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It takes an obsessive mind to know one. And Daniel Clark knows the elusive killer he's been stalking. He's devoted every waking minute as a profiler to find the serial killer known only as Eve. He's pored over the crime scenes of sixteen young women who died mysterious deaths, all in underground basements or caverns. He's delved into the killer's head and puzzled over the t It takes an obsessive mind to know one. And Daniel Clark knows the elusive killer he's been stalking. He's devoted every waking minute as a profiler to find the serial killer known only as Eve. He's pored over the crime scenes of sixteen young women who died mysterious deaths, all in underground basements or caverns. He's delved into the killer's head and puzzled over the twisted religious overtones of the killings. What Daniel can't possibly know is that he will be Eve's next victim. He will be the killer's first Adam. After sixteen hopeless months, the case takes a drastic turn on a very dark night when Daniel is shot and left for dead. Resuscitated after twenty minutes of clinical death, Daniel finds himself haunted by the experience. He knows he's seen the killer's face, but the trauma of dying has obscured the memory and left him with crushing panic attacks. Nothing--not even desperate, dangerous attempts to reexperience his own death--seems to bring him closer to finding the killer. Then Eve strikes again, much closer to home. And Daniel's obsession explodes into a battle for his life . . . his sanity . . . his very soul. Enter a world of death and near death that blurs the lines between fiction and reality in a way that will leave you stunned.


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It takes an obsessive mind to know one. And Daniel Clark knows the elusive killer he's been stalking. He's devoted every waking minute as a profiler to find the serial killer known only as Eve. He's pored over the crime scenes of sixteen young women who died mysterious deaths, all in underground basements or caverns. He's delved into the killer's head and puzzled over the t It takes an obsessive mind to know one. And Daniel Clark knows the elusive killer he's been stalking. He's devoted every waking minute as a profiler to find the serial killer known only as Eve. He's pored over the crime scenes of sixteen young women who died mysterious deaths, all in underground basements or caverns. He's delved into the killer's head and puzzled over the twisted religious overtones of the killings. What Daniel can't possibly know is that he will be Eve's next victim. He will be the killer's first Adam. After sixteen hopeless months, the case takes a drastic turn on a very dark night when Daniel is shot and left for dead. Resuscitated after twenty minutes of clinical death, Daniel finds himself haunted by the experience. He knows he's seen the killer's face, but the trauma of dying has obscured the memory and left him with crushing panic attacks. Nothing--not even desperate, dangerous attempts to reexperience his own death--seems to bring him closer to finding the killer. Then Eve strikes again, much closer to home. And Daniel's obsession explodes into a battle for his life . . . his sanity . . . his very soul. Enter a world of death and near death that blurs the lines between fiction and reality in a way that will leave you stunned.

30 review for Adam (Exclusive Christian Retail Edition)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Janie Johnson

    I was informed of this book by a friend here on Good reads. And also was told that it was by Ted Dekker. I knew then that the book was going to be a the ride of my life. And I came up with a quote just from reading the first couple of pages. "I love a book, that when I open the cover, all the intensity and excitement rushes out to me drawing me into the pages." And the describes this book to a TEE! Dekker also makes use of small interudes in between chapters to further mold his charatcers, Jessic I was informed of this book by a friend here on Good reads. And also was told that it was by Ted Dekker. I knew then that the book was going to be a the ride of my life. And I came up with a quote just from reading the first couple of pages. "I love a book, that when I open the cover, all the intensity and excitement rushes out to me drawing me into the pages." And the describes this book to a TEE! Dekker also makes use of small interudes in between chapters to further mold his charatcers, Jessica and Alex. Its a nice addition to the novel because you can see the characters past unfold along with their present and future. I feel like it helps to understand Alex a lot more. The use of twists in his novels you would think would become predictable and take away from his stories. But it is not even close to the truth. The sheer terror you feel coming from the pages is enough to draw its readers into the story so deep that you could possibly fear ever being able to come back out. I know on a few instances I literally had to put the book down and breathe before I could go further. Dekker can spin a tale that the readers will never ever forget. If you like an intense story that makes you fear to put down, or fear reading too much of at the same time, then this is the book for you. This book is very deserving of 5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dustin

    The first of nine article installments placed throughout Ted Dekker's Adam shouldn't have compelled me to the degree that it did. Having read his epic Circle series, I'd familiarized myself with his unique writing style, therefore I should have had a general idea of what to expect. I couldn't have been more wrong. Not only did it compel me to keep reading, the horrific childhood events of Alex and Jessica Price fascinated me. What's more, I empathized with them, which is impressive on its own, The first of nine article installments placed throughout Ted Dekker's Adam shouldn't have compelled me to the degree that it did. Having read his epic Circle series, I'd familiarized myself with his unique writing style, therefore I should have had a general idea of what to expect. I couldn't have been more wrong. Not only did it compel me to keep reading, the horrific childhood events of Alex and Jessica Price fascinated me. What's more, I empathized with them, which is impressive on its own, considering all this (and much more) takes place in the first eight pages. From the start of Chapter 1, the reader is introduced to the novel's protagonist, the self-involved, workaholic FBI agent by the name of Daniel Clark. Alongside Clark's well-rounded character, Dekker expertly- almost seamlessly- fills you in on the ever evasive serial murderer known simply as "Eve," who continually haunts and terrorizes the young women of Los Angeles. At he same time, we're introduced to Special Agent Clark's unofficial new partner, Lori Ames, a highly intelligent pathologist from Phoenix, AZ. She's also fairly well-developed, and I liked her character almost instantly. Shortly thereafter, Dekker showcases yet another key player in the form of Heather Clark (Daniel's former wife.) It's very interesting to see the world through her perspective, for not only does the reader acclimate themselves to her, but we also learn a bit about their failed marriage... She's been keeping secrets of her own. Deadly secrets. Another aspect that I found fascinating was the term Dimethyltryptamine, or DMT. Through the text, I learned that it's a natural hallucinogenic drug, "excreted in massive doses from the pineal gland" oftentimes during traumatic NDE's (near-death experiences.) Hence, the the cause of seeing "the white light." DMT is also believed to result in memory loss. I see you, Daniel... Thus is the start of several creepy moments. I mean, just imagine awaking up to those cryptic words after a night of restless sleep. I see you, Daniel... It's very rare for a book to creep me out the way Adam did. One scene, in particular, literally made me shiver. Near the end, Dekker takes the story in a completely different direction. It is so OUT-THERE, you almost don't see it coming. Almost. Though in hindsight, the clues are sprinkled virtually everywhere. In this nearly shocking culmination, he manages to instill additional information which doesn't seem forced at all. It's highly entertaining, but does not read like a history lesson. As much as I've raved about the merits of Adam, there is one instance (also placed in the books' resolution) where a central character cries out the words: "Mitch bitch." Now ordinarily, this wouldn't bother me. But this is coming from a well known Christian writer. It shouldn't be there. It only happens once, but by then, the damage is already done. Speaking of which, why would he say it just once? Why not forgo the vulgarity and "tell" instead of "show" ? I realize that Dekker was probably going for a sense of realism, but the word hardly seems necessary. And by bringing up the gentleman's name, an infidelity is implied, but goes nowhere. For this reason alone, I'm giving it 4.5 stars. "As always with a Ted Dekker thriller, the detail is stunning, pointing to meticulous research in a raft of areas: police and FBI methods, forensic medicine, psychological profiling-- in short, all that accompanies a Federal hunt for a serial killer. But Dekker fully reveals his magic in the latter part of the book, when he subtly introduces his darker and more frightening theme. It's all too creepily convincing. We have to keep telling ourselves that this is fiction. At the same time, we can't help thinking that not only could it happen, but that it will happen if we're not careful." -David M. Kiely and Christina McKenna, authors of The Dark Sacrament Said blurb is SPOT-ON!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This story is compelling, gripping, fascinating and amazing. It's clear to me that the author spent countless hours on research. I was at the hospital the other day and recommended it to a doctor who saw me reading it. I told him it had a gross autopsy scene with plenty of details and a mysterious illness they were trying to understand. I think he wrote the title down. Anyway, the natural realm and the supernatural converge in this impressive tale about good and evil. Who better to tell this fri This story is compelling, gripping, fascinating and amazing. It's clear to me that the author spent countless hours on research. I was at the hospital the other day and recommended it to a doctor who saw me reading it. I told him it had a gross autopsy scene with plenty of details and a mysterious illness they were trying to understand. I think he wrote the title down. Anyway, the natural realm and the supernatural converge in this impressive tale about good and evil. Who better to tell this frightening story than Ted Dekker? Dekker has an impressive imagination, is incredibly intelligent, and writes in terrifying detail. I think this is the scariest Christian fiction story I've ever read. But it's not mere horror for entertainment's sake. There is a pretty profound message in this story that I believe is well worth reading. I don't recommend reading it at night, though. It would give you creepy dreams and you'd be digging in your drawer for duct tape. Trust me on that one. Read the book and you'll see why. However, if the power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you (Romans 8:11) you have nothing to fear by reading this story. Some of the theology is "iffy," but hey, this is fiction! This page turner comes highly recommended. Enjoy!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Serial killer chase with a twist of the supernatural. Couldnt wait to read the book. It was SOOOO bad. It is completely contrived, totally unbelieveable. The main characters are FBI agents, doctors and lawyers, but they all wander around like retarded 10 year olds. Its preposterous. Not becasue of the supernatural element, but becasue the author goes out of his way for the killer. The protagonists, all with doctorate or law degrees act like idiots. If you wouldnt encourage your 10 year old to ac Serial killer chase with a twist of the supernatural. Couldnt wait to read the book. It was SOOOO bad. It is completely contrived, totally unbelieveable. The main characters are FBI agents, doctors and lawyers, but they all wander around like retarded 10 year olds. Its preposterous. Not becasue of the supernatural element, but becasue the author goes out of his way for the killer. The protagonists, all with doctorate or law degrees act like idiots. If you wouldnt encourage your 10 year old to accept an offer to get in the back of a stranger's van to play with their puppy you will have a real hard time with this book. I'm going to generally describe some of the more ludicrous plot twists in the first 2/3 of the book to follow, it wont spoil the ending, but it will probably take some of the drama out of the incidents earlier in the story- so if you dont want any up-front data and still intend to waste your time on this book, consider carefully before you proceed. The beginning of the book leads the reader to believe the killer was confined his entire childhood, he's 18 before he's ever heard of a train and is completely socially inept with the opposite sex, terrified of women. But he's also a freaking genuis- and probably a ninja and lotto winner- the way he, on foot, faces down three FBI agents in a moving car. He manages to stop the car, shoots them all, before any of them get their guns out, then recaptures his victim from the back seat of their car, throws her over his shoulder and walks off into the woods... literally, with two swat teams right behind them, and the local cops all around. The people chasing him and everyone around them make the STUDIEST DECISIONS EVER! The plot is completely artificial. The killer goes out of his way to kidnap the EX wife of the behaivoral shrink trying to catch him, then lets her go. Hes a serial killer who involves his persuers- nothing new here- but he captures her outside of all of his previous MO on every level, then lets her go without injury, seeming for no purpose except to scare the FBI guy into leaving him alone. By kidnappng his ex wife? then letting her go unharmed? So where's the threat? the FBI guy is so obsessed the kidnapped ex wife spent years demanding he stops, he wont, and THATS WHY she divorced him- whats the point of the ex-wife kidnap? To make FBI guy stop chasing killer.. but wait, she tried to get him to stop- to the point she DIVORCED him over it... So the evil genius's thought process goes something like "how am I gonna get this FBI shrink- who already published my behavioral profile- to stop chasing me (what about the other 10,000 FBI agents who have the completed profile?) OH! I know, I'll capture his ex-wife in a violence free event, then I'll let her go. She'll run back and nag him about it!... more than she did when she divorced him over this exact same thing. BRILLIANT!" He calls to taunt his hunters from a coal mine, where there is no cell signal, with a different number each time, so he must have "multiple untraceable satelite phones" (as per author). Sat phones only work in large open swaths of land and water, and they are extemely expensive, I dont know if an untraceable satelite phone exists, but if it does, a guy who works part time as a dishwasher holed up in a coal mine has a box full? Wonder why I cant get a direct TV sat signal in a drizzle if this guy makes calls from a coal mine? He sends an FBI AGENT on this wild goose chase, and the FBI agent follows blindly, doesnt call any of his FBI friends, wont answer his cell phone and walks smack into the trap as fast as he can. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, do not answer your phone, do not tell your FBI friends what you are up to- sneak out of the hospital and run. Earlier, he got shot by the killer with two agents in the car with him and two swat teams in the rear, and now his best plan is to run off by himself? oh, and he's following instructions from the killer he got through a near death experience that he doesnt believe is anything but his own mind playing tricks on him? How am I supposed to believe any of this mess when the author makes such a good argument against it? Want more? The lady lawyer ex wife divorces the FBI behavioral phsycologist becasue he is obsessed with the case. But we learn she has a super secret computer command center in her basement where SHE tracks the case too. No one knows she's doing this, but the SAIC in charge still includes his agent's defense lawyer Ex wife as one of only 3 people in the FBI task force strategy meeting to track and capture a nationwide serial killer who just kidnaped an agent on top of the 16 people he's murdered- where she plays a pivital role? Why is she in this meeting? A FBI Dr. experienced something relevant to the case he cant remember becasue he was shot close to the time of the interaction, causing his death, and is later revived. He convinces another FBI MD (pathologist) to stop his heart to kill him again (oh, yeah, and make sure you can bring him back) so he can have another near death experience in order to remember the realavnat experience he had before. Huh? And the charaters go to lenghts to explain that a near death experience is your own subconcious mind acting under the effects of chemicals released by the brain perimortem- so how could it possibly be relevant? And He gets this pathologist to kill him TWICE- on PURPOSE, AFTER his very dramatic initial save. That's like someone trying to recover from a spinal cord injury by convincing his vet to shoot him in the back. Not to mention its murder. I think the FBI frowns on such things- and btw- these two met a week ago, yeah, sure, I'll risk my medical license and jail to perform a procedure to kill you and hope I can bring you back later so your subconscious brain can make up a story. C'mon! The autor goes to lengths to describe near death experiences and how a person's religeous beliefs come into play- but lets try it anyway. They dont try hypnosis to access the memory becasue its too suject to suggestion. but a near death experience is better? Its just nonsensical. Maybe there is a great twist at the end, but after the other mess, who cares.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Rodriguez

    Ted Dekker does these stories that are all so similar in style and genre-- BUT THEY ARE ALL SO UNIQUE and carry these wonderful messages.

  6. 4 out of 5

    F Macias-Mossman

    I overlooked so much about this book. The fact that it was a Christian novel, or at least I realized it later when I read other critiques didn't really bother me or turn me off. Writing is writing and we learn from everything we see and or read. Nor did I ever feel preached too or that Dekker was beating me over the head with some 'higher' message. In that regard, I thought he handled the book fine. The book itself is about an obsessive FBI agent, a non-believing FBI agent, and as cliché as it s I overlooked so much about this book. The fact that it was a Christian novel, or at least I realized it later when I read other critiques didn't really bother me or turn me off. Writing is writing and we learn from everything we see and or read. Nor did I ever feel preached too or that Dekker was beating me over the head with some 'higher' message. In that regard, I thought he handled the book fine. The book itself is about an obsessive FBI agent, a non-believing FBI agent, and as cliché as it sounds has only one goal in life, even after a failed marriage, to track down the elusive serial killer known only as Eve. The book picks up with the divorced Daniel Clark and his frustration as Eve's kills are up to 15 dead girls. He is partnered with an attractive and of course brilliant forensics doctor, Lorrie Ames. Despite all that I kept reading. Daniel's ex-wife Heather, beautiful (of course), smart (of course), and now equally obsessed with the serial killer since it’s the only connection she has with her husband is another key character for Dekker. Still, I kept on reading. The initial idea, that a focused FBI super-hero agent chases down the super bad serial killer is very blasé by now, but what I will credit Dekker with is adding a supernatural twist to it and leveraging Near Death Experience (NDE). I did actually feel that at the start he had something fairly unique. Although every character seemed to know everything there was to know about NDE phenomenon with just a Google search. So despite the fact that just about every character in this book was physically appealing, spouted off clichés left and right, and had no real depth (well except Daniel, well sort-of, his unflinching resolve not to believe is the classic undoing of a character is so blatant that after a while I just wanted to slap him nor did I care if he ever figured it out) I still read on, because it was just good fiction, nice suspense, and fine pacing. The incorporation of using an "In Cold Blood" style of "non-fiction" articles blended in between each chapter worked very well. It was like reading two stories in one and never once crowded the plot line. But when Dekker basically pulled a deux ex machina with his character Lorrie Ames, I about lost my head. I let so much go and then to use this failed attempt at plot twist just didn't hold up at all and honestly is unforgivable. The logic error was just too huge to ignore or really get any satisfaction out of the anti-climatic end.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alondra

    4 Stars What in the heck just happened?? I was reading about some crazed serial killer, and news accounts of his poor, pathetic childhood; then a huge twist happened and we start reciting the Lords Prayer! By the end of this book, we all needed it. What a journey, and the inclusion of a series of news reports, really made the story interesting and feel 'real.' Yes, there were creepy moments; it's a serial killer for pete's sake; but creepy in "The Exorcist" kind of way. This fascination of Adam a 4 Stars What in the heck just happened?? I was reading about some crazed serial killer, and news accounts of his poor, pathetic childhood; then a huge twist happened and we start reciting the Lords Prayer! By the end of this book, we all needed it. What a journey, and the inclusion of a series of news reports, really made the story interesting and feel 'real.' Yes, there were creepy moments; it's a serial killer for pete's sake; but creepy in "The Exorcist" kind of way. This fascination of Adam and Eve; or maybe not fascination, but all encompassing horror of Good versus Evil.. Light against the Dark. God and the Devil. Do you believe? Sadly, many today do not. I don't think this book preaches that, just like The Exorcist, did not preach belief either....but.... they both show what happens when you are faithless. You leave the door wide open.... to what? I have no idea... and yet I do. This book is tons better than Thr3e, and I really enjoyed that weird, little story, as well. This book was a look into the mind of a serial killer, per se. (view spoiler)[ Except for those that have read this book. Who was really doing the killing? Yes, we are led to believe that Alex willfully kidnapped these women to absolve his own guilt/sin and killed them for that sin. Did he really, though? Was he in his own mind at the kidnapping and throughout the ritual of inviting Eve in, or was he just a host? (hide spoiler)] . A serial killer who calls himself Eve, who was the beginning of all sin. This was a thrill ride from beginning to end and as I said before, the news accounts really keep the pace going and give the reader insight into Eve/Alex (that is not a spoiler!). Not sure if this is a reread type of book, but it is definitely worth the initial read and recommend it to Dekker fans and those who have never read anything by him. Enjoy...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Symon

    Adam is Ted Dekker's best and most compelling work to date, and also the most disturbing. If it were to be compared to a movie, 'The Exorcist' would be the closest. I quote Dekker when he says, "This is one of the only books I've ever written, where, honestly, I was so disturbed by what I discovered that I had trouble going to sleep at night." One of the editors who worked on 'Adam' commented, "... by the way, I'm sleeping with the lights on as I'm reading this book. And when that doesn't work, I' Adam is Ted Dekker's best and most compelling work to date, and also the most disturbing. If it were to be compared to a movie, 'The Exorcist' would be the closest. I quote Dekker when he says, "This is one of the only books I've ever written, where, honestly, I was so disturbed by what I discovered that I had trouble going to sleep at night." One of the editors who worked on 'Adam' commented, "... by the way, I'm sleeping with the lights on as I'm reading this book. And when that doesn't work, I'm praying harder." For this very reason many Christians heavily critise Dekker's work as being too dark, and unedifying. Indeed, Dekker's writing is dark, but for a very good reason I believe... To really understand how great the light is, one must understand how great the evil is. And ultimately, 'Adam' is a very powerful story about great hope. I absolutely loved 'Adam', and have lost not a few hours sleep over the last couple of days as a result of not being able to put it down. Dekker is an extremily gifted author, who writes intelligent, adrenaline-laced stories, which Christian message is loud and clear, and is not forgotten quickly. It comes as no surprise that he is my favourite author. If you enjoy fast-paced physiological/supernatural thrillers (which border on horror), then buy "Adam' today.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    Looks like a lot of people like this book. The person that forced me to read this REALLY LOVED this book, but I pretty much hated it throughout. Characters were terrible and one-dimensional; plot was stupid and unbelievable (besides the tantalizing newspaper articles that were every other chapter); the end set up really made me hate it--mainly b/c the idea was very interesting but was like 1/100 of the actual book. The author obviously cribbed a great deal of the plot from Hostage to the Devil, Looks like a lot of people like this book. The person that forced me to read this REALLY LOVED this book, but I pretty much hated it throughout. Characters were terrible and one-dimensional; plot was stupid and unbelievable (besides the tantalizing newspaper articles that were every other chapter); the end set up really made me hate it--mainly b/c the idea was very interesting but was like 1/100 of the actual book. The author obviously cribbed a great deal of the plot from Hostage to the Devil, going so far as to make one of the lead characters read the book before the priest will talk to her any more (and in closing mentions how all should read this book). I've read Hostage to the Devil before, and it was leaps and bounds the MOST frightening book I've ever read or will ever read. So I guess I take issue with some hack job done with the themes of that book (which was non-fiction--shudder). During the sleepless nightmare wracked period of days that I read Hostage to the Devil, I had similar thoughts that the author did I guess--which is mainly "Huh. I wonder how many serial killers or people in jail currently are really possessed by demons." I just wasn't inspired to go out and write a crappy book about it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brian Ming

    This is the first book I've read by Ted and I really enjoyed it. I slowly worked my way through it when I wasn't writing to kind of give my brain a break. Pure joy reading. The story was told masterfully; really great writing style, painting haunting and sometimes gruesome images (especially near the end). I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan of this type of fiction, but the story drew me in, and where the author took the plot at the end really fit. Even though I knew it was coming, the culmination of a This is the first book I've read by Ted and I really enjoyed it. I slowly worked my way through it when I wasn't writing to kind of give my brain a break. Pure joy reading. The story was told masterfully; really great writing style, painting haunting and sometimes gruesome images (especially near the end). I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan of this type of fiction, but the story drew me in, and where the author took the plot at the end really fit. Even though I knew it was coming, the culmination of an FBI manhunt of a serial killer really surprised me. There is a sub read throughout the book that paints an underlying story that gets resolved about three quarters of the way through, right at the point where the big twist occurs. At that point, I couldn't put the book down and finished it in a matter of days. I highly recommend the novel. It takes a while to really get going, but is well worth the investment.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

    Adam by Ted Dekker was a good book, but lacked the usual thrill I enjoy like some of his other books have. Now, there were thrilling moments, but it wasn’t nonstop throughout the book. I’ve heard this is one of his creepiest novels, but honestly, for me, it wasn’t. The newspaper article sections were really neat and I enjoyed that added flair within the story. It gave a good inside look at how Adam became who he was. I love Ted Dekker and I love his nonstop thrill rides and his keep-me-guessing sty Adam by Ted Dekker was a good book, but lacked the usual thrill I enjoy like some of his other books have. Now, there were thrilling moments, but it wasn’t nonstop throughout the book. I’ve heard this is one of his creepiest novels, but honestly, for me, it wasn’t. The newspaper article sections were really neat and I enjoyed that added flair within the story. It gave a good inside look at how Adam became who he was. I love Ted Dekker and I love his nonstop thrill rides and his keep-me-guessing style, but this one was a little short of that mark. I did enjoy the story though. Beautiful tale of the dangers of evil and the grace and mercy of Christ’s love to save us from all of that.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mindi Rosser

    Reading this thriller during my husband's family reunion, I was constantly caught hiding underneath the bed trying to read another paragraph...was it due to my fascination with the book? or my distaste for large gatherings? You be the judge. From the first page, the reader is thrown headlong into a mystery: "New York Times best-selling author Ted Dekker unleashes his most riveting novel yet . . . an elusive serial killer whose victims die of unknown causes and the psychologist obsessed with catchi Reading this thriller during my husband's family reunion, I was constantly caught hiding underneath the bed trying to read another paragraph...was it due to my fascination with the book? or my distaste for large gatherings? You be the judge. From the first page, the reader is thrown headlong into a mystery: "New York Times best-selling author Ted Dekker unleashes his most riveting novel yet . . . an elusive serial killer whose victims die of unknown causes and the psychologist obsessed with catching him. FBI behavioral psychologist Daniel Clark has been made famous by his arguments that religion is one of society’s greatest antagonists. What Daniel doesn’t know is that his obsessive pursuit of a serial killer known only as “Eve” will end in his own death at Eve’s hand. Twenty minutes later Daniel is resuscitated, only to be haunted by those twenty missing minutes of life. It soon becomes painfully clear that the only way to stop Eve is to recover those missing minutes by dying . . . again. What isn’t nearly as clear is just how many times he will have to die to discover the truth, not only about Eve, but about himself. Daniel will have to face haunting realities about demon possession in the modern world-and reevaluate his prejudice against religion-to stop Eve. “As always with a Ted Dekker thriller, the detail is stunning, pointing to meticulous research in a raft of areas: police and FBI methods, forensic medicine, psychological profiling-in short, all that accompanies a Federal hunt for a serial killer. But Dekker fully reveals his magic in the latter part of the book, when he subtly introduces his darker and more frightening theme. It’s all too creepily convincing. We have to keep telling ourselves that this is fiction. At the same time, we can’t help thinking that not only could it happen, but that it will happen if we’re not careful.”

  13. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Absolutely fuck this book. At first it was just so much Koontzian twaddle, which is okay. I listened to it, and insufferable writing has the edge taken off a little that way. But it started dragging in the middle like a fat dog's belly, and the what a tweest at the end was the deal-breaker. And then Dekker spends the coda straight up proselytizing about the dangers of being an atheist. It puts me in mind of the Filter lyric: "...it makes me want to stick my dick in your face."

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Green

    This was a great, great book. Not only is Dekker's writing far and above most others, the plot twists and turns were layered so well I didn't see them coming, including the big reveal at the end. Very well done and highly recommended!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    I enjoyed this book and found the authors connection between religion and supernatural rather interesting. I liked the twist in the end.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    This book grabbed me and didn't let me go till the end. This is the first book I have read by this author, and wow! I will definitely be reading more of his stuff. Apparently he is known for his battle between good and evil in his books and it is definitely evident here. What suprised me most was that it was in the Christian section of the book store, and up until the end, I did not feel that shoved that in our face. He beautifully crafted his Christian views without making us feel like heathons This book grabbed me and didn't let me go till the end. This is the first book I have read by this author, and wow! I will definitely be reading more of his stuff. Apparently he is known for his battle between good and evil in his books and it is definitely evident here. What suprised me most was that it was in the Christian section of the book store, and up until the end, I did not feel that shoved that in our face. He beautifully crafted his Christian views without making us feel like heathons! The book I also bought had an added chapter to tie in those Christian values, IF we wanted them. I did and am glad I read it. I loved his writing style and how he brought us in and made us invest in the characters, even the killer. At the end, we even felt sorry for him. I would definitely recommend this book and the only reason I didn't give it a 5 was because the ending kind of freaked me out!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Angus Mcfarlane

    This moved along well and was an enjoyable read but I didn't find it particularly gripping or particularly profound. There was s slight surprise at the end but not momentous enough to thrill or chill. In the end I felt like I was reading an evangelical tract warning people about the dangers of demon possession. Whether these are real or not, I felt like the descriptions were technical rather than personal and I can't imagine being motivated to adopt a different view as a result. Part of my issue This moved along well and was an enjoyable read but I didn't find it particularly gripping or particularly profound. There was s slight surprise at the end but not momentous enough to thrill or chill. In the end I felt like I was reading an evangelical tract warning people about the dangers of demon possession. Whether these are real or not, I felt like the descriptions were technical rather than personal and I can't imagine being motivated to adopt a different view as a result. Part of my issue may be from the way I've heard some of Dekkers other books talked up - perhaps this one did not do justice to the others ( which the library did not have on the shelf).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    This book was recommended to me by a great friend and I'd like to say thank you (you know who you are! ;-)) This book was fantastic. The story grips you from the very beginning and doesn't let go until the end. My heart was pounding the entire time; a non-stop thrill ride. This was my first book by Ted Dekker and I'm happy to say that I'm now hooked. I can't wait to read his other work.

  19. 5 out of 5

    William

    Just uninspiring story for me

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sridhar Babu

    This is not book review..but a short synopsis for my future reference...!!! Author. TED DEKKER.. Location.. Los Angels, California, Oklahoma.. Characters.. Daniel Clark, Alex Price(aka)Eve, Heather, Jessica, Lori Ames, Father Seymour and others.. Genre.. Thriller // Horror... PLOT... This story is divided in to two parts. First part is reporter, Annie Rudolph's narrative account of the tragic past of the killer, known as "Alex Price", from 1964 to 1992,titled "MAN OF SORROWS: JOURNEY IN TO DARKNESS This is not book review..but a short synopsis for my future reference...!!! Author. TED DEKKER.. Location.. Los Angels, California, Oklahoma.. Characters.. Daniel Clark, Alex Price(aka)Eve, Heather, Jessica, Lori Ames, Father Seymour and others.. Genre.. Thriller // Horror... PLOT... This story is divided in to two parts. First part is reporter, Annie Rudolph's narrative account of the tragic past of the killer, known as "Alex Price", from 1964 to 1992,titled "MAN OF SORROWS: JOURNEY IN TO DARKNESS" written for Crime today magazine. Second part narrates about the tracking the serial killer, by FBI Agents and imprisoning him . Alex Price 1964 to 1992. Alex Price born on August 1964, to Devout Catholic parents Lorden and Benny Price at Arkansans, State of Oklhoma. Both were abducted from their trailer home in the night of January 15, 1968,by a twisted mind named Alice Brown, who was running an unholy concoction called "Eve's Holy Coven" in an abandoned house at the deep woods of Oklahoma .The siblings were abused, tortured and whipped by Alice at the root cellar to satisfy an evil force named Eve, which possesses Alice. Their escape to California brings them hope and freedom from the torture home. With the assistance of Father Seymour, they find shelter and job for their survival. Inspired by father Seymour, Alex Price wanted to become a Catholic Priest and serve Church. Being a knowledgeable man and a diploma holder in general educations, he was admitted at St.Peter's Seminary College at Pasadena through proper sponsorship. Alex's priesthood was shattered, because of his expulsion from the seminary, due to his heretic views about Catholics, non existence of God , his doubts regarding the existence of kingdom of heaven etc. After this, he became a very depressed man. His weird qualities such as general aversion to women ; unnerving quietness ; whipping himself for being a sinner; his inability to sleep at night; nightmares and panic attacks; upside down cross worship; and crying for forgiveness after depressive mood swings, makes her sister Jessica afraid enough, to stay away from her brother. Jessica leaves her brother, when her fiance (Bruce) was badly beaten by Alex, at the swinger's park, when he came to know about Jessica's romantic relationship and proposal to get married. When she returns back to their apartment after some time, Alex was found nowhere, completely vanished from her life. He would not see Jessica again until many years later, long after Alex became Eve, the killer who had taken the lives of fifteen women. Daniel Clark ..2008. 16 young women dead in a mysterious way, on the night of every new moon day, their corpses, left in various underground basements and caverns. The murderer leaves no clues, except for one scrawled-in-red trademark "EVE" Special FBI Agent Daniel Clark , devoted his life to find this Eve killer was assigned to this case teaming with Lori Ames, FBI Pathologist from phoenix. Because of his obsession to track this eve killer,he was left with a failed marriage and divorced wife (Heather). In an direct encounter with Eve, hit by the killer's bullet, he was clinically dead for twenty minutes. Daniel remembers nothing of the incident, except the killer's face locked in his sub conscience mind. As Daniel attempts to racall the details of his attack, the killer strikes again, taking away his ex wife to his childhood rrot cellar and waits for Daniel. With the help of Lori Ames, Daniel takes his obsession to a dangerous new level. By causing NDE (Near death experience) medically , he tries to unlock the face of the killer from his mind. From the FBI records, and with the assistance of father Seymour, Daniel learns that the "Eve killer' was none other than Alex Price and Lori Ames was Jessica, Alex's sister. In an attempt to track the killer and rescue his ex wife Heather, Daniel finds himself in a supernatural world, where blurred lines between life and death leave him fighting for his very life. MY COMMENT... If you are reading a novel involving a serial killer with disturbed past, sixteen corpses of women in various underground places, with an efficient FBI agent and his team waiting for a break to track the killer.. you naturally expect a thriller with interesting twist and turns, intelligent investigation by detectives, finally tracking the killer with the help of forensic evidence, prosecuting, punishing him and restoring justice. On the contrary, in this fiction killer is tracked by dangerous method called NDE, (near death experience), by the FBI Agent, and the demon possessing the man "Alex Price" to do all the serial killings , is driven by catholic priest by exorcism, at the childhood place of the killer, where he was abused and tortured. This gives the reader a nail baiting supernatural climax instead of routine one. The novel therefore becomes a compulsively readable, highly charged suspense drama, in a way that will stun the readers. ADAM....DAMN GOOD..!!! NB: This novel is, sort of personal record for me. I read this in one sitting. (clap...clap..clap) =D

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cortez III

    YEEEOOOWWW! WOOOOOOOOW! OOOOOHHHHH! 4-Stars!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Caryn Sousley

    Probably one of my favorite books by Ted. Top 3 for sure.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Daniel Clark is an FBI psychologist on the trail of Eve, a serial killer who has killed 15 woman by poisoning them with a disease very like meningitis. When Daniel catches Eve in the act of his sixteenth killing, Eve shoots Daniel and kills him; kills him for about 20 minutes anyway. Daniel is resuscitated by his new partner, pathologist Lori Ames. After being resuscitated, Daniel doesn't remember what Eve looked like, and when Daniel's ex-wife Heather becomes Eve's next potential victim, Daniel Daniel Clark is an FBI psychologist on the trail of Eve, a serial killer who has killed 15 woman by poisoning them with a disease very like meningitis. When Daniel catches Eve in the act of his sixteenth killing, Eve shoots Daniel and kills him; kills him for about 20 minutes anyway. Daniel is resuscitated by his new partner, pathologist Lori Ames. After being resuscitated, Daniel doesn't remember what Eve looked like, and when Daniel's ex-wife Heather becomes Eve's next potential victim, Daniel decides he must die again to unlock the memory of Eve's appearance and save Heather. Alternating with Daniel and Eve's story is a 9-part magazine story of the life of Alex Price. It doesn't take long to figure out that Eve and Alex Price are one in the same, and as Alex's history unfolds many of Eve's secrets are revealed to the reader. But the climax of ADAM occurs when those secrets are revealed to Daniel Without offering too much of a spoiler, I have to disclose up front that this novel is a paranormal thriller. And the reason I'm offering that tidbit is because I'm not a big fan of the paranormal subgenre. A friend recommend the book and I wasn't aware of that element of the novel, and my friend wasn't aware that I wasn't a fan. That being said (in as many words as I could possibly say it in)... The book started out great for me. Daniel is your typical loner law-enforcement-type. His marriage ended because he consistently put his job first. And no one can do the job as well as Daniel can (rich sarcasm here). At the onset of the novel, Daniel's partner is dead from a questionable car accident and he is trying to get permission to "go dark" in an attempt to catch Eve. Meanwhile, the reader is learning about the abduction of Alex and Jessica Price through the magazine articles. But the problems for me as the reader start when Daniel is shot and killed, then revived after 20 plus minutes. (I can handle that element; that's fine.) Daniel not only gets up and walks out of the hospital, but he talks his forensic pathologist partner, Lori, into killing him two more times - THAT WEEK! So, now I'm thinking that Daniel really needs to hook up with Jack Reacher because they would make an indestructible team. O.k., so if you're a paranormal fan and you can swallow the three near-death experiences in one week, I think you will really enjoy this book. The writing style is strong; with the exception of Lori, I think the characterization is decent. The Adam and Eve parallel was quite creative and rather deep. It was just the over-the-top plot events that left me less than enthused with Dekker's novel. I also think it was the over-the-topness that lead me to figure out the "big shocker" twist at the end of the novel long before the end arrived.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicci B

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well, this was ok, I guess. I suppose. Some of the gushing 5 star reviews are confusing me. It starts off as a run of the mill catch-that-killer, but then goes off some strange tangents, which are not quite successful It's just so dry. There is absolutely no humour, I have no idea what the characters are like outside of their job description, and the twist could have been handled better - I just tossed a coin to decide which female character was Jessica. And the protagonist is boor-ring. I know Well, this was ok, I guess. I suppose. Some of the gushing 5 star reviews are confusing me. It starts off as a run of the mill catch-that-killer, but then goes off some strange tangents, which are not quite successful It's just so dry. There is absolutely no humour, I have no idea what the characters are like outside of their job description, and the twist could have been handled better - I just tossed a coin to decide which female character was Jessica. And the protagonist is boor-ring. I know he's 'obsessed' but jeez, the text gave no clue AT ALL as to why his ex-wife declared him the most passionate love of her life. He came across as the sort of person you get stuck with at a party while you try to make SOS signals behind his back for your friend to come and rescue you. The actual crime/FBI stuff is sort of interesting I suppose, but then the book attempts to veer into horror, and it's done quite badly. At no point did I feel any nefarious feelings of creeping dread, I just read words about 'horror' and 'terror' with no real explanation. Some more explanation of the Priest's French adventure might have helped. I also didn't understand (maybe got a bit too blase with my skimming?) the meningitis issue - Illness is the devil? Your body turning against you? Loss of Innocence - What? Regardless, How did Eve get the disease to administer in the first place? I don't know. I don't care. This nearly got one star, but it's saved by the newspaper article interludes (although I'd rather more gory details about Alice - why did she kidnap the two children, did she just beat them, what was her deal??) and, although she has terrible taste in men, I did enjoy the character of Heather.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adrienna

    I started the audiobook. Interesting synopsis and cover. So far it is hard for me to get into the story until like chapter 4 or so. (I had to restart the audiobook since I was bored...) This reads like a legal thriller which I wasn't anticipating with the culprit being a supernatural being, or someone who just used the name loosely, and is it this EVE character who is killing women from 15-24 yrs old spontaneously. I have an idea who it is, but will see how this plays out. This reminds me of James I started the audiobook. Interesting synopsis and cover. So far it is hard for me to get into the story until like chapter 4 or so. (I had to restart the audiobook since I was bored...) This reads like a legal thriller which I wasn't anticipating with the culprit being a supernatural being, or someone who just used the name loosely, and is it this EVE character who is killing women from 15-24 yrs old spontaneously. I have an idea who it is, but will see how this plays out. This reminds me of James Patterson's Alex Cross "Along Came a Spider" but ironically I like this much more. Yet others would dismiss my comment who are James Patterson fans. I didn't think Ted Dekker would write similarly to this author. I heard they characterize him closely to others like Michael Connelly (which I haven't read yet but plan to in the future). The book was pretty decent in the beginning until about 80% which made me go from a 3 star to 5 star, so if I look at 3 stars up to 80% and 5 stars thereafter, midway averages to 4 stars. This is one of the best reads so far I've read by Ted Dekker. I like the biblical analogy given about the biblical figures: Eve and now see why about 90% of the book why it is called Adam. This also reads like a psychological thriller, since the wanna-be priest looks at the biblical transformation of Eve's sins to give reason to his psychological patterns to losing his faith...to commit the hideous crime explained in Genesis 9:6. I would like this as a featured TV series or movie in future. Leisure read, audiobook (OverDrive) 2014 Adrienna Turner www.dream4more.org

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janie Johnson

    I was informed of this book by a friend here on Good reads. And also was told that it was by Ted Dekker. I knew then that the book was going to be a the ride of my life. And I came up with a quote just from reading the first couple of pages. "I love a book, that when I open the cover, all the intensity and excitement rushes out to me drawing me into the pages." And the describes this book to a TEE! Dekker also makes use of small interudes in between chapters to further mold his charatcers, Jessic I was informed of this book by a friend here on Good reads. And also was told that it was by Ted Dekker. I knew then that the book was going to be a the ride of my life. And I came up with a quote just from reading the first couple of pages. "I love a book, that when I open the cover, all the intensity and excitement rushes out to me drawing me into the pages." And the describes this book to a TEE! Dekker also makes use of small interudes in between chapters to further mold his charatcers, Jessica and Alex. Its a nice addition to the novel because you can see the characters past unfold along with their present and future. I feel like it helps to understand Alex a lot more. The use of twists in his novels you would think would become predictable and take away from his stories. But it is not even close to the truth. The sheer terror you feel coming from the pages is enough to draw its readers into the story so deep that you could possibly fear ever being able to come back out. I know on a few instances I literally had to put the book down and breathe before I could go further. Dekker can spin a tale that the readers will never ever forget. Dekker has a unique writing style that I absolutely love. His books are very fast paced, fluid and unpredictable. When you pick one up, it's hard to put back down. If you like an intense story that makes you fear to put down, or fear reading too much of at the same time, then this is the book for you. This book is very deserving of 5 stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    I am a fan of Ted Dekker. He always has a surprise in store for his readers. He obviously did a ton of research for this book and it shows in some of the detailed explanations and action sequences that he presents. He gives the reader interesting peeks into the motivation of his characters without giving away too much and was certainly inventive in coming up with the way to utilize the near death experience of Daniel, the main character. I think that the portion of the book kind of went against I am a fan of Ted Dekker. He always has a surprise in store for his readers. He obviously did a ton of research for this book and it shows in some of the detailed explanations and action sequences that he presents. He gives the reader interesting peeks into the motivation of his characters without giving away too much and was certainly inventive in coming up with the way to utilize the near death experience of Daniel, the main character. I think that the portion of the book kind of went against the rest of the book and especially the serial killer's personality and "M.O.", but it did add an intriguing element to the book. Overall, for people who enjoy crime type books, murder mystery stories, I think this is worth the read and I always enjoy when a christian writer can help bridge the gap between the real world and the spiritual realm in a way that is plausible and believable. You may feel that this is a stretch, but I think that it was well done and appluad getting those of us to think about it and see evil for what it is and where it exists...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Annie Walker

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Parts of this book were actually somewhat interesting. However, they were all eclipsed by the several ridiculously stupid plot "twists" throughout the entire novel. From bringing a man back to life after being dead for twenty minutes and having that same man being able to not only wake up the next day without any brain damage, but to also walk out of the hospital. Or perhaps killing that SAME man- twice more with a big dose of epinephrine for the sake of maaaaybe recalling a face that he saw once Parts of this book were actually somewhat interesting. However, they were all eclipsed by the several ridiculously stupid plot "twists" throughout the entire novel. From bringing a man back to life after being dead for twenty minutes and having that same man being able to not only wake up the next day without any brain damage, but to also walk out of the hospital. Or perhaps killing that SAME man- twice more with a big dose of epinephrine for the sake of maaaaybe recalling a face that he saw once. Or maybe the super crazy twist of the serial killer that has been tracked throughout the whole novel being boiled down to a sad, unfortunate man who is actually being possessed by some demon that is overpowered by his sister's love? Still not convinced of this novel's total wothlessness? Oh yeah... the main crime pathologist ends up being the serial killers estranged sister. Yep. Everything about this book was an eye-roller. Don't bother folks!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Ted Dekker is a genius. The end. No, not really the end. I just like to say that. :P Anyways, this book...wow! I love Ted Dekker, big time. He's one of my all time favorite authors. This book just made me love him more. Adam sucked me in as soon as I started reading it. It was compelling, suspenseful, brilliant & even a bit scary at times! For years Daniel Clark has been trying to catch a serial killer known as Eve. Before Daniel realizes it, he has become obsessed with Eve. After an accident Ted Dekker is a genius. The end. No, not really the end. I just like to say that. :P Anyways, this book...wow! I love Ted Dekker, big time. He's one of my all time favorite authors. This book just made me love him more. Adam sucked me in as soon as I started reading it. It was compelling, suspenseful, brilliant & even a bit scary at times! For years Daniel Clark has been trying to catch a serial killer known as Eve. Before Daniel realizes it, he has become obsessed with Eve. After an accident that is too close for comfort, Daniel knows that he must stop Eve. Before he takes his 16th victim. This story had me sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. It was one of those books that made you think. I especially loved the newspaper clippings in it. Read this book! Mmmmmk?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    It had suspense and a good story line but it just didn't end well for me. I am not sorry I read it but I could have used another 20-30 pages to give me satisfaction. I will read more of Dekker's books in the future but only after I finish with the books I already have. This book was a gift from a good friend and I am glad they gave it to me as I would probably not have bought or checked it out based solely on the jacket description.

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