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Road to Nowhere (The Samaritan Book 1) by [Fusilli, Jim]
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Road to Nowhere (The Samaritan Book 1) Kindle Edition

3.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in The Samaritan (2 Book Series)
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About the Author

Jim Fusilli is a native of Hoboken, New Jersey, which serves as a model for the city of Narrows Gate in his fiction. A graduate of St. Peter’s College, he joined The Wall Street Journal in the early 1980s and has been the newspaper’s rock and pop music critic since 2008. He is the author of six novels and numerous short stories. He and his wife, public-relations executive Diane Holuk Fusilli, live in New York City. They have one daughter.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1179 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612185975
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (13 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008733SL0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #265,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A man wanders from city to city and state to state. His wife was murdered and he walked out of the life of his daughter, who now does not want to know him. He sees a young woman being brutally assaulted and goes to help her. He becomes her protector. But is the woman as innocent as she seems? He is now the target of a vicious ex.con who uses hardended criminals as his henchmen. All will kill without question. The man now becomes an avenger and turns to violence against a dangerous enemy.

Basically the story is sound but soon descends into a revenge and violence scenario. The man is a good man who is driven to mete out his own rough justice.

The snappy dialogue is mainly one word or short phrases, with few full sentences, and as laid out in the book begins to read like a 'shopping list'. The reviewer was not over impressed by this book, being rather in the same vein as the Die Hard films. Thankfully, the 'hero' was not a vengeful policeman.
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This was a fast paced novel, descriptions stripped bck to allow the punches and twists to hit faster and make you want to read the next chapter, especially as they were short. In theory that is what makes a fantastic thriller.

In practise I think it was stripped back to far.
--Lots of back and forth dialogue with no handle to say who said what. After a page of that you became fuzzy to the good and bad guy situation.
--Fast changing plots, some of which were lost on me. A paragraph of introspection here of there could have cured this.
--A protagonist with no name, and little background, making it hard to connect at times.
--Each scene - often only 3 pages, from a different character, it was often hard to figure out which character and left me re-reading some scenes once I had figured it out.

And yet... I found myself regularly reaching for my kindle to read another scene. The mystery, while feeling confused and convoluted, drove me forward, as did a desire to know who this travelling man really was inside, and who were the good guys.

I doubt I would read another of this author's work, but it had enough good moments for me to give it a 3
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By Dave TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 July 2013
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This must be the only book that I have read when the main characters identity/name was never revealed, just aliases. I don't suppose that matters much anyway in a work of fiction.

The man, on a moving train, sees a girl being assaulted in a car park. He jumps off the train at the next stop and runs to rescue her (as if) and what follows is a combination of obscure acts and story lines and I did not follow them all. Some coincidences were just too much.

I found that if I ignored the weird bits it was a decent run of the mill thriller type book. The characters were brought to life in an interesting way and I was hooked to the end as I wanted to find out what happened to these characters.

So it is 4 stars for keeping my interest to the end and the writing style was definitely to my taste.
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Having struggled through Jim Fusilli's Narrows Gate, I should have known better than attempt another. This book reads like the script for the 1000th episode of a TV soap, where every viewer already knows everything about all the characters, relationships and locations. Here, there is no character building, no proper explanation of relationships, no satisfactory linking of the reasons for the constant skipping between people, events and locations, often hundreds of miles apart. It's all just a largely incoherent muddle. The only thing in it's favour is that it's mercifully shorter than Narrow Gate.
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More of a novella than a novel. Just 203 pages of well spaced words, roomy display and large print. The format suits Road to Nowhere and I'm pleased Jim Fusilli hasn't padded out his story. What you get in this shortened form is a roller coaster action ride. There's little or no explanation, hardly any background information and, as a result, both plot and dialogue are chopped, sharp and minimal. To the extent you don't even find out the name of the lead character. I didn't expect to be hooked in, honestly, I had a quick glance at the first couple of pages and then went on to finish Road to Nowhere in one sitting.

The plot follows a man who, after already disappearing into the witness protection programme, has gone on to escape out of that and for years has been roaming anonymously across the towns and highways of America. We learn that his wife was murdered and he's estranged from the rest of his family. An abolsute loner. When he rescues a woman from a dreadful assault he has to peel away his layers of anonimity as he's bought once more into direct contact with a criminal underworld. When his daughter is threatened our anti hero has to make the decision whether or not to travel what could be his very last road.

I'm not telling you whether it is or not, you'll have to read the book, and apologies for making the plot outline so brief. I'd give too much away if I went into further detail.

Dark and brutal. Packed with paranoia, murder, and deception with some great criminal characters and enough black humour to keep everything flowing along nicely. I'd be the first to admit Road to Nowehere is different/original in the world of crime fiction but; if you enjoy a hard boiled crime thriller, you should enjoy this unusual novel.
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