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Skin Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 3, 2007

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Derivative of such puzzle dramas as Lost, The Usual Suspects, Fight Club and The Matrix, this thriller by Dekker (Thr3e; Blink) reads more like a screenplay than a novel. Its third-person omniscient narrator includes mostly dialogue, blocking and description of scenery and little else. Early in the novel, five young adults are sucked into a serial killer's evil game. While experienced Dekker readers will see some of what is coming, a number of plot points are entirely unpredictable, due in large part to the constant barrage of red herrings the reader must endure before discovering the novel's final revelations. Unfortunately, the dialogue-dominated prose is hackneyed and juvenile; a reason is given for the childishness of some of the language, but this does not fully excuse the many clichéd passages of the book. These problems, however, are secondary to the novel's central flaw, which is that the ambitiously twisty plot does not make sense. The characters' backstories are implausible, and their actions and experiences in the present never quite add up. The novel is clearly intended to be a challenging exploration of the nature of beauty, morality and truth, but despite having put lots of words about these concepts in his confused characters' mouths, Dekker offers no new insights. (Apr. 3)
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*Starred Review* A freak tornado drives five characters together in the little Nevada town of Summerville in this striking morality tale superficially reminiscent of Stephen King's Desperation (1996). Dekker's philosophical considerations are his own, however. It seems that as the storm descended a serial killer named Sterling Red began his killing spree. The reader won't understand why for a long time, but, apparently, the killer is partially motivated by the desire for revenge against a nervous deputy--a Las Vegas emigre--named Colt. Sterling Red makes a curious demand of the group: kill the ugliest person among you within six hours. Otherwise, he will wipe out the rest of Summerville. Not that the little group will accede, but just suppose. Is it beauty or ugliness that's skin deep?

John Mort
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (April 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595542779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595542779
  • ASIN: B000X1P416
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,989,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

"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 Teddekker.com and Facebook.com/teddekker.

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Format: Hardcover
I have read all of Ted Dekker's books and thought that his insight into the human condition is exceptional. I loved the way he was able take a story and weave an examination of how I relate to God. For example, the children eating the worm slime in Showdown as an allegory for our appetite for sin despite how it destroys our lives. Another example is the whole Circle Trilogy. His description in White when people have to inhale the water, i.e. give up their lives in order to live.

Lately, Dekker has rushed to put out books every couple of months and has lost his originality. He is stuck in a rut. His last three books have suspense and gore but lack the originality that led me to list him as one of my favorite authors.

Skin is a rehashed story of Showdown and Saint. Revealing the killer at the end left me flat with no impact.

The teaser at the end of the book revealing an upcoming 6 book series based on the Horde seems more like a threat than a promise.

I hope he changes his mind and takes a sabbatical to work on a new storyline. The sad part is that I am a Ted Dekker fan but wish he would get back to being a creative writer instead of continuing to try capitalizing on the success of Black, Red and White.
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But I was desperate, unfortunately. A friend gave me quite a few books for a belated Christmas gift and this was one of them.

This is one of those books that I read completely out of boredom. I would probably lend it out and not mind if I never got it back (which is a big no-no for me usually).

The first half of the book reminded me of the book HOUSE with Frank Peretti (BIIIIGGGG disappointment on that book!). So it had a been there done that feel to it. Bunch of people who never met before, someone out to kill them and they don't know why even though there's some connection they have to each other. Nothing original. The second half of the book was actually the type of ending they tell you NOT to write in grade school, because it's a cop-out ending. Oh, but it's a cop-out ending with a twist! In which the fun is just beginning.... The twist is unoriginal as well.

I recommend borrow this book if you must, but don't buy it. It's vaguely interesting and mostly hectic. It either needed to be a lot longer to flesh out the story and characters or a lot shorter so it didn't feel like a waste of a perfectly good tree.

The characters were mostly vapid, which was sad because he wrote in there real potential for them to be fleshed out and rounded and real instead of the usual flat stereotypes they (in the book) turned out to be. He never actually made the characters anything more than two dimensional.

Five or six years ago I actually loved some of his books and recommended them. Something like SKIN? In my opinion it's a paycheck book. It's a formula story. Nothing new, nothing great, nothing terrible, nothing memorable, nothing horrible. It just exists. Exactly what a three star represents.
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"Hello, Colt. It's payback time. Red"

The red words painted on a gray door plunge police officer Colt Jackson into battle with Sterling Red, serial killer. But Colt isn't the only person Red has a personal agenda against.

As a freak storm ravages Nevada, traveler Wendy Davidson is waylaid on her journey to Utah when she comes across a stranded brother and sister seeking emergency medical care. Wendy takes Carey and Nicole Swartz to Summerville, only to find the town under siege with a killer on the loose.

Waved down by Wendy, Colt takes the trio to the doctor's house. Relief is short-lived however when a tornado hits Summerville and the four find themselves trapped in the basement.

Morning arrives, and with it comes a few surprises.

Colt, Wendy, Carey, and Nicole are soon joined by Jerry Pinkus. Thrown together by circumstance, the random group find themselves targeted by Red, and soon discovers a commonality ties their fates together.

As Red manipulates them and what they perceive as reality, the five must overcome their differences and suspicions to save themselves and the townsfolk.

Ted Dekker's latest offering isn't for the faint-hearted. More cutting edge than SHOWDOWN or HOUSE, Dekker takes readers on a ride which twists and turns to the very end.

Following on the heels of SHOWDOWN, HOUSE, and SAINT, all of which contain supernatural elements, SKIN is Dekker's first novel since THR3E that twists its way to a natural, yet unpredictable, ending.

This is Dekker's first general market release, which is probably a good thing. His delivery is sure to raise voices within CBA. As SKIN explores the question of true beauty, bodies pile up and ensure that this isn't a cozy read.
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I have been a Ted Dekker fan for ages. I own all of his books written for adults, and have recommended his books to a great many people. I even supported his intentions to burst into the secular market with great enthusiasm, so I'm not one of the fans disgruntled with the ever lessening presence of overt Christian themes. However, "SKIN" is a departure from his previous work not so much in the fact that it lacks spiritual depth, but that it is just poorly written.

This book feels like nothing more than a first draft. First drafts are after all, commonly shoddy and poorly written. This is why writers write more than one draft. Obviously. The characters suffer from a cardboard lack of personality, and a CBA sense of cleanness, with no off-color habits or tendencies (other than the antagonist, of course), and they seem merely to be a tool of the author to move the helter-skelter plot forward. Both of the main female and male protagonists are afraid of any contact with the opposite sex, which conveniently saves Dekker from having to write any adult situations.

This all from an author who with books like "HOUSE" and "SAINT" was right on the cusp of being worthy of placed on the shelves with eminent secular authors like Stephen King and Koontz (both of whom I found *after* beginning to read Dekker). I really hope that with Adam (to be released in '08... and wouldn't a multi-word title be nice?) that he can return to his previous, lusher style that wasn't just plot-only and had fuller characters - stories that were not only full of turns but actually had characters you could give a darn about. He is an author very capable of writing very strong work, and hopefully "SKIN" does not signal the end of that era, just a speedbump along the way.
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