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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?

Editorial Reviews


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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  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Z3U62C
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Exceptional book combining the elements of far eastern mysticism accessible to general readers with contemporary crime hunting and the Heroin trade. The action - though far too sparse for this readers desire - is fluid and graceful - indeed as mystical as the fundamental premise of the book. The writer creates two wonderful main protagonists (supported by a smattering of charming characters) and his literary skills are heavily subdued and easily overlooked in the smooth flow of the narrative making the entire enterprise appear effortless. It is fitting for a story where honour is a central theme that no unnecessary gory details or excessive eroticism ripple through the pages but there is enough allusion to embed it in the real world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most excellent book! October 22, 2014
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This is a wonderfully written, spellbinding book. I'm a voracious reader (with over 14k eBooks on my Nexus 7) and this is absolutely the best thing I've read lately. I can't wait to read more of Mr. Dittmer's work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong recommend September 24, 2014
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Mr. Dittmer, many thanks for your Service to our country.

The book was enjoyable; fast paced, and had a tenacious plot. There were times I had to go back and reread a portion. I was never concerned because I knew Two Salt tablets, a canteen of water and push on would get me through.

I look forward to your next story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Valley Walker November 6, 2014
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Teri Altro has been assigned to be part of a drug task force, but she’s barely had time to settle into the position when an attempt is made on her life, luckily Walker is there to thwart it. Walker is a mystical sort of Vietnam War era Jason Bourne, that seems to have the ability to tell the future, as well as excellent fighting skills, and other seemingly magical abilities acquired from his adoptive Hmong family. The present situation with Altro is tied in with things that happened during the Vietnam War, and the stories of past and present were seamlessly woven into a great story about honor and family ties. I found the war flashbacks particularly compelling, and Walker was such an interesting character. Altro was a little harder to like, but she was very authentically painted, as a driven career woman. Great story!

Note: This book was provided to me by the author for an honest review.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and Captivating January 1, 2013
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I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.

This book is amazing. The characters are well developed and relatable may not be the correct word, but they are certainly understandable. Every bit of information provided in this story is necessary for plot. This is not something that can be said about most books. There were no unnecessary descriptions or excessively long descriptions. The author did an amazing job of weaving the information together to create a complex and captivating tapestry for the story. The conclusion was not something that you could guess after the first page either. There were parts that I was sure I had figured out, but they ended up being a small part of the whole.

This book is described as a paranormal crime thriller, but it nowhere near like any other paranormal. There are no vampires or demons. It is a wonderfully refreshing addition to the genre. The way the book describes the people in the story is fascinating.

I will recommend this book to friends and family. It is wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Part war novel, part mystical thriller November 14, 2014
By Carrie
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Interesting premise of a Vietnam War vet who, through the intervention of an old Hmong woman, becomes transformed into a mystical being. With this power, John Walker Michaels has the strength to take on a violent drug cartel, one cushioned by layers of corruption where it’s not always easy to tell good guy from bad. Pivotal to this takedown is Teri Altro, a tough investigator who’s kept the world at bay for so long, she struggles with normal human interaction.

It was interesting to read about Hmong practices as well as the difficulties and dangers faced by Vietnam War soldiers, many of whom were barely out of boyhood. Dittmer captures this horror well and paints no false pictures of the atrocities faced by these young soldiers. This book should appeal to fans of war novels and political thrillers, with a dose of mysticism on the side.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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“The Valley Walker” is one of those rare stories that will stay with you long after you finish reading. Most of the characters are totally believable, and the lead character, John Walker Michaels, was superb. This unusual story of a young soldier who turns into so much more will keep readers turning the pages. Well done!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
dragged in places, but overall very good read
Published 2 months ago by Tursi
5.0 out of 5 stars Surpassed my expectations
Look, I will admit my expectations were medium to low when I picked this up. I was so wrong. Started reading late at night then finished the book before noon the next day. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark Eller
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 21 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 on February 20, 2013 by Eden
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 on February 19, 2013 by Marta M. Rawlings
2.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book? No. Too many jumping around
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. Read more
Published on February 18, 2013 by lovecat13
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling read!
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. Read more
Published on February 12, 2013 by Erik Gustafson
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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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