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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  5,827 ratings  ·  256 reviews
Stephen Friedman is making a good living in good times. He's just an ordinary guy. Or so he thinks.

But one day an extraordinary piece of information tells him differently. It's a clue from the grave of a Holocaust survivor. A clue that makes him heir to an incredible fortune . . . a clue that only he and one other man can possibly understand.

That man is Roth Braun, a seria
Paperback, 512 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Thomas Nelson (first published December 1st 2004)
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From the beginning, I am very much curious about this book. So I really searched first its author and found out that Ted Dekker—the author—is known for his book entitled Three. However, since the copy I only saw from Dekker is just this book, I searched first for readers’ feedbacks. Honestly, I’ve been picking books up safely these days because eventually, I don’t want to go bashing and ranting some poor books just because they hadn’t made my taste. I’m glad that the feedbacks I’ve read were all ...more
Matt Barker
A good read from start to finish. The only reason I gave it an 8 was that some of the things Stephen Friedman does in this book just seem a little too far fetched. Almost like watching those old scary movies where the high school girls decide to stay in the house even though there's an ax wielding psycho out to get them. You know, the ones you kept screaming at to just get out of the house? Come on, you know what I'm talking about...

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Stephen Friedman is making a good living in
Half of this book is terrific, the story of Martha and Ruth and their lives in the concentration camp, and worth reading for that. It's gripping, suspenseful, heart wrenching, and worth a definite five stars. I suspect those who rated it high did so because of that portion.

Unfortunately, there's also Stephen's story that takes up the bulk of the novel and reverses the effect of all that beautiful storytelling with Martha/Ruth. Stephen's actions are quite illogical in many places, which made the
This has been an addictive page turner. It's kept me on pins and needles. There were times where I couldn't bear to turn the page because I just didn't want to know if the character was going to encounter an ugly end, or a great success. However I just had to keep going and read it because I really wanted to know what happened. The action and the plot were well written and it just keeps you on edge. It's been a very suspenseful plot and a very thrilling ride.

Stephen as a character is what makes
This seemed different to me than the other Dekker novels I have read. Interesting, a bit slower, but different. Maybe the topic of obsession just didn't connect with me or I just did not connect with characters as well as I have in the past but I had a hard time staying in sync with the choices made by almost all of the characters. It just didn't seem feasible.
That being said, this still ends up as an entertaining story...though you have to wait it out until the very end...and I do appreciate th
First off, I must say I found this novel by Ted much different than House or Skin. In fact, as I was initially reading it, I though I had a different author. I think it was because it started so slowly for me.

It starts with a ruthless Holocaust Commandant and his son, Roth, discussing the death of a rescued female camp survivor, Ruth (aka Martha at the camp), who died in the US and donated a Stone of David to a museum. All of them together were worth millions and they were obsessed in getting th
Whenever I read a Ted Dekker book, at some point I just sit back and shake my head! He is nothing if not creative, but sometimes it's over the top. People do things you never imagined people would do. On the other hand, especially in this book, without that extreme imagination, you would never grasp the complete idea, obsession. After all, God is obsessed with us and we need to be more obsessed with Him. So in light of that, I loved the book. As always there were surprises, suspense, and periods ...more
Sometimes Ted Dekker can move so quickly through his ideas that he loses me, but it never fails that I finally catch up to him in the end. Aside from his captivating and thought-provoking plot lines, such as this one, he has a style that grips me from start to finish. "Obsessed" was, in accordance with the theme of the book, very dark. The entire idea of Roth Braun literally chilled me, but I think that the point of the book, obsessing over something in order to reveal God's obsession, was made ...more
This is not the type of book that I normally read, which is why it probably got a three. Also, I didn't really get the main character. However, I did finish the book (amazing for me I know) because the plot was intriguing. There were times where I felt like I was watching a movie where you start to hear the leary music because the bad guy is coming and you know somehow the good guy is going to get himself out of the pickle he got himself into. I also liked that fact that this book was clean of l ...more
Keiki Hendrix
This is a take your breathe away suspense thriller. Dekker has outdone himself. Slowly you are taken from mere interest, to understandable fanaticism, then ultimately a page turning ending.

This is not a book for the squimism. Not a book for the faint hearted. At times, I was almost sickened. If I had not already known of the atrocities of the Holocaust, I may have put this book down somewhere in the middle. But, these sadistic scenes just mirrored history and added great depth to the redeeming
This was a mildly entertaining read, and a fairly quick read. It didn't require a lot of thinking -- character development, plot complexity, etc were in short supply. Very predictable and typical of the genre. I have to say, the author was stretching the whole "suspension of disbelief" thing a bit too far with his use of obsession/love. Should have spent some time to fill out the characters better and put more into the discussion of the occult practices being pursued by the villain(s). This isn' ...more
Mr. Dekker is an expert at creating an exciting story with plenty of twists and turns; "Obsessed" is no different. Stephen Friedman is a realtor in LA; found in a Russian orphanage at the end of World War II he is sent to California to be raised as a Jewish American. While he does describe himself as Jewish, he prefers to live in the present rather than focus on the Holocaust and the fact that he doesn't know his parents. However, one day will forever change him - the day he finds out that his m ...more

Considering I just read The Bride Collector by Dekker, I felt like the romance in this book was not unsimilar from the direction in took there. We start off with a very pragmatic, sensible guy named Stephen who treats the Holocaust as a distant, impersonal abstraction. Love isn't of importance to him, and all that really matters is success as a realtor. Then a few sudden revelations, and Stephen's on a obsessive, mad quest to find both the literal and figurative Stones of David. In just a mat
Amanda Stephan
This is my first Ted Dekker book, and I must say, wow. His writing style is excellent and there's always a turn or twist. Nothing that was really horrid or shameful or anything that I'd be embarrassed about if our teen daughter read it. Held my interest without a problem. Stephen, the protagonist, is a wee bit flaky, but he's lovable. I'm now officially a Dekker fan!
Another brilliant mind at work. But the story line on this one is very disturbing. I have to back away from it for awhile and then go at it again. Finally made it through this one. If you are prone to depression please do not read this book.
Overall, Obsessed was not too bad of a book, but it was not one of my favorites by Ted Dekker. The plotline itself was pretty intense and took several twists which were unexpected. The thing that I found completely non-relatable was the sudden and outlandish "relationship"/obsession between Stephen and Esther. For such a fierce feeling of longing ("soul mates", "we were made for each other") to abruptly appear in Stephen after only knowing of Esther's existence for a few days was completely anno ...more
This story takes place in both 1973 California and in 1944-45 in a concentration camp. The story was only interesting in the 1944-45 time period; those characters were interesting and what they were living was intense, as shown with the writing. The characters and storyline in 1973 is not well-developed (I mostly skimmed this part), the "obsession" of the main character is too far-fetched and his quest is a little bit ridiculous. When the final dénouement occurs, it's too rushed and also far-fet ...more
I listened to this book as an audiobook and I got through it quick. It was a good read but nothing exceptional. There are two storylines taking place. One in the 1970s and one in the 1940s. The earlier story is the more compelling one and the latter is more a device to lead into the flashbacks of the earlier time.

Stephen Friedman is a successful real estate investor and is just inches away from everything he could ever desire. His story takes place in Los Angeles in the early seventies, and Frie
Ted Dekker has delivered as promised by his endorsers. Alhough, fiction is far off the continuum of what I will normally read, I finally felt compelled to read this book I had gotten for almost two years.

It started just as you would expect in a movie with lots of promise: slow thoughts warming you up to the idea of what a thriller might offer and gradually unfolding layers of mystery, discontent and shock, or is it surprise?

And when the action began, I was practically buried into the book, fran
Joel Carter
This book was a page turner that vividly presents evil and the only thing that can triumph over it. This story follows two parallel timelines. The first takes place in a women's concentration camp that is run by the cruel Gerhard Braun. In this camp, two women cling to hope in the form of their unborn babies. The second storyline takes place in 1970s California, where Stephen Friedman is living it up as a realtor but is soon thrust into a whirlwind that includes a cat-and-mouse game with Gerhard ...more
I’m sitting here wondering why I hadn’t read “Obsessed” by Ted Dekker sooner. A generational story spanning over a time of thirty years is one of the best Dekker books I’ve read thus far.
This novel is about two equally obsessed men. One, a real-estate agent living in America with an odd “birthmark” and no clear past. His “birthmark” leads him to his mother after her death and the news that she possessed one of the Stars of David, a very expensive religious relic. He starts his search for the S
This was my first Ted Dekker novel, and it was a good one! It was an easy read that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time! I really liked how Dekker combined history and more modern day into one story. Two different plot lines that turned into one kept me entertained and reading fast. I did not want to put this book down. Dekker creates fun and mystifying characters in Stephen/David, Martha, Ruth, Roth, Gerhard, and the many other minor characters who contribute to the story. While defi ...more
Courtney Skinner
Obsessed by Ted Dekker is a thrilling book about a young man named Stephen Friedman and his quest to make ends meet during this quick paced novel and game of cat and mouse. Stephen is a successful, or so he thinks, business man who is trying to make his way in the states since being a Jewish immigrant. As his time progresses he begins to become subject to his feelings about his long lost parents, since he is an orphan, he soon finds that his recently deceased birth mother was actually a Jew in W ...more
This is one of my favorite books by Ted Dekker. It wasn't the same kind of exciting as some of his others, but it still kept me riveted the whole way through. Unlike some of his others, this book made complete sense the whole way through.

I love reading stories about the holocaust, probably mostly because of the hope that stayed alive even in the worst of situations. I enjoyed reading about Ruth and Martha and the sacrifices they were willing to make for each other and their children. They were b
Obsessed is a story about personal obsessions, lost treasures and stolen lives. This spiritual thriller written by Ted Dekker was told through a series of flashbacks to 1940s Nazi Germany, using overflowing tension in concentration camps during the World War II, and to a devastating treasure hunting in Los Angeles in the 1970s.

Stephen Friedman is a successful realtor and an orphan who had tried to find out who his real parents were for a long time. One day, he learned that his real mother was a
Mindi Rosser
Obsessed is another of my favorite Ted Dekker books. Not as spiritually-driven as most of his work, this thriller would appeal to others outside the Christian realm. Good luck putting this novel down!

Official Synopsis:

Its Los Angeles in the early seventies, and Stephen Friedman is living the groovy southern California life of a real estate wheeler-dealer. Hes making money hand-over-fist and has long ago given up hope of finding the family held lost in warn-torn Poland. But when a strange, deceas
I had heard this was an awesome book, but I put off reading it for a long time. I wish I hadn't, this was such a riveting book, such a profound message, it really touched me. The suspense was intense, it kept me on the edge of my seat. I was listening to it in the car, and missed my exit several times, I was so engrossed in the story!

If you like stories about the holocaust, this book references it quite a bit. I haven't been intensely interested in it, but the book brings out a story during tha
Kendra Beth
Mar 31, 2008 Kendra Beth rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy suspense novels, or who are exploring "good" and "evil."
Recommended to Kendra Beth by: Rachel
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I love going into a Ted Dekker book, wondering what modern-day parable he will be telling. This one took me a little longer to connect the dots with the singular obsession of the main character and Jesus' parable likening the Kingdom of God to a treasure hidden in a field, to a pearl of great price.
Loved the twists and raw emotions, and the glimpse into a desperate and horrific time of history.
Rachel Kate
Dekker has done it again. This thriller takes the realities of the Holocaust and works it into a masterpiece of suspense, romance, and mystery. Being a huge fan of Holocaust stories, I found this particular take on it very interesting. It gave me a fresh reminder of the horrors of Hitler's time and got me thinking how on earth the church could have stood back and let it all happen. But then, who knows what I would have done in the same situation? I pray I would have been a Corrie Ten Boom.

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