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3 LIES (Masters Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Helen Hanson
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Book Description

At CIA headquarters, a young officer discovers that terrorists may have commandeered their computer systems to launch an unauthorized mission. Elsewhere, conspirators abduct nine people to manipulate the rules of their game. Two disparate ambitions — Clint Masters becomes the reluctant link in the chain of danger.

Ever since Clint’s almost ex-wife dumped him, he bobs along the Massachusetts coast in a sailboat with his black lab for company. He avoids all forms of technology, a counterintuitive effort for the burned-out founder of CatSat Laboratories. Tired of clutching the brass ring, he needed to untether, step off the corporate treadmill, and smell a flower. Fortunately, he met one, a beautiful, unspoiled woman who doesn’t treat him like a commodity. His relationship with Beth offers more promise than his marriage ever did, even if she is on dialysis for her recovering kidneys, until she disappears.

In spite of the evidence, Beth's family refuses to admit she’s in danger. Without routine dialysis, she won’t survive. As Clint realizes that he loves Beth, damn-near ex-wife Paige sashays back into his life with disturbing news.

While the CIA young gun tracks his quarry, Clint enlists the help of two men to find Beth, a blithe Brit named Merlin, and Todd, his playboy partner-in-tech. But Clint must find Beth before her kidneys fail. And before someone unloads a bullet in his head.

Editorial Reviews


Helen Hanson -- "she has an artistry that is hard to deny." -- Seattle Intelligencer

3 LIES -- "a great story. Several twists near the end were big surprises and made the ending even more satisfying" -- Big Al Books and Pals - Top 1000 Reviewer

 "An engrossing thriller -- a novel twist on the "ticking clock" rescue." -- Good Book Alert Reviews

From the Author

I wrote 3 LIES, in part, out of my own struggle to untether from the digital world. It seemed impossible to completely disengage from technology. While the ability to stay connected offers amazing advantages, it can also draw us away from the very people within our reach. As with so many things in life, balance is essential. Here's to healthy tension in the gap.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1535 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Domino INK (December 3, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004F9P8BI
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deadly recipe for death July 31, 2011
By TicToc
Article first published as Book Review:3-Lies by Helen Hanson on Blogcritics.

Terror has its own vices, where belief creates a certain way of life. Money can even sabotage those intentions, twisting belief of reason to a belief in money. Even the best of intentions change for the ever-elusive dollar.

In 3-Lies by Helen Hanson, we follow the lives of Beth Sutton and her new boyfriend Clint Masters, as well as his faithful dog Louie. Beth is a kind and loving young woman, finding love at a time when her life is not at its best. On dialysis, she has not kept her diagnosis a secret from Clint, allowing him to know everything about her from the start. Beginning a relationship with secrets is in no way acceptable to her or her way of life. If he can deal this this than she understands, he can deal with anything.

Kidnapped in a bizarre scheme by a group of terrorists in an effort to blackmail the Supreme Court Justices, Beth is at the mercy of a group with nothing to lose. Bewildered by the action taken by her family, Clint is confused. They not only refuse to report her missing, they file a restraining order against him as a stalker. He struggles with the enormity of the circumstances as he feels her life leak away the longer she is away from both her medication and her dialysis machine. Without them, her system will shut down, and yet he is anathema to the family.

To top it all off his best friend is after him to come back into the business and his soon to be ex-wife has just announced to him that he is going to be a father. Yet none of this makes sense, or compares to the terror he feels at Beth's disappearance.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Lies July 19, 2011
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
"3 Lies" has several elements I found appealing. I'm a computer geek, so the portion involving the CIA's computer issues was a natural fit. Clint, the protagonist, and his girlfriend Beth were both the kind of people I'd like to know, which helped pull me into the story and get me emotionally invested in the outcome. The contrast between Clint and his smarmy partner as well as the difference between Beth and Clint's estranged wife made them look even better.

Another thing I liked was that the plot was involved, in that it had multiple threads that eventually came together, yet I didn't have any difficulty keeping track of the different characters and threads. It takes talent for an author to keep a complex story with multiple things happening from becoming too difficult for the reader to keep everything straight.

None of this would matter were "3 Lies" not a great story. The different story threads kept me guessing. Although it became apparent how they were related, how (or if) everything would resolve was never obvious, which maintained the suspense. Several twists near the end were big surprises and made the ending even more satisfying.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable! December 19, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was a little apprehensive when I downloaded this book on my new Kindle because I happen to know the author. It is her first publication, and you know how it is when someone you know has written or created something. You really hope that it is good because you won't know what to say if it isn't. Well I don't have to worry about that. I loved this book! It is a genre I usually don't read--it is a techno/espionage thriller, but the story line is so creative, and the characters interesting enough to keep me fully engaged. Not having a command of the intricacies of computers & technology in no way detracted from my interest in the story. In fact I may have actually learned something in spite of myself. The author's writing is quite good, the dialog natural and convincing. I liked the variety and depth of characters, and the thread of romance which ran throughout. I think this is a very entertaining read for anyone who likes a good story with several creative twists and turns.
Congratulations on a very fine first book. I look forward to many more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful suspense thriller October 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked up 3 Lies on a referral from a friend, and had 'met' the author online. The plot sounded right up my alley, and from page one I was not disappointed.

Clint Masters is a tech entrepreneur who has removed himself from the busy lifestyle that entailed, and finally settled down with a new girlfriend Beth, a young woman who requires daily dialysis. This medical condition comes into play right away in the story as she is kidnapped by a group of men intent on using her and several other hostages to blackmail the Supreme Court into a favorable decision on a major case. That's the most I'll give in terms of details, as it doesn't reveal much more than the blurb.

The story itself is excellent. Well thought out plot twists, end of chapter cliffhangers, accurate technology, behind the scenes looks into the CIA and terrorist groups, and really well written characters. The pace moves forward at a great speed; not too fast as to be stilted, yet not too slow to be boring. It was most certainly a keep-reading late night book for me, one of the few that's done that for me.

Kudos to Helen Hanson, as she has pulled off a masterful and believable suspense thriller. I can honestly say 3 Lies was one of the best, most enjoyable, most well-edited books I've read all year. I can highly recommend it to any thriller fan. Definite 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story & Great Writing Style
As a fellow author I found Helen's metaphors and description of people and scenes to be magnetic to the characters and the plot. Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. A. Morris Storyteller
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening but Plausible Premise
3 LIES is a story of kidnapping with a terrifying motive at its heart. Beth Sutton is in love with wealthy Clint Masters, a man so overcome by the technology he's helped invent... Read more
Published 10 months ago by GAE-LYNN WOODS
4.0 out of 5 stars So good, I'm hoping she writes a sequel
Well drawn characters and a plot that kept me turning the pages. An effective use of the latest technology in literature!!!

I am hoping she writes a sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Lies
I had a hard time getting into this book but once I did it was good. A story of espionage and intrigue. It turned out to be good.
Published 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
The book held my attention and was hard to lay down. I will look for her books as they come out.
Published 15 months ago by donald grove
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, compelling -- surprisingly good
There are plenty of clues here that Helen Hanson is not the accomplished wordsmith she may well be someday. Read more
Published 16 months ago by G. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Helen
I love this author's work, even though her genre is not my usual cup of tea. My favorite was Dark Pool, but this was a real page turner.
Published 16 months ago by jscreative
5.0 out of 5 stars Bazaar
What a great story line, intriguing, suspense, political all rolled into one. I love happy endings but what a bumpy road getting there.
Published 19 months ago by wendy feinen
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !
One of the best books I've read this year. I will definately read more books by Helen Hanson. Excellent story!
Published 20 months ago by unclebob55
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This book had solid and believable main characters that you could like , an intersting plot with some nice twists and continued at a good pace. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Barry Christy
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More About the Author

Bestselling Kindle author Helen Hanson writes thrillers about desperate people with a high-tech bent. Hackers. The CIA. Industry titans. Spammers. Guys on sailboats. Mobsters. Their personal maelstroms pit them against unrelenting forces willing to kill. Throughout the journey, they try to find some truth, a little humor, and their humanity -- from either end of the trigger.

While Helen writes about the power-hungry, she genuinely mistrusts anyone who wants to rule the world.

Helen directed operations for high-tech manufacturers of semiconductors, video games, software, and computers. Her reluctant education behind the Redwood Curtain culminated in a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrated studies in Computer Science. She also learned to play a mean game of hacky sack.

She is a licensed private pilot with a ticket for single-engine aircraft. Helen and her husband spent their first anniversary with their flight instructor studying for the FAA practical. If you were a passenger on a 737 trying to land at SJC, she sends her most sincere apologies. Really.

Born in fly-over country, Helen has lived on both coasts, near both borders, and at several locations in between. She lettered in tennis, worked as a machinist, and saw the Clash at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium sometime in the eighties. She currently lives amid the bricks of Texas with her husband, son, a dog that composes music with squeaky toys, and another dog that's too lazy to bother.

Please visit her website at If you enjoy her books, please consider writing a review at Amazon. If you don't, please be kind.

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