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3 LIES: A Masters Thriller (The Masters CIA Thriller Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Helen Hanson
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~ a #1 Techno Thriller on Kindle ~ For another FREE thriller, come by my website —


Terrorists? Or someone more sinister . . .

On hiatus from the corporate treadmill, Clint finds love to last a lifetime in Beth. While she recovers from kidney failure through dialysis, Beth is kidnapped from her home. But Clint’s the only one who suspects foul play in her disappearance. In spite of the evidence, her family refuses to admit she’s in danger. And without routine dialysis, Beth won’t survive.

Five hundred miles south, the case attracts the attention of spy trackers at the CIA. Can Clint find Beth before her kidneys fail or her abductors unload a bullet in his head?

An espionage and suspense thriller with a techno bent, 3 LIES is set along the Massachusetts coast.

The 3 LIES story continues with Book 2 of The Masters CIA Thriller Series — THE MASTERS’ KEY.

Interview with the Author:

Q: What does Helen Hanson bring to the thriller genre?

HH — Heart-skipping pace, life-critical stakes, and broody, looming danger wrapped in a twenty-first century skin. We live in a time when technology surrounds us. The kid down the street has instant access to information unfathomable a century ago. Consequently crime had gone digital, online, and victims rarely see what hit them.

Because of my background, I present the technology employed by my characters in a fluent way to readers. They say I write about techno topics in a way that makes them enjoyable. I don’t burden the prose with jargon. Most readers want to know what kind of gun is fired, not how to field strip it.

Q: Tell us about your characters.

HH — My characters are unique beings, each requiring a different spark to light the fire. I explore their sparks.
I create believable characters with realistic dialogue engaged in page-flipping action. I like to watch ordinary people find the extraordinary in themselves when facing adversity. No one is surprised when Jason Bourne takes out a detachment of Marines, but we can’t say that about waitress Maggie Fender.

My protagonists don’t possess the Special Forces skills of a super spy. They stumble into dangerous situations and use technology to advance their position even if it isn’t strictly legal. The stakes have to be worthy of a fight.

Plus, they’re witty people who possess veins of humor. As in life, it punctuates disaster.

Q: Where do your thrillers take place?

HH — The action in my thrillers takes place in a variety of locations around the globe. So far, we’ve landed in: Russia, Boston, San Francisco, Pakistan, Washington D.C., Santa Cruz, Venezuela, Half Moon Bay, and Mongolia. Since the characters across my novels exist in the same story world, they often appear in other works, though the current titles are not a single series.

Q: Do you write your thrillers in series?

HH — At the request of my readers, I am. The sequel to 3 LIES is now out and called THE MASTERS’ KEY, with a third volume on deck. After that, I’ll expand from DARK POOL and OCEAN OF FEAR because those characters are bound to find new adventures. With an FBI agent, a hacker, and a robotics expert in the lineup, they offer continuous fodder for action and suspense.

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: 1810 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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22 of 24 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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19 of 21 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Alert Review: Engrossing Thriller June 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
3 Lies
Author: Helen Hanson
Genre: Thriller
Rating: 4.5 Stars

3 Lies is an engrossing thriller that presents a novel twist on the "ticking clock" rescue.


When Beth, the girlfriend of tech millionaire Clint Masters, disappears, he quickly realizes she's been kidnapped, and that her family is doing little to help track her down. Little does he realize she's involved in a chain of several kidnappings intended to aid a sinister goal. Whether or not the kidnappers harm her doesn't matter much, as without dialysis she'll be dead in days anyway. Now Clint must use all his resources and clout to find his girlfriend, all the while avoiding the inexplicable interference of her powerful relatives.


After beginning with the kidnapping of Beth, girlfriend of primary protagonist Clint Masters, 3 Lies expertly weaves between a number of different view points, both antagonist and protagonist. In lesser hands, this technique can result in a muddled narrative where the reader can't connect deeply with the character. In this story, however, the story never becomes confused and none of the view points detract from the novel.

There are no superfluous characters in the book. Even the various antagonists are provided very distinct personalities and motivations. They aren't just flat, evil "villains" to be defeated. Their own internal organizational struggles offer another layer of tension to the story. Each different chapter provides information that helps the reader piece together the big picture of what it occurring while still preserving the background suspense and mystery. Nothing ever seems cheap or forced.
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14 of 17 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
In one word, riveting.
Published 6 hours ago by john nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller!
An easy to read thriller. Lots of interesting character development. Unexpected twists and surprising heroes! I can't wait for the two other books in the series.
Published 4 days ago by colemj
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Think You Know What's Happening, You're Probably Wrong!
Halfway through 3 Lies, I had to return to my Kindle homepage. Why? Because I could not figure out if a man or a woman authored this thrilling piece of work. This is a compliment. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Lisa Marie Mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack's review
I absolutely loved this book. I would recommend it to all those readers who enjoy a good spy thriller. It was very well written and held my attention all the way through.
Published 8 days ago by jack perrin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Holds your interest from beginning to end
Published 8 days ago by Coleen A. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars This a great book with a clever plot line that slowly unfolds
This a great book with a clever plot line that slowly unfolds. Lots of action and wonderfully written. Finished and immediately downloaded "Ocean of Fear".
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the entire series
I liked this so much, I got the next in the series and must wait for the next. Finding better than average writers is hard. I enjoyed this author. On my favorites list.
Published 8 days ago by Lover of Mysteries
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Predictable but interesting read. Likeable characters and fast moving plot. Worth reading. Seventeen words is too long cmon guys! Post already!
Published 11 days ago by Athol Wong
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 Lies review
This is a book I can highly recommend. The Story holds your attention, as well as the suspense. A good book.
Published 11 days ago by Carolyn Joy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Seemed to be a good book
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More About the Author

Helen Hanson writes page-blistering thrillers about desperate people with a techno bent. As source material, she ran a software company, built video games, and opened many a door for her dogs. For fun, Helen flew a Mooney over the Golden Gate Bridge, traveled 100+ mph over Highway 17 to the coast, and annihilated an entire Cub Scout pack in laser tag. There were no prisoners to take.

She publicly admits that your ink pens are not safe near her and that she can mimic the sounds of most farm animals.

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