The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

From #1 Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni.Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” 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 ...


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TitleThe Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
ISBN9781503949003
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Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction
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  • Angela M
    1970-01-01
    4.5 starsIt was impossible not to care about Sam Hill, his loving parents and his best friends Ernie and Mickie. Impossible not to admire Sam’s strength of character to endure the bullying and ridicule he experienced because of how he looked with his “devil eyes “, red eyes as the result of being born with ocular albinism. Impossible not to love the man he turns out to be. Impossible not to detest the psychotic bully, David Freemon or the m...
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    I’m used to Robert Dugoni for the Tracy Crosswhite series. This book isn’t even a mystery. Instead, it’s the story of a young man growing up with a genetic abnormality, ocular albinism. It’s a heartwarming tale as Sam struggles to avoid school bullies, including the nun who is the principal at the catholic elementary school. But it’s also the story of best friends and the lengths they go to help each other out. There are some laugh out ...
  • Larry H
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars rounded up.Sam Hill's birth in 1957 caused quite a stir, as he was born with ocular albinism, which left him with red pupils. While his religiously devout mother viewed his eyes as evidence of the extraordinary potential his life holds. That's not the unanimous view of everyone in their community, however—his Catholic school classmates refer to him as "Devil Boy."Sam's mother was determined that her son live life with great gusto, and...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    4.5 Extraordinary StarsThis is the story of Sam Hill, who was born in 1957, with ocular albinism, which made him have red eyes.He was born to very loving parents, the mother being very religious and thinking Sam was extraordinary and would live an extraordinary life. Sam attends Catholic school and is bullied and called “the devil boy” by many children, but he also makes two friends who become lifelong friends, and I just love their story.The...
  • Matt
    1970-01-01
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Robert Dugoni, Lake Union Publishing for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.In his latest standalone novel, Robert Dugoni shows just how versatile he can be with his writing. His dazzling prose and wonderful ability to convey a story will warm the heart of many readers throughout this powerful novel. Sam Hill was born just outside...
  • Norma
    1970-01-01
    4.5 Extraordinary Stars! THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL by ROBERT DUGONI is a touching, uplifting, heartwarming and an absolutely wonderful novel that had me totally engrossed and interested throughout this entire book. I was totally captivated and immersed with the voice of Sam and his story as he looks back on his life, making this novel extremely hard for me to put down. Sam totally touched my heart! ROBERT DUGONI delivers an inspirational...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    "Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth." (Mike Tyson)Action steps on the toes of re-action. You never fully realize what you're capable of until backed into that corner or running out of rungs on the ladder of life.Samuel Hill is the only son of an only son. While that may be rare in itself, Sam has been born with ocular albinism. While the lyrics of "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" seem strange, stranger still is the fact th...
  • Diane S ☔
    1970-01-01
    4+. Okay, I admit it, I am now officially a marshmallow. This book about a young boy, born with red eyes, due to ocular albanism really got to me. First, I could relate greatly to his experiences in Catholic school, been there done that. Some good sisters, some who should never have been let near small children. Sam, is called names, bullied but he does have wonderful, loving parents, and then a black boy enters the school. The two outcasts becom...
  • Marialyce
    1970-01-01
    5 most touching extraordinary stars!At times you walk away from a book with feelings and emotions and then an hour, a day, a week later, you have forgotten all that you have read. However, there are some books that when you finish them, you know in your heart that they will never leave you. The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell was just so a book.We meet a wonderful cast of characters, characters we would like to know, characters we would love to ha...
  • Brenda
    1970-01-01
    3.5 StarsNorma and I started off in the extraordinary inspiring lush coulee reading The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell and it started off strong for us and we both were drawn into this story right away. In the end, we ended up in separate coulees with the way we felt about this story.There are many extraordinary things explored in this story like a Mother’s love and belief in just how extraordinary her son is and how our main character Sam HIll...
  • Carolyn
    1970-01-01
    At his birth, Sam Hill's mother predicts that he will have an extraordinary life due to his extraordinary condition but it doesn't feel that way to Sam when he starts at the local Catholic School and is called "Devil Boy" and nicknamed Sam Hell. Sam has bright red eyes from ocular albinism that cause everyone to stare at him and makes him a target for the school bully. Sam has a protective and loving family who teach him to be resiliant and he ev...
  • Kathleen
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to NetGalley, Robert Dugoni and Lake Union Publishing for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL by Robert Dugoni is the story of Sam Hill, who was born in 1957 with ocular albinism which gave him red eyes. His classmates called him, "the devil boy" and "Sam Hell." His mother, who was a devout Catholic, called him,"Extraordinary" and claime...
  • Bianca
    1970-01-01
    I may get crucified for this review, anyway, I’ll take my chances.I, like many others, enjoy an underdog story. This is the story of Sam Hill, who has ocular albinism, a genetic abnormality that makes his eyes look red. It’s the early 1960s, so people are less enlightened. Sam’s mom is an ardent Catholic and she’s fierce. She would not let anyone or anything stay in the way of her son getting an education and achieving his potential. Sam...
  • Jean
    1970-01-01
    Namaste.My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides.I honor the light, love, truth, beauty, and peace within you, because it is also within me.In sharing these things we are united; we are the same; we are one. – Legral onion Aug 2014 What the Sam Hell? This kid has red eyes! Sam Hill is the only son of an only son. He was born with a rare condition, ocular albinism, which gave him red pupils. His mother...
  • Adrian Dooley
    1970-01-01
    Loved this. Was a 5 star book for me all the way until near the end where it just fell apart a little and took things too far for me. Sam Hill is born with red eyes, which will always make him different. He has a condition called ocular albinism and his red eyes get him the nickname “devil boy” or Sam Hell”. Born in the 60s when different is always considered with suspicion, he finds himself an outsider in school growing up. He befriends an...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    And an extraordinary life it is. I loved this coming-of-age story of a boy named Sam born with red pupils. A simple and creative concept that generated a GREAT story. His character is well-developed and I so enjoyed watching him grow, along with admiring his fierce dedication to his parents and best friends. I loved Sam’s mother, a force to be reckoned with and someone to aspire to. Sam’s strict Catholic upbringing brought me back to my 60’...
  • Judy
    1970-01-01
    Loved the story! Sam Hill is born with ocular albinism - he has red eyes. Now I've never heard of anyone with red eyes so I had to look it up and I couldn't find anything that said someone with this problem would have red eyes, so I guess it is just inventive or maybe I didn't do enough research. Anyway, having red eyes caused Sam to be bullied and teased all the time. Other kids at his Catholic elementary school in Burlingame, California, called...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    1970-01-01
    3.75 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a chance to read and review this ARC. Publication is in April 2018. Sam Hill was nicknamed 'Hell' for his ocular albinism, red eyes. He was 'the Devil from Hell'. He was bullied by both children and adults. His religious mother called him 'special, extraordinary'. She was always by his side, standing behind him, protecting him, advancing him. Finally when a black boy moved to town he ha...
  • Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews
    1970-01-01
    What a wonderfully engaging read. Full review to come.*ARC Via Publisher Follow us on  KT Book ReviewsTwitterFacebookPinteresttumblrYouTubeBook Babblers
  • Rachel Stansel
    1970-01-01
    A beautiful first person telling of the life of one unique boy and his faith. Born with ocular albinoism to a very religious mother, Sam deals with a childhood full of discrimination and bullying. His mom is his ardent supporter and he finds two similarly suffering friends who have his back. We follow Sam, focusing on his relationships with his parents and friends as well as his faith which is threatened by his life experience. Though faith is a ...
  • Brittany | brittanyfiiasco
    1970-01-01
    ‘There are moments, I believe, when we are capable of communicating with someone we love without using our voices, moments when we think of someone and the phone rings, or we speak the person’s name and suddenly they are standing beside us.’ .Wow. When I first received this book, I knew I was going to like it based on how intrigued I was by the synopsis. I didn’t expect that it would take me through all different kinds of emotional journe...
  • Debbie
    1970-01-01
    I have read many books in the Tracy Crosswhite series and loved them all. Naturally, when I saw Robert Dugoni's name on this book, I didn't even read the description, I just pressed request. Hello, it's Robert Dugoni, has he ever written a bad one? (Not that I know of or have read.)I remember sitting down to read this book, knowing it would be an excellent mystery, suspense. Boy, was I wrong. As I started reading it, however, I was emphatically a...
  • Kerine Wint
    1970-01-01
    Sam Hill has red eyes - hence Sam Hell. And through those eyes, we saw a world not only from the perspective of a man who faced his own variations of hell but also the conflict of accepting a religion that seemingly didn't save him from those hells. The life of Sam Hill was indeed extraordinary because his abnormality gave us a commentary on the abnormalities of the human condition.I should mention a trigger warning for murder, suicide and, verba...
  • lacy [a ravenclaw library]
    1970-01-01
    a special thank you goes out to Netgalley and Lake Union publishing for allowing me to read this eARC early. all thoughts and opinions are my own. tw: racial slurs, slurs towards those with intellectual disabilities, LGBTQIA+ slurs, child abuse, domestic abuse Our skin, our hair and our eyes are simply the shell that surrounds our soul and our soul is who we are. What an absolutely beautiful tale of an extraordinary man. I am seriously blown a...
  • Pamela
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars. An extraordinary tale from Mr. Dugoni. I first became a fan of his from his Tracey Crosswhite series. This book is nothing like the Tracey stories, but I still loved it.I just loved Sam, Ernie, Mickie and so many others. This is such a wonderful story of the love that a parent has for a child and the extraordinary lengths some go through to help and protect their children. This is also a tale of the darker side of love. A coming of age...
  • Lisa Aiello
    1970-01-01
    4.5 Extraordinary StarsI absolutely adored this book. What a beautifully simple, yet extraordinary man Sam Hill was. And he lead a small, but extraordinary life. The writing was breathtaking and heartfelt. Sam Hill was mocked and bullied for being different, but through amazing friends and the support of a loving and accepting family who allowed him to accept who he was and who we could be, he rose above to become a truly extraordinary version of...
  • Siobhan
    1970-01-01
    From the moment I read the synopsis of The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, I was intrigued. There was so much potential, and I was excited to see how the story played out. I went in with so many possibilities in my mind, yet no real expectations of what to expect – I just wanted to see if the story came together as well as I was hoping it would.Although I did enjoy The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, I wasn’t as blown away by it as I had hope...
  • Sharon May
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, and Robert Dugoni for the opportunity to read and review his latest novel. Loved it!! I'm a huge fan of Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite mystery series but this novel is a different genre and it is wonderful.Sam Hill was born with ocular albinism which presents as red eyes. His very devoutly Catholic mother told him continually that he was extraordinary. However, that did nothing to stop the bullies in all for...
  • Megan C.
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to Little Bird Publicity and Amazon Publishing for sending this one along to me. The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell publishes April 24th!I really enjoyed this one. I haven't read any of Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series, but I'm going to take a look at them now! Great writing and well-paced, this was a coming-of-age story that I flew through. Full review to come before the pub date, but put this one on your radar!
  • Jennifer Burnett
    1970-01-01
    Sam Hill was born with red eyes. Much like those of a white mouse, I would imagine. He was different, and had no shortage of bullies in his life. He was bullied by both kids and adults alike. My mother always told me that you only need a few truly great friends. Lucky for Sam, he had those as well. This book is one that I like to refer to as "feel bad, feel good". Of course you feel bad for Sam and all of the trials he's forced through at such a ...