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Obsessed Mass Market Paperback – Oct 31 2006

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers-Fiction (Nov. 15 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595543112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595543110
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 3.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #601,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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


"THE SANCTUARY may make you wonder if prisons manufacture more criminals than they rehabilitate. The vivid descriptions and drama are gripping, and the alternating POVs add depth to the characters and story. Dekker reminds us that we are all prisoners, though it may be our minds, vs. prison bars, holding us captive."
RT Book Reviews on The Sanctuary, 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK

"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.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This has been an addictive page turner. It's kept me on pins and needles. There were times where I couldn't bear to turn the page because I just didn't want to know if the character was going to encounter an ugly end, or a great success. However I just had to keep going and read it because I really wanted to know what happened. The action and the plot were well written and it just keeps you on edge. It's been a very suspenseful plot and a very thrilling ride.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Don't start if you don't have time to finish. Aptly named, Obsessed will grab your imagination and not let go. Psychological thrillers are rarely my cup of tea, so I resisted this one for a long time. It is brilliant, breathtaking, and paced at a sprint from start to finish. It is hard to put a finger on any one strength. If there are weaknesses, the principal ones may be that the pacing never lets up - and the ending is almost too perfect (for this reviewer's taste) - yet I was consumed (obsessed?) by the need to reach that ending. The adrenaline pumping pace held competition with the desire to take in every word - the urgency to skim and so keep up with the narrative held competition with the brilliant writing that held too many gems to rush past.
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.
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Great book! Love all of Ted Dekker's books. My favourite!
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How can you blend, humour, adventure, suspense and history into one novel? Check out 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.
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Format: Paperback
This is one of my favorite books by Ted Dekker! Obsessed didn't
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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