©2007 Ted Dekker; (P)2007 Oasis Audio
"A freak tornado drives five characters together in the little Nevada town of Summerville in this striking morality tale." (Booklist)
"Listeners will tug at their collars and grip their steering wheels, and families will wonder why Dad is still sitting in his car in the driveway as Dekker delivers the chills that inspire a solid performance by Verner." (AudioFile)
This book is fast-paced and keeps you listening. Dekker's stories seem similar to Koontz-type stories with a more philisophical Christian focus. The writing (at least in this particular book) didn't feel quite as mature as a Koontz book. By this, I mean the characters and dialogue weren't quite as developed and felt more simple; however, the overall idea Dekker illustrated through his story felt well thought out and was intriguing. I look forward to listening to this story again now that I see the big concept Dekker explores in it.
Ted Dekker keeps you glued to the book from the first chapter. I love his ability to keep you in suspense from the get go. Would highly recommend this book, this is one of the very few books I've read/listened to multiple times.
I have enjoyed several of Dekker's earlier works but this title was absolutely horrendous. I could not even make it through the first few chapters of the book. The storyline and plot were weak. The characters were generic, redundant and unbelievable. The dialogue had me rolling my eyes and what made it even less palatable was the narrator's voice. Dekker is an incredible writer, however, he should slow down and focus on quality and less quantity.
I really enjoyed Dekker's earlier works, but his newer works have been a let-down. I couldn't even make it all the way through Skin. The dialog was just too painful. It was cheesy and unrealistic. Also, the plot (at least as far as I got) seemed to be very derivative of House, the book he wrote with Frank Peretti. Dekker needs to slow down and put more thought into his books and stop trying to put out several novels in a year.
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