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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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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.
This remarkable story sets out to tell a very different and distinctive story.
It makes every effort to be as factual and as honest as possible. It actually revolves around the young boy in the story. His feelings are paramount to the story. He lives in a world of pain...and has emotional scars from watching his father abuse his mother over many years, whilst at the same time, he is dealing with a terminal lung condition himself. He has so few breaks in life that he hates himself utterly for his physical weakness.
He finds a young girl who catches his attention. She is different. She is challenging and she asks for his help. In helping her, he finds he has helped himself to improve his health. He helps her as much as he can until he has to ask his father for help, unfortunately his father turns against him and beats him up. He had trusted him, and he had been let down. It's a hard lesson for the boy to learn. His father cannot control his temper, no matter what he promises. A lesson I too had to learn the hard way in the real world with my first husband. Promises do not change a persons nature.
I feel strange now that I have read the book. Almost like I have just had my past written down in a story..and the question I find myself with is, does this book leave me feeling violated by intruders, reading my pain? Or do I feel a certain freedom, coming from the female character in the lead and the boy, her son. From the depiction of their lives and escape from the fear and pain in their lives. I think in a way, this book has been cathartic for me.
I got away from my tormentor and so did this woman and her son in the story. Effectively we both helped ourselves to get free. That's the best part of this story...she overcomes her abuser. However, she turned to pills to ease her pain, but I turned to my faith in God to ease mine. Effectively, we are both clear survivors.
It was a very disturbing story to read, especially from a survivors viewpoint. However, I am glad I read it. I think it served as a reminder of what I have come from and what joy and happiness I have now. I am grateful to the author for being bold enough to write these stories. These things go on in the dark, hidden, behind closed doors. This author has courageously shone a bright light into the darkness. I applaud him!
And the end of the book, it has a tremendous twist in it. A hidden aspect that makes this an amazing book to read. I think you will be as surprised as I was at the end.
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!
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This book is nothing like I have read before, in such a good way.Read more
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Many families have problems, but Sammy's seems to have more than most.Read more