Three A.M. by Steven John

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John’s unsparing, hard-edged depiction of cynicism and immorality marks him as an author to watch.
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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. 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 more 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.  

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About Steven John

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Steven John and his wife, an elementary school teacher, live in Los Angeles by way of Washington D.C. and New York, respectively. He splits his time between many things, most of which involve words. Three A.M. is his first novel.   
Published March 27, 2012 by Tor Books. 305 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
Feb 02 2012

Unfortunately, once the Big Conspiracy is revealed, the novel shifts from an introspective noir to a still thoughtful but somewhat clichéd thriller

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Jan 23 2012

John’s unsparing, hard-edged depiction of cynicism and immorality marks him as an author to watch.

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Reviewed by Joseph Vogt on Apr 12 2012

Three A.M. offers a lot of potential that it ultimately doesn't fulfill near as well as it could have.

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Reviewed by Joseph Hoyos on Mar 27 2012

For a taste of old school science fiction horror, then I highly recommend Steven John's triumphant debut, Three A.M.

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Reviewed by Todd on Feb 28 2012

Unfortunately, a good deal of the potential built up through the first half of the book is cast aside shortly after we begin to get answers to questions about the novel’s world.

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Reviewed by Laura Benedict on Mar 29 2012

The ride to Three A.M.’s explosive ending is fast and satisfying.

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Reviewed by Andrew Wilmont on Feb 09 2012

...the degree to which the story and characters fall apart post-mid book revelation make it impossible for me to give this title a pass.

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