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Brew

(Salem's Revenge #1)

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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  567 ratings  ·  162 reviews
Salem’s Revenge strikes without warning or mercy, ravaging the powerless human race under the forces of united gangs of witches, wizards, and warlocks. During the slaughter, Rhett Carter's foster parents and sister are killed, and his best friend and girlfriend are abducted by a gang of witches calling themselves the Necromancers, who deal in the dark magic of raising the ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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David Estes
Jun 09, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
After over a year without releasing a book, I'm ecstatic to announce the release of TWO new books, the first two books in my new Salem's Revenge series, Brew and it's sequel, Boil!

Brew (Salem's Revenge, #1) by David EstesBREW: http://www.amazon.com/Brew-Salems-Rev...

Here are some noteworthy quotes from early reviewers:

"The Walking Dead for teens, with ruthless witches instead of bloodthirsty zombies.” --Katie Reed, agent at Andrea Hurst & Associates

"Brew had everything I look for in a book: action, suspense, awesome characters,
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Dana
DNF @ 58%

That's it! I give up!The constant racial descriptions exclusive to that of only “dark skinned”, “chocolate” and “ midnight black” skin has driven me to such frustrations that I can no longer continue reading this book. I find it offensive that the author expects me to assume that everyone is white unless awkwardly described in some “creative” way as black. Just way too awkward, way too forced, way too annoying.

Despite my huge issue with the above, I also had other problems with this sto
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Marni
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank the author for providing a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Doing so does not sway my review in any way.

Having read several of the author’s books, I get a little nervous when he shifts topic gears. What if I don’t like it? What if I just can’t get into the book? So many what ifs. Once again, David Estes has swept the rug from under my feet and off I went on another adventure just thrilling and crazy as Alice in the rabbit hole.

Witches, wizar
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Karen’s Library
Estes is BACK!! In his new Salem's Revenge series, Estes tackles an apocalyptic world in his own creative and unique style and I. Loved. Every. Minute! Estes' take of a "witch" apocalypse is truly original and a must read.

Rhett Carter's world has ended in one giant apocalyptic event called Salem's Revenge. His family is killed, his beloved girlfriend and best friend have disappeared and it's everything he can do to want to continue on without everyone he loves. One thing keeps him going and that
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Carrie
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I recieved this eARC for review*

Do you believe in witches?

Some of you will say yeah sure. But I bet the most of you will say, nope. Because they are just found in books, tv, and movies. All made up for your entertainment. Sure some people call themselves one but they can't really be real. Right??

That's what Rhett Carter thought too.

Rhett I can't say was a typical teenager. He played football, a book blogger, was picked on and had been through the system a few times. Finally living with a foste
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RosesInBloom
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book! It was exciting and packed full of action & everything you could want in a book. I really have never really read this type of book before with witches, warlocks, wizards, etc in an apocalyptic setting and I'm not sure the whole witch apocalypse thing is my very favorite genre. The book was very good though & held my attention and kept me reading! I never knew what was about to happen and couldn't predict some of the great plot twists & turns! I loved the cha ...more
Jenny
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2014
"I wonder what I'm really doing out here with a magic dog, a trigger-happy girl and her mute sister, and a trail of dead witches in my wake."

Those are the words of Rhett Carter, the MC of this fantastically dark and creepy tale of a witch apocalypse. Rhett is a normalish teen at the start of the book--although a self proclaimed dork--but he is soon thrown into a world that is unimaginable!

Witches have taken over the world. And not the nice kind, either. All different sorts of clans banned toget
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Britt
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book from the author for review purposes & that did not affect my opinion whatsoever*

If you thought the world of Witches has been done every witch *hehe* way and back you're sorely mistaken. David Estes has broken the mold with his new series, Brew. He has crafted a wonderfully realized world where blood thirsty witches who are out for revenge (Salem's Revenge) on the human race in a post-apocalyptic world.

If you're looking for a book where the male and female protag don't g
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Dre
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I am not a huge fan of witches in books. But I did love Harry Potter, however, they are more wizards than witches. What's the difference? There are differences, but I won't be discussing that. In this book, wizards were defined as...
Wizards are…different. No one really knows where they come from. They’re not born, and when they appear they have no recollection of their own creation. Some believe that they’re a byproduct of powerful spells performed by dark sorcerers, but no one kno
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Lauren Stoolfire
Salem's Revenge comes swiftly without warning and without mercy. Gangs of witches, warlocks, and wizards unite to wipe out the practically powerless human race. Rhett Carter's foster family is killed and his best friend and girlfriend are captured by one of the most powerful witch gangs out there, the Necros. Rhett's mysterious neighbor, who happens to be handy with a sword, saves Rhett from being another victim and teaches him everything he needs to know to survive in the new world. The only th ...more
Kat Nicholson
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure. I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Brew is the story of Rhett, a foster kid from Atlanta, Georgia who feels that he is finally settling in to his life, he has friends, a girlfriend and a foster family that he actually loves and who love him. Things are definitely looking up. Until his entire world is shattered in one night by attacking witches. At first Rhett refuses to believe that witches even exist, but he is soon convinced and works har
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Victoria Zigler
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Just... WOW!

David Estes has, once again, written an amazing book, which will capture your attention from the first, and hold it until the very last word. The characters and worldbuilding are so believable you can easily imagine you're part of the story, and that a witch gang might break in to your home at any moment.
E.A.
(I received this book free from the Author through goodreads group [Shut Up & Read] {Read It & Reap} in exchange for my honest review)

5 stars!

I was hooked from the start.

I have read many a books about witches, but this was the first where they went bat-shit crazy and killed, everyone. Way better then zombies. They just bit, try to eat you, and if you’re not devoured then you turn into one. I rather get blasted to bits.

My heart broke a few times, (I lie, more than a few) there are many
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Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, dystopian
I would like to thank David for providing me with a copy of this book from his newest series to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.

Blurb:
Salem’s Revenge strikes without warning or mercy, ravaging the powerless human race under the forces of united gangs of witches, wizards, and warlocks. During the slaughter, Rhett Carter's foster parents and sister are killed, and his best friend and girlfriend are abducted by a gang of wit
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M. A. Hickman
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was given an advance copy of Brew from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I just finished Brew and this is the first book of David Estes that I have read. When I first started reading it I wasn't sure if it was going to be a book for me. In the first few chapters I was having a hard time connecting with the characters, the main character was really hard for me to like and there where traits in the supporting characters that just bugged me. However, the plot picked up and the character
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Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-galley, bookgasm
Rhett Carter has barely known the life of a stable home and when hell on Earth is released, he finds himself alone once again. They came in the middle of the night, the black cloaked figures that killed his foster parents and sister. Rhett has never believed in magic, regardless of the media coverage of Salem's Return, a modern day resurrection of the Salem Witch Trials. But when recluse neighbour Mr Jackson finds Rhett on the verge of unconsciousness and saves his life, Rhett is about to realis ...more
Katie.g
“I wonder what I'm really doing out here with a magic dog, a trigger-happy girl and her mute sister, and a trail of dead witches in my wake.”

Well Rhett, I often wondered the same thing. I was often in the dark just as much as you. This is the first time that I've ventured away from David Estes' sister dystopia series; The Dwellers Saga and The Country Saga and I can't honestly say that I prefer this to those series. That does not mean that I didn't enjoy it however.

Witches, Warlocks and Wizar
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Skaistė
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit this is first book of David Estes I'm reading (shame on me). I was hooked from the first sentences.  

At first it started as a story about a teenage in school and ordinary things like love, friends, life in school, bullies. And yet there were some things not quite ordinary.  

What if people began to afraid of witches again. What if they were afraid so much, that they began destroying witches once again and started Salem's Return. What if witches were real and they became annoyed
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Harlee
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow. I just...wow.
Okay, so I just now finished this and I want to immediately jump into my review.
I felt a lot of pressure to like this book. I've spoken to the author, I feel like we're friends, I'm a part of his fans group here on Goodreads for goodness sake but I shouldn't have worried. It was a great ride through a very messed up world!
Witch apocalypse?! That's a new one for me. I was a bit ehh on it for awhile because I don't read many witch books but this really was a great, terrible post
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Redfox5
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it
First off, the cover for this book is simply stunning. I always love the covers to Estes books and this one is a show stopper. I can't think that many people would be able to turn away from this in a book store without reading the back.

I liked Brew but I didn't love it in the same way I did the Dwellers saga. I liked the main character, Rhett but there were a few issues I had with the plot which had me eye rolling.

We jump from 3 months near the start of the book and we are supposed to believ
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Garcelle
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I RECEIVED THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
Let me start by saying that this was the first book that I've read by David Estes. I can honestly say that I was impressed and intrigued. I can't wait to get my hands on his other work. In all honesty I was a little skeptical at first, thinking, not another post-apocalyptic/dystopian story, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that Rhett isn't like any other YA hero trying to survive in this new world.
It was really refreshing to see that
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Heather
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

So, lately all I've been hearing is how I'm missing out by not reading a David Estes book. I was very happy when I was given the opportunity to read Brew. Let me say, all those D.E. fans were right! I already know I'll be reading everything he writes.

All hell breaks loose when groups of witches and warlocks decide they're better than humans. This is called Salems Revenge. The main character, Rhett, has lost everyone he cares about
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☆Joycedale☆
This was a completely different type of apcalyptic book. When the Salem Witch Trials start up again the witches decide to fight back.
Rhett watches his family slaughtered on the night of Salem's Revenge, being saved by his neighbor Mr. Jackson. He discovers his best friend and girlfriend are gone. Whether they're dead or not he doesn't know but with Mr. Jackson's help he trains to become a witch hunter. Mr. Jackson knows more about witches than any normal person but he trains Rhett to be able to
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Oda Renate
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
You know those books that are so fantastic, it hurts youre feelings that people dont like it?
..., those books that are so amazing you feel like knowing and reading,and appriciating this story is equally as important as breathing in and out?
... those books that only get better and better?
... the stories that throw unpecpexted twists at you and yet has time for the slower but fun scenes?
... those books that feel as if an old friend is telling the story to you?
.. those books that drag you and and w
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Kerri
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Dwellers series by David is an amazing one, and my favorite of his...until this one came along.
Set in a not-too-distant future where witches, warlocks, and wizard are essentially rival gangs in the ruins of the United States, Brew has the post-apocalyptic genre on lock! The characters are funny, down-to-earth, and multi-dimensional. Laney one of the most kickass female characters since Katniss, and Rhett is a great combination of badass mixed with what-the-actual-hell-am-I-doing. The plot i
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Ali
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

A solid four stars for me... This book kept me reading, intrigued to know what would happen next and I'm highly likely to continue reading through the series.

I enjoyed the characters, the development and the way they've had to adapt in this crazy witch ridden world. I loved how the witches had been categorised.

The action was good and I didn't feel any kind of lull that you occasionally get in these genre's. No calm before the storm
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John
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was a very good read I enjoy the characters and the drama. Rhett Carter is a foster who loses his family and friend's when the witches attack and kill every one. He is save by his neighbor who training him to hunt the witches for revenge. I like the little twist in the story the main character Rhett doesn't know who to trust or believe and he finds it hard to let go of what he has lost and move on. I will definitely read the next book in this series to find out what happens to Rhett ne ...more
Dana
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I love Laney she stole the show for me with her quick wit. There seams to be a lot of crazy going around. Not to say that if witches killed everything that people wouldn't be a little unhinged. I will say that a lot of Rhett's internal dialogue seemed to be repetitive and I did skim over some of it. However I loved the book and can not wait to get started reading the next installment.
Denise
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. One of the best ebooks I've read in a very long time. Looking forward to reading the next two installments.
W.J. Lennox
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brew is a slight departure from the previous dystopian series by the talented author, David Estes, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and instead ventures into the paranormal. I have a great interest in all things supernatural, and was therefore intrigued to read the first book in the Salem’s Revenge series.

It is set in post-apocalyptic America, where rival gangs of witches, wizards and warlocks have sought retribution for the Salem witch trials by exterminating every last human on the planet. The man
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“Ignorance is the worst plague of all, a form of blindness that destroys the hearts of the people who hide behind it.” 12 likes
“I wonder what I'm really doing out here with a magic dog, a trigger-happy girl and her mute sister, and a trail of dead witches in my wake.” 2 likes
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