Thursday, February 21, 2008

Ted Dekker's Adam ~ Reviewed

Ted Dekker
Publisher: Nelson Books (March 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1595543821
ISBN-13: 978-1595543820

Back Cover Copy:

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 psyche.

My review:

Dekker fans are in for a thrill ride. Dekker is at his best when he writes thrillers. His fantasy is good, but his thrillers are breathtaking and sleep stealing.

Adam pivots on the usual Ted Dekker standard theme of man's fall and God's extravagant grace. An avowed atheist, psychological profiler on his quest to catch the bad guy enters into places he never believed existed, especially within himself. The woman who loves him gets entangled in the increasingly tense cat and mouse game between the ever-changing status of hunted vs. hunter. Dekker covers the murderer's intriguing backstory in a multi-part news expose which amps the tension with each segement of article.

The only negative is some ambiguity in the final sewing up of details. Dekker may very well have meant to be ambiguous as he left some story lines with opportunity for growth in future novels which would be very okay by me. The climax ended on a decided downbeat, too. But to have pumped any more intensity into the scene may have been overkill.

I'm calling Adam my favorite Dekker novel -- to date, you never know what's going to tweak his creative flow next.

Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer


Ken said...

I just finished ADAM and, as usual, you can't second guess Dekker.

I thought I had it figured out and told a friend what I assumed. She just grinned a "You're-not-that- good" kind of grin. I kept reading.

He's a master of conflict - both external and internal. Definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Monica said...

I agree with you that he takes sleep, but I was thrilled with his fantasy novels also. I couldn't get enough of Black, Red, and White, three out of four. When I finished White and figured out there was a fourth book, Green, I nearly went over the edge.
I really love all of his books.
He's as good as Frank Peretti.
I loved Adam just as much as Thr3e.