by Larry D Thompson
on Tour March 5 - May 5, 2018
When a ruthless American aluminum company plans to strip mine the Jamaican rainforest, they send former Navy SEAL Will Taylor to Montego Bay to deal with local resistance. But he’s unaware that the British had signed a treaty deeding it to the Jamaican Maroons, descendants of escaped slaves, over 300 years ago. The Maroons fought and died for their land then, and are willing to do so now. Upon Will’s arrival, a series of inexplicable murders begin, some carried out with deadly snake daggers that were owned and used by Annie Palmer, a voodoo priestess better known as the White Witch. She was killed 200 years prior, but is said to still haunt the island.
Forced into the middle of it, Will is finally convinced to join the Maroons, headed by Vertise Broderick, a Maroon who resigned from the New York Times to return to Jamaica to save the rainforest. To stop the mining, they hire a Jamaican attorney to prove that the Maroon/British treaty is still valid, and they take it upon themselves to solve the White Witch murders, because the legend of the White Witch can’t possibly be true…
Book Details:Genre: Thriller
Published by: Story Merchant Press
Publication Date: March 5, 2018
Number of Pages: 307
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After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, Larry spent the first half of his professional life as a trial lawyer. He tried well over 300 cases and won more than 95% of them. Although he had not taken a writing class since freshman English (back when they wrote on stone tablets), he figured that he had read enough novels and knew enough about trials, lawyers, judges, and courtrooms that he could do it. Besides, his late, older brother, Thomas Thompson, was one of the best true crime writers to ever set a pen to paper; so, just maybe, there was something in the Thompson gene pool that would be guide him into this new career. He started writing his first novel about a dozen years ago and published it a couple of years thereafter. He has now written five highly acclaimed legal thrillers. White Witch is number six with many more to come.
Larry is married to his wife, Vicki. He has three children scattered from Colorado to Austin to Boca Raton, and four grandchildren. He has been trying to retire from the law practice to devote full time to writing. Hopefully, that will occur by the end of 2018. He still lives in Houston, but spends his summers in Vail CO, high on a mountain where he is inspired by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.
Catch Up With Larry on larrydthompson.com, Goodreads, Twitter, & Facebook!My Thoughts:
Will Taylor, a ruthless ex-Navy Seal works for Global American Metals is sent to Jamaica by his boss to deal with the locals. The Maroons, an indigenous tribe of people who live in the mountains where the mines are located. They are not happy with the company and do what they can to keep the mines from stripping the land. What Will finds upon arrival in Jamaica is a land steeped in superstitions. The White Witch was a name the locals had given to a white woman who not only made life unbearable but also involved murder.
The Maroons were escaped slaves who ran away from their Spanish-owned plantations when the British took the Caribbean island of Jamaica from Spain in 1655. The slaves had a treaty with Spain that provided them the land up in the mountains and rainforests in perpetuity. They get upset when Global American Metals wants to further have their mines there. The locals feel that that is not what they want because of the mines. The Maroons fought to get their land and they are prepared to keep fighting for their land.
Will is an employee of Global and is really there to protect the company from the locals quest to keep their land and drive the mine out of Jamaica. Will meets Vertise, daughter of the leader and after a couple murders that are tied to Global, the case of Global against the Maroons is sent to court.
This novel is definitely character driven and has a real historical and eery feel with the murders, voodoo rituals and local superstitions. I was prepared to not like this book as I had never read anything about Jamaican history. After the prologe I was actually hooked. It did take me awhile to read it but that was all me and not the book!
If you love a good suspenseful historical story of Jamaica, then I recommend that you go get yourself a copy, you can also enter the giveaway!