Ted Dekker, an author well known for intense suspense, thrillers and allegories, releases a “modern day parable” January 21st that began as a serialized novel. Eyes Wide Open the Full Story begins with Identity followed by Mirrors, Unseen and Seer. It’s a mind-bending, psychological account that left me feeling a bit like Alice who fell down the rabbit hole in Wonderland after I read the first chapter that begins…
"Who am I?"
"My name is Christy Snow"
"I'm seventeen and I'm about to die."
These thoughts rampage through Christy's mind as, trapped under “tons of concrete,” she beats against the coffin lid with her fists. Doubts about anyone hearing her resonate in her mind with each punch of her fists. Would Austin look for her when she doesn't show up, would he even know where to look? She can't stop panting; the pain from bumping her now bruised forehead against the coffin lid makes her cry. Exhausted, she tries to still her shaking hands and knees, then feels tears slip from her eyes and thought, "How could this happen to me?"
Christy fell through the “rabbit hole” the day after Austin had taken her to the abandoned storeroom in the basement of St. Matthews’s psychiatric hospital. That’s where she must have lost her cherished locket. When Christy returned this morning she broke into the basement like she’d seen Austin do and saw the shiny locket lying in the crack of the wall with the light of her cell phone.
She had to move the stack of coffins so she could reach down into the "gap between the coffins and the wall" and maneuvered the caskets out of her way with a rocking motion. She couldn’t know the coffins covered a trap door until she tumbled through the opening and heard the door "slam shut above her, plunging her into darkness."
Thus begins a tale of psychological suspense that takes readers on an intense roller-coaster ride with twists and turns that leave readers breathless, sometimes skimming, and sometimes re-reading to be sure of what was read. It's a unique story of identity and how we view ourselves played out in the lives of Christy and Austin, two seventeen-year-old orphans.
In the beginning, their common bond of amnesia from memories before age thirteen fostered an idealistic friendship that had morphed into bonds of empathetic love. Christy saw herself as fat, ugly and unlovable, while Austin, an extraordinarily gifted teen, suffers from severe headaches and fears losing his gifted abilities.
Eyes Wide Open, similar to Dekker's best-sellers, Black, Showdown and Three is fast-paced and full of surprises with a serious Christian tone.
Eyes Wide Open: The Full Story, Books 1-4, by Ted Dekker, Worthy Publishing—January 21, 2014, 304 Pages, 978-1617952739, $14.99
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Eyes Wide Open: The Full Story, Books 1-4, by Ted Dekker
First in the newest series from Ted Dekker, master of suspense, whose books have sold 9 million copies. Humming with intensity, Eyes Wide Open is a raw adrenaline rush from first page to last.
My name is Christy Snow. I'm seventeen and I'm about to die. I'm buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. I'm lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won't stop shaking. Some will say that I'm not really here. Some will say I'm delusional. Some will say that I don't even exist. But who are they? I'm the one buried in a grave. My name is Christy Snow. I'm seventeen and I'm about to die.
Eyes Wide Open, Outlaw Chronicles Series #1,Kindle Edition, by Ted Dekker
Eyes Wide Open is the mind-bending thrill ride from New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker which can be experienced THREE different ways. You choose:
1. As an episodic story. Read Eyes Wide Open as four shorter sequential "episodes" much like your favorite TV show. The ride starts with IDENTITY which is FREE in ebooks. Think of it as the pilot, offered free. If you like the story, continue with MIRRORS, UNSEEN and the grand finale, SEER. Begin the story for FREE now. Or...
2. As a single, novel length eBook. Don't want to read four episodes? No problem. At any point, you can get the entire story in one digital edition that collects all four episodes into one seamless story called EYES WIDE OPEN. Or...
3. As an audiobook. For those who love audio books, Eyes Wide Open is also available from Amazon.
Water Walker, Outlaw Chronicles Series #2, by Ted Dekker
"My name is Alice Ringwald, but the man who kidnapped me says that's a lie."
Thirteen-year-old orphan Alice Ringwald has no memory beyond six months ago. The only life she knows is the new one she's creating one day at a time with the loving couple that recently adopted her and gave her new hope. That hope, however, is shattered one night when she is abducted by a strange man.
In a frantic FBI man hunt, the kidnapper vanished with Alice. So begins Water Walker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering power of forgiveness, and reminds us that it's possible to live free of the hurt that keeps our souls in chains.
The Hacker, Outlaw Chronicles Series #3, by Ted Dekker
"My name is Nyah and I'm a hacker. I know things most people would never believe. Things that shouldn't exist, but do."
Seventeen-year-old Nyah Parks is a genius hacker who makes a living by cracking the firewalls of the world's largest corporations. But when the biggest job of her life goes wrong, she's plunged into a desperate situation with only one way out: one last hack that will either save her or kill her.
So begins Hacker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering world around us, the seen and the unseen, and reminds us that there's far more to who we are than meets the eye.
The Sanctuary, by Ted Dekker
THE SANCTUARY is the gripping story of vigilante priest, Danny Hansen, who is now serving a fifty year prison term in California for the murder of two abusive men. Filled with remorse, Danny is determined to live out his days by a code of non-violence and maneuvers deftly within a ruthless prison system.
But when Renee Gilmore, the woman he loves, receives a box containing a bloody finger and draconian demands from a mysterious enemy on the outside, Danny must find a way to escape.
They are both drawn into a terrifying game of life and death. If Renee fails, the priest will die; if Danny fails, Renee will die. And the body count will not stop at two.
THE SANCTUARY is Ted Dekker at his best, a powerful thriller that relentlessly plumbs the depths of punishment and rehabilitation, both in a flawed corrections system and in the human heart.
The Paradise Trilogy, by Ted Dekker
Welcome to Paradise.
A man cloaked in black arrives in the sleepy town of Paradise, Colorado. He knows too much about the town’s many unspoken secrets, and he himself holds the greatest secret of them all. Bearing the power to grant any unfulfilled dream, he is irresistible. As dark clouds and sandstorms envelop the town, it becomes apparent that Paradise is being isolated for a reason. But why?
He belongs to the X Group. They call him Saint. Invasive techniques have stripped him of his identity and made him someone new . . . but who is he really? From the deep woods of Hungary to the streets of New York, one man’s search for truth leads him into a world of government cover-ups, political intrigue, and ultimate betrayal.
This is the story of Marsuvees Black, a force of raw evil who speaks with wicked persuasion that is far more destructive than swords or guns. It’s also the story of two unsuspecting survivors of a research project gone bad—who may be the most powerful people on earth. And finally, it’s the story of one who comes out of the desert to lead those willing to stand for truth. The epic conclusion to what began in a small town called Paradise.
The Heaven Trilogy: Heaven's Wager, Thunder of Heaven, and When Heaven Weeps, by Ted Dekker
Dive deep into the stories that began it all.
Ted Dekker's first novels--collected together for the first time.
This trilogy is the collection of three gripping, psychological thrillers that peel back the skin of this world to reveal a supernatural reality rarely seen.
A daring wager of life and death in Denver.
An unfathomable leap of faith in a small Balkan village near the end of WWII.
A global struggle for power that begins deep in the Amazon jungle.
All three stories are bound together by one family's timeless, harrowing discovery of love and all that is unseen.
The Heaven Trilogy offers a window into a world more real and vital than most people ever discover here on earth.
A hidden world where the real dramas of the universe--and our daily lives--continually unfold.
"Well, well, well, guess what I've found. A fiction writer with a rare knack for a compelling story. Expansive...Clever...A provocative read." --Best-selling author Frank Peretti for Heaven's Wager
"Don't miss this book. Don't miss this author's writing. And don't miss the point. Beautiful and suspenseful. I'll have to read this one again."--Eric Wilson