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Veterans of the Psychic Wars Paperback – Jan 1 2011
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Roman Doyle is an unassuming school teacher, husband, and soon-to-be-father on a midnight snack run for his pregnant wife when he's assailed by strangers he presumes to be common street thugs. Events take a further turn when a good Samitarian intervenes on Roman's behalf. His rescuer soon reveals that Roman is an exiled prince, an heir to the throne of an Interstellar Empire currently ruled by a usurper. From that moment of revelation, Roman must battle forces bent on eliminating him. In the process, he must train his mind and body to master the superhuman skills required to triumph over his enemies. The task is supremely difficult, and all is not as it appears as Roman and his wise mentor fight to regain a throne and save an empire from destruction.
Superbly crafted fight scenes populate this book, from single combat to massive space battles. There's wonder, drama and mystery, bearing promise of a sequel. The author takes a medley of science fiction tropes, from aliens and spaceships to telepathy and artificial intelligence and creates an epic, universe-building tale. Veterans of the Psychic Wars is a must read.
The action is fast paced and the detail, created from what must have been extensive research, has formed a fully fleshed out universe reminding me of the great Sci-Fi books of the past such as Dune (Frank Herbert) and the Asimov series. The hero goes from an ordinary man to discover his real past and his exciting adventure filled future taking his wife and best friend along for the ride.
I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who loves well written fiction with well thought out situations and interesting characters that develop over the story arc. I am looking forward to the sequels!
I wanted to find out what life Roman left when he was brought to planet Earth and what would happen to his wife now that he was there in space so far far away from her. I could feel her anguish because she just didn't know where her husband was. I know she would definitely be blaming herself because it was her craving which led her husband to meet Chi-Ro and some attackers.
I found the book to be gripping and definitely a page turner. What I notice in such books is the lack of reviews and I wonder, I wonder how books which take you on a journey, can have such low visibility. This book is one of the best Indie finds I have made in the last few months and I am so glad I read the book.
The whole sci-fi, alien space journey reminded me a little of Intestellar. Although I reserve my comments on the film, the desperation that both the lead characters had, to make sure they reached their loved ones before time gave up on them, was intense and showed their love.
I loved Roman as a character. I could understand how he was so overwhelmed with changes and wanted to let it all go. On the other hand, with his newly awakened powers, I could understand his desires to explore and find out whatever he was being told. To discover the truth and to set things right. Those are admirable characteristics and it made me admire Roman much more.
I thought the end was thrilling and I am not giving out spoilers!!! I am definitely going to be reading more of Wayne's books in the future! Count me in as a dedicated reader.
Needless to say, Roman thinks he's either fallen through a crack into an insane Twilight Zone or the stranger's telling the truth. He soon finds it easier to believe the latter, and that sets off a wild adventure as he seeks to reunite himself with his wife, and escape the police who arrived at the scene just in time to be included in the mayhem. Enlisting his friend Zachary's aid, Roman finds himself in an exciting but definitely harrowing and deadly adventure, for Zachary has issues with a heretofore unconfessed alien abduction, and Soraya and their unborn child are now in danger from Roman's murderous relatives and others who don't believe he should be allowed to live long enough to claim the throne. And a new twist is added to the whole unbelievable mix...Baby Doyle may be developing prebirth psychic powers...
MY OPINION: This is a great book! The actions starts in the first paragraph and doesn't stop until the last with no slowing down. The author's done a vast amount of worldbuilding here and it shows. Good characterization and great narration and the dialogue, especially that which Roman has with himself is thoroughly entertaining. This may or may not be the first in a series but whether it is or not, it's a great read.
For those who like everything explained out, there's a glossary at the end.
This novel was supplied by the author and no remuneration was involved in the writing of this review.
When given this book to review by Darkiss, I was unsure if I would like it or not. I am not a huge Sci-Fi fan. However, from the very first page Veterans of the Psychic War grabbed my attention. This book is jam packed with action and it grabs hold of you as we follow Roman a school teacher, married to the love of his life and soon to be father, being swept up into a nightmare that he can't escape. As a martial artist I was enthralled with the way the fight scenes played out. The author has a unique writing style that placed me smack dab in the middle of elaborate fight scenes. I found myself fighting alongside of Roman and Chi-Ro on more than one occasion. I was transported into a world where the boundaries of time did not exist and anything was possible with the sheer power of thought.
The depth of the characters held me captive and I felt my heart ache for Roman who is trying to grasp and understand the truth of who he truly is. He is driven by loss and the love of this wife and unborn child. The author did a fantastic job of creating supporting characters that you either hated or loved. He gave glimpses of their stories and I was caught up in all the gamete of emotions that each character went through.
The authors writing style is truly brilliant and his ability to draw you into his universe is second to none. From the start you are as confused as the books hero but together you are led forward into an incredible conclusion that left me stunned, shocked and greatly satisfied. I have to say that the conclusion to this tale was practically orgasmic. I can not recommend it enough just on the merit of it's plot twist. Throughout the book there are many memorable quotes, but one that stuck with me the most was " Death whispers your name to me"
I highly recommend this book if you are a Sci-fi lover for it has everything you are looking for; Star Wars meets Enter the Dragon. Be prepared to be hanging off the edge of your seat wanting more. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, and on that note I give this book a 4.5 star rating.
Wayne Gerard Trotman is a British writer, filmmaker, artist, photographer, composer and producer of electronic music.
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