Three by Ted Dekker – My Review

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Three by Ted Dekker
Published by Thomas Nelson on June 5th 2003

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.

ISBN: 0849943728
Pages: 352
Source: Library
Format: Hardback

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Genres: Christian Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

About Ted Dekker

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 10 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 one of their daughters.

While this is not a book I would have chosen on my own, I am grateful to the Christian Book Club on MySpace/Groups for selecting this for discussion this month. It gave me an opportunity to expand my reading horizons.

A purely subjective response on my part would be that this is not my type of story and my tastes haven’t changed as a result of reading it.

A slightly more objective view is that Dekker writes a gripping psychological thriller and knows what he is doing. His characters, while some details may seem a bit questionable, are still human and come to life on the pages of his book. It is easy to relate to the characters due to the thorough development he does throughout the book without sacrificing plot movement or inserting unneeded fillers.

This particular novel starts out with Kevin (the main protagonist) receiving a cell phone call which presents him with a challenge to call the local paper and confess some sin which he seems to be unaware of. The caller also presents a riddle that is intended as a clue to this elusive sin. The scary part of this challenge though is that Kevin is given only 3 minutes to solve the riddle and make the phone call or his car will be blown to bits.

Will Kevin solve the puzzle in time and escape? What is this mysterious sin the caller refers to? If you enjoy suspense and thrillers – hang on to your seats for the ride of your life. Read Three by Ted Dekker to find out the answers to these questions and more.

Originally Posted at Bibliophile’s Retreat (MySpace) by ForstRose

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