Witches Protection Program, originally written under the name Michael Phillip Cash but now republished under the name Michael Okon, is an exciting novel for the YA (young adult) market about a secret 200 years plus government agency that protects good witches, whilst trying to stop the bad witches who live amongst us.
Witches Protection Program is the story of two different sets of witches: the Davinas and the Willas. The Davinas only use their witchcraft for good and selfless reasons, whilst the Willas use their witchcraft for bad and selfish reasons. Both sets of witches have lived in secret among everyday humans for hundreds of years, backed by the WPP. The Witches Protection Program, or WPP, is a 232-year-old secret government organisation set up to protect the Davinas from the Willas.
Wes Rockville is a disgraced state police officer. After he loses a suspect during a routine prisoner transfer, he is re-assigned to the Witches Protection Program. The only problem is, he has never heard of it and most certainly doesn’t believe in things such as witches!
For his first assignment with his new unit, he has to uncover and stop a very large, worldwide cosmetics company’s plan for global domination by using a new facecream that has a secret ingredient, witch DNA. As part of this investigation, he also has to protect the company’s heiress, Morgan Pendragon, from her beloved aunt’s evil plan. But to do this he first has to believe in witches and witchcraft as well as overcoming his own problems.
Overall, this is another great read from Michael Okon. This fantasy story flows very well and is very easy to read, pure escapism building up into a fast-paced exciting finish. With a mix of magic, action, love and some great characters, after the first few chapters I couldn’t put it down! All the characters are strong but flawed; Wes Rockville is a policeman just trying to prove himself in his overachieving family, Morgan the good witch doesn’t really like using witchcraft, Junie “Baby Fat” Meadows is an ugly witch with a magic mirror and mean stew while Bernadette is a man hating, bad witch hell bent on world domination with women ruling the world and enslaving men.
The Witches Protection Program is pure entertainment. It has thrills, excitement, surprises and is fun to read, what more could you want from a novel? An excellent story to escape the rigours of day-to-day life and be immersed in a world where witchcraft does exist, and who knows, maybe it does!
Michael Okon is an excellent storyteller and no matter what genre he is writing about he manages to write thoroughly enjoyable stories and the Witches Protection Program is definitely one to read.
RRP: £12.99 (paperback) / £4.99 (Kindle)