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Three Cavaliers [Kindle Edition]

Tom Walsh
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Alone in his car heading west, it's easy for Jason to feel sorry for himself and mad at the world. But then he gives a ride to Hector and learns that life isn't as negative as we sometimes see it, and that the prejudice and discrimination that he's experiencing aren't unique to him--and aren't impossible to overcome. The friendship between this young man and his 70-year-old passenger is an inspiring story of love and of dealing with obstacles in life. It's a story that you'll treasure long after you're finished reading.


Product Details

  • File Size: 273 KB
  • Print Length: 155 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Living Life Fully Publications (February 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P1IZ02
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,546 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Tom Walsh's book tells the story of Jason, a disillusioned young man on a cross country drive. At a gas station in Pennsylvania, he meets up with an old man, Hector, in need of a ride to Pocatello, Idaho to visit his family. Against his better judgment, Jason allows the gas station attendant to talk him into giving the old man a lift, seeing how he is heading out West himself. Written largely as a dialogue between the two protagonists, Jason begins to listen to the old man's story of his long and varied life. Soon, Jason begins to share facts about his own upbringing and family, his disappointments, and his desire for a new life. Viewed through the prism held up by HEctor, Jason begins to see his past, and his relationships, in a whole new light.

Many writers fall into a cliche trap, portraying the older character as both wise and perfect in the eyes of the younger, and the old character envying youth for the horizons left ahead. Thankfully, Walsh skillfully avoids these narrative pitfalls. The book is engaging and engrossing. The ending was heartwarming, but it also left this reader saddened that the road trip shared by Jason and Hector had to come to an end.

Thematically, the book resonates with the self discovery of Mitch Albom's "Tuesdays with Morrie" and the classic road trip story in the spirit of John Steinbeck's "Travels with Charlie in Search of America."
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2.0 out of 5 stars a rocky middle path August 18, 2012
By Furio
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What ruins this work for me is the half hearted attempt of the author to create a narrative out of a content clearly bound to become something else.

In my opinion he should have created a philosophical dialogue of sorts, a genre that, unappealing as it may look, is best suited to convey heavily charged contents in a straightforward way.
Unfortunately he sets up an "on-the-road" fictional frame that may appear more appealing at first sight but gets in the way instead. To really convey meaningful thoughts in fictional form the author must create apparently spontaneous dialogues that do not spell everything clear for the reader but give him hints and stimuli. It is not the case here. Hector talks like a well spoken life-coach would and in a narrative context he comes out as sanctimonious and preachy.

That is essentially a pity as most of the thoughts the author decides to share with us are worthy and writing is generally quite good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three Cavaliers November 20, 2012
By Chelsea
Format:Paperback
This is an exceptional book of human kindness and compassion. I have read this book 4 times and have given many copies to friends. Tom Walsh will inspire you with his words and insight.You will not be abe to put this book down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read! November 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Always enjoy Tom Walsh's stories and writing style. Great to take along on a trip for reading enjoyment. Check out his website as well!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Never received the kindle book. May 29, 2012
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This is the first time this happened, but I could not get this to download even though it showed as a purchase. I rated this a 4, because I like the excerpts I read before trying to buy it.
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In becoming a writer, I've meandered over a path that I never could have foreseen years ago when I was a young man hoping to become a novelist. Time and circumstance have conspired to push me more towards non-fiction, as I've created most of my writing over the last decade to support my website, livinglifefully.com, through articles for the weekly e-zine that I publish as well as daily meditations and other essays to support certain topics. While I still love to write novels, I love the writing that I'm doing, too, and I hope to continue it for quite a while.

I grew up in a military family, so my experience in life has to do with non-permanence. This trend has continued into my adult years, as I find that life sends circumstances my way that force me to choose between staying in a place where opportunities have dried up, or moving on and meeting new people and challenges. Currently my wife and I live in eastern Washington, where I teach high school.

After I received my B.A. in Spanish many years ago, I moved to Europe, where I lived for three years--in Salamanca, Munich, and Barcelona. After coming home and getting my first Master's degree, I joined the Army and ended up spending two more years in Augsburg, Germany. The years that I spent in Europe have been among the most important in the formation of my world and life views.

After many years of teaching college, I made the switch five years ago to teaching high school, mostly because there seemed to be more of a need for high school teachers than for college teachers. The change has been very valuable for me, as I've met some of the most important people in my life in my students and colleagues; while the work is harder and the vacations much shorter, I have no regrets at all about making the change.

I have a doctorate in Teaching and Learning, as I've been interested in both all my life. I also have three M.A.'s: in Educational Leadership, English as a Second Language, and English Lit. I try my best to bring what I've learned about learning to my writing, so that a reader can benefit from my experience of life as well as from my writing.

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