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The past Janeal thought had burned away is rising from the ashes. Years ago, the Gypsy Kumpania where Janeal Mikkado lived was attacked by outsiders. With her best friend about to be consumed by a fire, Janeal had two options: try to save her friend--at serious risk to her own life--or disappear with the million dollars that she had just discovered . . . But the past is ...more
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published January 2010 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 2009)
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Crystal Starr Light
Seventeen year old Janeal Mikkado wants nothing more than to leave her gypsy home. Salazar Sanso apprehends her one day and coerces her into a deal - he will spare Janeal's father, who is making a deal with the DEA, if Janeal can find the $1million her father is hiding. This leads to a explosive confrontation which changes her life - along with the life of her boyfriend, Robert.

DNF at page 193; skimmed the rest.

NOTE: I received this through the Amazon Vine Program. Trust me, that didn't help the
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 31, 2015 Denisse rated it really liked it
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 forma moral, o practica...como una sola decisión puede afectar el resto q
Mark A Powell
Dec 30, 2013 Mark A Powell rated it it was ok
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.
Lillie Roberts
Apr 10, 2010 Lillie Roberts rated it really liked it
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
May 10, 2010 Pathway rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Yo Leo Ficción Cristiana


Encontré algunos comentarios por allí, de personas que creen que Beso y Llamas son una bilogía pero eso NO es cierto. Ambas fueran escritas por los mismos autores pero tienen historias completamente diferentes y no se relacionan entre sí.
Jan 14, 2010 Linda rated it liked it
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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.
May 13, 2016 Jerry rated it it was ok
Definitely not my favorite Dekker book.
Amanda Croley
Nov 25, 2015 Amanda Croley rated it liked it
Shelves: ppbk
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
May 23, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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
Mishel Zabala
Mar 01, 2010 Mishel Zabala rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
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
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
Mallory Kellogg
Aug 30, 2013 Mallory Kellogg rated it liked it
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
Keiki Hendrix
Feb 09, 2011 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing
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
Tayler K
Jul 07, 2013 Tayler K rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Mar 14, 2013 Carla rated it it was ok
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
Jan 31, 2011 Shane rated it liked it
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
Becca Campbell
Aug 06, 2011 Becca Campbell rated it really liked it
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
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 ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Goel rated it liked it
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.
Audrey Grant
May 03, 2012 Audrey Grant rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
I enjoyed this book up until the last 1/3 of it. It was an intriguing book with a great story line and fascinating characters. Until It got weird with the split person. Once he got into the two people being the same one. One being the good half and one being the bad. It just lost me for interest and believablity both. I finished the book, but was disappointed that this was the way he chose to decide on ending and resolving this book.
Not a favorite.
Jan 21, 2013 Ricardo rated it did not like it
I could understand the concept the authors were trying to get across, the duality of good and bad that exists in everybody, but the execution in the plot, the characters, and the dialogue was terrible
Jul 28, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
I didn't like it. I don't appreciate his writing style. It was hard to follow. And the premise of the book was stupid. The story line was light and the characters were shallow. I'll give a couple more of his books a try, but I'm not expecting much.
Apr 17, 2012 Debra rated it it was ok
in the beginning this book had a lot of potential. however in the middle the authors decided to throw in a plot twist that I personally thought was stupid. I think the book would have been better without it. from there the book was very predictable and uninteresting
J.S. Bailey
Jan 11, 2013 J.S. Bailey rated it it was amazing
This book was soooooooo weird. And (view spoiler)
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.)
Jan 24, 2012 Kristen rated it it was ok
I finally gave up on this one, like it's predecessor, "Kiss" this book is interesting but drawn out and boring to follow.
Nicola Mansfield
Feb 05, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
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
Mar 17, 2010 Melody rated it really liked it
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
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