The Three Poisons

Fiction - Thriller - General
456 Pages
Reviewed on 01/08/2018
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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite

Despite failure and the death of Gerald after his abduction, the plans of the genetically enhanced super soldiers, a cabal known as The Horsemen, were far from over. They had sought the anti-aging system for their own in order to allow them to complete their colonisation projects, but this was not the end of their schemes. They had a vast reservoir of hidden technology that would allow their schemes to progress, and that was precisely their intention. Can they end life as it is known, or can unlikely forces unite to stop the threat? Join the adventure in John Molik's The Three Poisons.

The Three Poisons is a very involved and thought provoking read, and fans of science fiction will be thrilled with this brilliant combination of man, animal, and machine. It looks at the future through the eyes of all, something I've never seen before in a book. John Molik clearly has a passion for certain aspects of science and has done a lot of research. I can see existing theories transferred into practical applications and skilfully imagined at progressive levels to a fantastic and imaginative level. I wouldn't be surprised if a few hundred years in the future some don't look back at aspects and technologies of this book and see where creation inspiration could have come from. After all, you could compare many well known items to things now in existence; replicators could be viewed as 3D printers, we even have HUVr Boards (hover boards) in concept. So, taking the leap to some of the systems, intelligence, and applications included in The Three Poisons isn't that far of a stretch.

John Molik writes in a completely engaging style, and vivid descriptions, great plot progression, and realistic characters and settings are just a few of the many things you will find to love about this book. This is the third book in The Horsemen trilogy, but easily transitions to a stand alone book. Be warned, reading it will make you want to pick up the earlier books. This book is tense, atmospheric, and gripping from the first page to the last.

Arya Fomonyuy

The Three Poisons by John Molik is a powerful mix of thriller and sci-fi, a story set in a future world with its advanced technology and a powerful threat to humanity. The year is 2025 and humankind has scored great advancements in technology. But a dangerous clique is determined to change the world, colonizing it and gaining control over everyone through an advanced form of technology that has been kept secret from the population. Now, the destiny of humanity is threatened and life could quickly turn into a form of slavery no one has ever thought about. The only hope of survival is in an artificially intelligent computer, but can this computer learn to feel like a human being and does it have enough time to fight the evil about to be unleashed? It’s for the reader to find out.

I loved this story for a number of reasons. First, it is highly imaginative, but reads so realistically. The reader is given a powerful warning of the pitfalls of our technological developments. The story has many echoes of what we are already experiencing, the control by gadgets and our modern technologies, and the subtle erosion of human values. John Molik has a strong gift for setting and readers will appreciate his social commentaries and the vivid pictures he paints of the world few years into the future. I loved the beautiful prose, the well-crafted dialogues and the strong plot elements. The Three Poisons is one of those rare books that make the reader shudder as they turn from page to page, feeling strongly connected with both the story and the characters. It is balanced, masterly crafted, and hugely entertaining.

Romuald Dzemo

The Three Poisons by John Molik is a brilliantly accomplished story in which advanced technology meets the quest for control, neo-slavery, and conspiracy. A group of men known as The Horsemen are about to change the course of history, subjugating whole populations to a new and advanced form of slavery through the mastery of a new technology. What could save humanity is an artificially intelligent computer that needs to learn the ways of the human heart and respond to the threat as a human being would. But time is swiftly passing by. The future of the world as we know it could require a miracle and that miracle depends greatly on a piece of technology.

The setting of this novel is in 2025 and readers will enjoy the author’s imagination as it paints a complex world in which technology has grown in leaps and bounds, becoming the very pulse of human culture. It is against the backdrop of such a world that a powerful conspiracy takes place. The scenes are well-crafted and infused with strong emotions. I particularly enjoyed the sense of urgency that accompanies the story. The moment the reader is introduced to the story, they become eager to find out what will happen next and the author succeeds in creating a deep sense of loathing for the villains in the story, which isn’t always easy.

This is a story that can be read as a prophetic message underlining the dangers of technology, and the fact that our tools can quickly replace our sense of humanity. The writing is gorgeous and the vivid descriptions plunge the reader into the very soul of the story. John Molik’s The Three Poisons is told in a mesmerizing voice and features suspense that keeps the reader turning from one page to the next riveting page. A piece of great entertainment, indeed!