Immanuel's Veins - eBook
For King Solomon
It very rare that you find a novel about the true romance of life, and Ted Dekker manages to overcome that challange every book he writes. The end of this book left me speechless. For all those who fear that this book is too dark, un-Godly, or just another vampire spin off, it isn't. Read it, all the way, and be plunged into your Beloved's sacred blood. You must survive the night to see the rising sun.
My lover is mine and I am his;
Song of Solomon 2:16
May 26, 2012
This is, without a doubt, the most powerful book I have ever read, and easily Ted Dekker's best. This time around, he deals with vampires. No, they do NOT sparkle, and NO, this IS NOT an attempt to appeal to Twilight fans!
Anyways, this book is brilliantly written and perfectly told, with genius and powerful use of symbolism and a perfect representation of temptation and the dangers of giving in.
Now, here is a message to a few 1-star reviewers:
HOW is this book "evil"? HOW is it "too sensual"? Have you seen the trash on TV and in the movies? Have you heard of the sickening smash-hit novel Fifty Shades of Grey? Another thing: what do you think the point of the book is? This is a warning about temptation! If a novel is to convey such a great message, there MUST be darkness and temptation involved! And what better way to do so than using sexual temptation, easily the most deadly of temptation? If you think this is too sensual, then remember: it could have been much, MUUUUUCH worse. There were no sex scenes; it was only implied. Do you want your characters to be perfect? Honestly!
Anyways, I'm done venting my frustration. And forgive me if I sounded rude; I was only making a point. Always portray evil as evil, or else you accomplish NOTHING.
To the people who never finished the book because they thought it was too dirty and had no spiritual message, I have this to say: read it from cover to cover. You can't miss the point of the book.
So, would I recommend this? Without a DOUBT!
Now, if you are simply not comfortable with reading sensual scenes or vampires, then I can understand you not reading this. But don't make the mistake of calling it "evil". That's a senseless accusation.
May 26, 2012
I am a dedicated Ted Dekker fan, from the Circle books through The Bride Collector. This one I didn't care for. I'm not sure if it's the time period or the vampires that turned me off, but I would not recommend this one. Sorry Mr. Dekker, but kudos on The Priest's Graveyard.
June 23, 2011
Never the Same Again
ImmanuelÃ¢ÂÂs Veins takes on a journey that you will never forget. Mind you, this memorable trek is not for the faint of heart. Only those who can see through eyes that have not been tainted with preconceived notions of the clichÃÂ© ideas that are fed to use each day can withstand this story. It is a different twist that has been spun to relay the magnificence and unadulterated beauty that is the anecdote of the Love that redeemed us. Evil is portrayed as seductive, blood thirsty creatures of the night that long for nothing but the soul of a beautiful woman along with her declaration of undying love. The Enemy stops at nothing until he has completed his task. Dekker does such a wonderful job portraying evil for what it really is: a wise and sly serpent who knows exactly what to say and when to say it. His tactics are so smooth it had me questioning whether he was really the evil one at one point. Dekker, however, did not disappoint. Her Savior was represented by the love the lead character possesses for the woman, Lucene. No obstacle is too intimidating to keep him away from saving her from the monster that was deceiving her.
The most beautiful thing about the book, as with all Dekker books, is no matter who the lead character is, he is always flawed. His strength only comes from Christ making Him the true hero of the novel rather than the protagonist. In the end, the message of redemptive love is made perfectly clear through this novel. It allows one to relive this astonishingly wonderful tale of good overcoming evil no matter what the cost.
April 3, 2011