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The Three Souls

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  18 reviews
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 go
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Kindle Edition, 118 pages
Published October 15th 2012 by BookBaby
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John Smith
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Three Souls…three reincarnated, troubled souls: Johnny Chambers as Ernest Hemingway, David Madejas as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Vinny LePugh as Vincent Van Gogh.

The purpose of these art legends’ reincarnation was to get another chance to live their life and maybe live it better. Van Gogh shot himself, while Mozart died poor. I empathize with these three, Johnny, Vinny, and David or Hemingway, Mozart, and Van Gogh respectively. My heart melts. They were extremely talented, individuals of t
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Christopher Brown
I'm not sure if this can happen in prison, where inmates would be allowed to develop their actual talents. But then I've always thought incarcerating people is not the way to do it. The fact that they have committed a crime tells you there is something wrong that needs to be addressed, but the prison system does the opposite and focuses on the punishment instead.

Anybody in the prison system can learn a thing or two from this book, I believe. They must focus first on helping individuals resolve
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Linda Young
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The coolest thing I’ve ever come across!

I had no special interest in Mozart, Van Gogh, or Hemingway, but the way this book was written so professionally made them come alive again, it piqued my interest. This was beautifully written.

It is also realistic and filled with action as the main setting was in a penitentiary. It made me think if prison will ever reform in this lifetime.

The best part is about reincarnation. It made me think that it could be true. I mean, when we pass away, we could come
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Mary Hall
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A smart guy, this male author, Bill Thomas. When I started on the first chapter, I at once got hooked. I already knew the rest of the book would be awesome, and I was right. You write like a real pro, Bill! You have this way of painting a picture with no need for flowery words that becomes distractions instead of descriptions – unfortunately, I often see this in other books I have encountered. But no, not with The Three Souls. I understood the title after I completed the book, and my heart goes ...more
Elizabeth King
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A plot full of twists. Surprising characters. Reincarnation of the art legends.

The Three Souls will not disappoint you! When you reach the end of this book, it will leave you wanting more.

Johnny Chambers, the lead character, is hilarious and fearless! It is tough to be in prison, especially when you didn't do anything, but you won't see him break down. In fact, he went out of his way to help his newfound friends. That's where the story evolved as the three of them met in prison. They didn't nee
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Donald Wilson
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story so much I didn’t want it to end. The Johnny Chambers character made you expect he didn’t have a care in the world, but The Three Souls wouldn’t be as awesome as it is without him.

Johnny was the main man in the story as well as the one narrating, so it gave the book an interesting edge. Johnny took the lead and didn’t turn sour even if he was sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. When he met the two other souls and suspected reincarnation, he went out of his way to help
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David Miller
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nasty and funny and well-written. The work of a professional.

I think that if all authors can write like this, more people are gonna go back to reading books! There’s so much trash out there. But I’m happy I found this gem. Finally, something worth reading that doesn’t disappoint you and make you think why they published the book.

You will find yourself amused the way Johnny Chambers narrates and takes the lead in the story. I liked his girlfriend Kitty and the way she supported Johnny even when
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Charles Jones
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a classic case of a lousy police investigation and mistaken identity told intriguingly. Life in prison was bad as expected but having friends to back you up can make all the difference. A bit weird, though, about the reincarnation thing, although I get the idea of how one's life is precious and that you should not wait for another lifetime to make the most of it.

The twist at the end is redeeming; it makes you realize that sometimes what you think to be a bad event in your life is meant
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Susan Hill
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure what genre this book is, but I had a good laugh here and there, and that’s why I adored it. Dry humor always makes me laugh, especially when it’s from a tough character for a guy, Johnny Chambers.

So, I think that this book’s primary strength is its ability to make the reader laugh in whatever situation the story’s currently at. Also, a great life lesson I realized here. You could be in prison, and if you can’t see the humor in it, then you’re the one at the losing end.

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Daniel Davis
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah! The Three Souls. One word – B E A U T I F U L.

Johnny, David, and Vinny found friendship in a penitentiary – an unlikely place to find a friend, but theirs went as deep as putting their own lives on the line. As all three had near-death experiences, that commenced in them the reincarnation of three masters in the artistic field. They became Hemingway, Mozart, and Van Gogh, acquiring these souls’ artistic prowess and later even their physical stature. All three had to survive the prison that
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Ava WILLIAMS
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story, highly creative writer, a masterpiece.

There's unexpectedness to the whole story that gives it its unique flavor. Near-death experiences give way to a reincarnation of The Three Souls, or I should say, three inmates. Who would think that there would be good that would come out of three individuals from prison? It reminds you that everybody deserves a second chance and being judgmental is not going to help. But those who don’t prove themselves worthy like the warden and chief guard
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Barbara Hernandez
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost liked Johnny Chambers and the cool way that he was. But reincarnation? For real??? Worst, they featured it in the papers on the front page, and that was like the last straw for me. I didn't like how this book turned out. I thought it was going to be something.

Yeah, the writing was good, almost flawless, and entertaining, but I couldn't connect how reincarnation came into the picture. It's like it went from action movie to I don't know what. Maybe somebody can explain this to me? Becaus
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Brian Williams
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm… masculine. Like watching an all-action movie. Fast-paced, I loved it! The language is manly as well. Impressive writing by Bill Thomas.

And the story, wow! You should write a movie Bill if you aren’t already.

I hate what they did to Johnny Chambers in prison when they beat him up. I mean, yeah, he almost died, and that gave way to his reincarnation as Ernest Hemingway. But the fact that the prison system sucks and gangs can go about doing whatever they want is disgusting. There’s no balance.
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Jennifer Wright
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reincarnation for me is like a religious or a spiritual topic, but here is Bill Thomas, making a phenomenon for a story out of it. This is special...and crazy at the same time!

“My name is Ernest Hemingway and you will finish my life because I had to leave abruptly” said Hemingway to Johnny Chambers in a dream.

If I were Johnny, I would run or something, but he had a kind heart for toughie, and he did what was told of him. I liked the part when all three of them transformed physically. Vinny as V
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Patricia Allen
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this book out of boredom. The book trailer intrigued me. Now I’m done, and it didn’t only save me from boredom, but it entertained me to the max! I didn’t put it down, not until I finished. I had to keep reading. Johnny Chambers reeled me into the story of his life. Johnny himself is a no-nonsense character, and that's what makes him interesting to read about. You're always thinking about what's going to happen next.

And then, there’s Vinny and David and how the three of them became, “
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Casey
Feb 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this book, but unfortunately, it wasn't for me. I thought the concept was interesting (great artists whose lives were cut short being reincarnated into prisoners who have had near death experiences), but the writing really wasn't there for me. I thought the dialogue did most of the lifting rather than the prose, and even with the fantastical setup, there were just too many plot holes to work for me. (view spoiler) ...more
Beth Younge
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book felt as if it was a magical realism novel that leans heavily on the realism side. I loved the story but there were some moments in it that i fell could have been developed further. The points that the novel that needed development were when the book goes into its "magical" stage and the fact that the visuals change post vision.
Karen J Shields
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an imagination the author has!

It was a bit slow to start for me, but once the idea of the 3 souls started to come together it go better and better. Glad I gave it a chance. The author has quite an imagination. There were quite a few typos, but grammar seemed ok. This was a departure from my normal choices and I feel like taking more chances, since it turned out so well.
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Bill Thomas grew up in Austin, Texas. Bill started playing drums at an early age and played in many local bands including The Rock Hounds and Primitive Moderns. Bill moved to guitar and released two original CD's on CD Baby. He performs with a stage name of Bill James. Bill has also written two full length screenplays.

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