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ISBN: 978-1-940222-61-5

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278 pages
$14.97 in softcover
$4.97 in ebook


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Dream Talker

by Jon Etheredge


Amanita White Bear stacked his new toilets one on top of the other until the pile was taller than he was. It was hard work for an old man and he sat down to catch his breath. He dug through his jeans and pulled out his father's old pocket knife, unfolding its time-etched blade with deliberate care. The edge was only two inches long but it had a quick temper and a long reputation for nicking careless fingers. Amanita turned to face the sky, quietly chanting a song to the Raven Mocker using the ancient words, telling it what had been done and what yet remained. The path was set. He prayed he was right and asked God to forgive him. Then he sank two inches of bitter steel into his wrist and twisted it in a circle. Nothing could stop him now.
      Professor Thomas Stone is losing his battle with the rain — the constant, impossible rain that nobody can see except him. By contrast, college sophomore Adrian Bishop lives in a geometric circle where rain never falls. The men are connected by the final curse of Amanita White Bear; their love for Dr. Stone's daughter, Ella; and by a mysterious Cherokee shopkeeper who has a plan to save Ella's family — a plan that carries a deadly price.

Praise for Dream Talker:


I love it when authors incorporate Native American mysticism into their novels. Jon Etheredge obviously knows a great deal about Cherokee traditional beliefs and has woven details into a narrative style I would classify as magic realism. Etheredge tells his story from a non-Indian pov, which adds to authenticity and keeps the reader guessing about what will happen next. He avoids the common mistake of portraying his Native American characters as stereotypes. Dream Talker has several plot twists that are sure to take his readers by surprise. By midpoint he shifts into high gear and turns the novel into a real thriller.
      ~ J. T. Biggs, author of Popsicle Styx and Owl Dreams


Jon has surpassed my expectations in Dream Talker. Having read previous books written by him, I didn't think it possible. He brought to life characters and story lines which both surprised and delighted me. He dipped into the mystic, drawing his reader into the very essence of each carefully and explicitly created individual. The suspenseful, mysterious plot has a dab of romance winding through it presenting the perfect balance. His storytelling genius sets him apart from the average writer.
      ~ Pamela Carron, author of The Shadows Dim, Whisper of the Sun, and Wings of Deception


This was an ebook that I read fairly quickly. It is one of the best books that I have read in a while and I am not just saying this because I am friends with the author over on Goodreads. This is honestly a great book worth the money. I am actually going to purchase another book by this author. That is how much I enjoyed this one.
      DISCLAIMER:
      I promise to be brutally honest with my opinion, but it should not be taken as fact. Any reader should read it for themselves, before they decide if this book has any merit or not. Do not judge this book based solely on my opinion. If you do, you might miss out on a great read. You never know. It could happen. My review may contain spoilers, but I really strive to be spoiler-free. I was given this book by the author for reviewing purposes only. This book was not suggested to me by the author. I have no affiliation with the author or his/her publisher, meaning I have nothing to gain by promoting them.
      Main Character(s):
      I will argue that Adrian is the main lead in this story, although there are different POVs. Adrian is just your average guy trying to hold onto his trust money and please his perky girlfriend. I loved Adrian's sense of humor and his gullibility. You can see his character develop throughout the novel and he does come out better for it in the end. I also like that he isn't the strong, heroic male hero in the end. It was a surprising twist that made me like Adrian even more for being a supportive character.
5 out of 5 stars
      Evil Antagonist(s):
      I really liked that there were a lot of elements and side plots going on within the novel as a whole. It created a depth to the story and the characters. It gave the antagonists a deeper hold on the reader's attention. I don't want to give anything away, but the bad characters were very nicely developed and very believable. I just wished that their motives were a bit clearer, but I think it is supposed to keep you guessing.
4 out of 5 stars
      Minor Character(s):
      I really loved Adrian's girlfriend, Ella. I thought that Henry was an interesting character, but I thought Ella's mother came across a bit . . . a lot flat. I didn't really care for her. I cared a bit more for Tom, Ella's father, because he was a bit crazy, hence interesting. To be honest, I kind of speed read past the POVs that weren't either Adrian's, Ella's or O'Brien's [a bad guy].
3 out of 5 stars
      The Plot:
      In a nut shell, boy likes girl, whose father hates him. Boy and girl do something naughty and end up paying for it throughout the novel, only to realize in the end that the events were set into motion long before. I thought the plot was very unique in the way that it was written, but the story has been done before in YA fiction.
4 out of 5 stars
      The Setting:
      This part I loved about the book completely. There were so much detail about everything right down to the mundane that we take for granted. I will never complain about too much detail and this novel delivers. So if you love descriptions as much as I do, you need to go online and buy this book.
5 out of 5 stars
      The Dialogue:
      I'm not going to lie. There was one point in the story that the jargon was so technical that I skipped a few pages and again at the end. It is a little too much technical stuff for the average person. Otherwise, the interactions to the characters had just the right touch of humor and sarcasm to make the novel funny but heavy at the same time. I'm not sure whether I would label this as regular [the average person] conversing or an amped up/staged interaction for increased drama. It is not unbelievable or far-fetched in any way, but I don't know a lot of people really clever like these characters in my life.
3 out of 5 stars
      Engaging Surprises:
      The novel hits you with surprise after surprise and when you think the novel is going on way, it breaks through the wall. It is totally unexpected and refreshing. There was no foreshadowing, but somehow it all works and flows together without seeming awkward or forced. I love it when a novel can surprise and whack me over the head. It is fresh and exciting. It really attracts me to more of the author's work.
5 out of 5 stars
      Climax:
      It is frightening and gripping with action. This novel satisfies my recent craving for adventure and violence. I honestly could see this story being turned into a blockbuster movie someday. The action made me feel like I was watching all this action go down right in front of me. I was very interested in the story and how it would turn out in the end. My dad is already reading this book and told me that it was a great alternative to watching an hour of tv. And my dad hardly ever reads/nor does he know the author.
5 out of 5 stars
      Emotional Response:
      No, I wasn't moved to tears and I didn't break out in song at the ending. I was very invested in the characters and blushed a bit at the more romantic scenes. I also winced at Adrian's harrowing escapes and found myself gripping my Kindle . . . hard. I was immersed in the story and my world no longer existed. I found myself finding every opportunity to keep reading it.
      4 out of 5 stars
      Ending:
      There better be a sequel. That's all I'm saying, but it better be as good as or better than this one. I want it to be the sequel that ends all sequels.
3 out of 5 stars
      The Writing:
      I was blown away at how beautifully crafted this story was. I didn't come across many grammatical mistakes, thanks to a fantastic editor. The story is easy to follow and understand what is going on in the novel [except for the computer genius talk]. The author has a distinct voice and sarcastic humor to his work. I could easily identify this author's work as his own, because of the unique voice to the story. It is refreshing to have found another author that I can count among my favorites.
5 out of 5 stars
      The Artwork:
      One of the worst that I have seen. It is plain and boring. It is a letdown. It needs an attractive cover worthy of the story inside. The novel is so good. The cover needs to be invested into. I judge a book by its cover, so if I did not know this author, I probably would not have purchased it on my own. How sad, because this author really does great work.
1 out of 5 stars
      Genre:
      I would classify this as fantasy, but I cannot pin down anything else specifically. The novel is hard to pin down, because of so many different elements. It could also be considered a romance, supernatural, troubled romance, but it is so hard to just get a single word or type to describe it.
3 out of 5 stars
      Title:
      Dream Talker suits the story in so many different ways. It is almost as if the novel is divided into three distinct parts and in each one Dream Talker means a slightly different thing. I truly enjoyed the novel along with its very unique title.
      5 out of 5 stars
      So, there you have it. I give this novel an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars, so this novel is a 4. I think that if the cover was redone, it could be enough to push this novel into a 5 for me. I look at all of the aspects of a book, when I judge it. Not just the material itself, but the whole experience. I hope you guys know that my opinion truly was not influenced by the fact that I know the author and was given the ebook for free. I am being used merely as a beta reader and was not paid to endorse this book. I just really loved it.
      ~ Selena Hannah, Beauty and the Bookcase


I like this book! I was immediately drawn in by a character that 'stacked toilets' and thought, "okay, I have to read this story and find out why someone is stacking toilets!!" I wasn't sure about the character of 'Adrian' at first, but, as Jon Etheredge pulled me through his book, Adrian became my favorite. I thoroughly enjoyed the twists, turns, and surprises and highly recommend this enjoyable read.
      ~ julie james on January 28, 2015


A fast-paced thriller combined with intriguing pieces of Cherokee cultural history (I canít vouch for the accuracy) and the paranormal. I donít read much fiction but found this story quite entertaining, although I could have done with less detail in the torture scene. Didnít want to put it down, so read it in one day. Five stars!
      ~ Amiculus


It was difficult to decide how to pigeonhole this particular story. Thereís certainly plenty of action and nasty bad guys but some native american folklore adds a touch of the paranormal which sits nicely alongside a spot of romance. No, donít run away, itís not one of those paranormal romances. It isnít panting and passion and our hero isnít moody or undead, although he is misunderstood at times.
      Ella and Adrian are ordinary young people who seem very real. We all know an Ella: a sweet-natured young girl who loves her family and her boyfriend even when they donít love each other but who is prone to hotheaded immaturity and petulance at times. Most of us probably know an Adrian too: lacking in self-confidence, drifting through life, avoiding responsibility and generally getting a raw deal but never really complaining or doing anything to change it, probably because he doesnít believe he can do better or even that he deserves to. Adrian is a loveable hero who very quickly wins the readerís sympathy. He believes that Ella is out of his league and he always seems to be struggling to keep up with her as she rushes ahead without thinking, both physically and figuratively, with the action complementing very well the underlying emotional and psychological interplay between them — something that I liked a lot about the writing.
      The narrative is punctuated by the dry, acerbic humour that Etheredge does so well, helping to make it an easy and enjoyable read from start to the unpredictable ending. The many themes and facets and the great character development make it an ideal choice for a book club or reading circle.
      ~ TheExplainerator, see the full review at thereadingcouch.wordpress.com/

I've just finished reading the book and it was wonderful!! Lol, because of the book, I've had very little sleep and my house needs a good cleaning! I couldn't put it down. Now, I'm dying to read Abigail Dare and Reaching Deep. Haven't enjoyed an author this much since I was addicted to Dan Brown, Stephen King, and James Patterson!!!! Thank you so much!
      ~ Denise Wells

Just finished reading Dream Talker by Jon Etherdege. I have to say I really enjoyed the book. He kept my attention and I was anxious to see what all the characters were going to do next!
      ~ Clem Rhodes

An Excerpt:

Adrian pointed at the weather outside and asked whether the clerk had heard how long the rain was going to last.
      "You goin' to the show?"
      "Yeah, unless there's a casino close by."
      The old Cherokee shook his head. "Ain't no casinos out here. You must be thinkin' of someplace else."
      "I thought Indian reservations all had casinos."
      "You ain't on the reservation. This here's Sequoyah, boy. You wanna gamble? The reservation is fifteen miles that way," he pointed in the direction of the shelves with toilet paper and deodorant. "Big money in gamblin' — for somebody. All we got in Sequoyah is that play up there on top of the hill."
      Adrian didn't know there was a difference between "on" and "off" the reservation. He still wasn't sure about any of the legal technicalities, but this old storekeeper seemed to be exactly the wrong person to ask. It was best to just keep it simple.
      "I guess I'm goin' to the show, then," he said.
      "In that case, the rain'll stop. It always stops."
      Adrian wondered whether he was making it all up. He finished his drink and handed the bottle to the Cherokee so he could collect the deposit, but the cashier dropped it into the steel trashcan behind the counter, instead.
      "Just out of curiosity, what would you have said if I'd told you I wasn't going to the show?"
      The old Indian popped into a mischievous smile. "I'd have said that the rain'll stop. Rain always stops, sooner or later."

At six-thirty, Adrian drove past the welded-pipe gate guarding Theater Drive, joining the slow procession of cars climbing the narrow path to the outdoor drama. He parked Dr. Stone's car near the far edge of the parking lot to prevent damage from uninsured door-bangers. Trying to stay dry beneath his umbrella, he threaded his way through the rain to the VIP seat reserved for him on the front row.
      To his dismay, an advertising page from the drama's program had been carelessly left on his seat, blocking the drainage holes and transforming the chair into an unwelcome fiberglass bowl. He removed the blockage and waited impatiently for the water to drain.
      The show was scheduled to begin in less than fifteen minutes. Adrian used his umbrella to shelter his chair, but it was soon apparent how futile this would be. He finally gave up and sat down in the cold remains of a rain puddle in the center of his seat.
      Looking around the bleachers, he was surprised at the number of people braving the thunderstorm. Most of them huddled beneath umbrellas, although several openly endured the soaking downpour as though it were some kind of ritualistic community bath.
      "They look happy," Adrian thought. The audience stood and applauded as a chorus of native Cherokee singers walked out onto the wet stage and turned on their microphones to warm up the audience.
      And then the rain stopped.
      Adrian kept a tight grip on his open umbrella. The show started on time and continued as though nothing unusual was happening. He watched the play for half an hour but couldn't pay attention. The wind tugged at his shirt and lightning lit up the hilltop, striking the ground all around.
      But there was no rain.
      Adrian had to see whether the strange weather was the same at the bottom of the hill. He left his seat and headed to the car but before he had walked halfway across the parking lot, heavy raindrops started pelting the ground all around him. A glance at his watch showed it was only seven forty-five. The show wasn't over.
      "Hah! Stops the rain!" Feeling vindicated, Adrian turned around to walk back to the theater. He hadn't gone ten yards when the rain abruptly stopped. Oddly enough, he could hear water hitting the ground, spattering the asphalt behind him. In front of him, dry ground stretched up the path to the theater. In that direction, there was no rain falling at all. Not a drop.
      Adrian sat through the rest of the show without paying attention. When it was over, he stayed in his seat, watching the stagehands dismantle the painted backdrops and collect the smaller props into cardboard boxes. They finished and left at nine-thirty. Five minutes later, rain drenched the stage.
      The departing audience had tried to get down the hill as fast as they could, but two cars got their fenders tangled, blocking Theater Drive. Everybody was stuck waiting for the nearest tow truck to come out from Bryson City. Adrian used the time to rehearse his apology to Ella and Roy.
      He didn't return with Dr. Stone's car until nearly midnight. By then, the Stones were all in bed, the house darkened. The lights were out except for a single bulb in the foyer giving him barely enough to see as he quietly pulled off his shoes, which were soaking wet and squeaking madly on the linoleum floor. Behind him, the refrigerator clunked open with a rattle of glass and the kitchen lit up from the blaze of its forty-watt bulb.
      "Look at that." It was Dr. Stone's voice. "We don't have anything to eat." He closed the fridge and asked, "Got my car keys?"
      "Yes, sir." Adrian fumbled in his wet pants pocket for the keys. "Thanks for loaning me the car, and I'm real sorry about how late it is but there was a fender-bender and I —"
      "I know all about the traffic jam. I'm the Director. I know everything that goes on out here. You'll want to pull off your socks, too."
      "Yes, sir."
      "Did you enjoy the show?"
      "Yes, sir. Very much."
      "You left halfway through."
      "I came back."
      "And then you stayed late. I find that strange."
      "I was just seeing if the stories were true. About the rain."
      "They are," he admitted, without even a hint of pride. "And I'd appreciate your never bringing up the subject again."


Author Jon Etheredge has explored the world since he was twelve, spending five years in Peru and twenty years in the U. S. Navy. Today, Jon lives and writes from a small tree farm in Neshoba County, Mississippi.
      His previous books include Abigail Dare, a haunting love story; Reaching Deep, exciting stories of danger and courage; and The Incredibly Normal Adventures of RoosterBoots, a collection of humorous tales for biker trash and their loved ones.

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