Sunday, April 10, 2005

Book Review: THR3E by Ted Dekker

Book ReviewI've spent most of my life in the middle of reading one book or another. I've never thought to count them, but I've read probably thousands of books in my lifetime. There aren't many books that I've enjoyed so much that I've read them more than once, but there have been a few: Tolkienn's The Hobbit, The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub, Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Orwell's 1984, Black by Ted Dekker, and, most recently, Thr3e by Ted Dekker.

One of the most satisfying things about reading a book again for the second time is that you already know what's going to happen. Really! I know, you're thinking that takes all the fun out of it. But really, that is the best way to read a book. On your second pass through a book, you don't have to worry so much about getting the plot down and getting to know the characters. You can delve deeper, look for clues that you missed the first time that might have helped you to see the end coming.

THR3E is a psychological Christian thriller that should appeal to readers of every genre. There's a little suspense, a little horror, a little comedy, and lots of mystery. Imagine you're driving down the road and your cell phone rings. You answer only to be warned that in three minutes your car will be blown up unless you confess. Confess to what? You'll have to solve a riddle first.

Ted Dekker takes you through the mind of Kevin Parson, a 28-year old seminary student with a past he isn't proud of. Yet this childhood comes back to haunt Kevin in a way only Dekker could dream up. Dekker breaks the Christian fiction mold with this suspense-packed thriller. If I hadn't told you, you wouldn't even know it was Christian fiction.

READ IT. Read it TWICE! It's definitely better the second time around.

Then tell me what you think.


1 comment:

Average Joe American said...

Would you believe, I just read Thr3e for the third time. And amazingly, it's better every time I read it. There really are things in it that I pick up on for the first time each time I read it. An incredible book -- and soon to be a movie -- it's somewhere in the top five for me.


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