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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Powerful novel about the battle between dark and light in us all

Burn by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy is another thought-provoking book by the pair who wrote Kiss. Janeal Mikkado has never quite fit in. Growing up in the Gypsy camp, she always hated the scams they pulled and has been tempted by the world outside the kumpania. The life o...
Burn by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy is another thought-provoking book by the pair who wrote Kiss. Janeal Mikkado has never quite fit in. Growing up in the Gypsy camp, she always hated the scams they pulled and has been tempted by the world outside the kumpania. The life of the kumpania is in her hands when an enemy of her father's, Salvador Sanso, both threatens and tempts her. Her best friends Robert and Katie don't understand her struggle, but they all have to face the consequences of her choices. Years later they are all still living with those consequences, but now that Sanso has reappeared. I had a difficult time liking any of the characters and was frustrated by Janeal/Jane's actions, but when a major plot twist was revealed, it turned the entire story around. Dekker and Healy have created a fascinating story full of possibility while also addressing the darker corners of the heart.

posted by ChristysBookBlog on April 11, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not one of my favorites by Ted Dekker

A young girl named Janeal has an encounter with a mysterious, powerful man; Salazar Sanso. He offers her a life she has dreamed of, one away from her gypsy life. However, she must provide him what he wants and if she fails, her father will die. The plan turns into a dis...
A young girl named Janeal has an encounter with a mysterious, powerful man; Salazar Sanso. He offers her a life she has dreamed of, one away from her gypsy life. However, she must provide him what he wants and if she fails, her father will die. The plan turns into a disaster and her whole life is completely changed. Events happen throughout her life that keeps impacting who she is. A major twist is given at the end that is unexpected to the reader. Burn is a book that keeps your mind going. Mystery, love and adventure take place frequently with all the characters. The whole idea is very interesting, but it is not one of my favorites by Ted Dekker. I have read almost all his books and Burn categorizes near the bottom. I probably will not read this book again, but it was not a waste. Burn keeps you intrigued and makes you want to read more to figure out what the outcomes will be in the good vs. evil battle we all face in life.

posted by 5067305 on November 3, 2010

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    Powerful novel about the battle between dark and light in us all

    Burn by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy is another thought-provoking book by the pair who wrote Kiss. Janeal Mikkado has never quite fit in. Growing up in the Gypsy camp, she always hated the scams they pulled and has been tempted by the world outside the kumpania. The life of the kumpania is in her hands when an enemy of her father's, Salvador Sanso, both threatens and tempts her. Her best friends Robert and Katie don't understand her struggle, but they all have to face the consequences of her choices. Years later they are all still living with those consequences, but now that Sanso has reappeared. I had a difficult time liking any of the characters and was frustrated by Janeal/Jane's actions, but when a major plot twist was revealed, it turned the entire story around. Dekker and Healy have created a fascinating story full of possibility while also addressing the darker corners of the heart.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Could not put this book down!!

    Could not put this book down!!

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Dekker Burns ever Brighter !!!

    It seems Ted Dekker is able to simply keep producing page-turners at a vast rate of knots. In Burn he does so while highlighting another new author's talent, Erin Healy, in this their second venture together,(the first being, "Kiss").
    Deckers characters throughout the novel remain fast paced and evolving. In this case the evolution of two of the main characters takes a dramatic twist in an otherwize previously unseen Dekker fiction.
    I am constantly surprised at the wonderful way he unravels beauty and truth out of horror and lies, how he underpins evil with a deep unswerving love. He brilliantly balances the art of story telling with exciting and mysterious characters that are relevant and identifiable to all, good and bad, and does so without compromise or dilution. Excellent job Dekker, already leafing through The Bride Collector.

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  • Posted January 6, 2010

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    Burn

    By Erin Healy and Ted Dekker

    Thomas Nelson Publishing


    Janeal has long felt trapped in her father's Gypsy culture. then one night a powerful man named Salazar Sanso promises her the life she longs for -- if she will help redover a vast sum of money tied to her father. When the plan implodes, Sanso and his men attack the Gypsy settlement and burn it to the ground. During the blaze, Jenael is faced with a staggering choice. The impact of that moment changes her forever. As her past rises form the ashes, Jenael faces a new life-or-death choice. And this time, escape is not an option.

    I had the opportunity to read the first collaborative effort of Ted Dekker and Erin Healy (Kiss --Thomas Nelson Publishing) last year and, based on my impression of that book, I was quite excited to read their latest effort. I was not dissappointed in the least. It was apparent that Burn was headed mainly by Erin Healy as the writing style is somewhat different from Dekker's, but it wasn't distracting. There were a few times that I stopped and scratched my head and asked why we needed to know that right now, but these are rough edges that will be sanded down by experience -- and from what I have read, Erin Healy has quite a career ahead of her. I will certainly be looking for more of her work in the coming years.

    The story itself was really intruiging. A 17 year old girl, who is disenchanted by her past, is approached by a stranger and she is asked a simple question: "Do you love your father?" Her answer is defined by the choices that she makes over the next day, and those choices shatter everything she ever thought about herself and sets her on a path of self-discovery of epic proportions. In the end she must decide if she is willing to face her true self and reclaim a life that she had never known or continue down the road that she made for herself into destruction.

    It's quite a page-turner, and I was surprised by the twist that came out of left field. It is definitely a book to get if you like Dekker, and it's a great introduction to Erin Healy if you have never read any of her work before. If you are looking for an escape into a world of deceit, suspense, and ultimately redemption, then I recommend Burn by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy.

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