Adam

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New York Times best-selling author Ted Dekker unleashes his most riveting novel yet . . . an elusive serial killer whose victims die of unknown causes and the psychologist obsessed with catching him.

FBI behavioral psychologist Daniel Clark has been made famous by his 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" will end in his ...
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Overview

New York Times best-selling author Ted Dekker unleashes his most riveting novel yet . . . an elusive serial killer whose victims die of unknown causes and the psychologist obsessed with catching him.

FBI behavioral psychologist Daniel Clark has been made famous by his 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" will end in his own death at Eve's hand. Twenty minutes later Daniel is resuscitated, only to be haunted by those twenty missing minutes of life.

It soon becomes painfully clear that the only way to stop Eve is to recover those missing minutes by dying . . . again. What isn't nearly as clear is just how many times he will have to die to discover the truth, not only about Eve, but about himself. Daniel will have to face haunting realities about demon possession in the modern world-and reevaluate his prejudice against religion-to stop Eve.
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New York Times best-selling author Ted Dekker returns to his spiritual warfare roots with his newest spine-tingler, Adam. In a taut, hard-hitting story that boasts the best mix of noir crime fiction and spiritual storytelling, Dekker explores not only the tortured mind of a serial killer, but also looks into the heart of man who doesn't believe in God. With his usual suspenseful style, Dekker brings to life the horrible reality that only darkness reigns when a person chooses to believe in nothing. "FBI agent Daniel Clark is completely assured of man's ability to use reason, logic, and intelligence to solve almost any crime. To him religion is a crutch based on half-truths and well-constructed myths, responsible for more violence than anything else. God is only a fable used to give hope; the Devil a scary bed-time story designed to keep people in line. In fact, his dogged pursuit of a serial killer calling himself "Eve" has done nothing but prove to him that religion can only be misused for dark, sinister purposes. Then, in an encounter with Eve himself, Daniel Clark is killed. After his resuscitation, Daniel is haunted by a dark form lurking just beyond his senses. Sure that his mind carries an imprint of Eve's identity, locked within the final moments of his death, Daniel embarks on a series of dangerous experiments to get a glimpse of the elusive shadow lurking in his mind. What he finds is a horrible truth: despite his beliefs, the spiritual does exist, and when one empties himself of God, he doesn't open his mind to rationality; he opens his heart to darkness. This is perhaps Dekker's best work to date; a well-written and researched novel that also has a clear, passionate message:if we do not serve God, we only serve evil. The device setting Adam apart is Dekker's method of getting inside the serial killer's mind. We rarely encounter the killer's perspective in the present, but throughout the novel Dekker details the killer's descent into insanity as a young man, while he struggles with an abusive past and his refusal to believe in God's existence, presented in the form of a crime-magazine series of articles. These articles display a depth of research, showing a sophisticated narrative that continues to prove Dekker's story-telling abilities.
—Kevin Lucia
Library Journal

FBI psychologist Daniel Clark is obsessed with capturing an elusive serial killer known only as Eve. Daniel's compulsion has cost him his marriage and any semblance of a normal life. When Daniel is shot by Eve, his resuscitation 20 minutes later leaves him with no memory of his killer's face, and he attempts to recall the memory by reliving his near-death experience. At the same time, the terrible and haunting story of who Eve is and how he became a killer is told in disturbing snippets throughout the novel. Dekker's (The Circle Trilogy) latest supernatural thriller is both a character study and a highly charged suspense drama that shows Dekker at his best as he reminds us that evil is all around us. Themes of exorcism and child abuse may upset sensitive readers, but this title will appeal to both Dekker fans and general thriller enthusiasts. Highly recommended for suspense collections.


—Tamara Butler
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"In his hunt for the serial killer known as Eve, forensic psychologist Daniel Childs suffers a gunshot wound resulting in his death and resuscitation. While dead, he discovers within his mind the key to the mystery, if only he can find the lock. Tim Gregory narrates with impeccable timing, never giving away more than the restrained text offers. His clear, effortless-sounding narration is both involved with the story, and detached from it. A series of chapters inserted throughout the book details the killer's childhood and the events that lead to his current crimes. Gregory delivers these with a slightly different pace and tone—almost sounding like another reader. The surprise ending works, both in terms of content and performance, leaving the listener waiting for more from this pair." 
R.L.L.  2009 Audies Finalist - © AudioFile Portland, Maine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641989810
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker is the New York Times best-selling author of more than25 novels. He is known for stories that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil. He lives in Texas with his wife and children. Twitter @TedDekker, facebook.com/#!/teddekker

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ADAM

By TED DEKKER
Thomas Nelson
Copyright © 2008 Ted Dekker
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59554-007-2



Chapter One
2008

A hot, sticky evening in Los Angeles. Outside, the city was clogged with traffic and a million souls fighting their way through another rush hour, preoccupied with bloated mortgage payments and impossible social pressures. Inside the FBI's Los Angeles field office, the air conditioner's hum had more significance to Daniel at the moment.

Special Agent Daniel Clark stared across the broad maple desk at Frank Montova's dark eyes, set deep behind puffy cheeks, like raisins. The man's neck bulged over a collar two sizes too small. Of the fifty-six domestic FBI field offices, only four were large enough to be helmed by an assistant director in charge, or an ADIC, as opposed to a special agent in charge. LA was one of those four. The running joke was that Montova fit his professional acronym at times.

"I'm not saying I wouldn't use other resources at our disposal," Daniel said.

"You don't catch a methodical pattern killer who's left a trail of fifteen victims across nine states without a lot of help. I don't care how good you are. You go rogue, you break the chain-of-evidence custody, and you'll blow our chances of getting a prosecution altogether, let alone a conviction."

"This isn't just about getting a conviction," Daniel said. "It's about stopping the killer in the Eve case before he kills another woman. It's about getting into the mind of a killer without him knowing it. I think I can do that better alone than with a team. We follow protocol, we may never find him. We have to anticipate him, not just chase him."

"You sure this isn't about Mark White's death?"

Mark was the forensic pathologist who'd worked with Daniel, uncovering what clues they could from the victims' bodies. Two weeks earlier he was killed in a car crash that hadn't yet been ruled accidental. Daniel had considered Mark a friend more than a partner.

"I can understand how you might come to that conclusion, but no. Mark and I had discussed going dark. This is about trying to get an investigation ahead of Eve, not just waiting to catch up with his crime scenes."

"I'd be more concerned with legality and judicial precedence." Montova's lips turned down. "The director doesn't like it. There are reasons why the bureau investigates the way it does."

Daniel took a slow breath, calmed himself. "You're denying my request?"

The chief eyed him carefully. "It's my call. And, yes, I'm leaning that way."

Daniel stood from the green upholstered guest chair and stepped over to the window. Like many of the bureau offices, the furniture was dated, held over from the last round of budget cuts. Two bookcases stuffed with black case logs and leather-bound legal briefs. A fake rubber tree plant in one corner. Round oak conference table with four metal chairs. Gray industrial carpet.

The city towered outside, gray piles of concrete jutting to the sky beyond Wilshire Boulevard like a dusty three-dimensional bar graph.

"Fifteen women are dead because of our bureaucratic inability to do what is necessary. He kills every lunar cycle, which means he already has his next victim. And if pathology's correct, he's already exposed her to the disease. Twenty-eight days is tomorrow. And we have no breaks, am I right?"

"Go on."

"If we get nothing this time, let me go dark. Give me access to whatever information I need-I work strictly through a channel of your choosing. Officially take me off the case. Put a legal layer of protection in play so that we don't endanger the evidence or the case, and then prosecute as you see fit. But let me do what I do best. Alone."

Montova regarded him with a long stare. Shifted his eyes to the bookcase on his left. Daniel followed his gaze. Two spines stood out from the long row of books, a red one and a black one, side by side.

Inside the Criminal Mind

Fixing the Broken Among Us

Both were authored by the same man. Daniel Clark, PhD.

He'd written them after receiving his doctorate at age thirty-five. The subsequent five years of lectures and tours led to his divorce from Heather, after which he requested and received a reassignment to the field. That was nearly two years ago.

At first the Eve case gave him an avenue of escape from the pain of the divorce. But the case soon developed into an obsession because, as Heather insisted, Daniel knew nothing but obsession.

It was why he understood the obsessive criminal mind as well as he did. It was why he'd gone back to school for his doctorate. Why he'd ignored his wife in favor of dishing out a hundred lectures on the same subject. It took an obsessive mind to know one.

Behavioral patterns, like forensic evidence, could lead them not only to a conviction but also to a new understanding of the psychology of serial killing. ViCAP, the federal Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, had a continually evolving database about the intrinsic natures of violent criminals. A pebble of prevention against a landslide of future psychopaths.

The Eve killer was a poster child for the conclusions presented in both of Daniel's books if there ever was one.

Montova's eyes were back on him. "Do what you do best, huh?"

"Yes."

"And what is it that you do best, Daniel?"

"I work alone best. Without all the distractions that keep me out."

"Out?"

Daniel hesitated. "Of his mind."

"Eve's mind."

"Yes." Few understood the discipline and focus required to enter the criminal mind.

"Isn't that a dangerous thing to do? Alone?"

Daniel shifted in his chair, uncomfortable for the first time. Heather's words came to him. They're your addiction, Daniel. You live your life in their minds!

"If not me, then who?" he said. "You want this piece of trash off the streets, you take some risks."

The assistant director clasped his hands on the desk calendar in front of him. His straight hair, normally slicked to one side, curled down over one ear. Montova was a respected man-a throwback to the previous generation, preferring a pen and a calendar to a Palm Pilot. As he liked to put it, the mind was sharper than any brain power a computer could muster.

"You're more concerned about beating Eve at his own game than you are about the victims," Montova said.

Daniel crossed his legs. "You're forgetting that I was on the Diablo case in Utah. I've seen what a compulsive killer can do in the space of seven hours. Don't tell me I don't care about the victims. I care about stopping the killer, not just wandering behind him with a dustpan and filling out Uniform Crime Reports."

"I'm not saying you don't care about the victims. I'm saying they're not what drives you."

Daniel started to object, but the words caught in his throat. "Does it matter?"

"Actually, it does," Montova said.

His desk phone beeped twice.

"It tells me why your motivation runs so deep. This isn't just a job to you, and that makes you a risk to this investigation, even a liability. Your allegiance to protocols-I don't care if you wrote them-is critical."

The phone rang twice more before he reached for the receiver and lifted it to his ear. "Yes?" He listened, interrupting once for clarification.

Daniel glanced at the books he'd written. Heather had repeatedly made the same accusation Montova had. The truth of it had cost them their marriage.

Montova hung up and pressed another extension. "Send her in." He set the receiver back into its cradle.

"Send who in?"

The door opened and a woman stepped in. Closed the door behind her.

"Daniel, meet Lori Ames. Lori, meet Daniel Clark, our major crime SAIC."

Daniel stood and shook her hand. "Nice to meet you."

"I know your work," Lori said. "It's great to finally meet you."

Daniel turned to the bureau chief. "I take it this conversation is over. I hope we can-"

"Sit down, Clark," Montova said. To the woman: "Have a seat."

Lori brushed past him, wearing a gentle smile. Soft brown eyes and a slender body wrapped in a dark business suit. Black heels. Blonde hair that hung just past her shoulders.

But it was the way she looked at him that caught Daniel's attention. Like she knew more than he might assume she did.

He followed her back to the guest chairs and sat.

Montova eyed them both and spoke when neither offered comment. "Agent Ames is a pathologist from the Phoenix field office's evidence response team. She knew the fourteenth victim, Amber Riley, and has since become quite familiar with the case. We'd like to reassign her to you."

They were replacing Mark White two weeks after his death. But why not with a local? There were at least five qualified pathologists at the LA field office. He glanced over at her. Skirt tight against one toned leg crossed over the other. Not exactly the dress of a field agent.

"I suppose that's your call, sir."

"It is, and I've made it. She starts now. And I've changed my mind. I'm granting your request. Assuming, that is, you don't object to working through Lori. She'll remain on the case but shadow you in all respects."

Daniel didn't know what to say. "Just like that?"

"Just like that. Working within these new parameters you suggested, of course. Who do you suggest I turn the case over to?"

"Brit Holman," he said without thinking. The man was competent and nearly as familiar with the case as Daniel was. "You're saying you'll let me go dark alone, as long as my sole contact is an agent who's new to the case?"

Montova looked at Lori, who evidently took his stare as an invitation to share.

"The first believed victim was discovered sixteen months ago in the basement of All Saints Catholic Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Maria Stencho, a twenty-three-year-old tasked with cleaning the church. Her body was bruised and blistered, and traces of a previously unknown bacteria similar to Streptococcus pneumoniae were found in her blood. SP is normally associated with meningitis, which infects the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord and can kill a host within hours in a manner consistent with Maria Stencho's death. No signs of struggle, no evidence of blunt-force trauma. No evidence of harm caused by any weapon. According to the local medical examiner, cause of death was acute encephalitis, most closely associated with symptoms consistent with ICD-10, code A-85, meningoencephalitis. The lab work detailed leukocytes in the cerebrospinal fluid after a lumbar tap, and confirmed that the disease was present and in full effect at the time of death. It was first assumed that Stencho died from a form of meningitis. Shall I go on?"

"I get the point," Daniel said.

But Montova held up his hand. "Please, go on."

"The next victim was found twenty-eight days later in San Diego. A Mormon, age twenty, female. This time in the basement of an LDS church. Nearly identical set of circumstances except this time the name EVE was painted in red on the cement wall next to the body. Lab came up with the same results in the spinal fluid, and the local coroner found evidence of the same intracranial pressure, as well as advanced infection of the meninges. She died of brain pressure leading to cerebral hemorrhage. A new victim has been found every new moon-the killer evidently likes the dark. All fifteen have been female, between the ages of nineteen and twenty-four. All found underground: seven in church basements, four in abandoned cellars at abandoned farms, four in natural caverns preselected by the killer."

Lori switched her gaze to Daniel. She was unique, he'd give her that much. Fresh. Her eyes sparkled with an infectious mystery. If he wasn't mistaken, in her late thirties.

"Evidence recovered from each scene includes size 13 shoe impressions-Bigton boots available at any one of several large chains across America. Stride indicates a height of six-six, and indentation puts him between 220 and 250. Different white vans were recovered near two of the sites. Hair and skin cell samples from each identify the killer as Caucasian, blood type B-positive, male. The lab cross-checked him through Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), and his DNA profile has appeared in no other investigations outside of this series. Hair indicates he is in his forties. There were no latent prints. No saliva, blood, semen, or any other fluid that could be traced to any other source than the victim. The killer's not a secretor. He's effectively either a newcomer or a ghost."

A pause. Then she went on delivering the data with practiced precision.

"The fact that he's gone to such great lengths to avoid leaving any prints suggests he believes his prints are in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) database. Which in turn suggests he's a professional. His killing is organized, patterned, premeditated, and clearly religiously motivated. He's killing with motives that are consistent with a classic psychopathic profile-he knows right from wrong, and he chooses wrong. He will continue until he is captured or killed. His profile indicates that he will likely never be taken alive. Nothing else is known about Eve."

Beat.

"Would you like me to tell you about you now? An even more fascinating case."

"I know myself, thank you," Daniel replied, offering her a polite grin.

"Do you?"

Lori said it with complete sincerity, as if she were his therapist and was only interested in the truth. Then she smiled. "I hope not. My mother always told me that men who think they know themselves are only stuck-up versions of those who don't."

"Smart lady."

The soft hiss of the air conditioner settled the room.

"Like I said, Lori has familiarized herself with the case," Montova said. His phone rang and he took the call. He nodded curtly and dropped the receiver back in its cradle.

"You'll have time to fill in the blanks on the way."

"Sir?"

"Local police in Manitou Springs, Colorado, just received a report of an abandoned white van found by two spelunkers near the Cave of the Winds. They found an entrance to an unmarked cave nearby. The report drew a flag from Eve's ViCAP profile. Local enforcement is setting up a perimeter, but they've been told to stay out of the scene until you arrive."

Daniel sat still, breath gone. Eve.

Ice crept through his veins.

Daniel stood and crossed the room in three long steps. He grabbed the doorknob and was halfway through before Montova's voice stopped him.

"Lori goes with you."

He spun back and saw that she was already right behind him.

"Fine."

(Continues...)



Excerpted from ADAM by TED DEKKER Copyright © 2008 by Ted Dekker. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Posted November 30, 2009

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    Great mystery.....

    This is my first time reading Ted Dekker and this is a great mystery. It took turns in the story that do not follow the normal path for murder mysteries. I have recommended to several friends and they all enjoyed this book. The author takes the time to go through the story and all the characters - making the ending great and unpredictable. It is not for all readers and does not hold any punches going through the story.

    Thank you Ted Dekker.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

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    Surprising!

    In all the books I have read, I have NEVER been completely surprised by a plot change. This one though, has a jaw dropping plot twist that intensifies the suspense that was already there throughout the novel. Very different reading experience.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2010

    worth the read

    The book Adam starts off with an excerpt from Anne Rudolph's article Man of Sorrow: Journey into Darkness. Piece by piece Dekker creates a mystery of a puzzle by using this article. FBI agent, Daniel Clark, has based his whole career on learning how killers think and in doing so he believes he will be able to catch them. Daniel has hit rock bottom with his new case, EVE. As much as he tries he has not been able to keep EVE from killing fifteen females. He is a man of will though and dares not to give up; because of this EVE is now willing to stop at nothing to cause Daniel to stop chasing him. During the killing of the sixteenth victim Daniel is shot in the head and killed, or so everyone thinks. Daniel is revived after clinically being dead for over twenty minutes. Daniel now has an image of EVE trapped in his brain and must die again several times to recover it. In the end Daniel comes face to face with the killer once again and must make a decision of what it is he truly believes in.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

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    A Yearning to Read Review

    Daniel Clark is obsessed. So obsessed that he has sacrificed his marriage to his ex-wife Heather, along with everything else that should matter most. Why? The Eve Killer is out there, wreaking havoc by kidnapping young woman from ages nineteen to twenty-four and killing them with a new strain of meningitis. He works like a clock, killing his victims when the moon is new and waiting almost a full month before snatching the next young girl. The FBI has done everything, but Eve, as they call the killer, seemlingly cannot be stopped. After sixteen months of searching, Daniel is now hard on Eve's heels, sure that if he can just understand the killer's mind, he could catch him and bring him to justice. When a big break in the case is made, Daniel finds himself face to face with Eve and does his best to stop him; however, that is before Eve raises his gun, points it at Daniel, and pulls the trigger...


    This book was amazing. Ted Dekker, as far as I know, is the only author that ever makes me want to read ahead. I was in the first 100 pages of Adam and I was dying to know what would happen to Daniel, Heather, Lori (Daniel's partner), and the rest. I wanted to know who Eve was, why he was killing all the women, and what this strain of meningitis really was. In the end, my expectations were far surpassed.

    This book was intensely psychological, so if you want to read it, prepare yourself for mind games. Two of the characters were kidnapped at ages two and three and were abused growing up, based off the rules of the kidnapers' twisted religion; this affects their lives later on, which in turn creates a devastating affect in the book. You will see how easily our minds are deceived into hating truth and how scary that really is. I was amazed by the twist in the end, and I am so thankful for Ted Dekker's love for God and how he turns that love into great books that glorify Him.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    A most read

    Adam was my first Ted Dekker. When i started to read this book i thought it was going to boring but i kept reading. As i kept reading i fell in love with this book. It was interesting and awesome. Ted dekker's world just off the hook amazing.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    Creepy! And great!

    I'm a big Ted Dekker fan, so this book doesn't disappoint. I still don't think he's topped his Red, White, Black series (I know, that's the wrong order), but I think this one is pretty fantastic. I like that he writes moral books that aren't preachy or pretentious...he just writes good books, darn it. I'd definitely recommend it...but, since I'd recommend pretty much everything he's written, that's no surprise.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2011

    Adam Review

    In a world where evil runs free, FBI psychologist Daniel Clark searches for the serial killer who has terminated the lives of numerous innocent women. In this thrilling, suspenseful, and page-turning novel, Daniel Clark's obsessive addiction to the "Eve" case results in his death and ultimately, his resuscitation and retaliation to find the face of the man who killed him. Ted Dekker's purpose to reveal the light upon the topic of spiritual warfare shines through the pages of his book. Once you pick up Adam, it will be almost impossible to relinquish. Every page is filled with exhilarating text and brilliant detail that will lure you in from the beginning! "Mucus ran from both nostrils and mixed with foaming spittle that seeped from her mouth. Stringy blonde hair hung below her ears trembling." How could someone not envision the scene from that elaborate passage? Adam, being my first Ted Dekker novel, is indefinitely my favorite book of all times. It's a must-read for all book-enthusiasts!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Interesting but far out

    I enjoyed the premiss but then became somewhat disenchanted near the end when the super natural began to happen. More into down-to-earth and realistic than sci-fi content. Up to that point I thought it was well worth the expenditure and the author certainly knows how to grab the readers attention. Kind of the point I guess.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

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    A must read for lovers of psychological thrillers

    Dekker has a way of writing that makes it easy to read and easy to be entrapped by. The book hooks you after the first chapter. Some books start out slow and work into the plot but this one just jumps right into the action and keeps you guessing until the very end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    Wow! A great read!

    I loved this book. I was engaged in reading from beginning to end. Just kept wanting to know what will happen next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    Weird

    This is one of the weirdest books, but what made this book different from all the other weird books I have ever read is I really enjoyed it. It is really really good. Strange yes. Plausible? Not really. Regardless I couldn't put it down. It makes you think at times too. And the plot twists that continue to come just become more and more shocking till at the end I nearly gasped at the last twist. A really really good book. Read it. You won't regret it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Great book

    I really enjoyed this book....definately a must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Dekker's Best

    Great twist! Ending is fantastic! A tale of possession and redemption.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    Well-written with good charater development, but the idea of a man coming to believe in God just because he witnessed a demon possession was off-putting to me. I would hope that faith would be based on more positive daily evidence of God's Love.

    It was not a poorly composed novel, yet the theme of coming to recognize the good and evil around us was not developed in a satisfying fashion. At the end, I was left feeling as though that issue had been employed in a superficial manner, like a cheap trick, which disrespected any reader's intelligence and sensibilities. Surely, a deeper or more credible handling of the material could have been incorporated into the text. In other words, it was just too dark and too stark for this fan of criminal and political intrigue. I do not doubt that people allow bad entities to taint their souls, I simply think the author could have done a better balanced job of portraying it. Embracing God strictly out of fearing the devil is a primitive and lopsided form of spiritual awakening.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    Definitely NOT for everybody!!!

    If you have read Dekker's works, you know to be prepared for something totally unexpected. In "Adam", he does not disappoint. Though I was appreciating the experience of reading this book, I often found myself feeling forced to return to it. I wanted to know what was next, but I didn't want to know. I had this experience over and over, right up to the very end. This sort of fascinated craving coupled with repulsion is, I suppose, part of what constitutes a very good book of a certain sort.
    I must say, however, that, if you feel haunted later from reading scenes of gross criminal action, or of child abuse, stay away from this one. I read a book, usually, and move on. When I got a request to review this one, I had to recheck it to remind myself what it had been about, as it was several weeks ago when I read it, and I have read many since then. It only took a glance to the pages, though, for it all to come swooping back to me. Dekker has fascinated and surprised me before, but this one is really a winner----if you can stand it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Absolutely Amazing

    This was the first book I was ever physically yelled at to put down. Keeps you on the edge of your seat as you put pieces of the puzzle together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Love this book!

    I love detailed mystery that take you inside the story.

    This one deluvers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Fav book

    My personal favorite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Amazing novel

    This book kept me on the edge the entire time. I could not put it down, at all. Great suspense novel that will have a none believer wondering if there is something truly evil out there.

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