Witches Protection Program
I received this book to review for Bewitching Book Tours.
This book is brilliant, I loved the story from start to finish and read it in two evenings. I was itching to put my child to bed early to read it and even managed to sneak a few pages whilst she played with her Barbie dolls! Naughty I know but I thoroughly enjoyed the story.
Wes is a police officer in a special unit. At the very beginning of the story he is being given the telling off of all telling offs by his superior, who also happens to be his dad; for letting an old, seemingly harmless, lady out of their custody. What did he do? He looked her in the eyes. You may think…What?!! But with the title ‘Witches Protection Program’ you get the hint that she clearly isn’t a harmless old lady.
The story is set in modern day New York City. Wes has been reassigned to another unit, to prove his worth; another screw up and he’s out. He meets his new partner, Alastair, and is introduced to his new assignment at his new department – The Witches Protection Program. Like most young-hunky blond 25 year old males, Wes does not believe in witches and finds the new assignment a joke, to begin with anyway.
We then meet Morgan, a young college student and heiress to a multi-billion dollar cosmetics company, Pendragon, started by her deceased mother and ruthless aunt. Her aunt is still alive and very much kicking, building up her empire with the help of some seriously hardcore, high powered witches. By the way, Morgan is a witch too!! Eeeeeek I hope I haven’t spoiled it for you….! In all honestly I haven’t.
The story between Morgan and her aunt has a ‘The Devil Wares Prada’ feel to it, a film and book I LOVED! I was constantly picturing Meryl Streep playing Aunt Bea. There are two types of witches in this story, the Davinas who are good witches that use their magic to help and heal people. Then there are the Willas, powerful badass witches not using their gifts for the greater good but for their own selfish desires. The Witches Protection Program, an off the radar unit, help protect the good witches.
With Morgans aunt wanting to take control of the world, Wes has to quickly believe in witches and also his ability to do the job to the standard his father wants him to. Morgan has to fight between her loyalty to her aunt, who took her in when her mother died, and her natural instinct of doing the right thing for the greater good.
We meet some interesting and comical characters in the book; the story has a tongue in cheek feel to it but it very well written. A very easy to read and follow story that had me sniggering well into the evening. I kept thinking how much I’d love to see the film; the graphics I pictured in my head were amazing! Towards the end there is a couple of chapters that had a superman / transforms kind of feel but its really well portrayed, these were the scenes I’d sneaked off to read, there was a cartoon playing in the other room and the music in the background really suited what was happening in the book! It made the whole experience of the story become even more alive! The ending has a Walt Disney feel to it and I closed the last page hoping the author is going to make this a series.
Definitely giving this book 5 out of 5. I’ll be checking out other books this author has written.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/fMn2EgYQr8s
Wes Rockville, a disgraced law enforcement agent, is given one last chance to prove himself and save his career when he’s reassigned to a 232 year old secret government organization. The Witches Protection Program.
His first assignment: uncover a billion-dollar Cosmetics company’s diabolical plan of using witchcraft for global domination, while protecting its heiress Morgan Pendragon from her aunt’s evil deeds. Reluctantly paired with veteran witch protector, Alastair Verne, Wes must learn to believe in both witches and himself.
Filled with adventure, suspense and a rousing good time, Michael Phillip Cash creates a tongue-in-cheek alternate reality where witches cast spells and wreak havoc in modern day New York City.
“Follow me, kid.” She led him down a gray hallway with mulberry-colored carpet, more plush than anything he’d ever seen in a governmental office. The place had to be a city block wide, with corridors branching off to other conduits. Here and there, a doorway opened. Wes saw that many were filled with groups of people sitting at polished conference tables. Some rooms were dark, with shades drawn, the light of a presentation on screens peeking through the slats of the blinds. Staff walked through the hallways, nodding to each other. Some were in pairs. All had a badge hanging on a chain or attached to a pocket. He squinted, but he couldn’t make out the impression on the shield. Forget about attempting to read it. He shrugged; while it looked official, it was unfamiliar. For a person who grew up with an entire family in law enforcement, he found it odd that he’d never seen it before.
“What is this place?” he asked.
“This is where the magic happens,” she told him cryptically.
She opened the door, whispering, “Prepare to be amazed.” Then, with a giant pop of her gum, she disappeared.
“Where…” Wes turned, looking for the woman, but couldn’t see her anywhere. “Where is…”
“Oh, she’s gone. Come in already,” a male voice ordered impatiently.
Wes spun to the speaker, his eyes settling on a small man seated at a glass desk. He was in a neat gray suit but wore a black turtleneck, which made him look like some odd, eccentric leftover from the beatnik generation. He was older than Wes’s father, Wes guessed somewhere north of sixty, with the thickening middle of a sedentary life, a tanned complexion, and silver hair. His chubby face sported a neatly trimmed goatee. Wes wondered where his beret might be. The man studied Wes with interested black eyes that glowed with merriment.
“What kind of department is this?”
“Mr. Wesley Paul Rockville. Son of Harris and Melinda, brother to Lauren and Andrew. Tough act to follow. Runt of the litter?”
Wes bristled, wondering where this pint-size dude got off calling him a runt. At six foot three, he was hardly considered small. “I fail to see what this has got to do with my reassignment,” he said icily.
The older man ignored him. “The young gun who had his free will sucked right out of him.”
“No one took my free will!” Wes shouted, his face hot.
“I think Miss Genevieve Fox did a pretty nice number on you.”
“What are you talking about?”
Alastair cocked his head, a smile playing on his lips.
“I don’t think this is funny, um…Alastair. I’m getting out of here.” Wes had had enough. He was pissed and hungry.
“Sit down, Agent Rockville. It’s time you learned about your new assignment.”
About the Author:
Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning and best-selling novelist of horror, paranormal, and science fiction novels. He’s written ten books including the best-selling “Brood X”, “Stillwell”, “The Flip”, “The After House”, “The Hanging Tree”, “Witches Protection Program”, “Pokergeist”, “Monsterland”, “The History Major”, and “Battle for Darracia” series. Michael’s books are on the Amazon best-seller list and have also won numerous awards. Additionally, he is a screenwriter with 14 specs under his belt. Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island.
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