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Identity (Eyes Wide Open, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ted Dekker
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Book Description

Eyes Wide Open is the mind-bending thrill ride from New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker which can be experienced THREE different ways. You choose:

1. As an episodic story. Read Eyes Wide Open as four shorter sequential "episodes" much like your favorite TV show. The ride starts with IDENTITY which is FREE in ebooks. Think of it as the pilot, offered free. If you like the story, continue with MIRRORS, UNSEEN and the grand finale, SEER. Begin the story for FREE now. Or...

2. As a single, novel length eBook. Don't want to read four episodes? No problem. At any point, you can get the entire story in one digital edition that collects all four episodes into one seamless story called EYES WIDE OPEN. Or...

3. As an audiobook. For those who love audiobooks, Eyes Wide Open is also available from Amazon.


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? 

In a return to the kind of storytelling that made Black, Showdown and Three unforgettable, Ted Dekker drags that question into the light with this modern day parable about how we see ourselves. 

Humming with intensity and blindsided twists, Eyes Wide Open is raw adrenaline from the first page to the last pure escapism packed with inescapable truth. Not all is as it seems. Or is it? Strap yourself in for the ride of your life. Literally. (Young Adult)

Product Details

  • File Size: 232 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Outlaw Studios (December 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,670 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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118 of 127 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who am I? December 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When I got word that Ted Dekker was releasing four serial novels over the course of four weeks, all dealing with the search we all go through finding out who we are, I was definitely intrigued. He didn't disappoint.

Identity is wide-open from the beginning. After a few pages of meeting the characters, this takes you on a journey at warp speed. And this is a journey we all go on, aiming to find out who we really are.

What I liked:
1) It's Dekker. As a fan of his work, I'm game for anything he writes.
2) Fast-paced storytelling. Some authors feel the need to build the story over time (and I love that), but this one, probably due to its short nature, doesn't afford the opportunity to do so and jolts you along from the starting line.
3) The story's ability to make you think. Classic Dekker, leaving you scratching your head and looking inward as you finish.

What I didn't like:
1) At the beginning, it felt as if he rushed the writing. The first chapter didn't seem very well-written to me. But it picks up from there.
2) The initial feeling that he used recycled characters. Christy initially reminded me of Renee from The Priest's Graveyard and The Sanctuary, and Austin initially reminded me of Seth from Blink. But as the story goes on, this fades.
3) The error! Is the locket mentioned in the story from Target or WalMart? For those who read this, you'll see what I mean. Maybe this is cleared up in future installments (I'll revisit this review if it is), but it stood out to me, and with Dekker being such an accomplished writer, it seemed this wouldn't be overlooked so easily.

All in all, if you like Dekker's work, or if you like psychological thrillers, this story is for you. Enjoy!
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner Extraordinaire December 28, 2012
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Ted Dekker has a keen knack for creating nail-biting page turners. This book is no exception.

Identity, part 1 of a 4 part series, sets the stage for two characters who are suddenly faced with the dilemma of mistaken identity. This premise is very Hitchcockian in terms of the psychological harm that is done to these 2 young people to convince them they are not who they think they are.

In order not to reveal any spoilers, I won't divulge too many details into the story. The characters, Christy Snow and Austin Hartt are two young, smart individuals who are brought together by their unfortunate past. Christy, who is very self-conscious and desperate to understand her past, has a strong attachment to a locket that contains only the sample picture that came with it. She has no family that she can remember. When she realizes the locket is missing, Christy sets out to retrace her steps to find it only to put herself in a very difficult situation. She and her friend Austin, who also has no memory of his past but is brilliant to a fault, end up in St Matthews hospital as patients in their psych ward. The rest of the series will continue their journey as they discover the secrets of St. Matthew Hospital and the secrets of their past.

Ted Dekker has once again proved to be the King of creating a series that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire ride. Identity is fast-paced and addictive. I read the story in one sitting and quickly purchased the next book, Mirrors, to pick up where Identity leaves off. Bravo to Dekker's promotional team as well for how they have presented this series. Offering the first book at a deep discount is sure to attract many NEW fans as well as Dekker veterans.
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101 of 116 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A teaser at best January 19, 2013
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A very short read at only 54 pages. The "book" is simply an introduction to the series with no resolution whatsoever. A marketing teaser that attempts to entice the reader into wanting more. Since it is currently free on Kindle, it is a good opportunity to find out if you are indeed interested enough to purchase the rest of the story.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Story - Sad Marketing January 7, 2013
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It's been quite a while since I read a novel by Ted Dekker, partly because my to-read pile is threatening to overwhelm me and partly because I was left somewhat flat by the second installment of his joint venture with Tosca Lee in the Book of Mortals. The jury is still out for me as to whether that series failed to grab me because I expected something to match the Circle or because what we got was a continuation of the Circle disguised as something new.

With that off my chest, book one of Eyes Wide Open is a winner so far. I say so far because Dekker is offering this novel in four installments. I enjoyed the frantic and escapist tale as it unfolded in this first installment. At the same time I had to continually work to get the bad taste out of my mouth about the marketing of this book. But more about that later.

Identity is the story of two characters, both seriously disconnected from the people and society around them. Christe Snow (17) is a young woman with a largely missing past, illustrated in the silver locket she wears that contains nothing but stock photos. Austin Hartt (19), her only real friend, is a prodigy. His life consists of the books that surround him, auditing classes at Harvard though he's never enrolled, and the realization he may have a tumor threatening to destroy the intellect he so cherishes.

When Christie returns to an abandoned hotel basement to search for the cherished locket she somehow misplaced, she finds the fragile identity she so carefully protects threatened in ways even she, with all her insecurities, could have never imagined. First trapped in the abandoned basement she breaks through an old wall to find herself in the hallways of St. Matthews's psychiatric ward.
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"Ted Dekker is a true master of thrillers."
- 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."
-Library Journal

"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 and

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