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Burn Hardcover – January 12, 2010

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From Publishers Weekly

Dekker and Healy follow their collaboration in Kiss with another odyssey into the paranormal that transports readers into another dimension and returns them head spinning, never to see their own world in quite the same way. Two young friends are propelled out of their Gypsy clan when shady characters burn their kumpania (community). The girls lose family and friends in the fire and grow up separated from each other and the boy they both loved. One is faced with an impossible choice that haunts her until the girls meet 15 years later, where a reality-bender twist is revealed. Readers who enjoy allegorical stories that are rooted in the Bible will find dozens of connections, some force-fed (He was the Jesus to Janeal's Judas) and others unorthodox but mind-zinging ( 'Who can imagine what God and Satan discuss? Certainly Job had no idea God was gambling with his life.' ) Christian fiction lovers who enjoy romantic interest, frantic chases by sinister figures of biblical proportions, suspense, and the old-fashioned joy of suspending disbelief will find this new dynamic writing duo, once a writer-editor combo, fiery hot. (Jan.)
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From Booklist

The authors follow up Kiss (2009) with another dark thriller. Janeal Mikkado was forced to make a difficult decision: risk her own life to save her best friend, or leave her friend to burn to death and run off with a million dollars. She chose the wrong path, and now her own life is in jeopardy, as she is pursued not just by the money’s rightful owner but also by elements of her past that she thought were dead. Like Kiss, this novel features a solidly constructed plot, well-designed characters, and, peeking out from the darkness, a message of hope and spiritual redemption. As a solo writer, Dekker has a devoted following, especially among readers of inspirational fiction, and his fans will eagerly embrace this book, which showcases his ability to balance story with character and to keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat. --David Pitt

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1St Edition edition (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595544712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595544711
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,785,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Janeal Mikkado has lived her life among her Gypsy family and friends, but has always longed for a way out. One fateful day an answer to her dilemma arrives in the form of a mysterious man named Salazar Sanso. It seems Janeal's father is working with the DEA to bring down Salazar, and if Janeal will do just one favor Sanso promises not to take her father's life. He also offers Janeal the opportunity to leave once and for all to chase her dreams. Janeal seizes the opportunity, but things go horribly wrong and a fire destroys the Gypsy community and everyone she loves.

Fifteen years later, Janeal has made quite a life for herself, but nevertheless feels empty and broken because of her past. Out of the blue she discovers that her two best friends survived the fire and have recently reconnected. She fears they will discover the truth behind what happened that day and Janeal's connection to it all. To make matters worse, Sanso once again has her in his crosshairs and will do anything to get her, even if it means destroying the lives of her friends. Now Janeal enters into a deadly game where the past and truth come face to face and her life hangs in the balance.

Ted Dekker and Erin Healy once again display their collaborative prowess and even outdo their previous novel, Kiss, in the process. Going into this story I honestly wasn't expecting much. For some reason the premise didn't grab my attention, but it only took a few chapters to discover how wrong I was. The plot is masterfully executed, giving us just the right amount of suspense at the right times to keep the narrative flowing along. As in Kiss, we are treated to another strong female lead in Janeal Mikkado.
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I really wanted to like BURN. The cover looks super-cool, the blurb on the dust jacket sounded interesting, and it's Ted Dekker; you just can't go wrong...right? A couple of years ago I would have given this book a 5-star rating simply because it had Ted Dekker's name on it. And let's face it, there were really only two good Christian-suspense-thriller-type of authors at the time; Ted, and Frank Peretti. With authors like Robert Liparulo, and Eric Wilson entering the scene, Ted's material has lost some of its luster. I can't exactly pinpoint the moment it happened, but I fear Ted has gone the way of Stephen King; high demand, thus cranking out less-than-stellar stories, thus quality of story begins to suffer. Throw in a relative "unknown" like Erin Healy, in the hopes of igniting her career (or breathing fresh life into his), and it had the potential of being an interesting story. But here's where BURN fails to deliver:

The story starts out well enough. Janeal is the 'misfit' gypsy among her gypsy peers and family members. She's a strong character - as far as female characters go - but lacks social maturity. She's rebellious, jealous, and a bit of a mean girl. I found it interesting that Janeal is motherless. It's not something that gets a lot of "press" in the book, and yet, I feel that it is the central reason that Janeal turns out the way she does. She never really has a soft place to land. She is an outcast among gypsies due to circumstances beyond her control. And as a result, she's had to live a life behind the walls of her heart. Sad.

She lives her life surrounded by her gypsy boyfriend, Robert, and her gypsy BFF, Katie. The three of them do everything together...or so we're led to believe.
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A book this size typically would take me no more than a day to read. I have been reading this book for 16 months and still can't finish it. It just doesn't hold my interest, and I am not invested enough in the storyline to care what happens. I had put it away for a long time, in the hopes that a break might make it easier to delve back in, but even after months on the shelf, I don't want to know how it ends. That being said, I have read about 3/4 of it so except for the ending, I feel I've read enough to render a basic opinion of the book.

The characters are, at this point, completely undeveloped. I have no idea WHO they are (not their names and descriptions, we are certainly offered those often enough). I have developed a severe DIS-like for some of them, but don't really LIKE any of them. The bad guy? Not really intimidating or threatening at all. In order for this book to work, it needed strong characters, and it just doesn't. As I said, I'm 3/4 of the way through this book and it feels utterly direction-less. I have no idea where the authors are going with this, nor do I care. And while we're on the subject of authors, why did it take 2 people to write this boring, under-developed book?

Like many, I chose this book because I was a fan of Dekker's work. In the future, I guess I'll have to utilize Amazon's "Look Inside" feature before reading his new books as apparently his work is no longer consistent.
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When I think of Ted Dekker, I think of Christian Fiction. Not one of my beloved genres, but Mr. Dekker can weave a tale even though a few Bible verses are awkwardly thrown in at times. I read KISS, another book by this duo and I stayed up until the wee hours of the night to finish. That's what I expected with BURN and about a quarter of the way in, I was emailing friends, sharing my excitement.

The story begins with Janeal Mikkado, a rebellious seventeen-year-old, who lives among the gypsies. Even though her father is the head of the group, she doesn't feel like she fits in. She wants more--plus, she suspects her best friend and the man she plans to marry are closer than they pretend. Then she meets Salazar Sanso who claims Janeal's father is working with the DEA, setting Sanso up in a sting operation. He wants Janeal to find and return the money her father stole from him. In return, he will allow her father to live. Something goes wrong and the entire camp goes up in flames. There are survivors, but each have no idea the other was alive until fifteen years later.

During the time of their reunion is when the story had a major shift into a bizarre-like world. The whole reasoning behind the two female survivors made no sense, but the authors stayed on this unrealistic train to the very end. When I closed the book, I felt highly disappointed.

Every author has at least one or two books I don't love as much as their others. This will go down as my least favorite Ted Dekker book. May the next one be better.
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