White Witch

White Witch

by Larry D. Thompson

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ISBN-13: 9780999162156
Publisher: Story Merchant
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 505,131
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Every country has their own legends and the country of Jamaica was no exception, and one of their most well known legends was that of the White Witch. The legend says that she was a ruthless sugar plantation owner who lived over 300 years ago. This White Witch instilled fear in the slaves she owned through cruelty and dark magic. The story goes that she was a priestess who could wield dark magic, and possessed a snake dagger with ruby eyes that she used to kill slaves who disobeyed. Finally, a brave slave decided it was time to rid the world of this terrible priestess, and he killed her. Unfortunately, he lost his life in the struggle as well, but gave specific instructions to four other slaves on how to bury her body so that her soul would never return from the grave. However, these men were spooked by the recent events and did not follow his instructions, and legend has it because of that the White Witch has been free to haunt the island ever since. Meanwhile, the slaves began to create a community in the rainforest, calling themselves Maroons. Over the years they fought off the Spaniards and then later fought against the British. Using guerrilla warfare tactics, the Maroons were successful in their efforts and the British began to realize that fighting the Maroons in the jungle was a losing battle for them, and they were not truly interested in the rainforest anyway. A treaty was struck between the Maroons and the British saying that the Maroons owned the land, and they would have control of it for as long as they wish. Now, 300 years later a mining corporation is threatening to build a mine in the middle of this Maroon country, and it may be time to fight for their land once again. When Will Taylor came to Jamaica he had no idea about the stories surrounding the White Witch legend - he was there to do his job and that was it. He was hired as head security for a large mining company call Global American Metals, and it was his job to make sure all employees of this company stayed safe. With the background of a Navy Seal, he was ideally suited for this job and did it well. However, when he arrived on the island he could not shake the feeling that this job would be much more difficult than originally thought. His intuition turned out to be right as within a couple days of being there a Global employee was found dead, and it appeared to be no accident, it was murder. Whisperings that the White Witch has returned spread through the island, but Will did not believe in this superstitious talk. He knows there is a living, breathing human who is behind the murder and he plans to discover the truth. As he begins to look for clues, he realizes he is a little out of his element. Soon another employee is found dead, but still there are no leads on the murderer. Before it is over Will gets some much needed help from a local Maroon and comes face to face with the dagger of the White Witch. This book put together such a wonderfully entertaining array of characters that I found myself loving every page. It was more than just a murder mystery - it also had action, superstition, and romance that were all beautifully combined to make a great read. Author Larry D. Thompson did a wonderful job of bringing the emotions of each character to the forefront, and I felt as if I was right there beside them throughout this story. Quill says: White Witch combines all of the best things I love about reading!
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
When I read the synopsis I was a bit worried that there was so much going on things would be confusing. Not the case at all. The author starts you off by taking you back to Jamaica in 1817. You get a brief history of the White Witch, a nasty woman, and the Maroons, the poor slaves that were at her mercy. Then he drops you in modern day Jamaica and the White Witch may still be up to some of her tricks and the Maroons are still fighting for freedom and what is rightfully theirs. An American company comes in to strip mine on land supposedly owned by the Maroons. One side attacks, the other returns the favor. The bodies keep piling up. A few brave people band together to settle the conflict once and for all. But will they survive to get their day in court? I loved the mix of mysticism and modern culture clashing. I was kept guessing whether the Obeah priestess had a hand in certain events. There were some weird things happening at her old plantation. It lent a heavy atmosphere to the story. And it had many of the characters wondering too. Not all of the attacks could be explained away and with people switching sides and having their own agendas and beliefs, nothing was certain. I’ve acquired a taste for the author’s writing and plan on reading more. White Witch is a fast read. The story flows smoothly. And the mystery and suspense gradually build, leading to a thrilling conclusion.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Global American Metals has set its sights on Jamaica. But the Maroon’s own the land from a treaty with the British. They are ready to fight for their land no matter what Global American Metals thinks. The mining company decides to hire former Navy Seal Will Taylor and his team to placate the natives. But the more Will and his team are around the Maroons the more they realize that they are on the wrong side of this fight. Will then teams up with Vertise Broderick, a Maroon native and journalist for the New York Times. Together they hire a lawyer to fight for the Maroon’s rights to the rainforest. This is a great action packed story filled with beautiful foreign lands, a greedy American company, a dead voodoo priestess that seems to be killing 200 years after her death, and killer main characters that are determined to set things right. Will Taylor is good guy and I hated to see him sent in to calm the natives down while a greedy corporation plans to strip mine the rainforest. I was glad to see him switch sides and stop Global American Metals. I admit that I don’t know much about Jamaica’s history. I loved learning about Annie Palmer and the voodoo. The killings added that paranormal twist to make this story pop. I also liked the history of the Maroon’s. It breaks my heart to read about a company trying to take the land out from under the Maroon’s after all hard work and blood that they had given for the land in the first place. This is a great story that has a lot of things going on and will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for those that love thrillers. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
I began reading this delicious novel about voodoo and Jamaica and I couldn’t help but think of James Michener. Granted, James went much further in his historical novels, but Larry gave him a run for his money in White Witch. We begin in 1812 Jamaica. Annie Palmer is not only a sadistic plantation owner, she is a black widow. She mates and she kills. She is an Obeah priestess, the White Witch. I love the Caribbean. It is my favorite travel destination. To me, nothing compares to the raw beauty and power of the islands. The mix of the old and the new draws me into the mix of the tumultuous world of voodoo and bauxite mining, greed and history will be bumping heads in a big way. For some reason, lately I have been reading a lot of books that deal with mining…and it is never in a good way. Is it a current theme in the publishing and writing world? No matter, I am eager to begin. Will is rough, tough, a o nonsense kind of guy. Right off you know better than to push him too far. He’s a decorated Seal and he’s head of security for Global American Metals. I start off not liking the guy. Can he redeem himself in my eyes? We shall see. He’s sent to Jamaica to smooth the ruffled feathers of the Maroons, who have plenty to say about the strip mining of their tropical rain forest. A tropical rain forest, an unhappy nation of Maroons, a curse, voodoo, and now a dead body. Let’s rock! All the ugliness of corporate greed rears its ugly head. The only reason I am not super ticked off is because I believe the destruction of the rain forest, at least if Annie has anything to say about it, will never happen. It takes a novel like this to make some people think about the environment, let alone a rain forest. I love when novels contain important elements of real life, making them more believable. White Witch by Larry D Thompson is so much more than what I was expecting. The twisting and turning, the mystery and danger, the tension and suspense kept me reading into the wee hours of the morning. I love when an author can incorporate fact and fiction with a little mysticism into an adventure that makes me see an exotic tropical island in a new light. I knew some of Jamaica’s history from reading and visiting this world tropical paradise. That makes it easier to get lost in the story. I voluntarily reviewed a free ARC of White Witch by Larry D Thompson.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
The corporate greed machine attempts to strike again in the rain forests of Jamaica, attempting to steal away and destroy lands given to the indigenous people in a treaty signed centuries before. When Will Taylor is sent to “make nice” with the Maroon nation, a series of mysterious murders begin, at the hands of what appears to be a dead white witch, long thought to still haunt the lands. WHITE WITCH by Larry D. Thompson is a journey into the unknown, the inexplicable and the beliefs of a country used to the unbelievable, the magical and the mystical. Is a voodoo priestess’ spirit still roaming the land? Can a brilliant and colorful attorney prove the Marron still own the land given to them so long ago or will the courts allow the rape of nature in the name of money? Will Taylor may find himself on the wrong side of justice…and learning to believe in things he never thought possible. A quick read that is entertaining and has just enough of the supernatural to keep readers turning the pages one after the other. Filled with strong characters that are sometimes as mysterious as they are colorful, this is a great way to pass a few hours in the beauty of Jamaica, discovering more about a culture steeped in magic. I received a complimentary copy as part of a blog tour review.