Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Ted Dekker's Latest!! ADAM

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

ADAM

(Thomas Nelson April 1, 2008)


by
Ted Dekker


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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 THE BOOK

He died once to stop the killer...now 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 yet...an elusive serial killer whose victims die of unknown causes and the psychologist obsessed with catching him.

MY REVIEW:

My first introduction to Ted Dekker was the trilogy Black, Red and White. From there, I discovered many other books that stretched my imagination and keep my heart rate pounding page after page. There have been a few books along the way that didn’t grab me, but Adam was definitely not in that category! This book is sort of like CSI and Criminal Minds Ted Dekker style. You will actively participate in the search for a serial killer, and you will be shocked several times along the way! My advice? Don’t read this right before bedtime!

Ted Dekker loves to explore the dark side of the mind and soul. This book takes you into some pretty uncomfortable places in that regard. For those who travel the journey of life as agnostics or blatant disbelievers, life takes on a level of danger and sometimes even terror that takes them to the lowest pits of human depravity. As in many of Dekker’s stories, the forces of evil are just as unbelievable to the agnostic as the power of Christ’s redemption. The events that cause them to come face to face with power beyond the scope of human existence are raw and overwhelming. Once the confrontation has ended, the reader is left to their own conclusions as to the final results. Dekker wants your mind and heart to be fully engaged, and he is very, very skillful in that regard.

I wondered at the title – Adam. Ted Dekker isn’t one to spell things out for the reader, so it wasn’t until I reached pages 291 – 292 that I had a hint of what the title might imply. These words haunted me; “The pain he’d caused her over the years was now visiting him, condensed and purified so that instead of paining his heart through many sleepless nights, it was ravaging him through one week of horror” Isn’t that a good synopsis of what sinners did to Christ? We live our lives in sin – for years in open rebellion and disobedience – but during Christ’s horrific journey to the cross, into death and in every moment up until the resurrection our sin was “condensed and purified” and placed upon Him. He was, as scripture teaches, the second Adam. He was our complete redemption. So…what about the first Adam?

These are the things you will ponder and experience as you read this story. Your heart-rate will pound, there will be many times you wish you could read with your eyes closed…but hang on for the ride…Ted Dekker has spun another thriller that you won’t soon forget! At the end of the story you will still be examining what just happened. You probably won’t get all the answers you are seeking, but I think Dekker wants you to keep looking.

2 comments:

kc said...

Nice review, Kim. I think you have Ted pegged. As much as he can be, anyway.
God bless,
Karri
kcreviews.blogspot.com
(btw, congrats on getting your review on Ted's site. That's indeed an honor.)

Kelly Klepfer said...

Super review, Kim. And kudos on the posting on Ted's site. Very cool.