The Third

The Third

by Abel Keogh


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The Third by Abel Keogh

"The only way your kids are going to have any future is if we get this world back to a livable condition. The only were going to do that is with fewer people. People are the problem, not the solution."

When Ransom Lawe, a recycler in the Pacific Northwest, discovers his wife is pregnant with their third-and therefore illegal-child, he's forced to choose between the government that proclaims a desire to save the planet and his hope for a place where his family can live in freedom. But with the Census Bureau Sentinels closing in on his wife and unborn child, Ransom's choice will either save his family or tear them apart forever.

Abel Keogh offers a stark and haunting look at the not-too-distant future in this chilling novel. Crossing lines between good and evil, freedom and oppression, and political and environmental responsibility, The Third, is a gut-wrenching tale of intense loyalty and unconditional love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781981110339
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/23/2017
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

During the day, Abel works in corporate marketing in the finance industry. At night and during full moons he transforms into a writer which isn't nearly as exciting as, say, turning into a werewolf. He also speaks Bulgarian but doesn't get a chance to practice it except when he's cut off in traffic or smashes his finger with a hammer.

To keep his sanity in check, Abel runs 20-25 miles a week. He uses that time for plotting out his next book, fine tuning his plan for world domination, and keeping up with his marathon running wife, Julianna (a.k.a. Marathon Girl).

Abel and his wife live somewhere in the beautiful state of Utah and, as citizens of the Beehive State, are parents of the requisite seven children.

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The Third 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
The pace of this story was good. It wasn't overly exciting but it kept me reading. I never really felt any kind of connection with the characters which is unusual. Teya was a little frustrating to deal with. She seemed to constantly be fighting against anyone who wanted to help her. The ending was good and left it wide open for a sequel.
LivingPeacefully More than 1 year ago
As the world's temperatures continue to increase, certain areas have taken drastic measures to curb global warming. With high taxes for environmental impact, government sanctioned limits on reproduction, and punishments for those who violate population laws, citizens are indoctrinated into this view of lawful citizenship. When Ransom and his wife are faced with their own violation, the world suddenly doesn't look quite so black and white. Abel Keogh's The Third is a fantastic dystopian novel brushing serious topics such as human rights, children's rights, reproductive rights, government control, and institutionalized indoctrination. The opening scene was a bit much for me, and I almost put the book down. However, I am very glad I didn't. It's a must read for the genre and a must read for anyone looking for a recreational read touching on broader topics. Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
In the near future, saving the environment at all costs is the concern of the totalitarian government. Everything must be recycled, the amount of food the public can buy is limited, and the number of children a couple can have is two. Each person has one "credit" they can use to have a child. Should they choose not to have a child, they may sell this credit to a couple who wish to have a third. Ransom Lawe's wife is pregnant with their third child. He must find a way to purchase a credit, or should he trust the people telling him there's a land he can go to out of the city where he and his family can live free? The Third is a chilling story of government regulation gone bad. Everything is controlled by the government with ration cards and credits. People must stand in lines all day to buy groceries, if there's anything left on the shelves. Alex Keogh has created a world that could easily be taken as a future reality. Ransom Lawe is a character easily related to, a decent, law-abiding citizen working hard to provide for his family. When his world is turned upside down by the third pregnancy, he has to face a choice between the government and his family. His situation evokes the age-old struggle between good and evil, it's a journey from slavery to freedom. I enjoyed this book, Keogh kept enough suspense going that I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next. One thing I had hoped for that I didn't get was a look at the free civilization that was mentioned. Maybe in the sequel! If you like dystopian futuristic novels, give this one a try! *Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley for free. I was not required to write a positive review.
B00kwyrm More than 1 year ago
The Third by Abel Keogh from the back: "The only way your kids are going to have any future is if we get this world back to a livable condition. The only way we're going to do that is with fewer people. People are the problem, not the solution." Doesn't that just give you chills? I enjoyed the world Abel Keogh built. It is strong, believable and frightening. I realize how blessed we are with our homes, our yards and swing sets, warm water, and motorized vehicles. Most of all, to have children without regulation--we won't be punished for having more than two! I was hooked before I opened the book. I was hooked all the way to its end. Most of my nails are gone because I couldn't stop biting them! I will get my kids to read this and my friends, that's how much I enjoyed it. I look forward to the sequel! Makes for a great book club discussion!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago