Fifteen years of sunless gray Fifteen years of mist So thick the streets fade off into nothing So thick the past is hazy at best The line between right and wrong has long been blurred, especially for Thomas Vale Long gone are the days when new beginnings seemed possible when he was a new recruit, off to a new start fresh in the army He had hoped to never look back NFifteen years of sunless gray Fifteen years of mist So thick the streets fade off into nothing So thick the past is hazy at best The line between right and wrong has long been blurred, especially for Thomas Vale Long gone are the days when new beginnings seemed possible when he was a new recruit, off to a new start fresh in the army He had hoped to never look back Not like there was much to see, anyway First came the sickness, followed by the orders herd the healthy into the city, shoot the infected The gates closed and the bridges came down followed by the mist.Fifteen miserable years of the darkest nights and angry, awful gray days Thomas Vale can hardly fathom why he keeps waking up in the morning For a few days spent stumbling along Another night drinking alone Another hour keeping the shadows at bay But when Rebecca Ayers walks into his life, the answers come fast Too fast.
I had been twenty-eight the last time I saw the sun. Fifteen years ago. And that had just been a chance parting in the mist. It took months for it to go from clear to hazy to socked in. I was so used to it that it rarely occurred to me just how different things were. But those first days—those had been horrible times. Everyone gripped by a sense of despair. Suicides ran rampant. Fear was everywhere. As the sickness spread and they started shutting down cities, quarantining us by the thousands, [...]
My thoughts:Three A.M. starts out in gritty noir fashion as Thomas Vale sets eyes on a beautiful blond, Rebecca, at the bar he frequents. Vale is a Private Investigator and Rebecca wants to hire him. What Vale doesn't know is that he's already caught up in something beyond a simple case for one of his clients.Mr. John creates an incredibly dark and murky world of shadows and mist, a city without sunlight, which is reflected in Tom Vale. He's as hopeless as the city in which he lives. Vale is an [...]
It was good. I could tell that it was his first book. Sometimes the writing was more sophisticated than his character, which doesn't work from first person. It was like a movie, though. In a good way. Fast-paced and action-packed, if you're into that. Didn't like Rebecca at all. It was so predictable, with her. I didn't consider her awfully important though, so it was still a great book.
As so many others have noted, this book reads like a bad film noir version of Dick Tracy. It's like the Michael Keaton movie Johnny Dangerously, without the humor. It was a good novel for the first time out. The plot holds together well and the characters are decent. Unfortunately the only backstory was of the main character, Thomas Vale, which you would understand and expect. The other characters would have been better if we might have known a little more about them before the fog.
This book almost got put down early. The book jacket drew me in, the synopsis on the inside of the jacket set the hook and then the language and bleakness almost lost me. Now don't get me wrong, the language itself is not what turned me off, it was the frequency. I expected the author to use some rough language to set up the character, but after awhile, I thought he would drop it and get back to the plot. A little of both happened. The plot started moving along, but the language did not lessen l [...]
Something about this book kept me going. No, it wasn't anything spectacular and it didn't necessarily blow my mind, but I couldn't put it down. I applaud the author for at least, if nothing else, making me care about Tom Vale, our hero. I think I just have a soft spot for the underdog, the broken man, but John made me care about what happened to Tom. I cared enough that I just had to finish his story. Tom's voice is interesting. He's vulgar at times and philosophical at others. He sounds like hi [...]
Tom Vale has not seen the sun in over 15 years. A chain-smoking drunk, Vale lives in an unnamed city that has been shrouded in fog for a decade and a half. This persistent weather pattern coincided with the outbreak of a disease that killed the majority of the city's residents, including Tom's parents. Between alcoholic blackouts, Vale occasionally works as a private investigator, and it is in this capacity that he meets the beautiful and enigmatic Rebecca Smith, who solicits his expertise in so [...]
This is a compelling mystery novel that incorporates intriguing elements of Crime Noir and Dystopian Fiction. The tale begins in a city shrouded in fog, and the sun hasn't been seen in over fifteen years. Ennui and depression seems to prevent any inquiry into the quandary. Thomas Vale, a jaded and boozy detective, is trying to find out who has been stealing from an entrepreneur who compiles artifacts to remind people of that long ago time when the sun used to shine. Soon, the plot makes a comple [...]
Abandoned after 75 pages. Writing was sub-par. The interesting dystopian world of dense fog had potential but the author didn't have the necessary skill to write a detective procedural. I believe the author was going for bleak, gritty, gumshoe noir. Needlessly wordy. Repetitious activities replayed constantly drinking, smoking, drugging, masturbating, wandering, reminiscing. I had enough. The story may have improved further in but I wasn't willing to try. This may have been better as a short st [...]
This was a very interesting book. For one, it starts YEARS after the apocalyptic event, not during (like many other books). It also has this mystery/crime feel to the book that makes it enjoyable for people who aren't into dystopian books but rather mystery/crime books. The main character goes through so much and has flaws, making it very realistic, even relative to the daily lives of people today. It is very bittersweet and I enjoyed it greatly. I recommend the book and give it a 4/5 stars.
Saw this in the new section at the library, picked it up on a whim a couple chapters in and I still don't know what the hell this book is supposed to be about. Ramble ramble ramble about nothing.I thought it might be kind of dystopian with the fog and sickness it talked about on the inside cover but the type of characters and all the f-bombs and the skankyness of it all are not really my cup of tea. Maybe it gets better but I won't continue reading to find out.
I was expecting another apocalypse story. It's not. Then I was expecting detective noir. Not that, either. Love story? Nope. Social criticism? Not at allOverall, I found it boring and predictable, with one shining spot of mild surprise from a minor character. I had great hopes for Three AM, but I only finished it because I'm emotionally unable to leave a book unfinished
Interesting book. Started off well, finished poorly. First 2/3 of the book were fun, good concept and protaganist was sympathetic. Last third though really sank fast. Antagonists were either killed off much too early or were just not very well fleshed out. Female romantic character was not well written and seemed cardboard. But an intesting start.
A post-apocalyptic sort of storyor is it? Vale is an interesting character and the questions surrounding Rebecca is a page-turner. I also loved the reveal about the meaning of the title. This was a quick read and it moved well. There were some plot breaks, but the intrigue behind the fog moved me past them. The scenes at the dam left me wanting, but overall it was a good read
Repetitive activities throughout and a main character that only becomes redeemable AFTER you have learned to thoroughly dislike him. The apocalyptic premise had potential but was quashed by the (slow) rising action of the novel. Not impressed, though some issues may be a result of this being the author's first novel.
It took me quite a while to warm up to this story and I found myself struggling to not walk away from it. I found the main character annoying and quite frankly, the premise of their lives, absurd. However, about 3/4 of the way through the book the tone of the story changed, the pace picked up, and I did begin to enjoy what was happening.
Well, I struggled, but I finally finished it.My overall impression is "meh". Its not a bad book. Its just not a good book.The author, I think, tried too hard and fell just short. The *idea* was good, but the execution was poor.I would not recommend this book to anyone.
This book straight up PISSED me off. One moment it was so sophisticated and heartfeltd then totally yawn-worthy. I was expecting something interesting to happend them it totally and entirely didn't.
I like the idea of the spooky fog surrounding the city, and I like the tough private eye shtick, but I just could not get into this book.
Good idea nice start but big fail this is a first effort and not a good one
Wow, I loved this book!!!!! It would make such a great action movie. Can't decide who should be the lead. Maybe Matt Damon? Or Jason Statham. Love love love this very original story. !!!!
Writers first novel and at times it shows. Slow to begin with and by the time I got half way through I had to finish it.
I liked it, worth a read if you like speculative fiction, for my full review:examiner/review/three-
Gave up on page 98. It has a film noir vibe, but just couldn't get into the story. Just don't interesting. Rather flat and boring. Shame, because it sounded interesting.
Quite interesting, not what I expected.
I couldn't even get through the first three chapters. The main character was whiney and character development was not quick enough for me.
I loved the atmospheric nature of this debut novel! It reads like a Twilight Zone episode, has a thread of suspense running through the entire book, and doesn't have a hokey ending.
Liked the idea of this story but was not very well written (first novel) but would try him again.