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.