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Children of Salem: Love Amid the Witch Trials [Kindle Edition]

Robert W. Walker
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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INTRIGUE, SUSPENSE, AND ROMANCE IN THE TIME OF THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS

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


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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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  • File Size: 769 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
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  • Publisher: Robert W. Walker (October 20, 2009)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TSAQBO
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review-Children of Salem March 3, 2010
By PapaJoe
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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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Not the Greatest January 20, 2011
By AMK
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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.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of research went into this gem. November 4, 2009
By B.T.G.
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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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow launch, weak ending but there's hope :) May 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars slow May 16, 2012
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sense of Place is Compelling
Repetition in the text lost this otherwise great version of the witch hunts in Salem a point in my ratings. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Candy
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh Salem...
The writers style illicits intrigue and fashions a good historical fiction. The amount of typos however makes you wonder just how much editing the transcript received.
Published 9 months ago by vanessa correia
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read!
I had chosen this book for a dumb reason, having visited Salem a few years back, and wasn't sure how true to life - if at all - this book would be. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!
Being an obsessed fan of the Salem witch trials, this book was just what I needed to fuel my obsession!
Brilliantly written!!
Published 16 months ago by Sonja L Myburgh
2.0 out of 5 stars Children of Salem
An Interesting story, liking to the times of America then, but a bit rambling at times. It seemed forever to finish.
Published 20 months ago by Granny Wanda
2.0 out of 5 stars Just can't get into it
I've tried reading this book numerous times over the past couple of weeks but for some reason, I can't get into it. Read more
Published on December 16, 2012 by L. Christensen
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
Really liked this book or rather this trilogy, glad it was all in one buy because otherwise it would have been confusing to try to read the others as the three books really seemed... Read more
Published on October 12, 2012 by wenrace
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pentagram for "Children of Salem"
Most observers looking back at the 1692 Salem tragedy do so from contemporary eyes. Of course, there is no such thing as witchcraft. Read more
Published on September 22, 2012 by William S. Shepard
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as researched as other reviewers think.
I am still reading the story having just passed to 50% mark and not sure I want to finish. Being from Massachusetts I am very interested in its history and this story is placed... Read more
Published on July 20, 2012 by Lynda A. Rodil
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good book
I think that this was a really good book. I thought it showed the real fear of the times and how fear reduced one to telling lies just to keep one's self alive. Read more
Published on July 10, 2012 by anne byerley
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MOST recent work available on Kindle and audiobooks via Audible.com. 57 titles in ebooks and 33 currently on Audible.com with 15 more in production, such as Killer Instinct and Titanic 2012, as well as many others. Latest Kindle book titles - The Canoneers - Ben Cross & The Guns of Ticonderoga, The Edge of Instinct finalized, and The RED PATH - historical romance in Civil War era very soon available. Work in Progress The Fear Collectors and another historical YA - Animiki - Brave of the Fire Nation.

New WORK this year has been The Canoneers, The Edge of Instinct, and The Red Path - a record year for output as I have published here on Kindle in Feb. two titles: the 12th in my award-winning, highly acclaimed INSTINCT SERIES - The EDGE of INSTINCT (also bk.#5 in EDGE Series/combined ensemble casts, you see). In addition, to introduce new readers to my EIGHT separate series characters, I published a book of EIGHT short stories under title of THRILLER PARTY of 8 - The One That Got Away.

Since two books put up in calendar year 2013 did not seem enough, I have now added in June a twisting, turning, churning, burning historical in the tradition of my Children of Salem meets Gone With The Wind entitled ANNIE'S WAR books #1 and #2 subtitled Love Amid the Ruins. Book #3 in this layered, complex pre-Civil War tale of the first home-grown terrorist attack on a US Armory in history, set in 1859 is through the eyes of the infamous John Brown? NO...through the eyes of his sexually active 17-year-old daughter.

While it chronicles what happened at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, the dramatic novel is one foremost of love and romance at the forefront, and it devolves into a fierce gun battle. It reads like a western for good reason. If a fan of the recent Kevin Costner film on the Hatfields and the McCoys, this fits right in that ballpark...and in fact, I modeled my John Brown on Kostner's role as Devil Anse. The two men would have had a lot in common. Anse and Brown that is...not Costner.

Book THREE of ANNIE's WAR will be published before end of June, so the entire trilogy, each at 2.99 will be available as will a hefty offering of the ENTIRE thee books in ONE kindle order for 5.99 - a real bargain. Counting Annie's Trilogy then in Calendar Year 2013 --so far-- I have completed and Kindled FIVE book-length works, Four being novels, One being Shorts, plus have shown up in three anthologies this year...and the year is only half over. There could be more! Meanwhile, my older titles are discussed below:


My previous several novels have been Original to Kindle, exclusvie works. Most recent has been TITANIC 2012 - Curse of RMS Tttanic, a cross-genre, generational suspense thriller with an occult horror twist. It's a new theory, a theory that proves the innocence of the iceberg, ha! Puts the burden of error squarely back onto Captain Edward Smith's shoulders, but it is also science fiction as it alternates chapters between 1912 and 2012. In future, divers go inside Titanic the Wreck to plunder her interiors. But what they find is murder and mayhem and monstrous stuff! See all ten reviews on Amazon.com

Just prior to launching T2012, I placed up CHILDREN of SALEM, romance and intrigue and ecumenical spies amid the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Talk about a "Bad Time to Be in Love" - but Jere Wakely does love the daughter of an excommunicated witch, Serena Nurse, and he vows to put an end to the insanity of the trials. Painstakingly reseached for some thirty odd years, Children of Salem is both my life's work and now my highest grossing ebook to date, selling 255 copies a month and garnering great reviews (as is T-2012). Children of Salem is a big ambitious work that all my previous books have led me to return to over decades to rewrite and rewrite again and again until I got it right.

AFTERSCHOCK is among all my backlisted titles sold years ago to NYC publishers. Aftershock is the ebook bread-winner, the one which as sold the most copies and for a long time had been my leading title in sales. I placed up some 40 "odd" previously published titles ranging from horror and supernatural, occult horror and suspense-thriller to mysteries and historical themes, and now i have 46 Kindle titles available. Would be fifty if not for tie-ups on other titles.

One more recent modern day noir PI novels is DEAD ON from Five Star Books July '09 which has garnered rave reviews and wonderful remarks from Tess Gerritsen, Ken Bruen, JA Konrath, David Ellis, Raymond Benson, and Jay Boninsinga as well as Booklist! Prior to this my City trilogy, City for Ransom, Shadows in the White City, and City of the Absent published via HarperCollins and heralded as great books by The Chicago Tribune, winning the coveted Lovey Award, set the stage for my finally being able to get Children of Salem RIGHT.

A bit about myself: I grew up in Chicago as my father came out of WWII knowing one skill -- how to drive a truck. As a truck driver, he supported five children. I was born in Corinth, MS., siblings born in Tuskegee, AL., where my mother hailed from.

I struggled in school in inner-city Chicago, but early on found I had a gift for 'talking my way out of fights' and this translated into 'telling stories' to influence others, and soon wondered if I could not do it for money. I began writing at a young age to 'communicate' ideas and always at the root of my tales are ideas, notions, concepts, issues, fears, phobias,the dark side of human nature, twisted religion, the human condition, and themes I find fascinating like the injustice we see every day, and vengeance, and greed, and skulduggery all around.

In fact, much of my fiction centers on twisted this or twisted that...from twisted fantasies in the minds of killers to twisted religion in the minds of...yeah... killers and others. I have read widely in all areas of human endeavor and use all areas imaginable in the creation of my characters and stories, and my work is character-driven whether it is a suspense novel or an historical novel.

I recieved a full scholarship to Northwestern University out of Wells High School, inner city, which was some kind of feat, and it was based on my writing ability. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education, went on to accomplish a Masters in English Education. I've taught for over thirty-years to 'support' my habit -- writing. I have always taught full-time while writing full-time, and I 'make' time.

While I grew up in Chicago, and many of my books center there and in the Midwest, I am currently living in Charleston, WV where I am still teaching and writing. I live with four step-children and my ER RN wife, Miranda, whose first novel, a serial killer chase down romp called Absolution, is also available on Kindle. I completed my 50th novel for publication with Titanic 2012.

Wish to thank all my readers for the many, many years of support since writing the spoof on disaster films and books, SUB-ZERO in 1979, and those who supported my Instinct and Edge Series as well as my various horror and other suspense series. I have created no less than eight series characters, all of whom I intend to keep "alive" via Kindle original titles in future. I am currently working on a 4th Geoffrey Caine (pen name) Abe Stroud, archaeology horror title called Bayou Wulf. For a free download of the first chapters, you can contact me on Facebook at Robert W. Walker (Rob) or my website - www.robertwalkerbooks.com

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