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Forbidden | [Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee]

Forbidden

New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future. Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future.

Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.

Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love.

But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed.

Set in a terrifying, medieval future, where grim pageantry masks death, this tale of dark desires and staggering stakes peels back the layers of the heart for all who dare to take the ride.

©2011 Ted Dekker (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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    Wendy TEMPERANCE, MI, United States 03-26-13
    Wendy TEMPERANCE, MI, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Forbidden from 4 stars"

    To me this book was just average. I really wanted to like it, but so unbelievable and just seemed to fall flat nearing the end. It was fast and easy read, but not a book I was engrossed in or felt connected in any way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Plymouth, MA 09-14-12
    William Plymouth, MA 09-14-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Still don't know"
    Any additional comments?

    There are lots of themes that make you think. I am not sure where the authors are trying to lead me, but like the concepts and historic relationships they present.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin 09-03-12
    Benjamin 09-03-12
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    "Enaging, Thrilling, and Exciting! Well done Tedd!"
    Would you listen to Forbidden again? Why?

    Definitely! Forbidden follows in step to the storytelling style of Black from the Circle series by Tedd Dekker. I couldn't stop listening to the book! There are many storylines that are coming togather throughout the book leadign to a suprising and awesome end that leaves you salivating for the next book in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The determination of the main character is insane. His passion for things is extreme leading him to follow his heart through some amazing action and emotional portions of the story in ways most would faulter.


    What about Henry Leyva’s performance did you like?

    He was engaging and realy drew you into the character, emotion, and excitment of each character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The dead find life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 08-11-12
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Starts great, but forgets its origin"

    Forbidden begins with a fantastic concept: mankind (either willingly or unknowingly) elects to suppress (through some sort of viral gene therapy) emotions, except for fear. Nearly 500 hundred years later, we can see the society that has evolved. As can be anticipated, violence and aggression are gone and society is a rather docile shell of its former self. Emotions like love have been morphed into a sense of duty or obligation with fear dominating potential dereliction of duty. Fear keeps everyone in line and religion offers an afterlife / heaven of "bliss" where fear would be removed.

    Into this mix, our hero is exposed to a secret cult of the "Keepers" who have a dream of resetting human emotions. Most of the story is the journey to realize this dream. Unfortunately, the story loses its way from what begins as a clear biologically based sci-fi, into a quasi-fantasy tale. Given all the possible modes that could have been proposed to restore emotions, its sad that the original scientists who created the virus therapy in the first place went on to predict (without explanation) that exactly 471 years in the future, a crippled boy would be born of regal origin that holds the key for humanity. They also provide vague and cryptic clues as to exactly how all this is supposed to work out. The biblical thrust is none too subtle.

    The narration is good and the pacing is excellent. The listening is easy and the story itself is enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benihanaa Provo, UT 04-06-12
    Benihanaa Provo, UT 04-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Takes a while to get into, but overall a good read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. However, I didn't think I would for the first half of the book, and I almost gave up reading a few times. But the story eventually comes together to become an enjoyable read with some surprising twists.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall premise of the story is an interesting concept.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Henry Leyva???s performances?

    Maybe. The narrator (much like the book) seems to improve as the the story progresses. He's better in the second half of the book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda 03-03-12
    Ronda 03-03-12 Member Since 2011

    I love a good murder mystery or any novel where good overcomes evil. Two of my favorite authors are Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker.

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    "If you liked the Circle Trilogy, you'll love this!"

    This book lived up to my expectations for a Ted Dekker novel more so than most of his latest books since the Circle Trilogy. I am hoping for many more in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Portland, ME, United States 09-18-11
    Paula Portland, ME, United States 09-18-11 Member Since 2008
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    "What the hell"
    Would you try another book from Ted Dekker, and Tosca Lee and/or Henry Leyva?

    I keep trying to listen to this book but it reads like a five year old wrote it.
    I wasted my money.


    What was most disappointing about Ted Dekker, and Tosca Lee???s story?

    All of it, It was written poorly.


    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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