5 OUT OF 5 STARS! “GREAT BOOK FOR YOUNG READERS. If you are from the Monsters and Mages era you will love this book. With a combination of both present and mystic, I found this a read that I could not put down and was seriously hoping for a series, to keep the adventure alive and not to end so quickly. I would recommend this for teens as well as, although there is violence, there is a moral of good and evil involved.” C. Edwards from www.amazon.ca (Amazon Canada).
5 OUT OF 5 STARS! “Dillon's Dream is a Fantastic Book. It has a great storyline and great characters. It keeps you on the edge of your seat! The book teaches you…parts that make up the martial art of Hoshinjutsu/Hoshin Budo Ryu!” M. Carter review from www.amazon.com.
4 OUT OF 5 STARS! “I won this book in a contest, and I am really glad that I did. It has an interesting story line, and it kept me guessing until the end. I really enjoyed reading it.” Ali review from www.teenreads.com.
“I thought that Dillon's Dream: Water & Earth was a great book. I loved the concept of ‘mana’ and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction.” A. Schlusberg from Randolph, NJ.
“Dillon's Dream: Water & Earth is a great book. There are so many different elements to this book that can be enjoyed by all ages.” D. Baker from Kalamazoo, MI.
“(Dr. Phillips has) a talent for describing teenagers and how they think. Lots of energy and impulsiveness. (His) book helped me to remember what it was like to not realize what dangerous people or situations are out there in the world and venture forth…like ‘a bull in a china store.’ K. Evans from Manhattan, KS
“I loved the book. It was one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time. I stayed up all night as I could not put it down. The plot kept you wanting to know what was going to happen next.” C. Gates from Altoona, PA.
READER COMMENTS (CONTINUED)
“Dillon’s Dream was a fast paced and exciting meld of Fantasy and Science fact that rolls quickly through adventures where the characters… remain relevant and accessible to both the young and adult reader. I really enjoyed the story, as much of what the characters do is grounded in sound strategies and methods of Sun Tzu and Miyamoto Musashi. Using a story to teach valuable skills in meditation, Chi, and the importance of critical thinking and imagination. WOW, what a concept! I thoroughly enjoyed the book and read it with my 3 sons... I am looking forward to the rest of the trilogy. Highly recommended to teens, adults, and martial artists alike. Keep it coming Dr. Phillips.” A. Dominguez from San Angelo, TX.
"Dillon's Dream" reminded me of Jack Vance's Planet of Adventure novels—which I love. It moves at a rapid pace and keeps your attention. Yet below the surface, there are lessons taught and secrets shared. It is the kind of book you can read over and over and enjoy it each time.” T. Zeblisky from Deer Park, NY
“This book is an exciting combination of science, martial arts, and fantasy. It's more than just a fun novel, though—it's an experience. Along with interesting science facts, it also teaches you about meditation and martial philosophy. I loved it, and can't wait to read the next book in the series!”
R. Lasater from McKenzie, TN.
“Dillon's Dream: Water & Earth: An incredible science fiction story. This book will really expand your horizons.” J. Hall from Copley, OH.
“While not my usual genre, I thought that Dillon's Dream was imaginative and very creative. What fun it would be to wake up on the moon, especially for a teenage boy.” K. Josephson from Langley, BC, Canada.
5 OUT OF 5 STARS! “A smooth read, something you wanted to read fast because you wanted to know the outcome but then dreaded that the end was coming as you wanted to know more about the lives of the characters.” S. Edwards from www.goodreads.com.
Note: All reviews were received from individuals the author did not know prior to their reading of the novel.
READER COMMENTS FOR MARTIAL ARTISTS
“The novel Dillon's Dream: Water & Earth written by Dr. Shawn Phillips is a story of Dillon and his four friends in a fantasy setting. They develop and refine their psychic powers and are chosen to accomplish an extremely dangerous and difficult mission. On another planet, they battle ogres and fantastic creatures that equal their power and intelligence. The descriptions of various settings and battle instances capture the reader's singular attention.
The author, with his expertise in martial arts, specializing in the esoteric kind, is quite eminently placed to describe methods of meditation that the uninitiated is sure to find easy to follow. With the techniques illustrated in the book, even a novice should be able to gain much by way of calming the mind and get started on the right track of its mastery.
The author has succeeded in amalgamating the unique combination of science fiction, and practical spirituality arising from martial arts practice, which makes this book stand out and proves to be a truly interesting read.
Written with just the right amount of suspense that one is eager to find out what's coming up next.
A book difficult to put down.”
--by U. Sherkhane from Bangalore, India
“It contains the best of Science Fiction and Fantasy with one of the few openly taught esoteric martial arts. I couldn't put it down and am eagerly waiting for the next books in the series!”
--by T. Zeblisky from Deer Park, NY