Don't Leave Me

Don't Leave Me

by James Scott Bell



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Don't Leave Me by James Scott Bell

When they came for him, it was time to run. When they came for his brother, it was time to fight...

Chuck Samson needs to heal. A former Navy chaplain who served with a Marine unit in Afghanistan, he's come home to take care of his adult, autistic brother, Stan. But the trauma of Chuck's capture and torture threatens to overtake him. Only the fifth graders he teaches give him reason to hope for the future.

And then the unthinkable happens...Chuck Samson finds himself on the run from an unseen and ruthless enemy. Needing to protect his only brother, and face down the dark fears in the depths of his soul, Chuck Samson must find a way to save them both...or die trying.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780910355049
Publisher: Compendium Press
Publication date: 03/06/2013
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

A former trial lawyer associated with one of L.A.'s top law firms and later working out of an independent office, JAMES SCOTT BELL is now a full-time, award-winning suspense writer. He lives and writes in Los Angeles. You can visit his website at

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Don't Leave Me 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
phillipslisa More than 1 year ago
Very much in the thriller style of author's like Robert Crais. With someone like James Scott Bell, I would expect (since he is a prominent writing teacher) a great deal from this novel and for the most part I was not disappointed.  The characters, the setting and the plot all flow seamlessly. I enjoyed the link between events in Afghanistan and California and the coincidence that puts Chuck back in the hot seat. The twist came out of NOWHERE which was great. I loved the interplay between the two brothers and the special skill with numbers that enabled Chuck to get the result he wanted. I don't know how accurate it was, because I don't know any PTSD sufferers and haven't read much about it but I liked  how it was part of Chuck's makeup. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I didn't get into it until after the fire. I'm used to books with more 'out there' emotions so I had to get back in the  rhythm of a thriller written by a man. Glad I recommended this for my Book Club. It's nice to read an exciting full-length novel by a talented author where you can rest easy knowing there won't be any bad language or sex.
ldbennet More than 1 year ago
James Scott Bell does it again in this page turning suspense. The unique plot based on the endearing relationship of two brothers, one of whom has autism, keeps readers engaged with complex emotional issues as well intriguing action. Suspense readers will enjoy Bell's latest book.
jelindsay More than 1 year ago
When Chuck Samson left for Afghanistan he was a man in love. He returned home broken to a marriage that would never be reconciled, a mother who no longer recognizes him, and to a brother who depends on him as much now as he did when they were children. Then came the morning he collided with “the Mad Russian,” making his already difficult life impossible.  Now on the run and attempting to clear his name in a murder investigation, Chuck must try to put together his jumbled memories from a war he was never supposed to return from and face the shadowy horrors that have haunted him every day since — all while protecting his autistic brother Stan whose greatest fear is that one day Chuck will leave him. “Don’t Leave Me” is the newest release from James Scott Bell, the author of suspense titles such as Try Dying and the Mallory Caine Zombie Legal Thriller (under the pen name K. Bennett). In the first paragraph, readers are set right in the middle of the chaos that is soon to become Chuck’s life. As with much of Bell’s work, “Don’t Leave Me” is set in the quick pace of the Los Angeles backdrop. The story twists and turns through trumped up charges, mysterious phone calls, abduction, gunfights, and a brief encounter with a hippie playwright — and the story does so without missing a beat as it speeds its way to the explosive conclusion. One of the most enjoyable aspects of “Don’t Leave Me” is the multiple viewpoints. Although the bulk of the story is presented through protagonist Chuck Sampson’s eyes, we also are given the opportunity to experience the world through Stan’s unique perspective, as well as gain the insights of a homicide detective, a school principal, and a couple of very unsavory drug lords.  True to his form, Bell creates a realistic and believable world, includes plenty of trans-generational pop culture references, and just the right mix of humor to add a little spice to the tang of suspense. Even better, “Don’t Leave Me” is a story that I enjoyed reading just as much the second time. “Don’t Leave Me,” is currently available in digital form for Kindle and Nook Readers and Apps. As of this writing, a print edition had not been announced. But if it is, I’ll be one of the first in line to add it to my real-life bookshelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can I have more stars? This is a five-star-plus book! Chuck Samson, a former military chaplain, returns from Afghanistan with post traumatic stress syndrome. Something happened there that haunts him in flashbacks, but he only sees bits and pieces in his mind. The Russian Mafia wants information about missing gold hidden in Afghanistan, and they believe Chuck knows where it is. They’re determined to capture him and make him remember. All the while he’s trying to adjust to life back home teaching school and taking care of Stan, his adult autistic brother. Then his wife is killed in a hit and run, or is she, and was it really a hit and run? It’s the first in a series of twists and turns unfolding rapidly in this thriller that’s reminiscent of a Mickey Spillane mystery with one character who’s similar to the guy Dustin Hoffman played in “Rain Man.” It’s all wrapped up in a beautifully written literary gem that will keep readers guessing and turning pages from the beginning to the end. Super!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story scoots! From the first page to the last James Scott Bell has written another winner!  Chuck Samson is a returned military chaplain with PTSD and other nightmares. He's barely keeping it together for his autistic brother's sake. But apparently something happened to Chuck while he was in Afghanistan that he can't remember and whatever it was is out to get him now. He has to face his demons, take care of his brother, and figure out what it is he can't let himself remember. I loved Chuck. Wounded yet willing to sacrifice everything for his brother. Afraid of what happened in the past and terrified of the future but able to forge ahead. I highly recommend this one!
AnnieLiz More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced and breathtaking, this is a must-read for thriller enthusiasts. This book is well-written with a great story line full of mystery, and the love between the two brothers who are the main characters is thrilling in and of itself. If you like books that you can't put down and keep you on the edge of your seat, you must read this one! I can't wait to read more of Mr. Bell's work.
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Loved the story, style, characters...a very good book. Entertaining and exciting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced. Excellent read. Love James Scott Bell's books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, but found it more depressing than author Bell's other books. 
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Map Res 1:Map. Res:2 waiting room ask to join there. Res 3:Lab. Res 4:Cages. Res 5:training for subjects that may have gained special abilities. Res 6:files for subjects (bios). 7 and beyond. offices and cages for subjects who need to be isolated or specially cared for Rules:1.No godmodding. 2.No s**. 3.Unless its in ur file u cannot request to have a vertain thing done to you the doctors decide. 4.Be fair dont just stay stuff like "She looked at the bars and the cage exploded." Or sonething like that 5.Have fun.