- Paperback: 478 pages
- Publisher: Westbow Pr; 1st Printing edition (April 10, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595542302
- ISBN-13: 978-1595542304
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 151 customer reviews
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Showdown (Paradise Series, Book 1) (The Books of History Chronicles) Paperback – April 10, 2007
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Johnny lives in a small Colorado town called Paradise, nestled in a little valley in the Rocky Mountains. Life is dull and mundane for the most part until a mysterious stranger walks into town garbed in black and bringing a message of hope and grace. His name is Black, Marsuvees Black, and he is no ordinary travailing preacher. Johnny knows that he's dangerous, but can't convince anyone in town. Meanwhile in a monastery far above the town thirty children are being raised in isolation as part of a project funded by Harvard called "Project Showdown" which is designed to raise children outside the influences of society in order to raise "noble savages" who may one day change the world for love. Unfortunately one of the students has decided to disobey the rules of the monastery by going into the forbidden dungeons.
Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but trust me, it's great. The story takes one huge twist after another until reality itself is called into question, and everything you know about love and hope will change. If I were to be picky I guess I could call into question some of Dekkers philosophical views about love and free will and liberty, but the very fact that I can nit pick at these ideas is what makes this book so enthralling. This is a must read book for any Dekker fan, and for all those who simply wish to have a good read.
PS; it might be best to read the Circle Trilogy first as it will defiantly make the book more enjoyable, and easier to understand.
Re-read value; High.
"Showdown" is OK but quite violent and eerie. It is about the age old battle of good and evil. It is the first of a trilogy - "Showdown," "Saint" and "Sinner." All are OK.
The story in this book also continues to build the world created in the Circle trilogy and as you move into Saint, Sinner and Green as well as the Lost Book's series, it really becomes an integral piece in Dekker's overall mythos. While the book was perhaps a bit too "on the nose" a few places and there weren't quite as many twists as I'm accustomed to in a Dekker book, Black is easily one of Dekker's best characters to this point in his career and the Paradise side of the story is just wonderfully mad, if a bit constrained in places by being primarily a work of Christian Fiction.
While I wouldn't quite put Showdown on par with the Circle series as a whole, it's really quite compelling and very enjoyable overall, and it's especially important if you want to read Green and fill in more of the story started by the Circle trilogy. Highly recommended to all, however, this book has some pretty graphic violence and suggestive content that probably wouldn't go over with children younger than 12.