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Obsessed [Hardcover]

By Ted Dekker (Author)
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Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   1.405 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2005
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0849943736  
EAN  9780849943737  

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It's Los Angeles in the early seventies, and Stephen Friedman is living the groovy southern California life of a real estate wheeler-dealer. He's making money hand-over-fist and has long ago given up hope of finding the family he'd lost in warn-torn Poland. But when a strange, deceased woman's papers reveal that she possessed a priceless religious relic-and that she may have been his mother-Stephen becomes hungry for answers.

His hunger just might kill him. As Stephen frantically pursues his family's lost legacy, someone pursues him-someone equally obsessed with the prize. Looks like the man most obsessed will gain everything. And the loser will lose it all.

In true Ted Dekker style, Obsessed will leave you positively breathless.

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More About Ted Dekker

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,!/teddekker.

Ted Dekker currently resides in the state of Colorado. Ted Dekker was born in 1962.

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  13. Outlaw Chronicles
  14. Outlaw Chronicles (Worthy)
  15. Paradise Novels

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
A thriller  Aug 10, 2005

Ted Dekker uses an exciting, fast-paced story to shine light on some very important topics. On one side is evil, in this case a former Nazi concentration camp commander and his son whose obsession is cruelty and death. On the other side is the love of God and his obsession with his people. In the middle is a Jewish American who was born in the concentration camp. His obsession becomes the need to find the truth about his mother and his past, and about a girl whose past is linked with his. His obsession blossoms into love. This story never lets up, from the beginning to the exciting and satisfying ending.
Obsessed is great. Ted Dekker continues his great writing  Aug 8, 2005
Ted Dekker really has a way of capturing your interest. I have read almost all of his books and find them both thought provoking and meaningful. He wraps his Christian beliefs into the characters on their journeys in an amazing and creative way. Can't wait for his next novel to come out. Obsessed will grab ahold of you and make you think. The characters take you on a journey through hardships most of us I hope will never have to endure.
A really great read.
I can't stop reading Ted Dekker's work...'Obsessed' is fantastic!  Jul 24, 2005
I picked up 'Red' at my public library several weeks ago on impulse and I have been blazing through Ted Dekker's novels ever since! I finished 'Obsessed' this morning and I have to say I enjoyed this novel tremendously! Stephen is a wonderful character because he seems to be based in reality, not modeled like a superhero. An average man who finds himself in an extra-ordinary situation, battling for his life and the life of the woman he loves to obsession but has never met. At times one might think some of Stephen's actions unrealistic but as you read on, you realize that he basically behaves the way most humans would; out of instinct and yes, sometimes quite outrageously.

Thank you Ted Dekker for the novels you have written so far, including 'Obsessed'. I am looking forward to many more in the years to come.
You Can Never Go Wrong with DeKker  Jul 4, 2005
Obsessed is brilliant. Spine-chilling. Creepy. Spectacularly written- as any of Ted's books are. This book stretches the limits of complete abhorrance toward multiple characters and pushes you forward, finding yourself rooting hysterically for the main character to defeat evil! Suspense drives it on. Ultimately, this novel is not for the faint of heart, yet everyone should experience the outrageousness of becoming... Obsessed.
A Good Read...But is it Too Graphic?  Jul 4, 2005
Just about a month ago I had my first introduction to Ted Dekker when I read Three. At that time I expended some effort in thinking about how much sin and evil it is proper for a Christian to portray in a story. Is it profitable for an author to spend so much time plotting a story that contains such great evil? And is it profitable for us to then read about these acts of violence and rebellion against God? I found that while Dekker may have towed a line, I don't know that he crossed it. I quickly read another of his books, Blink and my concerns eased just a little bit.

As part of my long-weekend relaxation, I decided I would try one more of Dekker's books. My wife had recently purchased Obsessed, his latest work. My concerns are now back stronger than ever.

Obsessed is a story about, and you may have guessed this, obsession. And I'm not talking about the overpriced scent by Calvin Klein either. As with many great thrillers, this one has two parallel plot lines, seperated by twenty years, that slowly begin to converge. I suppose that means that are not really parallel or they'd never meet. Anyways, the first tells the story of two Jewish women, Marth and Ruth, and their imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War. Their relationship with the camp's commandant provides the basis for the story's primary tale of obsession. The second story involves Stephen Friedman, an unassuming realtor who is dragged into a mystery by an obsessed murderer - the son of the commandant, who seeks to return to his father something that was taken from him long ago. You know how it goes. All sorts of characters are killed, safes are cracked, near-strangers fall in love and ordinary people act like Indiana Jones. It has everything we have come to expect from a good thriller. It is a page-turner and I was drawn right into it. I genuinely cared about the characters and wanted to know what was going to happen next. My wife was forced to make a couple of jokes about the title and its application to me when I showed a complete inability to put the book down.

The book seeks to answer the question of just how far a man will go to satisfy his thirst for the ultimate treasure. With Dekker's other books, it becomes clear that beneath the surface of Obsessed is a spiritual metaphor - one about the lengths a man will go to seek and find the kingdom of God.

But the book wasn't all good. As with his others works, Dekker seems to introduce characters quickly and at the beginning this can get a bit confusing. I had to force my way into the story, though only for the first four or five chapters. There were also a couple of throw-away characters and plot elements that were left hanging and never resolved. And some of the story was a little bit implausible. I can only roll my eyes when a man dressed as a woman escapes the notice of a person who is sworn to destroy him, despite talking directly to him while in drag. Unlikely at best. Meanwhile, the plot seems to spin a little out of control until by the end the reader hardly knows what to think or believe anymore. Perhaps there were one or two twists too many.

Of greater concern was the darkness of the evil in this story. It is one thing to portray an evil person, but when these characters are involved in satanic rituals, draining blood from their victims and drinking it, it seems that a line has been crossed, even if the deeds are portrayed with a minimum of detail. At some point should we not need to heed the apostle's warning to "Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret" (Ephesians 5:11,12)? At what point do we cease to even speak of the deeds done in darkness? I cannot say, but I do know that the sheer depravity of the deeds in this book made me uncomfortable, and I'm no prude. I thought back to when I used to read thrillers of this type and realized that many good authors have been able to develop "bad guys" without resorting to such evil deeds. Jeffrey Archer can develop an antagonist the reader learns to despise but without having the men shed a drop of blood. And so I wonder if it is really necessary to speak about such evil deeds or if a superb writer can build a strong character without them. Food for thought.

So while I very much enjoyed the story and can even hesitantly recommend it, I do so with a view to the caveats mentioned above. Do we need to portray such evil? At this point I just don't know so will leave it to the reader to decide. In the meantime, I will look forward to Dekker's next book, due in September of this year and trust that I will have clarified my position by that time.

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