Review: Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising by Jack Heath and John Thompson

This is part one of my Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising blog stop.  It was such an incredible book I didn’t want it to be mashed together with the post by Jack Heath.  This is a very suspenseful fiction with a historical twist.  This is the first book in a trilogy and I can not wait for the next one.

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.  We jump to present day where John is now an Editor of the Salem newspaper and retired from a prominent television reporting career.  It is the fourth anniversary of his wife’s death and he begins to see his ancestor Rebecca Nurse.  Rebecca Nurse was one of the women hung in Salem in the early 1690’s for witchcraft.  John also happens to be a descendent of Ann Putnam who was Rebecca Nurse’s accuser.  Strange things continue to happen to John.  He is told by a voice in his head to save a baby carriage right before it is even in danger.  He is continually seeing Rebecca Nurse also.  John keeps all this to himself until he confides in his young Assistant Editor Amy.  Amy believes him right away and they are on the hunt to find out the real reason for the Salem Witch hunts and the connections to many missing persons today.

This was a phenomenal book.  I loved the incorporation of history with the suspense.  John Thompson and Jack Heath’s writing is very fluid.  It can be a difficult undertaking with a story such as this.  There is already a lot of myths and information out there about the Salem witch trials.  Taking the direction that they did was an excellent choice and very believable.  Like I said earlier this is book one in a trilogy.  I know I will be coming back to read the rest of the trilogy too.  I can’t wait to find out what happens next and what new secrets we find out.

For more information about Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.  For more information about Jack Heath and John Thompson you can click on the links below.  Please be sure to stop by and check out the giveaway with Jack Heath’s guest post right after this post.  🙂


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