Reader reviews for Adam

Started out like a "Criminal Minds" mystery, but there was never any doubt as to who the killer was. First half of the book was predictable but tolerable, but then it got bogged down in near death experiences and supernatural, ending in exorcism. I got no satisfaction out of reading this.
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A compelling story about an FBI agent who gets inside the mind of a serial killer. The best part about the book is that you get a glimpse into why the killer becomes a killer. There were some definite plot twists that I didn't see coming which in my eyes makes a great book.
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I prefer Dekker's books 'Thr3e' and 'Skin' to this book , but it was still a very good read. He always takes his books in a very unexpected direction. I love Dekker.However, I am going to insert a warning. This book seriously creeped me out. If you are not a fan of being creeped out by books, you may want to pass this one by.
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Wow! Incredible book. At various stages throughout I had goosebumps, sweaty palms, tears. Exciting, frightening, horrific story of demon possession. Stunning! Best book I've read so far this year.
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While I did have high hopes for this book ...it just didn't get there. I had a real hard time staying with it. I was bored at times, confused at times and really only thing that kept me going was the inserts of the magazine articles on the abduction of the brother and sister. Those to me more more interesting than the book. I dunno this book just didn't work for me.
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Ted Dekker has the ability to keep the reading fast-paced, suspenseful, and mind-twisting. Every time I thought the jig was up, Dekker puts a whole new spin to it. Personally, and really as a compliment, I think Dekker is a sick pup; but that's what makes his books so good. Adam is no different. That said, I do have one complaint: the ending was not satisfying to me from a Christian perspective. He does not make clear, although he does mention Jesus Christ, that it is the power of Christ who overcomes the evil powers and frees those possessed by it. For me, he kind of makes it a mixed bag of things that overcome the demon-possession; however, he seems to waffle or obscure the name of Christ as the determining factor in healing. But, of course, my complaint is from a Christian perspective. In all other respects the ending was great in that it was also quite wild, wierd, and unexpected; not at all a typical ending, Christian or not.
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The book was a good read! It didn't grab me and keep me like some books do but I wasn't completely bored with it either. I was a little disappointed that it ended the way it did. I mean it was a good book and good ending but it just didn’t seem to wrap up very well. It just.. ended.. there was no wrap up. Everyone lived happily ever after. Daniel and Heather got back together and so forth. We know Lori quit the FBI and went on to teach and Alex went to jail but other then that we don't know what happened to the other players. But in all it was a very good book and I think I am going to read more of his when I get the chance. My uncle Brian mentioned that his circle series was very good.
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This dark disturbing thrill ride may not be what you were expecting from a book released by a Christian publisher. Welcome to the world of Ted Dekker, who exposes evil in all it's gruesomeness, but also shows the power of God's light that overcomes evil's darkness. In Adam that evil comes in the form of "Eve"--a serial killer hunted by Daniel Clark. Daniel is convinced that Eve's compulsion to kill is the result of the religious beliefs he was exposed to as a child. Daniel's profiling of Eve helps his FBI team get close to catching the elusive killer--so close that Daniel gets a glimpse of the killer, just before he is shot in the head. Amazingly Daniel doesn't die--his partner is able to resuscitate him and he becomes obsessed with the secrets to Eve's identity that he believes are now locked inside his own head. But the real key to Eve's identity leads him to confront an evil power the atheistic Daniel never expected to find.Dekker dares to portray demon possession with frightening detail, and raises questions about whether or not it still exists in our modern world. Reading Adam is not for the faint of heart, though the hunt for the serial killer storyline is fairly straightforward and full of enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning the pages. I enjoyed the suspense of this story and the darkness was tolerable--more so than in some of Dekker's other recent books. If you enjoy books written from a Christian point of view that don't sugarcoat the reality of evil than Dekker is definitely an author you will enjoy--and the fast pace and thrills of Adam make this a great book of his to put at the top of your "to read" list.
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And it started out so good...I'll start with the good point: the first half to 3/4 of the story is quite engaging. Then the religion comes in... but it's not really religion, it's some sort of demon possession mish-mash. This would have been ok, if it had been blended in as part of the story, but it becomes the whole story some time after the halfway point. No more detecting, no more solving, no more chasing, just lots of "in-my-head dealing-with-possession" type of silliness - long passages of descriptions of "Evil" as an entity. It's like a thriller/detective story crossed with a bad horror book, but it's not scary, just sorta silly. Demon possession? Sure... but not with characters that ALL act outside of normal parameters. A serial killer might behave like this, and, maybe, so would an experienced FBI investigator having a breakdown, but would a forensic pathologist and a lawyer ALSO behave so abnormally? Naw...I waffled between 2 and 3 stars because, essentially, the last 1/4 of it is junk even though it starts with such promise.
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This was a great Dekker read. But, not his best. However, it was full of intrigue and always kept me engaged. Dealt primarily with Near Death Experiences (NDE), demon possession, and concluded with an intense exorcism. Definitely had some Catholic overtones toward the end. Nevertheless, it displayed the awesome power of the name of Jesus. As with all Dekker stories, there is a surprising twist at the end.
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