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    Review of THREE FATES by Nora Roberts (See her website)

    G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2002

    Years before, their ancester had stolen a small silver statue of one of the three fates. Now, an unscrupulous antiques dealer has seduced one of the three Sullivan siblings and stolen the treasure from him. Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca swear to get the fate back--and to find the other missing statues in the set. Together, the fates are incredibly valuable and can even, the rumors say, grant wishes. But where, after being missing for decades, could the other two statues be, and how can the Sullivans retrieve their missing property given their own doubtful claim?

    Author Nora Roberts (see other reviews of novels by this author) always writes a compelling and emotional story and THREE FATES is no exception. The three Sullivan siblings are intent on their goal, willing to lie and cheat to succeed, but each time they lie, they get into deeper trouble with the true loves that they discover during the course of their adventure.

    After linking up with a mythology expert who happens to be the descendent of the man from whom their ancestor stole the first fate, a stripper who owns the second, and a security expert whose great grandfather owns the third, the Sullivans are finally ready to make their move. But evil Anita Gaye is also on the trail of the statues she doesn't already own--and she's willing to do anything to get them. It will take a clever plan indeed--like something out of THE STING--to trip Anita up.

    THREE FATES is an exciting adventure with Roberts' patented sensuality, but it falls short of many of this fine author's other works. First, the Sullivan's ethical or legal claim to the statue they covet is certainly suspect--why, after all, hadn't they attempted to return it to its rightful owner during the decades it had been in their family posession. Second, their scheme to eliminate Anita as a threat seems to me to make them morally little better than she is. Third, the idea of six capable and intelligent people combining to squash a single woman, however evil, seems something short of heroic.

    I enjoyed reading THREE FATES and would certainly recommend it--but I couldn't help thinking as I read it that Roberts has missed a chance to write something truly superior and slipped back into something merely satisfying.

    Two Stars

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