Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash
Do witches need protecting? Apparently! Even all powerful creatures need help sometimes.
Publisher’s Description: 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.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, SPOILERS!)
Overview: This is not a program where a witch sees something and then is moved to another life with a new name and whatnot. No, this is a special branch of the police department that protects the craft. Witches that decide they would like to take over the world need not apply. There are basically two branches of witches – the good ones and the bad ones – they have fancy names, but for simplicity that is how I will distingush them. There is a couple of different things going on in this story. Wes, a green agent with a bit of an attitude, is on his last chance with the department. He has to prove himself a capable agent or he is kicked to the curb. Another part of the story is a man hating bad witch that wants to take over the world-or at least be in charge. She has come up with a fool proof plan (she thinks) and she has the resources to pull it off. There is yet another part of the story that reveals a love triangle. That part doesn’t show up until in the end.
The Good: The cover is AWESOME! The book does not end in a cliffhanger. The story really is tongue-in-cheek with the suspense and adventure being more fluffy than heart poundingly intense. I liked it. It had a bit of “Men in Black” kind of feel to it and I only say that because the weapons used against the witches were kind of cool steampunk contraptions that shot green goo to subdue the magical entity. You know that the good guys will win in the end which is a plus for me. There is no blood and gore. No cuss words and no sex. This isn’t a horror story – just a fluffy paranormal romp. Kind of like a cozy mystery vs. a thriller mystery.
The Bad: There were places in the story where things didn’t flow as smoothly as I thought they should. The world could have had a little more depth and the main characters were a little shallow. The only character I liked was Alastair Verne. I didn’t have a problem turning the pages, the story kept me engaged, but it wasn’t a barn burner.
The Ugly: There is an ugly old disfigured crone in the story that gets what is coming to her.
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