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Look for the next book in the Thomas Hamilton Adventures series to be released in late Summer/early Fall of 2011. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

About the Author

Tony Eldridge grew up in Westfield, Indiana and currently lives in Forney, Texas with his wife Emily and their young twin boys, Connor and Landon. He is the creator of the Marketing Tips For Authors Blog and the author of The Samson EffectThe Lottery Ticketand Conducting Effective Twitter Contests: With Videos. All books can be found on Amazon.com, as can the Kindle subscription to his blog.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595451721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595451722
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,052,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tony Eldridge is the author of the action/adventure novel, The Samson Effect, that Clive Cussler calls a "first rate thriller brimming with intrigue and adventure." He also launched his first non-fiction title, "Conducting Effective Twitter Contests" (http://tinyurl.com/yc77tje). He shares his book marketing tips with fellow authors through his blog, Marketing Tips For Authors (http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/) and through his free weekly video marketing tips for authors newsletter (http://www.marketingtipsforauthors.com/videotips.html). Tony grew up in Westfield, IN and currently lives in Forney, TX with his wife and young twin boys. You can e-mail him at tony (at) marketingtipsforauthors (dot) com

Customer Reviews

As soon as I began reading this book, I couldn't put it down.
Casey Head
I felt the author needed to be more diligent on character development.
Judith Karty
This is a short story but has a good plot with interesting characters.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Donald N. Curtis II on November 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Hang on to your seat! The excitement begins in chapter one and it's a non-stop ride through danger, political intrigue, romance and jubilation. Just when you think you can catch your breath, the next hill takes you deeper into the valley of the shadow of death. The author brings you up close and personal with biblical facts and intertwines them with a fictional story that leaves you wondering if this could really happen.

Archaeologist, Dr. Thomas Hamilton and his colleague, Michael Sieff, an Israeli linguist, are both in search of ancient manuscripts that describe a sacred plant that the Hebrew priests used in conjunction with God's blessing whenever a "deliverer" was needed for Israel. Upon finding these documents they discover that the plant is not only real but also its location is described. Palestinian militants are in pursuit of the same in order to fulfill the promise of a global Jihad. There is also an ancient sect of Hebrew priests who are the protectors. All must be overcome in order to obtain The Sampson Effect, a plant extract capable of endowing super human strength upon its consumer. World domination is at stake. The reader learns about the history of the nation of Israel and its many deliverers as the author superimposes these ancient facts, along with the fictional legend of The Sampson Effect, upon the backdrop of the present day political climate in the harsh and unforgiving environs of the Middle East.

This is the author's first novel. I found myself wanting a little more in the way of character development. I really liked the characters, but I felt they needed to be brought out more. I wanted to know what really motivates them besides the obvious. More insight into their psyche would be helpful.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Julie Bates on December 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
The first thing that caught my attention with this book was that Clive Cussler highly recommended it and anything that Clive likes I'll give a go.

This is an amazing first book from start to finish. Tony does an exceptional job of drawing you into all the characters so you have to pay attention to them because you don't know who is important or not and you don't wait to miss anything. The action is full on and never takes away from the story line only enhances it and all characters involved to the point that you want more.

What really impressed me also was the amount of knowledge Tony has on the landscape in the book, the wisdom to make this book completely readable to those that don't know the Old Testament (for those who do, you will smile at the biblical characters he references to) and fold that into a tight well written book that screams to be on the big screen. Beautiful job Tony and I can't wait to see what you have next for us!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John Zajaros on April 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
What a piece of art! I wouldn't even call it a book because that doesn't do it justice! It is fantastic from cover to cover! I loved it and have read it twice now. The best time spent reading in a long time. Tony is his genres Stephen King!

Well done and worth the read...twice!

Professor John Zajaros
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Batchelder on December 20, 2007
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Tony Eldridge's premise in THE SAMSON EFFECT: the "Lord's Strength" of the Old Testament heroes was derived from an ancient, thought-to-be-extinct plant. Fast forward to today: two biblical researchers' quest to find the plant's one remaining seed trigger deadly reactions from both the protectors of the secret and a Palestinian terrorist.

The book is pretty much non-stop action: right from the start people get shot and buildings get bombed. In the midst of all the action, friendship, love, and betrayal, Eldgridge presents an interesting take on what would happen if a superman susbtance was out there for the taking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Younghusband on October 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I don't believe you could not give this book less than 5 stars! I will do things backwards here and state my recommendation first in this review instead of adding it last as I have in my previous Shelfari ([...]) reviews: Highly Recommended!

What a ride, Eldridge takes you on in this book! I thoroughly enjoyed it and could not put it down. It held me every day I read it on the train to and from work without me nodding off to sleep that I am prone to do!!

There are some good twists in the plot; one especially I did not see coming! I won't spoil it for anyone here.

I liked how something hinted at in the first few chapters of the book set the scene for future plot development especially at the end of the book. I regard that as good plot development.

For a first novel, Eldridge has done a fine job. I look forward to successive novels.

I have one question for this very promising and talented author:

Tony, you end the book with a hint of what a possible sequel could be? Am I correct?

Eldridge's knowledge and in-depth studies of Old Testament history pays off in this novel. He has developed the history of the Samson Effect well and is very believable. At first reading of the blurb, I did consider that growing a plant after thousands of years would be the Achilles Heel of his plot, but having since been to his website, ([...] I read that what he proposed in his story has recently come true:

"In June of 2008, Dr. Sarah Sallon of The Louis L .Borick Natural Medicine Research Center at Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem, Israel announced that she had successfully grown an extinct tree from 2000 year old dormant seeds found in Masada, Israel.
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