Burn

Burn

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Overview

She escaped the fire—but not the effects of the burn.

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 recover 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, Janeal is faced with a staggering choice.

The impact of that moment changes her forever.

As her past rises from the ashes, Janeal faces a new life-or-death choice. And this time, escape is not an option.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595548207
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 478,233
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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

Erin Healy is the bestselling coauthor of Burn and Kiss (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning editor for many bestselling authors. She owns WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Academy of Christian Editors. Her novels include such thrilling stories as Never Let You Go, The Baker’s Wife, and Stranger Things. She and her family live in Colorado.

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Burn 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly i loved this book. i thought it was amazing. It shows how one heart stopping choice you make can drastically change your life by showing both possibilities using a very different approach i as a writer would never be bold enough to use. With twists and turns it wraps your brain around a mysterious theory that keeps you on your toes and constantly keeps you guessing. I couldn't stop reading until i got to the very last page. Wonderful.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
Ladystorm More than 1 year ago
I have read a few of Ted Dekker's book and they are usually pretty cool, so when I got a chance to review this book I was excited, but it just didn't deliever the Ted Dekker I am use to reading. The first part of the book had me wrapped up into the story, I was curious to see what was going to hapen to Janeal, then the second part of the book came and it just dropped off for me. It got real slow and boring and I put this book up a couple times then would come back to it. I loved the character Robert, he sacrificed his whole life in a career working for the DEA just so he could take down Sanso who killed everyone in his Gyspy Camp. Or at least he thought everyone. The Ending, well lets just say I was so confused I am not sure what to think of it. I sat there after I finished it and tried to make since of it then I gave up. I have never read a book by Erin Healy, so I don't know how her books usually are and I don't know if it was her influence in the book that made it not your typical Ted Dekker book. Or if Ted Dekker was trying to tone down his writing. Usually he books are captivating and filled with very wierd and extrodinary things, just not this one. I must say something about the cover. Is that not a extremly cool cover, I just love it! It hasn't turned me off of the author by no means, I love Ted Dekker books, and I will continue to read them, this to me was just a off book. Every author has that book you don't like no matter how much you love thier work. If you like Ted Dekker then you might like this one I have seen a lot of reviews where they have loved it.
beccajcampbell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An action-packed story full of mystery that kept me on my toes. My only complaint was that it took me a bit to get into the story because I found the protagonist difficult to connect with and was frustrated by her choices. Despite this, it kept my attention. Midway through, a typical Dekker twist gave the payback I needed to consider this book a win.



I can say without a doubt that I am a fan of the Dekker/Healy combined efforts. Kiss is one of my favorite books and Burn, while not surpassing its predecessor, was a close second. As most of Dekker's books do, Burn tackles tough questions. Specifically, it explores the idea of regret and handling mistakes of the past. Everyone is given a choice, and though we can't change the past, we can decide how it will effect our futures.



This was another book that made me say, "I love Ted Dekker."
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: I've become a fan of Dekker's new mainstream thrillers and wanted to try one of his books from a Christian publisher.Summary: Janeal lives in a Gypsy community but is not altogether accepted. Her father is the leader but she is half white. She has always felt the need to leave, do her own thing and knew that one day she would. Then Salazar Sanso, a powerful and dangerous man, comes to her with a way to help her father get out of a terrible life/death "business" deal and offers her a life of everything she's dreamed. Janeal has her own life and death choices and consequences to deal with, that leave few of her Gypsy community alive.Comments: My summery is quite brief, I think the publisher's jacket summary gives away too much information and I hate knowing something that happens halfway through the book so I've tried to keep the mystery remaining in my own summary.I loved this book! It was a fantastic read. The plotting of the book was superb. Part One takes place when the characters are teenagers and is itself a complete story. Then Part Two picks up fifteen years later and slowly reveals who is left and what is happening now. Then at a certain point we are hit with an absolutely shocking and surreal twist. From that point on it is a fast paced roller coaster ride to the end.The characters are great. Janeal, the main character, is the one the reader most feels for, though she isn't necessarily someone you will like. She is shown from both sides of her personality, the teenager she used to be and the adult she has become. The book is very well written and while the Parts are quite distinct from each other and the pace goes from slow to fast, it never drags, and it always holds together seamlessly. The shocker was cleverly placed and became a "Holy Wow!" moment for the book, totally shaking things up and moving the book to another level. I really, really enjoyed the plot, the suspense and the thrill of this book.To speak of the Christian Fiction aspect of this book, I think it's a long shot to be labeled with that genre. The book is clean (ie. no swearing, so s*x). There is one Christian character who is quietly so and could be found in any mainstream book. The real CF part of this book comes, if one looks at it that way, from the theme, which does have a character announcing Biblical prophecy to set it up. I don't want to give anything away so this is a bit difficult to go into. However, I did not buy the Christian theme, it did not correspond with my beliefs, it may with yours, but I felt it could just as easily be interpreted as a supernatural (a la Stephen King) theme.This all leads to say that it doesn't matter, didn't affect my enjoyment of the book and don't be afraid to pick up the book because it's by a Christian publisher. Christians and non alike who enjoy a good suspense story with a bit of the unexplained thrown in for good measure are sure to enjoy. I surely did!
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This Book Make My Cry I Really Loved.
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Could not put this book down!!
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puppetmaster More than 1 year ago
Ted Dekker's recent novel, written alongside Erin Healy, is an amazing and powerful novel based on the battle between the good and the evil within us. It is a trip into the realm of the paranormal and the twists will leave your head spinning. When I was reading this book there were many times that I had to stop and wrap my head around what had just happened. Sometimes people gave me funny looks as I kept saying WOW! aloud throughout the book. It is in this book, simply entitled Burn, that you will fall down a previously unseen rabbit-hole. Janeal Mikkado has lived all of her life with her Gypsy family and is growing tired of their way of life. Every time that she ventures outside of the kumpania (community), she wishes more that she could leave. One day a man named Salazar Sanso approaches her as she sits on a hill overlooking her home. It seems he offers an answer to her problem. He tells her that her father is working with the DEA to bring down Salazar, and he asks her to do just one thing and he promises to not take her father's life. He also promises an opportunity to leave once and for all. When things go horrifically wrong Salazar returns to collect and burns down the kumpania. Janeal and her friend are trapped in the fire and she is faced with an impossible choice that will haunt her for years to come. Should she risk her own life to save her best friend, or leave her friend to burn to death and have a chance to survive and leave with a million dollars? Janeal made her choice and her best friend died, or did she? Fifteen years later Janeal's life is in jeopardy again. She is now pursued by those from her past that she thought were dead. Sanso has also returned from her past and will do anything to get her. Janeal fears that they will uncover her past and the decisions that still haunt her. There is a debt to be paid for what she has done, and the chaff must be burned from her heart or it will consume her. With twist after twist, your brain could get all tied in a knot reading this great book! Burn is full of allegory and there is much to be learned and it introduces these things in such a way that drives you crazy. Burn is such a great novel and incredibly suspenseful! I would recommend it to anyone! I loved trying to figure it all out as I went, and Ted and Erin threw in enough twists that it kept me guessing at every turn. I loved it and so will you. Check it out for yourself at a local bookstore or get it online as well. check out this and other reviews of mine at http://fablefreak.wordpress.com
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