The Trecian Witch and The Imperial Admiral!

An ICOPE Story

Fiction - Science Fiction
224 Pages
Reviewed on 11/18/2022
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Trecian Witch and The Imperial Admiral! is a work of fiction in the science fiction subgenre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author John R. Carden. The book charts a collision of two cultures as the subtle and terrifying power of a Trecian Witch competes with the overwhelming and enduring force of a seasoned admiral leading an armada from ICOPE - the Interstellar Condominium of Planets and Empires. As the two forces prepare to battle for supremacy, a third force threatens to dwarf them both; a force even more potent and impressive than death itself.

The first thing that leaped out at me as I was reading this book was the stunning worldbuilding that was proudly on display on each and every page. The world of the ICOPE has not only been well conceived by author John R. Carden but the way it was carefully introduced at a pace that kept readers up to speed without hindering the unfolding of the story was excellent, and by the time the first act was done I felt like I understood the lore completely. The ideas on the display throughout the story were also fascinating, especially about power and what we dream of doing with it when we have it. Making such a discussion possible and engaging was the cast of characters who populated The Trecian Witch and The Imperial Admiral, each one wonderfully fleshed out in a way that made them feel like real, understandable people despite their fantastical trappings.

Essien Asian

The rise of pilot Ryan Jones in the Aerospace Force is nothing short of phenomenal. His level of skill and dexterity within the cockpit of an aircraft is simply unbelievable. His abilities endear him to his colleagues and catch the eye of the seductive Wendy Watson. Sparks are almost certain to fly if only she can have her way with this mystery man. What nobody knows is he harbors a dark secret, one that threatens to destroy the very planet they inhabit. Can Wendy help him before it is too late? Or will the Winds of Destiny run their course? Adventure beckons for these two individuals in John R. Carden's The Trecian Witch And The Imperial Admiral! An ICOPE Story.

The Trecian Witch And The Imperial Admiral! An ICOPE Story is a work of science fiction by John R. Carden. I must admit I was initially unsure how to classify this book upon reading it. I would have felt comfortable calling it an all-out action piece going by the extensive detailing of weaponry and their uses by the author but, as the story progressed, an interesting romance subplot develops and takes up a very prominent position in the overall storyline. John R. Carden does a thorough job in developing the origin stories for both the primary and peripheral characters. The downside to this was I felt like I spent more time reading about machinery and military achievements than on the genuinely interesting mystery the storyline presented. Despite that, I honestly enjoyed the story. It may not be a science-fiction masterpiece, but it definitely holds its own in that genre.

Stephanie Chapman

John R. Carden’s The Trecian Witch And The Imperial Admiral! An ICOPE Story is a science-fiction tale of epic proportions. In an unprecedented event, Admiral Ryan Nelson Baxter is retiring. He escapes a traumatic past by moving to Earth. Before he arrives, Captain Cody, a spy, presents him with a ring that will prevent mental manipulation from a Trecian Witch. Decades pass as Ryan keeps as busy as possible. However, he still can’t escape the pain in his soul. One evening, he spies a poster advertising the Aerospace Space Combat Pilot Program. He has his AI computer, Julie, lock away his memories after he takes a special Interferon 777 shot. The shot acts as a youth serum and Ryan enlists in the service. This proves how talented the man is as he exceeds expectations. The Winds of Destiny predict a major life-altering event will occur, depending on Ryan’s actions. Wendy, a Trecian Witch, has her focus locked on the man.

John R. Carden held nothing back in describing the Imperial Galaxy and every moment in Ryan’s life on Earth. Despite the lengthy explanations of several aspects, I was thankful for the thorough information contained at the back of the book. I could envision the breathtaking scenery of the galaxy beyond what we know. It was entertaining as I felt I was reading the classified documentation of a foreign government. Every chapter heading was well-defined, and the character transitions were easy to follow. Every interpersonal relationship was dynamic, with Ryan gaining respect for his actions instead of acting like a political leader. The Winds of Destiny were an important part of the book, and I appreciated how they could alter as well. I would recommend The Trecian Witch And The Imperial Admiral to anyone who enjoys intense science-fiction stories with the edge-of-your-seat action to hold your breath for.