I am a huge Ted Dekker fan and I love most of his books. However, I've got to admit, this one along with "Three" are his best. This is a must listen to, and I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Well written, but it didn't hold my attention like I thought it would. The supernatural parts were not scary, but I think they were supposed to be. They were actually kind of funny, which is too bad. This book had a lot more potential. But I'm glad I listened - as I said, it was well written.
I was initially pulled into the story, but Dekker just kept adding one unbelievable event to another to the point where it got ridiculous. At first I excused it but in the end it just got way too silly. I didn't find the narrator all that grating, just the silly story.
I hooked on this author,he rules!Adam,will keep you guessing,and unable to put it down!Like all Ted"s books deseption and the battle with evil will keep you on your toes,if you are new to this author,you won't b for long,try Showdown,saint sinner,after you do black,red,white.Enjoy the journey,and be blessed.
I had to stop listening after a couple of hours. I just couldn't justify spending even recreational time listening to one over-written, repetitive, inelegant sentence after another.
A typical phrase: "requiem of the dead."
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I'll start with the good points: the narrator is consistent and the first 5-6 hours of the story are quite engaging.
Then the religion comes in... but it's not really religion, it's some sort of demon possession mish-mash. This would have been ok, if it had been blended in as part of the story, but it becomes the whole story after the 6 hour point. No more detecting, no more solving, no more chasing, just lots of "in-my-head dealing-with-possession" type of silliness - long passages of descriptions of "Evil" as an entity.
It's like a thriller/detective story crossed with a bad horror book, but it's not scary, just sorta silly. Demon possession? Sure... but not with characters that ALL act outside of normal parameters. A serial killer might behave like this, and, maybe, so would an experienced FBI investigator having a breakdown, but would a forensic pathologist and a lawyer ALSO behave so abnormally? Naw...
I waffled between 2 and 3 stars because, essentially, the last 4 hours of it are junk even though it starts with such promise.
This book was a bit far fetched yet predictable. It was "okay" but not one of the better books I've heard. By the end, in the "scariest" parts, my friends and I were laughing at how ludicrous it was. I'm sure that was not the author's intent.