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The Keepers: WW3 is published by Infinite Conception Phaze is a futuristic speculative fiction novel by author Richard Friar, published in 2008. The story is told from the 3rd person narrative and chronicles the tide of events leading to the superpowers of 2039 into the Third World War and the catastrophe that ensues.  The book quotes itself by saying, "It is fiction only in that it has yet to happen."

==Plot summary==
It is the year 2039. Global conflict, environmental destruction, and corporate greed have driven the world to the brink of disaster. The lack of decisive change to bring Earth and humankind back into balance has created the most radical and terrifying movement and mightiest foe ever of all time: the dreaded Apex Empire. The charismatic and oppressive leader of the Apex aspires to crush the governments of the world using  new technological war-machines inspired by the natural and efficient forms of the animal kingdom based off the science of biomimicry.

==Technology and Animalians==
Biomimicry plays a huge role in "The Keepers". The Animalian Machines is what the series is best known for. Each machine is represented with rich, technological background and each machine is based off a biollogical creature.  The Kolibiri is a one manned flying hovercraft, based on the wings of a hummingbird to keep it in perpetual motion.  The Hornet is much like the Kolibri, however based on the wings of a Hornet.  The Sidewinder is a massive side-scroling moving fortress, based on the Diamond Back Snake, however it towers hundreds of feet tall and destroy full city blocks.  The Panzer is a tank, however, it's based off of the cat family and is a quadruped battle machine. Friar admits that he got the idea for this particular Animalian from the Big Dog which is a robotic pack mule created by Boston Dynamics. Friar is also a big fan of social and interactive technology and when releasing the third book, he worked to create an interactive page for his fans that used the latest in interactive video technology by Coincident TV.

==Comparisions and Inspirations==
The Keepers Trilogy is referred to as a Literary Mash-Up, because it takes influences from several different genres and combines them into it's own manifestation. It is often compared to early works by Tom Clancy mixed with sci-fi narrative of Philip K. Dick]. Others still, refer to "The Keepers" as a modern day Ender's Game mashed up with Game Of Thrones. Friar himself, says that many of the inspirations for his unique "Animalians" are derived from Star Wars", video games, and biological creatures from today and history past.  Kirkus Review says, "Friar takes on a smorgasbord of arcane topics–from Platonic philosophy to the science of biomimicry–and makes them not only comprehensible but relevant.

==Environmental Activism==
The first 2 books in the series are available in both E-Book Format and Paperback, however, the last book in the series, "The Keepers: Armistice", is only available in E-Book form. It has been rumored that Friar wanted to wait a few months before he released it in paperback, in order to take a stance on deforestation.

==About The Author==
Rick (Richard) Friar attended Monte Vista High School in Danville, California. He graduated high school in 1999. Friar moved to San Diego, California and attended Grossmont College where he studied applied science, biology, creative writing, and majored in history. In 2002 he married his wife Carolina Friar and had his first child, a baby girl, Alexis Friar, named after Alexander The Great.  Friar continues to reside in Danville, California, but does most of his writing in Carmel, California home of the late Dr. Suess, George Sterling, and Mary Austin to name a few. Friar believes the fresh air sounds of the ocean are what continue to help inspire him as he writes.

==External links==
* [http://thekeepersww3.com/blog/ The author’s official website]
* [http://thekeepersww3.com/ The book’s official website]
* [http://http://publish.coincident.tv/watch/zjSFbvFR/ The Keepers interactive promo website]

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review by . September 20, 2012
posted in SF Signal
It's amazing the amount of people that spend the time to sit and review movies, books, comics, anything.  And here I find myself doing the same the thing.  I decided to alter my own life by going to a few different Sci-Fi communities and read the reviews and then purchase the book and/or see the movie.  I wanted to see if I listened to others opinions and read or watched something that I normally would not go out of my way to do, would have a profound impact on my life. …
review by . September 05, 2012
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"The Keepers" by Rick Friar took my by surprise.  A BIG surprise.   When I first saw these books at Barnes and Noble, I saw 3 thick books stacked next to each other and the way I devour a book, I'm always looking for something long and engaging, but what really grabbed me were the illustrations of new and novel machines I never had seen.  It was almost as if I was taken back to the first time I saw some of the X-fighters and the Death Star.  They tickled the youthful …
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