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- Print Length: 342 pages
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- Publisher: Wannabe Press (October 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M1YBTT4
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,901,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm not sure the author will be happy with some of my comments, on the other hand, he may very well agree with them.
Firstly, I found the book to be very depressing at times because it dealt with abuse across the scale and the worst being child abuse.
This is a real fact of life in every village, township and city across the land and world.
I personally suffered child abuse as a child so this book hit home in a very deep way.
The story spent most of the time building a single family unit, but could easily be any family under similar conditions.
It's a sad story with some good times mixed in.
I hate giving away too many spoilers, so I'll end with saying this story may not be what you expected going in, but it did a wonderful job of being what I believe the author intended it to be.
It's a must read if you want to feel real raw emotion and maybe even heartbreaking feelings like I did.
Lastly, the sci-fi part of this story was well done and relayed the author's point of the tale.
I definitely give this five stars.
Thank you Russell for an enlightening story.
of love, loss, fear, brutality, caring, fearfulness, tenderness, helplessness, bravery, friendship, courage
- the list is endless and that is why this is such a special tale, by the amazing Magician of emotion and fantasy
who is Russell Nohelty.
Sam (which he prefers to Sammy or Samuel), has a rare and debilitating disease, which it's assumed will be fatal,
sooner rather than later. His father has been unrelentingly cruel and often violent, to his wife since Sam's diagnosis,
at age 8. Marian goes from job to dead-end job, just waiting for payday to put food in her and Sam's mouths,
while his father gambles away what little he wins on scratch cards etc on himself.
Finally Marian takes one final beating and runs away with Sam to her intolerant and unsympathetic
widower father whom she vowed never to see again.
Pop lives near the local dump and enjoys scavenging items from it, hoarding rubbish inside. Marian cleans the house
thoroughly for Sam's sake - he can't breathe properly except with oxygen from a tank he has to carry with him.
At his new school he's humiliated by unsympathetic peers and patronised by staff His only real friend is Frank,
[who like Sam hates 'Frankie' or Franklin'], a very overweight boy with a sugar addiction also rejected by classmates.
What happens when Sam and Frank miss their school bus home and get lost on 'the wrong side of the tracks'?
Who is Yva and where do Sam and/or Frank see her outside school? What does she do to help the boys?
What does Sam do to help her find what she needs?
Why does Sam's father come to find him - and who does he hurt badly when he does?
Where does Yva take Sam after leaving the hospital - and who put her there in the first place?
When does Pop lose his house - and what will happen to Sam and to Marian after that?
You'll be touched, amazed and definitely engaged by this sensitively written story, with its multi-generational,
well-rounded characters and vast array of scene changes and action that makes you, laugh, cry, gasp and thrill
with each chapter, building up to a most satisfying climax - I loved it and you will too...definitely another 5-star winner
for Russell Nohelty!
A real disappointment if you get it as a science fiction story. If you get it as a story of family abuse and poverty, then it is what you will get. The story does tear at your heart, especially if you have experienced some of what is shown in the bookitchen.
I do think the author could have used a little better editing and better understanding of human nature in some places. Sometimes you just have to say, nope, people wouldn'the act like that.
I was provided with an electronic copy in return for an honest review.