Serenity Incident

The Dead Path Chronicles

Fiction - Science Fiction
234 Pages
Reviewed on 01/14/2017
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Author Biography

Richard Anthony Valicek was born in 1965 to parents of Croatian descent in Toronto, Canada. He is proud of his heritage, as his great grandfather use to take care of the Austrian kings horses before the first world war. He became intrigued by great storytelling being brought to life on paper. As he grew up, his ambitions as a storyteller merged into a career in visual arts, and he graduated with a degree in graphic design.
In 2001, he began taking courses in writing and graduated with a diploma in the Liberal Studies program. He slowly began to develop what would become his first major work.
His first book entitled: 'Alamptria: Red Moon Rising' was published in 2010 and went on to win the Buzzillions Reviewers Choice Award. Richard created a world we have never seen before. His creativity spawned fictional characters that would be a classic tale of futuristic knights in conflict with vampires. But this is not an ordinary story of knights; they have been given great power from what Richard calls the vim of Petoshine. The great elf wizard - Grongone; bestowed the swords of power to three knights from the city of Elysium; who would go on to shape the world to bestow freedom and peace. The dark lord has his eyes on the people of Alamptria and seeks to dominate the lands. They great oracle - Felicia the golden fleece guides the knights of Petoshine.
Richard is working on a series of books of the Dead Path Chronicles.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Serenity Incident by Richard A. Valicek is Book 2 in The Dead Path Chronicles, a tale that involves an ancient prophecy, a great elf wizard, a group of vampires, and the destiny of a kingdom witnessing turbulent times in its history. Set against the backdrop of the future 23rd Century, this monumental fantasy tale will captivate readers with its strong story points, the compelling characters, and the entrancing setting. Readers follow the story of Caprius Seaton and Melina Hampshire as they go through all sorts of challenges to enable a union that is destined to be, and which is the only power left for the kingdom to overthrow the cohort of its powerful and supernatural enemies.

This is a story with a lot of action, one that will spur excitement in readers. From the very first page, readers are introduced to some of the compelling characters, including the legendary elf wizard Grongone, who plays an invaluable role in the story. The writing is crisp and fluid, with powerful descriptions that immerse the reader in the vivid landscapes and the intense action that drives the plot. I also enjoyed the intelligent and plot-driven dialogue, crafted to read naturally and to allow the reader to gain a deeper understanding of the characters.

Richard A. Valicek has a great gift for character, and although there are many of them in the story, he manages to keep the reader focused. Serenity Incident reads beautifully from the beginning, and although it’s the sequel to another book, it reads well alone, with just enough backstory to bring the reader into the storyline. Fascinating story with a great setting and strong characters. It is, without doubt, an interesting and engaging read, a great treat for fans of fantasy.

Tracy A. Fischer

In an exciting and adventurous new offering by author Richard A. Valicek, Serenity Incident: Book Two of the Dead Path Chronicles, readers will be treated to a real roller coaster of a thrill ride! Follow the story of Caprius Seaton, prince of the city of Elysium of the planet Alamptria as he attempts to lead a simple life. But simple is not to be his destiny, as an ancient prophecy has promised that he and his former lover, Melina Hampshire, will have a son named Lantrinon who will destroy the dark lord Makoor, whose “Goncool” and vampire forces have begun trying to kill Caprius. Many obstacles and battles are in the way of the prophecy, however, and this fast paced tale winds it way effectively through it all. Will Caprius and Melina fulfill the prophecy and save all they hold dear? You'll need to read the book to find out!

I very much enjoyed Serenity Incident. Author Richard A. Valicek has done a great job in creating characters that are vivid and realistic, even in a sci fi setting, a feat that is difficult for many. The story is extremely fast paced, and at times I felt myself becoming a bit lost in the action, but the overall story line was well worth my effort. Any reader who enjoys science fiction, action, adventure or just a thrilling read in general should definitely read this book. I am pleased to be able to recommend Serenity Incident, and I look forward to reading more in this series.

Sarah Westmoreland

Serenity Incident, by Richard A. Valicek, is the second book in the Dead Path Chronicles. It is set on the planet Alamptria, and it follows the story of Caprius Seaton. Caprius is the prince of the city of Elysium, the son of King Confidus. Despite his father’s urging for him to join the Council of Confidus, Caprius desires a simple life. However, when an ancient prophecy comes to light, it sets in motion a series of events that are all but simple. He must continuously dodge attempts to assassinate him while also protecting the life of the woman he loves, and calm the rising tensions between Elysium and the neighboring kingdom, Bramonia - hopefully before a violent war erupts between the two powers. In amongst all of this, Prince Caprius must also protect the oppressed planet from the vampires and the Goncools seeking to destroy it. But, when things go horribly wrong, will Caprius still be able to protect everything that he holds dear, or is it too late for the human race?

From the first moment, the reader is dragged into the action and excitement of the first attempt on Caprius’s life, and it doesn’t slow down from there. Valicek makes great use of descriptive imagery, in both his settings and in his fight choreographies. In addition to this great imagery, Valicek’s characters are well-rounded and realistic, as well as thoroughly explored. As you read, you are drawn into Caprius’s life and struggles. Altogether, Richard A. Valicek’s Serenity Incident is an incredibly pleasing read.