A Man Called Blessed

A Man Called Blessed
Book of Caleb #2
Ted Dekker
Bill Bright
Christian Thriller
3 stars
356 pages

the sequel to Blessed Child. Caleb is now a man of 25. The Ark of the Covenant is discovered at the monastery where he and his parents now reside. An Israeli woman and an Arab man are the other 2 main characters. Ends with the ark melting, the Arab dying and the Israeli probably going to marry Caleb.

The thrust of this book was that God no longer dwelt within an ark of wood and gold, but within the ark of our hearts. Not nearly as good as its predecessor.

Blessed Child

Blessed Child
Book of Caleb #1
Ted Dekker
Bill Bright
Christian Thriller
4 stars
351 pages

a young boy, who has a complete rapport with God, changes the lives of a man and woman who rescue him in Ethiopia. Brought to the US, he changes the lives of hundreds of thousands, physically. Ends up with him and the man and woman going back to Ethiopia to restart the mission that was destroyed at the beginning of the book.

This was good. This was Dekker’s writing coupled with Bright’s theology, and it was terrific. A heart healed, a soul reclaimed, is more important than a million miracles of physical restoration. That is what I got from this book. This was what I wish Dekker had stayed like.

Adam

Adam
Ted Dekker
Thriller
2 stars
400 pages

an investigator goes after a serial killer who turns out to be demon possessed. This was disturbing. There was very little of the power of Jesus involved. Dekker also seems to be trying to include Islam in his “appeal to those of faith” approach. I did not like this book or the underlying theology behind it.

And to be honest, the writing, plot, characterization and pacing just didn’t draw me in.

Skin

Skin
Ted Dekker
thriller
4 stars
349 pages

A killer is on the loose in a smalltown and seems hellbent on having 5 specific people kill each other, based on who is most ugly. It is just weird. Turns out it is all in a “game” that is testing new tech on epileptic people. But the badguy is one of the players turned bad.

This was a thriller through and through. Some very vague references to universal truths, but without Christ, so it seemed like they were just kind of thrown in. I enjoyed this, knowing that things were NOT as they seemed, but having no idea how they were not 🙂 Dekker likes colors in regards to his villians names-Marsuvees Black, Barsidious White, Sterling Red in this one.

Two things I didn’t care for;
1: Tied it to the Circle Trilogy world, probably in reference to his new Lost Books quaddrilogy, just too blatant.
2: It ends with them still in the game, and you never know when or if they’ll get out.

Other than those 2 things, this was a fantastic page turner that just entertained the darkside of me 🙂

Saint

Saint
Paradise #2
Ted Dekker
Thriller
2 stars
347 pages

a sequel to Showdown, of sorts. A man has been stripped of his very identity and memories and rebuilt, many times. He is an assassin. He doesn’t know when something is a test or the real thing as he is conditioned. He is sent to kill the US President but meets up with Samuel and David Abraham from Showdown. Turns out he is Johnny from Paradise and he has special powers. He comes to a showdown of his own with a fictitious character named The Englishman who has similar powers. Johnny ends up ‘believing’ and loses his normal eyesight but gains something like Ghostriders soulsear eyesight or something. Also uses 2 sentences to tie in House, which I thought was wicked cool. Pretty shallow, but I enjoyed it and would consider buying it.

House

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Frank Peretti

Ted Dekker

Thriller

2 Stars

 

 

 

oh man! This was creepy, scary, and awesome. A serial murderer traps 4 people in a house. He is either a demon or demon possessed and his House Rule is that they must kill one of their group to let the others live. There is also a little girl[an angel?] and some inbreds. It ends up being about their souls and hearts. I liked it a lot.