Monday, February 08, 2010

Dekker and Healy's Burn ~ Reviewed

Product Information
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.13 (inches)
ISBN: 1595544712


Gypsy Janeal Mikkado is in an explosive situation. When her kumpania was attacked and her friend was about to be burned to death, Janeal chose to disappear with the million dollars she discovered. Now the person she thought was dead is back! Will Janeal face her past---or be consumed by flames of guilt and fear?


Coming off reading the best seller Kiss by this dynamic duo of Christian fiction writing a few months ago, Dekker and Healy have shown they are a great team again bouncing ideas together & making yet another best seller in Burn.

When I first started reading this book, I was hoping for an even better version of Kiss with all the supernatural powers or borderline God level powers in a human form. When you deal with stealing memories with a kiss in the last one, where can you go? How crazy was I for asking that question? Of course, I knew they were capable of using another of the major senses we deal with everyday all twisted up in a crazed thriller over a 15 year timeline.

This high octane rocket of a story dealing with Janeal Mikkado and her father Jason Mikkado, who runs a gypsy carnival of thrillers troop, was an interesting starting point. Another great starter was showing the villain right out of the box in drug dealer Salazar Sanso who is a man that always gets what he wants. There was no exception by seducing and duping Janeal to believe that her father was in danger and the DEA was going to hurt him too if the money was not found. One million dollars missing is a big deal. How about the idea of that million to be counterfeit? The power struggle to protect one’s self from prison because it is counterfeit can make a man desperate. Mr. Sanso would do just about anything. This includes burning down a whole camp filled with gypsies & killing them all.

As the story unfolds, I found that it was easy to follow and then imagery of the scenes rocketed through my head. I will not spoil the ending so I will end my review this way. I recommend anyone who wants to read a very good action packed adventure to add this one definitely to your reading list. I feel it will be a movie someday. The Dekker fans out there will just enjoy another great story. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Be blessed!, Brad

Bonus Review:

Ted Dekker can take the imagination on a wild ride. And he does yet again in Burn. With Erin Healy, he has crafted a story about a woman who gets caught up in deception and soul-hungers and onto the paths that lead to inevitable pain and death as they take their travelers further and further into darkness.

Though there are moments that are unbelievable, they still seem credible because they are written by a master of ripping masks off and hearts wide open. Or maybe in this case, intense light and horrific heat burning off the lies and leaving truth in its wake.

This is a thought-provoking read. More abstract truth than Christianese. And outside of a few minutes pause when a bizarre twist was revealed, I sped read to find the redemption I knew would be coming. I like the team of Healy and Dekker and I'm looking forward to the next novel they produce.

Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer

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