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The Third Twin

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  18,232 Ratings  ·  776 Reviews
Dr Ferrami is on the verge of uncovering an extraordinary secret...'A high-tech read about genetic engineering, with emotional depth' Telegraph
Paperback, 640 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by MacMillan General Books (first published October 21st 1996)
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Miquel Reina
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mistery, crime, thriller
The Third Twin is my second Ken Follet reading after "The Pillars of the Earth" and I have to admit that is impossible to compare this two books. Don't misunderstand me, I think that the third twin is a great book but only if you love thriller novels that mix science, politics and conspiracy theories and you want to spend a great time reading a Hollywood blockbuster style book.

Spanish version:
El tercer gemelo es una novela de Ken Follet que leí después de "Los pilares de la Tierra" y reconozco
Grande estreia!

O Terceiro Gémeo é o primeiro livro que leio do autor Ken Follet. Muitos de vós podem a este momento perguntar para dentro "como é que é possível?", mas a verdade é que as obras deste autor nunca exerceram um grande fascínio sobre mim. No entanto, esta sinopse fez-me tentar a minha sorte e foi com agrado que arrisquei.
Esta obra foi publicada pela primeira vez em 1996 e este facto fascinou-me durante toda a leitura. A primeira coisa que poderia dizer sobre este livro é que mes
Tempo de Ler
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“bebés perfeitos para a classe média e a extinção dos pobres. Podíamos voltar a acertar o equilíbrio racial da América”

O Terceiro Gémeo prendeu-me desde o início!
Apesar dos vários personagens que compõem o enredo e das diferentes intenções e acontecimentos que o impulsionam, é um livro relativamente fácil de acompanhar.

Ken Follett aborda imensos temas, como a doença de Alzheimer e o peso que ela tem para a família, os problemas éticos associados à manipulação genética, o peso do ambiente e da e


soberbo, alucinante e de tirar o fôlego!

este foi o meu primeiro livro de Ken Follett e posso dizer que foi uma excelente estreia!
sem sombra de duvida consegue arrebatar desde o primeiro instante a atenção do leitor e cativa-lo a ler sempre a próxima pagina!

descritivo sem ser maçudo coloca-nos dentro da "cena" o que nos faz inspirar e suspender a respiração com alguma frequência.

a acção é rápida senão mesmo alucinante. tanta coisa a acontecer ao mesmo tempo....

super recomendado!!!
Jun 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
We find Follett’s medieval stories to be great, and his wartime spy novels fairly good; and so looked forward to a modern-day storyline in “Twin”. It’s difficult to summarize the plot without spoiling it, although the book’s title helps us figure out what’s going on about 150 pages before the key players do! A researcher, Jeannie Ferrami, is doing clever studies on twins raised apart, where one is a criminal and the other a good guy – working on the old nature versus nurture argument. When her b ...more
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La fortuna di crescere nel posto giusto.

Lettura estiva pageturner che si avvale di un interessante spunto scientifico e del prevedibile guazzabuglio di personaggi ammerigani inseriti nel classico plot da thrilleraccio che dimentichi dopo due giorni.
Leggibile, ma non lascia il segno.
Jan 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Jun 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes stupid plot devices
I really tried to like this but the amount of nonsensical plot devices got in the middle.
It gets really ridiculous to the point of no return, you can easily compare it with a B-Movie (where B would stand for BAD).
I've read some reviewers say the problem was the book didn't date very well, but I can hardly believe this could have been considered good at some point.
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Aqui está um thriller brilhante. Foi o primeiro livro de Ken Follett que li. Já há algum tempo que acalentava a expectativa de saber como era a escrita deste famoso autor que tanta fama tem. Pensei começar pelos Pilares da Terra, mas não consegui ficar devidamente curiosa; depois pensei naqueles da guerra, A Queda dos Gigantes e o O Inverno do Mundo, no entanto, devido ao seu tamanho e preço (e alguma falta de curiosidade total) também não apostei.
Depois comecei a observar os seus thrillers. Co
Jun 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Janyse by:
I find that Ken Follett typically writes a great story, full of intrigue and drama....BUT...(did you sense that coming???) he seems to feel the need to "dirty-up" his books. His women swear like sailors and talk dirty, and without fail, every one of his books contain scenes that can only be described as sex from a man's perspective. A woman would make the scene "romantic" and he just somehow seems to make it nasty. (I hate that word, but I can't think of something more descriptive.) Though I enj ...more
Daniel Gonçalves
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was in fact a litle aprehensive when I bought this book. I think it was because it was old and I was affraid it would be outdated. I was surprised I have to say. This book kept my interest throughout and it was enjoyable.

I really liked the Idea of having phsychology and biology all mixed together creating a very interesting thriller that will hook you from the start.

Of course this isn't the pinnacle of Follett, BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE "THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH" but nonetheless it's worth your mo
Feb 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
What happened to Ken Follett? His earlier works, such as The Key to Rebecca and Eye of the Needle, were well-crafted thrillers. The Third Twin is sophomoric with every character a stereotype. The novel has little suspense, no interesting characterizations, with foolish plot devices and juvenile twists abound. Ken must be simply churning out the pulp to make a few bucks. Save your money.
Daniel Gonçalves
Best thriller novel I've ever read. I'm always skeptic about thrillers. I feel that the style most thrillers writters write, Follett himself, is dry and not emotional. This one superated my expectations. Really good novel
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not the usual historical fiction I'm used to with Follett but an amazing suspenseful book!
Simona Bartolotta
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Sarò franca: i thriller non mi piacciono. Ma questo sì che mi è piaciuto, e molto, anche se forse mi aspettavo che i caratteri scientifici avessero un ruolo più centrale, benché non siano affatto di sfondo.
Che dire, da leggere. In Ken Follet ho trovato un autore capace e un narratore eccellente, e letteralmente impossibile è staccare gli occhi dalle pagine. E ce ne vuole di talento per far leggere 511 pagine in meno di ventiquattro ore!
Thomas Strömquist
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-collection
Hard to believe this one was penned by the same man as Key to Rebecca, Pillars of the Earth and Fall of Giants, which, not being literature masterworks, are highly enjoyable and recommended reads. This one has some ideas and suspense, but plays out like a horrible b-movie...
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I read this book several times in junior high and high school and never got tired of it. The scientific aspects are intriguing and convincing, and the story just zips right along. It almost inspired me to become a genetic researcher!
A minha estreia com Ken Follett e adorei!

Muito, muito bom! Corrupção... Conspiração... Engenharia genética... Policial e suspense q.b.

Para mim os ingredientes perfeitos, para uma boa leitura! ;)
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-inglaterra, e3
Umas horas bem passadas. Tema interessante.
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Daniela Reis
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cientista Jeannie Ferrami estuda gémeos e avalia através destes de que forma a tendência para a violência e agressão pode nascer com o indivíduo e depender da sua herança genética ou depender do meio onde são criados. Para isso, procura gémeos univitelinos (os comummente chamados de gémeos verdadeiros), mais particularmente gémeos separados à nascença.
Durante a sua investigação, depara-se com um caso singular: dois homens aparentemente gémeos univitelinos e perfeitos para a sua investigação, j
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Doctor Jean (Jeannie) Ferrami is a scientist studying the causes of criminal behavior by comparing sets of twins raised separately, especially when one is a criminal and the other a law-abiding citizen. When her friend, the lab technician Lisa Hoxton is raped, a man called Steve Logan is accused of that crime. But Steve is a Law student and he happens to be one of Ferrami's study subjects. Meaning he has a twin brother who was raised by different parents. Ferrami knows Steve has indeed a twin, D ...more
È solo il secondo thriller che leggo di Ken Follett (anni fa ho letto La cruna dell'ago ma non so come ho praticamente rimosso il romanzo) e posso affermare con certezza che preferisco i suoi romanzoni storici, che trovo praticamente perfetti e più maturi. Il terzo gemello parla della scienzata Jeannie Ferrami che sta compiendo delle ricerche sui gemelli omozigoti cresciuti in condizioni diverse, fino a quando scopre lo straordinario caso di due gemelli identici nati però da madri diverse. Le su ...more
Maria João Fernandes
Uma história com muito potencial, que junta os temas da genética, violência e criminalidade, revela-se uma desilusão quando o aborrecimento e a vulgaridade expõe a fraqueza comum a todas as personagens. Nenhuma delas é suficientemente desenvolvida, o que provoca um sentimento de alheamento, que rapidamente se torna cansativo. Incapaz de formular uma opinião sólida sobre as almas que povoam este livro, devido à ausência de aprofundamento, durante todo o tempo de leitura senti apatia, acabando fin ...more
Jun 01, 2009 rated it liked it
I remember that this was the very first book I checked out from my high school library. The reason I remember is because of the sex scenes in the book. Let me explain.

Up until this point in time, I had been going to a Catholic school. My middle school didn't have a library; if we wanted books, we had to go to the public library. I was a frequent visitor at the public library; my favorite books were romance novels with lots of *ahem*.

Anyway, fast-forward to high school. I was so excited to final
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
A mild fan of Ken Follet. Read his mysteries many years ago and now reading both his new series. Was looking for something else and found this one. I have to admit I read it over New Year's so I finished it in two days. Liked the locations of Baltimore, DC and Philadelphia and really having an idea of where things were happening. The attempted rape in Jeannie Ferami's car was horrifyingly real as she listed areas she was driving through that were recognizable and brought it more to life. The vic ...more
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
The novel is awesome particularly if anybody is interested in the genetics and identical twin concepts. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have just completed my journey through a mysterious arena. It's written in a very modern style. There has been a lot to know from the characters of Dr. Jeannie Ferrami. The concept of cloning is really awesome. In a nutshell this novel contains drama, mystery, romance, research, science, perseverance, bravery and lots of other things. And I heartily thank to Ken Fol ...more
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by the biological implications of the plot of this book. In true Ken Follett fashion, this was a "page-turner." I couldn't wait to get back to it. I was impressed that he managed to draw his characters fairly well, but never slowed the pace of the action. This would be a good choice to take along when you have quite a few hours to read. I've read books in hospital waiting rooms, and this is one you could get into and not be the least disturbed by all the comings and goings around ...more
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Read in 2013, this 1996 story reads very dated, almost like a historical novel. If you can get over that, it is a pretty good story. You can tell the author is a man, since the female characters don't ring true. Interesting take on the nurture vs. nature theme. Follett's liberal political viewpoint is explicit with the good guys-liberal/bad guys-conservative set up.
Rosa Ramôa
Os enredo secundários da condição de gémeos sempre me interessaram...

Tenho que aprender a colocar imagens nos comentários...URGENTE!!!
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Ken Follett is one of the world’s most successful authors. Over 160 million copies of the 31 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages.

Born on June 5, 1949, in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector, Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College, London, with an Honours degree in philosophy. He was made a fellow of the coll
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