Meet Josh Walton. He's a pretty unusual guy. Not much scares him. By day he's a large animal handler. By night he's occasionally a bouncer, so that's pretty much the same line of work.
A brilliant story-teller with
a photographic memory and a winsome smile, Josh Walton is a Renaissance man.
You might just hear him quote Shakespeare with an adoring white tiger sitting
on his lap. Josh has gone from construction to the martial arts; from professional
chef to talented artist; and from large predator handler/trainer to author.
Affectionately known as The Alligator Author, Josh Walton handles big gators.
Some, very big. One he handles regularly weighs close to 250 pounds, another,
a thirteen foot long gator named Barney, tips the scales at 400 pounds.
Although Josh was diagnosed as severely dyslexic as a kid, he refused to let that challenge prevent him from graduating in the top ten percent of his high school class.
A whip smart chess player, classical music aficionado, Josh is also the talented author of a wildly exciting series of Fantasy Novels currently in the process of being transcribed and converted to books. Josh dictates the storyline, and the transcription service delivers the text to his writing partner, author/editor C.K.Gurin, who is flat out wild about Josh's tales and says they'd make phenomenal movies.
They're REALLY GOOD.
28 year old Peter Thomas, a former child prodigy, grew up to be a world-famous mathematician. But he has just awakened from a terrifying nightmare suffering from excruciating chest pain. The dream was so real, so vivid, it felt as if he were there in person. He had watched a man being stalked through snow covered mountains and saw him attempt to take refuge in an abandoned temple. Saw him perform magic. Watched him hide something. Witnessed a bloody battle. Then, he saw the man die from a gaping wound in his chest, which is when Peter Thomas was awakened by an agonizing dream-pain in his own chest.
Still grieving over the death of his beautiful young wife, Peter Thomas blames himself for the automobile accident in which she died. He had been at the wheel when an oncoming vehicle crossed the center-line and hit their sports-car head-on. Devastated, Peter has turned to liquor and pills in an attempt to numb the pain. His formerly brilliant career is in a self-induced nosedive. He is still employed by a prestigious university. But he's now an anonymous janitor.
Peter has recently found himself being stalked by an elderly man who tells Peter that his twin brother, whom Peter previously understood had died at birth, had instead been stolen. The newborn twin had been switched with the body of a stillborn infant boy during a pre-planned moment of confusion at the time of Peter's own birth. The old man confessed that he had been the kidnapper. He tells a horrified Peter that the man in Peter's dream was the identical twin brother Peter Thomas didn't know he had, and that his twin was not on planet Earth when he died.
The old man next delivers a jaw-dropping ultimatum. Peter must accompany him if his late brother's world is to continue to exist. The fate of all 5 Realms hang in the balance. One of those 5 Realms is the planet Earth, and Peter Thomas is the only one with the power to save it.
Peter Thomas was born a sorcerer. He just doesn't know it yet. And what he's about to discover, in a world he is most definitely unprepared to enter, is not a simple good vs. evil challenge. It is perhaps more reminiscent of a game of 5-dimensional chess, played with an opponent whose identity and loyalty remain uncertain, in an alternate universe, on multiple planets, peopled with strange inhabitants.
Peter Thomas has only recently arrived on Planet Nevis in the Green Realm, and he's already thoroughly exasperated. He didn't ask for this aggravation, yet there's something that feels vaguely familiar about all of it. And when being escorted through a museum of rare magic, a small collection of centuries old inanimate items responded to his presence, demanding to be released from their respective showcases to accompany him. Among them an ancient coat, with a unique, and curiously distinct personality.
This new environment is filled
with charm and magic and beauty and laugh-out-loud whimsy, but amidst it all,
there is an undercurrent of terror and political intrigue. To protect Peter
while he is being taught the basics of magic, the old man has hired bodyguards,
whose job it is to teach Peter how to defend himself. Granted, the fact that
Peter suspects they may be trying to kill him is a bit of a buzz killer.
But one thing is now perfectly clear. It beat the hell out of cleaning toilets.
If you'd care to read, or share
the first two chapters of "Peter Thomas And The Five Realms" they are accessible
from this page:
Book 1 - COMPLETE & EDITED.
Book 2 is complete and being edited.
Book 3 is in process.
Review, Peter Thomas and the five Realms Book 1
I give this book a five-star. I recommend this book to anyone.
I just finished reading Joshua Waltons Peter Thomas And The Five Realms.
What a fun read!
The characters come to life and you become so involved with them you forget about the real world.
Mr. Walton is clearly a talented writer and Im looking forward to reading his following works.
This is not the type of fiction I usually enjoy but I was so taken by the characters and the narrative that I could not put it down.
Thank you for editing the work and my congratulations on the result.
If you have any questions or would like further feedback please dont hesitate to email or call my cell
Again thank you for the fine work and Im looking forward to more.
Aurelio (Tony) Padron
Entertainment manager at Wild Adventures Water and Theme Park
"This was AWESOME! I loved it! When's the next book going to
BETA READER: Not the type of book I normally read but I was surprised. This was well-written, fun to read, it had a good ending, and I really liked the book. It will make a good movie! - BG
BETA READER: I'm currently on page 206 and I'm thoroughly enjoying the story, especially the unique characters/creatures. I like toads, so I would particularly like to see a prog. -DMK
BETA READER: - W.E.
I would like to submit my review on Peter Thomas and the Five Realms, Book 1. - R.A.
#1. Did the story hold your interest from the very beginning? If not, why?
Yes, it did....first, I love stories such as
this. It's fantasy and takes you to places you would otherwise never
#2. Did you get oriented fairly quickly at the beginning as to whose
story it is, and where and when it's taking place?
It took me about two chapters to start to figure
out who was who. There was alot going on and it just takes me a
#3. Could you relate to the main character?
I could see Peter Thomas in my mind and I was
able to feel his disdain, his pain, his arrogance. In the beginning,
#4. Did the setting interest you and did the description seem vivid and real to you?
Yes, the setting did interest me very much.
In my mind, I was able to picture everything. It's funny, because I
#5. Was there a point at which you felt the story lagged or you became
less that excited about finding out what was
It was just a little slow when Peter was with
Mr. Williamson on a few occasions....not really slow, but Williamson
#6. Were there any parts that confused you? Or even frustrated or annoyed you? Which parts and why?
See my above answer!
#7. Did you notice any discepancies or inconsistencies in time sequences, places, character details or other details?
#8. Were the characters believable? Are there any characters you think
could be made more interesting or more
Yes, aside from the "magic" that Peter
possesses, there are people such as Peter walking around every day.
#9. Did you get confused about who's who in the characters? Were there
too many characters to keep track of?
There were at times, too many characters for
me to keep track of. The names were not similar, but perhaps
#10. Did the dialogue keep your interest and sound natural to you?
If not, whose dialogue did you think sounded
This is what I love about reading a book! You
form in your own mind how you picture the character to look,
#11. Did you feel there was too much description or exposition? Not
enough? Maybe too much dialogue in parts?
#12.Was there enough conflict, tension and intrigue to keep your interest?
Oh, absolutely! I could feel Peter's aggravation
and annoyance, his distrust and his anger from the beginning
#13. This is a multi-book series, so some questions will be answered
in subsequent books. But speaking for this
Yes to both! I was left hanging and now I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!!
#14. Really Important! Did you notice any obvious, repeating grammatical,
spelling, punctuation or capitalization errors?
Yes, I did, however I do not have the examples. There were not that many, but I did notice a few. (Thanks, we'll check)
#15. Do you think the writing style suits the Fantasy genre? If not, why?
Of course it does! You have sorcerers, magic,
floating coats, fairies, rooms such as the library, fireballs, Bullvine,
#16. Any additional thoughts you'd like to share?
Any time a book or story can take your mind
and transport you to the places you are reading is a wonderful
Review: Peter Thomas and The Five Realms
I have just finished this exciting book. It is about Peter Thomas,
who lost a loved one and is having problems at work.
I truly loved reading this book.
The way this book describes the characters and the environment where they are was feeding my imagination and made me visualize it. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read fantasy books. However, in my opinion this book can be also enjoyable for persons who are usually not reading fantasy books. When I finished this book I was already looking forward to the second book because the story in the book lasted in my mind for a while.
I think that this book is very suitable to be produced into a movie. If this will be the case I will go to see it in the cinema for sure.
Wendy de Groot
As the first book in the Peter Thomas saga, The Five Realms will leave you enthralled in this lavishly detailed setting from the mind of Joshua Walton. Join Peter in his darkest days as he abruptly discovers that reality, as he's always known it, is not what it seems. This is a must read entry into the magical saga of Peter Thomas. You won't be able to put it down."
5/5 Stars. - Blazah Ballentine
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PETER THOMAS AND THE 5 REALMS