A good ead from start to finish The only eason I gave it an 8 was that some of the things Stephen Friedman does in this book just seem a little too far fetched Almost like watching those old scary movies where the high school girls decide to stay in the house even though there s an ax wielding psycho out to get them You know the ones you kept screaming at to just get out of the house Come on you know what I m talking aboutPublisher s SummaryStephen Friedman is making a good living in good times He s just an ordinary guy Or so he thinksBut one day an extraordinary piece of information tells him differently It s a clue from the grave of a Holocaust survivor A clue that makes him heir to an incredible fortunea clue that only he and one other man can possibly understandThat man is Roth Braun a serial killer who has been waiting for Stephen for 30 years Roth was stopped once before This time nothing will get in his wayKnown worldwide for page turning adrenaline aced thrillers Dekker aises the stakes in this story of passion evenge and an all consuming obsession for the ultimate treasure Excellent book Author eally makes you feel what the characters are experiencing Whenever I ead a Ted Dekker book at some point I just sit back and shake my head He is nothing if not creative but sometimes it s over the top People do things you never imagined people would do On the other hand especially in this book without that extreme imagination you would never grasp the complete idea obsession After all God is obsessed with us and we need to be obsessed with Him So in light of that I loved the book As always there were surprises suspense and periods of joy and love Constantly you have the element of extreme goodness and extreme wickedness always the struggle by Lucifer to obtain all But in the end the solution seems very plausible It eminds us of our struggle with Satan and the lies he tells us I loved the end of the epilogueit brought tears to my eyes From the beginning I am very much curious about this book So I eally searched first its author and found out that Ted Dekker the author is known for his book entitled Three However since the copy I only saw from Dekker is just this book I searched first for eaders feedbacks Honestly I ve been picking books up safely these days because eventually I don t want to go bashing and anting some poor books just because they hadn t made my taste I m glad that the feedbacks I ve ead were all so far positive that it got me pursue to ead this bookStephen Friedman is normally living as a ealtor He inherited a big amount of money from his foster parents to make it way enough for his living When the ich old woman Rachel Spitzer died and eveals a note that she s searching for her son while she was alive Stephen s life changed No matter how he denies that he s the son of the old ich Rachel gravity as though pulls him towards the house of his late mother In just a single visit he didn t think that he would discover a safe in the house s basement nor does he know how much it will change his life forever and turn him as obsessed as he never could imagineRoth Braun is living as a serial killer Knowing a Rachel Spitzer died in a newspaper he is soon euested by his father Gerhard Braun who s also a killer to search for the elics which Rachel had stolen from them Roth did follow his father s euest but the main eason he goes for it isn t for the elics that stolen but for Stephen whom he has waited for a long timeLet s have this straight I don t know if I m just being generous on giving stars these past few weeks since I hadn t encountered again a book worth bashing Probably my safety picking of books has indeed worked I liked this very much if that s again you want to hear from me as what I said from my other book eviews I arely ead a suspense fiction books and if I do I m eally much into praying that I ll be able to ead the book through all the way At first I thought this was a horror kind of book or a fantasy one As I make it halfway through it was impossible for this book to make up for either fantasy or horror and obviously I still continued eading Many suspense books had tried me but they aren t worthy as putting in a suspense genre However when it comes to this book I assure you one hundred percent that this will terrify you to the bones oh uh not because there are some ghosts in it but this book has a super strong factor of suspense There was one time that this book Obsessed eally made me laugh to the point that my mom asked me if I d gone nuts and while in the motion of laughing I immediately closed this book and stopped eading because I m very much terrified of what might happen nextBooks nowadays have apparently nice titles But my uestion is do the titles of those books make sense to its story Obsessed is a catching title and fortunately it eally gives so much justice to the story If obsession is what you e looking for in this story this book will give you what you e looking for I eally liked how this book offers different kinds of obsession how this book gives a connection between fear and hope and how this has been influenced by bibleDekker tells different story from different time And the both stories are eally interesting that I kept waiting when the story of either time will be continued The main thing that got me interested between these stories is how the both stories will cross and make sense after all the turns and confusions it has given me This book offers a different kind of love story a different meaning of destiny I can t eally imagine how a man finds his destined to be out of his obsession I eally enjoyed Dekker s concept of this book purely matured but definitely suits to any kind of age This book has a very impressive writing style won t let you bored as for me One thing to complete my list for my whole life of eading this is one of the books I ve ead that indeed stunned me with its unpredictable twist I never eally see the twist coming that it eally amazed me to the point that I d never almost finished my lunch just because I eached the point of the twist and that made me ponder how it s gotten there under my noseI m totally not obsessed of this book but I promise to look for Dekker s other books This has been an addictive page turner It s kept me on pins and needles There were times where I couldn t bear to turn the page because I just didn t want to know if the character was going to encounter an ugly end or a great success However I just had to keep going and ead it because I eally wanted to know what happened The action and the plot were well written and it just keeps you on edge It s been a very suspenseful plot Stephen Friedman is making a good living in good times He's just an ordinary guy Or so he thinksBut one day an extraordinary piece of information tells him differently It's a clue from the grave of a Holocaust survivor
Nd a very thrilling ideStephen as a character is what makes the story funny and keeps the action going as he keeps on pressing towards his goal I say it s funny because there were just things Stephen had to do which just made me laugh out loud Roth on the other hand makes the story very chilling and dark he s your average villain but add evil about 3 cups and take away the soul and you get Roth I have never ead a villain such as this and he would most likely end up on my top ten villain list He was just very eal and oozes evil he even has the black ensemble to match it Of all the characters mentioned though I liked Ruth Her strength and her ability to see the good and be able to hold onto hope even when she was surrounded by death and hopelessness was very admirable Considering the author is known for his Christian fiction and he does make eferences to faith and God in his works the book did not seem preachy at all It did not get in the way of the plot So those who aren t into Christian fiction like I am the story eally has nothing to do with God or anything of any eligious denomination Just ead it for the plot and the spine chilling events You ll be a satisfied eader like I was Obsession does play a major theme in this book both from Stephen s side and from Roth s What frustrated me about the story is certain parts of the book where the characters decide to just stop and hesitate and think about what they e doing when they should be unning out the door and unning like hell I don t get it I felt like jumping in and kicking them towards the exit and to stop thinking and blubbering like idiots It was extremely frustrating and annoyingOverall though an excellent page turner with all the ight plot twists and thrilling moments at the ight times Give this a ead if you want a great thrilling ide Half of this book is terrific the story of Martha and Ruth and their lives in the concentration camp and worth eading for that It s gripping suspenseful heart wrenching and worth a definite five stars I suspect those who ated it high did so because of that portionUnfortunately there s also Stephen s story that takes up the bulk of the novel and everses the effect of all that beautiful storytelling with MarthaRuth Stephen s actions are uite illogical in many places which made the majority of his story unbelievable for me I couldn t like him because he made several downright stupid choices I just kept saying to myself Really I m supposed to believe someone in his situation would actually do that Some of his actions are clich s as is the character of Roth the antagonistIf I d ecommend it to anyone I d tell them to ead the Martha and Ruth chapters and skip over all the others until they eached the last few chapters I don t think they d miss anything important and they wouldn t be distracted by Stephen s illogical behavior When Obsessed was published in 2005 I don t know if Ted Dekker was a household name He certainly hadn t gained the loyal fan base that he knows today It is a cult like following in that his fans can be uite devisive at times and they let their opinions of him and his work be known It is a fan base I m proud to be a part of and I m not afraid of express myself I don t mention these things as filler or because they might or might not interest the eader though I d like to think I m not alone in finding them modestly interesting Rather I say them to stress a distinct point which I believe should be considered throughout the course of this eview On the cusp of adrenaline laced books like Heaven s Wager and the second installment in The Heaven Trilogy When Heaven Weeps also known as The Martyr s Song trilogy as well as Thr3e and Blink Dekker s eleventh novel offers something that others do not It s a departure from his supernatural or mythology stories although it is just as theological as his other work I also suspect that while he had written historical fiction before namely the coveted Circle Series those are speculative and biblically based In Obsessed we possess something different It s a uality which Dekker has honed over the last seventeen years to the point of near perfection He is constantly keeping things fresh einventing himself Essentially Obsessed is historical fiction through and through Its preternatural elements are minimal Doing so allowed him to shift the focus away from plot in an attempt to develop character Sadly I found most lacking Where there should have been a fullness and love compassion and empathy there s a wretched flatness that I d never associated with Dekker before To be clear I m not being overly critical I prefer the term constructive criticism I think that he wrote one heck of a novel that s fast paced deeply profound in a myriad of ways even touching at times and for the most part very well written In fact of the ten Dekker books under my belt Obsessed falls short only of the Circle series and Adam That s saying a lot too seeing as those five books are near and dear to me They e beyond compare personally More to the point I believe that most of the flaws in Obsessed stem from elative inexperience He was also experimenting the end esult being historical fiction verging on insanity well almost which oozes fringe Dekker s all about the fringe It s always isky to balance two sides of the same story by two or perspectives all of which should invariably be distinctive and that s exactly what Dekker does here But typical of this Indonesian he takes it steps further The chapters in uestion aren t merely contrasting points of view they show the experiences of two women imprisoned in Torun an infamous concentration camp in Poland circa 1944 45 Ruth and Martha s chapter s are shown in the utmost detail often gut wrenching and moving There s a lot of heart and soul there too What makes this so isky is that the eader could potentially enjoy one half than its counterpart This is a bold move which pays off in spades despite or perhaps because of its precarious nature It s a isk that works even though I did enjoyed them than the present storyline set in 1973 Los Angeles Those set in Torun satisfied and astounded me They fascinated me infinitely They gutted me unlike anything I ve ead in a long time I wanted much I still do Dekker could write a whole book chronicling the lives and uniue experiences of Martha and Ruth and I would not complain As a matter of fact I would be honored to ead their stories There is immense purpose to the juxtapositions too It isn t as though one doesn t serve the other in some way or another Dekker certainly didn t included them as filler There are connections throughout some being thematic while others are concerned with cha. Clue that makes him heir to an incredible fortune a clue that only he and one other man can possibly understandThat man is Roth Braun a serial killer who has been waiting for Stephen for thirty years Roth was stopped on.
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Racter four of which make an enormous impact on the present There s no future without the past and vise versa It all makes sense in the end I sell ideas Actually if you think about it everything is eally no than an idea The past is nothing than a memory which is one kind of idea The future is still a hope another kind of idea The present is fleeting and becomes a memory before you can put your hands on it All ideas I sell ideas There s a significant amount of supernatural talk of power obtained through it Overall though that s all it amounts to talk In utter seriousness I m not sold on the concept that the novel s main villain Roth Braun is some supernatural entity If he is Dekker does not define it There is however mention of psychic energy Roth believes that the phenomenon is vastly misunderstood by humanity He gloates He hated America but he loved the purity of nature and despite the smell of exhaust the wind held some of the power that came with that purity Even those who thought they understood the psychic energy in nature arely arely eally understood its true unspoiled power It was the energy of a million nuclear detonations It was the force of a billion babies crying out at once It was the substance of creation aw staggering A plea to everse the chaos suffered at the hands of uined humanity Despite my eservations I did not struggle to picture Roth I know his likes as well as the subjects of his loathing Whenever a personal trait was mentioned I was not taken aback Everything felt genuine The same goes for Roth s father Gerhard Braun Clearly Dekker knew the duo intimately as well as the esearch necessary to ender the historical aspects as accurately as possible Not that I sympathize or have empathy for Roth but I understand him He s a cruel monster and yet there s a part of me that pities him His childhood was in a lot of ways forced upon him esulting in a terrible upbringing I d challenge anyone not to be scarred by it Even through he chose to embrace a murderous lifestyle later on that status was basically inevitable That isn t a spoiler by the way as the synopsis tells you that he s a serial killer which makes way for my next point The killings didn t feel eal and maybe that s because we see it happen only one time early on And I hate to say it but I can t help feeling that Dekker incorporated said trope as a way of attempting to sensationalize his tale Perhaps he was obligated and felt afraid of losing eaders if he didn t deliver another killer like Slater from Thr3e His easoning could be any number of things I just wish I knew why At any ate it did not work for me There was zero tension suspense or fear Still I should have felt something If nothing else the eader should feel the sting of death especially that of the innocent And there s so much innocence here I m even willing to concede the possibility that this was intentional that Dekker placed less empathsis on the killings in exhange for a intense personal narrative evolving primarily around Stephen Roth and their espective obsessions These present day Nazi s aren t alone either Roth s henchman are outwardly simpleton They e mindless with subverviance bordering on naivete His entourage is flat which makes Stephen Friedman s impressive and transparent by comparison I know nothing about them save their blind loyalty to the cause and their ethnicity I wanted to get to know them still do in fact in the vain hope that maybe there s to them Maybe they e decent and strong and kind Maybe But we ll never know unless Ted ewrites the book someday At least with Stephen we have a fairly decent sense of who he is but I yearn for always In between Ester and Stephen is there s an unorthodox love Or at any ate an intense chemistry I think it blossomed too uickly and as a esult it felt contrived Nevertheless their adoration for each other grew on me They e adorable in ways which aren t gross or heavily omanticized His conversion to Christianity also felt forced I wanted badly to believe in his implic This is the first book I ve ead by Dekker It was a serendipitous experience He s definitely talented in allegorical writing This book had me laughing crying and frustrated At one point I had to stop eading because my heart was pounding If there ever was a book that I wanted to transport myself into a scene and grab the character to pull him away from a situation it was this book He just wouldn t get out of the building fast enough And even on further into the story Stephen frustrated me to the extreme and he caused my heart to ace But his heart was in the ight place in spite of the circumstances The storyline can come across a little far fetched so one needs to ead it with understanding that it s an allegorical story based on Biblical foundationsgood vs evil and how we as humans obsess over one or the other I enjoyed the story vacillating from 1945 WW II concentration camp in Poland to 1973 Los Angeles The story builds for about the first half of the book and then careens to the ending full of twists turns thrill and suspense Stephen literally stops at nothing to fulfill his obsessionfinding the girl for whom he was born During this pursuit lives were in danger and many others were hanging by a noose literally For the sensitive eader be aware that there is mild gore blood drinking though not too detailed concentration camp hangings and psychological thrill elements There is no vulgar language or sexual content From the story the eader can ecognize that we humans either obsess towards the Creator of hope that brings eternal joy or we obsess towards the creator of evil of false hope who diminishes any joy we could experience May we all obsess for the Creator so we may live that hope and joy will always defeat any evil that befalls us Another thrilling novel by Ted Dekker The plot was exciting from the first to the last page I enjoyed how Dekker flipped back and forth between the characters in 1973 and their parents during WWII to tell the entire story This seemed different to me than the other Dekker novels I have ead Interesting a bit slower but different Maybe the topic of obsession just didn t connect with me or I just did not connect with characters as well as I have in the past but I had a hard time staying in sync with the choices made by almost all of the characters It just didn t seem feasibleThat being said this still ends up as an entertaining storythough you have to wait it out until the very endand I do appreciate the point that he comes around to on how much God loves us It doesn t take a long time to get through it and if you like Dekker then it is probably worth it Otherwise I might opt for something else. Ce before This time nothing will get in his wayKnown worldwide for page turning adrenaline laced thrillers Dekker aises the stakes in this story of passion evenge and an all consuming obsession for the ultimate treasur.
Ted Dekker is known for novels that combine adrenaline laced stories with unexpected plot twists unforgettable characters and incredible confrontations between good and evil Ted lives in Austin with his wife LeeAnn and their four children