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Thr3e Mass Market Paperback – November 3, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
The book starts with the lead character, Kevin Parsons, driving away from a day in seminary school and a discussion with his professor on human nature, sin and our ability for good an evil. Kevin receives a call on his cell phone telling him he has three minutes to solve a riddle or his car will blow up. This starts an escalating chain of events involving the FBI, local police and Kevin trying to stop a terrorist insisting on making Kevin confess his sin to the public or people will get killed. The problem is that Kevin has no idea what he is supposed to confess.
The book takes place over a period of just a few days. The action is non-stop, and the clues don't make any sense. Both a psychological thriller, one of the best I have read, and a look at the duality of human nature.
I highly recommend this book. It has a solid message and is so well written you will be shocked at the ending.
Other reviews comment that they flew through this novel in just a few days, etc. I read it in no less than 4 hours. Almost all in one sitting.
(I had to take a break to go to church).
Imagine a world where ABSOLUTELY nothing is what it seems. A world where even craft-masters M. Night Shyamalan and Alfred Hitchcock couldn't predict what's around the next bend. Kevin is a Seminary student with a big problem - he's being stalked by a madman who knows too much - more than even Kevin, at times. As he is forced to deal with the past he fought so hard to escape, Kevin wonders the whole time if he can truly find freedom, even with the help of an old friend and an FBI agent running from demons of her own.
Even if you think you know, you still have NO idea.
One of the things I really liked about Three was its multiple layers. It was so well-written that, even though the answer to the whole story was presented at the beginning, it was not obvious until it smacked you in the face at the end.
Pick this one up today - assuming you have a few hours free...
And don't miss Ted's next book, Volume 1 of Trilogy, BLACK, out in January 2004.
I suggest it will be "Thr3e." This book starts with a literal bang and only lets up long enough for you to catch your breath before the next harrowing twist. The story follows Kevin, a seminary student, who wrestles with the concepts of good and evil. Before he can face his inner self, he finds himself taunted by a ruthless killer who gives him three minutes to confess his sin. What sin? Kevin soon realizes that this game is deadly and very real. He must face his own dark secrets if he is to have a hope of surviving.
2) What author will rock your reading world this summer?
Easy. Ted Dekker is the obvious answer. In this latest of his, he surpasses his other books for sheer narrative force. With a seemingly simple idea, he takes you on a rollercoaster that will leave your head spinning by the end. This high-speed thrill-ride left me smiling in begrudging amusement at his clever plot twists. Each time I thought I knew where the story was headed, it took another turn. If you think the ride begins to slow down, then hold on...It's about to whip you through another loop. Along the way, Dekker paints a grim and realistic portrayal of a disturbed young man and his repressive past.
3) What storyline gains philosophical power with each twist of the plot?
This novel is one of those rarities, a book that thrills while also causing you to examine deeply your views of good and evil, right and wrong, and the effects of morality on us all. For a book that delivers everything a good thriller should, and more, you have to pick up this book. I read it in two sittings, and I'm buying copies for my friends.
Then something curious began to happen. Friends whose literary opinions I trusted began dropping the names of Christian novels that they considered good --- not just better than the usual fare, but genuinely good. Within the past year or so, I actually heard that praise applied to no less than a half-dozen titles. But when one friend described Ted Dekker's suspense novel THR3E as "flawless," I knew I had to read it, if only to prove her wrong.
By page 20 or so --- usually the point at which I relegate Christian novels to the "donate" pile --- I was completely hooked, no-turning back. At that point in the book, you know that mild-mannered seminarian Kevin Parson has done somebody wrong, given the car bomb and all. What you don't know yet is that the author is about to take you on an exhilarating ride filled with so many hairpin twists and turns that you'll quickly forget you have this other life requiring nuisance activities like eating and sleeping.
On the two or three occasions when something equaling a life-or-death emergency forced me to stop reading, I'd put the book aside and silently pray something ludicrous like "Please, God, please please please don't let this book be a disappointment." Foolish, adolescent, unsophisticated behavior, I know. But you know what? He must have heard me and at some point said, "OK," because THR3E never let me down.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book tried so hard to be a good read, but I ended up skimming most of it. Lots of pointless words and ultimately a rather inane plot. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Steve C.
Fairly easy to read psychological thriller that keeps you guessing throughout. First book I've read by Dekker and I'm looking forward to reading more.Published 29 days ago by NickDauphin
Book so far is amazing good qulity and nice price also arived way sooner then i thought it would.Published 1 month ago by Erin
Found this book recently when looking for a quick, suspenseful story to read on vacation. It's a story of a mad bomber who for an unknown reason is targeting this one guy named... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thad Barclay
I couldn't put it down. Ted Dekker never disappoints. Had to guessing and rethinking my guesses all the way through.Published 1 month ago by Carol Holodick
As a reader on Kindle, I always read a book sample. This book was extremely well done in its plot and character composition. Read morePublished 1 month ago by micklovesgolf
I read Thr3e because a few friends love Ted Dekker's books and recommended that I give it a try. I wasn't a fan. It seemed to drag out and the end was a let down.Published 2 months ago by tompat