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The future changes in the BLINK of an eye...or does it?

Seth Borders isn't your average graduate student. For starters, he has one of the world's highest IQs. Now he's suddenly struck by an incredible power--the ability to see multiple potential futures.

Still reeling from this inexplicable gift, Seth stumbles upon a beautiful woman named Miriam. Unknown to Seth, Miriam is a...more
Paperback, 389 pages
Published October 13th 2004 by WestBow Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jessica
Jul 17, 2008 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 14+
Recommended to Jessica by: Tiphanie
I loved this book!!
An adventure, romance and a man and a woman's search for the Truth. It was incredibly well written, fast-paced, easy to read and easy to understand, plus a hilarious, frightening and edge-of-your-seat plot.
An atheist student (Seth Border) at a small college with an IQ of 196 (Einstein's was 160 something) who has discovered a strange ability he has to see multiple futures in the blink of an eye, runs into a Saudi Arabian Princess on the run from her family and her nation, who...more
Brett
First off, Ted Dekker is not qualified to write this novel. He is neither an expert in physics nor an expert in Saudi Arabia. It was almost insulting that he puts on the front of having deep insight into either. Second, the use of seeing the future as a plot device felt like a huge cop out. Dekker takes the supposedly smartest man in the world and instead of using his intellect, he uses magic to get out of the random sticky situations he finds himself in. Don't get me wrong, there is a place for...more
Janet
Amazing writing. It is obvious Ted is a Christian but he never preaches at you. He just lets the character cope with the situation in their lives and watches God deliver.

This particular book appealed to the linear side of my brain. His progression was so logical and made such sense. I loved how he blended the fact-based person with the faith-based person to bring about change in both of their lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'll keep it and read it again.
Nathan C.
I won't waste electrons by repeating the plot of the book--there's a sketch above--but I will give my uncensored opinion. This book is an indictment on Anglo bibliophiles. In other words, we're a bunch of tarnal fools, and Ted Dekker knows it.

Here's the method: Take an attention-getting subject like islamic extremism--never mind where you buy it, whether it's the genuine article, or whether you even know what it is. Take some cool surfing stuff from California. Add in some royalty to spice up t...more
Naqib
don't like it. full stop.

i have nothing against Dekker really. but i would suggest him to really study the religion before he tries to write about it. nothing in the book shows the way a Muslim live.

first, Muslims take each of the five pillars seriously. not one is less important than the other.

second, no religious man would have commit violence against woman. if he do, that means he is not a religions man. simple. (an uncle kicking his niece until she is being admitted into the hospital for a...more
Steven
Another good book by Ted Dekker. All though not his best book, but still the plot and characters make it a book that can stand on its own. The two main characters are certainly very different than each other, one a princess and the other a genius American college student. Both end up falling love, some thing you could see coming from the very beginning. I believe both characters, especially Seth, needed more depth. Seth's genius mind really did seem that noticeable through most of the book. The...more
Pygmy
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James Korsmo
I've heard a lot of good things about Ted Dekker, and this is my first forray into his work. He writes fast-paced christian fantasy fiction much in the mold of Frank Paretti. In Blink, Dekker follows Seth Borders, a brilliant graduate student who develops a very strange power, the ability to see alternate futures. At first, he can only see a few seconds into the future, but the gift develops into allowing him to see hours into the future. He is able to see an almost infinite number of possible o...more
Jenn
This book was a page turner from the beginning. It kept me up late. Most books take me two or three weeks to read, but I read this one in under a week.

The plot is riveting. The main character, Miriam, is destined for a life of brutality and loneliness. Her entire life has been planned for her from the moment of birth and she has absolutely no say in what befalls her. In fact, objections of any kind are a sure death sentence. Women in her culture are nothing more than objects whose sole purpose...more
Jay
Seth Borders, a genius student in the graduate program at Berkley, thinks he's seeing things. Not hallucinations, exactly. Definitely not "visions"- the term has too many religious connotations. More like- the future. The future is just math, after all- calculating possibilities. Seth has always been brilliant at math- though the future thing is starting to freak him out a little...
Blink.
Miriam is on the run. Her father is trying to force her into a political marriage to a man she knows to be...more
Henry
Never in my life did I thought I would be this disappointed by a book. This story started with an interesting premise: A genius gets the ability to see all probable outcomes for every event. He uses this power to help an Arabian princess that is the target of a conspiracy. Halfway through the book, it turns out that this is a book promoting the author believes about Christianity. What a betrayal to the reader. Every writer knows (apparently not Mr. Dekker) that a reader picks up a book to be ent...more
Jeanette Blackson
I actually read "Blink of an Eye" which is a revised edition of Blink. I had never read anything by Ted Dekker only watched a few of his movies. I am not one to read scary books as I get nightmares, but this one was fine in that area. I really enjoyed this book. I have recommended it to many people since reading it and they have all really liked it as well. It has a bit of romance, lots of adventure, and some suspense. I learned a great deal about the culture in Saudi Arabia that I had no idea w...more
Libtechgurugoddess
Ted Dekker's "Blink" is a roller-coaster of a book; I had a hard time putting it down at night to get enough sleep for work the next day. You learn a lot about the treatment of women in the Saudi culture (abysmal) and the Muslim belief system. His main hero and heroine are eminently likable, and you cheer for them throughout the book. The latter is a brilliant, though somewhat naive academic, Seth Border, and the former is a Muslim princess from the royal house of Saudi Arabia, Miriam. Their wor...more
Dahreen
The plot was super irritating and quite popular nowadays ~ an adventurous tale about a super brilliant and equally attractive American white male who gets thrust into world politics. In this case, it's a Westernized fantasy about a Saudi princess named "Miriam" (which is totally an Arabic name) who flees the oppressive prospect of marriage in her country and experiences "true freedom", that is, not wearing an abaya (which Dekker equates with looking like Darth Vader) and having titillating encou...more
Cori
More than anything, I really loved the concept behind this book. It was about prayer and trust and questioning God’s omnipitence. Made me think quite a bit about the nature of God and how His view of the future might look and how that affects free will. The writing was very fast-paced, with a bunch of chase scenes broken up by scenes of people planning chases. Every now and again the writing was a little clunky, but it worked for the most part. The whole thing felt a little cliched and overdone,...more
Mindi Rosser
Feb 09, 2011 Mindi Rosser rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mindi by: Parents
You think that you have Ted Dekker's style figured out...until you read this novel. How does he utilize such a variety of techniques to continually challenge his reader. Every detail is important. Pay attention to his twisting plotline.

Here is the summary of the book from the jacket cover for those of you Dekker fans or "wanna-be" fans:

"An intoxicating tale set amidst the shifting sands of the Middle East, Blink touches on geopolitical conflicts as ancient as the earth itself. The page-turning p...more
Christin
This book was thrilling!! I started it at 10:15pm and HAD to stay up until I finished it at 1:30am, despite having to work the next morning. It had it all--political intrigue, a clean romance story, and page-turning suspense.

My main complaint? This was NOT a Christian novel. I was talking with a co-worker and he mentioned the version he read was much more overtly Christian. I read Blink of an Eye and in it, he equated agnosticism, deism, Islam, and Christianity as equals. So long as you pray an...more
Damola
I applaud Ted Dekker for this eye opening novel of his. I truly enjoyed every moment of this book. It gave me a new perspective on life, my religion and faith in general. AT first I didn't like the fact that he could see the future, I saw it as a cheat. I wanted Seth to use his extreme intelligence to prevail against his enemies. I thought seeing the future was a bit cliché. But the fact that he could see possible futures and the future in which occurs depends on the actions he takes and the rea...more
Lessil Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun exciting read! A page turner!, July 18, 2012
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I found this book highly entertaining. I enjoyed the fast pace chase aspect as well as information about the middle east and other cultural aspects as to how others view the world around us. I enjoyed the paranormal ability of the main character and thought the author did a great job of building romance without having to have graphic in your fa...more
Sarah
I have never read a novel like this before. Not only is it action packed, has really engaging characters, and is informative about the Islam culture, it is very thought provoking. It's a novel who's characters don't just speculate on a heavy subject (The future: whether there is only one future, how God can know the future and still allow free will for men, etc.); they really dig into it, and come to a conclusion, and all the while racing through gripping action. This is one of the few novels I'...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Imagine if you had the unique ability of precognition besides an IQ that was virtually higher than any human being had recorded, but in your mind you simply saw yourself as the average nerdy kind of guy that found college boring and were looking for something more out of this life? Then you would be describing Seth Borders, who maintains an IQ of 193, Einsteins was estimated to be 163 and only 1 percent of humans even have an IQ of 135, so you can see how Seth would be simply bored by most thing...more
Josiah Degraaf
Blink had an intriguing premise and engaging middle, but mostly collapsed due to a really week ending.

Pros:

Seth's ability to see multiple potential futures was a really neat premise idea. While it kind of helped that it was basically a free-pass for Seth to get out of situations in semi-ridiculous ways, I found it to be more intriguing than annoying. In addition, whether intentional or not, Dekker seemed to be raising some questions about predestination/free-will with Seth's ability to semi-cont...more
Lambknitj
It was SO refreshing to read a current book full of suspense, with two people of the opposite sex escaping impossible situations together while falling in love, and yet through all this there wasn't one swear word, or anything that went on between those two people. I don't normally give 5 stars to books, but I was so amazed that there was a decent book out there, that I couldn't resist. And the storyline, although quite unbelievable, was fun to read.
Abby
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Beata
Romantic thriller. Actually I've read "Blink of an Eye" (newer version) and I love it how Ted Dekker uses FICTION to convey a message of love, faith, prayer, free will and omnipotence of God. The whole story is great! It is full of adventure and suspense with some paranormal aspects. A real page-turner!
Kristi
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Charity Yoder
I read this book in a day. maybe two. it was just THAT awesome. and worth it. ok... maybe some of it was a bit impractical. but that's what books are for: making the impractical and impossible seem real.
Erin
What an adventure! This surpassed "Thr3e" as my favorite Dekker book. Very captivating, an enjoyable yet make-you-think plot, and leaves with a satisfying conclusion on its spiritual arguments.
Sharran
Dec 13, 2009 Sharran rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Sharran by: No one
This is a fabulous book! It has everything. Adventure, excitement, romance, God, everything you could want in a book. This has to be one of the best books I have ever read in my life.
Robin Patchen
I loved this book, especially the insight into the life of women in Saudi Arabia and into the Islam religion. It's also fascinating to watch a hero go from agnostic to atheist to believer.
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