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Children of Salem: Love Amid the Witch Trials Kindle Edition

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A spy working for religious organizations, Jere Wakely is summoned to Salem Village Parish, where it has become obvious to church authorities that there is serious trouble.

He is reluctant to return to his hometown for many reasons, not the least being that his heart is broken and he's worried about running into his former lover, Serena Nurse.

During his investigation, he has no expectation that their love will be rekindled. But their renewed passion parallels a greater fire--one of terror amid the infamous Salem Witch Trials.

A witch hunt in this important election year of 1692 is backdrop to a romance filled with intrigue and mystery; the history is accurate, and the truth is disturbing yet fascinating.

About the Author

Robert W. Walker is the author of more than forty thriller and horror novels, including 11 books in the acclaimed INSTINCT series featuring FBI medical examiner Jessica Coran.

Praise for Robert W. Walker

"Masterful." -- Clive Cussler

"Ingenious." -- San Francisco Examiner

"Gruesome." -- The Sunday Oklahoman

"Frightening." -- Midwest Book Review."

"Bone-chilling." -- Publisher's Weekly

"Perfect for Patricia Cornwell fans." -- Mystery Scene

"Walker is a master at the top of his game." -- Jack Kilborn

About the Author

About the Author Robert W. Walker is the author of more than fifty thriller and horror novels, including 12 books in the acclaimed INSTINCT series featuring FBI medical examiner Jessica Coran. Praise for Robert W. Walker "Masterful." -- Clive Cussler "Ingenious." -- San Francisco Examiner "Gruesome." -- The Sunday Oklahoman "Frightening." -- Midwest Book Review." "Bone-chilling." -- Publisher's Weekly "Perfect for Patricia Cornwell fans." -- Mystery Scene "Walker is a master at the top of his game." -- Jack Kilborn

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  • Publisher: Robert W. Walker (Oct. 20 2009)
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a88090) out of 5 stars Review-Children of Salem March 3 2010
By PapaJoe - Published on
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I just finished reading a remarkable book. It is "Children of Salem (Romance & Intrigue in the Time of the Witch Trials - 1692) by Robert W. Walker. The first thing I'll say is that the title is a bit unwieldy. And in all candor I have to say that the romance, while present, is not all that relevant but does make a good vehicle for the story to proceed, which it definitely does. While it is certainly not a 100% credible source, I did do a search on Wikipedia and the story by Walker appears to be accurate as far as the incidents went. At least that part that does not include the romance.

I, like others, have always heard of the Salem witch trials but have never known much about them. Somehow I had understood that the accused witches were burned but as the book pointed out, only one was ever burned and she was also accused of burning the home and killing the family which owned her (she was a slave). The rest were hanged, most of them at Salem. For me this was a riveting story. Well, maybe more chilling than riveting. I was constantly wondering where this would end, fearing the worst but hoping for the best. All this when I had a pretty good idea that it would end, and end in infamy. But I was truly afraid. I felt I was thrust into the terrifying situation rather than just being told about it. I would give this book two thumbs up but that's copyrighted so I'll give it 4 stars, or 5 if that is allowed. Can that be copyrighted as well? Well, let just say that I HIGHLY recommend it.

The story moves well, from beginning to end though as in this and others of Walker's books, the last 50 pages or so I simply could not put it down. Consequently I am writing this on very little sleep. I'm a fan of well researched historical fiction and this certainly fills the bill. So I would strongly say, good job and suggest all my fellow historical fiction fans to grab this one.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6a8515c) out of 5 stars Good, Not the Greatest Jan. 20 2011
By AMK - Published on
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I liked this book, but only gave it 4 stars because its not the best out there. The character development was pretty good, but I thought the gratuitous sex passages were a distraction, and a bit unrealistic for the time period. They really are not necessary for the story to progress. I don't think they're necessary for the book to sell, either. I'm not a prude, I just think they don't fit in here, in this context. However, there are a number of good points to the story. I thought the whole angle of land possession being a motivation for the adults, and attention-seeking being a motivation for the adolescent girls to be very interesting, and plausible. However, the author doesn't ignore the religious sensiblilities of the time (fear of the devil and superstition) as well as the religious intolerance that defined the Puritans. He strikes a good balance. The end was a little disappointing, as it seemed as though the author just figured he had enough pages, so did a quick wrap-up at the end, which I think could have been more detailed and complete. I had to go elsewhere to get more info. All in all, however, a good read, but after this one, I read The Heretic's Daughter, and found it better. Still, worth the money.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6aa0108) out of 5 stars Lots of research went into this gem. Nov. 4 2009
By B.T.G. - Published on
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This is a wonderful historical novel, which brings the Salem witch trials to life. Rob Walker weaves a masterful story on a loom of known fact. You won't want to set this novel aside until the end.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Matthew Schiariti - Published on
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I had high hopes for this novel. Given the subject matter and the fact that I'm a fan of historical fiction (Follett, Kalogridis) I tore into Children of Salem shortly after downloading it.

I was disappointed.

I won't to into too much detail about the plot. Jeremy Wakely is sent from Boston to look into the questionable practices of a puritan minister in Salem, Mass. Jeremy has a history in Salem and is reluctant to go back but he does so out of honor...and because of a girl. Jeremy is thrust neck deep into the mystery and lunacy that was the Salem Witch Trials of the late 17th century.

The Salem Witch Trials was one of the darkest and most interesting periods in American history. With that as a backdrop, I was very much looking forward to tearing my way through this book.

It's not that Walker's a bad writer. The historical aspects are well covered and he does give the reader a good sense of how it was for people living in that area of the country at that time in history.

No, the main problem with this book is the pacing. It's S-L-O-W. It says it's a little over 400 pages but it certainly feels longer than that. The book is filled with frequent drawn out conversations where the participants seem to be reiterating the same things over and over again. Frankly, it spoiled my enjoyment of the book.

I'm not an instant gratification type of reader. I don't mind a nice build up to a big reveal or a good ending but sometimes I felt it was a chore to get through the conversations to see what the next development in the story was.

The love angle between Jeremy and Serena didn't seem to 'pop', that's the best way I can think to describe it. I think it's partially because many of the characters just seemed to read the same way. With a few standouts, most of the characters seemed to speak the same exact way and had the same type of personalities.

I don't mean to bash it. I'm sure this novel couldn't have been easy to write, especially considering the historical aspect of it. It just left me feeling a little let down.

I didn't think it was bad, I didn't think it was great either. I give it a solid 'okay'.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa70654bc) out of 5 stars Slow launch, weak ending but there's hope :) May 17 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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This book has potential, but needs work. I nearly abandoned the book because the beginning did not engage me. Once Wakely actually reached Salem, I took interest. There is a lot of suspense, but for all that is afforded throughout the book, the ending flopped. There was no resolution to the Parris accusation with his slave, no resolution for the Nurse family -- whether it be positive or negative -- nothing. Where the storyline occassionally dragged with descriptions of political issues, those pages could have been afforded to a stronger ending. I also found the inconsistencies distracting, i.e, the age of Anne Jr. changing several times within a chapter and the dialogue switching from period appropriate to teenaged slang. Also, Indians were mentioned repeatedly as though they were a large presence in the area. However, after 1675 and King Philip's War, very few remained in the area, either due to war losses, illnesses, or their having fled to NH and Canada. They were mentioned so often that one expected there to be an interaction at some point, but it never happened.

I finished the book hoping to find out what came of the story with the doctor that played such a large part near the end, and what came of the Nurse family and their lands -- a thread throughout the entire story -- and was left holding an empty basket.

Lots of potential with a little work!