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Showdown Welcome to Paradise Epic battles of good and evil are happening all around us Today that battle comes to town with the sound of lone footsteps clacking down the blacktop on a hot, lazy summer afternoon The black cloaked man arrives in the sleepy town of Paradise and manages to become the talk of the town within the hour Bearing the power to grant any unfulfilled dream, he is irresistibleSeems like bliss but is it Or is hell about to break loose in Paradise


About the Author: Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker is known for novels that combine adrenaline laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good and evil Ted lives in Austin with his wife LeeAnn and their four children.



10 thoughts on “Showdown

  1. Natalie Vellacott Natalie Vellacott says:

    Very, very weirdI only read a few chapters of this having bought three Dekker novels This is really horribleand I m not going to read any Someone commented that a Dekker book had given her nightmares This one definitely would as well.There is nothing even faintly Christian about this, it is horror through and through I realise that Dekker has been placed in the same genre as Peretti by some but I don t think the two writers are comparable Peretti has a clear battle between good and e Very, very weirdI only read a few chapters of this having bought three Dekker novels This is really horribleand I m not going to read any Someone commented that a Dekker book had given her nightmares This one definitely would as well.There is nothing even faintly Christian about this, it is horror through and through I realise that Dekker has been placed in the same genre as Peretti by some but I don t think the two writers are comparable Peretti has a clear battle between good and evil angels and demons From what I ve read of Dekker, he blurs the lines and twists the supernatural There s a mocking irreverence of Christian things, an example being the misuse of the Lord s Supper that occurs in the early chapters of this book.I don t think Christians should read this


  2. Mel Mel says:

    If there were ever the opportunity to recreate original sin, this may be how it would turn out Showdown starts out enigmatic, and continues to keep you guessing through to the end There were times I had to walk away,thinking how can things get any worse , but was always drawn back to find out what happened next.Read the Circle Trilogy first Thomas Hunter comes into this story line and you will appreciate the background.Ted has given us a fantastic story where many what ifs of mankind and ch If there were ever the opportunity to recreate original sin, this may be how it would turn out Showdown starts out enigmatic, and continues to keep you guessing through to the end There were times I had to walk away,thinking how can things get any worse , but was always drawn back to find out what happened next.Read the Circle Trilogy first Thomas Hunter comes into this story line and you will appreciate the background.Ted has given us a fantastic story where many what ifs of mankind and christianity are explored This would make a tremendous movie


  3. Dustin Dustin says:

    The sound of boots crunching into gravel carried across the blacktop while the man who wore them was still a shimmering black figure approaching the sign that read Welcome to Paradise, Colorado Population 450. The opening sentence of the first chapter is incredibly vivid and concise It s all too easy to lose yourself in Ted Dekker s fictional town, and the multiple senses further cement your locale And two pages prior, courtesy of a telling and intriguing prologue, I was officially introduc The sound of boots crunching into gravel carried across the blacktop while the man who wore them was still a shimmering black figure approaching the sign that read Welcome to Paradise, Colorado Population 450. The opening sentence of the first chapter is incredibly vivid and concise It s all too easy to lose yourself in Ted Dekker s fictional town, and the multiple senses further cement your locale And two pages prior, courtesy of a telling and intriguing prologue, I was officially introduced to Marsuvees Black, whose very presence inevitably sent shivers along my spine Black got into my head He was about the embark upon a journey of a lifetime A wild trip, if you will The prologue blew me away, rendering me speechless and addicted As I delved deeper, however, I found myself strangely underwhelmed The precision and clarity of such works like Adam and the Circle series simply aren t here Call it lazy writing or what you will, Showdown is really lacking a lot Regarding the unclear or vague writing, much of it required me to go back and actually re read innumerous passages in order to fully grasp them Admittedly, there were a few occasions where I lost focus, and going back helped clarify what was going on, but sadly those were few and far between As Paradise gradually unraveled, key characters like Johnny Drake and Samuel Abraham were forced to find ways of coping with their predicament, and by doing so you d think the full scope of their characters would come to light Sadly, that never happened Though there is minimal growth, most of them were rather flat Throughout the novel, Dekker played with a fascinating concept ignorance as spiritual blindness With the exemption of a select few, the town s population are completely oblivious to what should be painfully obvious The rapidity with which Marsuvees works, and especially the extent they re willing to go, are prime examples of this But typical of Dekker, he takes things much further, peppering the work with profound statements that consistently astounded me Everything each of us does affects the others None of lives in a vacuum We re simply children on a quest to gain the highest forms of wisdom without being compromised in the process But when one is compromised, the others are compromised You see that, don t you My absolute favorite aspect of the book was the importance of writing, and the fact that words are indeed powerful I ve always been drawn to stories centered around writing and, by extension, the craft itself, but what the author achieved here, and the methods used to pull it off, do not parallel anything I ve ever read. except for the Circle series, which shares similar concepts and is clearly connected This is a story only Dekker could have written, IMO Neither do I believe these elements were merely incorporated for the sake of making itinteresting I believe it was his intent to explore the power of the written word as a primary theme As if to help support this, John 1 1 2 was inserted into the text In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God He was with God in the beginning Ahh. the immense power of words Its utter capacity is truly indescribable Live to discover, as long as discovery leads to a love that comes from the Creator writing was the mirror to life At the heart of the novel is mankind s struggle of Good v Evil It s an interesting take on Original Sin, as seen in Genesis 3 Albeit incredibly cliche, the devil s in the details, as the saying goes Battles are being fought all around us, after all The battle over flesh and blood cannot compare to the battle for the heartWhite Coupled with flat characters and vague depictions, I found many contrivances throughout, and Samuel s view spoiler death and resurrection hide spoiler was slightly predictable For obvious reasons, it s also lacking in originality Last but certainly not least my most passionate critique, in fact, was the huge discrepancy between the all too brief version of Thomas of Hunter here, and that seen in the four books comprising the epic Circle series Perhaps I was at a disadvantage, having read the latter first, but why should that make a difference In the Author s Note, he even tells us Dekkies that they can be read in pretty much any order He designed them to be read as such The Books of History Chronicles are unique because they are circular, not linear As the first part of the trilogy thankfully drew to a close, I certainly had my reservations I wasn t entirely certain that I d even continue reading them Yet, the last 100 or so pages pulled me back in with several jaw dropping twists, relentless suspense, and one profound event that left me breathless How could I NOT keep going In closing, There s different ways to be impacted by truth One is to read the scriptures Another is to read other works by other people who have read the scriptures, non fiction for example Another is to do studies Another is to go to a place of worship Another thing is to sit and listen to someone who s speaking There s all kinds of ways Another way is to write About the truth Discover the struggle through your character


  4. Courtney Courtney says:

    For my English final I chose to read this novel This was the first novel I ever read by Ted and when I started reading it, I was completely confused However, my friend who I borrowed the book from told me to keep reading and that I would soon start to love it I am very glad I listened to him It took me less than a week to read the book and I can honestly say it is one of the best books I have ever read The way Ted composed the story, the flipping back and forth between the Monastery and Par For my English final I chose to read this novel This was the first novel I ever read by Ted and when I started reading it, I was completely confused However, my friend who I borrowed the book from told me to keep reading and that I would soon start to love it I am very glad I listened to him It took me less than a week to read the book and I can honestly say it is one of the best books I have ever read The way Ted composed the story, the flipping back and forth between the Monastery and Paradise, kept me on the edge of my seat Just as something big started to happen in Paradise, Ted took me up to the Monastery and vice versa, which is one reason I could not put the book down I just had to know what happened next I also loved the way Ted transformed the monumental battle between good and evil into a struggle between and innocent child and an evil adult I thought the symbolism was genius This book kept me up many nights because I absolutely could not put it down, which is how all of Ted s books are Just when you think you have figured something out, he throws a new piece of information at you which turns your point of view 180 degrees around The book keeps you constantly guessing and asking that never ending question of what next I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries, action, adventures, or simply a good read It will always keep you wondering what trouble the characters will get into next and what situations will be thrown your way If you like action packed, suspenseful, heart pounding, keep you on the edge of your seat thriller movies, then you will absolutely love any one of Ted Dekker s book


  5. John John says:

    Oh boyI picked up this book because it was on someone s best Christian reads of list I was sorely disappointed Dekker is no different than many of the novelists of today The book has all the marks of the hastily written, sloppily edited pulp that fills the racks of airport bookstores The back of the book jacket says that Dekker is known for novels that combine adrenaline laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good a Oh boyI picked up this book because it was on someone s best Christian reads of list I was sorely disappointed Dekker is no different than many of the novelists of today The book has all the marks of the hastily written, sloppily edited pulp that fills the racks of airport bookstores The back of the book jacket says that Dekker is known for novels that combine adrenaline laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good and evil I probably should have known at that point this wasn t likely to be the book for me It certainly was adrenaline laced and I m unlikely to forget some of the characters, but the plot itself is so ridiculous one can hardly read a page without rolling one s eyes in disbelief.Dekker s story is like a violent A Separate Peace on hallucinogens A coming of age moral tale in an altered, doped up, wild west world replete with worm psychedelic worm goop, eye pulled from your sockets violence, and a magical traveling preacher fitted out head to toe in leather.All of that might be excusable if there were some significant moral themes that were served or philosophical or religious dialogue of any substance Dekker certainly is aiming for that, but he really doesn t succeed as these portions are convoluted at best and adolescent at worst And perhaps most annoying to me, Dekker has a few inane phrases he keeps repeating again and again throughout the book e.g what a trip I sincerely didn t understand the purpose of these phrases as they didn t provide any additional narrative coherence or deeper moral understanding


  6. Audrey Audrey says:

    A hidden monastery in the mountains A small town in the valley An epic battle between good and evil Gripping A book nearly impossible to put down Shows the salvation story in a different light.


  7. Professor Kirke Professor Kirke says:

    The first few pages of this book were interesting but pretty soon it became pretty clear that this story would be turning into a hot mess eventually And it did.There are many problems with this novel Dekker s writing style is clearly inspired by Stephen King and he makes no attempt at hiding that The small town setting, the many characters who all seem to have some skeletons in their closets, the apocalyptic supernatural elements, the fact that the book is part of an extended universe But, The first few pages of this book were interesting but pretty soon it became pretty clear that this story would be turning into a hot mess eventually And it did.There are many problems with this novel Dekker s writing style is clearly inspired by Stephen King and he makes no attempt at hiding that The small town setting, the many characters who all seem to have some skeletons in their closets, the apocalyptic supernatural elements, the fact that the book is part of an extended universe But, unlike King s characters, the ones in this novel are poorly written We are clumsily introduced to a lot of them in a very short time span very early with the effect that they all kind of blend together It s hard to care about any of the characters, too They are one dimensional and mostly unlikable Big problem right there But only one of many.Another big problem is that the plot itself is, simply put, nonsense Dekker introduces some pretty wild concepts here that follow very unclear and at times paradox rules To make it even worse, he presents them as God s doing and explicitly compares them to the biblical accounts of miracles Theologically, a mess He undermines the importance and truth of the biblical accounts by putting them on one level with his fantasies, while simultaneously trying to convey a message originating from the Bible The results are disastrous Nothing fits The book sits in a weird and awkward place between blasphemy and preachiness that can only come off as offensive to both Christians and people of different beliefs.I have to be fair though and give Dekker credit where credit is due This is a horror novel and in that regard it works to an extent Some scenes are pretty gruesome and twisted Unfortunately, that doesn t save the book from being a mess in the slightest


  8. Janie Johnson Janie Johnson says:

    WOW, this book was AMAZING to me A very real Classic battle of Good vs Evil It had me, from pg 3, hook, line, and sinker Dekker has a way with drawing his readers in It s hard to escape the intensity that practically oozes out of the pages, and wow I got sucked in hard core And the plot blew me away I could not put the book down This is Dekker at his best IMO In this story Dekker brings to his readers a small town setting with a low population, but with a high risk of evil He made it f WOW, this book was AMAZING to me A very real Classic battle of Good vs Evil It had me, from pg 3, hook, line, and sinker Dekker has a way with drawing his readers in It s hard to escape the intensity that practically oozes out of the pages, and wow I got sucked in hard core And the plot blew me away I could not put the book down This is Dekker at his best IMO In this story Dekker brings to his readers a small town setting with a low population, but with a high risk of evil He made it feel like as you read you could walk out your front door and be immersed into the town of Paradise if it weren t for Marsuvees Black running rampant in the streets What a great character to love to hate The amount of evil this man possesses will baffle you All of the characters in this story were made to feel so real, from the things they said to the emotions they displayed You really did become a part of the story My favorites were Samuel and Johnny Wow they had a plateful for sure A couple of teenage boys on the brink of devastation I loved their perseverance and courage.Billy is another character I will never forget So many things describe his character Lost, evil, troubled, powerful, and so manyDekker allows you to peek inside his head and can literally see destruction and desperation as it s foundation A very memorable character.Dekker draws out all of his reader s emotions with this tale And when I say that, I don t say it lightly It was a very profound read that make you feel so muchthan you could ever imagine Almost too much, to a point of having to walk away for a moment or two Readers won t be disappointed I look forward to the rest of this trilogy Wanna trip like I do Wanna trip


  9. John John says:

    Disclaimer My rating for this book might not be entirely fair, considering I read only the first few chapters before skimming another 100 pages or so.The cover had me excited, since I m generally a sucker for modern Westerns Unfortunately, SHOWDOWN starts off lousy and only gets worse as the story progresses.I ve read or at least started several other Dekker novels, and while he s adept at coming up with some memorable concepts, his writing style is generally sloppy, and he struggles at maki Disclaimer My rating for this book might not be entirely fair, considering I read only the first few chapters before skimming another 100 pages or so.The cover had me excited, since I m generally a sucker for modern Westerns Unfortunately, SHOWDOWN starts off lousy and only gets worse as the story progresses.I ve read or at least started several other Dekker novels, and while he s adept at coming up with some memorable concepts, his writing style is generally sloppy, and he struggles at making his bizarre plot lines even the least bit believable However, since so few professional authors apart from Frank Peretti are known for writing Christian horror thrillers without any sex or swearing in them, Dekker has amassed a significant readership among people looking for fiction that is edgy but safe Problem is, edgy and safe rarely go hand in hand.Such is the case with SHOWDOWN, a tepid supernatural thriller in which characters say things like Jiminy Cricket when overcome with surprise or terror The book introduces a memorable antagonist in the character of Marsuvees Black, who is actually just a dime store version of Randal Flagg from Stephen King s THE STAND When Marsuvees Black walks into Paradise, Colorado and stirs up mayhem, Dekker is obviously striving to be scary, cool, and thought provoking What he actually comes across as, however, is unconvincing, dorky, and lame Everything about the book seems a bit off, preventing you from becoming invested in the story Dekker compounds the problem by stuffing in as many Christian themes and religious references as possible, with little regard as to whether or not they truly belong within the context of the story From the very beginning, the book seemed totally contrived and artificial After a while, I began to skim, and still nothing jumped out at me as being particularly interesting.Based on my enjoyment of the book THR3E, I believe Dekker is capable of doing good work But SHOWDOWN is not a reflection of this Some may like it for its Christian message and lack of anything objectionable apart from the violence, I mean , but I personally find it sad that the Christian community doesn t demand a littlefrom its authors


  10. Holly Holly says:

    Byyyy the way there s a couple spoilers in here.Honestly, this book puts me out a little I don t mind a little blood and gore, but removing warts is considered a miracle Come on I m only half way through, but I figured I d post while it s still fresh on my mind Besides the whole wart miracle, some of the plot is plain ridiculous I find myself laughing aloud in what is supposed to be the most serious places Dramatic horror scenes designed to revolt the audience as the character plods along Byyyy the way there s a couple spoilers in here.Honestly, this book puts me out a little I don t mind a little blood and gore, but removing warts is considered a miracle Come on I m only half way through, but I figured I d post while it s still fresh on my mind Besides the whole wart miracle, some of the plot is plain ridiculous I find myself laughing aloud in what is supposed to be the most serious places Dramatic horror scenes designed to revolt the audience as the character plods along innocently Decently written, to be sure, but the key word here is designed Some of the plot seems so forced it s like reading a history book I ll have to see if it gets any better Aaaaaaaaaand, drum roll please. I FINISHED THE BOOK and that pretty much sums up my impression of the book The writing style was the only thing that kept me reading The plot flowed nicely, but it was kinda ridiculous Again, it seemed really controlled The characters felt like puppets being dragged around a stage, with the possible exception of Johnny But Johnny seemed like he was there to watch the story and dutifully retell it to readers Besides the weird plot and awkward characters, it got a little too mushy for me Anything anyone ever said in the upper parts of the monastery can be boiled down to, Love rocks You should totally ignore the rest of the world because love is, like, rad, man The love theme was so overdone that by the end of the book I was ready to switch sides and bludgeon them to death myself The end redeemed the book somewhat, condensing itself into fast paced action that tied itself up nicely, leaving room for the next one The only complaint I have about this part is Billy s sudden character reversal He goes from inching by millimeters back to the good side to completely changing his entire view in a second Granted, he was no longer writing or under the influence of Black and the worm slime, but not even a remnant of the person he had become was left Kind of plausible, but a little too tidy.My overall impression was a semi enjoyable read that I occasionally dreaded picking up again, but with a good writing style and an interesting, if overdone, premise


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