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Editorial Reviews


  • "Author Michael Phillip Cash accomplishes a lot in only ninety one pages.  He parallels three generations of stories dealing with family issues, rebellion, sexuality, hypocrisy, deceit, prejudice, and finally acceptance. This is all achieved without sacrificing character or imagery." JD Jung, Underrated Reads
  • "Don't let the length of this novella fool you. Michael Phillip Cash is able to pack a big punch into a short amount of pages.  Successfully blending tragic stories of the five spirits...Cash does not disappoint." - Deanna, The Book Lover's Attic
  • "A short but mesmerizing tale, this spine tingling test of the human spirit quite literally takes on the ghosts of our ancestors in an attempt to neutralize their mistakes." - ForeWord Review
  • "This fast paced novella, easily read in one sitting, spins a tale of woe dating back to 1649, when a woman wrongly accused of witchcraft curses the reverend who sentenced her to death. As the years roll by, a number of his descendants fall victim to the curse and find themselves inhabitants of the hanging tree. The story's greatest strengths are its pacing and structure: Each short chapter develops an individual victim's back story piece by piece, leaving readers in constant, eager anticipation..." - Kirkus Reviews
  • "... readers looking for a quick and engaging read will devour this story..." Bianca Schulz
  • "History enthusiasts as well as readers who thirst for authenticity, will appreciate the different time periods..." Lemon Bee Blogspot

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Awards for The Hanging Tree:
  • NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner
  • Foreword's Book of the Year Awards INDIEFAB Finalist
  • Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards Finalist 2015 - Outstanding Paranormal / Supernatural

Product Details

  • File Size: 759 KB
  • Print Length: 91 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Feather Productions (October 6, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 6, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,047 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He's written eleven books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist, Monsterland and Battle for Darracia series.

Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming kids in the background.

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In a break from his full size novels, Michael Phillip Cash has done it again with a new novella that he has just released this week. The short story called, The Hanging Tree is everything you would expect from a thriller writer. Intrigue, mystery, ghostly presence, it's all there.

The story begins to unfolds in present time with two young teens, Arielle and Chad, who are making out under an old tree dubbed, "the hanging tree". Chad is pushing Arielle in a direction that she may not want to go and it is now a make it or break it decision.

Intertwined within, are five spirits from the past who are watching the whole thing unfold. They begin to tell their tragic tales of being at this very same tree and what it meant for them. Their stories are eerily familiar and all their deaths are based on a curse that be felled them.

Can this curse be broken in time so no harm comes to Arielle or Chad?

Ah, but if I told you, my dear readers, then that would give away the twisted makings of this tale.

I read this in about an hour and half to two hours. It really is packed full of imagery considering the shortness of the book. It's well worth the time and just perfect for the Halloween season upon us.

An easy 5 stars here!

~Naila Moon

Disclosure: I received a Kindle version of this book for free to review. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
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About the Book:

Enter a world where spirits roam the earth in Michael Phillip Cash's haunting new novella, The Hanging Tree. Set amid the eerie backdrop of Long Island, an area famously steeped in old legend, two young would-be lovers contemplate their future while visits from those who have come before them reveal the lure of fate...and the power of free will.

At seventeen years old, Arielle's relationship with her parents is slowly deteriorating. Angry and defiant, she is at a loss on how to cope with the tumultuous situation in which she finds herself. Arielle's only comfort is Chad, an eighteen-year-old young man who seems to truly understand her struggles. Arielle and Chad meet beneath the low-hanging branches of what the local community has nick-named the "Hanging Tree". An ancient and majestic landmark, it has long been rumored that the tree is haunted by ghosts.

These ghosts span various centuries and vary wildly in age, but each one of them has one thing in common: their deaths are all somehow connected to the tree itself. As Arielle and Chad commiserate over their current situation and their precarious nature of their future, the spectral inhabitants of the Hanging Tree witness their conversation. One by one,the ghosts begin reminiscing about their own lives-and deaths- as they examine the inner demons with which their human forms long struggled. An eerie meditation on the oft-overlooked power of choice, Cash's The Hanging Tree will stay with readers long after they turn out the light.

About the Author:

Michael Phillip Cash 's first book Brood X- A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion is presently under consideration for a film adaptation.
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Some author's rather early on find their niche in the literary output - a sector of interest that appeals to a given audience but also allows a writer to grow into his skin - much like the output of John Grisham, Scott Turow, Michael Ondaatje, Patricia Highsmith who focus on a theme and explore it in many ways.

Michael Phillip Cash seems to be consistent in his choice of themes: his prior `Brood X - A Firsthand Account of the Cicada Invasion' and `Stillwell - A Haunting on Long Island' embrace the fantasy cum horror cum `strange beasties in the night' ideas. And so it is with his most recent novel, `The Hanging Tree'. Not to be slotted into the `ghost stories' range, Cash instead takes living characters and makes the imprint of past lives or possible alien influences inform his characters without resorting to Hollywoodesque tampering. His novels unfold with a propulsive energy that makes reading them in one sitting sting enough that the reader will want to return to see how the clues laid in the open escaped notice.

The Hanging Tree begins innocently enough as a spot for a love tryst but almost form page one our would be lovers Arielle and Chad are interrupted by three generations of spirits who introduce family issues, rebellion, sexuality, hypocrisy, deceit, prejudice, and finally acceptance, all the while disturbing the progress of the love between our main characters. Young minds, young emotions shaped by secrets of the past that alter the manner in which choices are made.

Cash divides his chapters with the stories of these spirits, each speaking in the language of their time.
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In a deserted spot under the legendary Hanging Tree, Arielle and Chad are at odds with whether or not they are about to “take their relationship to the next level.” Are they truly alone or are spirits from the past, all somehow related to the Hanging Tree, keeping an interested watch over the living. Perched in the tree, they discuss what is happening between these teens and share the tale of their lives, long ago. What is the curse that has kept them imprisoned in the tree? Will the events between Chad and Arielle have an impact on the spirits’ eternities? Can an act of kindness release the pain of the past?

Their reflections are told in great detail, as they remember their past lives and how they ended up sitting in the hanging tree. They made choices, their paths to their destinies are varied, yet the results were the same. Meanwhile the living teens below the tree are also reflecting on how they got where they are right now. Family problems, a need to belong, feel “grown up,” the intense curiosity of youth, will they both give in to temptation? Or will they come to understand they do not have to?

The Hanging Tree by Michael Cash is a quick read, not too dark, filled with some surprisingly captivating characters and a tale that is part history lesson, part fantasy and completely engrossing to the end.In just a short time, you will have gone back in time and returned to the present!

I received a copy of The Hanging Tree from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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