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Publisher's Summary

Imagine answering your cell phone one day to a male voice that gives you three minutes to confess your sin. If you don't, the madman, Slater, will blow your car to smithereens. You barely manage to exit heavy traffic and ditch the car when, precisely three minutes later, your car blows sky high. The media and police descend on the scene; your world has just changed forever.

So begins the nightmare that grows with progressively higher stakes. There's another phone call, another riddle. The cycle will not stop until the world discovers the secret of your sin, but you don't have a clue what that sin is. If not for Jennifer, the brilliant FBI agent working to corner Slater, you would indeed go mad.

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©2003 Ted Dekker (P)2003 Oasis Audio LLC, under arrangement with W Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Dekker delivers another page-turner with this psychological Christian thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
"There are plenty of thrills and chills." (AudioFile)
"Dekker's pacing is relentless, and the ongoing consideration of evil is intriguing." (Booklist)

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    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant!!!

Dekker's plot was incredible!! Just as I thought I had it figured out, he took me down another path, but I never once felt manipulated. Having lived in Long Beach, it was nice to hear the names of streets I traveled all the time. The characters and story were well thought out. This book is proof positive that excellent fiction can be written without all the foul language so many other author's stoop to in their feeble attempts to have characters express themselves forcibly. No gratuitously graphic scenes to be squeamish over. Not only is the plot brillant, but the creativity in the use of language is unequaled. All of this added layers of depth to the story and proved that the reader can create their own visual image that is just as vivid as any one gratuitiously graphic paragraph could paint. I can't wait to listen to the rest of Dekker's books. I couldn't stop listening to this book. Lamont's voices were wonderful and consistent throughout also. I'm off to order another Dekker book!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Karren
  • Columbus, OH, USA
  • 01-27-08

Great story. Not so great narration.

The overall storyline was filled with intrigue, and the twists and turns that every good mystery novel should have. I just couldn't get past the narrator not giving each character their own personality. I also had a hard time with the music at the end/beginning of each chapter. I feel that it interrupted the natural flow of the book.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim
  • Goodview, VA, USA
  • 06-09-04

Very Enjoyable

This was a great book, and Rob Lamont did a fantastic job reading. I was completely satisfied with this purchase. Ted Dekker is my new favorite author. The book I read/listend to last was "Digital Fortress" by Dan Brown, which totally sucked. That book was contrived and predictable whereas Dekker kept "Thr3e" fresh and suspensful and unpredictable. And, again, Rob Lamont could not have done a better reading: each character's voice was unique and natural sounding. Well done to all involved!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

second guessing

This was a great book. Ted Dekker has the gift of misdirection, keeping you wondering who the madman is. Every time you think you know, something makes you totally reanalyze what you thought. The audio quality was good, but a lower format (3 or 4) is ideal (enhanced was a bit TOO clear). All in all, a great story, good narrator, and an enjoyable listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jon
  • Ringwood, Australia
  • 12-11-07

Highly recommended

This book has all the elements I look for in a thriller: Believable, likeable characters; a horrific villain;a plot that is believable (in the novel's setting); and a double twist at the end.
After listening to it, I immediately re-listened to the whole of part 2. And although I knew what was coming, it was just as good the second time.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • MOUNT KISCO, NY, USA
  • 01-31-04

Good Story but it didn't meet it's potential

Pretty good book. The action was exciting, very suspenseful and interesting until you figure out the mystery which isn't too far into the book. The big surprise ending was not much of a surprise. There were, I think, too many clues for the reader. I'm not all that good at figuring mysteries out but I got this one about 1/3 of the way through the book.

It was a very clever twist - a good idea and the story and the philosophy behind it is very interesting but it would have been better if he could have misled us a little more. I'm not sure how he would have done that but that's not my job.

I also would have liked to seen the character of the teacher developed a little more - he's very interesting.

Definitely worth reading. It's a good book. It could have been a GREAT book if the solution were a little less obvious.


22 of 27 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Horrible listen to a sound clip first.

Twice in two years in audible I've downloaded a book that was unlistenable. This is the 2nd.

This comment is not about the book itself but the narrator. His voice grated on my nerves. Was so juvenile and lacking in flexibility, I couldn't listen more than 30 minutes before delegating to the trash can.

Disliking a narrator is subjective so you might not agree with me. I'd just suggest that you listen to a sound clip first.

25 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Hugh
  • Asheville, NC, USA
  • 11-03-08

Decent Thriller

This is my first Dekker book. It's a decent whodunnit kind of book, with a different sort of mystery. "Psychological Thriller" is a very apt discription. This book does play with the reader's mind. I didn't notice anything strange about the narration. Some copies may be bad. Call Audible and get another copy before letting the narration frustrate you. They're really good about stuff like that.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Story! And what a twist!

I've never felt inspired to write a review for a book before, but I just finished listening to this one and had to share. I thought this was a GREAT story! It was intense, creative, and what a psychological twist!

I have to agree however with some of the other reviewers on their opinion of the narrator. The story does makes up for him though. But I felt it was true, that there was little to no voice characterization present in his portrayal and transitions from character to character in this story. You may find yourself rewinding a tad to try to figure out who was saying what. And in this story it becomes important to follow! You'll see.

Regardless, the story was captivating and hard to put down, especially towards the end! I'm looking forward to other stories by this author!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Pat
  • Surfside, FL, USA
  • 12-27-04

Terrible narrator, worse plot...

I have been an audible.com listener for over 5 years and this was one of the worst books I have listened to.

The speaker sounded like he had a head cold- I couldn't tolerate his narration through the phelgm.

The plot was juvenile and the main character COMPLETELY unsympathetic- he kept crying at inappropriate times. The "villain" was childish and not frightening.

I struggled with cutting my losses and tossing it out vs. knowing that if I did the hours I had already invested would have been for nothing. I made the wrong choice- I should have thrown it out.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • tiffer
  • 08-14-17

good thriller

they say books are better than the films. I have to agree. great book. fabulous ending

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  • Lieren
  • 10-24-17

Interesting story....bad music

The story was interesting. The let downs were the music between chapters as it didn't fit the story at all. The other issue was that it was hard to tell the difference between characters. Otherwise a god book