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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Enjoyable, but...

I'm a hard core Dekker Fan, so I wasn't dissapointed with his newest novel. A great read, exciting, enjoyable characters, great themes. He usually left me wondering what was going to happen next. I especially enjoyed some more overt references to Jesus in this book, ...
I'm a hard core Dekker Fan, so I wasn't dissapointed with his newest novel. A great read, exciting, enjoyable characters, great themes. He usually left me wondering what was going to happen next. I especially enjoyed some more overt references to Jesus in this book, which he has just touched on lightly in his past works. That was refreshing. I especially was moved at the end in regards to one of the side characters. I won't reveal any spoilers. I also enjoyed some ties in's to the Circle Triology (and others). But, I do have some drawbacks about this book. The ending just flew by with too little details. A lot of build up, and then it's over. Also, his use of "romance as example" to his story telling has been used too many times in my opinion. Because of that, I felt like I knew the ending to this story already. My mind went back to a number of Dekker novels thinking, "Oh, this is just like that book". I guess I was expecting something different. Lastly, some of the dialog confused me... as in what century are we in confused. It didn't fit. Is that another Dekker clue for a future book? I don't know. Overall, a great read, but given all of the hype on this release, it didn't quite deliver. I didn't see a lot of new imagination in this one, but it was still a fun read.

posted by Titanium13 on September 10, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

12 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

Bandwagon Jumper

Immanuel's Veins
by Ted Dekker

I know that vampires are hot right now and anything about vampires is flying off the shelves but really how low does a "christian" fiction writer need to go to sell a book.

The story centers around one Toma Nicolescu in Russia. The...
Immanuel's Veins
by Ted Dekker

I know that vampires are hot right now and anything about vampires is flying off the shelves but really how low does a "christian" fiction writer need to go to sell a book.

The story centers around one Toma Nicolescu in Russia. There is a best friend (Alek), and twins (Lucine and Natashsa) who are the supporting characters. Toma and Alek are charged to protect the twins from some unidentified enemy. The neighbours..."the Russians" and their mysterious ways quickly become the focus of the book and Toma is abandoned by all of the characters to sweep in and save the day.

I did not enjoy the book for many reasons:
1) Characters were flat and uninteresting
2) Plot was thin and HIGHLY predicable...we all know that it is about vampires so why try to avoid calling them vampires in the book.
3) The allegory between Toma and Jesus's shed blood....REALLY in a vampire book. This was probably the most disappointing bit of the book. I mean okay if you want to write a vampire book to jump on the band wagon of vampires are selling now as a christian author to then take a theme about vampires and attempt to turn it into an allegory for Chirst's sacrifice is in my opinion a bit much.

The end result is a book that is trying to be about vampires but isn't really. The characters are flat and uninteresting and I didn't care what happened to the characters. Worst of all there is no challenge to my own faith and I would not recomend this book to an unbeliever as it would probably scare them off faith.

posted by Christabel on October 2, 2010

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    Platitude

    Ugh! I love Dekker's orignal writing style but this book was not it. It reeked of cliched themes. It is yet another overdone romantic vampire novel. It even uses the name Dracula spelled backwards. And how many gazillion books/movies/TV shows have done that? The audience this type of book appeals to is junior high girls.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Not one of Ted's best books

    Not one of Ted's best books

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Dracula type story

    I had never read anything by Ted Dekker before reading this book. It was a dracula type of story. Not the genre I was expecting. I don't care for these types of stories.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    Unoriginal

    Too similar to the twilight series to beleive that this is original. Dissappointing when compared to the circle series.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    meh

    i love ted dekker but did not ove this book. i'v read almost all of his others and they are all far superior to this.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

    So So

    An extension of the twiLight series? I'm a real fan of Ted Dekker and have many of his books. They are all fantastic. Immanuel's Veins I found quit humdrum.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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