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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.
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best of Romantic Suspense! April 8 2002
By Sophie
"Three Fates" by the prolific Nora Roberts is a superbly written, thrilling and romantic tale that readers won't soon forget. Vivid characters, breathtaking settings, and a strong plot combine to make an affecting story of love, justice, and the fateful decisions that shape our lives.
When the Lusitania sank in 1915, over a thousand people lost their lives. But Felix Greenfield, a second-rate thief, survived the experience with a small silver statue he had just stolen from Henry Wyley. Unbeknownst to him at the time, that small silver lady was one of the Three Fates, three long-separated and priceless statues. The Fate Felix saved from sinking to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean became a family heirloom, passed down through the generations.
Fast forward to 2002, as Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan are determined to recover their great-great-grandfather's treasure from an unscrupulous antiquities dealer, Anita Gaye, who stole it from underneath their noses. They plan to reunite all three of the Fates, and will do everything in their power to keep them out of the wrong hands.
Their quest will take them from their home in Ireland to Helsinki, where the eldest brother, Malachi, meets a lovely, brilliant, but neurotic professor, Tia Marsh, whose vast knowledge of Greek mythology will be a great asset to their search.
Next, Gideon travels to Prague, where he tracks down Cleo Toliver, an exotic dancer and the ancestor of a reputed contact to the Fates. Cleo sees the Fates as her chance at a new life. But it's not long before Gideon and Cleo are forced to flee across Europe from the hired muscle tailing them at every turn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is all about Tia!!!!!! May 30 2006
By Schatze
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 Sky" and surprisely I haven't enjoyed the books as much too many people to keep track off and everyone into a romance.

I have to say I LOVED Tia yes it's a complete Cinderalla story and despite what is said it was a man behind the change but nonetheless I loved it. I was more interested in reading about that couple then the other who did not seem as well defined especially Rebecca, Jack & even Gideon. First time I read it I wasn't keen on Cleo but 2nd time around I liked her more and her friendship with Tia. Although sorry have a very hard time imagine a Irish Catholic mother would be just fine that her son is involved with a former stripper or should I say exotic dancer. As if!!!!! All in all Tia rules.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite Nora Roberts book July 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't know why some people don't like this book that much. It is my favorite out of the all the ones I have read. The group of six, Cleo and Gideon, Tia and Malachai, and Rebecca, and Jack, are great as a group, believable as couples, and completely independant and able to hold there own as individuals. You truly hate Anita Gaye by half-way through the book. It as Jack says - "you have the classy blonde (Tia,) the sexy brunette, (Cleo,) and the gourgeous red-hed (Rebecca.) The story takes place in Ireland, and New York for most of the book. And has a thrilling end.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not her best! June 10 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Fate Works In Mysterious Ways Jan. 27 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
A little different then what I usually read, but interesting none the less. I like the way Nora followed the fates from I THINK it was the 1800 to present day. 3 tiny silver statues impact the lives of several people, 8 of which we get to meet. Fate is definitely a factor here in showing that some things are just MENT to be and not always a coinky dink. Not overly mushy on the romance which was good for me and pretty darn cool on the suspense and search for these statues. Funny too, what more could you ask for in a good novel.
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While this book wasn't bad, I did find Three Fates too busy to be entertaining. It seems to me that this book was very similar to The Stars of Mithra, but with different characters... Read more
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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.
I have never been overly wild about Nora Roberts, but once in a while one of her books will jump out and bite me. this was one of them. Read more
Published on Aug. 15 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 19 2003 by Kat
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure enjoyment!
The three Sullivan siblings Malachi,Gideon and Rebecca are determined to recover a family treasure which was stolen from Mal some years ago when he was duped and seduced by a... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars THREE FATES
I am a Nora Roberts fan, but this was one of the best. I loved the unique and witty characters.
Published on June 6 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Good characters, good suspense, but needed more homework
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. Read more
Published on June 2 2003 by "marble"
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictably entertaining
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... Read more
Published on May 21 2003 by Desmond Chan
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