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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Red Moon Productions Ltd. (1 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956787207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956787200
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 945,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a great book! The actions starts in the first paragraph and doesn't stop until the last with no slowing down." ~ Tony-Paul ('A Splash of Scarlet' Blog).

"'Star Wars' meets 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' is a fine description of Veterans of the Psychic Wars, as long as you realize that the hero isn't a wimp like Luke Skywalker and that the amazing warriors of Crouching Tiger would be toast before this story hits its stride." ~ Clayton Clifford Bye (Professional Reviewer).

"'Veterans of the Psychic Wars' is a 'heroic mono-myth' as described by Joseph Campbell in his book 'The Hero with a Thousand Faces'; as such, fans of 'Star Wars', 'The Matrix', or 'Dune' should enjoy it. I highly recommend this book." ~ The Dark (Smashwords Reviewer)

"Veterans of the Psychic Wars was a real thrill to read... It has everything a good story should have with various sub-plots, conflicted characters, interesting twists and edge-of the seat alien encounters." ~ Sonya Iovieno (Amazon Reviewer)

"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." ~ Rayven ('Darkiss Reads' Blog).

"This is a well written and well thought out book... [It has] some of the imperialistic feel of Dune (Frank Herbert), the ideas from the Matrix (training within dream worlds), the Primes within the Talents (Anne McCaffrey), and the technology of Babylon 5 and Star Wars." ~ Mike Thompson (Amazon Reviewer)

"I was thrilled to come across Veterans of the Psychic Wars. It really is a sweeping, old style space opera in form, but with a depth of detail and personality development beyond anything I have read in a long time... The evolving personal interactions, not always positive, between friends, mentors and ambiguous allies old and new all serve to ground the narrative convincingly. It also has to be said, the ultimate enemies here are stomach-churningly gruesome." ~ Oana (Amazon Reviewer)

Book Description

Thought is more dangerous than you think...

Roman Doyle has been living a normal life as a married 25-year-old schoolteacher. When five large men attack him, he's confident in his ability to defend himself. But, this isn't an ordinary mugging. Roman doesn't know that he is Prince Sakara, heir apparent of the True Emperor of a distant galaxy and his muggers are agents, sent to kill him.

Roman's life is saved by Chi-Ro Jin, a Veteran of the Psychic Wars. Chi-Ro's mission is to secure Roman's help in an interstellar battle between the forces of his father, the Emperor, and those of his uncle, the Baron.

Chi-Ro injects Roman with an alien drug that awakens Roman's dormant psychic and astral abilities and he discovers a shocking alien plot that threatens humanity. Will Roman be able to overcome his fears, master the martial art of Hatari Ikou, and learn the secrets of astral projection?

Follow this epic journey to the Cosmic Sea where Roman faces evil and danger in uncharted space, as he attempts to rescue his wife, retrieve the sword of power, and end the Second Psychic Wars.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Thompson on 23 Jan 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a well written and well thought out book. From the outset it brings together the 'ordinary' in the main character (Roman Doyle) and the vastness of the galaxy with the psychic wars, spread over many worlds and beings.
It is obvious that much work went into working out the background (in the full book there are appendices on the characters, medals, and a glossary of terms from the Talisian language and the story).
The many characters are well crafted and do not change throughout the book (except due to events in the story). I found that I got a bit lost in all of the names, however, the author does ensure the reader knows the main names by using them often and in context.
It is not obvious from the Product Description of the vastness of the story world; during the initial stages of the book this is hinted at through Chi-Ro Jin, who provides history and background for Roman (and hence the reader). However, in the latter stages of the book, the reader begins to feel at first hand (through Roman himself) the hugeness and importance of the world that he is forced into.
The book had some of the imperialistic feel of Dune (Frank Herbert), the ideas from the Matrix (training within dream worlds), the Primes within the Talents (Anne McCaffrey), and the technology of Babylon 5 and Star Wars.
While I made rather heavy of the reading, I enjoyed the book and its ending.
For Kindle readers: this is the first 'self-published' book that I have read that has not had typos in it and was well laid out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oana on 10 Mar 2011
Format: Paperback
In my teenage and student years I was a very keen Sci-Fi fan with a strong liking for Heinlein and Bradbury in particular. Later I developed a liking for Julian May's multi-faceted Pleiocene Exiles series. Even though the Star Wars series was great fun, and for the time technically spectacular, it didn't push any narrative boundaries. So the genre lost its gloss for me to a large extent. In terms of storyline and character development if not execution, only Episode III has managed to redeem that franchise for me.
That's why I was thrilled to come across Veterans of the Psychic Wars. It really is a sweeping, old style space opera in form, but with a depth of detail and personality development beyond anything I have read in a long time.
Wayne Trotman's great success in this novel is the convincing melding of the here-and-now with vast conflict in deep space. Moreover, the "mundane" depth of feeling the hero Roman Doyle shows for his wife and unborn child are very genuinely portrayed and utterly convincingly carried through the narrative. Allied to the otherwise vast scale of the novel, it is this seamlessly executed zooming in and out that adds greatly to books enjoyment.
To have a hero who is just as confused as the reader at the outset but who then takes all his skills, passions and previously unimaginable abilities and pits them successfully against a truly gruesome and utterly evil enemy, is very refreshing.
The evolving personal interactions, not always positive, between friends, mentors and ambiguous allies old and new all serve to ground the narrative convincingly. It also has to be said, the ultimate enemies here are stomach-churningly gruesome.
Veterans of the Psychic Wars is very clearly a snapshot set at a crucial juncture in a well thought out greater context.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms T R B on 29 April 2014
Format: Paperback
I don't read many books because they don't tend to keep my attention long enough to finish. Perhaps I'm bad at choosing books. Before going on holiday I was looking for a book which had a concept that sparked my imagination and this book stood out. I enjoyed the pace of the storyline and the detail and depth of the characters and environments. I would have liked more psychic combat. The part that sticks in my mind is when Roman and Chi-Ro Jin first encounter Brakus Tarn in a flat in North London. I recall it like I was there or like having watched it in a movie. It reminds me of the scene in The Matrix when the Cops break into the room to capture Trinity and in the darkness she takes them out in spectacular fashion! I would love to see Nuri Nemsys go up against Trinity. Overall I would recommend this book to the type of person who has Star Wars on more than one format or to anyone who enjoys vivid and imaginative reads. Looking forward to the next instalment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sonya Iovieno on 25 Mar 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Veterans of the Psychic Wars was a real thrill to read. I used to read quite a lot of sci-fi, Asimov being one of my favorites, but I haven't been drawn into the genre for a while now. Well this book has sparked my enthusiasm once more.

There's never a dull moment from the opening scene onwards and the characters are really well developed. It has everything a good story should have with various sub-plots, conflicted characters, interesting twists and edge-of the seat alien encounters. The science & martial arts details are well-researched and delivered in a very fluid way, adding credibility to the storyline. At the conclusion the reader is left with plenty of questions to be addressed in a sequel. I can easily see Veterans of the Psychic Wars gathering a cult following and I can't wait for the next installment.
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