Adam: Includes Bonus Chapter and Interview

by Ted Dekker

Paperback, 2008

Status

Available

Call number

813.54

Publication

Westbow Press (2008), Edition: Special ed.

Original publication date

2008-04-01

Description

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. To stop the killer, Daniel will have to face haunting realities about demon possession in the modern world--and reevaluate his own prejudice against religion.--Publisher description.… (more)

Awards

Audie Award (Finalist — 2009)

Language

ISBN

1595542442 / 9781595542441

UPC

020049131855

User reviews

LibraryThing member crazybatcow
And it started out so good...

I'll start with the good point: the first half to 3/4 of the story is quite engaging.

Then the religion comes in... but it's not really religion, it's some sort of demon possession mish-mash. This would have been ok, if it had been blended in as part of the story, but
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it becomes the whole story some time after the halfway point. No more detecting, no more solving, no more chasing, just lots of "in-my-head dealing-with-possession" type of silliness - long passages of descriptions of "Evil" as an entity.

It's like a thriller/detective story crossed with a bad horror book, but it's not scary, just sorta silly. Demon possession? Sure... but not with characters that ALL act outside of normal parameters. A serial killer might behave like this, and, maybe, so would an experienced FBI investigator having a breakdown, but would a forensic pathologist and a lawyer ALSO behave so abnormally? Naw...

I waffled between 2 and 3 stars because, essentially, the last 1/4 of it is junk even though it starts with such promise.
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LibraryThing member BlondeBibliophile
I prefer Dekker's books 'Thr3e' and 'Skin' to this book , but it was still a very good read. He always takes his books in a very unexpected direction. I love Dekker.
However, I am going to insert a warning. This book seriously creeped me out. If you are not a fan of being creeped out by books, you
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may want to pass this one by.
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LibraryThing member fingerpost
The bulk of "Adam" is pure crime thriller, but the last 20% delves into a world that crime thrillers generally do not... that of ~literal~ demon posession. Dekker is a good storyteller with a wild imagination, which generally appeals to me, in spite of his very generic pop-fiction writing style.
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The conclusion of this book was too preachy for my taste - particularly the final chapter, which was noted "special Christian Retail bonus chapter". So I suppose if you buy an edition sold at Barnes & Noble or Amazon it may not have the preachy chapter.
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LibraryThing member VickiFourie
The author has followed in the footsteps of pioneer Frank Perriti, and to be frank, Dekker's books are way better and easier to read!
I really enjoyed the insight given in Adam's life. He is a serial killer and demon-possed by Eve.

A word of advise: don't read this book at night, and more
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specifically, don't read it when you're all alone at home!

This book opened my mind to the fact that there are spiritual wars amongst us all the time, and we never are aware of it.
Pretty scary fact.
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LibraryThing member jenforbus
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member atdCross
Ted Dekker has the ability to keep the reading fast-paced, suspenseful, and mind-twisting. Every time I thought the jig was up, Dekker puts a whole new spin to it. Personally, and really as a compliment, I think Dekker is a sick pup; but that's what makes his books so good. Adam is no different.
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That said, I do have one complaint: the ending was not satisfying to me from a Christian perspective. He does not make clear, although he does mention Jesus Christ, that it is the power of Christ who overcomes the evil powers and frees those possessed by it. For me, he kind of makes it a mixed bag of things that overcome the demon-possession; however, he seems to waffle or obscure the name of Christ as the determining factor in healing. But, of course, my complaint is from a Christian perspective. In all other respects the ending was great in that it was also quite wild, wierd, and unexpected; not at all a typical ending, Christian or not.
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LibraryThing member Britt1075
While I enjoyed the fast pace and mystery of this book, it was a very deep and disturbing book. Ted Dekker writes about the dark world of serial killers and what may make them tick. This book dealt with a serial killer who was obsessed with religion stemming from a horrible childhood with a crazy
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Cultish woman and her husband, who had kidnapped him and his sister when they were young children. This book delves into Posession and religion.
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LibraryThing member Boltbabe
Daniel Clark is an FBI agent who has been working on the case of Eve, a serial killer, who kills a woman during every new moon. What makes this case interesting is that the murders are not typical. Each woman is killed by a strain of meningitis.

Daniel and his partner discover the next target, but
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in their rescue effort Daniel is shot and killed. His partner revives him and the story continues to follow the chase of Eve, who always seems to be one step ahead of them, except now Daniel has these episodes and his memory of his death seems to be gone. Or is it?

This is a well written novel that will keep you turning the pages, long after you should have turned out the lights and gone to bed. With well developed characters, a horrifying back plot, and twists and turns this novel will not disappoint. One of Dekker's best works to date.
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LibraryThing member justablondemoment
While I did have high hopes for this book ...it just didn't get there. I had a real hard time staying with it. I was bored at times, confused at times and really only thing that kept me going was the inserts of the magazine articles on the abduction of the brother and sister. Those to me more more
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interesting than the book. I dunno this book just didn't work for me.
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LibraryThing member abcarroll
A compelling story about an FBI agent who gets inside the mind of a serial killer. The best part about the book is that you get a glimpse into why the killer becomes a killer. There were some definite plot twists that I didn't see coming which in my eyes makes a great book.
LibraryThing member NovelBookworm
Just because we don’t believe in something, does that mean it can’t be true? That is the crux of Ted Dekker’s novel, Adam. Daniel Clark, an FBI profiler, has been hunting a serial killer named Eve who has killed 15 women, and Clark is desperate to stop him. Clark dies in a close encounter
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with Eve and is resuscitated. He is not the same man as before, and suffers panic attacks and from overwhelming bouts of fear. As the novel progresses, it becomes obvious that Daniel Clark is not one to ever believe in the concepts of God and Satan, and all that is associated with these beliefs. And in this novel at least, disbelief can open you up to a whole world of evil.

The supernatural element aside, the book is a very well done crime novel. The characters are well thought out, interact quite well and Dekker has used some plot devices that came as a surprise to this reader. It was quite easy to get into the skin of whichever character was being portrayed at the time.

The supernatural is, however the main element of this novel. Do we believe? Can we believe in good, without believing in evil? Does disbelief lower our defenses, so we are blind to the reality of evil? In a world as secular as ours, it becomes quite easy to deride religion and believers in general. After all, the only real proof appears to be belief and faith, and in our world, these ephemeral concepts seem just a bit outdated and outlandish. If you disbelieve, this book is well written enough to make you stop for at least a moment and consider your position. If you haven't ever given it much thought, you might be finding yourself considering the possibilities just a bit more often. And if you've come to realize that you do believe in at least the power of good in our world, then you’ll probably find yourself doing a little gut check on your belief in the power of evil.
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LibraryThing member alpolcyn
dark but thought provoking
LibraryThing member Elizabeth.Wong98
Daniel Clark left his marriage. Daniel Clark doesn't really care about anything anymore. Why? He's on the hunt for Eve, a serial killer who systematically kiddnaps young women and kills them with a strain of meningitis. Daniel decides to go dark and hunt for Eve on his own terms with his partner,
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Lori. Daniel thinks that the way to the killer is through his mind. One night, Daniel is tracking down Eve's latest kill when Eve himself appears and shoots him dead. Twenty minutes later, Daniel is revived by Lori but he cannot remember what Eve's face looks like. Determined to find out this crucial detail, Daniel goes to extreme measures, extreme enough that he "dies" again. Led on a new road, Daniel is on a quest to find Eve, stop Eve, find himself, find his ex-wife, Heather, who has been taken by Eve, and solve the mystery.

My dad warned me not to read this book because it was 'too scary' for me, but I did anyways. It was scary. Adam is full of suspense, plot twisters, and things that make me want to crawl under my sheets. The romance part of the story was amazing and actually really sweet how a divorced couple can find the capacity to love each other again. The ending was what really surprised me the most though. I also really liked the character development and how everyone worked together in weird circumstances. Also, even though the killer is ruthless and unforgiving, I kind of felt sorry for him and how he was controlled. But overall, this was a wonderful book. But I'm not reading this at night.
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LibraryThing member emmee1000
Started out like a "Criminal Minds" mystery, but there was never any doubt as to who the killer was. First half of the book was predictable but tolerable, but then it got bogged down in near death experiences and supernatural, ending in exorcism. I got no satisfaction out of reading this.
LibraryThing member gdill
This was a great Dekker read. But, not his best. However, it was full of intrigue and always kept me engaged. Dealt primarily with Near Death Experiences (NDE), demon possession, and concluded with an intense exorcism. Definitely had some Catholic overtones toward the end. Nevertheless, it
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displayed the awesome power of the name of Jesus. As with all Dekker stories, there is a surprising twist at the end.
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LibraryThing member whitebalcony
Not bad until the end, when it became one long worn out sermon.
LibraryThing member kristina_brooke
Wow. Ted Dekker's writing is so vivid. I may have to take a few days before writing about this one.
LibraryThing member Carol420
In "Adam" you follow the latest and most career intensive case of an FBI criminal profiler who also, through his studies has come to view religion as one of the driving forces of evil in society (and his serial killers motive), as opposed to an "evil force" itself existing.

My biggest disappointment
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with this book is that in the end, little time or attention or detail for that matter is given to how the Light overcomes the very real darkness. So much time is spent exploring the possibility and then reality of the evil side of the supernatural that you are left to wonder how the light defeated the darkness. I gave it 4 stars because of the well thought out plot, (it was a very interesting story), even if the end didn't answer my questions.
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LibraryThing member debs4jc
This dark disturbing thrill ride may not be what you were expecting from a book released by a Christian publisher. Welcome to the world of Ted Dekker, who exposes evil in all it's gruesomeness, but also shows the power of God's light that overcomes evil's darkness. In Adam that evil comes in the
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form of "Eve"--a serial killer hunted by Daniel Clark. Daniel is convinced that Eve's compulsion to kill is the result of the religious beliefs he was exposed to as a child. Daniel's profiling of Eve helps his FBI team get close to catching the elusive killer--so close that Daniel gets a glimpse of the killer, just before he is shot in the head. Amazingly Daniel doesn't die--his partner is able to resuscitate him and he becomes obsessed with the secrets to Eve's identity that he believes are now locked inside his own head. But the real key to Eve's identity leads him to confront an evil power the atheistic Daniel never expected to find.
Dekker dares to portray demon possession with frightening detail, and raises questions about whether or not it still exists in our modern world. Reading Adam is not for the faint of heart, though the hunt for the serial killer storyline is fairly straightforward and full of enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning the pages. I enjoyed the suspense of this story and the darkness was tolerable--more so than in some of Dekker's other recent books. If you enjoy books written from a Christian point of view that don't sugarcoat the reality of evil than Dekker is definitely an author you will enjoy--and the fast pace and thrills of Adam make this a great book of his to put at the top of your "to read" list.
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LibraryThing member Jfranklin592262
I really enjoyed this one. I think alot of ppl in the reviews here are taking this way too seriously. Yes, this book deals with demonic possessions, religion and near death experiences, but, it's a work of fiction, only a story. I have read books that take a much darker approach to these subjects.
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Dekker does a great job of keeping things in perspective here. He delves into deep and controversial topics without becoming over invested in the ideology. There are some of the plot twist and turns we have come to expect from him, but this one stays the course a bit more than his other works. This was an enjoyable fast read for me. Well done, once again, Dekker!
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