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March 31 2003
When the Lusitania sank, more than one thousand people died. One passenger, however, survived to become a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief but keeping a small silver statue that would become a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that heirloom, one of a priceless, long-separated set of three, has been snatched away from the Sullivans. And Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan are determined to recover their great-great-grandfather's treasure, reunite the Three Fates, and make their fortune. The quest will take them from their home in Ireland to Helsinki, Prague, and New York and introduce them to a formidable female professor whose knowledge of Greek mythology will aid them in their quest; to a daring exotic dancer who sees the Fates as her chance at a new life; and to a seductive security expert who knows how to play high-tech cat-and-mouse. And it will pit them in a suspenseful fight against an ambitious woman who will stop at nothing to acquire the Fates.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Setting: Ireland, Europe, and New York City

Sensuality: 7

Irish siblings Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan cherish the family legend of their great-great-grandfather's acquisition of one of the Fates, a trio of priceless, long-separated silver statues. When the Sullivans' Fate is stolen by an unscrupulous New York antiquities dealer, they vow to retrieve the little silver lady, and thus begins a quest that will send them racing across Europe, traveling through Ireland, and dodging killers in New York City. Most importantly, their search for their Fate and her two sister statues brings them into the world of a brilliant female mythology professor, a free-spirited exotic dancer, and a security expert adept at breaking and entering. This diverse sextet must meld their talents in order to thwart their enemy, retrieve the stolen statue, and stay alive while administering their particular brand of justice.

Prolific author Nora Roberts's latest tale of adventure and romance is a nonstop page-turner with quirky heroines, strong heroes, and a delightfully nefarious villainess. Toss in strong Irish, European, and New York settings, interesting secondary characters, and a plot with intriguing twists and turns and the result is romantic suspense at its best. --Lois Faye Dyer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book Roberts's fifth new one released this year features all the romance, drama and intrigue that fans have come to expect from the bestselling writer. It also offers a bit more: clich‚d characters (e.g., a rough-talking, street-smart stripper; a reclusive alcoholic brainiac) and well-trod ground (e.g., a grand-scale shipwreck and the international art scene). Despite a predictable plot involving the Sullivan family and their quest to find a small silver figurine that belonged to their ancestors and narrowly escaped sinking with the Lusitania in 1915 reader Quigley triumphs to make this a winning production. Her performance rings with subtle nuances, accents ranging from Czech to Irish, and theatrical crescendos and decrescendos. The story opens just before the Lusitania meets its fate, and Quigley draws listeners round with an ominous "happily unaware he'd be dead in 23 minutes, Henry W. Wiley imagined pinching the nicely rounded rump of the young blonde who was directly in his line of sight." In this scene and throughout the story, she puts herself inside each character, giving each one a unique mannerism, tone and feeling no matter how formulaically Roberts may have drawn them. Quigley's presentation is captivating; Roberts's story, regrettably, is not quite.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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In "Three Fates," Roberts takes us to two intriguing European countries, one of which is seldom the setting for novels of this genre - Czech Republic. While Roberts romanticizes the southern Irish city of Cobh, she unfairly portrayed Prague as a dreg city from which one would long to escape and never return. She did a good job portraying Irish-English dialog, but fell short with her Czech. The only Czech word in the book is "Praha," which is Czech for Prague. Nowhere else in the book does she include any Czech words, tribulations that the American exotic dancer Cleo may have gone through to learn the language, her reaction to the sound of the language, or hints about the Czech culture except that Prague has an area that is teeming with strip clubs (as does every major European city). An uninformed reader might think that Czechs don't even have their own language. Homework, Ms. Roberts! A little "jak se máš, dobre" would have been a nice touch here. And I wonder how many readers know that "Cobh" is pronounced as "Cove"? Nowhere do we read this in the book. Other than that, of course, I found it an exciting read. Despite the opinions of other reviewers, I thought the story had just the right amount of character development, especially for the villianess Anita.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Predictably entertaining May 21 2003
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Runaway adventure, romance and suspense are lined up in Nora Robert's opus which spans from the sinking of Lusitania on May 1915 where Greenfield steals an antique Greek statue from Wyley and miraculously survives. The Sullivans who are Greenfield's descendents decides to trace the other two statues to complete the valuable collection. The Irish triumvirate consists of Malachi, the eldest who is attracted to mythology professor Tia Marsh in his information-gathering; Gideon, the second son gets hitched to cynical exotic dancer Cleo while Rebecca falls for Jack Burdett, a security expert who owes the third piece. Ambitious antique collector Anita Gayes is the villain who resorts to murder and deceptions to lay hands on the statues. While Three Fates is a jaunt of an adventure, the plot while sprawling remains assuringly predictable with a cliche villain. Roberts's most vivid portrayal is perhaps Cleo who is the most daring and vivacious out of the three. This resonates too the readers' desire for the more daring experimentation that appears in the earlier works of Ms. Roberts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Twists, turns, and romance May 12 2003
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Whenever I need a light, fun, fast paced, happily ending read I turn to Nora Roberts. Three Fates wasn't anything spectacular for me, but it was an entertaining book that I enjoyed reading. The characters were all interesting and although a bit formulary, their relationship with each other was compelling.
The story revolves around the Three Fates, three statues that are meant to be together, but at the beginning of the story, are in three different hands. Supposedly when together, the Fates have powers and a net worth that far exceeds that of each of them alone.
A group of six people, including a family of two Irish men and their sister, come together to find the Fates, restore them back together, and sell or display them as they belong. There is also an evil woman who is trying to do the same. There is a race to the finish, as well as some twists and turns thrown in. In Roberts typical fashion there are three love affairs thrown in (note six people on the search team, three men, three women), and a picture perfect end to the story.
I haven't read enough Roberts to compare this to others. However, I can say it is an interesting and captivating read. It isn't earth shattering or cerebral in any way, but it is an enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars romance, intrigue, suspense Jan. 21 2003
this books is great, especially if you are more drawn to Nora's romantic suspense novels. It never fails to amaze me how Nora links her characters together, and this book is a prime example of that.
For those of you who are avid Nora fans, you know her books range from romance, romatic suspence, fantsy and more. In this book, you get a little of all her genius. Starting with historical, with the sinking of the Lusitania, then the legend of the Three Fates, a trio of small statues and the quest of several people trying to obtain them. Nora also gives the reader a little bit a greek mythology, which makes me wonder, is there anything this woman can't write about?
Once again, she introduces us to three siblings, and gives the book a strong family element. The siblings of course, find love, but never without trial. The villian is a little over the top, as her motivation is not really substanial enough to make her actions believable. I only point that out if that sort of thing matters to you, to me it does not, because I certainly don't read her novel for their believability, I read them to be swept away in a story. And that, unquestionably, is something her novels always do for me.
Is this book my favorite of hers? No. But it's definately worth the price of the harcover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Adventure in a Fun Romp Nov. 25 2002
This is not the best of Nora Roberts, but it's nevertheless a fun, easy-to-read and entertaining adventure that reminded me of "Topkapi," "Charade," and other lighthearted art-inspired movies. The plot concerns three small silver statues of mythology's three Fates. Alone, they are fairly valuable pieces. Together, as they were intended to be, they are priceless. So priceless that at least one antiques dealer, the nefarious Anita Gaye, is willing to kill to get her hands on them.
Enter our heroes: A fine, Irish family named Sullivan, that inherited one of the statues, only to have it stolen by the horrible Ms. Gaye. Malachai, Gideon, and their sister Rebecca, all gorgeous, smart, and irresistible, want their statue back. And they want the other two as well, so they can, along with their mother Eileen, pump up their small boat-tour company, and expand in style.
Roberts always tells a good story when the characters are Irish, and this is no exception. Each of the formidable siblings meets his or her match in the race for the statues: Malachai teams with shy, withdrawn Tia Marsh, an art historian and heir to one of New York's finest antiques houses; Gideon finds himself entwined (in more ways than one) with fiercely independent stripper Cleo Tolliver, who just happens to own one of the three statues, and Rebecca loses her heart to collector and security expert Jack Burdett.
Will the Sullivans et al. retrieve the Fates? Will Anita Gaye self-destruct on her murderous quest? Will the three sets of lovers find out they were made for each other? Pick up the book and find out--it's a good, fast read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is all about Tia!!!!!!
Yes in a lot of ways this is a story about the three fates but also the three couples. Nora has been doing this for awhile now I think she first started doing that with "Montana... Read more
Published on May 30 2006 by Schatze
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Published on July 12 2004 by "fcb_cb"
1.0 out of 5 stars Not her best!
I could only subject myself to the first 100 pages before I closed it for good! Too many characters and not enough depth on any of them made this book too confusing!
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Published on Jan. 27 2004 by Elizabeth Berry
3.0 out of 5 stars similar to other books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Nora Roberts winner with an Irish flavour
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
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Published on Aug. 14 2003 by Ana Q
3.0 out of 5 stars didn't leave me wanting more
Like the other reviewer said this was not one of her best. I liked the characters, though. They all seemed interesting, especially Tia. Read more
Published on June 20 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but unrealistic (still a great read!)
I found this book to be a fast read and entertaining. I didn't expect much of anything from the description of the plot on the book's jacket but was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published on June 18 2003 by Kat
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure enjoyment!
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