Thursday, January 13, 2022

Book & Audio Review: Three Fates by Nora Roberts

Three Fates

Nora Roberts
Narrator: Bernadette Quigley
Publication: Brilliance Audio (August 7, 2008)
Length: 14 hours and 52 minutes

Description: When the Lusitania sank, more than 1,000 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.

My Thoughts: This was another excellent romantic suspense title by Nora Roberts. It was like her trilogies all in one book. It starts with the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. A petty thief steals a statue from a rich man just as the torpedo hits. He saves a young woman and her three-year-old child and manages to survive himself. A changed man, he lives is life in Ireland.

Almost 100 years later, his descendants Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca need to recover the treasured statue which was stolen from them by an unscrupulous antiques dealer. They also want to find the other two statues that were part of the set.

Malachi's search leads him to Tia Marsh - a descendant of the original owner who died on the Lusitania. Tia is a Ph.D. who is also a hypochondriac and germaphobe because that's the way her mother raised her. Gideon goes after Cleo Toliver who is a descendant of someone who likely had the second statue back in 1915. She's currently stripping in a club in Prague after being dumped and robbed by her boyfriend and looking to earn enough money to get back to New York.

Jack Burdett has the third statue inherited from his great-grandfather - the little boy the thief saved. He's a security expert and has a world-wide security company. When Anita Gaye - the unscrupulous antiques dealer - calls him to try to track down Cleo, he travels to Ireland, meets Rebecca, and gets involved in the hunt.

The was an excellent heist story as the six heroes need to trick Anita Gaye out of the statue she stole from Malachi and also prove that she murdered Cleo's friend in her quest to gain control of all three of the Fates. It was also an excellent romance novel since all the characters fall in love. Nora Roberts' talent for writing strong characters, strong stories of friendship, and strong romances is very visible here.

Bernadette Quigley did an excellent job with the narration and distinguishing all of the main characters vocally. 

Favorite Quote:
With that he scooped her up into a fierce hug. "Christ, you're one in a million. Kiss me back." He brushed his lips over hers. "Kiss me back now. I need you."

In all her life, no one had said those three words to her. The thrill of them spurted through her, flooded her heart and gushed into the kiss. She threw her arms around him, shifting her body so it pressed against his with an abandon neither of them had expected.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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