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by John T. Biggs
Sarah Bible is working on a college term paper when her mother, Marie, is kidnapped by a crazed
Indian shaman. The only way Sarah can get her back is with the help of a cemetery grounds
keeper with no legs called Big Shorty, who some believe is Baron Saturday — the voodoo
spirit of the dead — and Marie's boyfriend, Archie Chatto, a renegade Apache warrior who's
in El Reno Federal Penitentiary. Sarah, being a sensible girl, knows she must recruit Big
Shorty and break Archie out of prison in order to save her mother.
Then comes the hard part.
If you enjoy a terrific story well told, this is the book for you. In his first novel, John
Biggs already displays the sure hand and literary style of a seasoned writer. Fascinating
eccentric characters, a generous dose of fantasy and magic, and genuine humor make this book
an unforgettable read. Highly recommended.
~William Bernhardt, New York Times Best Selling Author
Owl Dreams is my kind of story. John T. Biggs is my new favorite author. With his razor-sharp wit,
laugh-out-loud humor, well-rounded yet wack-o characters, and skillful writing, Biggs weaves a
story dripping with action, mysticism and magic. If you like Indian witches, voodoo death gods,
shape-shifters, and spirit hummingbirds, Owl Dreams is a must read. John Biggs is a master story
teller. I suspect, much like his character, Robert Collins, Biggs listens to the messages carried
on the wind.
~ R.H Burkett, author of OWFI's 2014 Best Book of the Year Daughter of the
Howling Moon, Soldiers From the Mist, and The Rook and the Raven
In Owl Dreams, John Biggs paints colorful, quirky characters amid the Oklahoma landscape,
weaving Native American lore around them as the band of comrades move from one crises to another.
Biggs maintains humor and intensity, filling each page until the last. I recommend Owl Dreams for a fun read.
~ J. Lanthripe
When I say that John Biggs is one of my favorite local authors, I mean that in the way that
NJ claims Bruce Springsteen and central California claims Steinbeck. Biggs knows Oklahoma
and the man can write. Boy, oh, boy, can he write. If you're from the Oklahoma area, you'll
smile at his insights, laugh out loud at others and groan more than once at his dead-on
depiction of the state. If you've given this fly-over state little thought, well it's time
you got an education. I recommend Owl Dreams highly. Can't wait for Biggs's next book.
~ Jackie B. Jones
Well versed in Native American culture and lore, John Biggs leads the reader through this
suspenseful drama with accents of humor. Owl Dreams is a well-told story set in
Eastern Oklahoma, the heart of Native America. I found myself charmed and enchanted with
the characters and their realistic but unique approaches to solving their problems. There
is something in this book for every reader—not just those interested in Native American
cultures and customs. Owl Dreams is a book that's difficult to put down.
~ Jimmie Martin
I loved the rapid humor, the interactions of men and women, plus diversity of cultures, and
only-in-Oklahoma settings. The pacing was perfect, the action exciting, the insights delicious.
Biggs is a clever writer, feeding intellectually-strong comparisons and providing insider
information about institutions. It was fiction, but I learned things, and the book stimulated
me with great, understandable language. I'm a big fan now, and hoping for more books from Biggs.
~ Karen Cooper
Whoever commented that women are the weaker sex never met women like Sarah and Marie, the
guiding forces behind Owl Dreams. They take you on an adventure full of twists and
turns one would never dream up. Unless, of course, you have the imagination of this author.
Full of Oklahoma lore, this book piques every sense with its vivid descriptions and rabbit
holes. This is a fun, fast read that will keep you grinning—if you can keep up with
its many quirky ironies. Recommended!
~ Joan Miranda
Owl Dreams was an enjoyable read. The author kept me intrigued and entertained from beginning to
end. I would definitely read another book by him.
~ Kathleen Burris
It has been a long time since I stayed up all to finish a book. Owl Dreams is a great story,
mysterious and suspenseful. Threads of Oklahoma and Native American history but not overbearing.
A great read!
~ Lisa A. LeRay
Overall, Owl Dreams is a rich, engaging yarn with interesting, over the top characters.
The pace of the story was good, a real page turner. I like the humor throughout. The escape
from the mental hospital and the prison were thrilling and believable.
My criticisms are meant to be just small quibbles. In the first chapter or two the language and
descriptions are so clever that it distracted me from following the plot. I had to reread them
to understand what was happening. The literary references to other writers' style was distracting
to someone unfamiliar with the other authors. Stringtown's prison is acutally a medium to maximum
security prison(I used to work for the OK DOC). Also, as a mental health professional, the
description of therapy wasn't very accurate nor was the description of bipolar disorder. Also now
the new term in vogue is 'consumer' not 'client' (though most of us in the field don't like it).
Hashilli's description of female reproductive biology I found disgusting and then to go from that
to being enthralled with Marie seemed like quite a leap. Some small quibbles with the motivations
of some of the action and the ending seemed a little too pat by tieing up ALL the loose ends, i.e.
Big Shorty and Sissy. I really liked the Robert Collins and Big Shorty characters and the
shapeshifter mythology. I would like to read more by this very talented author. A very satisfying
~ Gerald Wayne Carter
I have a whole stack of books next to the bed and a virtual stack on my iPad that are started and
abandoned. Owl Dreams is not one of them. It feels a little like an episode of Carlos
Casteneda visits the Myriad Gardens. John Biggs has certainly captured the feel of Oklahoma City,
added a helping of magical and mysterious Native American lore, and rolled it all into a very
enjoyable and interesting read.
~ Jack T. "Doc J" Morrison
John Biggs introduces you to some uniquely interesting characters who take you along on a
journey through Oklahoma and Indian folklore, including witches and shape shifters. The
book becomes increasingly hard to put down and has twists that will undoubtedly make you
smile. Good Reading, highly recommend.
~ Ed Martin
Owl Dreams is like no other novel. The fast-paced contemporary story moves the reader
through Indian lore, witches, Shape Shifters, and uniquely mentally unbalanced characters.
As the story unfolds, Biggs treats the reader to unending insight into the thoughts and dreams
of Robert, Sarah, and Marie. The humor and vaguely hidden sexual innuendoes keep a smile on the
reader's face as they route for a successful quest.
Biggs story-spinning style provides a flood of backstory while marching the reader forward
toward the quest. He never misses a chance to bring a smile to the reader as they gain
understanding of the magic world you have entered into.
Biggs offers a uniquely satisfying adventure and leaves you desiring more. Look for Biggs to
be on the New York Times Best Sellers list as his readership grows. Do not miss this wonderful
novel. I highly recommend you buy it today.
~ Pam Wetterman
John Biggs's tale of macabre/intrigue/lust/adventure/folklore is woven by a tale-teller who
is unique in his style. Rarely if ever have I read a novel that not only records the characters'
actions, thoughts and words, but he virtually and singularly adds an "alongside the story"
never ending series of comments and reflections that surely enhance the plot and hold the
reader's attention. The descriptions are priceless, and like octane booster added to an
already well performing engine, only serve to add far more to what most other authors achieve
by typically giving voice to their characters and scene descriptions. There is more going on
here, much more! Read this novel and delve into parts of Oklahoma folklore and events that
you won't find anywhere else. John has a way with words that few others do: I know—I
worked with him for more than two decades!
~ Fred Benenati
Hidden in plain site, this writer is certain to be "discovered". A wonderful example of a
work product by a writer who is technically skilled and engaging.
~ G. Michael Gougler
There is nothing on the market like Owl Dreams . Some characters are as evil as Satan. Some
as witty as Tim Conway. All fully developed and interesting. John Biggs captures the mystical
culture of the Oklahoma Indian. He takes you to places even people living in Oklahoma haven't
ventured to go. Once you read this book, you've been there. Trickery, romance, shall I say
lust, and a good deal of humor will keep you turning pages.
Owl Dreams was an intriguing read from beginning to end! The author layered the
story in a way that built more interest the further you were into the book! This was a
fun read as well with the Oklahoma and American Indian connections, you will certainly
enjoy this story with such novel approach and interesting ideas!
~ Shelly M. Soliz
John Biggs is an award-winning author and it's plain to see why. Larger than life characters
draw the reader in just as his prose brings the story to life. John's unique take on everyday
events will stay in the reader's mind for a very long time.
~ Regina Williams, Editor/Publisher The Storyteller and Mockingbird Lane Press
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John Biggs has two dilemmas: he's seen the magic that surrounds everyone and he can't stop writing
about it. We don't know if it has anything to do with the Native American culture that surrounds him,
but we wonder. There was that business with the paint. He swears it was just a smudge on his cheek he
got when doing a little touch-up around the house, but we're not so sure.
His knowledge of the criminal underworld benefitted from a part time job as a night security guard in
Chicago and his later work as a prison dentist in Lexington, Oklahoma. His familiarity with the
mystical realm is a mystery to most who know him as a pretty regular guy.
John moved to Chicago in 1968, in time for the Democratic National Convention riots, which he didn't
attend but remembers in great detail. He's written many research articles — a very bad way to
learn the craft, he says — and started writing fiction in 2001. Since then he's published dozens
of short stories and won numerous awards, including the grand prize of the 80th Annual Writer's Digest
Writing Competition for "Boy Witch."
John and his wife travel at every opportunity. He loves reading and writing to the point of fanaticism,
and spends altogether too much time in cemeteries. He won't tell us who he talks to there, but it's clear
he's got a direct line to someone — or something — that's giving him inspiration.
Owl Dreams has elements of non-erotic romance, magical realism, humor, and one Native American
cooking recipe for good measure.
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