The Keepers: Part One: WWIII is the first installment of the new science fiction trilogy by Richard Friar. WWIII is speculative futurism at it's best; relevant, all encompassing and clairvoyant. Friar details the political and historical precedent and the fantastic technological evolution (of the Animalian Project battlemachines) that defines the third world war in 2039. The story begins on an island in the South Pacific where a small population of Allied civilians take refuge to protect their children from the war. Among the island kids is Logan; seventeen and anxious to find out more about the dreaded Apex empire, led by tyrannical yet, persuasive Geiseric. When the Apex captures the inhabitants of the island, Logan confronts the reality that his parents tried to protect him from. As Logan meets fellow POW's, he discovers the bizarre, idealist nature of the third war and learns the story of Geiseric's rise to power. Logan also discovers that he possesses certain traits that may prove valuable in the event of an Allied uprising against the Apex.