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Los archivos de Salem

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,153 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
As the bestselling master of medical suspense, Robin Cook has always always been on the cutting edge of the latest medical controversies. In Acceptable Risks, he confronts one of the most provocative isssues of our time--personality-altering drugs and the complex moral questions they raise. "Takes on the ethics involved in such personality-altering drugs as Prozac."--Publi ...more
Hardcover, 472 pages
Published 1995 by Círculo de Lectores
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Aug 05, 2008 Teri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 12, 2011 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Very exciting story. A woman who works as a nurse meets a biochemical engineer and they begin dating. She takes him to her family home, dating from the 1600s and tells him that one of her ancestors was hanged as a witch back then. He investigates the grain bins in the cellar and hypothesizes that, due to a shortage of wheat, the community had been making bread from rye flour, which will mutate if kept in a damp place such as a cellar. He takes a small sample and develops a chemical, and by playi ...more
Kimberly Fleming
I started out really enjoying this book but I became disappointed by the end. I'd have given it 3 stars othewise.
The pros; it was a unique story, and the Salem Witch Trial history connection was very interesting. The cons; predicatable, character development was lacking, ending was rushed and lacked some closure for me (I notice this in many of his books), and finally; I find the characters to be unrealistic in their behavior and attitude toward events unfolding in the story.
Aug 02, 2013 Tommye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really very good. The subject matter was very interesting and, yes, I am going to read about the witch trials because of it and issues raised within it. There was a stern moral to the story, and it serves us well as a reminder of such. And of course, I found it most entertaining throughout!
Jan 11, 2008 Joe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book sucked. Thank god I read it out loud with others so we could all laugh at it together. The romance is especially clunky, unrealistic, and awkwardly written, leaving one to wonder if author Robin Cook has ever had a romantic relationship of his own.
May 09, 2015 Matilda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The little mini-mart at my parent's favourite camping site has a little white bookshelf filled with unwanted, unloved books that have been left there by their previous owners. If you want to, you can borrow them. This is where I found this book (along with books like Trägudars land and Jurtjyrkogården).

At first sight, I was not impressed. The design on the cover left a lot to be wished for, and it was not made better by the fact that there was a huge coffe mug ring on the cover. Appearantly, thi
Sep 04, 2009 Kenna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Razvan Banciu
I've met better books by mr. cook. much better ones...
the original idea of developing a drug from an ancient fungus isn't a bad one, the liason with the past looks interesting, but the book, at least the first half, is boring. kim is simply and rather silly, as she does not know what to do and is scared of her shadow. edward and stanton are unilateral, kinnard seems to be a bad boy, which he isn't. the second part is more lively, but the final is grotesque and leaves you the sensation of unfinis
Aug 10, 2009 Doug rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fic-r-cook
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Not your typical Robin Cook book. Kind of slow developing. Storyline wasn't bad, until the last 50 pages - then it got hard to believe. I had read the other series first - I am more of a fan of those than some of his stand alone books.
Apr 27, 2016 Jessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
I haven't read many books by Robin Cook, but this book was different from the other book I read by this author. I found it interesting to read about the Salem Witch Trials. **stop here for spoilers*** I liked the premise of the book-- that the people of Salem who were accused of being witches were just innocent people who had eaten a mold that made them hallucinate, have fits, seizures and deformed fetuses. Her path to discovering all the clues that led to this finding was fun-- through letters ...more
Jan 26, 2015 Nicholas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So . . . someone paid this person to write this book. Interesting. Unlike the book. Stilted dialogue (one wonders if the author has ever actually listened to people talk), predictable plot with an anticlimactic ending, an advertisement for Prozac mixed with a heavy-handed anti-medication/anti-transhuman message (seriously, the epilogue could have been a freaking PSA). And the protagonist . . . well.

Kim is unlikable, unsympathetic, dim-witted (bordering on stupid), wishy-washy, and boring. As I
Yani Daniele
Jul 27, 2015 Yani Daniele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hasta ahora todos los libros de Robin Cook me han gustado y esté aún más, aunque la parte "romántica" de los personajes me volvía loca. Edward era un personaje que pintaba que me iba a gustar pero... a medida que pasaba la historia lo detestaba más y más, peor aún me sentía cuando veía como Kim reaccionaba ante él. Razón por la cual, dejaba el libro y me ponía con cualquier otra cosa porque me estaba sacando canas verdes ese personaje y la situación, hasta que al final ya me faltaba poco y me qu ...more
Andreia Silva
Dec 03, 2014 Andreia Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-de-2014
Robin Cook é um autor de policiais / thrillers médicos que, além de oferecer um mistério interessante e misterioso, nos oferece uma visão da medicina e da investigação aliada a factos científicos extremamente detalhada.

Kim, uma enfermeira timida e com problemas de auto-confiança e auto-estima, tem uma antepassada, Elizabeth, que foi acusada e executada em Salem, devido a supostas manifestações de feitiçaria e bruxaria. Quando conhece Edward, um prestigiado bioquímico e lhe fala sobre ela, entra-
Jan 24, 2014 Aparna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am always Impressed by Robin Cooks Medical Thrillers .This was also one of the kind .It clearly gives a message that drugs should not be consumed without proper knowledge about its side effect .But the most Embarrassing thing is that it brings a side story of witch and witchcraft.It was slightly disappointing in a way that both are totally unrelated and at the end the Witchcraft story ends abruptly .The story starts with Kim and her inclinations to find the truth about her ancestor Elizabeth w ...more
Nikki M.
The book was okay. I liked learning about how medical drugs are researched and formulated. It made me think about all of the medical drugs that come out now a days. They come out of no where, to fix this or heal that and then 2 years later, there are lawyers that will help you make a claim because you acquired an acceptable risk that wasn't so acceptable to your body.Us as consumers feel like the people that make these drugs care about our health. The book helped me realize that they really don' ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok so here is the thing I have learned about Cook's books. He is a great story teller. His plot lines are so creative. But his readers need to be patient. Its like when you are getting in line to ride an amazing roller coaster. You know it is going to be great and you are willing to wait the 45 min to ride it. His books slowly progress, he uses pretty advanced vocab and I can see others getting lost in the science jargon.

I love the science! But I'm a big ole science geek so that is expected. I
Feb 11, 2014 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting enough premise, although I found the book to be very repititious, to the point where I was eager for it to end. Also, the author is heavy-handed with his opinion on the "evils" of medication.
Nov 02, 2015 Umut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Şimdiye kadar gördüğüm en ilginç, en karmaşık hikayeli Robin Cook romanı olması, son 100 sayfayı yine her zamanki gibi bir solukta okutmasına rağmen, kafamı vermekte en çok zorlandığım Robin Cook romanı oldu. Kimbilir belki bu seferki anlatım şekli, belki tıbbi terimlerin fazla olması, ya da yazarın bazı romanlarında görülen insanda gördüğü yerde ağzına iki tane çakma isteği uyandıracak kadar işkolik, kendini beğenmiş, bencil doktor profili bunda etkili ol
May 16, 2016 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some people balked at the "predictable" ending. I also knew there would be a very negative and probably horrific side effect from the spores. I thought the sentence by sentence details of getting there were still fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I felt there was a rich undercurrent related to personalities and evolution of personalities. The message, of course, was not to use meds to replace deep personal learning from grappling with our own inherent frustrations. Learn to adjust and ...more
Aunt Penny
Jul 20, 2008 Aunt Penny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If U Like Robin Cook
I liked the story about the Salem Witch Trials but the whole "monster" thing is a little much for me.
Joanne Hilado
at first I was really hooked in this book. But later, it was just plain boring .
Aug 11, 2014 Laural rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just the worst. The worst!
Feb 08, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it
Es una lectura entretenida. El comienzo sobre las brujas de Salem: muy bien escrita. La parte de 1994 es promedio y entiendo que el personaje principal sea una sumisa, temerosa, tímida por para permitir todo lo que pasa, pero a veces es un poco cansón. No me gustó el final con la cátedra sobre los fármacos, muy...discurso. Pareció escrito para una obra del colegio. Por un momento pensé que el libro había sido escrito por tres personas: las parte de las brujas, el año 1994 y la parte del final. P ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Mook rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was not a good book. The plot was so unbearably slow - I was half way through the book before the situation described on the back cover was even set up. None of the main characters are likable, or even particularly interesting. The comparisons between the Salem trials and the present day were so awkwardly spelled out that it felt as though the author was purposefully describing everything for the reader in excruciating detail that made it repetitive and again, extremely slow. The dialogue w ...more
Nov 05, 2008 Carole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: generalfiction
Beware rye bread.
Oct 24, 2010 Tania rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how an author can take such an interesting subject and turn it into an unreadable book, but Mr. Cook certainly does that with his novel "Acceptable Risk."

Kim is just getting out of what is described as a controlling and unhealthy relationship with Kinnard when her cousin introduces her to Edward, an attentive scientist. At the same time Kim cultivates an interest in her ancestor Elizabeth Stewart, who was tried and convicted of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. Of course the
Sep 14, 2011 Marsten rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror
No me gustó nada!
Con esto no quiero desanimar a nadie, pues mirando por internet o la misma libretera que me lo recomendó, hay gente que a la que le encantó.

Aunque el argumento parecía muy interesante, fue una gran decepción (y un via crucis) leerlo:

El inicio es muy bueno y prometedor (juicios de Salem de 1692) pero todo se acaba cuando la trama se situa en 1994...
Para empezar el estilo literario de Robin Cook, para mi gusto, deja mucho que desear: dialogos poco naturales, simplones y a rato
Jan 30, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Its been a long time since I have read a Robin Cook novel. I had fun with this one. The book has a long prologue that takes place in the late 1600's, in Salem, where a woman named Elizabeth is tried and hung for being a witch. Move up 300 years to Kim, Elizabeth's descendant. She is the co-owner of the original land of home of Elizabeth and family. She meets and starts to fall for a scientist, Edward. Together the look into the families hidden past. Along the way the come across some fungus that ...more
Apr 26, 2011 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: medical-fiction
I really enjoyed this book and read it quickly! It was fascinating how a poisonous mold is offered up as an explanation to what happened during the Salem Witch Trails and why modern science should also be careful with formulating new drugs to solve illnesses.

That being said, I feel like the book was really against taking medication for psychological issues and I understand the point of taking a drug to be more assertive or overcoming shyness is probably not a good thing. However, there are many
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Librarian Note: Not to be confused with British novelist Robin Cook a pseudonym of Robert William Arthur Cook.

Dr. Robin Cook (born May 4, 1940 in New York City, New York) is an American doctor / novelist who writes about medicine and topics affecting public health.

He is best known for being the author who combined medical writing with the thriller genre of writing. Several of his books have been b
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