When Shepherds Dream

The Flight of the Shepherd Kings

Fiction - Inspirational
328 Pages
Reviewed on 05/17/2016
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Author Biography

I am first generation Australian with English/Irish forebears and the youngest of three children, born in Brisbane, Australia.
Soon after graduating as a ladies hairdresser, I acquired my own business. During this time I travelled to the United Kingdom and eventually sold my business which I ran for nine years. Leaving Brisbane, I married and moved to a thirty acre property in the country north of Brisbane. My wife and I travelled twice to India, learning much about Eastern culture and religion.
Eventually returning to Brisbane, I started a new career in the disability sector of the Health industry. Never particularly interested in sports, I have followed more creative and artistic pursuits and became a champion creative stitcher. Always interested in spirituality, I realized that I could put some of the skills and knowledge I had gained to good use through the written word. My India experience was the main thrust for my first book, ‘When Shepherds Dream’.

I extend my thanks first and foremost to Ocean Reeve, Kaya Edwards, the graphic designers, and all the team at InHouse Publishing. InHouse Publishing is the magic that opened the door for me and helped turn a dream into a reality.
Thanks also to Samantha Tidy of ‘Storytorch Consulting’, and Wendy Millgate of ‘Wendy and Words’. Thank you to Surendra Prasad for his response to my queries and Raj Sharma for his advice on Indian custom and culture.
Friends and family who believe in you mean a lot in a writing venture, and I have been blessed with support in both areas. I will always have fond memories of the part you have all played in fulfilling my dream of publishing When Shepherds Dream.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

When Shepherds Dream: The Flight of the Shepherd Kings by Peter Stuart is a masterpiece, a mesmerizing and epic tale of a man’s pursuit of his dream, a tale packed with manifold lessons of courage, love, brotherhood, and the quest for self-actualization... What does it take to become a Shepherd King? It is the question that haunts the young Sandhu, a small boy who has just become a shepherd boy alongside Shonti, but before he finds the answer, his life is turned upside-down when he is accused of murder and narrowly escapes being sentenced to death, instead being condemned to life imprisonment. The young boy has no hope of a future, less of becoming a Shepherd King, but his despair dissipates when the real criminal shows up and Sandhu becomes a free man once more. But what happens next is a journey of initiation that will quicken the breath in readers and make their hearts pound faster.

Peter Stuart’s prose is flawless, poetic, and highly descriptive. From the very first page, the reader is captivated by the vivid picture of the setting, the region that “… holds the same fascination as a glistening soap bubble floating upon the invisible ether.” When Shepherds Dream is a work of great imagination and skill, the plot is intelligently conceived and masterfully executed, laced with intense action and suspense. A story that starts with a “scene” having a secret already signals the beginning of a promise, but the author fulfills that promise beyond expectations. Apart from the beauty of the language and the powerful plot lines, the author has created exciting characters and a setting that will forever tease the imagination of readers. It is impossible to read When Shepherds Dream without feeling like part of the story. Brace yourself for breathtaking action and entertainment that will take quite a long time to forget. The setting, the plot, the characters all had me enthralled.

Maria Beltran

Peter Stuart’s When Shepherds Dream: The Flight of the Shepherd Kings is the story of Sandhu, a shepherd boy who is destined to be a Shepherd King. He is chosen by the Beloved to start His plan so that humans can find an end to their sufferings on Earth. Born in the scenic village of Shivara in the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountains in India, he had a happy childhood until his parents, Sananda and Shandon, died. Aware of his destiny, he forms a lasting friendship with Shonti, Sekeeta and Amrita. When he is accused of a crime he did not do, Sandhu is sentenced to life imprisonment and has to deal with hardened criminals at the Karnataka State Prison in Bangalore. After five years, the real criminal confesses and Sandhu returns home to Shivara to fulfill his destiny.

When Shepherds Dream: The Flight of the Shepherd Kings is a realization of the noble tradition of the Shepherd Kings created by the Beloved. According to a sacred myth, the Beloved heard the petition of the great Seraphim by sending a succession of Shepherd Kings to Earth to guard, guide and teach us so that we come out of the darkness that we are in. Sandhu is destined to be a Shepherd King and this is his story. Peter Stuart’s creative writing style is fluid and gentle, so much so that reading this epic story becomes a beautiful experience. As Sandhu’s inner compass directs him to the fulfillment of his highest purpose, he suffers along the way and we suffer with him. And as he gains the wisdom to accomplish his mission, we hopefully learn with him too. This is a book that deserves a special space in your bookshelves!

Tracy Slowiak

In an interesting and intriguing book by author Peter Stuart, When Shepherds Dream: The Flight of the Shepherd Kings, readers will be treated to a wonderful story that includes both harsh difficulties and great triumphs. Follow the story of shepherd Sandhu, a young man who works with his companion, Shonti, in the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountains of South West India. One fateful night, Sandhu gets caught up in a horrific murder and ends up with a sentence of life imprisonment. When at last the true murderer confesses and Sandhu is freed after five years of imprisonment, much has changed. Shonti is fighting his own demons, and both young men must face extremely difficult choices in order for either of them to have a chance. Will one of them fulfill their destiny of becoming the Shepherd King? You'll need to read the book to find out!

I very much enjoyed When Shepherds Dream: The Flight of the Shepherd Kings. Author Peter Stuart has done a great job of creating a story that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, exciting and adventurous, and full of uncertainty and hope, all at the same time. Any reader who enjoys a fictional story that takes them to another land, a story that will keep them turning the pages throughout, and that will give them a picture of another culture and another time entirely should absolutely read this book. I am pleased to recommend this book, and look forward to reading more from author Peter Stuart in the future!

Chris Fischer

Wow! That's exactly what I thought when I finished reading When Shepherds Dream: The Flight of the Shepherd Kings by author Peter Stuart. An exciting and adventurous story set in a place that many may be unfamiliar with, the Sahyadri Mountains of South West India, this is a real roller coaster ride of a read. When protagonist Sandhu, a young shepherd, inadvertently stumbles upon a murder that he is later convicted of, he feels as if his whole life might be over. When the actual murderer confesses five years later, Sandhu at last can come home, but nothing there is as it seems. His friend and fellow shepherd, Shonti, is much changed, and is as tormented as Sandhu himself. Both men must find a path forward, and towards the destiny of becoming the Shepherd King. But will they be able to do it? That is certainly the question in this fascinating read.

When Shepherds Dream: The Flight of the Shepherd Kings is definitely a book that readers should start when they have plenty of time to read, because they simply will not want to put it down. I thought that the author, Peter Stuart, did a great job in creating an exciting and adventurous read with a great deal of heart, and one that is very easy to get completed engrossed in. It's easy to recommend this book, and I certainly hope that author Peter Stuart will continue his work in writing in this genre and in this setting. If he does, I will be sure to put his next book at the top of my reading list!

Rabia Tanveer

When Shepherds Dream: The Flight of the Shepherd Kings by Peter Stuart is set in South West India. Sandhu and Shonti are two shepherd boys. They were going about their tasks and working hard until the day they were given the night watch. They become entangled in a murder for which Sandhu is framed. He escapes the death penalty, but he is imprisoned for life. However, that was not enough. He is not safe in prison. His life takes a turn for the better when the real killer comes forward to shoulder the blame. Five years after the sentence, Sandhu is home again. But now Shonti and Sandhu have to fight for their lives and sanity. One is fighting for his rights while the other is fighting his demons. Can they be free? Or will they suffer forever.

Overall, the novel was good. From the perspective of story development and characterization, it was really good. The way the writer described the surroundings was very poignant. The descriptions were spot on and very vivid. The reader will be taken with the story; I think I finished this novel in about 2 hours or so. The character development was also good, especially that of Shonti. I liked that a lot. All in all, this is a wonderful novel.