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By all accounts seminary student Kevin Parsins is leading a good, if not virtuous, life. But like all people, Kevin has his secrets. And someone wants them revealed.

While driving home from a day at graduate school, Kevin receives a call from a mysterious stranger who calls himself Slater. Slater demands Kevin confess his sin in the next three minutes or the vehicle he is

352 pages
Published 2003 by WestBow
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Ruth Sophia I think the book is good for one really good read. However, if thrillers are your standard fare it might be easier to guess the ending - I'm not sure.…moreI think the book is good for one really good read. However, if thrillers are your standard fare it might be easier to guess the ending - I'm not sure. I definitely enjoyed it & didn't want to put it down. (less)
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Nov 05, 2010 j marked it as to-not-read-ever  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 09, 2013 Pamela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I picked up this book because I love thrillers and after reading the synopsis I thought I'd give it a try. What a mistake. I can't figure out how this could be considered a thriller. It was such a boring book but I kept hoping. The book dragged on and on, focusing on details that were not only unnecessary but also dragged out the tale needlessly. You could tell the author was trying to create and build suspense everytime it got around to finding the "bomb", but it was just laughable. About two-t ...more
Robert Beveridge
Ted Dekker, Thr3e (Thomas Nelson, 2003)

Going into this book and knowing it was “Christian fiction”, I really have to admit I didn't expect a great deal (read: anything) from it. There are really, really good Christian writers, but in general, they are writers who happen to be Christian (Madeleine L'Engle is an obvious example, as is Francois Mauriac); as with every other type of message, the really good ones just kind of let the message come through subconsciously and don't beat the reader over
Franco  Santos
Jun 30, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-La maldad está fuera del alcance del Hombre.
-¿Pero puede un hombre ponerse personalmente fuera del alcance del mal?

El primer libro que leo de autoría plena de Dekker. Me gustó mucho. Me hizo acordar a El psicoanalista, de John Katzenbach.

Empieza muy bien. Ya en la primera página el autor nos salpica con el trasfondo del libro: la lucha entre el Bien y el Mal.

Es una novela intensa. Es un libro que me puso nervioso y me hizo sentir la adrenalina que vive el protagonista.

Algo negativo que tengo
Aug 24, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was the first book that I read of Ted Dekker's, and I was so impressed with his knowledge and writing techniques. The story is thrilling and was a perfect page turner for my husband (who isn't an avid reader) and me. And I LOVE the ending...big twist.
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 10, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: skimmed
Let me open for those of you who don't know me by saying, I'm a Christian. I read a lot and am always on the look out for good fiction. I also like good Christian fiction. Ted Dekker has written several books and is a very popular writer and I wish him the best. If you're his fan and I see he has many more power to you and I'm happy for you. I see many liked this book.

This is the fourth book I've read (tried to read) by Mr. Dekker. I am forced to the conclusion that I'm just not going to be a Te
May 08, 2015 Denisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the smartest things I've read.
My Dekker-fangirl-heart needs a reread <3
Apr 05, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: members of Mom's book club
Based on reading Thr3e, I'd say that Ted Dekker is an excellent storyteller, but not the greatest writer.

I couldn't put the book down when I was reading it because the story was so intense and gripping. I had to know what happened next... and "what happened next" totally blind-sided me. I never saw it coming. If you're looking for a great suspense/mystery/thriller story that's clean but not preachy, this one does it for the Christian and non-Christian alike.

However, the whole time I was reading
Apr 23, 2014 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
4 Stars

Wow! My brain could not comprehend that ending at all!

This book is purely psychological and keeps you guessing about good and evil to the very end. This is a must read for those who love suspense, because I kept wondering, "What is the secret!!???" And when it was finally revealed, I just sat there with my mouth hanging open. It was hinted at, but too many clues in the book indicated otherwise.

I think I have become a new fan of Mr. Dekker.
Carla Dente
Mar 07, 2016 Carla Dente rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pueden decir lo que quieran de este libro, pero a mi me encantó!!!!!!!!!!!!! *O* (no leí muchos libros de este género y no puedo guiarme con nada, pero realmente disfruté mucho leyéndolo, los personajes me encantaron, creo que el autor supo desarrollar muy bien la trama y no me venía venir el final)
S. Harrell
Dec 03, 2010 S. Harrell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 24, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 16 And Up
It was thrilling, amazing, edge-of-your-seat thriller!!!! I couldn't put it down, I read it till late at night, and then had trouble sleeping! :D
I can't tell much of the plot, for that would give the story away, but here's a brief bit from

Imagine answering your cell phone to hear a stranger's voice issuing a chilling threat: You have three minutes to confess your sin, or he'll blow your car to smithereens. You pull over and flee just in time---but the threats
Jesse Blazewicz
Sep 30, 2007 Jesse Blazewicz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I picked this book up because I liked the cover (at the time it was just white with the word Thr3e on it). (Yeah, I judged....) but as soon as I started reading it I was instantly hooked. It was incredibly suspenseful, but not scary. I was on a hunt after I finished for more by him, he is an AMAZING author. I found out later he was actually deemed a Christian book author, and yet I would have never known based on the books. They are not preachy or faith oriented at all, which is a good thing. Gi ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jun 22, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Desperate for a Thriller Without Sex or Swear Words
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
I read this because it was recommended on The Ultimate Reading List, which I've been working through. It was listed in the "Inspirational Fiction" section (the Christian Fiction) section, but one of the fairly good things about it is it's not at all preachy even though the man-in-peril in this one, Keven Parson, is a seminary student. The bad thing though is that its basically a routine suspense/thriller with a twist--that... Well, I didn't see it coming, but once it arrived I rolled my eyes, be ...more
Feb 28, 2011 Jinky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Oh Brenda, oh Brenda at WV Stitcher, you reminded me not to judge a book by its cover. I would have bypassed this book because the cover's too freakin' scary!! But you were so kind to offer it to me and since it traveled over 3,000 miles to get to me and three being one of my favorite numbers, well, I took a deep breath and avoided looking at the cover as much as possible.

Wow, talk about edge of your seat thrilling! I was hooked from the beginning. My heart rate finally went down during the init
Jan 13, 2016 Sherry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-2013
I'm struggling writing this book review. I'm struggling with my decision to not finish the book. I wanted so badly to love this book - to even LIKE it, but it failed me. Or I failed it. I'm not sure. The book starts out with a brief and shallow discussion on the nature of evil in mankind. I think this was meant to be a foreshadowing device, but there was nothing profound in the discussion so nothing resonated or stuck with me. Right away we're thrown into some action by immediately being introdu ...more

Tuve buenos y malos momentos con este libro. Es un buen thriller, que empieza muy bien y muy intenso, pero que a la mitdad del libro decae un poco. Creo que con unas páginas menos hubiera estado mejor.

Aún así, "la resolución" levanta mucho porque cuando crees que resolviste el misterio, hay una vuelta de tuerca más y el escritor demuestra que el dió todas las pistas necesarias, solo que no nos dimos cuenta de lo que realmen
Aug 17, 2015 Mom2triplets04 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a roller coaster of a ride. The beginning reminded me so much of the movie speed. But that ending I still can't believe it! Great read and I will certainly try another Ted Dekker book.
Quizás había generado muchas expectativas en este libro. Lo termine rápido pues en realidad tenia mucha curiosidad de como se desarrollaría. No me gusto mucho la forma de escribir de Ted, un poco pobre de recursos, a mi parecer, claro. Creo que la historia hubiese resultado mejor llevada con un poco más de misterio, pues ya a mitad del libro te dicen por donde viene toda la historia. Ya a el ultimo tercio del libro me tenia un poco cansada el juego mental, como tratando de enredar las cosas para ...more
Apr 24, 2014 Beth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ok to start I had high high hoping going into this and honestly first CD (more on that later) I couldn't stop listening alas here I am.

As going to review I currently have a yearly dose of conjunctivitis that I'm often plagued with but my love of reading isn't effected because (as said about CD) I have this book on audio but four disc's in and I'm sorry but I truly can't take another second.

The guy reading this book has the worse reading voice I've EVER heard, he's reading it in a very low droopy
Feb 13, 2014 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
I have a lot of pet peeves in literature, and this book hits a few:

One is foreshadowing the ending by telling you exactly what it is several hundred pages before it happens. So having a character say "Wouldn't it be crazy if...?!" and then telling you what happens 200 pages before the end just doesn't work for me. yes, that would have been crazy if it came out of nowhere, but it didn't.

PG books with R-rated subjects. Like if there's a dangerous psychopath on the loose with serious anger and cont
French Giant
Dec 08, 2010 French Giant rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can only hope that my one star rating will help nudge this book's overall rating below a 4 because as it stands now (4.02) it is severely inflated and misleading...So much so that initially I had no doubt in my mind that I would find some level of enjoyment in the book. My dear Goodreads friends, this is the first time you have lead me astray.

I'm not a book snob by any means, and typically I can find at least something enjoyable with each book I crack open, but this is by far the worst book I
Lyric Powers
Feb 11, 2009 Lyric Powers rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
If I could give this book 0 stars, I would. It was given to me in a box of random paperbacks and I'm very glad I didn't pay for it. I can say without doubt that this is the worst book that I have ever read. The writing is substandard and the plot is entirely predictable and completely unoriginal. Like other reviewers, I read it all in one night, but not because I found the book compelling or gripping, it was just plain easy to read and I was bored. And I was even more bored when I finished. I wo ...more
C. Lorion
Nov 22, 2015 C. Lorion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The job of any artist—writer, actor, painter, singer, musician, architect, and the list goes on—is either to entertain me, enlighten me, or both. Sometimes a piece of art does one or the other, sometimes it does both. Some examples from the movies:

Dead Poets Society. Here's a movie that both entertains and enlightens me, no matter how many times I view it. It's funny (come on, it's got Robin Williams in it, how can it not be funny?), it's dramatic (family relationships gone haywire), it's suspen
J.S. Bailey
Jun 12, 2012 J.S. Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

How does Ted think of these things? My head is still spinning. And spinning and spinning and spinning.

I won't go into plot details here since I'm sure other reviewers already have, but let's just say that I did NOT expect the ending to be what it was. I highly recommend Thr3e to those who love gripping suspense. Actually, I don't think "gripping" is a strong enough word. I read this thing in two days, and it usually takes me a week or so to get through a novel. Whew.
Josiah DeGraaf
May 05, 2016 Josiah DeGraaf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
What a fantastic book. After having a disappointing experience with one of Ted Dekker's other books, I was a bit hesitant on trying him again, but am I glad I did! The premise of the book grabbed me on the outset, the first several chapters enthralled me in the story-line, and the suspense didn't let up until its conclusion. It was a truly enjoyable read. And for the most part, it was an excellent weaving in of Christian themes into the novel in a way that felt very natural and non-preachy. In a ...more
Spencer Chamberlain
Thr3e was a great book that was an absolute page turner. Ted Dekker has done it again combining a twisting and turning plot but still making the book easy to follow. There was a couple of times in the book where i had to re-read a couple of pages but nothing too strenuous. The characters in the book were developed perfectly. The character of Kevin really stood out to me. The ending was absolutely insane but Dekker found a way to still make it all make sense. The ending had the potential to ruin ...more
Jun 15, 2016 Bonita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ted-dekker, fiction
Ted Dekker has a remarkable gift for taking a passage or parable from the Bible and weaving it into a thrilling story with a deep message. In "Three," he brings to life the quote of the Apostle Paul, who observed, "I do not understand what I do ... It is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. ... For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. ... I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me."
N.N. Light
This was my first book with Ted Dekker even though I have heard about his masterful storytelling for years. I loved the premise behind this book.

Kevin Parson is driving in his car when a man calling himself Slater calls his cell phone. He threatens Kevin and tells him he has exactly three minutes or his car is going to blow up.

Thus begins one of the best thrillers I have ever read. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and with each plot twist, my reader heart trembled. Who is Slater? Why
La historia es entretenida y, como la mayoría de los thrillers, me mantuvo interesado en la lectura hasta el final, intentando adivinar cuál sería

Mi problema con el libro es que lo sentí mal escrito. Primero pensé que sería algo atribuible a una mala traducción, pero ya leí aquí en Goodreads otras reseñas en inglés comentando que la prosa no era mayor cosa.

Aunque más allá de la prosa y diálogos entre niños hablando como adultos (la conversación entre Kevin y Samantha sobre Balinda cuando acabab
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Ted Dekker is known for novels that combine adrenaline-laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good and evil. Ted lives in Austin with his wife LeeAnn and their four children.
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