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Showdown (Paradise #1)

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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  9,126 ratings  ·  408 reviews
Welcome to Paradise.
Epic battles of good and evil are happening all around us.
Today that battle comes to town with the sound of lone footsteps clacking down the blacktop on a hot, lazy summer afternoon. The black-cloaked man arrives in the sleepy town of Paradise and manages to become the talk of the town within the hour. Bearing the power to grant any unfulfilled dream,
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Paperback, 366 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by WestBow Press (first published January 15th 2005)
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Dustin
"The sound of boots crunching into gravel carried across the blacktop while the man who wore them was still a shimmering black figure approaching the sign that read Welcome to Paradise, Colorado. Population 450.



The opening sentence of the first chapter is incredibly vivid and concise. It's all too easy to lose yourself in Ted Dekker's fictional town, and the multiple senses further cement your locale.
And two pages prior, courtesy of a telling and intriguing prologue, I was officially introduc
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John
Oh boy...

I picked up this book because it was on someone's 'best Christian reads of..." list. I was sorely disappointed. Dekker is no different than many of the novelists of today. The book has all the marks of the hastily written, sloppily edited pulp that fills the racks of airport bookstores.

The back of the book jacket says that Dekker 'is known for novels that combine adrenaline-laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good a
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Mel
Aug 04, 2007 Mel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense, supernatural fans
Shelves: christianfiction
If there were ever the opportunity to recreate original sin, this may be how it would turn out.

Showdown starts out enigmatic, and continues to keep you guessing through to the end. There were times I had to walk away,thinking "how can things get any worse!", but was always drawn back to find out what happened next.

Read the Circle Trilogy first. Thomas Hunter comes into this story line and you will appreciate the background.

Ted has given us a fantastic story where many what-ifs of mankind and ch
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Cindy
The first thing I would say about this author is that he is definitely different. This is the first Dekker book I've had the pleasure of reading and I really liked how he was able to combine horror with a religious spin in a tactful way without being preachy. I did get lost in just a couple of places trying to keep up with the personalities of the characters. However, this was a very good read for me and I especially liked the ending, although it was somewhat predictable. When I first started re ...more
Courtney
For my English final I chose to read this novel. This was the first novel I ever read by Ted and when I started reading it, I was completely confused. However, my friend who I borrowed the book from told me to keep reading and that I would soon start to love it. I am very glad I listened to him. It took me less than a week to read the book and I can honestly say it is one of the best books I have ever read. The way Ted composed the story, the flipping back and forth between the Monastery and Par ...more
Janie Johnson
WOW, this book was AMAZING to me. A very real & Classic battle of Good vs Evil. It had me, from pg 3, hook, line, and sinker. Dekker has a way with drawing his readers in. It's hard to escape the intensity that practically oozes out of the pages, and wow I got sucked in hard core. And the plot blew me away. I could not put the book down. This is Dekker at his best IMO!

In this story Dekker brings to his readers a small town setting with a low population, but with a high risk of evil. He made
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Mindi Rosser
Showdown - good vs. evil - another epic saga by Ted Dekker. One thing I love about Ted Dekker's book is that he pulls characters from various books of his. Somehow, they all seem to be connected to each other, though they are great stand-alone novels, as well.

Here is the synopsis from the book itself:

"It begins on a lazy summer day in a small, secluded mountain town named Paradise. But in Paradise, nothing is as it seems.

When a stranger named Marsuvees Black appears and announces he’s come to b
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D.M. Kilgore
May 24, 2014 D.M. Kilgore rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of spiritually, creepy, and deep tales. Writers.
Dekker. Deep. At times disturbing. Always stirring. Dekker centers this book around the significance of writing, which I loved. It has a sinister creepiness from the first page, and it doesn't let up as the suspense (and fear) builds. As with most of his works, I often feel like a fool trying to grasp the secrets of the universe while reading his intriguing thoughts and pondering the subtle and not so subtle knowledge his stories impart on the reader. It's always an interesting experience when I ...more
Ron
Failed the 100 page test. I can't believe it. Ted Dekker is the Stephen King of Christian fantasy writers. While I hadn't read his books before, I didn't think that I wouldn't be engaged. But I wasn't.

A hundred pages in and Dekker still hadn't set the hook. A freaky monk cons a over-simplified Colorado small town and a bunch of genius orphans talk about writing inside an experimental facility that sounded like mad scientists running mice through mazes, not Christians raising children.

I was reall
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Joshua Spotts
Every major author writes a book on writing. Martin Eden was Jack London's book on writing. Showdown is Ted Dekker's.

Showdown follows Dekker's basic formula: Good vs. Evil with a surprising twist. It is the story of a small town ironically named Paradise and of a project in a secret monastery.
The project is intended to see if children, kept from the evil of the world, will naturally be able to make a decision toward good. As is common with Dekker's books, the children, led astray by one bad mo
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Adam Bolander
If you are one of the people who believe that Christian fiction is boring, then let me start this review by saying that I used to be in the same boat. To me, Christian fiction was supposed to be a life lesson with meager attempts at action or suspense, usually giving it the same feeling as one of those old Bibleman movies. That all changed, though, when I read Showdown by Ted Dekker. Let’s just get this out of the way: Ted Dekker is my favorite author, and will most likely continue to be my favo ...more
Judith
When I write about books I really like, I often write long reviews. When I really dislike a book I often write even more. That's because I want to explain the many reasons I disliked it. It seems a funny exercise, because I could just write "I hated it" and move on, but usually the reasons I dislike a book have to do with the assumptions the author makes about certain aspects of life, and I can't live with not saying something about them.

So it is with this book.

Imagine this: A group of children
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Holly

Byyyy the way there's a couple spoilers in here.

Honestly, this book puts me out a little. I don't mind a little blood and gore, but removing warts is considered a miracle? Come on! I'm only half way through, but I figured I'd post while it's still fresh on my mind. Besides the whole wart miracle, some of the plot is plain ridiculous. I find myself laughing aloud in what is supposed to be the most serious places. Dramatic horror scenes designed to revolt the audience as the character plods along
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Emily
While the connections between the Paradise novels and the Circle trilogy cause me some confusion, I am very intrigued by the worlds that are portrayed in them and how they are connected to one another. As for Showdown in particular, I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I enjoy Ted Dekker because of his creativity and originality, and these qualities usually draw me into his books. But Showdown's originality and creativity came off as a little too odd for me in this particular novel. I ...more
Lou
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I love, love, love this book!
What else can I say?
The plot was great, the characters were incredible and the end was... simply amazing.
Now I understand so much better The Circle Series and I just can wait to read Saint and Sinner.
Jaime
"Why did evil always feel so good? Because evil was in fact a kind of love" - page 314

Outside the town of Paradise, CO, 666 blank books lie in a basement and 777 blank books lie in an attic of a monastery. Marsuvees Black, a former pastor/magic performer/ evildoer arrives in Paradise. Some believe he's the devil; others believe he's their salvation.
the truth lies in the books, the books that can only be unlocked/written in by the faith of a child - like the children in the monastery. Within the
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Abby
Firstly, let me say that this is a very strange book. My little brother heard from a friend that it was about giant pink worms. He didn't believe it, but when he asked me if it was true I couldn't deny that it was indeed about giant, pink, slimy worms. It's much deeper than that though, and is about much more. This book is dripping with meaning in an almost CS Lewis-like fashion. It is very much a story of sin, sacrifice and faith. But beware that it is a little weird.
Great though.
Tabor Gilzinger
I'm going to start of by saying that I have read every book that is part of this, shall I call giant web of stories grouped together. I have read all the lost books, the entire circle, trilogy, all the paradise novels, and just about every other book by Ted Dekker. I read all of his books because I think he is a deep captivating author with some interesting thoughts in his head, which he portrays in an amazing way in this book, this chronicle, this web. I would suggest him to anyone.
Dena
Interesting to read this one after finishing his first Circle series- Black, Red and White- and his latest 4 book Circle series- Chosen, Infidel, Renegade and Chaos. I am definitely going to have to re-read ALL of his books once I finish this set- Showdown, Saint and Sinner!! There are so many subtle(and some not so subtle) ideas that are shared between all the books in the Circle series. Brilliant mind this Ted Dekker has!!
Jessica
Apr 23, 2008 Jessica rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 16 and Up
Recommended to Jessica by: Emil and Ashton
A well-written book really...but oh good heavens, it is a bit scary.
Ted Dekker has this way of making you think you know just what's going to happen and then the plot twists and you're at a loss. He's such an amazing writer, and he has this knack for scaring me! lol. Definitely not for anyone who dislikes thrillers. :)
Aaron
This was a wonderful book. It kept me reading at every possible moment. I'm excited to start the next book in the Paradise Books. The Lost Books series was amazing, and the connection between this novel and those was nicely done.
Connor Seeman
Ted Dekker doesn't seem to ever fail to bring readers a book with a solid storyline, and mind-blowing plot twists. Marsuvees Black in the story is one that uses the power and name of God but takes it to an extremist level, with the power to perform signs and miracles, just not by the actual power of God. He enters into the small town of Paradise, Colorado to preach his message, and slowly begins to draw the citizens into his mystically intimidating powers. He attempts to isolate the city with hu ...more
Rebecca
I couldn't even get halfway through this.
I don't mind flights of fancy but the scenes in this novel were just too implausible for me to suspend my disbelief and (try to) enjoy it. The characters behaved in ways that were impossible to understand. I kept saying to myself "What the...? No WAY would anyone do that/say that.... she left an eleven year old kid who's just seen his father figure drop dead in the street alone in the house over night so she can GO SHOPPING? Oh PLEASE.... He comes in and
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Jemimah
I re-read this because I was curious to see its connection to The Circle Series. Makes more sense now...and I like it better than I did before.
Awakening
This is probably one of my all time favorites. It has a confusing plot and you have to pay attention in order to discern fact from fiction.
Melissa Stanis
I read several Ted Dekker books within a month. I found several of the titles, including this one to be quite intriguing, but weak. The author drags the topic at hand on and on and on until suddenly there is a solution to the problem that comes out of left field with no explanation or follow through. Because these are considered Christian books, I expected more teaching from them and was hoping I'd be able to recommend them to friends who are struggling in their faith. Unfortunately, the books a ...more
Rachel
Just as good as the last time I read it :D
Jenny
I have found an author who has been writing for a while that I now am a fan of!

This is the Second Ted Dekker book I have read not only this month, but period.
First I have to say, This book proves Ted Dekker's amazing writing ability.
This book did scare the lights out of me, but kept me wanting more.
I loved the characters, that each find their "love" and defeat the evil.

This book reminds me of the saying "Good will always prevail."

I will highly recommend this book to anyone.

Thank You Mr. Dekker.
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Brian
Showdown is an intense, riveting story that brings a Stephen King's Needful Things type sensibility to bear on the topics of faith, love, free will and sacrifice in a very compelling way. Largely set in the appropriately named Paradise (Colorado), this town and it's 400+ inhabitants quickly spirals into absolute madness - and what a trip it is getting there - as they give in to their urges and abandon all reason for the lies being fed to them by Black. While the ending was perhaps a bit too simi ...more
Christine
Aug 02, 2010 Christine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror/thriller fans
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Ted Dekker is known for novels that combine adrenaline-laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good and evil. Ted lives in Austin with his wife LeeAnn and their four children.
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“The four rules of writing... 1. Write to discover. 2. There is no greater discovery than love. 3. All love comes from the Creator. 4. Write what you will.” 114 likes
“ Born
of Black
and White, Eaten
with worms,
I'm a Saint, a Sinner,
a Siren of the
Word, The Circle
knows me, the rest
just wanna trip on
Grace Juice, Baby
Showdown
at midnight”
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