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Monday, May 16, 2011 10:30 am
Ted Dekker Identifies the Consummate Thriller
Posted by: Keir Graff

Ted DekkerMystery MonthTed Dekker used to be a big name in the Christian-fiction market, and now he’s a big name in the fiction market, period. With more than five million copies of his books in print, he’s got big sales and big readership—and critical plaudits, too. David Pitt’s Booklist review of The Priest’s Graveyard begins, “Dekker’s new thriller is skillfully written, surprising, and impossible to put down.” It ends, “A daring and completely riveting thriller.” And there’s plenty of praise in between. Curious as to which book Dekker would praise wildly, we asked him for his best read of the past year. He responded by sharing a book that he’s read over and over again.

Intensity, by Dean KoontzSometimes, the end of the story isn’t the point at all—the experience along the way is. No other book has given me a more memorable experience than Dean Koontz’s Intensity. It’s a tale that, even after multiple reads, still takes me on the kind of ride I hope my own readers experience. It’s the consummate thriller: painfully visceral, breathlessly paced, and filled with characters that surprise and repulse us while showing that we’re all both villain and hero. This book almost singlehandedly inspired me to give my readers a page-by-page ride that properly and completely distracts from the mundanities that every reader seeks to escape. For that I’m grateful. Thanks, Dean.

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