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The Seekers (Kent Family Chronicles #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  4,623 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
Book 3 of The Kent Family Chronicles covers the period following the War of Independence.Jared Kent,son of Abraham Kent, the main protagonist of Book 2 "The Rebel",is left in Boston in the care of his uncle,Gilbert Kent, younger half-brother of Abraham and Gilbert's wife Harriet, a mean minded woman who resents Gilbert's affection for his nephew.Jared's only friend is his ...more
Hardcover, 440 pages
Published 1975 by Nelson Doubleday (first published January 1st 1960)
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Tim The Enchanter
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Lovers
Book 3 of the Kent Family chronicles is my least favourite so far. With the exception of Jared Kent, the family members introduced are either undeveloped or simply unlikeable. Two story lines from the previous book converged in the third instalment but you are left feeling as if the characters and storyline has been wasted. This instalment is more disturbing than the first two. Rape is a recurring theme in the books but it is more disturbing in this instalment as it deals with children.
An excellent edition to the series, but it's a lot darker than the first two. Still, it was realistic enough & Jakes drops plenty of historical facts through the characters' eyes. Well done.

I need to take a break to read another book, but intend to continue re-reading this series soon.
Thom Swennes
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: re-read
Volume 3 of the American Bicentennial Series (The Kent Family Chronicles) deals with the second generation Kents and a new and ever growing country. Westward expansion and the men that legends were made of, color this fast-moving and engaging novel. Many may find the actions as brutal as their perpetrators are beastly but that was the west. The settlers moving westward tamed the country and made it into a nation. In John Jake’s fashion figures of American history are brought to life and intertw ...more
Joy H.
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Added 5/11/12.
I have read the first 2 volumes of the Kent Family Chronicles. This is the 3rd. I started this one on or about 6/10/12.

7/29/30 - I finally finished reading this book. It was an enjoyable read even though I wasn't able to give it the time it deserved because I was busy with other things. Nevertheless, each time I returned to it I was immediately engaged in the story. Jakes knows how to tell a good story!

On to Volume 4, The Furies!
Billie Conrad
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the reference Jakes makes to the mighty rivers that “in their silent, eternal power carried them; changing the nation; changing the lives of its people, including the Kents—.” The craft of a writer of historical fiction amazes me. The fictional Kent family encounters numerous historical figures, some briefly, some in more detail, accurately portrayed based on research and knowledge. Knowing this is an eight volume series, I intend to read them all in relatively short order; however, The S ...more
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These comments address The Kent Family Chronicles, the entire series of eight books, in audiobook format. All books are narrated by Marc Vietor. The entire series is approximately 125 hours of listening. Shortest book is 15.5 hours, longest over 26 hours. Vietor does a good job with narration, although the uniqueness of male voices is problematic. Most significant, you’ll have little difficulty determining who-says-what-to-who. Tempo and pacing fine, albeit the narration is a bit slow for my tas ...more
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I still have 3 chapters to read of this book; however, I'm not sure I'm going to finish. This book is so graphic, so intense, and has so many horrifying incidents that - as never before - I get easily upset reading it. I finished...and the trauma moderated a bit so I could get through it. This book was about a Kent son moving off to the west to become a farmer...finding the severe difficulties of this...moving back to Boston with his young son after his wife was killed by Indians. Moving
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, drama
The Kent Family Chronicles continue. Philip's son Abraham is now grown, and falls in love. This is probably the most problematic event in the entire series.

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Eric Wright
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Jakes historical novel follows the story of the Kent family, and in doing so illuminates American history. In this case, the story covers the period around the War of 1812 with Britain, a time when Britain from its base in Canada and with strong Indian allies threaten to new republic. The book gives us insights into the anti-war sentiment of the New England States, concerned as they are about trade, contrasted against the desire for war from those in Washington and the south.

It is an era of gre
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
another rush job on the characters.. expected more from the author many of the main characters are killed off almost instantly. let's see who dies in book 4.
This isn't a bad book, in fact it kept me turning the pages the same way the first two books in the series did. But, I can't say I enjoyed it, which is disappointing. No one is happy in this book, ever. And nothing good happens to them, at all. I understand putting your characters through the proverbial ringer, but you have to have an emotional breather in there once in a while...

I also didn't like how drastically changed the character of Phillip was at the beginning, and the "raised as brother
Jaime Contreras
"The Seekers" is the third book in the Kent Family Chronicles which I read. This novel continues the adventures and life of Philip Kent and his son, Abraham. As the 19th century is dawning, and Abraham yearns for a life away from the family printing business. Abraham eventually finds his way back to New England and starts a new life. He leaves his son, Jared Kent to be raised by his uncle Gilbert and his wife. The novel begins to unravel at this point because the character of Abraham loses his w ...more
Rosemary Hazard
I enjoy the Kent Family chronicles but this was a sad read; Abraham was an interesting character and I hated to see his story as it played out, would have like to have seen him on the stage a little longer. Phillip is much different than his character in the first two books and it is sad to not see any of this story really from his character's point of view. The remaining story is interesting, well researched, and vividly depicted; historical figures weave their way into our main characters' liv ...more
Bonnie Staughton
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Seekers" continues following the generations of the Kent family". Printing is the family business now but Abraham decides that that isn't for him, defies his father and he and his wife take off for a new life. Things, unfortunately, don't work out as they had hoped. Abraham travels back to New England but never finds the kind of life he is seeking. Jared Kent, raised by his uncle Gilbert and his wife, who has nothing good to say to the boy, takes up the rest of this book. The printing shop ...more
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading books that are in a series, but I can't read them one after another. So after refreshing my memory, I really got into this book and remembered why I like the series so much (it's been years since I read the prior one!!) These books are classic John Jakes, filled with scandal, history, violence, love, suspense. This one was very easy to read and kept my interest from beginning to end. I kind of rolled my eyes when one of the main characters just *happened* to, on the way from Bosto ...more
Tara Hall
I read books 2-7 of this series in the last weeks of Feb 2013. While I liked the continuation of the family name through each generation, I could have done without every single important female of the Kent family being raped, sometimes repeatedly. They no sooner got power and money than they lost it, and family members ran the gamut from good to brilliant to corrupt to sleazy to fierce to insane to bloodthirsty. Lots of historical info, also, which made the story more real and interesting. But I ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Kent Family Chronicles traverses two generations of the Kent family. During one section of the book, which skipped ahead several years to watch two of Philip Kent's grandchildren growing up, I suddenly remembered a very touching moment ahead (next book, I think) that brought me to tears when I first read it. Now I can't wait to get there! The Seekers had a lot of shocking, brutal action in it, fairly typical of why they called it "the wild west". It was very gripping and I' ...more
April Martinez
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Seekers (The Kent Family Chronicles Book 3) by a John Jakes

I felt like the author was repeating the same story with different characters, yet he managed to do it with out repeating himself. Once again he gives us a strong female character, with touches of historical figures. The author writes with clarity and his minds eye focused on American history, this keeps us reaching for the next encounter with the celebrities of our past! These are easy books to read and I look forward to the next in
Brandon Cooper
Mar 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was planning on reading every book in this series but decided to stop here. Who seriously thought so much rape was a great idea? Once it gets to the graphic rape of a 10 year old, I started to wonder if this was actually entertaining to anybody. It's not that I think details of a harsh life are unimportant, but there's a rape or attempted rape every hundred pages or so here, and more often than not they don't serve any narrative purpose.
Mark Day
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Jakes knows how to spin a tale. Take some flawed protagonists, sprinkle in some heinous villains, shake it all up with some historical facts and viola you have story that hooks the reader. The author was a former soap opera star so it doesn't take much imagination to see where his writing style comes from. This book was better than the second in the series and just about as good as the first. I'm going to push on. Many readers think that the fourth in the series is the best.
Johnny LeBon
After re-reading this (read it over 20 years ago) I was very disappointed with the way this book ended.
All I will say is I thought in the early 19th century women had no right to property, so the Kent assets should have passed on to Jared Kent. That was the way Gilbert was talking to JAred about the family business.
To twist the facts around to make your story work is poor writing, in my opinion.
I don't know if I will read the rest of the series. Although, I have enjoyed his other works.
Ann Wilkes
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third book in the Kent Family Chronicles held my interest cover to cover. Most of the men in this family suffer from PTSD and alcoholism. And then you have the attempted and successful rapes of both men and women, murder and illnesses. It's not for the faint of heart. As I neared the end, I swore I would throw the book across the room if Jakes didn't give the last two surviving Kents some small hope of recovery. He did.
Another chapter in the saga. As with the previous books, the novel neatly interweaves political and social situations with the drama of the individual characters. In this book, however, I found (a) the frequent sexual assault and almost complete absence of happy endings off putting, and (b) very frustrating the fact that many of the major story lines never actually were resolved. But still well-written and engaging.
Brent Soderstrum
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Volume 3 of the Kent Family Chronicles starts out with Abraham Kent and then moves on to cover his son Jared Kent and his adventures with his cousin Amanda Kent. This work of historical fiction cover the late 1700s and the early 1800s. Jakes does a good job of weaving a page turning story in with the history of what was going on in the United States at the time. I am looking forward to reading Volume 4 The Furies.
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one didn't hold my attention as well as the first two but I still enjoy how Jakes brings in the extra characters, this time Mr. Audobon and Jefferson and a couple of others I just learned about. The saga continues...wouldn't want to be in the Kent family, they run into a LOT of difficulties. But then maybe it's just the times.
Kris Laabs Malmberg
I read this series when it first was issued and loved it. After a book club challenge to read something that you were influenced by reading in the past I decided to reread. I read when I was 11-12 years old and thought I was such an adult reading this series. I enjoyed the first book but have been less enchanted by book 2-3 so I think it is time to move on.
Ice Bear
The book ended without and ending being 3 of 8. The storyline just wandered away in the last few chapters as if the author was working to a time schedule, or perhaps the next book.
It was also too littered with sex, which detracted from the historical setting.
The Marketing hype perhaps is overdone.
I will continue to read the series so as to complete it, but I do feel let down by it.
I don't know about this one. I loved the first two, but this one seemed very meh. I really liked the ship-oriented part and high hopes for the book then (I adore naval-oriented historical fiction), and was disappointed with how it all turned out after the fact.

Not sure I'll bother with the 4th one or not yet after this one.
Debbie Jarrell
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third generation of the Kent family, two young cousins. Through various harsh circumstances they find themselves on their own, then get separated. The last part of this book was really difficult to listen to, because the female cousin falls into the hands of very abusive men. Hopefully in the next book their lives will improve.
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of the Kent Family Saga, while i didn't enjoy this as much as the previous ones focusing more on the lead up to the founding of America, this did provide a picture of the era and the westward settlement of the wild west. It gives one an appreciation of the hardships that scarred if not killed many of those adventureous to go west into the untamed territory.
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John Jakes, the author of more than a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today’s most distinguished writers of historical fiction. His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy. Jakes’s commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of “the godfather of historical novelists” from the Los Angeles Times and le ...more
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Kent Family Chronicles (8 books)
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