Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt

by Devin O'Branagan

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781463581800
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/27/2011
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Bestselling author Devin O'Branagan writes novels about uncommon heroes. She publishes in a variety of genres: paranormal thrillers, young adult urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and romantic comedy. She write columns for TAILS Magazine and Paranormal Galaxy Magazine, is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, The Cat Writers' Association, and many of her writing projects support animal rescue.

Visit her website at www.DevinWrites.com

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Witch Hunt 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
sallyawolf on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In this book you live and suffer with several generations of the Hawthorne family, as they battle with persecution, exile and execution, that ends in a modern day massacre. This travesty is created and led by one man who has the power to motivate the masses to condemn what they didn't understand. It really makes you wonder how far people will truly go to prove that their religion is the best. Since the very beginning of time, the human race has tried to interpret, enforce and follow Gods law. They have instead, distorted, abused, and, disobeyed it for their own spiritual gain. This horrible reality has not improved at all over the centuries even though we claim to be more civilized. For some reason people are driven to exterminate anything that they don't understand in the name of their religion even if innocent lives are harmed in the process. This book reminds us that faith can be a very powerful thing for both good and evil and how you use that faith defines you as a person.I think that this book is well worth the read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, romance, and historical fiction.I received this Pre-reader copy from the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure what to say about this book. It was good and kept me interested, at times difficult to follow when jumping from past to present. I felt it was quite a journey, and I enjoyed the the book, however the ending was flat and left me disappointed.
CarolinColorado More than 1 year ago
This is not an easy read, but you'll keep reading to find out what happens to the characters you've come to like and/or admire. Though it's based on paranormal principles, the story line is all too believable. Thank goodness it's "only" fiction--so far.
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Firewolf More than 1 year ago
Leigh married into the Hawthorne family without being told its biggest secret. They are all hereditary witches. She finds out when her young son goes into a trance like state and starts talking about modern witch hunts. Now she has to deal with her husband's family and make a choice that will alter her life forever. Does she stand with the witches or take her children and run? Witch Hunt follows the Hawthornes through history, focusing on several instances where the family of witches have had to deal with some extreme hardship and face eradication. The historical parts of the novel are well researched and believable and the modern aspect is truly frightening. Could we have a modern day witch hunt? Let's hope we don't have to find out. I really enjoyed the book. The story is solid, the characters believable, though not all of them are likeable and the writing is clean.
rabidreaderWS More than 1 year ago
Witch Hunt is about the Hawthorne family, who've been "witches" for many, many generations. Rather, they're devout followers of an old, ancient religion that has often been persecuted as witches. This is not a Happily-Ever-After type of book. It starts out with the family of one of the current sons, who has stayed away from his birth family, trying to be inconspicious, or to follow his beliefs in his own way. It seems he might have done his children and wife a disservice though, because in denying his own family (with good reasons, as you'll find out reading the novel) he has left his family with no knowledge of their potential, or possible dangers. In fact, his wife Leigh doesn't even know about the "witch" powers. Craig and Leigh are traveling to Montvue to attend his brother and father's funeral. They have one son and one daughter. The two recently deceased died in a crash that the local televangelist was in - only Cody (the preacher) interprets the actions and the crash in his own special way - thinking he has been spared to carry the word about the evil of witch craft. Now it would seem that in this day and age, most of us wouldn't even blink twice when told about how evil witches are...but change the word witches to almost anything else, and we've all seen the smear campaigns of people trying to incite mass hysteria and hate about a group - gays, Muslims, people crossing the border, even insurance reform....and even in this "enlightened" year of 2010 I'm still surprised at how easy it is to fool people into hating a specific group of people. And the hate goes along with a type of fear that is dangerous to have around. The type of fear that will drive otherwise simple people into doing horrific things in the name of religion or government. People as a group are not that smart, sometimes. Witch Hunt brings a scenario to your mind. What if it were possible to go beyond the common sense of people, incite fear and loathing about a group - how would people react? How would the persecuted react? What would be the consequences? This "what if" is played out, from the very beginnings with Preacher Cody almost being laughed at, to him actually getting a few people to listen, to the mass hysteria and mass persecution, 21st century style, of people accused of being witches and anyone associated with them. Not only is this a story of the current Hawthornes, though, but there are glimpses of past Hawthornes throughout history. It would have very easy to show the Hawthornes as completely sympathetic here, totally persecuted, but the author didn't go that route. She tells a story of a family that has good people, good intentions but like all families has their share of family members that aren't the best - in fact, some are a little twisted. Only these few family members aren't just twisted, but they're twisted with powers....and it goes to their heads. Witch Hunt is a good read, with characters both good and evil on both sides of the coin - and gives us a view of the bad that comes with judging people, not just judging but going out of your way to persecute. And if you're squeamish in any way, be aware that there are a few spots that can get to you - nothing is over the top graphic, but there are some things that happens in the book that is pretty horrific, however, everything described is in fact, situations that real people have been in througout history. O'Branagan researched this subj