THR3E is an unusual book, to say the least. While it begins like many movie-style plot lines - man gets a phone call, do something or something will blow up - nothing is quite as it seems in this mysterious story that explores the connections between good and evil in the life of each fallen human being. I see that the book actually has been made into a film (no wonder I kept imagining it as a movie!), but I haven't seen it myself.
Originally released in 2003, the mass-market paperback is now hitting shelves in bookstores. This is a â€˜clean' mystery/suspense read; there isn't any cursing or explicit sensuality, though there is violence, darkness, and a disturbing history of a warped childhood. Still, it isn't explicit or TOO scary in my opinion.
There are some faith-based themes here obviously, with the struggle between good and evil being the obvious one. There are also explorations of adoption with God as a father, personal vs. abstract faith, and others. However, this isn't mainly an exploration of personal faith, and when Dekker does attempt to pull that into focus momentarily it quickly slips into the background and doesn't weave through the rest of the novel.
Due to the surprising plot twists it's difficult to go deeply into the plot of THR3E without revealing spoilers, but it certainly is a mind-bending read that will have you wanting to go back and read it through again once you're finished. I will say though, that the focus on action and suspense does leave a little something to be desired in the realm of character development. I never truly saw Kevin's genius (our threatened hero) though it was repeatedly referred to, nor did I find Jennifer's (the lead FBI agent) closing responses believable.
THR3E will definitely have you looking at the world through a different set of lenses for days to come after you finish reading it.
This was one of my first Ted Dekker books, and let me tell you this, I fell in love with it from the very first page. This was an amazing story, full of suspense and action. This is one that will keep you up until midnight reading it.Ted Dekker is an amazing author, I am a huge fan of his books and I would most definitely recommend this one!
Thr3e was a GREAT read and was my first Dekker book. I could not put this book down at all. Someone said this wasn't suspenseful... I disagree, because this book was ALL suspense! Starts off with a bang within the first 8 pages and continues at a neck-breaking pace from then on. I'll admit that this was a little disturbing, but it all came together very well with an ending I would never have suspected, but beware that it IS a little weird... Left me thinking about it for days, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone!
I was hooked by the story early on. I came to the point where I couldn't stand the suspense in the story, so I read the last third of the book without putting it down. I was dismayed to find such a disturbing ending. If the book is any indication of Mr. Dekker's beliefs regarding the nature of man, then his beliefs are unbiblical. His portrayal of the battle between good and evil is void of a strong reference to Christ, the conqueror of all that is evil. I found this very distressing as well. I would not recommend this book to anyone else.