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In this scorching contemporary thriller, Ken Follett has crafted an electrifying tale of the chilling possibilities of genetic manipulation. Jeannie Ferrami, a brilliant young research scientist studying the genetic components of aggression, makes a startling discovery. Using a restricted FBI database, she locates two young men who appear to be identical twins: Steve, a law student, and Dennis, a convicted murderer. Yet they were born on different days, to different mothers, in hospitals hundreds of miles apart. ...
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Third Twin: A Novel of Suspense

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In this scorching contemporary thriller, Ken Follett has crafted an electrifying tale of the chilling possibilities of genetic manipulation. Jeannie Ferrami, a brilliant young research scientist studying the genetic components of aggression, makes a startling discovery. Using a restricted FBI database, she locates two young men who appear to be identical twins: Steve, a law student, and Dennis, a convicted murderer. Yet they were born on different days, to different mothers, in hospitals hundreds of miles apart. When she delves into their backgrounds, forces as powerful as the Pentagon and the New York Times take notice. The more she learns, the worse it gets. Steve is accused of a terrible crime, which he swears he did not commit. As Jeannie finds herself falling in love with him, she has to ask herself how she can be sure he is different from his murderous twin brother. When her life is threatened, she realizes there is much more than just a scientific problem facing her. Unwittingly, she has stumbled upon evidence of a conspiracy involving a top biotech company, right-wing politicians, and her own university. Their aim is as shocking as it is technologically possible in this era of genetic manipulation: the reshaping of American society according to their own reactionary, racist, and sexist principles.
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While researching traits of aggression in DNA, genetic researcher Jeannie Ferrami makes a startling discovery. She has apparently uncovered a pair of identical twins who were born not only in different hospitals but to different mothers as well. When she begins to investigate, it becomes apparent that she's stepped into something nefarious that is far beyond her control. The Third Twin is Follett at his riveting best.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After three consecutive historical sagas (A Dangerous Fortune, etc.), Follett returns to the threshold of the 21st century with a provocative, well-paced and sensational biotech-thriller about the genetic manipulation of human embryos. Striving to prove that offspring genetically predisposed toward aggression can learn to sublimate their combative nature through childhood conditioning by socially responsible parents, a feisty and brilliant young university researcher, Jeannie Ferrami, develops software to identify identical twins who have been reared apart. When she stumbles across what seems to be an impossibilityidentical twins born to different mothers at separate locations on different dates, Jeannie runs into serious trouble. Pitted against her is, foremost, her own faculty mentor, Berrington Jones, a world-renowned authority on biotechnical engineering. In devious partnership with another scientist and a bigoted U.S. senator with presidential aspirations, Jones is co-founder of Genetico, a small company that pioneered biogenetic research. The trio is now in the final stages of a lucrative friendly buyout by a corporate giantand they don't take kindly to Jeannie's diggings. Multiples created by genetic manipulation aren't new to thrillers (e.g., Ira Levin's The Boys from Brazil), but Follett puts a clever spin on the concept. And despite entwining outlandish plot strands of biotechnical skullduggery, a neo-Nazi candidate for president, academic politics and corporate greed with a steamy romance between Jeannie and one of the twins, the novel shines with the authenticity that's Follett's trademark as it explores the Internet and the mind-boggling data banks of personal statistics maintained by insurance empires, the Pentagon and the FBI. This isn't Follett's most sophisticated novelit's heavy on the melodrama and on sexual violencebut its wicked narrative energy and catchy theme will likely propel it quickly onto the charts.
Library Journal
Follet is most famous for his thrillers (e.g., Eye of the Needle, Audio Reviews, LJ 10/15/91). He has moved into other genres recently, but the present title represents a move back in the direction of the suspense thriller. After a friend is raped, Dr. Jeannie Ferrami finds certain anomalies in the apparently airtight case the police have against the chief suspect, a subject in her psychology research group. Jeannie's honest doubts about his guilt, plus the growing attraction between the two, spur her to push the search for the real rapist in spite of opposition from her university. There is tension and excitement here, though not comparable to Follett's earlier work, and the story flows smoothly enough through the lips of narrator Diane Venora. Too many of the plot advances are based on coincidence and sudden insight, however. Recommended for public libraries.-Gordon Cheatham, U.S. Army Lib. Div., Alexandria, Va.
From the Publisher
Praise for Ken Follett and The Third Twin
“Follett infuses the book with an irresistible energy.”People
“A provocative, well-paced, and sensational biotech thriller.”Variety
“[A] page-turner . . . Follett is one of the smoothest suspense writers around, and The Third Twin will only enhance his reputation.”Chicago Tribune
“[Follett] is a master of the fast-paced plot.”The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780783819235
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Pages: 672

Meet the Author

Ken Follett
Ken Follett burst into the book world with Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller and international bestseller. He has since written numerous other bestselling thrillers and historical novels, including The Hammer of Eden, The Third Twin, and A Place Called Freedom. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara.


As a young boy growing up in Cardiff, Wales, Ken Follett's love for all things literary began early on. The son of devoutly religious parents who didn't allow their children to watch television or even listen to the radio, Follett found himself drawn to the library. It soon became his favorite place -- its shelves full of stories providing his escape, and ultimately, his inspiration.

Follett's more formal education took place years later at London's University College, where he studied philosophy -- a choice that, as he explains on his official Web site, he believes guided his career as an author. "There is a real connection between philosophy and fiction," Follet explains. "In philosophy you deal with questions like: ‘We're sitting at this table, but is the table real?' A daft question, but in studying philosophy, you need to take that sort of thing seriously and have an off-the-wall imagination. Writing fiction is the same."

After graduating in 1970, a journalism class touched off Follett's career as a writer. He started out covering beats for the South Wales Echo, and later wrote a column for London's Evening News. Becoming more and more interested in writing fiction on evenings and weekends, however, Follett soon realized that books were his true business, and in 1974 he went to work for Everest Books, a humble London publishing house.

After releasing a few of his own novels to less than thunderous acclaim --including The Shakeout (1975) and Paper Money (1977) -- Follett finally hit it big with 1978's Eye of the Needle. The taut, edgy thriller with more than a dash of sex appeal flew off the shelves, winning the Edgar award and allowing Follett to quit his job and get to work on his next book, Triple. Showing no signs of a sophomore slump, Triple went on to spark a string of bestselling spy thrillers, including The Key to Rebecca (1980), The Man from St. Petersburg (1982), and Lie Down with Lions (1986). 1983's On Wings of Eagles was an interesting departure -- a nonfiction account of how two of Ross Perot's employees were rescued from Iran in 1979.

Follett changed direction even more sharply in 1989, surprising fans with The Pillars of the Earth -- a novel set in the Middle Ages many critics considered his crowning achievement. "A novel of majesty and power," said The Chicago Sun-Times of Follett's epic story. "It will hold you, fascinate you, surround you."

Follett's next three books were a trio considered to be more suspenseful than thrill-filled -- Night Over Water (1991), A Dangerous Fortune (1993) and A Place Called Freedom (1995), but The Third Twin (1996) and The Hammer of Eden (1998) marked a return to Follett's trademark capers. The wartime novels Code to Zero (2000) and Jackdaws (2001) showcased Follett's "unique ability to tell stories of international conflict and tell them well," according to Larry King in USA Today.

Follett "hits the mark again" (Publishers Weekly) with his latest story of international intrigue, Hornet Flight (2002) -- the WWII story of a young couple trying to escape occupied Denmark in a rebuilt Hornet Moth biplane who become unwitting carriers of top-secret information.

In a way, Follett's smash-hit success has allowed him to give back to the library of Cardiff, Wales -- by filling its shelves with his own transporting tales.

Good To Know

Eye of the Needle was made into a major motion picture, and four of Follett's books have been made into television mini-series: The Key to Rebecca, Lie Down with Lions, On Wings of Eagles and The Third Twin -- the rights for which were sold to CBS for the record sum of $1,400,000.

A very civic-minded soul, Follett is quite involved in his Hertfordshire community, serving as President of the Dyslexia Institute, Council Member of the National Literacy Trust, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chair of Governors of the Roebuck Primary School & Nursery, Patron of Stevenage Home-Start, director of the Stevenage Leisure Ltd. and Vice-President of the Stevenage Borough Football club.

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    1. Hometown:
      Hertfordshire, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cardiff, Wales
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Philosophy, University College, London, 1970

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A heat wave lay over Baltimore like a shroud. The leafy suburbs were cooled by a hundred thousand lawn sprinklers, but the affluent inhabitants stayed inside with the air-conditioning on full blast. On North Avenue, listless hookers hugged the shade and sweated under their hairpieces, and the kids on the street corners dealt dope out of the pockets of baggy shorts. It was late September, but fall seemed a long way off.

A rusty white Datsun, the broken lens of one headlight fixed in place with an X of electrician's tape, cruised through a white working-class neighborhood north of downtown. The car had no air-conditioning, and the driver had rolled down all the windows. He was a handsome man of twenty-two wearing cutoff jeans, a clean white T-shirt and a red baseball cap with the word Security in white letters on the front. The plastic upholstery beneath his thighs was slippery with his perspiration, but he did not let it bother him. He was in a cheerful mood. The car radio was tuned to 92Q "Twenty jams in a row!" On the passenger seat was an open binder. He glanced at it occasionally, memorizing a typed page of technical terms for a test tomorrow. Learning was easy for him, and he would know the material after a few minutes of study.

At a stop light, a blonde woman in a convertible Porsche pulled alongside him. He grinned at her and said: "Nice car!" She looked away without speaking, but he thought he saw the hint of a smile at the corners of her mouth. Behind her big sunglasses she was probably twice his age: most women in Porsches were. "Race you to the next stop light," he said. She laughed at that, a flirtatious musical laugh,then she put the stick shift into first with a narrow, elegant hand and tore away from the light like a rocket.

He shrugged. He was only practicing.

He drove by the wooded campus of Jones Falls University, an Ivy League college much swankier than the one he attended. As he passed the imposing gateway, a group of eight or ten women jogged by in running clothes: tight shorts, Nikes, sweaty T-shirts and halter tops. They were a field hockey team in training, he guessed, and the fit-looking one in front was their captain, getting them in shape for the season.

They turned into the campus, and suddenly he was overwhelmed, swamped by a fantasy so powerful and thrilling that he could hardly see to drive. He imagined them in the locker room the plump one soaping herself in the shower, the redhead toweling her long copper-colored hair, the black girl stepping into a pair of white lace panties, the dykey team captain walking around naked, showing off her muscles—when something happened to terrify them. Suddenly they were all in a panic, wide-eyed with dread, screaming and crying, on the edge of hysteria. They ran this way and that, crashing into one another. The fat girl fell over and lay there weeping helplessly while the others trod on her, unheeding, as they tried desperately to hide, or find the door, or run away from whatever was scaring them.

He pulled over to the side of the road and put the car in neutral. He was breathing hard and he could feel his heartbeat hammering. This was the best one he had ever had. But a little piece of the fantasy was missing. What were they frightened of? He hunted about in his fertile imagination for the answer, and gasped with desire when it came to him: a fire. The place was ablaze, and they were terrified by the flames. They coughed and choked on the smoke as they milled about, half naked and frenzied. "My God," he whispered, staring straight ahead, seeing the scene like a movie projected on to the inside of the Datsun's windscreen.

After a while he calmed down. His desire was still strong, but the fantasy was no longer enough: it was like the thought of a beer when he had a raging thirst. He lifted the hem of his T-shirt and wiped the sweat from his face. He knew he should try to forget the fantasy, and drive on; but it was too wonderful. It would be terribly dangerous—he would go to jail for years if he were caught—but danger had never stopped him doing anything in his life. He struggled to resist temptation, though only for a second. "I want it," he murmured, and he turned the car around and drove through the grand gateway into the campus.

He had been here before. The university spread across a hundred acres of lawns and gardens and woodland. Its buildings were mostly made of a uniform red brick, with a few modern concrete-and-glass structures, all connected by a tangle of narrow roads lined with parking meters.

The hockey team had disappeared, but he found the gymnasium easily: it was a low building next to a running track, and there was a big statue of a discus thrower outside. He parked at a meter but did not put a coin in: he never put money in parking meters. The muscular captain of the hockey team was standing on the steps of the gym, talking to a guy in a ripped sweatshirt. He ran up the steps, smiling at the captain as he passed her, and pushed through the door into the building.

The lobby was busy with young men and women in shorts and headbands coming and going, rackets in their hands and sports bags slung over their shoulders. No doubt most of the college teams trained on Sundays. There was a security guard behind a desk in the middle of the lobby, checking people's student cards; but at that moment a big group of runners came in together and walked past the guard, some waving their cards and others forgetting, and the guard just shrugged his shoulders and went on reading The Dead Zone.

The stranger turned and looked at a display of silver cups in a glass case, trophies won by Jones Falls athletes. A moment later a soccer team came in, ten men and a chunky woman in studded boots, and he moved quickly to fall in with them. He crossed the lobby as part of their group and followed them down a broad staircase to the basement. They were talking about their game, laughing at a lucky goal and indignant about an outrageous foul, and they did not notice him.

His gait was casual but his eyes were watchful. At the foot of the stairs was a small lobby with a Coke machine and a pay phone under an acoustic hood. The men's locker room was off the lobby. The woman from the soccer team went down a long corridor, heading presumably for the women's locker room, which had probably been added as an afterthought by an architect who imagined there would never be many girls at Jones Falls, back in the days when "coeducational" was a sexy word.

The stranger picked up the pay phone and pretended to search for a quarter. The men filed into their locker room. He watched the woman open a door and disappear. That must be the women's locker room. They were all in there, he thought excitedly, undressing and showering and rubbing themselves with towels. Being so close to them made him feel hot. He wiped his brow with the hem of his T-shirt. All he had to do to complete the fantasy was to get them all scared half to death.

He made himself calm. He was not going to spoil it by haste. It needed a few minutes' planning.

When they had all disappeared, he padded along the corridor after the woman.

Three doors led off it, one on either side and one at the end. The door on the right was the one the woman had taken. He checked the end door and found that it led to a big, dusty room full of bulky machinery: boilers and filters, he guessed, for the swimming pool. He stepped inside and closed the door behind him. There was a low, even electrical hum. He pictured a girl delirious with fright, dressed only in her underwear. He imagined a bra and panties with a pattern of flowers lying on the floor staring up at him with terrified eyes as he unbuckled his belt. He savored the vision for a moment, smiling to himself. She was just a few yards away. Right now she might be contemplating the evening ahead: maybe she had a boyfriend, and was thinking of letting him go all the way tonight; or she could be a freshman, lonely and a little shy, with nothing to do on Sunday night but watch Columbo; or perhaps she had a paper to deliver tomorrow and was planning to stay up all night finishing it. None of the above, baby. It's nightmare time.

He had done this kind of thing before, though never on such a scale. He had always loved to frighten girls, ever since he could remember. In high school there was nothing he liked better than to get a girl on her own, in a corner somewhere, and threaten her until she cried and begged for mercy. That was why he kept having to move from one school to another. He dated girls sometimes, just to be like the other guys, and have someone to walk into the bar on his arm. If they seemed to expect it he would bone them, but it always seemed kind of pointless.

Everyone had a kink, he figured: some men liked to put on women's clothing, others had to have a girl dressed in leather walk all over them with spike heels. One guy he knew thought the sexiest part of a woman was her feet: he got a hard-on standing in the women's footwear section of a department store, watching them put on shoes and take them off again.

His kink was fear. What turned him on was a woman trembling with fright. Without fear, there was no excitement.

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Interviews & Essays

On Monday, December 15th, on AOL welcomed Ken Follett to discuss THE THIRD TWIN.

JainBN: Mr. Follett, thanks so much for joining us this evening!

Ken Follett: It's a pleasure...

JainBN: We have many audience questions, so if you're all set.....

Ken Follett: I'm all set...

Question: I loved THE THIRD TWIN! What was your involvement with the recent made-for -TV movie adaptation?

Ken Follett: Well, authors don't generally often have much involvement with the miniseries, but the producers sent me the script, which I thought was good, and I went to watch some of the filming last August in Toronto, and sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed that the part of Larry Hagman's butler was played by a podgy middle-aged Brit...which was me. I was very pleased with the miniseries; I thought it was very good.

Question: THE THIRD TWIN was a timely release in light of Dolly, the cloned sheep. What were your thoughts when you first learned about Dolly?

Ken Follett: I thought it was a very lucky coincidence for me. It's the first time that I've gained publicity from a sheep!! I guess a subject like this is going to be in the news every few months.... Cloning is one of the interesting and troubling issues of our time, and that's why I wrote a book about it.

Question: Hi, Ken. Love your work. My question is: What would you say was your favorite book, and why? One that is not one of your own, of course!!

Ken Follett: My favorite book is FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE by Ian Fleming. I was 12 years old when I read my first James Bond story, and it blew me away. Ian Fleming has obviously been a big influence on my writing, and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE is my favorite James Bond story.

Question: Do you feel the integrity of the human race is truly endangered because of the recent advances in cloning?

Ken Follett: No.... The human race changes all the time. Development is natural; it's part of evolution.... Genetic engineering is a way of interfering with evolution, but we've been interfering with nature for thousands of years; that's what civilization is. I'm not frightened of these developments; I think they're exciting.

Question: How do you decide the subjects of your books?

Ken Follett: I'm always on the lookout for some dramatic situation, interesting historical period, or exciting location, or a story of adventure and romance. I read magazines and newspapers, history books, science books, all the time scanning for what I need. When I get an idea I work on it for a few weeks, trying to develop it into a story. If it doesn't work, I throw the idea away and start again.

Question: What kind of research and preparation did you do for THE THIRD TWIN?

Ken Follett: I went to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where the psychology department has the largest "twins" study in the world. I talked to the professors there about their work. I also spent a lot of time in Baltimore, where the story is set, and I interviewed many detectives with the Baltimore police department, especially the sex-crimes squad. I visited the city courts and jail. I spent a day with a young psychology professor at Johns Hopkins University whose position and income were similar to those of Jeannie, the hero of THE THIRD TWIN. I also visited the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory in London and watched the carrying out of the DNA tests.

Question: Hi, Mr. Follett. What is your daily ritual when you set about writing a you write for a specific amount of time -- at a favorite place?

Ken Follett: I usually start work right after breakfast, which is about 9 o'clock, and I work until 4 with a short break for lunch. During that time, I don't take any phone calls. I work in the library of my house in London sitting at a desk which looks out on the river Thames. After 4 o'clock I do everything else: phone calls, fan mail, meetings, and fun!

Question: Which thriller authors are of interest to you? Do you read your colleagues' work?

Ken Follett: Yes. I like Elmore Leonard very much.... Right now, I'm reading Carl Hiaasen's new book, LUCKY YOU. One of my favorite authors is Richard North Patterson, as well as contemporary bestsellers. I also read a lot of Victorian novels, and I'm particularly fond of Anthony Trollope.

Question: Do you think that there is more emphasis in publishing on becoming a "brand" than writing good books these days? How does an author psychologically cope with this notion?

Ken Follett: I'm very pleased to be a "brand." When people enjoy a book, they would like to have the same pleasure again, so they look for another work by the same author. This is how we get rich. In fact, my books vary in topic more than most authors', so I'm not as much of a brand name as I might be if, for example, I used the same main character in a [series of stories] . However, I like it this way, because the constant change of topic makes life more interesting for me. However, the way to become a "brand" is to write books that people like...and I don't see anything wrong with that.

Question: Has Hollywood optioned any of your other books? Is this something that interests you in the future?

Ken Follett: EYE OF THE NEEDLE was made into a very good cinema movie 15 years ago.... It starred Donald Sutherland as the German spy, and Kate Nelligan as the hero who kills him after sleeping with him. This movie is often on TV nowadays. THE KEY TO REBECCA was made into a good miniseries with Cliff Robertson as Van Damme and David Soul as Wolff. ON WINGS OF EAGLES, which is a true story, was also a television miniseries, but not a very good one. And LIE DOWN WITH LIONS was unbelievably awful.... So, I have had mixed results from Hollywood.

Question: Have you always been a writer? Did you have a separate career prior to your success as a writer?

Ken Follett: My first job was as a newspaper reporter. I did that for five years. While working on the London Evening News, I started to write fiction. I had a number of novels published, without major success. I went to work for a publisher for three years, and then my 11th book, EYE OF THE NEEDLE, became a bestseller, and I've been writing novels ever since.

Question: I'm curious, where were you educated? The U.S. or Great Britain?

Ken Follett: Great Britain. I went to ordinary state schools, and I got my degree at University College London, majoring in philosophy. Since then, Plato has not been very useful to me.

Question: What do you think is at the psychological heart of man's desire to clone human beings?

Ken Follett: I think it's the wish to improve on nature.... Human beings have a lot of weaknesses. Our teeth tend to fall out, our eyesight weakens, we become overweight, we lose our youthful good looks, but really we'd like to be young forever. Genetic engineering and cloning may never halt this process of aging, but maybe they will slow it down.

Question: I'm curious to know what you think about the septuplets in the Midwest. Is it a miracle, or is it just science going too far?

Ken Follett: I don't believe in miracles; I think the story is good news. Until now, people have thought that so many babies conceived together could not all survive, and that presented many hopeful parents with a very difficult decision. This news may mean that such decisions can be avoided in the future.

Question: What was your first pen name? Are any of the books written under this name still in print? Where can we find them?

Ken Follett: Symon Myles was my first pen name. My first novel, THE BIG NEEDLE, not to be confused with EYE OF THE NEEDLE, was originally written under the name of Symon Myles. It is still available in the United States, unfortunately, and is now published under my own name, but it will be of interest only to hard-core fans. It was my first effort, and I had a lot to learn. I later used the pseudonym Zachary Stone for two books, which have likewise now been republished under my own name. They are PAPER MONEY and THE MODIGLIANI SCANDAL. These are the last two books I wrote before EYE OF THE NEEDLE, and they are a lot better than THE BIG NEEDLE. I used several other pen names in the early days, but most of them are best forgotten.

Question: This is the first novel of its kind for you in over a decade. What can we expect next?

Ken Follett: I'm writing a story in which the bad guys figure out how to trigger an earthquake. The story is set in San Francisco, and I finished the first draft three weeks ago. Right now, I am in San Francisco doing some research. I hope to finish the rewrite by around the first of May next year, so that the book can be published next fall. I can't think of a title for it. Any suggestions would be welcome.

JainBN: Mr. Follett, thanks so much for joining us this evening. It's been a real pleasure. Please join us upon the publication of your next book!

Ken Follett: I'd love to.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

    Rewiew of Third Twin

    The novel written by Ken Follett "Third Twin" is one of the most captivating novels this author have ever written. It appeals to wide range of audience from the ones who favor only fantazy and science fiction to the fans of realism and non-fiction. Follett correlates the most latest modern developments in human genetics with the old like humankind concept "Nurture vs Nature". Furthermore, he presents his point of view in the mystery solving format including full investigation of criminal mind. The main characters in the book bold,smart and sophisticated. Each poses unique personality and demonstrates inner struggle between good and evil. Follett tries to prove that self-discipline is the key to over come instincts imposed by genetic make up.
    The book happens to be a really good page-turner. It will keep reader hostage with suspense untill the last page. The book is good to read for entertainment and it also can provoke interesting discussions. It will capture diverse group of readers being thrilling enough for teenagers and sophisticated enough for older generation.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 15, 2005

    Don't miss the third twin

    'Suspense is at an all time high as you read. Knowledge about what happens next only comes with the flipping of each page. Prepare to spend a few hours reading because this book is one you can't put down!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2003


    The way the book unfolds and the sort of twists it takes, its totally riveting. Also, I learnt so much on genetic manipulation, on what really must be going on and how unaware we really are... its really an eye-opener!! Thumbs up Mr. Follett, thi one is a masterpiece!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Highly recommended!

    Excellent read. Most anything Ken Follett writes is well done. Will grab you and make you not want to put the book down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2006

    The Third Twin, and then some.

    Dr. Jeannie Ferrami, of the Jones Fall University¿s genetic research unit, stumbles across an amazing discovery in Ken Follet¿s novel, The Third Twin. Using software she developed herself, Dr. Ferrami has been searching through medical records in order to locate identical twins, the catch is, not any twins will do. They had to be raised apart, and never had met. Sounds impossible, right? Well she has done it. Steve Logan and Dennis Pinker were identical twins that had never met, nor knew that the other existed. The problem with this case is, both men had been born to different mothers, on different dates. As Jeannie attempts to unveil the mystery behind these odd events, some of the most powerful men in America are out to sabotage her. She is tossed into a bizarre maze of evidence that could destroy more then her reputation. Berrington Jones, Preston Barck, and Senator Proust have a dirty secret. Under the command of President Nixon, the men had lead a secret operation in the U.S Army Medical Research Command in response to the CIA¿s news that the soviets had begun an experiment that had the potential to shatter the world. This possibility scared Nixon into the launch of the program that would spell the demise of these three men if anyone ever found out what they did. And now, Dr. Ferrami is hot on their trail, they know it and are desperate to stop her. Dr. Ferrami uses a connection at the FBI to run her software through the FBI¿s database. The result of this search is eight men with identical fingerprints, which could only mean one thing - eight identical men. Yet after tracking them all own, Dr. Ferrami discovers some interesting new developments. Frightened by the turn of events, she plunges into the horrifying case. The only explanation she can think of is the mysterious connection to Genetico. How does this fit into her puzzle? Does it play any factor at all? How far are Berrington, Barck and Proust willing to go to keep Jeannie from discovering their secret? Read this intense novel to answer these questions it is assured that you will not believe its conclusion

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2002

    This novel is a mixture of superpose , horror , and love

    This novel is a mixture of superpose , horror , and love The suspense novel ¿Third twin¿ by a new author Ken Follet will be the most exciting novel to those of you who like John Grisham novels. The main character is a 20 year old, Steve, who is lawyer and finds himself facing a serious charge that has something to do with one of his twins. In addition, Jeanie, a young scientist at Jones Falls University pursues to study whether criminality is inborn though twin studies only to uncover a genetic engineering plan similar to a nazi utopian program by a power company owned by a presidential runner. This is the most exiting suspense novel I have read in a while and will gladly anticipate the next novel by this author. This is a novel that has many twists and turns so I recommend you to read it very slowly just good of Somalia coffee.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    I am a fan of Ken Follett and always enjoy his books. The Third Twin is a fast paced thriller that reminded me of Boys From Brazil. I had eyestrain because, even though I enlarged the print, I couldn't put my Nook down.

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  • Posted November 14, 2011


    I have read this book numerous times! I enjoy it every time.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Good story line but long on words

    I am a fan of Ken Follets but thought this was not his best. Also was sad to see all of the typos and misspelled words, detract from the book..

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    Different Follett Style

    I was turned onto Ken Follett with The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. I then tried this book and found it exciting and thrilling ride much different from the other two books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2002

    If you like suspense and surprise endings..then this book was MADE for you..

    The Third Twin is one of the most interesting books one can ever read with quite a few different types of characters. Jeannie Ferrami, a young attractive scientist, is madly trying to figure out about criminality among twins who were raised apart. She stumbles across a bizarre set of twins, and soon finds out the incredible. This book is absolutely packed with suspense, mystery, and lots of science related issues. Ken Follet¿s style sounds very polished and natural, as if this idea was talked about many times before. The idea in this book is like nothing I have ever seen before and I consider it very original. The Third Twin is a book that will keep you awake all night if you have to, and I can guarantee you that you will never be able to guess the ending! Five stars for this book!! And if I could give it any more I really would!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2002

    Page Turner

    Don't think you know what is going on until it is over. Loved this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2002


    This was wonderful!!! It was recommend to me and I snarled at first but my goodness was this a spectacular book. I know I hate watching books turn to movies because they're not in detail but I think I would go to the movies to see this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014


    Omg so?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014


    Omg more ppl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014


    No you can't. And there isn't a bio there!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    A good read by Ken Follett

    I just loved Follett's "Pillars of the Earth" and "End of the World". This book is very different. It kept my attention and the story is quite amazing. But I would have to say it is not as good as his other books. The story was a bit farfetched and it was too long. Whereas his other books I could not put down, this one was too easy to put down and come back to later.

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    Posted March 30, 2013



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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013


    I am now.

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