Overview A nightmare world begins for Kevin, a young seminarian, when he receives a cell phone call from an unknown man directing him to confess his sin to the world in three minutes or be blown to bits.
Enter a world where nothing is what it seems. Where your closest friend could be your greatest enemy.
Kevin Parson is driving his car late one summer day when, suddenly, his cell phone rings. A man who identifies himself as Slater speaks in a breathy voice: "You have exactly three minutes to confess your sin to the world. Refuse, and the car you're driving will blow sky high."
Kevin panics. Who would make such a call? What sin? Kevin ditches the car. Precisely three minutes later, a massive explosion sets his world on a collision course with madness.
From the #1 best-selling fiction author comes a powerful story of good, evil, and all that lies between.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Oct 30, 2004
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849945127 ISBN13 9780849945120 UPC 023755023636
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More About ted dekker
Ted Dekker (born October 24, 1962) is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans.
Dekker was born to missionaries who lived among the headhunter tribes of Indonesia. Because his parents’ work often included extended periods of time away from their children, Dekker describes his early life in a culture to which he was a stranger as both fascinating and lonely. It is this unique upbringing that forced him to rely on his own imagination to create a world in which he belonged.
After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States to study Philosophy and Religion. Upon earning his Bachelor’s Degree, he entered the corporate world and proceeded to climb the proverbial ladder. But his personal drive left him restless and, after many successful years, he traded corporate life for wide range of entrepreneurial pursuits that included buying and selling businesses, healthcare services, and marketing.
In the early nineties while visiting a friend who had just written a book, Dekker decided to pursue a long held desire to be a novelist. Over the course of two years he wrote two full length novels before starting from scratch and rewriting both. Now fully enamored by the the process and the stories, he realized that storytelling was in his blood and a new obsession to explore truth through story gripped him anew.
He sold his business, moved his family to the mountains of Western Colorado and began writing full-time on his third novel. Two years and three novels later his first novel was published.
Dekker’s novels have sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Two of his novels, Thr3e and House, have been made into movies with more in production. Dekker resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Lee Ann and two of their daughters.
Spanish Bio: Ted Dekker, autor de mas de veinticinco novelas, es un autor de mayor venta del "New York Times". Es reconocido por novelas que combinan historias llenas de adrenalina con increibles confrontaciones entre el bien y el mal. Vive en Texas con su esposa y sus hijos. Twitter @TedDekker, facebook.com/#!/teddekker.
Ted Dekker currently resides in the state of Colorado. Ted Dekker was born in 1962.
Very Good Thriller--and as to those complaints... Mar 28, 2007
I completely enjoyed reading this book aloud, at bedtime, to my teenage daughter. It was difficult for me, and frustrating for her, to have to put the book down after only a chapter, or four, each night. We kept discussing the solution and reevaluating our conclusions. When the book finally clarifies the mystery, we were still surprised because we had not settled on any one solution ourselves.
There have been several complaints about the book, and I would like to address some of them.
The book is NOT WELL WRITTEN: The characterization and plot are done well-enough for this genre. This is not literature for the sake of literature; but an exciting, clean story designed to make you think. No book is for everyone; but, as the majority of people who read this book have found, this is an exciting, quick read.
This book uses POOR GRAMMAR, etc: This complaint is related to the above topic, but I wished to address it separately. There are a few complaints about the writing style (i.e. modern). At what age was writing perfected, after which it declined? At one point and time, spelling was fluid, with no correct single spelling for any individual word. Going back further, Latin once had, not only no punctuation, but also no spacing between words. Writing changes with the times; if you don't enjoy a book written in a particular style, don't read it.
This book uses STUPID INSULTS to replace profanity: I find myself grateful for books that are interesting to read without filling my mind--or that of any of my children who happen to read them--with garbage. I suppose the author could have written in an implication of profanity, instead of a direct quote of an insult without profanity, but I think it would have been extremely tricky to do so without being (even more) awkward. For my daughter and me, the substitutes for profanity didn't distract from the story at all. (Some people never use profanity, whether or not you can believe that.)
The book ISN'T CHRISTIAN (enough): First, it is a clean book, so a Christian can read this book without reading filth. Yes, this book is not preachy, and offers no sermons to the reader, but many will consider that a plus. For those who choose to think deeply about its theme, this book offers a bit of allegory related to the verse introduced within the story. Good and evil, and the natures of both, and the struggle within the individual between these forces are all to be found within the pages of Dekker's book. There is solid doctrine for those who choose to pursue it.
This book PORTRAYS certain PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES INCORRECTLY: This is a work of fiction, firstly; and I believe the author was vague enough with his handling of the issues of specific diagnoses that it becomes apparent this is not an attempt to educate a reader on any one mental disorder. Even the other characters were not psychiatrists--not experts--and so you do not have to demand accuracy on their part either. If people look to a fictional novel whose theme does not revolve around any particular diagnosis to educate them about a mental health disorder, then they obvious have no desire to really understand that disorder, and an accurate, researched depiction of it will avail them nothing. As is, the presentation of mental health issues was done well enough for the type of writing and the theme of this book--which theme did not revolve around any mental disorder, real or imagined.
The ENDING WAS STUPID, an over-used cliché, unbelievable, etc.: Perhaps the ending has been done many times in secular books of this genre, and therefore will seem redundant to those who read many secular thriller--or a percentage of them--but for those of us who, for whatever reason, do not read secular thrillers, this ending was not expected and an enjoyable surprise. Not a cop-out, this ending allowed the author to explore the issues introduced by the Biblical passage discussed within the story in allegorical manner. It wasn't something the author fell back on because he couldn't finish up the story correctly; it was where he was headed all along; where he needed to go to portray his message in fiction--and in a non-preachy manner.
IN CONCLUSION: This book is a very good read. You will read it quickly, but you will have to think deeply if you wish to explore the author's theme. For a book with a theme involving the nature of man, the nature of sin, and the futility of struggling against it without divine help, this book has wide generally appeal.
Dekker did a find job. 4 ½ stars.
THR3E is an awesome book with a great story/plot. Feb 26, 2007
R3ad what Eric Wilson "novelist" wrote because I totally agree with him.
Okay novel undone by cliches Feb 25, 2007
I've always looked upon "Christian" fiction with a rather wary eye. It has less to do with the subject matter than the lesser quality of these works; it's as if the publishers cynically assumed that merely presenting something as "Christian" would be enough to guarantee a certain level of readership, no matter how poorly written the book is (this is often done with science fiction and fantasy as well). Three (or more properly, Thr3e) by Ted Dekker has done little to alter my view. (Why did I read the book? Because when I bought it (along with another Dekker book), I didn't realize fully what I was buying.)
Three tells the story of Kevin Parson, a seminary student who suffered from a strange, semi-abusive childhood. He gets a phone call one day warning him that unless he solves a riddle within three minutes, his car will explode. Kevin doesn't solve the riddle and the car does blow up, but he escapes intact.
Thus begins a cat-and-mouse game with Slater, who may or may not be a serial killer named the Riddle Killer. Slater believes that Kevin has committed a grave sin that requires confession or death. Kevin, along with his childhood friend Samantha (now a state cop) and Jennifer Peters (an FBI agent) try and hunt down Slater, but Slater is apparently too clever to be caught easily.
There is not much that is truly Christian about this book other than a few religious lines (never getting very preachy) and the definitely PG-rated material: the language is gentle enough, the romance is chaste and the violence is relatively bloodless. I'm fine with all that as long as the story's good, and that's not the case here. It's actually too bad, because Dekker seems like a decent enough plotter, but the story relies on a plot twist that is one of the most annoying in suspense fiction; I won't say what it is, but even Dekker seems a bit uncomfortable with it, as he spends a lot of time rationalizing it. In addition, to perpetrate this twist, he has to actively deceive (not merely mislead) the reader, which is a cheat.
In addition, even though Dekker has a good sense of plot (till the end) and he is able to maintain a fast, tense pace, he is overall, just a passable writer. I suppose technically his work is proficient, but compared to the great names in crime stories (Elmore Leonard, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, etc.), Dekker's prose is just flat. With a two-star rating, it is not the worst book out there, but it is one to avoid.
Good Clean Entertainment Feb 21, 2007
I have always enjoyed the thriller and espionage genres but have had to abandon so many favorite authors due to an increasing amount of filth polluting their stories. I have found solace in Dekker's writing and Thr3e was the first book of his I read.
Though I disagree with his approach to such a distinct "duality" of human natures, I can appreciate his books as simply good, clean entertainment. At conversion, the Holy Spirit completely regenerates us to no longer have a bent towards evil, but to be able to choose, by God's grace, to please God (cf. 2 Cor. 5:17 - ALL things have become new + we are no longer slaves to sin). The "two" natures often refered to in Pauline passages like Ro. 7 and Eph. 4:22-24 do not classify Christians as spiritual schizophrenics, but rather as reborn souls with a sin-hangover (ALL things have become new).
We are judicially counted as if we had lived Christ's life because He was treated as if He had lived ours. But my sanctification that occurs this side of Heaven is a progressive work of the Spirit as He daily conforms me to Christ-likeness (Ro. 8:28,29).
I bring this to mind because it is something I have to make sure my older children understand before they read it. So set aside the influence of secular psychology and simply enjoy the book. It's a great read!
Has anyone here seen the movie "Adaptation" ? Feb 20, 2007
This book's story AND title is a ripoff of the TERRIBLE and RIDICULOUS script the character of Donald Kaufman writes in that movie. It is unbelievable that this guy seriously wrote the same story and that so many people are taking him and it so seriously. It's like Metallica releasing their black album. Hadn't they seen "This is Spinal Tap" ?