- By JackHeath JohnThompson

Rebecca's Rising

  • Title: Rebecca's Rising
  • Author: JackHeath JohnThompson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Rebecca s Rising Having stepped off the fast track of primetime network television news John Andrews has chosen a quieter life as editor of Salem News a small paper in a quiet New England town Life is perfect until

    Having stepped off the fast track of primetime network television news, John Andrews has chosen a quieter life as editor of Salem News, a small paper in a quiet New England town Life is perfect until Andrews wife is killed in a tragic accident After several years of trying to numb the pain with alcohol, Andrews is visited by the spirit of a long dead ancestor who opensHaving stepped off the fast track of primetime network television news, John Andrews has chosen a quieter life as editor of Salem News, a small paper in a quiet New England town Life is perfect until Andrews wife is killed in a tragic accident After several years of trying to numb the pain with alcohol, Andrews is visited by the spirit of a long dead ancestor who opens a door to a shocking family history After he experiences a surreal glimpse into the past, Andrews must confront the question of whether he is losing his mind or whether for several hundred years his ancestors have been engaged in a secret battle with a coven that worships Satan Fueled by the need to understand whether his wife s death was really an accident or something far sinister, Andrews, along with his beautiful assistant editor, risk everything to discover a truth so horrifying it threatens to destroy everything and everyone he knows and loves.

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    1. John Andrews is the editor of a small New England newspaper, The Salem News. A one time heavy hitting news anchor with ABC news, he'd stepped down four years ago in order to spend more time with his wife Julie and daughter Sara. But things changed when his wife died in a tragic car accident, leaving him an empty-nester, reliant on the bottle to numb his pain. Now, as he's trying to pick up the shards of his life four years later, he begins to see the ghost of an ancestor that passed dozen of dec [...]

    2. The Salem News editor, John Andrews, is mourning the death if his wife, four years earlier, and lives in the house inherited from his aunt. Along with the house he also inherited a valuable painting that has been the property of his family for several generations. He had to make a promise never to sell it and always keep it hanging in the exact spot. The old woman in it always made him feel uncomfortable, until one day when he discovered something different about her.The book is well-written, su [...]

    3. This book quite honestly reminded me of the Da Vinci Code, taking a historical context connected to a main character by family, and then delving into a detective-like account of uncovering the next piece of the puzzle. Inhabitants of Salem will probably be unhappy about the way that this book seemingly turns the town inside-out looking for its secrets in the same way that aficionados of Leonardo Da Vinci had their feathers ruffled by the implications that Dan Brown cast on the well-known authorâ [...]

    4. First thing that comes to mind is WOW, this book had me at the get go. I received this book from Good Reads on 10-23 and finished on 10-23 and did it in about 7 hours, I couldn't put it down. What an amazing story! I hope there will be a book 2. I've always been fascinated by the witch trials & have read just about every book out there. The spin on this story that John's ancestors are trying to come into the future to correct the past & present is a very possibility that can't be ignored [...]

    5. Everyone knows about the Salem Witch Trials. This book although a work of fiction in my opinon could of been a true story to a point. It was a great play of history repeating itself. Family secrets are often passed down to generation after generation.From the title we know that somehow Rebecca Nurse is involved. I honestly believe a lot of times that little voice or gut feeling we feel could be a family member that has passed on. They are our guardian angels. How many times do we say about a lov [...]

    6. I loved this book. I've been a lifelong New Englander. I grew up with stories of Rebecca Nurse and the Salem Witch Trials. Each summer our family visited Salem and learned more about it's history. To read a book written by an actual descendant of Rebecca Nurse was a treat. This is a fabulous story. The characters seem real to me. John Andrews is a wonderful protagonist. You will laugh with him, feel his pain, and cry with him. You will root for him and feel hope for his future. At the beginning [...]

    7. will see Free today 9/27/12from amazon:"I found Salem VI: Rebecca's Rising a fascinating read, not only because the book is exceptionally well written, but because the authors have done much the same thing I did when I wrote Gallows Hill. Both books are grounded in historical fact, but we (the authors) then asked ourselves the proverbial fiction-writers' question: "What if?" What if the horror didn't end when the witch hunts ended, but lay dormant, re-emerging in the 21sr Century? Our imaginatio [...]

    8. Maybe it's the season, maybe I was just ready for this kind of read, but Salem VI,Rebecca's Rising was great!The reader was grabbed right away, and sometimes given a little shake for good measure. And once again,getting a little background on the author is very helpful in getting a feel for the story. The author,like the main character, is descended from both one of the accused and the accuser in the infamous Salem witch trials of the late 1600's.Makes for am interesting dynamic right off. And t [...]

    9. I suppose I need to bang out a review on this one-the author is on the local radio show here on 107.7, and on this site. Ok, here we goOverall, I would rate this one a fun read. The plot was entertaining, and moved at a good clip. If you really need the plot, here you go-the 'Reader's Digest' condensed version. Alcoholic news reporter in Salem, MA starts seeing ghost of one of his relatives from the old 'witch trials' in his house. He feels it might relate to disappearances of seemingly random p [...]

    10. I've always been fascinated by the Salem witch trials after seeing The Crucible, so it wasn't hard to agree to review this one. Rather than go down the route of an action-packed conspiracy thriller, Jack Heath and John Thompson have gone the route of a more character-driven story and as such it stands out much more than just another religious/conspiracy thriller. What made a God-fearing Puritan community turn against their own?John Andrews escaped a fire at his college dorm, due to hearing the v [...]

    11. Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising begins outside a college dorm in the late 1970′s. The dorm is about to catch fire and inside is John Andrews. Having been drugged after drinking a keg he wakes to a woman yelling at him to get up. When he groggily opens his eyes he doesn’t seen anyone, but this woman keeps yelling at him to get up. When he finally does he sees his room is on fire and must help get his roommates and others out of the building. This is the first in many attempts on John’s life. W [...]

    12. “Salem VI” is a novel that twists history and modern times together in an original way. The story is about John Andrews, the editor of “Salem News”, who had recently lost his wife in an unfortunate accident. While he tries to deal with his wife’s death, mostly through alcohol, John is visited by Rebecca Nurse, his ancestor and a convicted witch from the infamous Salem witch trials. Through these visits from Rebecca, he has to deal with the possibility of a many century’s long battle [...]

    13. This book raises doubt to a new level of concern. Salem VI : Rebecca’s Rising challenges contemporary understanding of the witch trials of Salem. Beware: this book will be perceived as corrosive to the veneer of Salem history. Class warfare on the New England Brahmin? Not exactly. Ultimately, history yields to truth but getting there can get messy.Rebecca's Rising compels you to re-examine any previous notion of Salem justice back 300 years' ago. The pace of the book betrays Heath’s roots as [...]

    14. Very good debut novel! Flows well, very good suspense, strong characters. I loved being surprised by an unexpected character twistat's hard to do well. Coming from the area, I had a strong appreciation for the historic elements featured in the story, and I mean beyond just the witches aspect. The historic research was very well done. And, while meant to be a paranormal story, it has plenty of elements similar to other historic religious conspiracy theories (Templars, etc.), as well as modern day [...]

    15. This book was filled with suspense and kept me reading to find out what John Andrews, an editor of a paper in Salem, would discover next. I could easily see it being converted to a film, because the plot is just so action-packed that it keeps its readers guessing about what will pop up on the next page. Even though it invokes the paranormal, I found the book believable because it didn’t stretch things too far-the influence of the seemingly omniscient Rebecca Nurse was just enough to keep thing [...]

    16. I received this book for free to review. I was excited about the subject matter so was looking forward to seeing where it went.Overall, I found the book easy to read. There were things that were a bit annoying like the dialog when a scene from the past was happening, or the way the main characters figured things out so easily, and about how Rebecca was always described as embroidering. I will say that the twists weren't terribly surprising, but they also were not something that you knew way in a [...]

    17. Salem VI: Rebecca's Rising is a fascinating read! It will keep you on the edge of your seat with all the unexpected twists and turns. The book draws you in from the very beginning, from the fast-paced plot, to John Andrews' endearing character. John Andrews after a horrifying accident is visited by a long dead ancestor, Rebecca Nurse and is shown a past in which his ancestors have been engaged in a battle with a satanic coven for hundreds of years. Bent on exposing the coven's dark secrets, Andr [...]

    18. Of course i entered a competition to win a copy of this book, then after a while couldn't wait and bought it, then found out i'd won But that's besides the point i was delighted :)Love the links between the characters/history of the book and the author (Jack Heath) himself, and how he's put a whole twist on it to create 'Rebecca's Rising' -awesome :) Really enjoyed reading this book, it was fast-paced and had some surprises, and also creepy in parts -the 'ingredients' of a good thriller ;) anyt [...]

    19. Rebecca’s Rising proves that dramatic irony is still alive and kicking-just like the air of mystery surrounding the Salem Witch Trials. The novel features the grief-stricken character of John Andrews, thrust unsuspecting into a situation that he can’t ignore, who has no choice but to investigate what’s going on around him. The task that turns out to be more than he may have bargained for when he starts to uncover how those ongoings are related to the past. Sifting through the layers of mys [...]

    20. A very readable book and fortunately not long. However, the plot is ridiculously far-fetched. Lots of the vital information is revealed through the rather ordinary device of discovering notes. The romance line is dropped in suddenly out of nowhere. Greatly dissatisfying ending in that the major victim is not rescued - not to mention that we are supposed to believe that not one but three young people prefers to be tortured to death rather than renounce their faith. Now I am religious, but my fait [...]

    21. I’m not normally a fan of history-based fiction, but this book managed to suck me in from the get-go. The book itself tackles sparked my interest because I realized that Heath and Thompson weren’t afraid to “go there,” that is, to delve into a topic that has remained controversial in American history, to the point where at times it has been swept under the rug. Rebecca’s Rising was great because it didn’t force me to sit through a recanting of the Salem Witch Trials in the past; it i [...]

    22. The omnipresent suspense in Rebecca’s Rising coerces readers into questioning history. At the end of the day, the book can be written off as fictionbut it’s so good, so scandalous, that readers will want to believe this account over the stuffy, history-text approved version of what took place at the trials. Heath and Thompson have crafted a gem of a novel that shadows John Andrews as he navigates the tricky twists and turns of discovering the truth while uncovering the secrets of Salem socie [...]

    23. Not my normal cup of paranormal tea, but a decent read none-the-less. The books opens with an assassination attempt on the protagonist while in college, and then fast-fowards to the "present" day where he has become a sad, lonely drunk who is questioning his sanity due to repeatedly "seeing" an ancestor.Other than one "twist" to the Salem story the plot is fairly predictable. This was a good filler read, but not something I'd purchase at full price.**Please note I received a free copy of this eb [...]

    24. John, the newspaper editor at the center of the novel, is a great character that readers will want to follow as he tries to shed light on the secrets that are hidden beneath the exterior of the small town where he lives. Rebecca’s Rising is a great story that keeps the action coming and relates the Salem Witch Trials to a modern-day string of events. This is definitely a great, gripping start to the series.

    25. I received this book, along with the sequel, for free in a giveaway and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Salem VI puts a great modern twist on events in history that most people are familiar with. The plot moves along at the perfect pace and the characters are all well written and believable. I couldn't put it down and I hope the last book is available soon! I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Salem Witch Trials and paranormal fiction readers.

    26. Salem Witch Makeover!This story is about the original people who got killed in the Salem Witch Trials, but in this story the "accused" are innocent and the Judgese EVIL, literally. The main character John, is related to each side and he is special because he can see dead people. I enjoyed this story, and the author's spin on the subject. I do think that I knew what was going onexcept the last remaining 6th member was a surprise!

    27. Salem VI is a must-read thriller book. It grabs you from the beginning, and all along the book you don't know what to expect. It is very well written, and just when you think you know what is going to happen, the unexpected happens.The book theme is great, and even though it has been written about it a lot, this approach is really amazing.I highly recommend this book. Thanks for the free copy I got.

    28. Loved this book! It was a great read and kept me reading to see what was going to happen next. The story line was something people who love witches and history would like to read. The author did a wonderful job of making the characters real and put you in the story. I can't wait to read more by Jack Heath! I did get this book free from freebooksy, check them out.

    29. History buffs that are obsessed with the Salem Witch Trials will appreciate this new look on the ancient past of Salem. John Andrews is the sympathetic main character who is forced by his ancestor’s spirit to look deeper into what truly caused the hysteria so many years before. And is it still going on today? You’ll have to find out by joining the Salem Witch Trilogy craze. Can’t wait to read #2.

    30. This book is a gem, I really liked this book for plot twists and the cliffhanger for the rest of the series. I look forward to the rest of the series. This is a good twist on and puts a new theory on the Salem Witch Trials. It is historically accurate with a direct descedant point of view. This is just a great book.

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