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Identity (Eyes Wide Open, Book 1) by [Dekker, Ted]
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Length: 66 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 340 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Outlaw Studios (December 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ATRCPSE
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By Johnathan on December 28, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
When I got word that Ted Dekker was releasing four serial novels over the course of four weeks, all dealing with the search we all go through finding out who we are, I was definitely intrigued. He didn't disappoint.

Identity is wide-open from the beginning. After a few pages of meeting the characters, this takes you on a journey at warp speed. And this is a journey we all go on, aiming to find out who we really are.

What I liked:
1) It's Dekker. As a fan of his work, I'm game for anything he writes.
2) Fast-paced storytelling. Some authors feel the need to build the story over time (and I love that), but this one, probably due to its short nature, doesn't afford the opportunity to do so and jolts you along from the starting line.
3) The story's ability to make you think. Classic Dekker, leaving you scratching your head and looking inward as you finish.

What I didn't like:
1) At the beginning, it felt as if he rushed the writing. The first chapter didn't seem very well-written to me. But it picks up from there.
2) The initial feeling that he used recycled characters. Christy initially reminded me of Renee from The Priest's Graveyard and The Sanctuary, and Austin initially reminded me of Seth from Blink. But as the story goes on, this fades.
3) The error! Is the locket mentioned in the story from Target or WalMart? For those who read this, you'll see what I mean. Maybe this is cleared up in future installments (I'll revisit this review if it is), but it stood out to me, and with Dekker being such an accomplished writer, it seemed this wouldn't be overlooked so easily.

All in all, if you like Dekker's work, or if you like psychological thrillers, this story is for you. Enjoy!
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Ted Dekker has a keen knack for creating nail-biting page turners. This book is no exception.

Identity, part 1 of a 4 part series, sets the stage for two characters who are suddenly faced with the dilemma of mistaken identity. This premise is very Hitchcockian in terms of the psychological harm that is done to these 2 young people to convince them they are not who they think they are.

In order not to reveal any spoilers, I won't divulge too many details into the story. The characters, Christy Snow and Austin Hartt are two young, smart individuals who are brought together by their unfortunate past. Christy, who is very self-conscious and desperate to understand her past, has a strong attachment to a locket that contains only the sample picture that came with it. She has no family that she can remember. When she realizes the locket is missing, Christy sets out to retrace her steps to find it only to put herself in a very difficult situation. She and her friend Austin, who also has no memory of his past but is brilliant to a fault, end up in St Matthews hospital as patients in their psych ward. The rest of the series will continue their journey as they discover the secrets of St. Matthew Hospital and the secrets of their past.

Ted Dekker has once again proved to be the King of creating a series that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire ride. Identity is fast-paced and addictive. I read the story in one sitting and quickly purchased the next book, Mirrors, to pick up where Identity leaves off. Bravo to Dekker's promotional team as well for how they have presented this series. Offering the first book at a deep discount is sure to attract many NEW fans as well as Dekker veterans.
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By DC on January 19, 2013
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A very short read at only 54 pages. The "book" is simply an introduction to the series with no resolution whatsoever. A marketing teaser that attempts to entice the reader into wanting more. Since it is currently free on Kindle, it is a good opportunity to find out if you are indeed interested enough to purchase the rest of the story.
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Shame on you Ted Dekker. You advertised Identity as Book 1. It is NOT a book. It is Part 1 of a 4 part story and the ending of "Book 1" leaves the reader completely in the air, forced to buy Part 2 if he wants to know what happens. A series book has some resolution at the end with perhaps a teaser to get the reader to continue to Book 2. Sure it was free on my Kindle, but you wasted my time. It's a clever tactic to rack up sales, but unethical - a rip off of my time and interest when I could have been reading someone else's book with a true ending, or writing my own.

Thank you for demonstrating to me and other authors what NOT to do to promote a book. I am very disappointed. I considered you a mentor of sorts and LIKed your FB page, but unfortunately I don't expect to follow you much longer. I didn't think you would be this desperate for market share!

Frankly, this is a letter I didn't want to write, but I felt I needed to. I have recently begun reading your books. They seem to be extreme parables with a moral at the end that reveals the consequences, for example, of deciding to be judge (and executioner); or exploitation (Blessed Child). I feel exploited by the manner in which you misled me to read Identity. If you had transparently said each section ends with a cliff-hanger, and called the sections Part 1, Part 2 etc, I would have known to not begin reading unless I was prepared to buy the next three parts. I read Part 1 to see if I wanted to read Book 2 and that's why most of us sample a book (and, of course, because it's free!)

As writers, especially as Christian writers, we need to hold to higher standard - one that is more about helping others and less about promotion. In my opinion, you have done your readers and your own credibility as a talented creator of parables, a great disservice, but it's a correctable disservice. Just change the titles to Part 1 etc and be upfront in your promo about the hook at the end of each section.
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