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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 (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,413,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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.

Customer Reviews

The story line was amazing and well thought out.
Amazon Customer
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.
Rebekah Martin
The ending of the story doesn't really have a payoff like his previous books, ending with a sigh rather than a bang.
Brian Reaves

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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 VINE VOICE on June 2, 2005
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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 Daniel L Edelen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When Ted Dekker's on, you get a gripping yarn that'll keep you up way past your bedtime. But when he's off, you get a painful disaster like _Obsessed_.

In 1973, a young Jewish real estate proto-mogul orphaned early in life stumbles across a mysterious safe in the basement of a recently deceased Holocaust survivor, setting him on a righteous quest. Along the way he battles a sinister Nazi serial killer, unearths his mother's true identity, hangs with a group of clever flower children, pursues the mystical Stones of David (the five stones the shepherd/king used to slay Goliath), and pines for a young woman in a photograph who might be either a Holocaust victim or his future bride.

Not a bad premise for a story, but what Dekker does with the elements goes so far over-the-top it verges on camp. His increasing tendency to draw evil and good in stark black and white makes his recent villains so far-fetched as to be laughable. The villain in _Obsessed_ is not only a Nazi, he's the son of a ruthless concentration camp commandant, AND he's a serial killer, AND a Satan-worshiper. Whew! But that's not enough: Roth Braun also drinks the blood of his Jewish, female victims. It's a wonder he isn't a transvestite, too.

Nevermind that the depiction of 1970s-era Jews in _Obsessed_ is channeled from _Fiddler on the Roof_, or that the Nazi stooges resemble Rainer Wolfcastle of "The Simpsons"--every single character in this book is a stereotype, even the dog. And while all novelists go to the well of suspension of disbelief now and then, Dekker trods that path so many times in _Obsessed_ it becomes an eight lane superhighway. Simply put, the obsession that drives the story wouldn't matter to a young secular Jew bent on making a fortune in the L.A. real estate market.
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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."
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"Ted Dekker is a master of suspense."
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-Douglas Preston, co-creator of the famed Pendergast series


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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.



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