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Publisher's Summary

The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more. His name is Three, a travelling gun for hire in a dying world. He has no allegiances, no family, no ties.
Against his better judgment, he accepts the mantle of protector to a sick woman on the run, and her young son. Together they set out across the plains in search of a mythic oasis, attempting to survive the forces that pursue them, and the creatures of the dark.
In these dark times, a hero may yet arise.
©2013 Jay Posey (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-19-14

I like this book. Never boring.

If you could sum up Three in three words, what would they be?

Sad. Intriguing. Action.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the end, nicely done.

Any additional comments?

This is obviously a post-apocalypse genre book. However the world is not entirely typical for the genre, besides the author manages to keep the world largely a mystery which I like, keeps you guessing and speculating. The story is largely a journey through a sort of urban wasteland where interesting dangers, friends and foes are met. I feel this is a major strength of the book, where some books set-up a typical good vs. evil scenario this book manages to feel like something that could have actually happened to real people. As such it is not a heroes journey even though the title suggest it.

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3 out of 5 stars
By JPaladin on 12-21-13

Post apocalyptic lone wolf takes woman & child

A "classic" story of tough lone-man who gives up his rough and tumble life to protect woman & child in trouble. It was a retelling of a western in a post apocalyptic world.

I was entertained through to the end. I didn't rush to read the second book, but I might read it sometime later.

All in all, I found it somewhat interesting, while it didn't impress me with its originality or plot.

So I'd put this in the "time filler" escapism category.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Feldoh on 01-20-15

Excitingly different book with good pacing

What did you like most about Three?

Before the last bit of the book, I would have answered the lack of information given away about the world. Enough detail is given that the world is vivid but the history remains shrouded in mystery throughout the book. But now I think I have to say that it is that I did not predict the ending. It is a rare book that weaves a narrative that can keep you guessing right up until the last few pages without just throwing out a huge twist. So basically I think the storycraft is excellent.

What other book might you compare Three to, and why?

I think this book was actually rather unique, if I had to pick another similar book it would be "The Gunslinger" by Stephen King. The world feels similar and in many ways Three reminds me of the Gunslinger. However unlike the gunslinger this book does not suffer from pacing issues and character suppression. It feels like there are few main players and every single one was well thought out, rather than the similarly few but still too many from the Dark Tower books.

Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not previously experienced this narrators work, but this was a fine introduction. If I had one complaint it was that the small child voice goes a little awry when the dialogue becomes more screamy.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several moving moments in the book. Given the slow reveal of world facts, I can't say too much, but there was one scene where two warrior spirits parted ways. It was amplified by the particularities of the situation those characters were in and the parallels between our own existence. That is a scene that will stay with me for some time.

Any additional comments?

This really is an excellent book, it is rare to find a book that develops its characters and world well without drowning you in exposition while managing to maintain a swift pace. I would highly recommend it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 08-19-13


Three is an enjoyable and easy listen. The main story is not complicated and the world it is set in is never really explained e.g. who or what are the Weir, why is it a post-apocalyptic society and who is Three but I found myself caring about the characters which the narrator brings alive very well. The book does have the feel of a video game about it (not surprising considering the authors former career) but don’t let that put you off.

Over all an enjoyable book and well narrated.

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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