I have a confession to make.
I am an addict. This may not come as such a shock to many of you, since most of you are homeschool moms like me with similar addictions. It began innocently enough, with a promising title discovered in my church’s lending library, and ended with my spending half a weekend and one very LATE night with my nose buried in my first of many of Ted Dekker’s books.
Your choice of author may be different, but the sickness is the same. I just love to read.
Writing these days mostly in the horror genre, this creator of words– who isn’t paying me to talk about him, but Ted, if you read this, I’ll give you my Paypal if you feel you want to– has a way of hooking me and forcing me to abandon my family for days at a time.
That first book I read, A Man Called Blessed, isn’t a horror/sci-fi in the style he writes now, but it grabbed me from the first page. It takes place in current day Turkey, and it’s about someone discovering the Ark of the Lord, in the basement of a church in Turkey. It is fast paced, with conflicting parties both after the man who knows where the ark is. It changed the way I thought about what worship means. I’d never read anything like it.
Since that time, I have read many of Ted’s books. I can’t get enough of this guy. Oh did I mention he is a Christian? He is. With a very vivid imagination. His wife writes too, and has co-written some titles with him. So far I’ve read:
- The Circle Series (Four titles, one story. The Circle is one of those worlds that, once you enter, you don’t want to leave, and each book ending made me want to continue the story IMMEDIATELY.)
- Immanuel’s Veins -loosely related to the Circle
- Showdown (Paradise series book 1)- related to the Circle
- Forbidden and Mortal (The Books of the Mortals series) and The Keeper (the prequel to Forbidden–and it’s FREE!)
- Thr3e - will keep you guessing!
- The Blessed Child (which is the book before A Man Called Blessed)-the Caleb series
- Kiss -FANTASTIC whodunit, set in modern day USA.
Which brings me to now. A couple months ago, Ted offered his Facebook fans his next book for free. (Yes, I follow him on Facebook, and one thing Ted Dekker DOES do is interact with fans on his Facebook page– all the time). So he offered part one of a four-part book, for free, and I signed up for it. He then released the next three parts over several weeks, in Kindle format only, for the low price of $2.99 each.
Yes, I bought them. All three. I just didn’t want to wait for the full release in February. I read part one, Identity, today, which is my reason for writing this whole entire post in the first place. Oh. My. Gosh. You gotta get this book. And the rest of them!!
From the first page of Identity:“Who am I?My name is Christy Snow. I’m seventeen and I’m about to die.
I’m buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. I’m lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won’t stop shaking.Some will say that I m not really here. Some will say I’m delusional. Some will say that I don’t even exist. But who are they? I’m the one buried in a grave.My name is Christy Snow. I’m seventeen. I’m about to die.So who are you? “
The coolest part is that Identity is still FREE for Kindle! So you should really go download it, right now.
If you’re not an ebook fan, you will have to wait until the full book releases in February, to get it in hardback or paperback, or to get the whole thing for Kindle, titled Eyes Wide Open. Otherwise, you can get them all right now for Kindle, separately.
UPDATE: I ended up reading all three of the remaining parts to Eyes Wide Open in ONE DAY. And all I’ve got to say is… You’ve GOT TO READ THIS BOOK!! And it’s related to another of Ted’s series… I can’t tell ya which one… but you’ll find out at the end of the fourth part! And now I’ve got to wait for the NEXT one… sigh…
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