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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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."
"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."