Have you read this book?? Maybe you’ve seen the movie??
Ted Dekker’s thriller first published in February of 2005, then January of 2007 the movie came out. This book is riveting, capturing you within its pages, a magnificent work to keep you from putting it down! I haven’t seen the movie… I’m the type that wants to read the story before I see it. But I can tell you –> this is definitely a movie I will like to see.
This is the first work of Dekker’s that I have picked up; and I cannot see me stopping here. My oldest son (now 15 y/0) told me that he thought I’d enjoy his writings as he is currently working his way through The Paradise Novel’s, on the last book now! 1) Showdown (Published Jan. 2006)
2) Saint (Published Oct. 2006)
3) Sinner (Published Sept. 2008)
Kevin Parson is driving his car late one summer day, when suddenly his cell phone rings. A man who identifies himself as Slater speaks in a breathy voice. “We’re going to play a little game, Kevin. You have exactly three minutes to confess your sin to the world. Refuse and the care you’re driving will blow sky high.” End call
Kevin panics. Who would make such a call? What sin? He ditches the car. Precisely three minutes later a massive explosion sets the world on a collision course with madness.
Let the games begin
Immediately Kevin receives another call. Another riddle, another deadline, another bomb – a bigger bomb – if Kevin doesn’t confess his sin. Together with FBI agent Jennifer Peters and CBI agent Samantha Sheer, Kevin scrambles to beat Slater at his own game, but Slater is always one step ahead. With each threat intensifying and the country screaming for answers, the game will push them beyond themselves.
Enter a world wher nothing is what it seems. Where your closest friend could be your greatest enemy. Where black is white and white is black.
A powerful story of good, evil, and all that lies between.
Please note – My review shows spoilers of the text… please do not read any further if you do not want to learn in detail of this book.
The suspense felt is intense, hold onto your seat – because Dekker’s about to take us on a ride you’ve never felt before.
The call always comes in with a riddle to figure out & a place to go to, in a certain amount of time always divisible by 3… can you hold on, can you imagine the kind of mind that could threaten a person with such things? How much can Keven Parson’s take?
Kevin doesn’t let on at first that the call came in with a riddle too:
What falls but never breaks? What breaks but never falls?
Samantha not only works for the CBI, but she is a childhood friend who helped Kevin back than… work through his trials of such a horrid time. She’s come not only to help but to comfort & protect too! Is there something in this for her to gain? Could there be another twist coming?
In life he’s your friend, but death is the end.
“… I’m the bat; you’re the ball. I keep slugging until you confess. Lock and load. … Samantha’s coming down, That’s good. I can’t decide whom I despise more, you or her.”
Slater knows Samantha. WHAT! Kevin thinks… Slater has got to be the boy, but he didn’t know of the boy, or did he & that was part of the game?
What are the answers to these riddles, what is the confession?
Jennifer, the FBI agent, has her own things hidden in the closet she hiding too. Maybe she needs to confess as well?
Kevin has a break from all the chaos & falls into a deep sleep; when he awakes… lurking within:
it’s so dark
written on the milk jug inside the fridge
Can you fathom… Slater’s been in his house; without Kevin even realizing it. He’s trying to figure out the sin he needs to confess… now these riddles keep coming; confusing his mind even more.
“What’s three times three?”
“Nine o’clock, time to rock. Time for the third.
What takes you there but takes you nowhere?
You have sixty minutes. It’ll be worse this time, Kevin.”
Time’s getting closer… will they figure out the riddle in time? A relationship entwines within the chaos –> more then just Sam & Kevin; but with Jennifer and Kevin too. How are they all connected?
Samantha has a hunch… is Kevin, Slater? Two – but One? Samantha takes Kevin away, out of town – out of sight. Slater can’t mess with Kevin if he can’t find him; Right? Samantha & Kevin hunch down in a hotel for a night… but Kevin can’t sleep. So he leaves a note for Samantha: Couldn’t sleep, went for a drive, be back soon. He wants help… he wants a GUN… but he knows it’s wrong. He cry’s out – to God, asking what to do, asking for protection in this part of town; questioning his own salvation; feeling like he’s walking in circles looking in the same places – he’s lost. Kevin prays: “God, if anyone ever needed you help, I do. However you do it, you have to save me. I may not be a priest, but I do want to be your . . . your child.”
Tears filled his eyes. Why the sudden emotion?
It’s coming because you never were anyone’s child. Just like Father Strong used to say. God’s waiting with outstretched hands. You never really took that seriously, but that’s what becoming a child is all about. Trust him at his Word, as the good reverend would say.
Another call… but this time to Samantha… and another riddle:
“What wants to be filled but will always be empty?
I’ll give you a clue: It’s not your head. Is has a number: 36933. You have ninety minutes before the fireworks begin. …”
What do the numbers mean… with the riddle? This is heart wrenching; head whirling. Figure it out Kevin, Samantha, come on! They race to a warehouse… where Kevin gets locked in with Slater. Samantha can’t get to them; she can’t help! But then Slater’s gone, Kevin comes out… & there is NO BOMB. They’re IN the WRONG PLACE! What does the riddle mean? What do the numbers have to do with anything? Kevin thinks & thinks – it’s a reference number maybe – the LIBRARY.
Then, a note is found, on Kevin’s car:
3 + 3 = 6.
Four down, two to go. You know how I like threes, Kevin. Time’s running out. Shame, shame shame. A simple confession would do, but you force my hand.
Who escapes their prison but is captive still?
I’ll give you a hint: it isn’t you.
Another note… this time at his childhood home:
Fess up, Puke.
Kevin is searching… can he find Belinda in time? Sam is searching… for clues… could Kevin be Slater? She runs to his apartment searching for anything. Kevin’s Essay: The True Natures of Man, an Essay. Notes, scanning…
We learn as we live, and we live what we learn, but not so well.
How can a nature be dead and yet live? He is dead in the light, but thrives in the dark.
If Good and Evil could talk to each other, what would they say?
They are all pretenders, who live in the light but hide in the dark.
Insightful. But there was nothing here that Slater would have . . . Same froze. There at the bottom of page four, three small words.
I AM I
Dear God, let me be wrong! Sam thought. . .
Slater has Kevin call Samantha… next riddle:
“Who loves what he sees, but hates what he loves?
You might find a clue in his house; you might not.
Hurry to the rescue, Princess.”
But now Samantha has found Kevin, where they believe Slater is holding Belinda – and she see’s two set of feet. Kevin & Slater are two different people; they can’t be the same; Belinda voice comes from a different direction then where then where the feet are located! She sigh’s in relief. . .
Now Jennifer can’t find any of them… she’s lost – Samantha calls to tell her that Kevin is NOT Slater, but won’t tell her where she is. So now Jennifer has to find them all…
will they be found in time?
I do not understand what I do. … It is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. … For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing. … I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. … I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin. I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.From a letter written by Saint Paul to the church in Rome, A.D. 57.
While most of us do not walk a journey as such described… we do fight within ourselves to do the things we know we should but instead the things we should not.
I hope you enjoyed this review… let me know your thoughts – will you read the book? Will you sit to watch the movie?
I pray your journey is blessed… protection prevail… battles won! Stand for the Lord our God.