Voodoo Love Song Review


Richard Daybell has made the endearing assumption that his readers are intelligent and curious. From the very first chapter heading to the last period on the last page, his novel entertains without a single lapse. The attention to detail is perfect, not overly much nor less than necessary. Not one scene felt contrived; some passages provoked unanticipated laughter.

I knew his characters and recognized their personalities. I was particularly impressed by his ability to capture, effectively, the essence of young people. The children are charming and lovable, his villains are despicable, and the  protagonists are just like us. (They may not be just like you but trust me when I tell you Huey is just like me and in many ways so is Paul.)

The story begins at Disney World and the adventure blasts to Key West on a train where it slips through a sultry day on a boat to an island of intrigue and excitement. I was inspired to loathing, dread, and violence as well as concern, amusement, and anxiety in all the right places. The sex was incredible, just exactly what I had hoped it would be. With a few well-chosen words Mr. Daybell created desire, without pornography, and romance sans gushing sentiment.

“Voodoo Love Song” is a delightful vacation from this boring, demanding, day to day world to a place that is breathlessly alive. Richard Daybell’s novel is freshly reminiscent of Russell Banks and Carl Hiaasen novels. The book is available at Amazon, in both Kindle and paperback formats. The paperback edition is Made in the U.S.A. There are obvious nuggets that will appeal to Harry Belafonte fans.

As readers of this blog are well aware- I won’t read books that are not captivating. I won’t hesitate to stop halfway through. A book is not a commitment; it is entertainment.

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About elroyjones

Married, no children, responsibly self-directed, living happily.
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19 Responses to Voodoo Love Song Review

  1. It’s always amazing to me how well some book reviews are written, like the book tapped into a store of flammable feelings in the reviewer… and then put a spark to it.

    • elroyjones says:

      I enjoyed the book immensely but was mindful of my prejudice in favor of the writer, a fellow blogger, while I wrote the review. I was happy to be able to offer truthful accolades.
      I want to read your book and am hoping I can borrow a kindle from one of the relatives I like!

  2. I hate it whan people assume I am inteligant… inttellegent… inteleagunt… smart.

  3. Wow! I’m wordless again. It looks so happy there.

    • elroyjones says:

      It was happy there and I shall not lend it to anyone; I am encouraging purchases. As I did my errands today I found myself looking forward to tonight’s reading until I remembered I’d finished it, damn it!

  4. Is it proper for me to like it? I guess I don’t care, because I’m delirious about it.

    • elroyjones says:

      Oh yes, you should like it. Every word is true I wouldn’t have wasted my time, or yours, if I weren’t absolutely sincere. Feel free to print copies and have them framed; they’ll make lovely gifts!
      It’s good to be delirious but not so much that you lose your balance or anything rash because, as we all know, I am the Foremost Authority on Nothing but I know what I like to read and I loved your book.

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  6. Peggy says:

    Can’t wait to read it. Very excited because I’m reading a Paulo Coehlo book right now and a little lightness will be most welcome. Thanks!

  7. Michael Sadowski says:

    Good press never hurts the cause. Congrats. Where might I obtain a copy of your magnus opus?

  8. gkinnard says:

    Hell of a review and endorsement! I’ll have to check Richard out!

  9. It may become the first work of fiction I’ve read in a good long while. You’ve written a great review. I trust it. I’m also curious: is that a bakelite or jadeite clock I see?

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