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The Drawing of The Three: A Book Review, Part 3

March 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 141

The second book of Stephen King's 'The Gunslinger' series is called 'The Drawing of The Three.' The book starts out with Roland of Gilead, the last of a long line of gun-slingers, practically dead with infection and starvation. He finds a door in the middle of a plain that leads into the mind and life of a heroin addict named Eddie Dean. Eddie, who is in the process of smuggling cocaine into the United States, has all the food and drink he needs on the plane. Roland, fortunately is able to smuggle some sandwiches and cola back to his world.

Once Roland of Gilead takes over the mind of Eddie Dean though, circumstances worsen. Since Roland, a gunslinger, has no experience in dealing with the environment of a twentieth century passenger jet, he draws attention to the person whose body he is temporarily inhabiting, Eddie. And Eddie has several bags of cocaine taped on his chest. Fortunately Roland succeeds in smuggling the cocaine into his world before the authorities can get to him. So they're forced to let Eddie go free since they lack evidence to prosecute him.

Roland asks Eddie for help, but Eddie needs to deliver the cocaine. He's been a mule for some really nasty mobsters, and they have kidnapped Eddie's brother. So Roland reluctantly aids him in the drug delivery, though he is appalled at the thought. Eddie arrives at the mobster's apartment and is surrounded by armed men. They are stunned he'd show up with no drugs in his possession, but he assures them if they just let him use their bathroom he can produce the cocaine.

Things get crazy at this point. The mobsters end up murdering Eddie's brother. When Eddie leaves the bathroom he knows things are never going to be the same. His only chance to survive is to get the drop on these mobsters. They sent an unarmed Eddie Dean into a small bathroom. They expect Eddie Dean to exit the bathroom empty-handed as he entered. Imagine their surprise.

Eddie Dean exits the bathroom next to Roland of Gilead gun in hand. Everyone scrambles. One of the gangsters wields an automatic weapon, but it's Roland's six shooters that win the day. Each blast of those guns sends something flying back into the wall. Before the cops get there, Eddie has entered backward through the door into Roland's world. He carries guns, ammunition, and antibiotic he found in the mobster's bathroom.

The struggle continues into Roland's world. The addict quits cold turkey and Roland goes through a course of antibiotic, most of the time in a feverish delirium. Roland has drawn his first apprentice to accompany him on his quest for 'The Dark Tower.' As they walk up the beach they find a second door. This door leads to 'The Lady of Shadows.' This lady I will discuss in another article. She is, of course, the second of the three Roland will draw. It is interesting to see how Stephen King manages to interweave the lives of four vastly different characters from very different realms. If you're looking for a good fantasy story with a fully developed and interesting world, it doesn't get any better than 'The Drawing of The Three.'

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