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The Many Lives of Samuel Beauchamp

(A Demon's Story #2)

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In 1933, Samuel Beauchamp awoke on an isolated dirt road, confused by his surroundings. Rows of citrus trees flanked either side, and a pipe-smoking man stood leaning on a pickup's hood, gazing toward a pair of motionless feet sticking up from a ditch. The feet belonged to a dead boy, Samuel discovered, and when he approached the onlooker by the truck, he found himself dra ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Fantome Publishing (first published November 11th 2013)
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Scott
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book from Goodreads as part of the First Reads program.

It isn't in sequence with the first book in the series, A Warm Place to Call Home, but I found it to be a much stronger and interesting story.

It provides a new twist on the concept of demons. Rather than being some evil creature, the term is used here to describe a wandering soul that can inhabit peoples' bodies temporarily before returning them or choose to live out entire lifetimes.

Samuel Beauchamp is introduced to this wor
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Kara
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every sequel ever written is compared to its predecessor and when making a comparison here it becomes all to easy to find yourself wishing Samuel was a little bit more like Frederick. I wanted him to be just as witty and charming however, he was not. What he was, was his own lovable character, so meek and mild and scared yet so powerful as he grew into the demon he is.

I will not ruin the story by telling you it's details but just tell you that this book is filled with a lot more action and viol
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Deborah Sastroredjo
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I have a confession to make. I love series. I adore good, well written series. And ever since I have read about A Warm Place to Call Home, I could not wait to read it. Sadly for me I also read it was a series.
I had a premonition I would like this series. I mean a good demon story is hard to come by!! Don’t you think?

Anyway, when I won this book I just could not wait and I leapt to read it as fast as I could. I was not disappointed. Basically it is the origin story to A Warm Place to Call Home.

Wh
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Cory Brandley
Not quite as good as A Warm Place to Call Home. It was a little scattered at the beginning but gets stronger as it goes and the ending was satisfying. Looking forward to giving the next book in the series a shot.
Susieqkw
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Loved the concept of this story. Very different and entertaining! I only wish I would of realized it was the 2nd in a trilogy. Good news it that I was able to find book 1 in the Amazon Kindle Lending Library and have just started reading it;)
Elise
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent. Good follow up to A Warm Place Called Home.
Kimberly
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
The Many Lives of Samuel Beauchamp (a demon's story)
by Michael Siemsen

My rating score a big fat 5

Genre my observation mystery~ paranormal

Won via first reads giveaway

Prequel to the highly acclaimed novel A Warm Place to Call Home (a demon's story)

Can be read as standalone

I was intrigued by this book by reading the back cover. Thus entering giveaway. I could not say a bigger wow!! Without spoiling story it boils down to a boy being killed named Samuel. His soul stays afloat so to speak and he
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Amanda Lanclos
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I will be honest, the author gave me this story for my honest review, and I had no idea what I was getting into... Look down at Angela Pratt's review, she recommended me ask the author for the book to review. Let me tell you, Michael did not disappoint with this book, and I will be buying the rest to read. In saying that, I am the romance girl type give me a romance novel any day and I am happy, so when I realized what I was getting myself into I said oh goodness. But Michael proved me wrong. Th ...more
Cari Hislop
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As another reader commented, it does have a slow start, but it picks up pace and continues to speed up until the end. I really really enjoyed book 1 (Frederick's story) so perhaps if I'd read this book first I'd have given it five stars, but I don't know. I think it may come down to personality preference. I adore Frederick, but I only like Samuel (even though in many ways Samuel is the more likeable demon). It is a similar yet different plot from book 1. In book 1 the heart of the story seems t ...more
Chris Torretta
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Many Lives of Samuel Beauchamp threw me off but not like Frederick did. I was curious why Michael Siemsen set the books up the way they are. This seems, at first, like it should be book one. Very soon into the book though I realized why. This book would be a spoiler for the first. It goes backwards in the plot line but gives away the information that is learned in book one.

That said, I loved this one! There's so much more in book two and Samuel is very easy to love even though he also makes
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M.W. Taylor
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a lot of reviews... I'd kill (okay, slightly maim) for just that many people to find my book online. But, jealousy aside, it is all well deserved. I almost gave it only 4 stars only because the begining kept switching around, but then I remembered how hard it is to write a great book, and, recognised that I wasn't able to read the start uninterupted, which would have made it easier for me to keep track, so my fault in that. Keep at it and you will be rewarded.

Samuel is a great characte
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William  Knight
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second book in Michael Siemsen's Demon Series is slightly better than the first one, I'm my opinion. Either book stands alone as a single. This book takes you quietly through the story until about 75% done, then accelerates like the first drop in a giant roller coaster. At that point, I had difficulty putting it down to talk to people. Sadly, I had a busy morning and wasn't able to go somewhere quiet to finish the book. I did get to the end and am now jonesing for the sequel, which isn't ou ...more
Teri Gillen
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Devoured it!

I read both installments of A Demon's Story in less than two days! It's rare that I am drawn in so fully that I lose all track of time. Although I guessed relatively early on where this one was headed, it was still an enjoyable ride and a few surprises remained to be uncovered. Looking forward to number three!
Angela
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was such a new type of book. I loved the story and how unique it was. I have never heard of an idea to tell the story of a demon, yet not a bad demon, that switches bodies and lives. It kept me on my toes and each page was interesting. I cannot wait for the sequel. Great book.
Heather Bates
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

With a lovely, lyrical writing style, this novel just builds and builds with magnificent twists and turns and I enjoyed it so much I was sorry when I finished it!
One if the best, most original books I've read in a long time.
Dayna R
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very interesting. The plot was one I haven't heard of before and it kept me wanting more. I really enjoyed the book and I'm looking forward to the rest in the series.
Dianne
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Good book, never read anything quite like it. It was riveting and I read it over a couple of days... will look for more by this author.
Jane
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #52 in my book challenge for 2016, and this may be the best book of the year. Great voice.
Angela
This book......Where do I begin? I'm not sure how many of you know, but I'm kind of a big Michael Siemsen fan (and stalker). I have read all of his stuff and I have enjoyed it. I am in love with his demon Frederick (and no that is not a dirty joke!) and can't wait to read more about Matthew Turner. I was VERY excited about reading Samuel and did my fair share of heckling him to get it. Now that I have read it, I'm sad. But in a good way.

I love Frederick the demon. He is funny as hell, witty, or
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Kelly
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In my early days, 'wiping' a person's consciousness had been an inevitable, unintended result of leaving their bodies. Later, I had learned to exit bodies 'gracefully,' keeping the original consciousness intact, and they had been able to resume their lives (albeit with some memory loss).
I pulled off the highway and found a quiet spot to park for a moment.
I'm sorry, Tinker."

"The specifics of Samuel died with him, leaving only his essential consciousness: me. I could learn everything about him, b
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Karen Cole
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Samuel Beauchamp has been dead for twenty-seven years, but that hasn't stopped him from living..." That one line was enough to convince me that this was a book I wanted to read despite not (yet) having read the prequel, A Warm Place to Call Home (a demon's story). Whilst I will definitely be adding that book to my to read list now I don't feel it's at all necessary to have knowledge of it to thoroughly enjoy The Many Lives of Samuel Beauchamp. The book begins with Samuel using the body of Geoff ...more
Jennie
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I wish half stars were allowed, I would say this was a solid 3 1/2 stars. I reserve 5 stars for the holy crap that was amazing books. 4 stars for the very good, 3 for the I wouldn't be embarrassed to tell people I read it books and then things get muddy... This was a short and fast read, I wasn't sure if I should expect much since it was a kindle .99 cent cheapie, but I was very pleasantly surprised! It was well written(if a little simple at times), fast paced, escapist fodder. It did it's job I ...more
Elizabeth Webber
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-freebies
I received this book free through Net Galley. This review can be seen at wonbooksblog.blogspot.com

A prequel to A Warm Place to Call Home, this is a great book with solid plot and characters. It is a bit dark and twisty around the edges, but mostly it is the tale of a young demon discovering what it means to be a new member of the species.

Samuel dies as a child but his spirit sticks around and learns to move between different bodies. He works, he loves, he develops friendships, and he continues
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Teresa
Oct 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: religous-fiction
THE MANY LIVES OF SAMUEL BEAUCHAMP is a paranormal story with a different perspective. From beginning to the end, we hear the story from the demons' point of view. Through every event, we get a glimpse into the demon and how he is seeing things-what he thinks, how he feels, what he sees.

As the story opens, Samuel tells us he has been living in New York for the past three years and progresses from there to eventually tell of his conception and growth into an adult. In this story, the author give
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Valerie
While it was an interesting book with an interesting idea, it was the first in a series, but I feel no need to read the rest of the series. Samual Beauchamp dies, murdered, but has not immediate memory or recognition of his mother or sister...as his life force does not die. He discovers that he can enter into living bodies and leave them, at will. There is a trick to this, otherwise those borrowed bodies die. He eventually leaves the home fires to find a body with which to live on a permanent ba ...more
Maguire
A Mediocre Book That's Well-written

I read this entire book as I often do, solely because it was so well written. I can commit to finishing a silly book if the author has a gift with language and characters even when the story fails or the plot doesn't cut it. In this case the story was very silly (maybe I wouldn't feel this way if I was a fan of vampire and para n normal novels - so take my review with a grain of salt if you are). For me this novel was the equivalent of eating junk food. Parts o
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Mycala
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Imagine having the ability to change bodies! My immediate thought was that first I'd go find Kim Kardashian and inhabit her and all her siblings in turn until they were able to do something useful for humanity rather than clog up the web with selfies of their latest $3k handbag purchases.

I didn't realize the book was part of a series. It's fine as a standalone and in fact, the last third of this book was so tense that reading more strikes me as exhausting. It's a great book, I just don't do thri
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Pam
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When i first started reading A Warm Place to Call Home (a demon's story) i was not sure i would like it, not because of the writer but because of the subject matter....but i did like it. It was not what i thought it would be.
This 2nd book The Many Lives of Samuel Beauchamp, seems to have a lot more action and now its made me want the 3rd book to see what happens with Gregor....
Now not only am i waiting for a Matt Turner book now i am waiting for a Samuel book from Michael Siemsen
Thank you.......
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Henry Lazarus
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Michael Siemsen has a fascinating tale of The Many Lives of Samuel Beaucham (paper from Fantome Publishing in which the death of a young man creates a being who can jump from body to body. We meet Samuel in the body of an ex-biker, Tinker, who moved to New York City and works as a librarian in the late fifties. Then he finds a friend, becomes involved with a crazy, sexy woman, and finds another of his kind who wants to upend his world, bringing Tinker’s past to disturb Samuel’s present. Disturbi ...more
Nickolas Lyons
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many wives for many lives

That headline has nothing to do with the book, I just wanted to write it. This book by the great and glorious Siemsen was enjoyable throughout. I was engaged even when Samuel was writing a philosophy thesis, I mean, that says something. I loved that it picked up steam in the last act and didn't get too complicated with the metaphysical when it would have been easy to do so. I can't wait to read the other books in the series and I'm !mad at myself for reading them out of
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USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of Exigency (2014), the Matt Turner series (The Dig, 2011; The Opal, 2012; Return, 2015), and the Demon’s Story series (A Warm Place to Call Home, and The Many Lives of Samuel Beauchamp, 2013), Michael Siemsen has sold more than 175,000 books.

Michael grew up in Venice, California, the second son of a Vietnam veteran who was the first son of a Korean War vet
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