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She escaped the fire--but not the effects of the burn.

Janeal has long felt trapped in her father's Gypsy culture. Then one night a powerful man named Salazar Sanso promises her the life she longs for--if she will help recover a vast sum of money tied to her father.

When the plan implodes, Sanso and his men attack the gypsy settlement and burn it to the ground. During the bl...more
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published January 2010 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 2009)
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In true Dekker style this book will have you on the edge of your seat as you flip the pages. ( I listened to this book on audio, so it had me gripping the steering wheel a little hard a points!) Much in the style of Thr3e by Dekker and Peretti, this book will have you guessing to the very end of what is going on and what will happen next. I have yet to find one of Dekker's books that is predictable. He seems to kill the people you think he will spare and swists the storyline in ways you never th...more
You know the saying… don’t judge a book by its cover? Well I usually do. Maybe it’s my artist sensibility, but good covers usually mean good books (because well published authors usually hire professional artists). This book has an incredibly appealing cover that gives you a sense of the duality and a character at odds. Let’s see what our reviewer thought.

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The past Janeal thought had burned away is rising fro...more
Lillie Roberts
Janeal is the manipulator, at first she denies what she is, and at first she telling the truth. But when circumstances spiral beyond her control, then she becomes what life forces to be. She learns quickly that looking out for herself needs to be her top priority. She believes that she's the only survivor from her father's Gypsy Kumpania.

Robert, Janeal's teen boyfriend, believes he is the only survivor from the massive fire and the destruction of their camp by the hands of drug lord Salazar Sans...more
Burn is a thrilling and unusual suspense novel with page-turning pace and a supernatural twist that I really didn't see coming. It's also my first Ted Dekker novel and although I was unaware at the time of reading, my first foray into Christian suspense. While the story drew me in from the first page, I wasn't able to make the emotional connection with the characters I had hoped for. The intensity and intricacies of the plot carried me through the pages to the totally unexpected and thematic end...more
Keiki Hendrix
Ambition, envy, betrayal, jealousy, and greed - all active and well in each persons heart are allowed to run free in the main character of Burn, the newest novel by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy.

Janeal Mikkado is young and ambitious. Only 17 when the book opens, Janeal is confronted with a choice that later shapes her life and impacts every other person she loves.

She makes an unwise choice. Her heart is not in check and she chooses money over her family, her friends, and her own life. She leaves her...more
I am always reluctant to categorize Ted Dekker as a “Christian author” because this tends to close off a good many readers who are not eager to read preachy novels. This is not the best Ted Dekker novel I have read but, as usual, Dekker does a fair job of presenting moral dilemmas in a manner that makes one think without feeling “God shoved down one’s throat” – this title seems to ride that line of “preachy” more than some of his other titles. Maybe the “not his best” verdict comes because I am...more
This book is fast paced, and action packed with a touch of the supernatural thrown in to heighten the suspense. It is in a genre I don’t usually read, Christian Suspense. For me it was a relief that the first mention of a Christian precept didn’t appear until about halfway through the book.

Jeneal Mikkado, is a 17 year-old member of a gypsy ‘kumpania’ (community). She is thrust in the middle of a struggle between her father who is the leader of the camp and a drug kingpin, Salazar Sanso. A fire...more
The ending blew the rating imo. I should have expected a somewhat surprising end from just reading the cover, but that was too much of a stretch. I've decided I don't have to like (or even respect) the main character of a story, but I still want justice dammit! She got off too easy for her immature actions of a 17 year old. Yes, I know, expecting maturity at 17 isn't the norm in the 21th Century, but I still hold 17 year olds accountable for things like, oh....I don't know...cau...more
The story sucked me in quickly, the characters captured me fully, the suspense kept me guessing and the ending left me regretting my decision to finish this book. I don't know if they wrote themselves into a corner, or weren't sure what to do with the characters to put together a happy, thought provoking ending; either way it fell short of my expectations.

The theme of the book was very well thought out and perfectly executed. I never had a doubt about the message the authors were trying to conv...more
Becca Campbell
An action-packed story full of mystery that kept me on my toes. My only complaint was that it took me a bit to get into the story because I found the protagonist difficult to connect with and was frustrated by her choices. Despite this, it kept my attention. Midway through, a typical Dekker twist gave the payback I needed to consider this book a win.

I can say without a doubt that I am a fan of the Dekker/Healy combined efforts. Kiss is one of my favorite books and Burn, while not surpassing its...more
Alright, so this book was defiantly good, but I had some issues with it. I loved the characters and the idea (and the book cover), but the ending and the lack of explanation really irked me. I expected some big, blowout ending that would downright knock my socks off. That's how the authors seemed to set up the plot, at least. But, as I read the last page, I found myself surprised. Nothing was explained, and I though there would be at least five more chapters to wrap things up. But, no. Dekker se...more
Mark A Powell
The latest tag-team effort from Dekker and Healy focuses on Janeal Mikkado, a young woman whose choices lead her to be faced with a life-or-death decision concerning her best friend...and what she does in that moment will alter the course of her life forever. Although conceptually intriguing, this book falls flat. The major ‘twist’ of this book is so improbable (and never fully explained) that it simply fails to hold together what little story there is.
An enjoyable book. It was a little hard to follow at times. Sometimes even after rereading a page I wasn't sure what happened. I mostly figured it out after the story continued on. You can always count on Ted Dekker to throw in something unexpected and thought provoking.
The book is definitely geared for adults or should I say grownups. There is nothing sleazy, only the situations and issues are not relate-able to kids and young adults.
Jan 14, 2010 Linda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Linda by: won from BookReporter.com
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I won this book to write a review, I probably would have never chosen this book on my own. It is labeled as "fiction Christian suspense." The first part of the story ends when a resident camp is destroyed by a fire set by a drug lord. Fearing for the safety of survivors, the authorities say all were killed. The rest of the book tells how the survivors evade the drug lord and reunite. This was an o.k. book - nothing great, not bad.
Amanda Croley
Janeal Mikkado grew up as an interloper in her families Gypsy Kumpania, because her mother was white. The fact that her father is their leader is probably the only reason she is tolerated. When she meets Salazar Sanso, a powerful criminal mastermind, she is pulled into his web of greed, and deceit. Sanso wants Janeal to steal a million dollars her father has in cash, given to him by the DEA to turn over Sanso. In exchange he will spare her fathers life. He doesn't care about the money itself, he...more
Michelle Jones

The book was thrilling but still had deep messages about the choices we make and our need to give ourselves up to God (without being too preachy.)
J.S. Bailey
This book was soooooooo weird. And (view spoiler)
Mishel Zabala
I didn't know this was considered Christian fiction until just recently and I never noticed the fact that Thomas Nelson was a Christian publisher. I don't read a lot of Christian fiction, again not for any particular reason. I read books based on my interest in the synopsis, and this one definitely grabbed my attention. However, I didn't get a real sense of the Christian faith or religion while reading. There is some reference to God but I personally felt it was more of a spirtual thing for the...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I've become a fan of Dekker's new mainstream thrillers and wanted to try one of his books from a Christian publisher.

Summary: Janeal lives in a Gypsy community but is not altogether accepted. Her father is the leader but she is half white. She has always felt the need to leave, do her own thing and knew that one day she would. Then Salazar Sanso, a powerful and dangerous man, comes to her with a way to help her father get out of a terrible life/death "business" deal and offer...more
Tayler K
I was torn between 2 and 3 stars for this. Then I tried to imagine how I'd feel about it if the cover wasn't so captivating, and I gave it a 2.

It was not bad. And since Erin Healy is a new and different writer, perhaps I should have been prepared for it to be more different than I expected from the many other things I've read by Ted Dekker. But for some reason I was thinking it wouldn't really matter. Oh well.

First of all, multiple-year jumps in a story are always jarring and I always feel che...more
I have heard a lot of raves about Ted Dekker's books, but just have not got around to reading them yet. Thus, when Amy of Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists offered me the opportunity to review Burn, a collaboration between Ted Dekker and Erin Healy, I jumped at the chance.

Seventeen-year-old Janeal Mikkado often feels trapped in her father's Gypsy culture, and she longs for a different life outside their close-knit Gypsy community. When Salazar Sanso, a powerful druglord, made a deal with...more
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Another amazing Dekker book, now with Erin Healy as Co-author. This book will make you want to choose the best of yourself.

Lectura increíble, si sabes tenerle paciencia.
Como una admiradora del trabajo de Dekker, a mi en lo muy particular me gusto mucho. Aunque tal vez el libro pudiera llegar a ser algo aburrido y lento para otras personas.

El libro habla mucho sobre las decisiones que tomamos, la forma en que las vemos...de forma moral, o practica...como una sola decisión puede afectar el resto q...more
Shannon McGee
Janeal lives at a gypsy compound, "Kumpania." To say she is unhappy there is like saying a cat is unhappy in water. Sure she has family and friends, but that is not enough for Janeal. She wants more. Then opportunity brings a situation that changes Janeal's world and heart. Years later, after dealing poorly with the decision she made, she must deal with the mark it has left on her soul and her friends.

I was surprised how we were introduced to Janeal, who seems to be a very selfish character. Her...more
Catrina Bradley
Seventeen year-old Janeal Mikkado dreams of the world outside the Rom kumpania, but little does she know her dream is about to become a nightmare. Neither her best friend nor her boyfriend share her curiosity about the world, and when a dark and handsome stranger convinces her that the only chance to save her father’s life is to betray him and find the one million dollars he has hidden, they dismiss her confession as simply her imagination run wild.

If only they had listened.

In the mayhem that e...more
Mallory Kellogg
I must stop buying books for their covers.

This book dragged. As a rule, Ted Dekker is usually not my style, but the cover was just so damn beautiful I had to buy it. Plus, it was on clearance at Mardel. But when I got to reading it, this book was like dead weight. The beginning was infuriatingly sexist, with the Gypsies not believing in showing anything below the waist (including feet). Doesn't stop them from fornicating like rabbits, but it's still "taboo" to see. The second part of the book wa...more
Rachel Marie
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So, the other day, I went into my local Mardel. It was a quick stop, as I only had a few moments and was looking for a specific book in the bargain book aisle. And guess who was there, signing books and doing a meet and greet?? None other than Ted Dekker himself. I was upset that I couldn't stay to meet him, so I consoled myself by buying this book (from the bargain book aisle--shh, don't tell him). I had read it a couple months ago, and absolutely lo...more
Ted Dekker and Erin Healy join forces again after their co-author debut novel, Kiss. Dekker and Healy merged separate ideas into a cohesive novel full of suspense and the choices that people make to survive.

After reading the synopsis for Burn, I thought I had some general idea of where the book would go. I was wrong. These characters took me on a thrill ride that had me hooked until the last page.

The major theme of this novel was choices. The choice between right and wrong. And the choice betwe...more
Burn is about a girl named Janeal who lives in a gypsy camp that her father is the leader of. She doesnt feel like she belongs there and she is unaccepted by the others because her mother was not a gypsy. One night while is off by herself, a man named Salazar Sanso gives her a proposition that is hard to resist. The catch is that she must recover a large amount of money that she is told her father has hidden. When her plan goes awry, Sanso and his team of men attack the camp, killing everybody t...more
Daniel J. Weber
The characterization in this book was excellent getting into Janeal's head was done masterfully and was a work of art. I loved how she developed as a character over-time.

The beginning brought a sense of mystery, sucking me into the story, but not all is revealed until near the end (per Dekker norm). I thought it was a good story with great characters, (view spoiler)...more
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