Three Fates is a dynamic romantic suspense story about a quest inspired by legend, and accomplished by destined love. According to Greek mythology, the three Fates influence the destiny of all mankind, for one spins the thread of life, the next measures it, and the last cuts it at the proper time. To control any of the Fates is a powerful temptation.... Three beautiful silver statuettes of the Fates were made long ago, designed to link together. Legend says that to possess any of them brings good fortune -- and to possess them all brings power beyond imagining. One of the statues was stolen just before the sinking of the Lusitania. When the thief's life was spared in that disaster, he gave up his errant ways -- but he kept the statue as a keepsake and in time passed it on to his descendants. After their family is tricked
out of that statue, the Sullivan siblings -- Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca -- become determined to get it back, and to reunite the long-separated triad. Their search leads from Ireland to Europe to New York, entwining each of their lives with a new ally whose destiny is also linked with the Fates. And each of them is fated to face deadly danger as they match wits with a ruthless enemy who is determined to claim the three Fates as her own.
This book Roberts's fifth new one released this year features all the romance, drama and intrigue that fans have come to expect from the bestselling writer. It also offers a bit more: cliched characters (e.g., a rough-talking, street-smart stripper; a reclusive alcoholic brainiac) and well-trod ground (e.g., a grand-scale shipwreck and the international art scene). Despite a predictable plot involving the Sullivan family and their quest to find a small silver figurine that belonged to their ancestors and narrowly escaped sinking with the Lusitania in 1915 reader Quigley triumphs to make this a winning production. Her performance rings with subtle nuances, accents ranging from Czech to Irish, and theatrical crescendos and decrescendos. The story opens just before the Lusitania meets its fate, and Quigley draws listeners round with an ominous "happily unaware he'd be dead in 23 minutes, Henry W. Wiley imagined pinching the nicely rounded rump of the young blonde who was directly in his line of sight." In this scene and throughout the story, she puts herself inside each character, giving each one a unique mannerism, tone and feeling no matter how formulaically Roberts may have drawn them. Quigley's presentation is captivating; Roberts's story, regrettably, is not quite. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
On May 7, 1915 the lives of two people change forever. Henry Wyley is a wealthy man enjoying a cruise, on the way, he hopes, to purchasing the second of three figurines called the Fates, a trio of priceless, long-separated silver statues. Felix Greenfield, a petty thief on the run from the law in New York, decides to rob Wyley's stateroom and comes across the statue. They are sailing on the Lusitania when a torpedo hits; Wyley is killed, but Greenfield helps to rescue a passenger and survives. While recovering, he meets the woman who becomes his wife and begins to move toward redemption. Eighty-seven years later Greenfield's heirs work to recover the Three Fates. There is lots of action, intrigue, and wonderful dialog here. Bernadette Quigley does an exceptional job as reader, providing interesting characterizations. The story does plod some in the middle but reaches a satisfying conclusion. For libraries where Roberts is popular.-Danna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress
Satisfying...intriguing [and] romantic. The characters are all different and all likable. You’ll become caught up in their lives, their antics and their emotions and will miss them when they’re gone.”—The State (Columbia, SC)
“Vivid characters, a strong plot.”—The Providence Journal (Providence, RI)
“The potent mix of suspense and legend conjures a fast-paced and compelling plot.”—Bath Chronicle
“A rapid pace...[A] fascinating read. The Sullivan siblings and their significant others are a varied group that makes for lively scenes and interactions.”—BookBrowser
“A slick, snappy read.”—Publishers Weekly