on March 29, 2017 :
My Review- Meow-kay.... The protagonist, who is never actually named but referred to as Adja, is kind of a dufus, party-boy loser, who seems to have a friend in the real estate business, and together, they go to party in New Orleans, but almost immediately, while running to a liquor store, he stumbles across a murder. After the murder, the dead man's mojo goes into Adja, he passes out, and he wakes up to find an old Creole woman tending to his health. It turns out she's the grandmother of the murder victim, and since the victim chose to give his mojo to Adja, she takes him as her pupil to teach him the ways of Voodoo in order to survive, in order to exact revenge!
This is not actual Voodoo, not that I know actual Voodoo, but Dennis, the author, states that it is a fictional rendition of Voodoo, which includes hexes, charms, shape shifting, and even astral travel! Super neat-o!
Meow, the book is broken down into 4 short stories, and each serves as either a chapater or its own tale. In the first tale, Adja learns the prelims of Voodoo and goes to take on the man who killed the old woman's grandson, and what struck me as cool is that no one in the entire book has a name! They are called by either their animal guide or something else; i.e. Adja, J, Snake, Bear, Eagle, Old Woman, etc. No one turned into a cat though :(
The second story consists of Adja doing a favor for Bear, his guide. The favor is to find friends among the tribes and track down Dire Wolf, a ghost spirit, woooooo spooky pooky!
In the third story, something has happened to Bear, and Adja--with no more powers--has to find a way to help Bear by travelling directly into the spirit world, the Otherside, as it is called throughout the book.
Finally, in the fourth story, Adja has to battle a mysterious spirit that is trying to steal his body.
Never, never ever, in my life have I read something like this.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on Feb. 15, 2017 :
I think this was the first first person story by Dennis. I don't normally like first person for a fiction story, but it seemed to work really well. This is also four short stories all put together following the story of Adja, who comes off like a frat boy that gets caught up in some mysterious affairs.
While partying in New Orleans, Adja sees a murder, but the dead guy passes on his mojo and when Adja wakes up, an old creole woman starts telling him what's going on. The dead guy was her grandson, and he was a shadowman, a person who practices voodoo, but not the kind of voodoo you think. There's hexes and all kinds of herbs and magic and stuff, but this was so much more than that.
There were spirits, but they weren't your normal spirits like the ghosts of people, they were just these indescribable forces. There were plants that talked, there was shape shifting, the whole novella was a world so totally different from anything I've ever come across and it was also so totally different from anything else Dennis has written to my knowledge anyway.
In short the story is about Adja doinf favors for Bear who is fighting with Snake. Both are spirit leaders, forces that give their power to their followers in returns for completing quests, but then, like half way through the story changed direction and it became about something else, something I can't really put my finger on.
The funny thing is that at the very beginning of the book, not in the story but in the notes from Dennis, he talks about opening ourselves to the world around us and maybe I've just never taken such a thing seriously. I'm not trying to say that this book has turned me into someone who believes in spirits and voodoo but the book was definitely written a person with a very strange outlook on life in general. Another highly recommended story by Dennis, an author that leaves me wondering why he self publishes his work. The quality of writing and story telling is so far beyond anything else.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)