Showdown (Paradise Series, Book 1) (The Books of History Chronicles)
Showdown - Paradise Series, Book 1 - The Books of History Chronicles Author:Ted Dekker Dekker's readers will recognize many of his mainstays: mysterious forces causing havoc, characters who may or may not be what they seem and open, faith-based questions about the very nature of reality. In this page-turner, the residents of Paradise, Colorado (a one-saloon town in the mountains), encounter Marsuvees Black, a purported preacher wh... more »o claims God sent him to bring "grace and hope" to their town. Meanwhile, at a nearby nondenominational Christian monastery, monks fret over a rebellion among the gifted children in their care. Dekker (Thr3e; Blink) impressively paces the novel, maximizing suspense and intrigue by solving the novel's myriad mysteries at the exact point readers will likely be guessing at them. For example, it will dawn on readers by the middle of the story that a certain type of connection must exist between the monastery and the town. Dekker rewards that discovery by explaining the connection, but still leaves enough questions open to keep readers sleuthing to the end. While there are gory scenes and small problems with the story (especially the implausible, unethical circumstances under which the students at the monastery have been procured and studied), Dekker delivers his signature exploration of good and evil in the context of a genuine thriller that could further enlarge his already sizable audience. (Feb. 10) Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Product Description: Welcome to Paradise. Epic battles of good and evil are happening all around us. Today that battle comes to town with the sound of lone footsteps clacking down the blacktop on a hot, lazy summer afternoon. The black-cloaked man arrives in the sleepy town of Paradise and manages to become the talk of the town within the hour. Bearing the power to grant any unfulfilled dream, he is irresistible. Seems like bliss . . . but is it? Or is hell about to break loose in Paradise?« less
David C. S. (revdave) reviewed Showdown (Paradise Series, Book 1) (The Books of History Chronicles) on
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I had read "House" by Dekker and Peretti, and had bought "Showdown" about the same time. I had never read Dekker before, but this book was hard to put down. The last 100 pages just don't stop until you finish. It moves so quickly at the end, I was unable to stop until it was done. Looking forward to reading more from him.