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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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Don't miss out on a great book!

I have read most of Ted Dekker's books and love them. I almost didn't get this one due to some of the negative reviews. I am so glad I didn't listen and went with my heart. It is now one of my favorites! I can't wait for the next in the series!!!

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Inspiring!!!

This three book series was wonderfully written and masterfully performed to create a striking parallel to the struggle of Christ and the Christian Life. As Rom and his three friends struggled to understand the destiny that have been dropped in their laps, an amazing journey unfolds before them. It not only affects them but will come to influence every living being on the face of the Earth. As they search for truth and meaning, one figure stands at the center; young boy named Jonathan. As he grows into his destiny, protected by those that believe, many struggles come to play. A dark and unflinching evil threatens to destroy everything they have sacrificed so much for. It is Jonathan and the unfailing true belief of those closest to him that prevail, even though they themselves struggle to hold on, doubtful, wondering if there really is a reason for all that has happened. The resulting climax is so poignant and meaningful that , whether you believe or not, you will know that there is so much more to this life then we can see with just our eyes. We must simply know it in our hearts and Love Unconditionally.

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  • Keith
  • Arlington, TN, United States
  • 10-08-12

Not Bad but Not Good

I had a hard time swallowing the plot of the book. The premise that we had forgotten all emotion and the main characters suddenly wake up and remember they had emotions, is ludicrous to me. There is a chosen one that will awaken everyone to the emotions they have forgotten. Some how though one person has found his emotion and is plotting to become the top dog. Ted Dekker has many great books but this is just not one of them. I think I have a good imagination but I cannot imagine people without emotion.

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great :]

The story was typical Dekker-esque thrills and plot twists; my only nag is the narration. Mr. Levya just doesn't seem to capture the gravity in the change from a world of death to a living world of emotions; his voice remains flat with the characters' new experiences with feeling. That being said, the story was still great though!

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  • Joseph
  • Barton, NY, USA
  • 02-15-13

Hang in there, the book gets really good

It took me a while to get the flow of the book with the amount of characters being introduced and the concept of what the book was about. Once I wraped my arms around these, I loved the book.

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  • Biff
  • Fort Atkinson, WI
  • 09-18-11

Not Worth Paying For!

True garbage! Story has every opportunity to be ground breaking, but at every turn fails to get there. Words just to have words. Heroes are so predictable, that you know what is going to happen chapters ahead of happening. I expected more out of this well known team.

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Engaging!l

Loved it! We couldn't wait to buy the next 2 books.. thank you for keeping us so riveted. Made our trip fly by!

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One Of The Best Trilogies

Where does Forbidden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The narrator did a great job with this audiobook, and all three books for that matter. Phenomenal story in all the books. Due to this series Ted Dekker has become a must read/listen to author for me.

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First book from Ted and I'll keep on reading him!

That was awesome! I will be reading more of his books! I have no doubt!

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Intriguing Storyline.

Neat concept. I never felt closely attached to the characters, but the plot was interesting and kept me listening.