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Miriam is a Saudi princess promised to another, a pawn in a political struggle that could shift the balance of power in the Middle East.
Published April 1st 2010 by Oasis Audio (first published January 1st 2002)
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Victoria Lynn
This book was a bit of a wild ride! Whew! I enjoyed it’s heady, brainy approach and the consequently mysterious and exciting adventure that ensued. Though, I must say that overall, I left the book feeling very disappointed. IT was one of those stories that you have such high hopes for as you read it, and then when it wraps itself up (or fails to do so) you walk away disappointed and shaking your head.
Also, let it be known, I actually read the republishing of this under the title, In the Blink o
Jun 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 31, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Miriam is on the run. Her father is trying to force her into a political marriage to a man she knows to be
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 20, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Mary Cushnie-Mansour
Blink of an Eye by Ted Dekker was definitely a different read than some of the other books I have read by Dekker - The Bride Collector and Boneman's Daughters, for example - but this novel did not disappoint me.

The two main characters - Seth, a genius, and Miriam, a Saudi Arabian princess - are set on a course that is and isn't believable that something like this could actually happen. Are there geniuses out there who can do what Seth does - see numerous options into the future and analyze them
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
Aug 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second attempt to read Christian "fantasy" fiction this summer. I gave this book 2 stars (would have given it 2.5 stars if possible) because it was a quick read, had somewhat intriguing characters and for the most part, the story line kept me turning pages. At first, I was really into the story, but then the story bogs down as the author literally stops the action to discuss a brief and biased overview of Christianity and Islam. The book is full of stereotypes, lacks proper background ...more
Mark A Powell
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a slight rewrite of Dekker’s 2002 novel Blink. Unlike some of his later works, this story feels more like a whole story -- complete with character development, story arcs, and a decently satisfying conclusion. It's a strong testimony to the page-turning prowess that Dekker clearly possesses. Blink remains a clever, solid read that, while enjoyable, had the unfortunate side-effect of making me wish that Dekker would once again start writing more like it.
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ted Dekker has never failed to suck me in to one of his books. Blink was no different! I was hooked by the first page and found myself on the run right alongside Seth and Miriam as they eluded their foes.
I also liked that Dekker introduced another culture with Miriam being a Saudi Arabian princess. It gave me a view into something that I otherwise have no knowledge on. The way of life there is so different and it made me sympathize with Miriam in a strong way.
There are many possible futures, but
Lilly Thompson
One of the best books i've ever read from a Christian author. The development of the story and characters was artistically woven from the beginning to the end. Love always wins <3
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
Sep 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood-books
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
Laura Sgro
I'll start off by saying that overall, I did really like this book. It was fast-paced, exciting, and kept my interest enough for me to finish it in one sitting. The two protagonists were likable and I found their stories compelling.

That being said, there were a few issues that I had with this book, which was my first time reading Dekker.

First of all, I didn't realize this was Christian fiction. Now, as an atheist, I'm not against reading books with religious overtones, and I've enjoyed Christia
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nora St Laurent
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This novel is an amazing wild ride. I loved every second. The author gave a fascinating look at a princess who runs to America. She doesn’t want to marry a man she despises. It is her duty and custom to marry her family has chosen. This author does a brilliant job of allowing the reader to get into the skin of a woman who has been veiled all of her life and is suddenly exposed for all the world to see. It’s freeing and terrifying to come out from behind the cloth. When the princess arrives in Am
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
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is fun to read. It's paced well, the characters are likable. I think it is a good thing that this book starts up a discussion about muslims and christians. There has been so much propaganda to divide christian and muslims. It's a good reminder that we're all people and no matter the religion, it's the same God. What sends huge red flags up for me is that people in their reviews of this book say how they "learned so much about the muslim religion" by reading this book. This book is fict ...more
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Clive smiled. “I don’t know, should I?”
Actually, approaching the matter from a purely logical perspective, yes. All the evidence points to the existence of a creator. The single greatest body of evidence is the dismal failure of man’s desperate attempts to come up with a reasonable alternative, beginning with evolution. I’ve always looked at the universe and seen a creator as plainly as most people who look at the ocean see water.”
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