Sinner (Paradise, #3)
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Sinner (Paradise #3)

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Some say roll with the punches. Drift with the tide. Nothing can stop the inevitability of change. There was a time when 300 Spartans disagreed with such mindless thinking and stood in the gap.

Now it's time for 3,000 to stand in the gap.

"Sinner" is the story of Marsuvees Black, a force of raw evil who speaks with wicked persuasion that is far more destructive than swords o...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published September 2nd 2008)
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Zachary
Ted Dekker has some interesting ideas about tolerance. He sheds light on a particularly disturbing aspect of American culture and politics; namely that we should be tolerant of all peoples, regardless of their color, nationality, gender, age, or personal beliefs except Christians because Christianity is an exclusive belief system intolerant of any other system which rejects or defies it. Why is this so disturbing. Let me explain: In America, we say that we have to be tolerant of Muslims because...more
Janie Johnson
I went into this read with exceptionally high expectations since both Showdown and Saint were extraordinary reads. I love the Good VS. Evil Concept that this series was based around. With Sinner I did not feel that adrenalin and overall excitement that I feel with just about every book I read of Dekker's. It started good and then quickly lost that special Dekker touch. It went from Good VS. Evil to religion VS. religion, and belief against belief. This is one thing I dislike so much about our so...more
T.E. George
I will leave the plot for others to rehash. Instead, I would rather comment on the journey Dekker seems to be making. As I have noted in other reviews, The Circle Trilogy was the height of Dekker: fresh, innovative, multi-layered, and spiritually profound. The Books of History novels have headed downhill from there. Showdown was still very good, Saint okay, and Skin barely passable. Sinner offers me hope but still doesn't rise back to the level of Black, Red, White.

Some will not like Sinner beca...more
Symon
For those of you who didn't know, 'Sinner' is the third book in the 'Paradise' trilogy written by Ted Dekker. The trilogy involves the 'Books of History' which the Circle trilogy was all about ('Green' is coming out this year... will that mean it will be the Circle quadrilogy?). I love the way Dekker's books all seem to be linked to each other... even 'House' is linked to Paradise. But I digress.

Sinner is written as two books (Book 1 and Book 2 interestingly enough) and tells the story of three...more
Kelly
Sinner by Ted Dekker is a peek into a future where “tolerance” has become the new religion. Our children are fed a constant diet of the necessity for “tolerance” in school every day. While we become tolerant of cultures and religious beliefs outside our own, we find that the beliefs that are still in the majority are becoming less tolerated. I’ve often felt that as a society, we need to stop focusing on and celebrating the differences between all of us. Instead I’ve thought that if we could use...more
Syahira Sharif
I'm kind of surprised that the book is intended to be read in circle and there was no 1st in any turn... so this book is the first for me despite it being said as the third book of the series. Although I think the initial religion approach in near future society is interesting, but half of it was a bit ludicrous... especially with the bit about Johnny and his near utopia influence on the people. Darcy is likable in the beginning but she began to be corrupted with the power she held in persuading...more
Cindy
This is the third book of Ted Dekker's that I've read and to be honest I was a bit disappointed. Although I was somewhat familiar with most of the characters from reading the previous two books, they were a bit flat for me in this one. It was an OK read and I didn't put it down for three months before finishing, but I found it to be the least engaging of the Paradise series. Dekker is an excellent author and I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books, but this one was lacking in character developm...more
Simon Taylor
Sinner: Ted Dekker, August 15—25, 2014
My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊

SinnerSinner is the third part of the Paradise Trilogy which itself forms part of the Chronicles of History. The trilogy centres around orphan Billy's decision to write in one of the blank books only for his evil creation, Marsuvees Black, to come to life.

Sinner is very much a sequel and a stand-alone at the same. There are sufficient references to Showdown and Saint, but the plot is removed enough from the preceding instalments to be read i...more
Keiki Hendrix
Dekker is one of my favorite author's, if not my favorite. This was a great project but with every new book from Dekker, I yearn for the depth and insight of his first few novels.

Still a great read.
Adrienna
Although the prologue is similar to the second book in the series, this book puts all the pieces back together since the first read in the series. After thirteen years, religious sect who started the project showdown, Roman Catholic, do not want their failure to leak out with the thirty six kids. However, all the other thirty four were found and dead. Now Billy and Darcy were saved by Brian Kincaid after Agent Smith found Darcy in her apartment tied up. My suspicion has to do something with this...more
Jeff Holton
I have said it a number of times, Ted DeKker is one of my favorite novelists of all time. His writing style is unique, his storylines are gripping and his agenda is usually subtle. I can honestly say I have never read a book from Mr. DeKker that I did not enjoy… until now. His latest novel and third book in his Paradise series called Sinner is the one book I reluctantly admit is not a very good book. In all honesty I hate having to write a negative review for one of my all time favorite authors...more
Denise
I had a big problem with this book. It was way to predictable for Dekker. I saw one particular thing coming from a mile away. Actually from a book away. I knew in the last book that a certain someone was evil and it was confirmed in this book. I like to be surprised by Dekker which is why I loved "The Sanctuary" so much. Maybe I'm just getting used to his twists? I'm not sure. Either way the plot lacked the surprise and suspense I've seen in so many of his other novels.

What I really liked about...more
Brenten Gilbert
the first book i’ve ever read from the pen of Ted Dekker… i know that seems amazing, but i’d just never gotten around to digging into any of his books and then, the notion of this 10-book series really seemed a bit too much of a commitment for me to settle down with, especially since i wasn’t certain that it would work out…

Now, having read Sinner, i want to dive into the rest of the series… unfortunately i only have one of the other books in my possession (Showdown) and there’s always the pressu...more
Nathan
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Joy
This is a weird mix of dark fantasy /futuristic religious sf. The background is that there are these books and if children write in them what they write comes true in a way. Many years ago a boy named Billy used this book to create an embodiment of evil, and 2 other children also became involved. Now it is many years later, and a wave of hate crimes sparks another confrontation between good and evil. The book reminds me of a combination of Stephen King and Frank Peretti. My issues with this book...more
Sarah
I just just just finished reading this book. (Thank you, real-life, for getting in the way of my reading time, lol) This was AMAZING, a great ending...or beginning, really, for the Paradise books. A very good look at how darkness can eat away at a person and how it can be removed by turning toward the Light! It presents a very scary reality, one that could be, where tolerance is the word of the day, thereby making ones beliefs illegal and anyone saying Jesus is the only way accused of a hate cri...more
爱心❤
I got bored of the first half and nearly didn't continue - luckily, though, I did, after stopping for a long time, and enjoyed the second half very much. I am, however, confused about the order in which to read the books, as Goodreads tells me that Sinner is the 3rd book but it was the one I read first. But I am now looking forward to reading Saint and Showdown.
Jenni Noordhoek
The good: supernatural powers, literary symbolism, philosophical observations and comments, and general adventureness.

The not so good: heel-face-turn of major character who I think was in a previous book in the series, oddly enough. And seriously I'm done with the idea that tolerance for other religions/ideas is going to bring down America and bring the end of the world all at once.

I will give this book credit that it does admit that only in this special situation with the supernatural powers...more
Annette
What a great story to end the series!!!

Sinner was definitely the best of this series. "Showdown" was like a Stephen King novel, "Saint" was more akin to Joseph Finder or Lee Child. But "Sinner" was a book all its own. Full of mystery action and suspense, with a supernatural core and most assuredly evangelical, this one brings all the stories together to its final climax!

We are reaquainted with three of the original children who were part of the "Showdown" experiment in the craggy canyons of west...more
Laura
Wow, go Ted Dekker! This third book in the trilogy (Showdown, Saint, Sinner) was fun to read and very compelling. Imagine 30 years from now when the "Tolerance" movement will be so strong in the USA that no Christians witness and no other religions "bother" others about their faith. Instead of Utopia, the United States boils up and errupts with silenced and angry extremists who finally snap under the pressure and become violent and riotous about their faith. America is faced with a possible civi...more
Heather Palmer
It has been predicted that Christians will one day be hated even in the land of the free. Now that day has arrived with the help of Marsuvees Black.

When a string of racially motivated lynchings threatens to tear the country apart, two stunningly gifted orators, Darcy Lange and Billy Rediger, sweep into Washington and demand that the constitution be modified to allow for a law that will end the widespread violence. Racial and religious speech that undermines others' beliefs must be classified as...more
Scott
Ted Dekker’s Sinner is the third and final book in the Paradise novel series. This story picks up 13 years after Showdown with Darcy and Billy (two of the children who lived in the monastery during the first book). Billy is now a lawyer and Darcy works at an assembly plant. The two are brought back together by the government as someone has discovered their special abilities (Darcy can persuade people to do things with her words and Billy can read a person’s mind) and wants them dead. They are br...more
Brad
Probably 2.5 stars overall, but my feelings for the book ranged from a high 1.5 to a high 4.5 at different parts of the story. This was the preachiest book of the series, and even being a Christian I felt like it was too heavy-handed (not exactly what I thought I was getting into in this book). The plot is engaging and I certainly was interested in how things would resolve for Johnny and co. The premise that too much tolerance could be a bad thing (and particularly the way that Dekker illustrate...more
Kayley Ryan
Wow, talk about eye-opening. Sinner isn't just the title; it's the truth inside each one of us. Whether we're willing to discover that truth is the decision we must make. Yet another thrilling ride by Dekker, but this novel doesn't have the same thrill level as Saint or even Showdown. It's the finale, but it's more of a "finding-oneself" finale. The characters finally come to terms with who they really are and fully discover the truth about themselves--for the first time. The themes of freedom o...more
Jessica
May 03, 2011 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Circle/Paradise/Lost Book readers Dekker fans, thriller reader
Recommended to Jessica by: my father
Of all the Circle Trilogy, Lost Books, and Paradise Novels, Sinner was not my favorite, but it was close. Its not easy for me to pick out the bad stuff of Dekker's novels in general, I find them all enjoyable and intruiging. This one in particular goes into a little more depth with the freedom of speech/religous views, which I found very interesting. The vocabulary was extensive and intelligent, the characters as indepth as ever, and the shocks downright jawdropping. Whther you start here and wo...more
Robert Gamboa
I read the entire book in two shots! I couldn't put it down. Well written and engaging that I loved the characters from the start. The plot grabbed me in from the get go and let go until the last page! That being said, this book makes me think a lot about myself as an American and even as a person. What would I do in such chaotic times (which are plausibly right around the corner)? That world would shatter everything my parents have ever known and worked towards. How can that world be acceptable...more
*HOLLY*
Darcy, Billy, and Johnny have to save the people of the United States from evil that was written into flesh by Billy when he was young. They, together, have special powers that were given to them for this purpose. The politicians changed the 1st amendment of the constitution so that nobody can speak of any religious faith, because by doing so, you are also saying that those of other faiths are wrong. This is a "hate crime" which is now illegal. However, Johnny, and other Christians of Paradise,...more
Matt
I enjoyed this one. When I bought it at the store, I didn't even know it was a part of the Circle books, so that was a nice surprise. Now I need to get the other two in this set (Saint and Showdown) to get the full story of the three main characters. I must say though that the ending left me wondering. I'm not sure exactly where in the Circle timeline these fit. I mean, I have an idea of the general timeline, but specifically, did this take place before or after Green? I have a feeling that Sinn...more
Deb
For Christian fiction, it seemed dark. This was the first Ted Dekker book I read, and this one is #3 in the Paradise series. In the introduction, the author states that if you are a first time reader to the Paradise novels, he would recommend reading Sinner, Saint, then Showdown - the series in reverse of how they are numbered. Following the storyline was not difficult although more backstory might have made some of the key moments more profound. It took a long time to get to the climax and I di...more
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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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