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Dark, gritty, and riddled with back alley characters, The Third Step is one man's journey into the black recesses of his own soul...
Meet Frankie, a young, disaffected amateur boxer, really more of a punching bag, a drunk and a drug addict. He is a loser at love, except for his relationship with his grandma, who, rumor has it, is a white witch. She, along with a handful of
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Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published November 3rd 2017 by Gatekeeper Press
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William Bitner Jr.
Just finished reading “The Third Step” by William Lobb. First and foremost I would like to say thank you to William for gifting me a print copy of this book. Sometimes gifts come from the most unexpected places and I will forever be grateful for this experience.

Now, “The Third Step” is, from my perspective one of the most enlightening and life altering experience I’ve had, and will probably have in 2017. This is early in the year but it will be a hard task to beat this read. If you a
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Stuart Aken
Not for me, this relentlessly depressing, violent study of the underbelly of USA. Whilst it describes, in graphic detail, the worst aspects of American society and life, it fails to lighten the picture of despair with any lightness.
I was unable to finish this book, though its apparently worthy purpose kept me trying until I'd got through 50% of the text. I couldn't empathise with any of the characters, not because of the way they were drawn but because I couldn't identify with them. I've n
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Cleo Harper
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark, gritty, and honest! I didn't relate with the main character, but the story is compelling and I couldn't wait to finish it to find out the ending! Roller coaster of emotions, but so so worth it.
Kimberly Barbee
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent!! Awesome writing and interesting story. Highly recommend to anyone struggling with addiction or struggling to understand addiction and spirituality.
Susan C.
This book is local home grown and a rapid rabid read!I loved it and feel like I even lived some of it, Hilarious too!!
Elle River
*I received a free copy of William Lobb’s novel in exchange for an honest review.*

The Third Step, Lobb’s novel about a tortured, haunted man named Frankie, is difficult. It took me a bit to get through Lobb’s grim tale, and it took me even longer to try and figure out how to capture, in words, the emotional journey of Frankie’s life. I don’t like Frankie; he’s not a great guy. He’s impulsive, angry, bitter, and most of all, lost. I wanted to put the book down because it was uncomfort
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Kerstin Vollbrecht
This is a very profound narration of the eternal search for happiness, love, meaning of Frankie, a young man who asst the same time tries to blend out all feelings, hope and believes, fighting his own demons but evening a path to the darkest part of his soul. He is an alcoholic and drug addict, never sober nor clean of drugs, living his life day to day, without any meaning and without any real and profound connection to three people who surround him, except from his grandmother Cora and his best ...more
Adriana
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not know how to explain exactly my adventure with this book, I really do not know if my tears were because in the first place, it is beautiful or because it encompasses the story, I do not know how much time I look for in libraries and other places a story that could give me Who gave me this, Holy God! I do not think that at my twenty-two years of age I have experienced so many emotions (maybe at age 6 when I read my first book) this piece of book made me see things from another perspective ...more
Kayla Krantz
~I received a free copy for my honest review~

Whew, so where to begin with this one!

Frankie’s story is long and painful, made worse by the fact that he is not a likeable character yet he is written in a way that leads you to root for him just the same. It seems like the more I read, the more he lost until it got to the point where I wondered if he would ever feel hope again, which of course meant I just couldn’t put the book down.

The characters are well-fleshed out which made each s
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Brittany Coleman-Smith
What to say about this book. well there are so many things I could say about this book. so many words and feelings. all I can say is read it! it will be hard to continue at times but you won't be able to fight the need to finish it. to know the ending. ignore the grammar and editing errors they don't matter. the story matters. when I finished it I had a sigh of relief for the character and for.myself. this book will take you through an emotional rollercoaster ride. just buy it and read it!!
Shari Stauch
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haunting, well-written, and addresses via dramatic telling, the challenge so many addicts have coming to peace with the third step in their addiction road to recovery. Sometimes brutal, sometimes hilarious and always thoughtful, this is an interesting find and look forward to reading more from this author.
Tom Hill
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap, you’re writing is some serious stuff!  Very impressive.  I love your descriptors, and the grittiness just draws you in.  It’s hard to put down.  I have to admit, since reading on my iPad, I can’t go back to physical books.  I read your prologue and chapter 1 the other night.  Again, just raw storytelling which just draws you in.
Francie
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Third Step was a very dark look at addiction and how low one can go. I could hardly put this book down, I needed to know what Frankie was up to. The story dove deep into "outlaw" life and death.
Mr. Lobb took me on a journey into darkness, that I was glad to just glimpse.
Red Lioness
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written seeming biography that puts you in the passenger side of watching someone go through addiction. You want to know what happens next so you can't put it down.
Donadees Corner
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone of this genre
Recommended to Donadees Corner by: Author
The Third Step - Written by William Lobb
Who do you believe and where do you find the answers?

Dark, gritty, and riddled with back alley characters, The Third Step is one man's journey into the black recesses of his own soul... Meet Frankie, a young, disaffected amateur boxer, really more of a punching bag, a drunk, and a drug addict. He is a loser at love, except for his relationship with his grandma, who, rumor has it, is a white witch. She, along with a handful of others, serv
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Jolie
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Third Step is a raw, gritty book that follows a young man as he deals with addiction, failed relationships, and a struggle with religion. Frankie does questionable things with his life. Things that include drug smuggling, murder, being involved with a girl who is disturbed and revenge. As Frankie starts spiraling out of control, he heads to New Orleans. It is there that he finds the strength to deal with his demons head-on.

Frankie was not a likable character and I am not going to
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Tim Roberson
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Talk about struggles....

I will start by saying I REALLY wanted to like this book and had extremely high hopes but it honestly became a fight to finish. Even after fighting my own battles with addiction, I couldn’t find any redeeming value in the characters in this story, nor any hope or inspiration or even familiarity with them. It seemed like one big nightmare ride that just became more jumbled. True, at times, the addict’s life does seem that way but the stream of consciousness thought patterns ex
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Jennifer
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received a free copy from the author for honest review.

This is a very dark and complex story about a young man named Frankie. He is an amateur boxer, a drug smuggler, an alcoholic and drug addict as well as a murderer. Despite all his faults I found myself really liking him and even identifying with some of his struggles. We follow Frankie on a very dark journey, he is dealing with addiction and ultimately looking for spiritual salvation. He is a very complex character who has many d
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It was 1957, March actually. Guys who’d kicked Hitler’s and Hirohito’s asses were back home and settling in, buying big block Chevy’s and houses and TVs. I came to this world in the middle of all this. It was amazing. Captain Kangaroo and Leave it to Beaver. There was a sense that we were on the side of God and right.

Then it all changed, quickly. Vietnam, hippies. Nixon. The Russians W
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