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Three Bent Links

Three Bent Links [Kindle Edition]

Jon Wyatt
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Description

This book contains three short stories which all describe three very different experiences of cycling while still maintaining a vague link to each other.

The first story details a young man's adventures in Wales with a tragic twist at the end.

The second story shows us how easy it is to fall from our comfortable world but in this case bikes make things better.

The last story is an edge of the seat tale of a man who fginally gets to meet and challenge his nemesis to a duel. On bikes of course.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 144 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QS995E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #202,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment 26 April 2011
By Gavier
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These short stories give three different insights into the often obsessive mind of the cycle enthusiast. At turns bleak, redemptive and often hilarious they may bewilder the outsider but should raise a smile of recognition on the face of anyone who's ever been captured by the thrill of two wheeled adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From [...] 4 Jan. 2012
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The book consists of three, very loosely linked short stories (each is around 14,000 words) with a different cyclist the subject of each. In some respects the triptych represents an extended taxonomy of cyclists. When rolled out by newspapers, this is a generally tiered format. But Wyatt has enough original insights for this to work.

Harry, his first subject, a solo mountain bike explorer, has a cycling life that is almost secret from both colleagues and girlfriend. His lone forays into the Welsh Mountains nonetheless allows him primordial release. Story two, that of Brian, is of a cyclist-hating commuter who, dumped by his wife, deprived of his driving licence and sobering up, experiences a profound change of life. The best of the three, though, is Morris, a racer whose best competitive performances are on his journeys to and from work in central London.

The last of these culminates in a piece of writing that stands comparison with the most gripping accounts of cycling. There is plenty that will be familiar to anyone who has commuted in a big city, but is infused with a deranged quality that had me on the edge of my seat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant stories 7 Jun. 2011
By Dan
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I loved all three stories in this book. I liked Morris story the most as racing is an inherent nature in me and I too like to race during my commute into work. The descriptions and narrations are something that I have not seen done before.

Hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did.
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2.0 out of 5 stars wanted to love this book 9 Aug. 2014
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This book is not professionally edited and is written in a school essay style with forced and sometimes jarring use of literrary tools and repetition of the authors favourite words and phrases. Having said that the first two stories are worth a quick read but keep your expectations low.
I really hope the author has continued writing but should seek out constructive feedback to improve (something I would do here if I wasn't typimg this on a Kindle).
Oh, one final comment for the author, please avoid preaching in any futur works. The first two stories read like an Aesop Fable I was waiting for the moral whilst the final story was weak for all but any sad snooty car (and most other cyclists) hating racer. If you recognise yourself in the last story you are the cycling version of the BMW drivers you hate so much and probably even drive one to the golf club;-)
Rant over. Worth a read. Make your own mind up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotive, original cycling fiction 9 Mar. 2012
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Jon used to write a regular column for a mountain bike magazine. It was gritty, in your face and yet inspirational and is sadly missed by many. Therefore, it was a pleasure to find out that he had made the jump into fiction and published "Three Bent Links" as a kindle book. I bought it ages ago and then became distracted by a failed attempt to read Moby Dick. Last week I gave up and returned to Jon's book and I'm very glad that I did. Jon has encapsulated almost the entire range of cycling emotions into his three stories taking us through pleasure, pain, rage, whimsy, competitiveness in an engaging and accessible style. You know that there is a lot of Jon in each of his tales and it's this that makes it well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars only a cyclist.... :) 13 Sept. 2013
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Could write that.

Probably a Pompino owner....

Enjoyed it apart from the gearie bits. Inspired to go for a ride right now
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1.0 out of 5 stars I can see why this is self published... 1 July 2013
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Absolutely awful writing. This is what I'd expect a 11-15 year old student to write for an English Lit essay. The stories are really contrived and uninteresting. Glad it was only 77p - which says a lot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review 7 Jun. 2013
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Really enjoyed this. a great insight into the escapism that cycling can give you. But i was quite shocked at the gruesome ending
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
Waste of time, halfway through the first story I had to check to see if I had bought a kid's book
Published 20 months ago by Jeremy Stewart
3.0 out of 5 stars Bitter sweet
Being a big softy I enjoyed the sweet more than the bitter, but a good book to dip into when you need a lift
Published 21 months ago by Way ahead
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read
Tapped into many thoughts and emotions that all cyclists must share and recognise. Strong characters and compelling plots make these stories great for anyone with an interest in... Read more
Published 22 months ago by DAVID BELL
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 short stories
The second two stories are ok, quite readable. The first one is outstanding. If your a mountain biker you'll identify with the character. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dave
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for a short read.
Three short stories which were ok reading. The MTB one for me was the best, although I didn't feel sympathy for the person in the story. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Peter Forster
4.0 out of 5 stars Recognise yourself ?
Three tales that will hit a recognisable note with most cyclists at some point. Very enjoyable but spoilt a little by the amount of typos, especially towards the end.
Published on 2 Jan. 2013 by Jwills
5.0 out of 5 stars gazza sez
Very good read I sat in the garden on a hot sunny day and read the stories . To hot to ride my bike so Three bent links was next best thing
Published on 30 July 2012 by garry wardley
2.0 out of 5 stars 3 bent links
Felt like it had been written by a 11 year old. Ended up skipping over much of the book and was glad to finish
Published on 22 Mar. 2012 by Richard
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