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Overview Deep in the Amazon jungle, a young American woman and the son of plantation owners fall madly in love. But the jungle has also spawned an insidious evil shrouded in a plot so diabolically brilliant that America will be brought to its knees at the hands of a few terrorists.
The world's worst fears have dawned. Nothing stands in the way of total destruction...except the love of one woman.
Deep in the Amazon jungle a young American woman and the son of plantation owners fall madly in love. For Tanya and Shannon, life is a paradise most only dream about.
But today paradise ends.
The jungle has hatched more than idyllic love. It has also spawned insidious evil. An evil shrouded in a plot so diabolically brilliant that all of America will be brought to her knees at the hands of a few terrorists.
The plan is executed to perfection. There is no way out...save an ancient woman whose dark past has lead her to a life of prayer in preparation for the unspeakable terror about to be unleashed.
Citations And Professional Reviews Thunder Of Heaven (Martyrs Song #3) by ted dekker has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 55
Ingram Advance - 10/01/2005 page 168
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Martyrs Song
Series Number 3
ISBN 0849945178 ISBN13 9780849945175 UPC 023755023681
Availability 0 units.
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Thunder Of Heaven?
Entertaining and Thought Provoking Dec 10, 2006
I have several Ted Dekker novels and they are all entertaining and thought provoking. 'Thunder Of Heaven' is no exception.
Dekker has blended an action plot involving terrorists with a nuclear device, romance, and spiritual themes. I am not one who enjoys romance, but the author does it in a way that is not obnoxious or overdone.
The action rolls along at a good pace and keeps the reader's interest throughout.
There was one error that should have been avoided. This may be somewhat of a spoiler so read further at your own risk. When one of the characters is imprisoned for a terrorist plot, he is located in the 'Canyon City Correctional Facility'. A participant in international terrorism would not be incarcerated in a local or state facility. It is a federal crime so he would be in a federal prison. With the type of crime and skill set/threat level possessed by this person, he would likely be housed in a United States Penitentiary (USP). This may not be a huge issue, but I think that technical accuracy is important in a good novel.
In spite of that one issue, I would recommend this book as well as any others I have read by Dekker. He is a highly skilled author who keeps one's attention.
Changed My View of Christian Novels Dec 9, 2005
Allow me to be honest: I resisted reading Christian fiction for a long time because I thought it would be, well, boring. I'm a Christian, but sermons are for the pulpit, not the printed page. Or so I thought. Thunder of Heaven completely sideswiped me with a great opening, a fast pace, and an interesting cast of characters who pop with realism. My favorite is Casius, a CIA assassin. The book follows him and the daughter of two married missionaries as they grapple with the slaughter of their parents and try to stop a terrorist attack. The jungle setting is a cool stage for this story to play out. The only time I realized I wasn't reading a thriller shaped by any of the great writers of our time is when the author dropped in a spiritual insight or two-and even those were interesting. I highly recommend this book.
2nd place out of 3 Dec 6, 2005
Thunder of Heaven is better than Heaven's Wager yet not as great as When Heaven Weeps. Now of course this is all relative to your kind of story. Thunder of Heaven is a shorter story that has more action than the previous 2. It takes place in a jungle and that setting alone creates a great plot. I don't know if Ted intended a twist in it or not but after the first attack on the homes I knew who was who in the future. The surprise wasn't as big as say Thr3e was...but again, Ted himself has said that he writes different kinds of stories each time. He's almost like the book version of M. Night Shaymalan(sp?)
Exciting! Jan 24, 2005
I really enjoyed this novel. This is the first book I've read by Dekker and I found him to be an excellent read. It delievers a good blend of action, revenge, romance, and religion. I also liked the fact that the story was told from most of the character's point of view. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I'm not really religous and that whole "love of God" thing held no meaning for me. Altogether a great story with some issues about terrorism that hit close to home.
Ludlum meets Peretti: God is the chessmaster of history. Dec 28, 2004
Book 1 of the "Martyr's Song" series reminded me of John Grisham, book 2 of Francine Rivers, but book 3 reminded me of Robert Ludlum. With fast-paced action you'd expect from a Robert Ludlum thriller, it's a suspenseful page-turner about a terrorist threat to America because of a nuclear bomb and about a CIA operative Casius who acts outside orders. The story begins with two lovers, Tanya Vandervan and Shannon Richterson on a plantation in Venezuela. They are separated and both of their parents killed when the plantation is brutally attacked by drug-runners wanting to claim the territory as their own. Believing each other to be dead, Tanya tries to overcome her past by becoming Sherry Blake, a medical student, whereas Shannon falls under the influence of the dark powers behind the witch-doctor Sula and becomes Casius, a hired assassin for the CIA. Eight years later, their paths cross again in Venezuela, this time with global history at stake due to the terrorist threat.
The theology underlies the plot to a lesser degree than the other two novels in the series. For the most part this is a typical Robert Ludlum style read, minus the moral garbage, but with a killer on the loose, taking down villains, and a count-down for a nuclear explosion. But the theology is there, because Dekker wants us to see God's hand acting behind the events that ensue. Several times, Dekker portrays the unfolding events as moves in a chessmatch where God Himself is playing against the forces of evil. "God's playing his pieces in this chess match ... They've been moving and countermoving for decades up there on this one." The chess match imagery returns throughout the novel. "We know who the players are. They are God and they are the forces of darkness. The white side and the black side." Dekker wants us to realize that God is in control behind the decisions of mankind: "he moves the match."
Shannon has embraced the side of evil and wants nothing else than to take revenge. But his actions could place the future of the United States in jeopardy. Evil can only be stopped and Shannon changed by Tanya's love for him. Here Dekker shows how all the events are worked together by God. Shannon asks: "You can't expect me to believe you were drawn to the jungle to save mankind from some diabolical plot to detonate a nuclear weapon on US soil. You don't find that just a bit fantastic?" Dekker wants us to realize that "nothing is without a purpose", and that God is governing all things in "God's chess match," and this is why Shannon and Tanya have been brought together in love. Tanya's love plays a role in God's large plan: "And if I hadn't loved you, the bomb would have gone off. If my parents hadn't come to the jungle, or if we hadn't fallen in love, or if Abdullah had chosen a different location, the bomb would have gone off. It was all God's leading, his turning evil to good." It's divine chess: "The Creator is the ultimate chess master, isn't he? Why he allows evil to wreak havoc, we can hardly understand. But in the end, it always plays into his hands." Ultimately Dekker wants us to marvel at the chessmaster: "God is quite brilliant, don't you think?"
To properly understand the role that love plays in this cosmic chess game, one needs to read Vol. 2 of the series, because there Dekker more fully works out his understanding of true love as requiring a willingness to die to the self and one's own desires, in a Christlike sacrifice.
In the end, the theological underpinning isn't entirely successful: 1. Dekker emphasizes again and again that Tanya was made to love Shannon, but only until the final climax does it become somewhat clear how her final act of loving really does make a difference. This is the hinge on which the whole chess match depends, yet there was still some cloud over *why* and *how* Tanya's love for Shannon changed the outcome. I found the main premise a little too hard to swallow. It's true that God uses our moves and decisions as part of his chess match, but usually these are ordinary thought-out decisions of daily life, not irrational and unexplained passions resulting from visions. Moreover, the chain of reasoning is weak. While Dekker states that "our parents - they died for this day", yet if the parents hadn't died, the terrorists wouldn't have controlled the plantation, Shannon would not have been filled with revenge, and the bomb scenario would not have arisen in the first place. 2. Dekker suggests that God speaks directly to people today in visions, although it could be conceded that this is merely a literary device that serves the plot. 3. There are a few aspects of the plot that are somewhat too implausible, such as Tanya's return to Venezuela at the insistence of her adoptive grandma, and the failure of the two main characters to recognize one another. The identification of Shannon with Casius is easy to figure out, but I suspect Dekker isn't trying to hide this from us, because he has a much greater surprise regarding character identity in store for us at the conclusion.
These weaknesses aside, on the whole this is a well-written and thought-provoking novel. Overall this novel has less theological weaknesses than the first two, but the theology is more in the background here with the plot taking center stage. Fans of Robert Ludlum style suspense thrillers will love the fast-paced story-line. And although it's not quite as deep as his other novels, and the story-line could have been tightened somewhat, the theology is in itself sound. For a fast paced read with the thrills of Ludlum and the theological depth of Peretti, read of "The Thunder of Heaven" and be reminded that God is the chessmaster behind history, working all things for good. -GODLY GADFLY