One of the things I love about reviewing is that I get to come across some really great authors. Some of these authors I might not have picked up if it wasn’t for a little nudging from others. Stephen Besecker is an action/thriller writer and The Samaritan is the first book of his I have had the pleasure to read. It was a great fast-paced action/thriller that had me wanting to hurry up and find out who was The Samaritan!
Kevin “Hatch” Easter is well acquainted with the feeling of being an outsider. As a child, he grew up as a half Seneca Indian in a mostly white society. When his parents were killed, he moved to the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation to be raised by his shaman grandfather. That feeling of being an outsider disappeared when he met and married Karen, and when he found a job he could believe in– being a tracker for the Central Intelligence Agency.
The Samaritan will grab you by the first page and hold you in it’s grip until the final stunning conclusion. The reader will try and guess who “The Hunter” is through-out but you will be shocked when the killer is finally revealed. Stephen Besecker has written a taut, action-packed thriller that will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat. The characters are driven and diverse, the plot solid and the writing seamless. I really enjoyed it!
This is a terrific New York thriller that grips the audience from the moment the mob enters the tavern and never slows down as the corpses including collateral damage pile around the city. Although at times the action seems implausible, the suspenseful story line is fast-paced with a nod to the movie Die Hard, but also contains strong twists. Readers will appreciate this entertaining murderers’ row.
This book reminded me of a mobster movie like Scarface. It had the grittyness, I don’t give a sh*t attitude, and the best part is…you won’t find much romance in this book. Mr. Stephen Besecker shows what he is made of and holds nothing back. This is surprising considering that The Samaritan is his first novel. The Samaritan will have you keeping your friends close and your enemies even closer!