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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595543112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595543110
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Dekker's (Red, etc.) novel begins intriguingly, flashing back and forth between the 1940s story of two pregnant concentration camp inmates tormented by an evil commandant and the 1970s story of the unfinished business their children resolve. While the characters, especially the group of women in the concentration camp, are initially compelling, their development is subsumed by a tedious plot. Only one scene offers real suspense and horror. Surrounding that compelling moment—when the two young inmates make a desperate choice under appalling circumstances—is an uneven novel with an excessive fascination with its villains' sadism and several abrupt and unseemly changes in tone. The most enduring and wearying contrivance is the extended treatment of Nazism as a quasi-religion, elevated to a homespun form of Satanism by the commandant, Gerhard Braun, and his equally evil son, Roth. The ever-changing rules of this religion are used as a poor and convoluted rationale to explain why Gerhard and Roth let the women and their children live for 30 years, despite countless opportunities to kill them. Dekker adds a treasure hunt element to the plot and a certain amount of slapstick, which feels inappropriate in conjunction with nightmarish scenes from the Holocaust.
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Review

"This thriller moves back and forth between a Nazi concentration camp in 1944 and Los Angeles in 1973, where two men work to find survivor Rachel Spritzer’s journal, a document that lists the camp “elders” and the more than two hundred women they murdered. The concentration camp scenes of various types of sadism are graphic, even egregiously sadistic. Still, the narration expertise of Rob Lamont captures the pervasive horror of an entire nation fallen in lockstep behind such evil. Lamont’s timing and cadence evoke a multitude of emotions." 
K.A.T. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Questions from Readers for Ted Dekker

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I was excited to see that BONEMAN'S DAUGHTERS was a discounted download last week one day, I think it was $2.99. I had recieved a message on FB that I read on my phone about it. When I went to purchase the book a few hours later, once I was at a...
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Hi Amy, thanks for your question. I've passed it along to my publisher. Right now, all publishers are experimenting with ebook pricing and promotions. It's still very new so everyone is learning together. This kind of feedback is exactly what they need to decide how often to do specials and for how long. You'll start seeing more of my books being offered as ebook specials. I promise.

Ted Dekker answered Oct 31, 2011

Customer Reviews

I just have to keep reading to see what happens next.
Lori Goodner
It wasn't my favorite book though because, compared to Dekker's other books, it seemed too weird that a regular guy would obsess over something he doesn't understand.
Aaron Caldwell
His ability to keep the story moving and turning will keep you reading until the end.
T. Hardy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah Martin on January 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
How far would someone go to satisfy their all-consuming obsession for the ultimate treasure? In Ted Dekker's novel 'Obsessed' we meet Stephen Friedman and Roth Braun who are about to find out. Stephen is a wealthy Jewish immigrant who came to America from an orphanage in Russia. Having searched to years with no success, he has come to believe the mother he never knew is lost forever. Roth, the son of a Nazi Commandant, is determined to finish what his father started decades ago in a Nazi labor camp, no matter what the cost.

The adventure begins when an article in a newspaper convinces Stephen that he is the son of Rachel Spritzer, who had recently died, leaving behind one of the very valuable Stones of David, believed to be one of the five Stones chosen by David to kill the giant Goliath. Obsessed with finding the rest of the Stones, Stephen will go to any lengths to secure the treasure and discover his past. To complicate matters, Roth has also learned of the Stones and is able to buy Rachel Spritzer's house before Stephen is able to. Convinced that clues to what they seek are hidden in her house, both men are working feverishly to find them before the other can.

I would highly recommend Obsessed as a great read. As those who have read his books before would already know, Ted Dekker writes a novel that keeps you at the edge of your seat the whole time. The pages are filled with twists as unexpected as always, action, adventure, mystery, and a bit of romance. If you enjoy this is book, I'd also suggest Blink, Thr3e, and his Circle Trilogy.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Brian Reaves TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of Ted Dekker's books, with "Three" remaining one of my top five all time favorites for the payoff alone. With "Obsessed", we have an uneven but well-told story. The elevating tension felt in Three is not here, settling instead for a slow-burn rise the first few chapters that settles into simmering for the remaining portion of the book. The focus of the book is on the obsession of two characters for the same thing. Halfway through the book, the obsession of one changes, then the other does too, effectively destroying the need of the first half of the story.

In all honesty, this isn't Ted's best book. The characters here make truly strange decisions that make no sense given the way they are portrayed to us. Their obsessions become fanatical far too quickly to be believed. The ending of the story doesn't really have a payoff like his previous books, ending with a sigh rather than a bang. Still a good read, but not on par with his previous thrillers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mid-Prairie Teen on December 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The novel obsessed consists of two separate stories, the first is about a man named Stephen and the second is set in a Nazi concentration camp in World War II. Ruth and Martha are both pregnant and on a train to a work camp run by the ruthless Gerhard Braun. At Torun, they live in brutal conditions and are at the whims of Braun. Braun is an evil man who kills Jewish women. When Braun finds out Ruth and Martha are pregnant he wanted to kill both them both. Dekker submerses the reader into the fear and desperation felt by all of the prisoners, as well as the agony of having hope stripped from them.

The other story is about Stephen, a real estate agent. One day he receives a letter through a friend. The letter is from an old woman saying her son has a unique burn mark on his chest. Finally knowing who his mother is gives Stephen a purpose in life. He searches his mom's property and also finds out she is wealthy. She even donated an ancient Jewish artifact worth millions to a museum. But before Stephen can search his mom's property further, it is bought by Roth Braun, the ruthless son of Gerhard. You could probably say that they end up enemies, but you have to read the book to find out what happens. I recommend this book to anyone.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hemming Weigh on October 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Obsessed is the second novel I've read by Ted Dekker, the first being Thr3e. All in all I found this book to be a compelling read. There is good character development, a solid plot and good dialog. Stephen, the main character in the story becomes "obsessed" with an object. As the story progresses one can see how a person can become obsessed with something and go to great lengths to obtain it even nearly to the point of going beyond rational thinking. I believe the author succeeds in getting this point across. The antagonist (Rolf) is cold and calculating with a very sinister overtone which is carried thru to the end. However there are a some glitches in the story like a few inconsistencies (when Stephen pulls a knife out of his sock) and a few other areas when the author skips over important details. And, to be honest the premise is a bit concocted. One has to suspend belief a bit that a mother and son, separated at birth for nearly 30+ years just happen to live only 20 miles from one another and that her byline in a newspaper just happens to be read by her son (but he doesn't know he's her son). But, beyond these drawbacks the story I felt was solid. The flashbacks to the Nazi concentration camps of WWII were lurid and wholly believable and connected the story well. The story has a nice little plot twist at the end. Even with the noted drawbacks I found the book very readable.
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