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Stephen Friedman is just inches away from everything he could ever desire. It's Los Angeles in the early 70s, and Friedman is living the groovy southern California life of a real-estate wheeler dealer. He's making money hand-over-fist and has long given up hope of finding the family he's lost in worn-torn Poland.

But when a deceased woman's papers reveal that she possessed a priceless religious relic, and that she may have been his mother, Stephen becomes hungry for answers. A hunger that may kill him.

©2006 Ted Dekker; (P)2008 Oasis Audio

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Wonderful except ...

... the last 2 minutes in the epilogue where the author expounds on Christian philosophy. It amounts to stating the metaphor of the book - obsession - as it relates to Christ. It added nothing to the story.

Otherwise, this was an excellent story that kept me riveted with its character development and deep understanding of human good and evil, not to mention the plot. Well worth the listen!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Taut thriller

Very unrelentingly high-strung thriller, I liked it a lot. Makes an interesting point about obsession, which seems like a bad thing, until you finish this. Interesting points on faith and evil. Consistently pulls back from magical/spooky stuff (though the evil is scary haunting). Reader was good, easy to understand (but, obviously not from LA, or he'd know how to pronounce "Brea"). Recommend if you like contrast between black & white, and can stand a constant sense of impending disaster and hopeless situations. If you haven't read the Red/Black/White triolgy of Ted Dekker's, you should. This is not quite that level, but it's pretty darn good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Geart
  • Montgomery, IL, USA
  • 05-14-05

Obsessed kept me in my car for hours

I have made it a habit to listen to audio books on my way to and from work. "Obsessed" has made me enjoy this time so much more and I find myself taking detours and staying in my car to listen to this story.
It is well written and Dekker has become one of my favourite authors in the Christian genre. The story flows seamlessly back and forth between 1943 and 1973 interweaving the time periods and personalities.
Just like in Thr3e you will be in suspense until the final page of the book, or in audio format until the final minute, with all of its plot twists and turns.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Roger
  • SAINT PETERS, MO, United States
  • 01-05-06

Only OK

There was a long stretch in the early to middle part of this book that left me wanting to put it down. But it wasn't quite bad enough to simply walk away. Thankfully, it made a turn for the better after the start of the second part. By the end of the book, I was actually interested in the characters and rooting for them. Still, the ending was only decent and I would have a hard time recommending this book. Maybe it is simply not up to what I had come to expect from Dekker after reading Thr3e and the color trilogy.

The reader was only average, but much better than the reader for Thr3e.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • andover, MA, USA
  • 05-28-05

Dekker disappoints again!!

I read the Dekker trilogy, Black, Red and White. I got hooked on Black, unhooked on Red and swam away on White. The same thing happened with this novel. The book starts out gangbusters with a reasonable and promising premise. The author then moves from one implausible action to another. The trips to the basement of the building left me dumbfounded, especially the whole scenario with the quick drying cement. How stupid!! By the time I get to the climax, the story line has lost all credibility.
There are things to like about this authors writing. I just wish he would not lose me with implausible and inane actions from his lead characters.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Good, but his others are better.

Ted Dekker writes wonderful books! I Listened the whole way through and was interested in this story. However, I had a hard time with it only because his other books (Three and the Red/White/Black trilogy) were so much better. He has a great life theme that I really enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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So horrendous I had to review it...

I was hoping to be surprised by an author I've never read before. The first few chapters actually held some promise, but as the book progressed the sickly plot was made weaker by the shallow, sadly stated stereotypical characters.

Briefly, the book is a jewish Da Vinci Code with a touch of 1940's nazism taking place during the 1970's complete with "Bohemians" and groovy hippies. After the first half of the book I kept hoping the end was near, but alas, it kept going.

I was equally unimpressed with the narrator, although I must admit he didn't have much to work with.

Save your book credits and your money for something/anything else but this. It was so horrendous I was forced to write my first review.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Not as good as Black, Red, White

A couple of years ago, I read Dekker's trilogy, Black, Red, and White. I looked forward to another good read. This was not it. Many times I had trouble believing the lengths to which the characters went to achieve their goals. The timing and good fortune was also incredible. I realise the obsession involved, but this was too far-fetched and unbelievable.
By the end of part one, I really did not look forward to part two (like I currently look forward to part two of Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz). I finished this book only because I had it with me and I had a four hour drive.
On the positive side, it was generally unoffensive as far as language and situations.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I Enjoyed Listening

I enjoyed listening to this book. I wasn't sure how I felt at first but as the story progresses I was caught up in the characters and I wanted to hear more.

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Obsessed

Like all of Ted Dekker's books, you who choose to read them, come away with awe. His books are spirit directed Godly to their core. Sit and be awed, be renewed. Thank-you.