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  • Apr 23, 2008
Every new moon for 16 months, serial killer Eve, has claimed another victim. His method appears to be an undiscovered strain of meningitis. He's calculated, clever, and highly elusive. During this time, FBI behavioral psychologist and stanch atheist, Daniel Clark, has been aggressively pursuing Eve. However, aside from a psychological profile, he has no real leads. When Daniel sees the killer while trying to rescue Eve's sixteenth victim, they should have the information they need to catch him. The only problem is, Daniel dies and once resuscitated, he can't remember what Eve looks like.

I was impressed. Very impressed. Themes that have been ignored for so long were brought to the surface in the way only Ted can. Evil doesn't like the light and it hides, but it's always there. Satan is real, the demons are real, and they are actively and aggressively pursuing God's creation. As Christians, we have power over this evil, if we choose to use it. I am amazed at how beautifully these themes are brought to light. I've read several books on spiritual warfare. Some were good and others just typical Christian fiction. This is one of the best. I might put the Screwtape letters above it, but most likely on the same level. With Adam, Ted did what he does best. He takes the metaphors of Christianity and turns them into physical stories. He takes a theme that needs exploring and turns it into a thriller. While I don't usually consider Ted's characters especially deep, I do think Alex and Eve were two of his best.

As with most of Ted's books I feel sure there will be a number of people who find it too violent or too something. Personally, I wish more authors would follow his lead and create books that are realistic and push the Christian comfort zone. Evil is real, violence is real, and it would like to destroy Christians. What's wrong with putting that little fact on display? The only way to defeat evil it to admit it exists and go after it. If a book is violent and makes you a little uncomfortable, that's probably not a bad thing.

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review by . February 11, 2009
FBI agent Daniel Clark is obsessed with stopping Eve, a serial killer that has taken the lives of fifteen victims. His training in behavioral psychology has helped him get close to the killer numerous times, but despite his hard work he is always one step behind. His relentless pursuit of Eve has cost him his marriage and will now cost him his life.      As Daniel follows a new break in the case he comes face to face with his nemesis and dies as a result. His partner, Lori, fights …
review by . March 02, 2008
Dekker fans are in for a wild ride. Dekker is at his best when he writes thrillers. His fantasy is good, but his thrillers are breathtaking and sleep stealing.      Adam pivots on the usual Ted Dekker standard theme of man's fall and God's extravagant grace. An avowed atheist, psychological profiler on his quest to catch the bad guy enters into places he never believed existed, especially within himself. The woman who loves him gets entangled in the increasingly tense cat and …
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A little bit about me. I read primarily Christian fiction. My favorites are suspense, with supernatural elements always being a plus. I most enjoy books that will keep me thinking well after I'm done … more
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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 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.

"The detail is stunning, pointing to meticulous research in FBI methods, forensic medicine, and psychological profiling. We have to keep telling ourselves that this is ...

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ISBN-10: 1595540075 (hbk.)
ISBN-13: 9781595540072 (hbk.)
Author: Ted Dekker
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date Published: April 2008
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