Title: The Third Step
Author: William Lobb
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, serve as his moral compass.
Frankie fights a lifelong struggle to find an understanding of the creator of the universe, not the poisoned caricature painted by the church and the “holy” people who seem to torment him.
His journey takes him from the East Coast down to New Orleans to face confrontations with his demons, both real and imagined. Along the way, the story is littered with tales of drug smuggling, murder, an affair with a woman who may be the devil herself, and an ultimate quest for revenge.
Frankie comes to terms with his addictions, but his search for a deeper understanding of this God entity and his need to connect with his soul could be his ultimate addiction, one that may follow him beyond the grave…
~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 scene a lot more vivid as we followed Frankie through the book. It felt as if the author had almost based them off of real people because each of them were as distinctive as the main character himself and it’s not very often that writers can pull that off. The struggle that he faces is very relatable and for that, this book is a good read for anyone who has struggled with themselves and the idea of hope and faith.