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ISBN:
0765370026
Author:
Lara Parker
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Genre Fiction
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English
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Tor Books; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012)
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LARA PARKER, whose real name is Lamar Rickey Hawkins, played the role of Angelique on Dark Shadows. Titles by Lara Parker.

LARA PARKER, whose real name is Lamar Rickey Hawkins, played the role of Angelique on Dark Shadows. Constable & Robinson Ltd. 55–56 Russell Square.

Fans of Dark Shadows have long awaited this second book by Parker. She takes us effortlessly from Collinsport in 1971 to Salem Village in 1692 and does a wonderful job of capturing the history of both periods. Her spellbinding plot and descriptive prose will please those who love a supernatural romance. She has captured the characters, the dialogue and the spirit of the show perfectly.

Book in the Dark Shadows Series). Barnabas Collins is ready to embark on a new life and marriage with his savior, the virtuous Dr. Julia Hoffman.

Dark Shadows (Volume 2). Lara Parker. Fans of Dark Shadows have long awaited this second book by Parker. She grew up in Memphis Tennessee, attended Vassar College, majored in Drama at the University of Iowa, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University at Los Angeles. She lives in Topanga Canyon, California, with her husband and daughter.

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In The Salem Branch, Lara Parker shows that she has definitely grown as a writer since her first novel and has a talent for turning of phrases which are at times very poetic

In The Salem Branch, Lara Parker shows that she has definitely grown as a writer since her first novel and has a talent for turning of phrases which are at times very poetic. She does an excellent job of faithfully portraying the characters we know from the Dark Shadows series without making them seem stale and two dimensional.

Dark Shadows continues with the full measure of spellbinding suspense and gripping storytelling that made the original television series a timeless hit.

Freed from his vampire curse, Barnabas Collins is ready to embark on a new life and marriage with his savior, the virtuous Dr. Julia Hoffman. But when Antoinette, a beautiful flower child with a shocking resemblance to the immortal witch Angelique, rebuilds the Old House, his past returns to haunt him. Discovering a grisly corpse in the basement--where his old casket once lay--Barnabas realizes another vampire has invaded his domain. His fight to protect his family from this new threat will take Barnabas back through time to an evil moment in America's history: the corrupt witch trials of old Salem.

  • Utchanat
This book wasn't as good as Angelique's Descent. It wasn't horrible, I just didn't care too much for Miranda du Val's backstory during the 1692 Salem flashbacks. Miranda and Judah Zachery were important during the 1840 storyline in the tv series. The story takes place six months after the first book and takes place around Halloween, my favorite holiday! The old house is being repaired by Antoinette, a mysterious woman who is letting hippies live on the estate. Barnabas believes she is Angelique reincarnated. After he spends time with her, he falls in love with her and ends up following her to Salem. It's hinted that Barnabas would travel back in time to 1692 Salem, but I was a little disappointed that it only happened in the last three chapters. Soon, a new vampire has taken over Barnabas's territory, and it all ends with a shocking twist. If you love the series, you might enjoy DARK SHADOWS: THE SALEM BRANCH!!!
  • Rrd
Lara Parker has created a great book for fans of Dark Shadows. Working with all of the classic characters from the Gothic soap as well as many of the show's conventions, including time travel, Parker weaves together a story of the 1970s Collins family with a branch of the family living in 1600 Salem, Mass. The characters and settings will feel very familiar to fans of the show, but there is an openness that is possible in a novel that can't necessarily be created in the same way with episodic television (for example, each half-hour episode only features 5 or 6 cast members who rotate through the daily episodes, whereas a novel can use characters throughout in whatever way works best with the narrative).

Parker's prose is actually very good - she knows the characters and settings very well, but she also does a good job of describing the action in an engaging way, her pacing is solid, and the story itself is interesting, not just as an extension of the show for fans but as a well-written story in and of itself.

This is the first of her three DS novels that I have read and I am looking forward to both ANGELIQUE'S DESCENT and WOLF MOON RISING. If they are as well crafted as this novel, they will no doubt keep readers greatly entertained.
  • Hap
A sequel to "Angelique's Descent" this book now focuses on Barnabas, his reemergence back to being a human, and his new relationship with the Collins family in the present time (1971). This book shows Ms. Parker's knowledge in depth on the present time, the attitudes of the early seventies, and also her research on the Salem Witch Trials, Northeastern Indian legends and culture, and the attitudes of the day. Ms. Parker also throws in a parallel story of Miranda Du Val, with a little time travel and reincarnation thrown in. Quentin Collins is introduced, first as a minor character, but his situation, as an immortal, is also revealed. I think this is the second book of a trilogy, the third (Wolf Moon RIsing) coming out in August, 2013, where Quentin become a major character, and this present book explains why at the ending. With all this, this book is well written and worth reading for any Dark Shadows fan.
Barnabas starts off in this book becoming a human, but losing the strengths he had as a vampire, and missing them. He is engage to Dr. Julia Hoffman, but there is a sense that he doesn't really want to marry her, but is doing it out of obligation because of her treatment, curing Barnabas. He bonds with David, now 15 years old and starting to find his own way, but lonely, looking for companionship. The Old House is sold to a woman named Antoinette (Toni) who has a daughter name Jacqueline (Jackie). Jackie is a very disturbed teenager whom spent time in a mental hospital, and this contributes to the story in a big way. Although the property is sold, some hippies camp out on the property, with Toni's permission, but Roger Collins objects, and tries to evict them. David, of course, goes down there and befriends them, and falls in love with Jackie. Drugs are involved, and incidences ensue, and it is suspected a new vampire is abound (one victim is found dead in the basement of the Old House), but no one knows who the vampire is, although there are suspects. When the hippies are evicted, it is revealed that a lunatic is on the loose, who is hunted but not caught, thus making the story more exciting.
Barnabas drives David down to Salem, Massachusetts, where he learns of the Collins family history down there, hence the title. David is fascinated with the tourism, but Barnabas finds Jackie down there, reminding him of his nemesis Angelique, and falls in love with her. Thinking she is the reincarnation of Angelique, she has no recollection, and the book does make this suspenseful on whether or not she is telling the truth.
Meanwhile, there are flashbacks to the life of a Miranda DuVal, back in 1691 in Salem, Massachusett. Miranda was a young girl, who lived with the Indians and acquired the powers of witchcraft, but is harassed by schoolmaster Judah Zachary, until he is put to death upon revealing that he is a devil worshipper. This story, incidentally, is based in the Dark Shadows episodes of 1970, where Barnabas and Julia travel back to 1840, and encounter Angelique. Her origin was revealed here as originally being Miranda, who was made into a witch by Judah Zachary, but then was force to turn on him by the authorities in Salem, resulting in Judah being beheaded. Zachary took possession of a character to exalt revenge on Miranda, now Angelique. As you can see, Lara Parker tells a slightly different story with her books.
Anyway, these are the three plots that are intertwined. The last 50 pages of the book climaxes with who the other vampire is. I won't reveal it, but it will surprise you. Angelique was the reincarnation of Miranda, who was then reborn again in the 20th century, but not whom you think.
There are many endings in this book, all surprising, none of which the reader would guess, and leaves open a continuation for the upcoming book, "Wolf Moon Rising."
I'm looking forward to that book to see how things end.
  • The Apotheoses of Lacspor
Lara Parker startled me! OK I did, indeed love her first book in the dark Shadows trilogy she's doing. But yeah, I'm jaded. I eXPeCT the second novel of any beginning writer to be so-so. First novels are usually written in the fires of creativity and seconds because the first sold so well.

Salem Branch, on the other hand, ROCKED! Again, Ms Parker has captured the speech, actions and ESSENCES of the Dark Shadows characters. I am not a Quentin fan... Quentin Collins didn't trip my trigger when I was a teenybopper... but he does in THIS book! She has his character and motivations down cold. Barnabas, again is not written goody goody but as he IS. A tormented man going through true moral dilemmas! She RESISTS the temptation to make him too sweet or unremittingly evil. She displays the torture of his sould *without* descending into hopeless self-pity!

I won't give you spoilers. I'll just say.. if you are, or were a Dark Shadows fan... GRAB THIS BOOK! You will seriously NEVER regret it! It's a fantastic read and whets my appetite for her next one!
  • Welen
I love everything DS, and that includes all of Lara Parker's books. This story is actually 2 tales, one story takes place during the Salem Witch Trials and the other during the 1970s. Pretty much the same way the old tv series did. I actually enjoyed the Salem plot the best and would love it if Mrs Parker would dedicate a complete book on that subject alone. I finished it in a few sittings.