Dream Walker

Fiction - Adventure
322 Pages
Reviewed on 07/10/2018
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Author Biography

Larry Prosor is a novelist, screenwriter, and photographer. His books include Dream Walker, Lake Tahoe and Nevada. His words and images have appeared in numerous books, magazines, calendars, advertising and artwork worldwide. He believes storytelling is best told by living an artful life filled with interesting stories. Born in California, he has lived in New Zealand since 2004.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Donna Gielow McFarland for Readers' Favorite

Dream Walker by Larry Prosor is historical fiction with a timely message. This decidedly environmentally friendly novel is set in present day California and California of the late 1700s. When Peter Martinez, a member of the Noqoto tribe, loses his job as a wooden Indian, he finds work looking for artifacts at Rocky Point. Rocky Point is sacred to the tribe and it’s about to be taken over by energy giant ENRG. Peter starts seeing visions of his ancestors and suddenly finds himself immersed in their culture 300 years prior, during the heyday of the Spanish missions. He is welcomed by a Noqoto woman, Talkitna, and her family. Peter is equally blessed by his ancient people and devastated by the knowledge of their fate and the futility of trying to change history.

The time lines in Dream Walker are expertly woven together and the characters are well drawn, especially Peter and his grandfather. I enjoyed Larry Prosor’s presentation of Indian culture and his depiction of old California unspoiled by pollution. As a Californian fourth grader cheerfully studying Indian culture and building Popsicle stick mission replicas, I was oblivious to the atrocities committed by the Spanish in the name of the church, so I found parts of Dream Walker very disturbing. A little internet research revealed that although Dream Walker is a work of fiction, Prosor’s depictions of mistreatment and forced labor, basically slavery, are accurate. I found Dream Walker to be timely given current environmental, social and political events and I highly recommend it as both a good read and also a necessary correction of history. Due to some mature subject matter, I would recommend Dream Walker for YA and adult readers only. Caution: Dream Walker may inspire a strong desire to go surfing! A really good book.

Shannon Royster

Being a 4th generation Californian of European decent, Dream Walker is the story I always wanted to hear but was never told in school. Rich in Native American roots and history, this tale weaves together spirituality, sacred love and respect for the ocean. Brilliant and powerful storytelling.

David R. Kracke

Dream Walker vibrates with ancient and modern wisdom as the struggles of the past merge with the struggles of the present day conflict between environmentalists and a multinational oil company. As if ripped from today's headlines, Dream Walker takes a stand in favour of those who recognize both the ancient and modern world's desire to live in harmony with nature and leave the Earth in better shape than we found it. In presenting this struggle in compelling and dramatic fashion, Prosor succeeds in making Dream Walker a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Scott Novotny

Dream Walker pulled me into the cultural values of the past and the present on a journey imbued with traditions of spirituality, honesty, love, bravery and wisdom amongst life and culture. I felt like I was actually there, experiencing everything. I found myself connected to nature, the ocean and fundamental lifestyle of heritage and relationships. It ultimately made me think about the true importance of what really matters in our lives and that we sometimes get distracted by extrinsic motivation. Dream Walker is a must read!

Jeanie Collins Duffield

I love this book! Dream Walker is beautifully descriptive, thoroughly enjoyable delight to read. Larry Prosor is a wonderful storyteller, and I know other readers would love to escape into the world of the Dream Walk.

D.J. Funston

From the first page a novel must snap me to attention and propel me into the story or the book takes up residency in our guest room, lulling others to sleep. Fortunately, Dream Walker drew me in towards a wave of intrigue and adventure, time traveling along the California coastline. Prosor possesses a knack for weaving a detailed story using Native American history and spirituality, thrusting the reader centuries back in time. It's obvious he was diligent in his quest for historical knowledge as it enabled him to weave a detailed description of both landscape and Native American cultural society. It definitely swept me back in time, and forward into modern time, with no hinderance to my insomnia while providing me a very entertaining and enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

Vince Ford

Larry Prosor's 'Dream Walker' is an inspirational novel, cleverly tying a modern environmentally conscious worldview to an ancient story of Spanish colonization and forced religious conversion.
Prosor breathes life into the story through Peter Martinez, laidback surfer, archaeology student and failed Wooden Indian. His vivid surfing descriptions and wise-cracking musings on the failings of modern culture draw us into his world and give us an honest, ethical voice that is instantly likeable. The picture Prosor paints of Native American life in coastal California is detailed and intriguing and the sudden addition of a 'freaked out' surfer alongside Spanish missionaries and military s dramatic and at times hilarious. Prosor crafts these disparate elements into a cohesive, fast-paced story, but it is his ability to bring relationships to life, the way he finds the heart of the story that ultimately sets 'Dream Walker' apart. I thoroughly recommend it.

Midwest Book Review

"Dream Walker' by novelist, screenwriter and photographer Larry Prosor is an extraordinary and exceptionally well crafted story by an author with a genuine flair for originality and a knack for engaging storytelling. While very highly recommended, especially for community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Dream Walker" is also available in digital book format.

Lori Reed

This is a fun read and a very interesting premises for a story. The author has done an outstanding job of time travel descriptions and characterizations. This is a fun read and a book to be savoured. The writing is well crafted to the story and I enjoyed the plot. Very well done to the author.

Bonnie Reed Fry

Dream Walker is an interesting and absorbing story I very much enjoyed reading.