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Heaven's Wager: The Heaven Trilogy, Book 1 | [Ted Dekker]

Heaven's Wager: The Heaven Trilogy, Book 1

Kent Anthony is a brilliant software engineer who is cashing in on a brilliant career. He's finally living the idyllic life, far from thoughts of theft and murder and other kinds of horrible criminal behavior. He's left his past far behind.... or so he thinks. This story will bring you face to face with a hidden world more real than most people ever realize; a world where the unseen is more powerful than anything seen.
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Publisher's Summary

Kent Anthony is a brilliant software engineer who is cashing in on a brilliant career. He's finally living the idyllic life, far from thoughts of theft and murder and other kinds of horrible criminal behavior. He's left his past far behind.... or so he thinks. This story will bring you face to face with a hidden world more real than most people ever realize; a world where the unseen is more powerful than anything seen.

©2011 Ted Dekker (P)2011 Oasis Audio

What the Critics Say

"[Heaven's Wager] is genuinely exciting...fast-paced...spine-tingling..." (Publishers Weekly)

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    GrandmaG Kinnelon, NJ, United States 11-22-11
    GrandmaG Kinnelon, NJ, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2011

    Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.

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    "Climbing the ladder of success. What's at the top?"

    Enjoyed this book. Dekker is a Christian, so if you're offended by Christian themes, you will not like this book. I enjoy most of Dekker's writing. This story held my interest and consequently I've decided to buy more in this series.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Pearland, TX, United States 06-14-11
    Teresa Pearland, TX, United States 06-14-11 Member Since 2009
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    "My 1st Ted Dekker book, & definitely NOT my last!!"

    This book was so well written, I felt like I was actually a character in the book. I could feel the emotions that the characters were going through, even so much as to keep me awake from the adrenaline! When Kent Anthony was wronged, I felt like I had been wronged too. I've never had that experience with a book before. I will definitely be downloading the other books in this series!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Mcgraw Lawrenceville, GA USA 09-19-12
    Paul Mcgraw Lawrenceville, GA USA 09-19-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Very, very highly recommended for Christians"

    Do things like the old testament trials of Job still happen today? The core premise of the book is, yes, they do. I love the characters, especially the Grandma. The plot is interesting and fresh. But the most impressive quality of this book is the focus on the spiritual nature of the struggles of the protagonist.

    If you are a believing Christian, you will love this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Mission Viejo, CA, United States 04-18-12
    Angie Mission Viejo, CA, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Open's Your Eyes To The Spiritual Realm"
    What made the experience of listening to Heaven's Wager the most enjoyable?

    I especially enjoyed the ending and how it became personal to every listener.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was real with a large dose of hope.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gregory’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure. I enjoyed his telling of the story. He did a great job staying in character.


    If you could rename Heaven's Wager, what would you call it?

    Every Man Is a Job


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved reading books by Ted Dekker. I did not find this one as well written as some of his other books. I thought his word choice and expressions were a bit cheesy at times and some of the drama was a bit drawn out and not necessary for the story line.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    04-25-12
    04-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "SURPRISINGLY GOOD!!!!"

    Not my usual download, but this book was surprisingly good.. It was well written and well narrated.. It kept me guessing till the end which is hard for someone who plows thru as many books as I do..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    amadin CHICAGO, IL, United States 04-17-12
    amadin CHICAGO, IL, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Living ..alive"

    Oh brother Dekker..oh precious Ted Dekker...I typed a few days ago, looking for authors like Frank Peretti..and Google via God spews out Ted Dekker...the rush of the story..the linking of Spirit and ink and oh the story of Elohim's grace and power,loss and return, pain and healing.
    A man will see and learn,will grow...More grace brother Dekker,to tell the story of Jesus with so much fire, clarity, intensity and power...I am buying any and everything you ever wrote Ted Dekker.God bless you.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Saco, ME, United States 07-18-12
    Kate Saco, ME, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2015

    I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.

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    "I normally like Dekker, but this was Bad!!!!"
    What disappointed you about Heaven's Wager?

    The story starts out with great potential when the main character, Kent, suffers personal tragedys and is cheated by his employers, but the whole thing moves very slowly and is filled with excessive religious overtones to the point it was hard to listen to many of the scenes.. In the parts where his mother in law, who is shall we say, overly relgious is going on and on about god etc it gets very boring. I was expecting a more intense story with much more action.

    Listening to Kent plot his revenge and then come apart by guilt in a slow spiral could have been good if it was not so repetiitive. I barely made it to the end and then wanted to hack up a furball with the absurdity of it. If you are not someone who is extremely religious, spare yourself and skip this one. I have no intention of listening to the second and third books in this series.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ted Dekker again?

    Not sure after this one. I have enjoyed others but this was pretty bad.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tim Gregory?

    The narration was okay; he just had a crappy story to work with.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Heaven's Wager?

    Most of the ones when Helen, the mother in law was droning on and on.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GLEICH FOREST FALLS, CA, United States 09-01-11
    GLEICH FOREST FALLS, CA, United States 09-01-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Heaven's Wager"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book including the performace of the reader.
    Ted Dekker weaves a great story and I am looking forward to the second in this triolgy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 05-13-13
    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 05-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Daylight Robbery"

    Is this the same Dekker who wrote "Adam"? He's obviously matured somewhat if a comparison of the two books is anything to go by, since this was written almost ten years earlier. I bought it because I enjoyed "Adam" and wanted to try more by the same author. The book has some good reviews. Has it been applauded by Christians out of a sense of duty? I feel as if I've skirted the fringes of lunacy for 16 hours.

    I find almost nothing likeable about the main characters. The hero, Kent, is a highly intelligent man who becomes mentally unhinged and starts acting like a moron. The other main character, his mother-in-law, is depicted as a warm and caring old lady. Actually, I find her pushy, self-righteous, hammerhead preachy, and almost abusive in the way she lords it over others. She has visions of heaven, where they seemingly spend their time in continuous histrionic laughter. Well anyway, that’s all she tells us about it. Sounds scary. But we should strive for it.

    The rest is preachy ad nauseum, with the single expletive of “Goodness!” repetitively thrown in at every turn. I waver between irritation and annoyance. Its one of the worst books I’ve listened to. I feel robbed! I think the only "goodness" out of this would be to gather all copies and send them for recycling.

    The sole redeeming factor is the excellent narration.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Drh99 07-25-15
    Drh99 07-25-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Neat view point"

    This was an interesting and unique story in the viewpoint. I have wondered about God's work today versus the past. It raised some more questions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • G
    Worcester Park, United Kingdom
    10/5/12
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    "Heaven'Wager"

    This is utter rubbish. A totally implausible story that meanders around unbelievable characters and a ridiculous theme. I am guessing it is supposed to be a modern day version of Job, but only really succeeds in creating a confused and unbelievable story. What a waste of money! My advice - pass it by!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pauline
    Verwood, United Kingdom
    9/18/12
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    "Too Much!"

    I did manage to get to the end - I kept hoping the bad streak in the main character would win through - but I certainly won't be getting any more of this series, or even of this author. I also had the idea this was a crime novel and I don't know why!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fuentes Perivancich Pamela
    6/29/12
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    "Terrible book"

    I listened for a whole 5 hours and just couldn't keep on. For some reason I thought it was a crime novel but in fact it's some kind of religious experience tale. Not to my taste. The writing was full of clichées and the rythm too slow as well. Hope somebody else enjoys this...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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