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Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered, buoyed by his mother’s devout faith, his father’s practical wisdom, and his two other misfit friends.
Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls.
Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design - especially not the tragedy that caused him to turn his back on his friends, his hometown, and the life he’d always known. Running from the pain, eyes closed, served little purpose. Now, as he looks back on his life, Sam embarks on a journey that will take him halfway around the world. This time, his eyes are wide open - bringing into clear view what changed him, defined him, and made him so afraid, until he can finally see what truly matters.
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By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18
Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book
If I had read/listened to this book and didn’t know the author, there’s no way you would have convinced me Robert Dugoni wrote it. “The Extraordinary Life of Same Hell: A Novel” is by far the best novel, I’ve been able to relate to, in a long time.
From the minute I started reading/listening I was completely taken in. I was the child, who grew up to be a man, who seemed to take care of everyone, except himself. His life wasn’t just “extraordinary” it was emotional, tender, heartbreaking, and full of love for this boy, because he was different, because he was bullied, because he was taken advantage of and because he couldn’t understand why God allowed all these things to happen?! Until the end....and the end was a magical understanding he received in his life, from God, from his mother and her faith.
This is so hard to review because I just don’t want to give ANYTHING away. But to be Sam, is to be that child or that teenager, or even that adult, where so many things happen in your life and you just look to God and say “Please tell me why?”
Yes it’s spiritual, but in a broad way, so it’s not preaching to you. I wouldn’t have cared if it was but some do and I just wanted to say that. I will say Sam was brought up in the Catholic Church so God was always around him. But in the end he only heard one voice, his mothers, and she always said, “ Sam, My beautiful baby, everything happens for a reason.”
I literally listened and read this in one sitting. My husband was having surgery on May 15, 2018 and it was a long difficult surgery. I needed inspiration and God gave me this book, I’m so thankful for it too! The author did narrate this, so I just assumed it was his story, from his life..but...I can’t tell you, because even that will be giving it away...I will tell you though, my head was on my pillow at 4 am and tears were rolling down my face and I found myself saying, “Thank you for this book...I don’t think I could have gotten through today without it..”...I’m emotional just remembering that thought.
Please read/ listen/buy the book/get the Kindle edition, do whatever you have to in order to get it! I promise if you don’t feel the warmth and message I did, tell Amazon in your review that I lied..but I’m not...Recommend to EVERYONE 5 plus ⭐️
Outstanding Mr. Dugoni 💜❤️
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By Wayne on 06-02-18
A very, very special novel!
I am a major fan of the works of fiction author Robert Dugoni; I have copies of all of his books. All except SAM HELL are of the mystery/thriller genre with some being legal thrillers and some being modern detective thrillers. With THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL Dugoni strays from mystery/thrillers into literary fiction with a novel so powerful that it will win awards and it needs to be a movie. Robert Dugoni narrates this audio novel himself; his narration is marvelous.
Sam Hill was called "Sam Hell" or "Devil Boy" because he was born with ocular albinism which resulted in his eyes (the iris part) being red. The novel covers 40 years from the time he entered school at age 5. Other than the protagonist this novel has some wonderful main characters including Sam's parents, his best friend Ernie Cantwell, and his sort of girl friend and later business partner Mickie Kennedy. Sam Hill's profession is ophthalmologist.
I listened to SAM HELL twice over several weeks before writing this review. I recommend it to everyone regardless of genre preferences. It is a very, very special novel!
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By mollyeyre on 08-16-18
I really wasn't sure what to expect form this book, and I am so glad that I bought it.
The writing is so good that I felt it was a real life story, I loved the main characters, Mother was such a strong woman and made her son realise that he, alone, had to fight his own battles, though she was always there for support. I just loved all of the characters, and teared up frequently during my reading of this. I think that this is one of my favourite books of the year!
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By Nicki John on 08-14-18
An extraordinary read!
Slow start, but bare with it, as the story pulls you in deep. Brilliant read!