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Showdown: The Books of History Chronicles, Paradise Series, Book 1 | [Ted Dekker]

Showdown: The Books of History Chronicles, Paradise Series, Book 1

When a stranger named Marsuvees Black appears in Paradise, he brings with him a message of hope and love. Or is it death and hate? Perhaps neither - perhaps both. He seems to know too much about the town's many unspoken secrets, and he himself holds the greatest secret of them all. As black clouds and sandstorms envelop the town, it becomes almost impossible to get in or out. It quicky becomes apparent that Paradise is being isolated for a reason. But why?
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When a stranger named Marsuvees Black appears in Paradise, he brings with him a message of hope and love. Or is it death and hate? Perhaps neither - perhaps both. He seems to know too much about the town's many unspoken secrets, and he himself holds the greatest secret of them all. As black clouds and sandstorms envelop the town, it becomes almost impossible to get in or out. It quicky becomes apparent that Paradise is being isolated for a reason. But why?

©2005 Ted Dekker; (P)2009 Oasis

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    Nichole 12-09-11
    Nichole 12-09-11
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    "Absolutely repulsive"
    Would you try another book from Ted Dekker and/or Kevin King?

    As much as I've read Christian fiction, maybe I'm just not into completely unrealistic and stupid writing. This is the most stupid book I've ever read. I'm not even sure I want to finish it. Ugh.

    Kevin King is a horrible narrator. He misinterprets the obvious vocal rises and falls of questions and statements, he does the opposite of the what the words say (rendering a


    Has Showdown turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The voices were not true to what was written. And the weaselly, icky voice that Kevin uses for every woman should seriously be done away with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I guess I'll know if I decide to finish it. I'm far more than halfway through. So far, no.


    Any additional comments?

    Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher East Point, GA, United States 07-26-11
    Christopher East Point, GA, United States 07-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Probably great with another narrator."

    I am a Ted Dekker fan and have been for some time, trying to listen to this book has been trying & even painful at times. I find very rarely find difficulty in listening to most audio books, but the narrator was just not a good choice for this story in my opinion. His voice held nothing in the way of drama, suspense or the sinister nature of what I felt the main character should be. He did an excellent job in the roles of the children, but sadly I just couldn't find his reading and portrayal of the other characters believable or likeable. He would probably be great for another type of book or series but he didn't do it for me here.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matt RIDGEWAY, VA, USA 04-28-10
    Matt RIDGEWAY, VA, USA 04-28-10
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    "Great message in a decent story"

    I am not sure what to say about this book. It isn't Red, Black or White. If you are expecting the same caliber of book, then you will be disappointed. The story moves a little slower and I felt it was more predictable. Also, I didn't find the characters nearly as interesting.

    That all said, I enjoyed the book. This is my 5th Ted Dekker book. I think if you are new to Dekker and are looking for something to keep you on the edge of your seat, start with Red, Black and White. If you've read Red, Black and White, you may want to check out this book. If you want to know why, keep reading. The reason contains a very minor spoiler, but for what it is worth, the astute will figure it out in the first few of chapters.

    ** minor spoiler **
    If you have read Red, Black and White, the story does tie in. For that reason alone it is probably worth the read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Ravenna, OH, United States 12-03-12
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    "Exciting Story"
    What did you love best about Showdown?

    Showdown started out slow but you were unsure who was on the good side and who was on the bad.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Showdown?

    When the young man went to town and was killed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he was brought back to life.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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