Thursday, May 2, 2013

Book Review: Adam by Ted Dekker

An FBI agent is shot by the serial killer that he is obsessed with stopping, and after being resuscitated, he realizes that he has no memory of the killer’s face. Since the memory of the killer was snatched away by his previous near death experience, he induces another near death experience to see if he can resurrect the memory. It doesn’t work like he hoped, and the killer’s kidnaping of his ex-wife may force him to even more drastic measures.

After a bit of a shaky start, the story got into its stride and took off, making me hope that it would be a solid thriller. However, as the plot raced along, the story took an unexpected turn, and never felt quite as solid after that. In the end, it was a decent thriller with an adequately presented message, but probably not worth seeking out unless you’re a hardcore thriller or Dekker fan. I noticed more typos than I expected in a professional novel.

There is one swear word and two ambiguously used words that could be taken as swearing. Such language was so random that it felt awkward, and would have been better left out. There are a few non-explicit sexual references that, while not inappropriate, might go behind what most people would expect in Christian fiction. Violence is pervasive but rarely graphic. The dark tone and supernatural occurrences might disturb some readers.


  1. I liked this one. I read the Christian retail edition however, and I'm pretty sure that there are some differences from the general market edition.

    1. Thank you for commenting, Michael!

      That would be interesting, if there are differences.

  2. The last chapter, a bonus chapter in that edition, actually mentioned Christ in an explicit reference to salvation. Not much expansion on that, but I don't know why that wasn't distributed to the general public - seems to me that the Christian market is a funny place to "evangelize" or whatever he was doing.

  3. Hmm, sounds like an interesting book. I'm disappointed to hear there's a general market edition and then a Christian retail edition, though...

    Thanks for the review, Jonathan!