It takes an obsessive mind to know one. And Daniel Clark knows the elusive killer he's been stalking.
He's devoted every waking minute as a profiler to find the serial killer known only as Eve. He's pored over the crime scenes of sixteen young women who died mysterious deaths, all in underground basements or caverns. He's delved into the killer's head and puzzled over the twisted religious overtones of the killings.
What Daniel can't possibly know is that he will be Eve's next victim. He will be the killer's first Adam. After sixteen hopeless months, the case takes a drastic turn on a very dark night when Daniel is shot and left for dead.
Resuscitated after twenty minutes of clinical death, Daniel finds himself haunted by the experience. He knows he's seen the killer's face, but the trauma of dying has obscured the memory and left him with crushing panic attacks. Nothing--not even desperate, dangerous attempts to reexperience his own death--seems to bring him closer to finding the killer.
Then Eve strikes again, much closer to home. And Daniel's obsession explodes into a battle for his life . . . his sanity . . . his very soul.
Enter a world of death and near death that blurs the lines between fiction and reality in a way that will leave you stunned.
"The detail is stunning, pointing to meticulous research in FBI methods, forensic medicine, and psychological profiling. We have to keep telling ourselves that this is fiction. At the same time, we can't help thinking that not only could it happen, but that it will happen if we're not careful."
David M. Kiely and Christina McKenna, authors of The Dark Sacrament
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.56" Width: 6.38" Height: 1.38" Weight: 1.43 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595540075 ISBN13 9781595540072 UPC 020049130063
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More About Ted Dekker
Ted Dekker (born October 24, 1962) is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans.
Dekker was born to missionaries who lived among the headhunter tribes of Indonesia. Because his parents’ work often included extended periods of time away from their children, Dekker describes his early life in a culture to which he was a stranger as both fascinating and lonely. It is this unique upbringing that forced him to rely on his own imagination to create a world in which he belonged.
After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States to study Philosophy and Religion. Upon earning his Bachelor’s Degree, he entered the corporate world and proceeded to climb the proverbial ladder. But his personal drive left him restless and, after many successful years, he traded corporate life for wide range of entrepreneurial pursuits that included buying and selling businesses, healthcare services, and marketing.
In the early nineties while visiting a friend who had just written a book, Dekker decided to pursue a long held desire to be a novelist. Over the course of two years he wrote two full length novels before starting from scratch and rewriting both. Now fully enamored by the the process and the stories, he realized that storytelling was in his blood and a new obsession to explore truth through story gripped him anew.
He sold his business, moved his family to the mountains of Western Colorado and began writing full-time on his third novel. Two years and three novels later his first novel was published.
Dekker’s novels have sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Two of his novels, Thr3e and House, have been made into movies with more in production. Dekker resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Lee Ann and two of their daughters.
Spanish Bio: Ted Dekker, autor de mas de veinticinco novelas, es un autor de mayor venta del "New York Times". Es reconocido por novelas que combinan historias llenas de adrenalina con increibles confrontaciones entre el bien y el mal. Vive en Texas con su esposa y sus hijos. Twitter @TedDekker, facebook.com/#!/teddekker.
Ted Dekker currently resides in the state of Colorado. Ted Dekker was born in 1962.
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This is a fiction thriller, with a Christian message. I enjoyed the fast pass and mystery of this book. It is an easy read, yet Dekker's style of writing doesn't quite flow to my taste, and seems to be overly forced at times.
First Dekker Sep 13, 2008
I had seen Ted Dekker's books in the store and library many times but had never gotten around to reading one. I had heard only good things about his writing, but after reading this I'm wondering why. The description of the book's story line grabbed my attention, but I was sorely diappointed in the story itself. I thought the story turned out to be very predictable. The dialog was stilted and wooden and seemed more like something a first time author would write rather than a seasoned author. I felt the ending was a great disappointment as the whole book seemed to leading up to some great climax, but it was almost like the author just got tired of the story himself and said, "Okay, this is the end." While I was hoping to find another author I would enjoy, I think I'll pass on anmore of Mr. Dekker's books.
Great Read!!! Aug 4, 2008
ADAM is my first book by Ted Dekker. It is a great read! It keeps your attention throughout and the twist is great.
Leaves readers with lingering reminders that there are worlds of good and evil at play around us each day Jul 14, 2008
With ADAM, prolific author Ted Dekker spins another high-voltage web of intrigue. As is his norm, he weaves an intense emotional drama that has readers transfixed until the final page.
In this evocative story, Dekker's protagonist, FBI behavioral psychologist Daniel Clark, finds himself a victim of sorts of his own anti-religion philosophy when he allows an obsession with a serial killer dubbed "Eve" to destroy his marriage and overtake his life. Though Daniel writes eloquently about the evils of "religion," it is ironic that, as this drama plays out, religion and its accompanying spiritual forces and foes that he adamantly professes don't exist become his greatest nemesis.
After multiple slayings of young women, Eve actually fires the shot that kills Daniel as he and another agent/medical doctor, Lori Ames, are trying to rescue a barely alive female victim. Some 20 minutes after the shooting, Daniel is resuscitated, but in the aftermath suffers extreme episodes of panic, fear...and obsession...possession? Daniel seeks the aid of Lori, and they go in the "dark" to try to piece together and anticipate Eve's next step.
As Daniel fights his body's losing battle to ever-escalating thoughts of terror-ridden darkness, his ex-wife, Heather, is similarly battling her own set of fears. A phone call to her changes everything, and the killer makes it clear that she is Daniel's hope for survival. Unable to break free from him, and abruptly positioned in the center of the hunt, Heather enters the fray with Daniel and Lori to solve the intricacies of a murderer's mind and motives.
One emotionally draining episode after another, and the three are not simply fighting against Eve --- they are arguing, debating with their own inner thoughts and each other's. Daniel, Lori and Heather fight against time, distance and locating the key to Eve's past. When they realize they are dealing with the victim of a childhood kidnapping culminating in years of wretched abuse, the trio better grasp the evil they are up against.
They catch a break when Eve's former mentor priest is discovered and Heather confers with him. What she learns sounds unreal and otherworldly...and it is. Summoning up every ounce of courage she has and going against every bit of reason, logic and good sense, Heather begs Father Seymour to accompany her in the rescue of Daniel. What transpires in Eve's former place of childhood torture can only be described as hell itself, and the forces of heaven and hell wage against each other. Every one of the major players must reckon with what he or she truly believes about life, death and the powers that rule the universe.
Producing spine-tingling, edge-of-your-seat dialogue at its finest, Ted Dekker successfully brings closure to this life-altering clash between good and evil, and leaves readers with lingering reminders that there are two worlds at play around us each and every day.
--- Reviewed by Michele Howe
The ultimate psychological thriller Jul 11, 2008
To say that this novel is a psychological thriller is an understatement. The human psyche is deeply explored, as well as more about spiritual forces than at first glance. It's also not just a serial killer book, though that is one aspect. Abuse, fear, evil, victimization, freedom of choice, religion, triumph over evil, truth over lies, courage, and love all have a part in the whole. But the whole is definitely more than the sum of its parts.
What might happen to someone who is severely abused as a child in the name of religion? Is it possible to escape that evil, or must you succumb to it at some point in your life? Can good triumph over evil? Will it always? How much can one person endure before they break? Are demons real? Can they really overtake someone who gives them access? Don't we all have the capacity for evil inside ourselves? Dekker explores answers to these questions.
I usually preface my Dekker reviews with the disclaimer that I may be a bit too passionate when it comes to his books. I'm a huge fan and he never ceases to flabbergast me. Adam is no exception. Dekker continues to up the ante and churn out gale-force plots with gargantuan spiritual oomph. Hence my admiration. Do I have anything negative to say about this story whatsoever? Not remotely. And that's a shock if you know me. Even with Ted, I'm still nitpicky. No doubt, thriller lovers like me will find merit in this newest offering.
Ted's track record for penning chest-heaving, mind-spinning works is nothing short of uncanny. His writing has always been spot on, but I have seen his growing maturity not only in his words, but in his themes. I definitely think this is his best to date, his Circle works coming a very close second.
Do not miss this one. It deserves recognition and discussion not just for its entertainment value, but on the merit that it has the potential power to change lives.