Abel Keogh offers a stark and haunting look at a not-so-distant future in this chilling new 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.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
My Review of "The Third" by Abel Keogh
When Ransom Lawe, a recycler in the Pacific Northwest, finds out his wife is pregnant with their third—and therefore illegal—child, he’s forced to choose between the government who 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.
The Third is a book about choices. These choices deal with being loyal to your country or your family or yourself. It is also a story about courage and pure love for your family. The main character will sacrifice everything in order to keep his wife and children safe. Abel has a way in this story, of bringing out so many emotions for the reader.You are anxious for the main character and his family, you are appalled that our country allows certain things to happen, and you want desperately for the unborn child to be safe.
One thing that crossed my mind, is that this is a fiction story that could someday be fact. This is not a fantasy story, but more a dystopian style novel. The story takes place in Washington state in 2065. It was fascinating and scary to read about what life MAY be like 54 years from now.
I felt so hopeless as I read The Third. I just couldn't figure out how Ransom was going to save his family, including his unborn child. As you can see, you literally are on the edge of your seats as you read this book. When you read this book make sure that you have plenty of time to finish it. I would have finished it in one sitting if I hadn't started it late at night. I did finish it the next day.
Am I impressed with Abel's writing? Oh yes, he is a great writer! He knows how to write an intense thriller, mixed in with strong characters, good and bad guys, and unique story ideas. This novel also has a great first chapter that will draw you in. Sorry folks, once it does, it will not let you go. I also wanted to let you know, that I gave this book 5 stars on goodreads.com. I don't give out 5 stars very often, but when I do, that book truly deserves it.
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Third, follow this link.
I recommend this book to all readers. Regardless of your favorite genre of book, this novel has a little of everything that will appeal to the masses. I think that there will be a sequel coming out. There has to be, just from the way things ended, and the bad guy is still out there looking for Ransom and his family.
You can buy a personalized copy of The Third here at Abel's site.
You can also order The Third at Amazon.com
About Abel Keogh
Abel is the author of the novel The Third and the memoir Room for Two and numerous short stories and poems. For nearly a decade he has worked as a professional copywriter and composed hundreds of print and online pieces of marketing collateral for technology, real estate, health care, and education organiza¬tions—including several Fortune 500 companies. Abel and his wife, Julianna, are the parents of three boys and a girl.
To learn more about Abel and his writing, please visit his website.