Yes, I would certainly recommend it. Very thought provoking.
I liked the quick take off, contrasted by the Stepford type mother who lacks the ability to think for herself. As readers move deeper into the plot, they better understand how the government separates and controls families. The parallels between the latter days and the situations that develop in this story keep the mind buzzing.
He does all of them so well. Rom would be my favorite.
No... I needed time to mull it over in my mind. One thing that kept me befuddled was the clear lack of setting. I'm sure the year and location must have been mentioned at the beginning but it needed reinforcement. I'm not a hard core fantasy reader so I struggled with the imagery for a while.
I was amazed at whole pages of narration that broke the Show/Don't Tell bylaws again and again, but Dekker's descriptive talents came to the rescue. The reader's mind is like a canvas and he draws mental pictures on it -- just enough, and not too much. There's still plenty of room to add artistic form and action.
Absolutely. Rob Lamont lives the parts as he reads them. I wear my earphone to bed and set it for one hour. The next day I find the point I recall last and begin again. The only problem with this book was that I couldn't go to sleep as the tension kept building. Today I gave up and stayed in bed all day until I finished it. Now, 12 hours later, I still can't get it out of my mind.
I loved how Dekker played Samantha against Jennifer, and the innocence in which the main character received their attention. The squabbling between jurisdictions certainly illustrated law enforcements at their nit-picking best.
The villain, Laster, and Princess were the most memorable, partly because of Lamont's excellent narration and partly because of the odd characters. I must say, Lamont was in no hurry. I think he enjoyed reading this book.
Yes - from beginning to end. If you really pay attention to all the chitter-chatter going on in the main character's head, the end will have a much greater impact. This is the technique called man against self, which is also the hardest kind of conflict to write, but done with great expertise, wile, and cunning.
The ending blew my mind. I thought I had it figured out, but not so. Now I have to listen to all of it again to see if the author slipped up in a tiny place. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to slip up somewhere. This book should be made into a movie. It's fantastic, and I'm not easily impressed. *high fives, Ted.
Awesome. Magnificent. Outstanding.
This book stands alone in my mind. It is the ultimate reading (or hearing) experience.
The tender scenes between Roland and Jordan. We have this hulk of a man -- a warrior, a killer, a Prince, a deceiver and lady killer vs. his total opposite. I couldn't help but wonder what their domestic arguments would be like if both had knives and swords nearby.
Too many to name, but when Jordan pulls away from Roland to move into the distortion so she can learn what's on the other side, it made my heart yearn to see what God has prepared for those who love Him. "Breathing water" was the perfect description. The parallels in this book are more than outstanding. I wanted to hear all of it in one sitting.
Today's audience expects blood, guts, and gore. Sadly, we have come to look upon it as the flavor of a book or movie. Dekker supplies it in abundance and without excuse.
Fane's salvation paints a beautiful picture of how God sees only the loveliness of Christ in us, and yet she must bear her guilt.
P.S. I thought it comical the way I kept worrying over infection from the transfusions, incompatibility of blood types, blood that wouldn't clot, AIDS, and reusing the same tube on different people. Laying aside all the cares of this world can be laborious. Ted and Tosca, thank you for this great series. I enjoyed it immensely.
Yes, I would highly recommend it. The collage of colliding personalities is intriguing.
My first impression was that of looney-tune characters who had stepped out of the realm of reality and into a cult. I kept waiting on one of them to come apart at the seams and chop someone's head off, so it made my nerves feel like a stretched band of elastic that would snap at any time.
Randi blended from character to character without missing a step. Voice inflections were constant and perfect. The almost monotone voice of the mother was unnerving and added to the tension. Well done!
I'd call it -- A Step of Faith -- and would keep the scenario of the boat on water and stepping out of it, etc. I didn't particularly like the title. To be honest, I only bought the book because I heard a Walmart employee say she was reading it and it was such high tension that she didn't want to read it late at night.
As a writing tutor, I enjoyed studying the protagonist's inner conflict. At times, it stretched believability, but people who fall into cults do show that type of behavior, which is what saved the day.
After the father takes the girl home, he pretty much drops out of the picture. If he had been more involved, I think it would have added more balance to the story.
The reader never knows why or how Zeke came to hold such a high position of power. A little more background in that area would have helped the setting. Also, I kept wondering HOW he found the girl. The unanswered questions gave me an incomplete feeling.
Good writing doesn't require every filthy word in the vocabulary, and that's what ruined an otherwise awesome plot.
For as long as I listened to it, yes, but I couldn't tolerate the language.
No, and I won't, since they will probably follow the same guidelines.
It made me angry that an author couldn't write a book at least on the margin of decency.
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