The Third Twin

The Third Twin

A Novel

Book - 1996 | 1st ed.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780517702963
Characteristics: 422 p. ; 25 cm.


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Oct 08, 2013

This is one of the least-maturely written books I have encountered in almost six decades of reading. It's a horrible extended lesson in the writerly crime of telling-not-showing, and Follett, never the most agile of writers, allows his sentences to splat on the reader's ear like an egg tossed from a three-story window. It reads like chick lit written by a 14-year-old. From the author of "Eye of the Needle" and "Key to Rebecca," this novel is an enormous letdown.

Sidewinder88 Jul 15, 2012

This was just something extra on my summer reading list and I did not expect to like it. But I started reading it and I was hooked. I really liked the main character and a lot of the scientific stuff really fascinated me. Awesome book that I did not regret reading that summer.

Facchintr Aug 12, 2009

One of my favourite Follett books. Some people find it a bit scientific, but I like to feel that I am learning AND being entertained while I am reading. The ending is unforgettable!

Dec 02, 2008

Another great Follett novel. Fast-paced and creative. You'll have to suspend belief a few times, otherwise Follett would write himself into a corner and there wouldn't be a completed book. But that shouldn't stop you from enjoying the story.


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Mar 14, 2010

Young scientist Jeannie Ferrami discovers a baffling mystery. Two young men, law student Steve and convicted murderer Dan, appear to be identical twins. Yet they were born on different days, to different mothers. Jeannie investigates, but shadowy forces retaliate and Steve is accused of a terrible crime.

As Jeannie falls in love with him, can she be sure he is different from his evil twin? Solving the mystery will mean deadly danger.


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