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Slow down as you approach the gate, and have your change ready....
Author: Ted Dekker
Publisher: Westbow Press
Ted Dekker is a unique author.
Most authors are content to put out a book a year sometimes only a book
every few years, but not Dekker. In just four years he has released
ten books. Many fans will know him from his recent trilogy of books
Black, Red, and White.
This book is different from most suspense thrillers. Many suspense thrillers are thrilling because the main character is avoiding one life-threatening situation after another. This book has that but it is mainly suspenseful for a different reason. "Obsessed" will keep readers in suspense because they care about the characters and in a way become obsessed with the mysteries that Stephen Friedman and Roth Braun are obsessed with. It is these mysteries, these secrets, that make this a book that is tough to put down.
Another unique aspect of this book is how it treats religion. Many Christian fiction books treat religion in a cliched way as the main character starts off searching for God, finds God, then completes some spiritual quest or task to prove the strength of his/her new Christian life. Obsessed instead focuses on a Jewish man whose faith is a part of who he is, but not the focus of every page of this story. Stephen Friedman relies on God to protect him and guide him but his faith could be considered more of an inwardly-focused faith. This results in a more authentic feel to the way that religion is lived in the life of the characters of this book unlike some books that seek to treat their characters as Christian saints that few readers can relate to.
Readers of this book will find themselves quickly drawn in. The characters are ones that people will develop strong feelings about and the mysteries will leave people wondering. This is quite simply the hardest book to put down so far this year.
Burton Wray 4/2/2005