Obsessed Mass Market Paperback – Oct 31 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Dekker's (Red, etc.) novel begins intriguingly, flashing back and forth between the 1940s story of two pregnant concentration camp inmates tormented by an evil commandant and the 1970s story of the unfinished business their children resolve. While the characters, especially the group of women in the concentration camp, are initially compelling, their development is subsumed by a tedious plot. Only one scene offers real suspense and horror. Surrounding that compelling moment—when the two young inmates make a desperate choice under appalling circumstances—is an uneven novel with an excessive fascination with its villains' sadism and several abrupt and unseemly changes in tone. The most enduring and wearying contrivance is the extended treatment of Nazism as a quasi-religion, elevated to a homespun form of Satanism by the commandant, Gerhard Braun, and his equally evil son, Roth. The ever-changing rules of this religion are used as a poor and convoluted rationale to explain why Gerhard and Roth let the women and their children live for 30 years, despite countless opportunities to kill them. Dekker adds a treasure hunt element to the plot and a certain amount of slapstick, which feels inappropriate in conjunction with nightmarish scenes from the Holocaust.
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"Electrifying ... for readers of Frank Peretti, Dean Koontz, Michael Crichton and other authors of taut suspense fiction."―Library Journal on Skin
"Dekker, the profilic best-selling author of more than 20 books including the "Book of Mortals" series and "The Circle" trilogy, draws on his exotic Indonesian childhood for his new thrilling adventure saga. . .Combining a rich visual portrait of a Stone Age civilization and a surprising spiritual redemption, this excellent book will engage suspense and historical fiction readers."―Library Journal on Outlaw, starred review
"Dekker's crossed a new threshold with OUTLAW. It's like nothing he's ever written, while at the same time, touching on the themes that made his previous works enjoyable. You can tell through the story that he's excited about the plot and the story and the message, and hopes that along the journey of reading, readers will go through just a bit of the journey he took when writing it. It's an astounding novel. But the most exciting part of this story is where it's going."―Life is Story on Outlaw --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition. See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Stephen as a character is what makes the story funny and keeps the action going as he keeps on pressing towards his goal. I say it's funny because there were just things Stephen had to do which just made me laugh out loud. Roth on the other hand, makes the story very chilling and dark, he's your average villain, but add more evil (about 3 cups) and take away the soul and you get Roth. I have never read a villain such as this and he would most likely end up on my top ten villain list. He was just very real, and oozes evil (he even has the black ensemble to match it). Of all the characters mentioned though, I liked Ruth. Her strength, and her ability to see the good and be able to hold onto hope even when she was surrounded by death and hopelessness was very admirable.
Considering the author is known more for his Christian fiction, and he does make references to faith and God in his works, the book did not seem preachy at all. It did not get in the way of the plot. So those who aren't into Christian fiction like I am, the story really has nothing to do with God, or anything of any religious denomination. Just read it for the plot, and the spine chilling events. You'll be a satisfied reader like I was. Obsession does play a major theme in this book; both from Stephen's side, and from Roth's.Read more ›
As a writer myself I am always searching for that elusive quality that raises a work above the crowd. Ted Dekker has captured that quality in Obsessed.
Ted Dekker often writes in the fantastical. At times I wonder if he writes himself in a box and uses the fantastic to get himself out. Obsessed at times seems to lead in this direction, however, it draws you from two different angles, fictional and what might actually have been.
I truly appreciated, and I use that word carefully, Dekkers detail on the nightmares of those in Nazi camps. Dekker draws you in and makes no light issue of this atrocity in history. The story engages the present day with the not so distant memories for some.
Dekker weaves a story that, although fiction, causes you to want more and may draw you to the likes of "The Diary of Anne Frank" or "Schindler's List". If so, also read his Martyrs Song series.
Lest we forget.
have a lot of those hard to understand parts...where the bad guys are creating an evil plot or something. Well I think its hard to understand...but hey im 14 lol
I think I have read all of ted dekkers books twice.
Except for the newest ones like showdown...im halfway through that one. It's one of my favorits
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