Three Fates Paperback – Large Print, Mar 31 2003
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Setting: Ireland, Europe, and New York City
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.
From Publishers Weekly
Acts of thievery ultimately lead to justice in the wildly prolific Roberts's latest romantic suspense novel. The little silver statues representing Greek mythology's Three Fates are an art collector's dream: they're extremely valuable individually, but priceless as a trio and legend has it that when put together, they endow their owner with power over destiny. When a German U-boat torpedoes the Lusitania in 1915, petty burglar Felix Greenfield is in the midst of purloining one of the Fates from a first-class stateroom. Felix survives the ship's sinking and vows to reform. Flash to the present, in which three of Felix's descendants calculating Malachi, slick Gideon and intelligent Rebecca Sullivan have just had their Fate stolen by Anita Gaye, a ruthless and menacing antiques dealer. Vowing to recover Felix's statue, the three siblings depart Ireland to search the globe, finding love along the way with a pan-phobic Greek scholar, a stripper and a security expert. Like the Three Fates, the six principals learn that they will only be powerful enough to defeat Anita if they can operate as a single unit. Though it's a slick, snappy read, this character-heavy sudser is far from Roberts's best. She uses the words "three" and "fate" so often that the repetition becomes comic, the siblings' exotic globe-trotting amounts to little more than location name-dropping and Anita, a villainess of Cruella de Vil proportions, is a caricature rather than a character. But Roberts has been so popular, and for so long, that her legion of fans will undoubtedly forgive her for this one while eagerly awaiting her next.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This story kept me riveted - unusual characters (the women, at least) - and a fitting denouement. Really enjoyed it. 2 thumbs up!Published 8 months ago by Cynthia Mcmillan
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 morePublished on May 30 2006 by Schatze
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. Read morePublished on July 12 2004
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!Published on June 10 2004
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004 by Elizabeth Berry
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 morePublished on Dec 6 2003
Nora Roberts has drawn again on her love of Ireland to depict this novel of intrigue, romance and humour. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2003
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 morePublished on Aug. 14 2003 by Ana Q