Walks with the Wind

Fiction - General
382 Pages
Reviewed on 02/13/2021
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Walks with the Wind by Steve Physioc is a beautifully written and character-driven story that follows the life of two strong characters: Sam Cloud-Carson and Drake Dixon. Sam Cloud-Carson is a prodigy who led Ignacio to the state playoffs in both basketball and baseball. He is a natural tracker, incredibly sensitive to the mysteries of the wilderness that seem to be readily accessible to him. He is the pride of his family and his town. But Drake Dixon of DiamondBar Security has a special interest in young Sam. Drake is someone with no sense of altruism. He works for power and profit and that is what defines his relationships. Sam is an asset that he will stop at nothing to win over as a tracker, especially with the promise of wealth in the Afghan mountains. But what are the stakes for Sam?

This is a mesmerizing tale that is fast-paced and filled with covert activities. The story takes readers across the globe as they follow the characters through the treacherous landscapes and a setting characterized by conflict. The setting has historical hints, with the political games and war in Afghanistan evoked beautifully. Sam is a character that I rooted for and it is interesting how a bad day played him into the hands of the one man who’d always wanted him. His natural instincts make him the best tracker. Steve Physioc is a great storyteller who writes believable characters, with a conflict against a historical backdrop that has been widely written about yet he creates unique scenes and a plot that is original. Walks with the Wind is tightly plotted, gorgeously written, with political themes and a strong appeal to fans of espionage.

K.C. Finn

Walks with the Wind is a work of fiction in the realistic interpersonal drama sub-genre and was penned by author Steve Physioc. Written for adult audiences, the work does contain some scenes of a sexual nature, moderate violence, and depictions of wartime life in Afghanistan. The central protagonist of the piece is Sam Cloud-Carson, who meets key figure Drake Dixon at a time when the young Sam has everything going for him. Drake proposes a life-altering job for Sam and his wildlife tracking skills, and the journey sets both men off on a path that will change them, fundamentally and forever.

Author Steve Physioc has crafted a really excellent interpersonal drama that contains some very deep and emotive story arcs for its characters to undergo and be shaped by. I really felt for Sam especially during the story, and there’s a strong moral of expectation versus reality which gives the drama a bittersweet quality for the most part. Some very surprising turns of events give the plot its second rise as the novel continues, and the twisting paths that lead both men from struggle to struggle are realistically drawn, yet also quite shocking and alien to most of us in places. I found that the dialogue was well utilized too, both to inform us of the deeper emotional qualities of the characters and to move the plot forward. Overall, I would highly recommend Walks with the Wind for readers who enjoy literary, quality writing, and powerful life-changing emotional themes.

Rabia Tanveer

Walks with the Wind by Steve Physioc is the story of two men as their paths cross and their lives change forever. Sam Cloud-Carson is happy with his life. He is a man of simple needs and now that his life is finally where he needs it to be, there isn’t much he wishes for. Being a wildlife tracker is just the cherry on top of his steadily rising baseball career. However, that all changes when he crosses paths with Drake Dixon. Dixon wants Sam to join his Diamond Bar Security and become a tracker for him exclusively. He wants to send Sam to Afghanistan. However, Drake has no idea how Sam is going to change his life. Will Sam accept the offer? Or is there more to the elusive Dixon than meets the eye?

Walks with the Wind is the journey of two men from very different backgrounds and each of them brings something unique to the story. Drake is a hard character to like, but he is not hard to understand. I sympathized with him, I enjoyed his almost rude yet straightforward behavior, but I just didn’t like him. Sam, on the other hand, is a very likable character. He is a little desperate, a little out of his mind, but he is smart. He is a man that most of us can relate to and feel compassion for. The background stories add essence to the plot. Sam’s sister’s health and the medical bill proved to be the right nudge for Sam to make some hefty decisions. Steve Physioc plays the emotions of the characters well, he gives them the right nudge, builds up the atmosphere, and then begins the action to make the most of it. The writing style is clean, simple yet dramatic at the same time. Everything combines to bring something very special for readers to enjoy!