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Water Walker

(The Outlaw Chronicles #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,256 ratings  ·  243 reviews
My name is Alice Ringwald, but the man who kidnapped me says that's a lie.

Thirteen-year old orphan Alice Ringwald has no memory beyond six months ago. The only life she knows is the new one she's creating one day at a time with the loving couple that recently adopted her and gave her new hope.

That hope, however, is shattered one night when she is abducted by a strange man.
Paperback, 310 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Worthy Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Musicinto This website states the list in which they are in order:
However from reading the books myself, Outlaw is the…more
This website states the list in which they are in order:
However from reading the books myself, Outlaw is the first book. Next, Eyes Wide Open which can be a series of it's own (1. Identity, 2. Mirrors, 3. Unseen, 4. Seer). Third is Water Walker and Hacker is last. As shown below…

1. Outlaw:

2. Eyes Wide Open:
2a. Identity:
2b. Mirrors:
2c. Unseen:
2d. Seer:

3. Water Walker:
3a. Episode 1:
3b. Episode 2:
3c. Episode 3:
3d. Episode 4:

4. Hacker:

Now I started with Water Walker. Then I read Outlaw and Eyes Wide Open and am working on Hacker. The order does not effect it at all. If you want more information on the failed Project Showdown, I suggest you read the book Showdown part of a whole different Trilogy, Paradise:

Hope this helps everyone =)(less)

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Christie Hagerman
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have two reactions to Ted Dekker--I devour his pages like watermelon in July, or I wince from something violent that went past my mental limit and slam the book shut forever. This one was cool fruit with a few close calls on slinging it across the room. I have a really low tolerance for torture and suffering, something that seems to naturally show up for this author that so accurately portrays the broken human condition.

Water Walker is a thriller with some fantastical elements. As always,
Aria Wolfe
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved! True Ted Dekker style. Heart-pounding and tear-jerking all at once. This book isn't just entertainment, this book will change your life (if you let it.) And I don't say this lightly.
This book speaks of forgiveness and true love that keeps no record of wrongs. It shows the uncertainty of a young girl who finally discovers her true identity, not in the horrible circumstances she lives in, but in the heart of a man who has known her all along.
Elissa Anne
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I give Ted Dekkers novel Water Walker 10 out of 10.
Ted has challenged Western Christianity to its very core.
*spoiler alert*

The main character, Alice, is kidnapped by her birth mother and step-father. She goes to live with them and their son Bobby on a property surrounded by swamps, under the control of a man called Zeke. Alice then suffers 5 years of religious abuse. She is given an exorbitant list of rules and rituals to follow and is expected to be the perfect, spotless lamb. She
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cults are seriously awesome to read about in literature. Especially weird Jesus cults who believe they're doing all this bad stuff in the name of God. In this particular book, we have a thirteen-year-old who was kidnapped by her birth parents and raised for 5 years in this creepy cult. Of course this messed with her mind and she truly believed in what they were doing. I liked the Christian theme of forgiveness throughout the book and loved when Eden stood up to what she knew was wrong.
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
Water Walker was a typical Ted Dekker read. Super fun to read, a bit creepy, and just very entertaining. I liked it a lot :)

*I received a complimentary e-copy of this book via netgalley for my honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A story of a kidnapping, pride and forgiveness in an unbelievable way. Great book. In the beginning, the story takes off and slows down then it hits you. There is a part where people who believe in God take it to almost a cultish way. Prepare for that. Beyond that, the ending is a little deep.
D. Prokop
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was ok

My name is Alice Ringwald but the man who kidnapped me says that's a lie..."

Water Walker by Ted Dekker is touted as a modern day parable highlighting the dual themes of forgiveness and freedom. Here's my thoughts...

Episode One was riveting, mysterious, and suspenseful. Characters were introduced with just enough revelation to perk the readers' interest and leave them wanting more. The plot laid a foundation, providing a place for secrets to dance. The author entices the reader to press on,
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I've read a lot of DeKker and can't say I've ever been disappointed from a book I've read by him. I may not like some of his novels as much as others, but no matter what the book is, DekKer puts a lot in his stories for you to like.

His characters are complex, the plots are intriguing, there are twists and turns aplenty to keep you turning the pages, and generally he has the ability to get me to read his books at a fast pace. On top of that his themes/message always cause me to think hard on them
Beyond the Pages
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Review:
Where do I begin?

There is so much I want to say about this book, Water Walker by Ted Dekker. The author's language and wording, his primary themes, his intermingling of light and dark, the characters and their voices, the bondage and freedom aspects - these things stood out in a very big way. The role of each person in the story and how they played their part in the conclusive end, or rather in a more precise beginning was haunting. I was literally stunned speechless with how it all
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is brilliant! I love it so much! It's as thoroughly riveting as any of my favorites, but in a completely different way than most of the fantasy and sci-fi books I adore. Its shocking and awesome and amazing and beautiful, and I cant even say I completely understand it, but I can say that I was utterly blown away. The ending completely changed the way I saw the story, maybe even the way I see life. If any book can totally transform someone -- other than the Bible -- it's Water Walker. ...more
Angie H
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's Ted Dekker, how could I not give it 5 stars?
One of my favourite authors! I can't even begin to explain this book. Great from beginning to end! :)
Going to read #3 as soon as I can get my hands on it!!
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Water Walker by Ted Dekker is the second book in The Outlaw Chronicles. The books can standalone and they have only loose (though definite) associations with each other. I have to say that this was my least favourite. We first met Alice in Book 1 Eyes Wide Open - so I was interested to see how the books were overlapped, but the overlap was much more tenuous than I expected and the timing seems out. We do learn more about the monastery and the group of exceptional children mentioned in all three ...more
Stephen Narwold
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-on-overdrive
I'm a Christian, and the thing I like more than anything else about some of Ted Dekker's books is that they get me rooting for something far deeper than the good guys to win and the bad guys to lose. I find myself rooting for love, forgiveness, and the saving of the lost.

Water Walker was great in this regard. Not only is this book a thriller, it's a great lesson in the Christian walk. I can't say how without spoilers, so we'll just leave it at that. It's a different look at some very applicable
Donald Hahn
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Keeps in the book. Pretty good overall.
Victor Gentile
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Ted Dekker in his new book, Water Walker Book Two in The Outlaw Chronicles published by Worthy Publishing takes us into the life of Alice Ringwald.

From the back cover: My name is Alice Ringwald, but the man who kidnapped me says thats a lie. He calls me Eden and says hes taking me to be with my mother. But my mother, like everything else in my past, is dead. Or so I thought.

Thirteen-year old orphan Alice Ringwald has no memory beyond six months ago. The only life she knows is the new one shes
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Synopsis:

Thirteen-year-old orphan Alice Ringwald has no memory beyond six months ago. The only life she knows is the new one shes creating one day at a time with the loving couple who recently adopted her and gave her new hope.

That hope, however, is shattered one night when a strange man comes to her door. Her real mother is alive, he says, and begs her to return home. When Alice wont leave with him, the man forces his way into the house and abducts her.

In a frantic manhunt the FBI
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ted Dekker has returned to his genius writing.

Water Walker is a sequel, of sorts, to Eyes Wide Open and Outlaw. I say of sorts because this is Ted Dekker we're talking about and he gets his thrills by twisting his readers into all sorts of knots and leaving them breathless for the next story.

In Water Walker meet an orphan named Alice living with her foster parents - moments before her birth mother kidnaps her. The FBI is on the case as well as the mysterious Stephen introduced in the final pages
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed this book better then the first in the series but I think the ending was weak again and the allegory was just too much for me. I understand the author's intent but to the average reader, the sudden turn from rage and bitterness to forgiveness was just too abrupt and the wording was not realistic. Again, I understand the intent to show the reader Christianity's tenants of forgiveness, etc but it just didn't work for me. So much so that I decided to not attempt the third in the series. ...more
Gail Welborn
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
***Water Walker reveals Dekker has returned to his original writing style!***

"Water Walker," book two in Ted Dekker's "Outlaw Chronicles," releases March 18 from
Worthy Publishing Group who acquired the print rights. The suspenseful narratives of redemption and forgiveness makes clear why Library Journal considers this author a master of suspense.

It's the story of thirteen-year-old Alice Ringwald, a foster child with amnesia. Her memories begin six months ago and it's as if she didn't exist
Alyxandra Sarik
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reading Water Walker had a very personal impact on me. It was like reading my own life reflected on the pages of a book because I could really relate to the story in many ways. Having faced trials with my own mother regarding obedience, spirituality and sheltering, Dekker really hit a personal chord for me. But it was how he wrapped up the story which made it so beautiful. As I was reading it, I wondered why was he portraying Christianity as a manipulative, self-righteous, and mindless lunacy. I ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-novels
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

This is the first Ted Dekker book I've read and it won't be the last. This was a great story! His characters are incredibly easy for the reader to envision. I can still see them in my mind's eye. I felt love, pity, hatred, fear and anger throughout the story. I loved how Kathryn found her courage in the end and did to Zeke what I had wanted to do the whole time I was reading.

The only issue I had was when the 'Outlaw' was speaking to Eden in her dreams; at
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Rating 3.5

This was my second book by Ted Dekker, the first being the 4-episode series "Eyes Wide Open".

His style is very different to what I'm used, Epsiode 1 and 4 in this book kept me on my toes. I found I lost interest somewhat in Episode 2 and 3. Not sure if it was just me reaching a reading slump or that I just didn't connect.

At the end I found the book to be a great symbolism of overcoming your fears and complete forgiveness extended to your enemies.

I enjoyed the suspense parts. The
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Loved this book, but... I feel so lost because I haven't read Showdown (Paradise, #1) by Ted Dekker or the Paradise Series yet and here Outlaw mentioned the Showdown project and the monastery, so I want to read Showdown to understand the story.
On the other hand, the message was so profound! I had never seen the forgiveness in that way.
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was a thrill ride from the beginning to the end. I didn't realize this book is part of a series and some questions were unanswered. The book starts with a 13 year old orphan being kidnapped by a strange man. She is taken to a very remote spot to be hidden away. There are some strange takes on religion with a little science fiction thrown in. Water Walker is great for anyone interested in a good thriller. As this is the second in the series, I'll be looking for the first!
This book was amazing I loved the character the only thing is I wish Olivia was a little bit bigger of a role. I can't wait to go back and read the first book ( I didn't originally know this was a series)
AI believe I have found a new favorite author .
Greg Thaggard
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh I had to get to the end to know that "Eden" and Olivia , who both met the Outlaw, were alive and
more then that, they were transformed.
I don't know where to go next or what to read.

I need to let the message sink in for awhile.
Dylan Rule
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Thought-provoking and inspiring, this book very quickly became one of my favorites! I highly recommend reading this!
J.S. Bailey
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was creepy.

I loved it.
Beautiful story! So beautiful.
The power of forgiveness.
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
The first section is interesting and left me wanting more, so I bought the rest. Not much happened. It was pretty boring and I was glad to get it finished so I could start reading something else.
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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.

Other books in the series

The Outlaw Chronicles (3 books)
  • Eyes Wide Open (The Outlaw Chronicles, #1)
  • Hacker (The Outlaw Chronicles, #3)

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