare for Kindle books on this scale. I was a little worried about the disclaimer that it contains graphic violence and strong language, but there wasn't much violence (and certainly nothing more graphic than you see on television these days!) and the language was fairly tame considering there was a lot of dialog between soldiers in Vietnam.

The highest praise I can give is that I read the book in about two days during the week leading up to Christmas. It was hard to put down and I'm sure I'll be considering all the ramifications of the ending for days.

I received a free copy in exchange for my review, but I will likely purchase an actual copy because I enjoyed it so much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
It took me awhile get into this book. But once I got past the first chapter the book,I was hooked. I received this book free to write a review.
Published 16 months ago by Jen Woffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Personal, Strong Storytelling
T. W. Dittmer unlocks certain mysteries in The Valley Walker, which had me think he unlocked mysteries within himself in the process. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Eden Baylee
5.0 out of 5 stars War or just a military conflict?
The beginning of the story was very familiar to me since I lived through the years of the conflict in Southeast Asia. Was it a conflict or was it a war? Read more
Published 19 months ago by Marta M. Rawlings
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Author
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review.

The descriptive prose of this writer is captivating. The characters and plot are well-defined. Read more
Published 20 months ago by jenxn
2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like this book but.....
After having read the previous reviews I was excited to read this book. Unfortunately, this novel did not meet my expectations. Read more
Published 20 months ago by jen somewhere in fl
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Characters
This was supplied free to read and review.
I liked how the majority of the characters particularly "John Walker Michaels" the Walker of the title and Altro a member of the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
I wasn't entirely sure if I was going to like this book.
It started out a bit different and became very intriguing. Read more
Published 20 months ago by putz
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and Captivating
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.

This book is amazing. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Brooke Hally
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
The Valley Walker caught my interest on the first page and held it until the last page. A perfect blend of action and backdrop. It was wonderfully written. Read more
Published 21 months ago by P. Wheeler
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More About the Author

T. W. Dittmer's full name is Timothy Watson Dittmer.

He was raised in Gary, Indiana, the son of a steel worker who turned to preaching the Gospel. After high school he joined the army and volunteered for service in Vietnam. When his time with the army was over he studied music, digital electronics and information technology.

He started writing music and poetry in high school, and has carried the love of those arts through his life.

He now lives quietly with his wife in Michigan, where he is busy working on his next book.

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