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Immanuel's Veins Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 7, 2010

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Dekker jumps on the vampire bloodwagon with an 18th century novel set in the Carpathian Mountains. When two warriors are charged by Catherine the Great of Russia to guard two young women at risk of harm, Toma, the narrator and protagonist, must choose between his duty and honor and the passion he feels for one of the two, the beautiful Lucine. When she falls into the hands of a group of descendants of Nephilim—offspring of the angels who bred with humans, as mentioned in Genesis—Toma must rescue her by means of blood and a love he's never known but must come to understand first himself: the blood of Immanuel's veins. Dekker takes Christian fiction to the edge of darkness in a way that makes redemption and the ancient practices of the church—holy communion, confession of belief in Christ, baptism—bright and believable by contrast. This is classic Dekker clothed in Eastern European garb, passionate and shocking. Pacing is fast as a hummingbird, villains induce cardiac arrhythmias, and the novel must be read with blood pressure pills. (Sept.)
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Dekker takes Christian fiction to the edge of darkness in a way that makes redemption and the ancient practices of the church--holy communion, confession of belief in Christ, baptism--bright and believable by contrast. This is classic Dekker...passionate and shocking. -- Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595540091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595540096
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (365 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Toma Nicolescu and his companion Alec Cardei have seen more battles and faced more fierce enemies than either can remember in their service to their Empress, Catherine the Great. And now they have been sent on a special assignment to protect a Moldavian countess and her two daughters, Lucine and Natasha. The countess is a free spirit who has raised her daughters to live for the moment and whatever love (or lust) they care to explore. Such instantly appeals to Alec who both acknowledges being the lover of the pair. But not Toma. He is a warrior, bound by duty and honor to the will of his empress.

It doesn't take but the first night's banquet to make Toma realize he and his companion in arms have walked into something neither anticipated. A group of Russians have been invited and while strangely alluring, Toma senses they are also equally dangerous. It doesn't take long for him to realize he should have paid more heed to the strange old man he and Alec met before arriving. When Toma called him a devil the shriveled character had replied, "I am not the devil ... he is more beautiful than I." But Toma does not believe in the devil or God so he did not listen. That will all change in the few days to come.

Immanuel's Veins is in some ways a radical departure for Dekker as he tackles what appears to be a historical romance. But at its foundation, this is a return for the author to themes he so profoundly explored in The Circle series. That leads me to wonder if Toma is too closely similar to Thomas Hunter to be coincidence. And I wonder if Dekker will admit to it since he swears this isn't a vampire novel. Yes, a vampire novel. And a testament to the power of this story is my aversion to all things vampire. It's not that I have anything against the good vs.
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Immanuel's Veins by Ted Dekker

The first book by Ted Dekker that I read was Thr3e and within pages I was drawn completely into the story. Shortly after that the Circle trilogy was released and I delved further into Ted Dekker's words, and loving them.

Ted Dekker's latest novel is Immanuel's Veins. It is set in Russia during the 1700's. Though it is supposed to occur in our world, it fits loosely into the Books of History Chronicles that Ted Dekker has been working on ever since the release of Black.

Toma, the main character and occasional narrator, along with his friend Alek are charged with protecting two beautiful young women (Lucine and Natasha) from danger. Toma grows nervous when a strange group of Russians seem to appeal for the affection of these women. Toma, operating under the direction of the Empress of Russia, has reason to believe this strange group has villainous plans. However, he too has fallen for one of the daughters. Now he is at odds with the leader of this strange group - Vlad - for her heart.

Sadly I would have to say that Immanuel's Veins ranks as one of my least favorite books by Dekker (with Skin joining it on the bottom of the list).

First of all, this book is highly repetitive. For easily half of the book we have to read over and over again Toma think of his love for Lucine and then berate himself for not declaring his love. I get it. I don't need to be constantly reminded of this after a couple of times. Toma also spends much time warning the girls' mother about Vlad and his crooney's, yet she doesn't listen to him. So he tells her this again and again.

Second, for much of the first fourth/third of the book I never really feel that the women are in danger.
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By S. Theis on September 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I received a copy of Immanuel's Veins, by Tedd Dekker, with great anticipation and curiosity. First of all, the book information came with no real synopsis, only a sketch. I knew it was a fantasy-adventure type novel with a great love story. I couldn't wait to dig in! The book includes pages of short reviews, people who wrote of being enraptured by the story, so I waited until a weekend when I had plenty of time so it would be ok if I got all caught up in reading.
My review contains many spoilers. If you don't want the story spoiled, skip this middle part!
Right away in Chapter 1 we are introduced to the hero of the story. Something very bad happened for me. I didn't fall in love with him. In fact, I was put off by the dialogue that was so casual and sensual between he and his best friend. In Chapter 2 I had the rousing suspicion that I was reading a vampire story. Ugh. Yes, dear friends, that's what it is. I know our culture is crazed with Twilight and other related stories, but I am just not into the whole vampire thing. In fact, I find it repulsive. So, not loving the characters, and now completely turned off by the entire plot of the book, I found the rest of the book cumbersome and detached...I had to make myself get through it. :(

In this book, the vampires are the bad guys and our warrior hero is the good guy. He and his best friend are sent from Russia to protect a royal mother and her twin daughters living at a summer castle in Moldavia, nestled at the base of the Carpathian mountains. They are regretting having to leave the glory of the Russo-Turkish War to "babysit" these girls, however they are bidden to do the will of Her Majesty. The hero, Toma, is desperately loyal to the empress of Russia, Catherine the Great.
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