Friday, February 22, 2008

Adam, By Ted Dekker (A must read!!!)

Hi Everyone!

If I was using a 1 to 5 scale star rating, this book would need a 5.5 or a 6! It would go off the rating charts. I hope that this book will become a movie like "Thr3e" did. Just for some background, I have only read one other Ted Dekker book, Obsession. And yes, I have seen the movie "Thr3e". Both of those just made me want to read more of Mr. Dekker's work. I am so glad that I got to read "Adam" because this was one wonderful book. It is the kind of book that you do not want to put down. The way this one is written you can see the whole movie/story played out in your mind. (Unless that is just me seeing it because of film-making photography degrees!) The theme and movement are non-stop and deeply compelling.

In the book "Adam" we find someone named Eve. Eve is a serial killer. That alone would be interesting enough for most people to read, but Ted Dekker digs into what is behind a killer. He takes his readers through what turned this person into this angry killer. Mr. Dekker uses several of the characters in this book to reach the truth of what made this particular person become someone who would, with out hesitation, kill another human being. And then procceed to kill another person, and kill again and again until it is a natural part of that persons life.

Daniel Clark, one of the main characters is determined to the point of being obsessed, with finding out what makes Eve tick. He will go to every single length, even if he doesn't know what that will do to him, even if means dieing over and over again to understand why Eve kills. How many times is Daniel willing to die? What truths does he expect to find? What understanding, what comfort, what will he learn from having his body repeatedly killed and resuscitated? At what point will he have gone too far?

Ted Dekker invites you to think, if you haven't before, about what role does God play in the life of a serial killer? What about the people who are around that killer? What about those who are obsessed with stopping the killer's string of murders? If Eve has a family, what are they like? What would a Priest or a Pastor do to handle this situation? Could someone you know turn into a cold blooded killer, and if so why??? Could you be turned into a killer yourself, and if not, what makes you safe that didn't make the other person safe from becoming a being with no respect for life?

Ted Dekker's thoughts, which happen to be very close to my own on this matter, are beautifully shown in this book. If you want and answer to any of the questions I wrote above, then you just have to read this book. I do highly recommend it! And to Mr. Dekker, one of these days I would *love* to do an online interview with you. I admire your work greatly!

Carol :)

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
(Thomas Nelson April 1, 2008) byTed Dekker

Ted is the son of missionaries John and Helen Dekker, whose incredible story of life among headhunters in Indonesia has been told in several books. Surrounded by the vivid colors of the jungle and a myriad of cultures, each steeped in their own interpretation of life and faith, Dekker received a first-class education on human nature and behavior. This, he believes, is the foundation of his writing. After graduating from a multi-cultural high school, he took up permanent residence in the United States to study Religion and Philosophy. After earning his Bachelor's Degree, Dekker entered the corporate world in management for a large healthcare company in California. Dekker was quickly recognized as a talent in the field of marketing and was soon promoted to Director of Marketing. This experience gave him a background which enabled him to eventually form his own company and steadily climb the corporate ladder.Since 1997, Dekker has written full-time. He states that each time he writes, he finds his understanding of life and love just a little clearer and his expression of that understanding a little more vivid. Dekker's body of work encompassing seven mysteries, three thrillers and ten fantasies includes Heaven's Wager, When Heaven Weeps, Thunder of Heaven, Blessed Child, A Man Called Blessed, Blink, Thr3e, The Circle Trilogy (Black, Red, White), and Obsessed, with two more...Renegade, and Chaos to be released later this year.
About this Book:
He died once to stop the he's dying again to save his wife. FBI behavioral psychologist Daniel Clark has become famous for his well-articulated arguments that religion is one of society’s greatest antagonists. What Daniel doesn’t know is that his obsessive pursuit of a serial killer known only as “Eve” is about to end abruptly with an unexpected death-his own.Twenty minutes later Daniel is resuscitated, only to be haunted by the loss of memory of the events immediately preceding his death. Daniel becomes convinced that the only way to stop Eve is to recover those missing minutes during which he alone saw the killer’s face. And the only way to access them is to trigger his brain’s memory dump that occurs at the time of death by simulating his death again…and again. So begins a carefully researched psychological thriller which delves deep into the haunting realities of near-death experiences, demon possession, and the human psche."As always with a Ted Dekker thriller, the details of ADAM are stunning, pointing to meticulous research in a raft of areas: police and FBI methods, forensic medicine, psychological profiling-in short, all that accompanies a Federal hunt for a serial killer. But Dekker fully reveals his magic in the latter part of the book, when he subtly introduces his darker and more frightening theme. It's all too creepily convincing. We have to keep telling ourselves that this is fiction. At the same time, we can't help thinking that not only could it happen, but that it will happen if we're not careful."
New York Times best-selling author Ted Dekker unleashes his most riveting novel elusive serial killer whose victims die of unknown causes and the psychologist obsessed with catching him.

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