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3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,818 Ratings  ·  234 Reviews
The story of how I, Julian Carter, and my precious two-year old son, Stephen, left Atlanta Georgia and found ourselves on a white sailboat, tossed about like a cork on a raging sea off of Australia's northern tip in 1963, is harrowing.

But it pales in comparison to what happened deep in the jungle where I was taken as a slave by a savage tribe unknown to the world. Some pl
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2013)
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Patrice Hoffman
Oct 25, 2013 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it
Where do I start? That is all that goes through my mind when I read novels I'm not sure I want to stop reading, or am so happy that they have finally come to an end. Ted Dekker is one of my favorite authors and I have read many of his previous thrillers such as Thr3e, The Bride Collector, and Adam. I've enjoyed each tremendously and have since planned on reading as many Dekker works I can get my hands on. Outlaw is nothing like those books. Sorry fans!

Julian Carter is the least likely person to
Jan 07, 2014 Katherine rated it liked it
First of all, I am a die-hard Dekker fan. I read through this book in two days, the whole way thinking that this is the Dekker I have been waiting for since the Circle Series (I HIGHLY recommend that, by the way!). I was in tears almost the whole way through.


I got to the second section of the book and everything went downhill from there. Now, I am a Christian, and I fully appreciate spiritual parallels in moderation. This was just too much, and too repetitive. I began to
Feb 10, 2014 Áine rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fiction
The author is a good writer, I have to admit. I enjoyed the first portion of the story, which is full of adventure and danger and new environments. I'll admit reading the postscript by the author helped a lot to explain how he was able to capture the distinct feel of a lost tribe of "savages" in the jungles of New Guinea... but something about the ending left a sour taste in my mouth. In many ways, I think the whole "religious conversion of the tribe of colored people" theme bothered me. The rel ...more
Alyxandra Sarik
Dec 30, 2013 Alyxandra Sarik rated it it was amazing
Once again I am astonished by Ted Dekker. Outlaw has got to be one of his best works to date, as I really fell in love with this story. Enlaced with riveting danger, intriguing characters, and such a compelling message that once again opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at life, Outlaw is truly unique from all of Ted's other stories.
Although still remaining true to his style and trademark of a story captivated by emotion, love and truths, Ted created something different this time. Ma
Dec 10, 2013 Caleb rated it liked it
Ted Dekker's problem is that he tells messages rather than telling stories. Yes, there is a story here, and not a bad one at that. However the second half takes a turn and mostly becomes a character or two repeatedly repeating the message of the story--that our human bodies are costumes and are souls are the important part. Unfortunately it is talked about so much that it doesn't seem natural, and it is clearly just the message Dekker wants to get across. Still, the first half of the story is ve ...more
Lori Twichell
Oct 08, 2013 Lori Twichell rated it it was amazing
Tossed about the natives much like her boat was tossed across the waves, Julian’s journey is utterly harrowing, heartbreaking, and stunningly incredible all at the same time. As I was reading, I forgot that this was a tale penned by Ted Dekker. This, in and of itself, is extraordinary for me as a Dekker fan. One of the things I enjoy most about Ted’s writing is the fact that each time he stretches into new territory while maintaining his tone and style. This book steps away from all of that dive ...more
Oct 24, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
By far the best story written by Ted Dekker!!! I have read everything he's published and this novel wraps them all up in as amazing and beautiful gift! I thought his older writing style was lost forever but he's back and I'm thrilled! It's not for everyone. Only for those who choose to see!!
Kristin Reickard
I can't stop thinking about this story, nor the applications it has to my own life. This book was deeply philosophical, yet the story unforgettable. I want to go back and highlight many passages so I can ponder them again and again. I highly recommend it.
Evan Morgan
Nov 02, 2014 Evan Morgan rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
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Dec 18, 2013 Christian Fiction Addiction rated it it was amazing

Ted Dekker has long fascinated me with his ability to stretch the imagination of his readers and do something that no one else has really done before. I have not loved all of his latest books, but I really loved "Outlaw", finding it to be a story unlike any other I've read. The story bursts with life and vivid descriptions, likely because Dekker has set the story deep in the heart of a jungle like the one where Dekker himself was born and raised. As I glimpsed into the heart of the tribe, unknow
Sep 03, 2013 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really did try to go into "Outlaw" with as open of a mind as possible, because, to be completely honest, I have been rather disappointed in Dekker's books the last few years after being such a huge fan of his earlier writings. To me, "Outlaw" was a mixed bag of both good and bad. I really enjoyed the first 3/4's of the book dealing with Julian's life in Atlanta, GA and her call to the Mission Field as I felt like Dekker did a great job of making all of the essential characters come to life and ...more
J.S. Bailey
Oct 10, 2013 J.S. Bailey rated it really liked it
Before I begin this review, I would point out that I won this as an ARC. I have never read nor reviewed an ARC before this, so bear with me.

I was unsure of what to think when I heard that Outlaw was going to be released. Early reviews stated that it is "different" than Dekker's other works, which, generally speaking, are "different" to begin with. (It is not often that I read novels that contain talking bats, demon-possessed serial killers, vigilante priests, people drowning in lakes only to be
Luke Scott
Oct 20, 2013 Luke Scott rated it really liked it
Wow. Ted Dekker goes deeper in this great book. A surprising change from his norm, but still worth the read for Dekker fans. Those who find Ted's regular fare too fantastic may also enjoy this look at a life fully surrendered to God.
Jun 20, 2015 Anne-Ruth rated it it was ok
Dit boek las wel lekker in het begin. Een vrouw lijdt schipbreuk en komt terecht bij een onontdekte stam in Nieuw-Guinea. Op de helft werd het verhaal echter wel erg zweverig en ik snapte de clue niet echt. Ik vind een paar moordlustige stammen trouwens ook niet heel thrillerwaardig. Daarvoor had ik toch wel wat meer verwacht!
Al met al geen supergeweldig boek, heb het gewoon gelezen om iets te lezen eigenlijk.
(Misschien kun je het wel lezen als je wat meer over zulke stammen wilt weten, maar daa
Feb 14, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I've long avoided Ted Dekker because I scare easily, and with an active imagination, I've wondered if I could read his books and sleep through the night.

I took a chance on Outlaw, which is not at all scary or creepy, and I think I'll have to take a chance on his other books, too!

Outlaw is the story of Julian, an unloved mother who ventures to New Guinea chasing a literal dream. Since her son, Stephen, was born, she has had a recurring dream calling her from her comfortable home in Atlanta into t
Jamie S. Foley
Jan 13, 2014 Jamie S. Foley rated it it was ok
As a huge fan of Dekker for over a decade, I was disappointed in Outlaw.

Reason being that it brought up the question of Christian pacifism near the end. I won't give away any spoilers, but the climax of the book was not as satisfying as I was hoping for.

It seemed like Dekker was implying that to feel anger at evil was a sin, and not the right path; that righteous anger should always be rejected for a feeling of nonchalance-like peace.

Now, I'm not saying that we should run around angry all the t
Katherine Jones
Jan 10, 2014 Katherine Jones rated it liked it
Once you’ve read a Ted Dekker novel, you know: the man knows how to command a story. His latest, Outlaw, is no exception. It’s big. It’s bold. It’s bombastic, and Dekker weaves his tale of good clashing with evil with his signature gritty realism.

Outlaw is surprisingly, even shockingly, PG-13—intended for mature audiences because of its depictions of violence and sensuality. In terms of plot, it’s something like a cross between The Hunger Games and Castaway, but with a broader message of eternal
Jan 15, 2014 Gordon rated it really liked it
This would seem pretty hokey except for the fact that Dekker grew up in Irian Jaya, which gives him some credibility on the subject matter.

He provides something of an insider view on the inner working of native groups including leadership rivalries, treatment of women and justice. It is a very different paradigm.

What you make of the God and angel intervention is a matter of personal religious belief. Dekker provides a religious perspective far more profound that most "Christian" novels.

This is f
Katie Ashcraft
Jan 02, 2014 Katie Ashcraft rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this novel, not only because of the narration that only one that has lived in a primitive jungle setting could write, but because I believe it will be one of those rare stories that impacts my identity as a follower of Christ. I found myself learning alongside Outlaw how to look beyond our human "costumes" to the certain future we have as believers. It was painful to see him struggle between his desire to connect and respond in the flesh and to trust and surrender wholly to Crea ...more
Feb 13, 2015 Heidi'sbooks rated it it was amazing
4.5 Rating. Outlaw by Ted Dekker is a Christian fiction book which takes place on an Indonesian island. I really liked the setting because Ted Dekker grew up on the island as a missionary kid. I've read his father's book, Torches of Joy, about their time there.

A haunting dream leads Julian and her small son to go on a trip to the South Pacific. She's newly divorced with nothing to lose, so she naively tries to find the reason for the dream. She takes a boat ride out into the South Pacific Ocean,
Janice Boychuk
Oh sigh... what an immense disappointment! I've read numerous books by this author, giving 5 stars to most, but not this one. I couldn't believe how many other reviewers felt the same way about this book - excellent writing up to the second half of the book - I got through 6 of 9 CDs before giving it up.

One particular review by Áine spells it out perfectly:

"The author is a good writer, I have to admit. I enjoyed the first portion of the story, which is full of adventure and danger and new enviro
May 31, 2014 Sharon rated it liked it
At first, Outlaw was like a passion project that you feel you really want to do, but you just keep putting it off. I skipped this book at first because the thought of the jungle setting didn't quite appeal to me. I only came back to it because I read Eyes Wide Open and Water Walker, which have connections to this book. I was just too curious about the character in it.

**Potential Spoilers, depending on what constitutes a spoiler for you**

The book is told in first person point of view for the firs
Dec 22, 2013 James rated it did not like it
I give any book I read a hundred pages and if it is not doing anything for me by then I figure it is just not going to happen. That was the case with Outlaw. I've read other Dekker books and loved them but this one just did not do it for me.
Feb 26, 2014 Cari rated it really liked it
As in other of Dekker's books, the religious nature of the story is embedded deep in the tale of Julian and Stephen as they become part of the Tulim Valley of New Guinea in the 1960's-80's. The brutality of the Warik tribe is far too easily imagined when considering hidden jungle cultures and societies. The story is focused on how people are blinded by the insanity of their flesh bodies and thus kept from truly seeing the light in the world and that which comes from the Truth. While God nor Jesu ...more
Shay Horn
Feb 19, 2014 Shay Horn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone should read it
Ted Dekker truly knows what he’s doing. He brought us a book that told a message so very clear. The story was so different and it wasn’t what I was expecting. A story of Julian Carter, a white woman from Atlanta, was captured by a tribe of Tulim in the jungle of Irian Jaya. Dekker uses this as a setting because he grew up there. Even though in his author’s note Dekker stated that the Tulim are made up, their culture and language exists, I love how Dekker used his childhood and personal kno
Oct 16, 2013 CJ rated it liked it
I really don't know how I feel about this book. It was very different from anything I have read before.
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Oct 29, 2015 ally ¯\(ツ)/¯ marked it as dnf
This book started with such promise. A ship caught in a storm, the captain thrown overboard. A woman panicking, trying to protect her child. When everything seems lost, a break in the storm, relief? reprieve? No. The boat splits in half and she blacks out.
She wakes up to find herself surrounded by a tribe and her baby gone.
Sounds pretty interesting right? It was, and that’s where the fun ends. At the end of Chapter 1.

After that it’s a battle for her (Julian’s) reproductive organs. Apparently the
Jan 18, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
Dekker has an amazing view of life as a Christian, and he is very good at presenting that view through fiction. One of the reasons I love his books is because they would be rated R if they were a movie. As N.D. Wilson says, "Life is Rated R". It does no good to escape from this fact, and all of the really good fiction writers know this, especially Christian authors.

This book is gritty and painful to read, but it's message is clear and true. It was eye-opening for me to read how people live in un
Dec 09, 2013 Aaron rated it really liked it
Outlaw is good. Not excellent, but good. Which is good because it shows me that Ted Dekker is still that great writer I know and love him to be. Outlaw embodies the style that Dekker uses so well, which is great to see because he has not used that wonderful style in his books of the last couple years. This style he uses in one where he so artfully and creatively portrays the love of God and his Gospel in such a colorful and visually flamboyant way. He writes of the love of God and other forces, ...more
Oct 25, 2013 Richard rated it it was amazing

Ted Dekker returns to form with this prequel (of sorts) to Eyes Wide Open.

It's 1963, a mother is traveling, by sea, with her son. The horrific happens when the ship wreaks and the two are separated. Julian believes her son drowned in the storm and she is captured by savage tribe in the middle of nowhere, earth. Thus begins her terror-filled existence in a culture she can't understand.

Dekker has entered a new focus to his storytelling. What began as hints in Sovereign now come to full force in Ou
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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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