Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Samaritan by Fred Venturini [Review]

Title: The Samaritan
Author: Fred Venturini
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release: February 6, 2011
Publisher: Blank Slate Press 
Sold by: Amazon Digital
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Billie

4 out of 5 Robots!

Bille's Review:
The Samaritan drew me in right from the jacket description. At first, I thought it would be a superhero type book, with science fiction as its main theme, but I was completely and pleasantly surprised. The story is about Dale Sampson and his search for himself.

The book begins with Dale in grade school and this is where the book reaches out and hooks you deep down in a place you only remember if you intentionally think about it. The girls that push their boundaries, bullying other girls and tormenting the young men. Dale just wants to be seen. He allows those girls to play their games and meets a lifelong friend, Mack, in the process. Mack is "that" guy. All the girls want to be with him and all the guys want to be him. Dale and Mack form an unlikely friendship that survives just about everything that school and life in a small town can throw at you. The way the author weaves the story makes your stomach hurt and your heart ache and it's impossible to keep yourself from remembering exactly how you felt when you were younger and the boy or girl you liked laughed at you or the cool kids teased you.

Dale has eyes for only one girl, Regina. Unfortunately, he's lower on the food chain than she'd like and she is always just out of his grasp. Through a series of events, Regina is lost to Dale permanently, Mack loses out on his dream of baseball, and Dale learns he can regenerate his body parts.

Fast forward through the years, Dale experiments with regenerating while Mack is off living his womanizing life. Through chance, Dale runs into Regina's twin sister Rae and his life takes a turn down a road to which there is no coming back. He decides he needs to save her from her husband, her life. He makes it his mission to free her the way he missed with Regina.

That is how The Samaritan is born. It is a reality based tv show in which Dale donates his organs to those in need. His organs are regenerated one by one. His ultimate goal is always Rae. The show is both a blessing and his demise as he works toward his goal with Mack, a doctor with personal gains in mind, and an agent by his side.

The Samaritan was excellently written. Fred Venturini has a way with words that draw you in and you can easily relate to the human emotions and situations. I found myself wondering what I would do given the ability to regenerate. To me that was the best part of the book, it made me think. I rooted for Dale, for him to find some shred of happiness.


  1. Thanks for the kind review, I'm glad you enjoyed the book. I find it encouraging that the regeneration in the book made you reflect a little bit. I'll be subscribing to the comments in case anyone is interested in discussing the book further. Thanks again!

  2. The premise of this book is so unique, weird, and wonderful! Unlike anything else out there as far as I know. Thanks for a great review, and for being on the tour! So glad you enjoyed it!



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