Thr3e by Ted Dekker REVIEW

I’m a big Ted Dekker fan. But I didn’t start with Thr3e. I first read Showdown, and fell in love with the quick paced, and thought provoking writing. Then I burned through Blink and The Circle Trilogy. (All amazing in there own right.)

I’ve been itching to read more of Dekker’s books, so I decided to start with his first novel Thr3e. It had a great suspenseful first few chapters, but by the time I got to the middle, it became an extremely slow read. Too many unnecessary scenes, and clunky descriptions and dialog.

It didn’t get good again to close to the end… But the end wasn’t too satisfying, and I felt like my time was wasted.

If you’reTedDekker_Thr3e reading Dekker for the first time, skip this book and read Showdown or Blink instead. His writing has improved greatly since Thr3e was released.

Overall, I give the book 3 out of 5 stars.

Origin by J.A Konrath REVIEW

Premise

In 1906, people working on the Panama canal find a mysterious tomb, and inside is a creature, a creature not human that is asleep. The U.S government takes the creature, and puts it in a secret facility to study it.  100 years later it wakes up…and all Hell literally breaks loose.

Review

I love suspense books. Especially ones  like Jurassic Park and The Sphere.  Imagine a suspense novel that combines the fear of The Exorcist fused with the technical knowledge of Jurassic Park.  These two totally different styles and genres collide and stick together like peanut butter and jelly. Or ice cream and pickles….totally kidding about the pickles.

The plot starts off as a classic science fiction novel, thick with top government secrets, and secret facilities. And also, with the monster in a cage. The only difference is it’s not a dinosaur, or alien race. It’s the Devil. I’m not being metaphorical, it actually is the Devil.

It was refreshing to have a life form that isn’t a smart and quiet creature. It is a creature very smart , cunning, and a creature that can speak English. The thing actually has a personality, and is a fun villain. Konrath will have a hard time topping this baddie.

And as usual, its a dirty job, and some heroes have to stop the monster.

The heroes are a neurotic bunch. All of them have done something that got them in trouble with the government or the world, and were given a second lease on life, to study the demon. The characters are all likable, and have feelings. It’s like watching a very thrilling Alfred Hitchcock movie.

Writing was top notch for the most part. Short and crisp, just how I like it.And no errors that plaque many a book. Konrath has an awesome gift.

Verdict

I give the book 4 out of 5  stars! If you have a queasy stomach, or puked watching a modern horror flick, stay far away.

Note: available on Nook, and available in print.

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