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The story of how I, Julian Carter, and my precious two-year old son, Stephen, left Atlanta Georgia and found ourselves on a white sailboat, tossed about like a cork on a raging sea off of Australia's northern tip in 1963, is harrowing.

But it pales in comparison to what happened deep in the jungle where I was taken as a slave by a savage tribe unknown to the world. Some places dwell in darkness so deep that ...

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Overview

The story of how I, Julian Carter, and my precious two-year old son, Stephen, left Atlanta Georgia and found ourselves on a white sailboat, tossed about like a cork on a raging sea off of Australia's northern tip in 1963, is harrowing.

But it pales in comparison to what happened deep in the jungle where I was taken as a slave by a savage tribe unknown to the world. Some places dwell in darkness so deep that even God seems to stay away.

There, my mind was torn in two by the gods of the earth. There, one life ended so another could begin.

Some will say I was a fool for making the choices I made. But they would have done the same. They, too, would have embraced death if they knew what I knew, and saw through my eyes.

My name is Julian and this is my story. But more, it is the story of my son who was born to change the world.

From deep in the impenetrable jungles where New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker was born and raised, comes OUTLAW, an epic adventure of two worlds that perhaps only he could write. Full of harrowing twists, sweeping violence, and wild love, Outlaw takes us beyond the skin of this world to another unseen.

2014 Christy Award Winner for Suspense

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Editorial Reviews

Novel Crossing
Told with gritty realism to match The Hunger Games, Ted Dekker's Outlaw is an epic story of triumph over trial and the far-reaching power of great personal sacrifice.
Life Is Story
"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."
RT Book Reviews
"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."
From the Publisher
"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, starred review

Told with gritty realism to match The Hunger Games, Ted Dekker's Outlaw is an epic story of triumph over trial and the far-reaching power of great personal sacrifice.—Novel Crossing

"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

"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, 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK

Life is Story
"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."
Library Journal
★ 09/01/2013
Dekker, the prolific 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. Following the birth of her son Stephen, Atlanta-born Julian Carter dreams about a mysterious jungle creature with a haunting voice who calls to her to find and save it. After she's widowed, Julian packs up her belongings and her son and sets out to be a missionary in Melanesia. Traveling to Thursday Island in the Torre Strait, mother and son are separated when their boat capsizes. Found floating adrift, Julian is captured and enslaved on a remote section of western New Guinea by a pair of warring brothers who rule by ancient laws. When Stephen is found alive, Julian reaches into her soul and sacrifices her freedom to enable him to survive. VERDICT 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.—Susan Carr, Edwardsville P.L., IL
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
Dekker's latest centers around the life of a mother who is stranded with a savage race unknown to modern man. When pampered Julian, a beautiful Atlanta belle, takes off for Australia and beyond, she doesn't expect to end up on a sailboat, tossed around by the sea and fighting for her life and that of her little boy, Stephen. After her rescue by strange natives she cannot understand, she is carried into the valley and forced into captivity. Soon, she discovers that she is going to die as a sacrifice to local traditions and suspicions unless she can gather her wits and find a way to make the warring tribes that have caught her spare her life. Despite the odds against her (white skin is looked upon as something to abhor, and most Tulim people find her ugly), Julian manages to form an alliance with the wife of a powerful prince in line for the throne. Unfortunately, this prince is also the brother of another man who wanted her, and if he can't have her, then he prefers her dead. Over time, Julian makes and forms alliances and, finally, presented with an unexpected gift she treasures above all else, finds a way to survive her captivity. Although the author exhibits a keen imagination, the story is repetitive and lacks focus. Known primarily as a Christian writer, Dekker leans heavily on Christian analogies that are, at times, heavy-handed. For fans of Dekker's Christian-inspired fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478924791
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Dekker

TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels with a total of more than 10 million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

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    Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite It was an honor t

    Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

    It was an honor to review Outlaw written by Ted Dekker, read by Nicola Barber. Julian Carter and her two-year-old son traveled from Atlanta to the Northern Coast of Australia in answer to a recurring dream. What began as a dream soon turned into a nightmare; a freakish storm overturned their boat, washing Julian toward shore but her son and the captain were lost at sea. Julian was rescued/captured by the Tulim tribe. The Tulim considered her less than human because of her white skin. Her only hope of survival is to bear one of the princes a son. Her life is in constant danger. She deeply mourns her son Stephen and yet finds the will to survive. Learning the customs of the Tulim and adapting to their way is her only hope. 

    Author, Ted Dekker, was raised by his missionary parents in New Guinea. His in-depth knowledge of the topic shines through in this extraordinary tale. There is so much more I would like to put in the summary but it would spoil too much for other readers. I’d be remiss if I did not mention Nicola Barber, the narrator; her voice set the ambiance for the entire book. I do not believe another narrator could have done as well. There is a great spiritual message in Outlaw; one that will long stay with me. The analogy of our bodies being a mere costume that we wear for a short time truly touched me as did the thought that we are two. Ted Dekker’s constant reference to two was very effective. In Outlaw the reader will experience envy, anger, greed, love, forgiveness, and grace. This is the book of the year!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2014

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    Outlaw isn't a typical Ted Dekker novel, but it is very good. I

    Outlaw isn't a typical Ted Dekker novel, but it is very good. It is a wonderful story of love, forgiveness, hope, and faith. I enjoyed the story but longed for the suspense that typically is woven into a Dekker novel.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

    WOW

    An Amazing book. A must read. Thank you Ted Dekker!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Awsome

    I LOVE TED DEKKER!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2015

    I will never forget this book. It grabbed me and pulled me in a

    I will never forget this book. It grabbed me and pulled me in and I couldn't put it down. I was fascinated by the culture of this primative native New Guinea tribe.
    The message of this powerful story has had a lasting impact on my soul. I highly recommend it. Dekker never fails to deliver a powerful message to your heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2014

    Eyes Wide Open

    Thanks, Ted, for once again revealing the Truth and the narrow path.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2014

    For what it's worth, I haven't read any of his other work, so I

    For what it's worth, I haven't read any of his other work, so I didn't have any bias prior to starting it. I was a bit uneasy with the start/premise of the book. The idea of taking an infant on a journey to follow some repetitive dream seemed unrealistic from the start, but OK, I'll go with it.... going on a few hour boat charter and sleeping it away below decks also seemed unrealistic.... both mom and infant each independently surviving a storm at sea when the small craft gets destroyed also seems... you know what... unrealistic. I did enjoy the getting 'saved' by the tribal culture part, until it got weirdly fixated on the interracial impregnation theme. Couple that with some pregnant belly punching (aka Ariel Castro style), captivity/submission lasting decades, and a couple of "saviour characters" that seem to be a cross between OB1 Kanobe and the hooded character in the "Assassin's Creed" video game, and I was having serious doubts of the merit of reading on. But I persisted. To my disappointment, it ends with the main characters filling their hearts with so much love for their rapists/captors/tormentors, that everyone starts crying and reveling in salvation because of "the love". Sheesh. After reading the author's bio (after reading the book), it makes sense. I guess the ideas would be appealing to people with religious missionary / evangelical leanings. To me anyway, it just seemed like old school religious mantra. Sorry Ted, but I wanted to wash my eyes out after.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2014

    nice

    awesome

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  • Posted October 3, 2014

    Love it!

    Ted Dekker always takes me to a higher level of thought.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    A Hard to put down

    This book really made me think. If you get a chance check it out.

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  • Posted July 16, 2014

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    Ted Dekker writes some pretty amazing novels. Stuff you don't ev

    Ted Dekker writes some pretty amazing novels. Stuff you don't even think about or consider but by the time you reach the end, you realize you've gone through something pretty amazing. Such is the case for the novel Outlaw. It defines the foundation for his series, the Outlaw Chronicles through even more novels. You need to understand the issues of what makes one an true outlaw. This is the real "Survivor" story and not like the reality series!(Spoiler alert below:)

    The story behind Outlaw is one that Ted elaborates on in the conclusion of the novel where he shared his own experiences being the son of a missionaries. He traveled to some pretty remote locations where some tribal people that came upon didn't even speak the same language and their cultural differences allowed him some unusual insight to share with the reader. The main character Julian Carter grew up in Atlanta, Georgia in a prominent and wealthy family in t 1933. Servants were still employed and Julian grew up understanding how her parents treated them as such. Even though they were treated well, they were still considered hired help and had their place in society as well.

    She dealt with life as best as she could being pressured by her parents to marry into a suitable family and bear her father a son to whom he could pass along his inheritance and wealth. During this time, Julian was plagued by dreams that she was in a jungle flying high over the tree tops being drawn to someone through a song. She never understood the significance but was puzzled by its meaning. After finally giving birth to a son that she loved more than life, her parents both passed away and her husband feel into a deep depression. When a group of missionaries can to her church sharing the news of their trips to remote locations to share the gospel. Julian felt compelled to go. Little did she realize how much her life would change after that.

    Setting sail on board a small sailboat, Julian along with her young 2-year-old son, Stephen, get caught in an unexpected violent storm that threatens their very lives. After witnessing their captain attempt to save the boat and fall overboard, she now realizes it is up to her to save their lives. She hopes and prays that God will answer her prayers to keep them both alive until the storm passes. But the ship capsizes and Julian is injured. When she wakes, she finds herself floating among the debris and her son is no where to be found. Realizing her loss, she is captured by a tribe known as the Tulim who believe that all women are sub-species of pigs and treat them as such unless they can bear children. Now Julian's nightmare truly begins.

    I received Outlaw from Ted Dekker compliments of Center Street Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. I love the direction that Ted took this novel and like all of his books in a great series, you have to really get to the meat of the meaning behind them all. Outlaw does just that.. You learn about the meaning behind "deditio," Latin for unconditional surrender and how the corresponds to the life of Jesus Christ for believers. You realize as well that we are all outlaws in comparison to the world's views and are often treated as such by society that doesn't like that we uphold God's law and belief in the Bible as the absolute truth. We're not perfect, but when we can see things from that perspective it makes things so much easier to deal with when faced with persecution of any kind. I easily rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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    Posted March 25, 2014

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