Alicia Bewitched (Book Three Of The Carlos Mann Trilogy) – by Nick Iuppa and John P. Mendoza
The Third Carlos Mann Adventure
Logic Professor Carlos Mann sets out to murder Tiger Joy in her prison cell. Unfortunately, the gorgeous queen of human traffickers captures him and ships him off to the Yucatan, where the evil witch, La Bruja, uses all her powers to try to weaken and destroy him. Meanwhile, Alicia calls on friends both living and dead to help save her husband, and in the process she learns many terrible secrets that were born in the days of the great Mayan Empire … secrets that could save or even destroy Carlos and Alicia.
Book Review: If you like all things supernatural: ghosts, witchcraft, sorcery, alchemy, then ‘Alicia Bewitched’ (Book Three of the Carlos Mann Trilogy) is for you. Although a series, each book in the trilogy stands alone on it own merit.
In ‘Alicia Bewitched’ the authors’ writing style keeps the reader engaged in a supernatural, suspenseful adventure in which Dr. Carlos Mann sets out to finally put an end to that murderous, sex-trafficking, beauty, Tiger Joy. She has tried repeatedly to snuff Carlos’s ghost wife, Alicia, out of existence. Tiger, of course, turns the tables on Carlos and sends him into the clutches of an evil witch who then takes him on a cruel journey of self-discovery.
With characters living and dead, the settings still flit effortlessly between Modern-day Mexico, the capital of an ancient Mayan city-state, San Francisco’s Chinatown, a haunted women’s prison, and Leland University in Los Altos, California.
One thing I find extremely helpful in the ‘Carlos Mann books is the complete list of characters and their roles at the beginning of each work. Every book has a large, unique, well-developed cast of characters and an intricate storyline that seems ready to be turned into a screenplay.
To show the writing style and depth of content, I quote from ‘Alicia Bewitched’ (Book Three of the Carlos Mann Trilogy).
“Carlyle August stands at the very gates of hell, at the same cave of hopelessness where he met Tiger and became her slave. Before him, a great waterfall dives all the way into the underworld. Inside the raging waters, he sees the souls of the damned traveling downward on a one-way trip. A dictator (the murderer of thousands of people) screams as his body is pounded and twisted by the waterfall. Haters and liars fall together, slamming into each other, clawing wildly whenever another body is close enough for them to grab. But the rush of the waterfall is too powerful for any of their actions to help. They will dive into a bottomless lake at the base of the fall, and there they will be fished out, dragged ashore, and then driven into the deepest parts of hell.”
I, Theodocia McLean endorse ‘Alicia Bewitched’ – by Nick Iuppa & John P. Mendoza as these two authors give the reader eloquent writing, well developed characters that draw you into intense, suspenseful story lines. The review was completed on April 18, 2015.