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Official Review: Witches Protection Program by Michael Okon

Post by desantismt_17 » 25 Jul 2019, 08:03

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Witches Protection Program" by Michael Okon.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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When law-enforcement agent Wes Rockville majorly messes up while transporting a highly dangerous criminal, he’s given one final chance to prove himself. Never in a million years would he have guessed that chance was in the Witches Protection Program, an organization dedicated to the protection of Davinas (practitioners of white magic). Now, Bernadette Pendragon, leader of a billion-dollar cosmetics company and a Willa (practitioner of dark magic) has her sights on world domination, and her niece may be the only thing standing in her way. Wes’s first assignment: protect Morgan Pendragon, infiltrate Bernadette’s company, and stop the shipment of a face cream that will have women everywhere under Bernadette’s control. Simple, right?

I quite enjoyed Michael Okon’s book Witches Protection Program. Aside from the awesome title, it was the perfect mix of a modern-day setting, magic, and historical detail. Toss in some great emotions, fun humor, and a dash of romance, and this is a story not to be missed.

All the characters were richly developed, and there were many. Wes was a terrific hero. His feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt came through strongly in the beginning, and his growth into a capable, confident agent played out perfectly. Allister, the veteran witch hunter, was awesome, and I loved his collection of steampunk weaponry. The bad guys were pretty cool, too. Bernadette was her own brand of crazed evil, and Scarlet, the under-appreciated assistant, made me want to throw things (at her, specifically). To break up the tension, Morgan’s best friend was not a witch but thought she could practice to become one, which was an interesting angle. None of these people felt under-developed, which was impressive given the book wasn’t terribly long.

The story also flowed well. Emotion gave way to action. Action gave way to tension-filled dialogue. It all came together seamlessly. There were some things that could have been introduced earlier in the story to help with clarity, but once I understood them, they didn’t hamper my reading experience. There were also times I forgot the story took place in New York because the bustling city feel wasn’t really present. Since the story worked well and really could have taken place anywhere, this also didn’t bother me. Those wanting a real strong sense of place may find this troublesome.

The book was edited well. I noticed only a handful of errors. This combined with the great characters, tight storytelling, and snappy dialogue bring me to rate Witches Protection Program 4 out of 4 stars. I briefly considered giving it 3 due to some of the confusing parts, but ultimately, those didn’t distract me enough to lower my rating. I recommend this book for fans of urban fantasy or paranormal stories. Those interested in witches may also find this fun. There is some light cursing to be aware of. Also, if you have any fear whatsoever of bugs, there is one scene to be careful of. It brings a new definition to creepy crawlies. Otherwise, if you want a romp full of action, suspense, and cool steampunk weapons, give this a chance. It’s the kind of book that lends well to future installments, and if any pop up, I’ll be in line to read them.

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Post by Bhaskins » 30 Jul 2019, 14:19

Wow! The title caught my eye and your review convinced me I need to read this. As a practicing witch I get curious about how we are shown in media. Can’t wait to see what the book holds. I am curious and nervous for the creepy crawlies part! I don’t love bugs and I hate spiders. I guess I could always skip that!
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Post by esp1975 » 30 Jul 2019, 16:22

I already love this author for the reference to the Arthurian legends and making the "bad guy" the good guy, by naming our heroine Morgan. This definitely sounds like a book I want to pick up and enjoy.

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Post by kandscreeley » 30 Jul 2019, 20:31

Witches, spying, world domination, and a hint of romance? Sounds fabulous! This has gotten such a rave review from you, I'll have to check it out. Thanks!
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Post by TuyetMai » 31 Jul 2019, 10:45

Crime, magic, Witches Protection Program. Sounds like an interesting mix. I love urban fantasy, and the action part would add an extra kick. Great review!

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Post by AntonelaMaria » 31 Jul 2019, 17:30

This is definitely one of those reads that captures your attention from the title. I'm intrigued. Adding it to TBR. Great review.

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Post by DD129 » 01 Aug 2019, 08:10

Thank you for your review. This book has certainly caught my eye. My interest was piqued by the title, but now I’m compelled to read this book because of its storytelling and interesting take on magic.

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Post by Sandys79 » 01 Aug 2019, 21:55

Thank you for the great review! I was intrigued by the tittle, then while reading your review, more questions poped into my head. I love a book that will make you think and wonder, (what happens next?).

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Post by Rt120 » 05 Aug 2019, 01:56

This books seems like it packs a punch from the start, a medleys of humour, magic, romance and intrigue grabs the reader. This review is masterful and I cannot wait to dive into its pages. :techie-studyingbrown:

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Post by Nisha Ward » Today, 02:47

Morgan Pendragon...Morgana Pendragon...Morgana Le Fay??

Sorry, sorry but that's where my mind went with this. It sounds fun and like the perfect urban fantasy for fans of witches and corporate evil shenanigans.
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