• Three Bullets

  • By: R.J. Ellory
  • Narrated by: Tim Flavin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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By: R.J. Ellory
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It was the shot heard around the world.

On 22nd November 1963, John F. Kennedy's presidential motorcade rode through Dealey Plaza. He and his wife, Jackie, greeted the crowds on a glorious Friday afternoon in Dallas, Texas.

But what if it missed?

Mitch Newman is a photojournalist based out of Washington, DC. His phone never rings. When it does, a voice he hasn't heard in years will tell him his former fiancée Jean has taken her own life.

When the truth is bigger than all the lies.

Jean was an investigative reporter working the case of a lifetime. Somewhere in the shreds of her investigation is the truth behind her murder.

Who would believe it?

For Mitch, piecing together the clues will become a dangerous obsession: one that will lead him to the dark heart of his country - and into the crossfire of a conspiracy.... 

©2019 R.J. Ellory (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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IF NOT DALLAS - WHERE AND WHEN?

Given that R J Ellory’s 2007 book A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS, my review of which is on Audible, and which is in my top half dozen favourite novels from over 5,000 books read, it is not surprising that I was pre-disposed to like THREE BULLETS. R J Ellory is a remarkably diverse writer, and having read hundreds of thousands of his carefully chosen words, I will always enjoy their assembly.
Being of an age to know precisely what I was doing when I heard JFK had been assassinated, having read numerous books by, on and about JFK, plus various speculations and examinations of supposed conspiracies, I was keen to read his alternate possible history: what if JFK had not been assassinated in Dallas?
Although much different, I would encourage listeners who enjoy this book to check out Stephen King’s 11-22-63, another excellent entry.
Mitch Newman is a photojournalist, who, in the middle of 1964 learns that Jean, the girl he was engaged to in the late 1940s, before he went to Korea, has committed suicide. This is the springboard for the novel. Wanting to honour her memory and assuage some of her mother’s pain Mitch sets out to investigate what happened and why. Why did the girl he loved and remembered, who was a most unlikely person to commit suicide, take that path – or did she? Jean was an investigative journalist, had she been asking too many questions in the wrong places?
Their back story is economically revealed by him reading the dozen letters he sent her from Korea or just after, but which were never acknowledged. Although I suspected what the end would be, I had no idea of the how and the who. I particularly liked the way the pieces fell into place, making it nice and tidy and satisfying.
R J Ellory’s many fans will not be disappointed, and for those of you who are new to him, I cannot recommend this and his other books too highly.
Happy reading. Eric.
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What if JFK wasnt shot in November 1963?

The best you can say of RJ Ellory is that he has not been consistent in delivering quality work . He has written truly outstanding books ( A quiet belief in angels , A simple act of violence) and others of very average quality. With "Three bullets" we get RJ Ellory back at his best. This is a very unusual, engaging and well written thriller set in 1963 and revolving around JFK' murder attempts. The story develops on two parallel plots , one dealing with Mitch investigating the "suicide" of Jean, the love of his life, and the other depicting the private life of the Kennedy clan with the murky entourage behind it.
Ellory has built alternative history at its best starring : the "what if JFK wasnt shot in November 1963" assumption becomes a credible conjencture and the reader follows through ...until the new end. Tim Flavin is as good as it gets.
This is a five stars !!!

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  • Kevin Taggart
  • 04-08-20

3 Bullets=3 Stars

I’ve been a great fan of R.J. Ellory’s book for a number of years but I can’t muster up encouragement for this one. The story moves along at a snail’s pace and it isn’t until the final couple of chapters that this reader found the pace quicken up.
The central character, Mitch Newman spends most of the story wallowing in self pity about a lost love affair after he left his young girlfriend to travel to Korea at the height of its war in the 1950s. He was given an ultimatum by his girl to choose to remain with her or else their love affair would be doomed. He chose to visit Korea in his capacity as a war photographer. Going to Korea was his worst mistake as he comes to realise on his return to the USA.
Fast forward - or should I say slow- to 1963 when he travels from his Washington home to Dallas to try and find out why the love of his life went there at the same time JF Kennedy was visiting. Surprisingly the President doesn’t die from an assassin’s gun and he survives to be the leader of the free world.
Shortly after returning from Dallas Mitch’s girlfriend, Jean dies. The coroner decides that she committed suicide but Mitch isn’t so sure.
I tried very hard to like this book but my trying was in vain as one of m favourite authors fell short in producing a worthwhile novel.
Things can only get better and I look forward to Ellory’s next novel.