Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Booksneeze Review: Samson By Shawn Hoffman


Let me first say that I received this book free from booksneeze.com in return for my honest opinion and review. 

Here is a brief description which I read on booksneeze.com (I don't want to give too much away):

Book Description

During World War II, Jewish men were forced to box on Saturday night for Nazi entertainment. The winner got extra food. The loser went to the gas chambers.

The year is 1943, and Samson Abrams has just made a life or death decision, coming to the aid of a young Jewish boy being beaten by the Nazis. Before long, Samson’s entire family must board the train to Auschwitz.

As they arrive at the camp, Dr. Joseph Mengele, a man who will later go down in history as a person of pure evil, oversees the “selection” process. The young, weak, and elderly are all sent to their deaths. Samson tries to attack, but is calmed by Maximilian Kolbe, a Catholic monk also at the camp. For Samson, all of this evil reaffirms his belief that there is no God.

Samson is soon recognized as a 1936 Olympic boxing participant and is offered a deal: he can box for his life, but if he loses, he will find himself on Mengele’s experimental operating table.

Adding to the complexity is the slow renewal of Samson’s faith through his relationship with Kolbe. Here, he must somehow reconcile with God while he witnesses the violent, tortured deaths of so many.

A historic battle ensues with Hitler, Himmler, Höss, and many of the highest ranking officials in the Nazi Party watching... an incredible final fight which culminates in Mengele himself getting in the ring.

I was sucked into the story from page one. I didn't want to stop reading though the almost 400 page book did intimidate me a little when I received it. The story was well done, it was inspired by true events as you have probably already figured out. 

This book even though historical got me thinking what I would do if I were Samson. I tried to break down every big decision he made and reflect on how and what I would do in that situation. I found that I was both challenge and motivated by Samson in my everyday activities. Pondering whether I would risk it all for another. Fight or put my gloves down and accept defeat? Would I respond with fierce love for my family, friends, and strangers? I certainly hope so.

If you want to be inspired please read this book! If you want to see what this type of historical period was like; please read this book! If you want to fall in love with the main characters; please read this book! 

I hope it awakens a fighter in you!