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BoneMan's Daughters Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 14, 2009
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- Nelson DeMille, NY Times bestselling author
"BoneMan's Daughters is a tour-de-force of suspense that demands to be read in one sitting."
-James Rollins, NY Times bestselling author
"Ted Dekker is a master of suspense."
"Priest's Graveyard is a thrill-a-minute ride, with heart-pounding action and a twist that you'll never see coming."
- Tess Gerritsen, NY Times bestselling author of Ice Cold
"Priest's Graveyard is an amazing novel, utterly compelling, intensely readable, well written, and completely original.
-Douglas Preston, co-creator of the famed Pendergast series
"Here's the best part about The Priest's Graveyard: It's smart enough to realize that, for many, the scariest thing in life isn't a monster or something that bumps in the night. It's love. Love is terrifying. And powerful. And unstoppable. And if you don't already know that, you're about to see why. Priest's Graveyard will haunt you--long after you want it to. - Brad Meltzer, #1 NY Times best selling author of The Book of Fate and The Inner Circle
"If you've never visited Ted Dekker's world, do it. The Priest's Graveyard is perfect entertainment. Beguiling, compelling, challenging, and riveting --fantastic gimmick-free storytelling -- that's what you get with Ted Dekker. Don't pass this one up." - Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling thriller author. Heralded as a "master of suspense" by Library Journal, Dekker has sold millions worldwide, establishing himself as one of the most widely recognized author brands.
He began his career writing fantasy novels that explored spirituality (Black, Red and White) and has since become a major force in the mainstream fiction arena with his recent thrillers, "Adam," "Thr3e," "Skin," "Obsessed," "BoneMan's Daughters," which landed in the #10 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list in 2009, and "The Bride Collector". Dekker has been honored with a Christy Award as well as a Gold Medallion Award for Best Fiction. "Thr3e" and his novel "House" became feature films.
Dekker was born to missionaries and grew up among cannibals of Indonesia, and his peculiar upbringing gives him a unique perspective outside the cultural bubble, allowing him the freedom to share provocative insights in his fiction. After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States, earning his B.A. in philosophy and religion, and then went into business.
In the early nineties, Dekker decided to pursue his desire to write fiction, selling his company, moving his family to the mountains of western Colorado, and writing full-time. Two years and three books later his first novel, a supernatural thriller called Heaven's Wager, was published. Dekker proceeded to write 6 more supernatural thrillers, rising to the top of many bestsellers lists and earning himself critical acclaim and legions of fans. "Thr3e" heralded his launch into mainstream fiction and was followed by "Obsessed," "Skin," "Adam," and "BoneMan's Daughters," all of which hit the New York Times bestseller list.
Ted Dekker's fans are comprised of readers of all ages, backgrounds, and belief systems who love his compulsively readable stories, authentic characters, and universal and relatable themes that he explores from a unique point of view.
He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and children. You can find him at Teddekker.com and Facebook.com/teddekker.
Top Customer Reviews
I had a mixed reaction to this novel. On a positive note, I appreciate that the author tries to explore issues, ranging from the relationship parents have with their children to the morality of causing innocent casualties of war. Dekker poses the question, what are you prepared to sacrifice, including the lives of other people, to protect your children? As a thriller, The Bone Man's Daughter mostly succeeds and for the most part I enjoyed the novel.
I have some complaints though. First off, the relationship between the protagonist (Ryan) and his estranged wife is something of a mystery. She shifts from a kind of indifference towards him to a level of fear and hate that feels contrived and without basis. 2nd, Ryan is a brilliant military strategist but does a lot of things that seem pretty stupid. Granted, his thinking may be clouded by his daughter's plight, but again this felt like a necessary contrivance of plot rather than a genuine extension of his character. Ultimately though, these are really just two examples of a larger issue for me, which is that the whole novel is just too melodramatic for my tastes. The surprise twist near the end (I don't want to give it away) is predictable and as these twists often are, undermines much of the rest of the novel.
I didn't realize until after I had finished listening to the novel that Dekker was an author of Christian fiction.Read more ›
Meanwhile in Austin, TX, new evidence has come to light regarding the capture of the serial killer known as Boneman. Two years ago Boneman went on a rampage capturing young girls and then torturing them by breaking all of their bones without breaking their skin. Boneman was finally captured, but the new evidence suggests they have the wrong man. Their suspicions are confirmed when the real Boneman captures Bethany Evans soon after her father returns from Iraq. Ryan will now stop at nothing to save his daughter from this monster. Unfortunately for Ryan, the FBI is convinced that he is Boneman.
Ted Dekker has sold more than three million copies of his titles and Boneman's Daughters shows us why. With an astonishing twenty-three novels in nine years, Dekker has done what many authors fail to do after time: he only continues to get better. This latest installment easily showcases the best writing of his short, yet illustrious career.
This well crafted plot is packed with tension and suspense. Dekker gives just the right amount of information to keep us hooked, but never enough to spoil the ride or reveal the final destination. Each of the main characters are wondrously brought to life, and the twisted glimpses into Boneman's world are terrifying and disturbing. Dekker has crafted his share of memorable villains, but Boneman may be his darkest creation yet.Read more ›
Ted Dekker has a knack for giving his serial killers odd habits or rituals, and BoneMan is no expection. In fact, BoneMan is probably the weirdest one yet. His odd habit was to constantly cover himself with Noxema lotion. Sometimes he would find himself sweaty and he hated it, so he would dry himself with a towel and then proceed to rub himself with the lotion, even though he may have done it an hour earlier. It is a constant obsession, occurs many times and adds to his creepiness. This habit was rooted in his mother's constant verbal abuse to him as a child about his ugly skin while she frequently put the same lotion on. He also marveled at his own body; once in front of pictures of his victims, another time in front of Ryan's daughter. BoneMan was bona-fide narcissistic kook.
The pacing in the story works well and leaves very few moments dull. Most of the characters are forgettable, except for BoneMan, Ryan's ex-wife and her lover, the overly arrogant District Attorney. Dekker probably went overboard with the aggression of these two characters as they became irrational at times in their accusations towards Ryan, believing he kidnapped his own daughter after losing her and his marriage; they were utterly convinced Ryan was the culprit even with virtually no proof. The FBI agent involved in the case was not so easily swayed, though gaps in Ryan's background forced the FBI to consider him a suspect.
Two things about the book bugged me. When Bethany gains consciousness and realizes her predicament, she does exactly what every girl before her did not: she fully complied with BoneMan.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved how this book wove a tale of a PTSD affected soldier into the story. It was interesting to see how he was perceived at home, how he reacted in situations, and how that both... Read morePublished 7 days ago by scwordie
This is my current favorite book. I could not turn the pages fast enough. Dekker is a great storyteller.Published 23 days ago by Andrea Smallwood
The Bone Man's Daughters was extremely creepy but wonderfully executed. I really enjoyed the criminal's methods, which were definitely twisted, but Dekker didn't go overboard with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kharsa12
Kind of twisted. I had a hard time getting into the first part of the book and never really connected with the characters. Had a few exciting parts and a sort of happy ending:-)Published 3 months ago by tenderfoot1978
This is a moving action thriller... It is twisted right to the end...Published 5 months ago by John L
It was better than most Ted Dekker's books as they tend to have a loud religious overtone that go in weird directions in my experience. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Faith
This was the first book that I have read by this author. I found it to be a good thriller. It shows how a parent can have very deep feelings for their adoptive child -- so deep... Read morePublished 6 months ago by jannell wells