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Showdown (Repack) [Paperback]

By ted dekker (Author)
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Pages   362
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.36" Width: 5.45" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 2, 2008
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1595546138  
EAN  9781595546135  
UPC  020049135181  

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When a stranger named Marsuvees Black appears in Paradise, he brings with him a message of hope and love. Or is it death and hate? Perhaps neither - perhaps both. He seems to know too much about the town's many unspoken secrets, and he himself holds the greatest secret of them all. As black clouds and sandstorms envelop the town, it becomes almost impossible to get in or out. It quicky becomes apparent that Paradise is being isolated for a reason. But why? Ted Dekker's latest adrenaline-laced thriller has been proclaimed as his most original, daring tale to date. A novel that will take you further than anything he's ever written. A novel that will leave you wanting more.

Publishers Description
Welcome to Paradise.
Epic battles of good and evil are happening all around us.
Today that battle comes to town with the sound of lone footsteps clacking down the blacktop on a hot, lazy summer afternoon. The black-cloaked man arrives in the sleepy town of Paradise and manages to become the talk of the town within the hour. Bearing the power to grant any unfulfilled dream, he is irresistible.
Seems like bliss . . . but is it?
Or is hell about to break loose in Paradise?

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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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Can the wound of original sin be suppressed?  May 17, 2010
"Showdown" is a Ted Dekker novel set within a non-sequential series called "The Books of History Chronicles." It is the story of a Harvard Professor, David Abraham, who has been commissioned to conduct an incredible experiment: together with twelve of the best faith-based minds in world, raise thirty six orphans in a controlled environment void of any of the "evil" influences of the modern world. The question is, will children saturated in an environment of beauty, truth, and love shun the evil impulses within each of us as a result of our fallen natures through original sin? And if so, once released at the threshold of adulthood, would these young men and women have the interior strength and grace-filled spirits to transform the world?

In "Showdown", we see how a town called Paradise is impacted by the seemingly unrelated battle going on within this secluded project of innocent children (called "Project Showdown") who have now reached adolescence. The analogy of how the war in heaven impacts our lives on earth is excellent, and by weaving in elements (and even a character) from his Circle Trilogy, Dekker certainly will keep his fan-base happy. The question of whether truth (including sound reason/philosophy) necessarily leads to love is pondered throughout the story, and the more worldly arguments against are given room to play out as they do in our contemporary society today. There is a good message here; a person well-formed in Faith and morals is without question given a solid foundation to embark on a journey towards God. But unless that formation is imbued with love--not as the world defines it (laden with sentiment and emotion), but a self-sacrificing crucified love--all the "truth" in the universe, whether temporal or eternal, will not suffice.

Dekker has quite a gift for presenting "adrenaline-laced" thrillers which are modern day analogies of humanity's Salvation History. His stories are very creative and exciting (at times, I found I could not read quickly enough in the midst of intense scenes), yet what impresses me more is that Dekker is able to avoid the "predictability" of the plot; a reality common to Christian analogical stories. As well, Dekker avoids the over-sanitization of evil which often is found--understandably--in novels delineated as "Christian". It is the difficult challenge of a good Christian writer to portray the reality of evil in a manner which neither glorifies it nor uses it as a simplistic device to shock the reader; I feel Dekker navigates this tightrope well. (That being said, I would not recommend this book for kids under 16, and even then, would use discretion based on the maturity/impressionability of the youth -- evil is not as "comic-bookish" here as in the Circle Trilogy).

If I could offer one area of criticism (then seemingly contradict myself) it would be in relation to character development. Though I would not describe the characters in "Showdown" as one-dimensional, I do feel that, after completing the story, I only got to know them on a superficial level. That being said, this very well may have been a choice by the author; plunging into the inner-depths of a character generally slows a story down. As well, I think "Showdown", and perhaps all of Dekker's novels, are more about the story--the analogy--than the specific characters.

One final note: though the author claims you can read the "Paradise" novels in any order, I would suggest this one first; it is the earliest in time sequence, and I do think there are a few mild-spoilers in the introductions to the other Paradise novels.

Other Christianity-based supernatural thrillers the reader may enjoy:
This Present Darkness
Father Elijah: An Apocalypse
Dominion I: Seed
Great Book, Bad book cover  Feb 12, 2010
This is an excellent book. I am a huge fan of all Ted Dekker novels and would eagerly recommend his books to anyone. That being said, I was extremely disappointed with the physical quality of the book. I supposedly bought a "new" book from this site. When it arrived, however, the front cover was covered in scratches and one of the corners was bent. So just a word of warning...This is a bargain book, so you are getting what you pay for.
Should be for 15 -18 year olds  Aug 20, 2009
Being a Frank Peretti reader, I had heard the reviews of Ted Dekker and have been looking forward to reading some of his books. I have been watching at the library and this is the first one that was not a sequel of a series that came available. The thought that kept running through my mind as I read it(It took me 3weeks because I could only stand so much at time) was that it seemed like it was written for adolescents. I would actually rate the age younger than 15-18, if it were not for the gore and violence.

Not Dekker's best  Jun 25, 2009
I am a pretty avid reader of Dekker's work. I have read several of his books, liking and recommending them all. I was given Showdown by a friend who "couldn't get into it". I thought it was strange, as I always enjoy his books and read them quickly.

After finishing Showdown, I see what my friend means. This is definitely my least favorite Dekker book. I feel that most of this was because there were just SO many characters in the book. I had trouble keeping up who was who and how they related to each other. I'm used to Dekker always having characters that have that sort of "double life" and it felt like this book took a really long time to display that.

I think the book was also really quite long. It was about the same length as Dekker's other books, but for some reason this one just felt like it was never going to end. I am used to reading Dekker's books very quickly and this one took a very long time. I would get bored with it and pick up a different book. I did like the switching between Paradise and The Monastery, though while reading I often wished that there was more time spent in Paradise.

I do have the next book in this series, and I will probably still read it, but I will definitely not be expecting much more from it.
Wow! Amazing book!  Apr 3, 2009
This book will keep you on the edge of your seats! At first, it's a little confusing, but then the two story lines come together to make one awesome book! I definitely recommend this book!!

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