Three Lives

Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction

By Joe Washington

Publisher : Midnight Mercury Entertainment

ABOUT Joe Washington

Joe Washington
After serving in the military, I distinguished myself in the private sector, working with detective and contract security firms throughout the United States.  My company, MidMerc L.L.C. offers unique perspectives on many fields: Real Estate; Holistic Healthcare, and of course – publishi More...


For most of us, one life is enough. Imagine having three. Nicholas Gambit did. One man, three very different reasons for being. Almost graduated from University and soon to leave a Kansas City ghetto he can’t wait to get away from, Nicholas is drawn into a conflict he wants no part of. His world crashing down around him, surrounded by violence, he learns he has some very special talents. Even with those talents, he finds he can’t protect everyone and when the nightmare is finally over, he is consumed. He is devoid of purpose, inconsolable, lost.

Upon observing how Nicholas conducts himself, and what he is capable of, agent John Wilkes devises a new purpose for him. He soon invites his protégé to enlist in a program few know exists. Too emotionally drained to see that it is a mistake, Nicholas allows himself to be secreted away into a life that he thinks will give his existence meaning and pit him against those who place themselves above the law. Instead, he finds himself at war with his own principles — fearful he will become the enemy he has sworn to fight.

In the course of the transformation from artless college student to inconceivably skilled government operative, Nicholas finds love where it is forbidden, is made into a cold blooded murderer, and ultimately seeks out redemption by allowing another a chance to rediscover her own humanity.

I'm midway through the book and quite digging it.!”

-       John Payne, “Los Angeles Weekly”

“It was a bother to have to put the book down and get back to work. And Washington's totally believable characters are action-in-motion, nothing static about them or their black ops run by our invisible government arm that topples regimes, takes out enemies around the world and in general keeps things safe for multinational corporations.”

-       Steve Giordano - Editor, “High on Adventure”

“MAGNETIC!!!!!!  Three Lives, by first time novelist Joe Washington, is a magnetic read - I couldn't put it down.”

-       John R. Vacca - "Tech Write Independent Reviewer"

“One can hardly wait for the sequel to this book.”

-       Stacie Hearne – “”

“Readers should avoid Three Lives if they're distressed by intense
action or by fevered plotting.  Otherwise, however, they should charge
ahead.  This is a novel deeply engaged in some of the international
intrigue that we all want to think "can't happen here." … the
story, deep with unexpected twists, ends up so believable that we're
called on to admit it -- we've been warned.”

-       Ed Nelson – Independent professional reviewer

“Joe Washington has written a tough gritty novel that forces his readers to crawl through the bloody underbelly of an urban sewer. A quote from his hero, Nicholas Gambit, explains: “growing up in a Kansas City ghetto, societal expectations for me were minimal. I was expected to kill and eventually be killed, a mere product of my environment.”  That, like his creator, Gambit has survived to age 64 and lived to tell his compelling story gives readers a powerful rationale for joining him on his crawl through the sewer. How many even make it out, much less can tell the tale in a cogent, entertaining, and thoughtful manner?

-       Kay Carstens – Freelance professional reviewer, formerly with Penton Publishing