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Monday, July 14 2014

The Hanging Tree: A NovellaThe Hanging Tree: A Novella by Michael Phillip Cash
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was asked by an agent to review Michael Phillip Cash’s novella The Hanging Tree. I received a paper back copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Hanging Tree is a wonderful paranormal story about a teenage couple exploring the boundaries of their sexuality under an old tree haunted by five ghosts. The ghosts are different generations of the same family and are bound to the tree by an ancient curse conjured up by the oldest ghost who was hanged as a suspected witch over 300 years ago.

Cash expertly weaves the old with the new while showing that most problems we humans face are universal through the ages. The cast of characters is colorful and interesting and believable.

Cash has a crisp, descriptive style, and writes fine dialogue. The ghouls are not too scary or gruesome, and the story lines converge to a flawless, exciting ending.

I can recommend this novella to anyone. The story is clever and rich and deserves five stars.


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Posted by: Jody Zimmerman AT 01:33 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, July 14 2014

The Hanging Tree: A NovellaThe Hanging Tree: A Novella by Michael Phillip Cash
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was asked by an agent to review Michael Phillip Cash’s novella The Hanging Tree. I received a paper back copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Hanging Tree is a wonderful paranormal story about a teenage couple exploring the boundaries of their sexuality under an old tree haunted by five ghosts. The ghosts are different generations of the same family and are bound to the tree by an ancient curse conjured up by the oldest ghost who was hanged as a suspected witch over 300 years ago.

Cash expertly weaves the old with the new while showing that most problems we humans face are universal through the ages. The cast of characters is colorful and interesting and believable.

Cash has a crisp, descriptive style, and writes fine dialogue. The ghouls are not too scary or gruesome, and the story lines converge to a flawless, exciting ending.

I can recommend this novella to anyone. The story is clever and rich and deserves five stars.


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Posted by: Jody Zimmerman AT 01:33 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, July 14 2014

The FlipThe Flip by Michael Phillip Cash
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was asked by an agent to review Michael Phillip Cash’s novel The Flip. I received a paper back copy in exchange for an honest review.

Cash, a talented storyteller, crafts a paranormal story of a young couple’s purchase of a large, old Victorian mansion they intend to restore themselves and quickly resell for a profit. Several Civil War era characters, including a voluptuous railroad heiress who has amorous designs on the handsome young husband doing the restoration, haunt the mansion.

Cash has a fluid, crisp style of writing, with vivid descriptions of his settings, and realistic dialogue. Further, as a person who has had more than a few encounters with spirits, I find his portrayal of them remarkably true to what I have experienced.

The novel is a quick read with well-developed characters. Cash switches scenes between the antebellum era and the present in a seamless way that progresses the story. The crux of the plot is that everyone just wants to be loved. You will not find blood and gore and scenes that will send you shivering under your covers, but you will find a truly enjoyable ghost story.

The actual printing of the pages was off a bit with some pages having only one sentence in the middle of the page. This bothered me.

I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy a quick read, a great story line, and who have an open mind about the spirit world. I think Cash has many more great stories to tell. I’m saving my five stars rating for one of those. This fine story gets four stars.



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