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Los archivos de Salem

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  4,942 ratings  ·  149 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
Published 1995 by Círculo de Lectores (first published May 1st 1993)
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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
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!
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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.
Kine Torstensen
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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
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.
Aunt Penny
Jul 20, 2008 Aunt Penny rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Beware rye bread.
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...more
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...more
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
This was the first Robin Cook I had read - sometime in X grade when I was a wee 15 year old.
I as supposed to be studying for my finals and I would stay up till my parents were asleep so I could switch on the light and continue with this book. Fond memories!
This book is creepy and chilling and all that so because it so real. You read the book and you think yes, this can happen.
As scientists, you have to test your unique formulas on test subjects and there comes a time when animals just don't cut...more
Adrienne Crean
The start of the book was extremely fascinating! Going from the late 1600's with the Salem Witch Trials to the late 1990's was done very well. I truly thought this plot to be entertaining and interesting. I wish there could have been a little less of the scientific explanations and a little more thrills. The last one hundred pages were extremely thrilling but also expected since the beginning and middle were a little repetitive and drawn out. Overall a good read.
Kim Stewart, a 27-year old nurse, can trace her family all the way to 1692 Salem witch trial, where one of her ancestors, Elizabeth, was convicted of witchcraft and executed. Kim’s new boyfriend, Dr. Edward Armstrong, a brilliant scientist, collected samples from Elizabeth’s house and was able to discover a new fungus, that he thinks was the reason for strange hallucinogenic behavior in Salem during witch trials and also can be foundation for new billion dollar miracle Prozac like drug to cure p...more
Robin Cook is an amazing, awesome author who writes fiction that promotes much consideration of healthcare in today's society. I LOVE his books! This one, especially, is my absolute favorite, due mainly to its setting.
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.
May 31, 2014 Kelli marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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It would have been nice to have more character development and less medical lingo. Cook is a doctor and so can write about the medical side of his novels with no problem. He is far less successful at the character development sinde of the story. All the relationships felt extremely fake. A shy girl breaks up with her controlling boyfriend, falls in love and bed with another shy scientist, and then shy scientist boyfriend goes off the deep-end and mix in some zombie-almost elements. Not very beli...more
Joanne Hilado
at first I was really hooked in this book. But later, it was just plain boring .
Nadine May
As usual Robin Cook knows how to educate his readers while spinning a tale that feels as if it really happened. How the pharmaceutical industry can influence and bring its scientists to unacceptable lengths to test a new drug. He brings to life a story about the witch hunt in New England (Salem) during the last half of the seventeenth century by merging two main characters' lives: Elizabeth and Kim in today's times. Both women, who live three hundred years apart, discover the horrific results fr...more
Lynn Orser
Excellent book, very exciting and good to the last page.
This book was just the worst. The worst!
Loved this book. I thought the whole connection with the Salem Witch trials was very interesting and brought a new and different angle to Robin Cook books. I thought the whole remodel of the old home was very intriguing and added some realistic adventures that a couple would take on. What I didn't really think was realistic was the whole lab that was built basically in the middle of nowhere. That just seemed a bit hard to believe. Other than that, I thought it was well written and required thoro...more
Edward Armstrong discovers a new drug that seems perfect for treating panic, anxiety and depression, when investigating mould from an old family house of Kim, from the time her ancestor was convicted for Salem witchcraft.
The drug seems perfect and non-toxic, so the researchers start to test it and it doesn't seem to have an side effects until much later...
For once, the whole Cook drama doesn't happen in only hospitals. Enjoyable read the same way as the other Cooks. But after finishing this one,...more
Exploring the idea that the Salem witch trials were sparked by a biological, hallucinogenic threat, Cook tells an interesting story. I especially enjoyed the dialog about how drugs can change your personality.
The story itself has moments that are, in my opinion, unrealistic human behavior. I think it's funny that this is my problem with a story connected with the Salem with trials as studying them shows how awful human behavior can be. And yet we know the behavior in Salem back then was real.
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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...more
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