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The Three Souls
     

The Three Souls

4.5 2
by Bill Thomas
 
The Three Souls is about Johnny Chambers who is falsely convicted of a crime. The time frame is 1961 and Johnny is in a Texas Penitentiary. While in prison Johnny meets two prisoners who he decides are Vincent Van Gogh and Amadeus Mozart reincarnated. Johnny hatches a plan to let them work on their art in prison while trying to secure release from the Warden. The

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The Three Souls is about Johnny Chambers who is falsely convicted of a crime. The time frame is 1961 and Johnny is in a Texas Penitentiary. While in prison Johnny meets two prisoners who he decides are Vincent Van Gogh and Amadeus Mozart reincarnated. Johnny hatches a plan to let them work on their art in prison while trying to secure release from the Warden. The Warden goes along with the plan for awhile but then decides to take their art and cash in on their talent. Johnny decides it is time to leave the prison and plans an escape to grab their art and leave with the reincarnated prisoners. He enlists help from other inmates and they stowaway on big truck that is leaving the prison. The prison escape is successful, but they have to face the warden and try to recover Johnny's wife, Kitty.

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ISBN-13:
9781623098506
Publisher:
BookBaby
Publication date:
10/17/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
203 KB

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The Three Souls 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite In The Three Souls by Bill W. Thomas, John Chambers is just an ordinary guy, trying to earn an honest living. His girlfriend, Kitty, also works hard. Things start to unravel when first Kitty loses her job on false accusations, then John loses his job and is arrested for an armed robbery that he didn't commit. John's life continues on a downward turn in prison where he is abused, beaten and raped. Working at banging out license plates, John becomes friends with Vinny and David, who both experienced near-death before their incarceration. Now they're thinking and dreaming strange visions, and John believes that they have taken on the souls of Mozart and Van Gogh. After a severe beating, John faces near-death and wakens with an impulse to write like Hemingway. Throughout this incredible tale of reincarnation, John uncovers plots and wrong-doings amongst the prison staff. As the ill-fated date of November 22, 1963, approaches, Hemingway warns John of an assassination plot. No one believes John and as he, Vinny and David make their escape from prison, they start to wonder if the prison staff are somehow involved in the assassination of the President of the United States.  Bill W. Thomas has created an interesting fantasy about reincarnation, remarkably amongst prisoners. After a slow beginning, the story picks up its pace and effectively adds tension and excitement as each new drama unfolds. This is a fascinating fantasy with real-life characters and scenarios. It's difficult to imagine reincarnation inside a high-security prison, but the author makes it seem quite possible.
TopBookReviewers More than 1 year ago
A must read for 2013! One of those novels you pick up and can’t put down. "The Three Souls was engaging from the very first page. We start out with Johnny Chambers who is a regular guy, just trying to scrape by and make a living for himself and his wife Kitty. Life takes a turn for the worse when he is falsely convicted of a crime and sent to prison. He moves from county jail to the “big house” where you try and keep a low profile just to survive. Bill W. Thomas, the author, shows how difficult life can be when dealing with the pecking order there…from the warden and guards to the inmates. Johnny starts work in prison pounding out license plates for the state of Texas. He meets two inmates, Vinnie and David, who have had near death experiences. As he gets to know them, he becomes convinced that they are Vincent Van Gogh and Amadeus Mozart reincarnated. Johnny finds some blackmail material and convinces one of the guards named Schultz to help him talk to the Warden. Before you know it, David and Vinnie are getting art and music supplies. It turns out that they do have this sudden talent and more people start believing that they really have been reincarnated. The Warden goes along with this until an article in the local newspaper is published about the art program. The Warden cancels the program and decides to sell the art for his own profit. Not only that, but things are becoming even more dangerous in prison. This leaves Johnny, David and Vinnie looking for an escape plan. The plot flows smoothly throughout and Thomas builds to a nail biting climax. Once the guys escaped from prison I was totally hooked and had to hide away so I could finish this novel in one read. That doesn’t happen often and I was left thinking, “What a great book! I would highly recommend it.” Thanks to Bill W. Thomas for passing on some good karma and sharing this story. I am looking forward to more from him." - TBR TopBookReviewers