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Wayne Gerard Trotman
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1 Jan 2011
Trotman, Wayne Gerard. Veterans of the Psychic Wars. Red Moon Productions Ltd: 2011. Author Bio: Wayne Gerard Trotman is a British writer, filmmaker, artist, photographer, composer and producer of electronic music. Born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Trotman immigrated to England in 1984, where he lives with his wife and two young sons. A martial arts enthusiast, he wrote and directed 'Ashes to Ashes', Britain's first martial arts feature-film. He has a cosmopolitan and multi-cultural approach to all his artistic work, which has received recognition internationally. His epic science-fiction novel, 'Veterans of the Psychic Wars', is the first of a proposed 'Psychic Wars' series. Synopsis: In a distant galaxy known as the Cosmic Sea, Baron Seti Aljyk has caused the Second Psychic War by seizing Najura, the last of the ancient swords of power, and usurping the imperial throne from Sakara Rey, the True Emperor. On Earth, young schoolteacher Roman Doyle remains unaware he is Prince Armon Sakara, heir apparent of the True Emperor. That is, until he encounters Chi-Ro Jin, a Veteran of the Psychic Wars. Chi-Ro's mission is to return Roman to the True Emperor, but Roman believes that Chi-Ro is crazy. When Roman's wife, Soraya, is abducted by the Baron's assassins, Roman is forced to make the epic journey to the Cosmic Sea. However he does not go alone. He is joined by his shamira Chi-Ro, Nuri Nemsys a beautiful secret agent, Anah Sadaka the mysterious captain of the Starglider Sanura and Roman's friend, Zachary Silverman, a quantum physicist. With his dormant psychic and astral abilities awakened by an alien drug and pursued by the Baron's assassins, Roman, his friend, and the Veterans of the Psychic Wars face evil and danger in uncharted space and on alien worlds. Roman must overcome his fears, master the martial art of Hatari Ikou, and learn the secrets of astral projection, in order to rescue his wife, retrieve the sword of power, and bring the Psychic Wars to an end.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Red Moon Productions Ltd. (1 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956787207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956787200
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,022,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A roller coaster of Space Opera 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Oana
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read with epic scale 23 Sep 2011
By TonyO
Veterans of the Psychic Wars is a very difficult book to put the down once you start reading!

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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real page turner 29 Aug 2011
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I really enjoyed reading this book.

One warning though - you're likely to be gripped from start to finish.

Definitely deserves 5 stars in my opinion.

For me, at least, the writing style was fresh and both the storyline and characters were engaging.

Will appeal to readers of good sci-fi with a healthy dose of action spiralled through the novel.

Well done author - when's your next one?
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