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Escaping Mercy

 An Amazon Bestseller in Crime & Mystery/Science Fiction

2022 Winner - American Fiction Award for Thrillers: Medical

2022 Finalist - American Fiction Award for Thrillers: Political

2022 NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite for Medical Mystery/Thriller

National Indie Excellence Awards: 2022 Finalist - Political Thrillers & Medical Thrillers

Shelf Media - 2021 Notable - Best Book Contest










See what readers are saying about Escaping Mercy


“Since finishing Escaping Mercy I have been left with a feeling of emptiness that only brilliant novels succeed in achieving when they end. Polakoff has been undoubtedly successful in creating an immersive storyline with likeable characters, and placing me into a world I thoroughly enjoyed reading.”  Leigh – Reedsy Discovery. Read the entire review

"The book itself is a marvelous work that connects the beginning, plot, and end magnificently..."

David Reyes - The Book Commentary. Read the entire review

Amazon Reviews

A beautifully crafted crescendo strangely intertwined with our reality.”

“Sam Polakoff has crafted a suspenseful, entertaining story about a frightening future. The multiple story lines are intriguing in their own right, but the way the characters are brought together is clever and enjoyable.”

“You won't be able to guess the ending.”


‘‘The characters are well developed, with interweaving storylines and a plot that crescendoes into a mountain of excitement.”

“…so many unpredictable twists and turns…”

“Polakoff brings a fast paced novel about a future world that seems entirely possible given the direction of things these days.”


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150 years in the future, hundreds of millions are homeless and the sick are forced into a euthanasia program called Mercy. Global leaders fiercely debate population control versus keeping people healthy.


When world-famous marine biologist, Dex Holzman learns about Aeternum, an ancient civilization at the bottom of the Coral Sea, he discovers a secret with the power to alter the trajectory of the planet. With the help of Cam Atkinson, a civil rights attorney, Dex travels a deadly path in his attempt to solve the world’s most ominous dilemma. Along the way, he uncovers a maniacal world leader’s vengeful plot to shed population and restore the Earth to its former glory.


Listen to Sam's guest appearance on Matthews & Co. as he discusses the writing of Escaping Mercy. Segment begins at 44:28


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