Friday, February 22, 2008

CFBA Tour: Adam

Ted Dekker doesn't need much introduction in the realm of Christian fiction. If any readers here think that a book from Christian fiction authors aren't worth checking out, then his new book Adam is very likely to change your mind.

I've enjoyed the other books of his that I've read (Blink, Thr3e, and Showdown). I have been busy enough with reading that I've haven't managed to read every one of his books. He has a powerful imagination and loves to explore the tension between good and evil.

Adam is the latest book to examine this theme. From the back cover:

FBI behavioral psychologist Daniel Clark has become famous for his well-articulated arguments that religion is one of society’s greatest antagonists. What Daniel doesn’t know is that his obsessive pursuit of a serial killer known only as “Eve” is about to end abruptly with an unexpected death-his own.

Twenty minutes later Daniel is resuscitated, only to be haunted by the loss of memory of the events immediately preceding his death.

Daniel becomes convinced that the only way to stop Eve is to recover those missing minutes during which he alone saw the killer’s face. And the only way to access them is to trigger his brain’s memory dump that occurs at the time of death by simulating his death again…and again. So begins a carefully researched psychological thriller which delves deep into the haunting realities of near-death experiences, demon possession, and the human psyche.

I'm not a person who reads a book in one sitting, but I really wish I could have with Adam. He knows how to capture an audience and hold them to their seats, knuckles white from gripping the book. The main characters all suffer from some obsession, and the individual reactions to the scenario are intriguing. As they work together to hunt down the serial killer "Eve", the tension ratchets up to a surprising turn of events that throws the book from being a taut thriller about tracking a murderer to something much more haunting and personal.

Dekker's writing is fast-paced, and there is not a lot of flowery exposition - he hits the action hard and keeps the plot moving. He uses an interesting technique in this book. There is a fictional Crime Today magazine serial of 9 articles discussing how a serial murderer comes to be. Basically he gives away who the bad guy is from the get go, but is still able to keep the suspense at high levels in tracking the path throughout the serial articles and the narrative. Very challenging to pull off, yet he does it very well.

My only critiques lie with the medical aspects, which play into the plot prominently. He has done his research well, and it is all written well and believably. My problem is that I am a physician assistant, so I can see a few minor inaccuracies. Aren't I picky? I'm sure that it won't be a problem for any other readers.

Overall, this book has reminded me of why Ted Dekker is the premier Christian suspense author today. He deftly handles issues of darkness and light and is a master of drawing his reader into the the battle that ensues. I highly recommend this book, and I've got a new itch to read more of Dekker's work.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:25 PM

    I just started reading this book and it is amazing I sitting at the edge of my seat waiting what happens next. I am sad when I have to put it down and do my work because you want to know what happens next.