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A New Sherrif In Town


ShowdownAs I might have mentioned previously, I love a good book. And so I was delighted to discover Ted Dekker’s books recently. I first read his “Skin” book which totally freaked me out and made me think that I couldn’t handle any more of his books. But I took a chance on Saint next and absolutely loved it. Looking for more, I found Showdown, which turns out to be the previous book in Dekker’s excellent Paradise series. The third book, Sinner, comes out soon and I’m totally looking forward to it.

So, excellent author: yes! But what really impressed me about Showdown was the intensity of the story that Dekker weaved and the underlying parallels that he was subtly building. It is a very different type of story, and I was tempted to put it down at first because it was a little graphic, bloody, and freaky. And I was so engrossed in the story that not only could I not put it down for hours at a time (and I LOVE books like that!), but I was completely unaware of the deeper story that he was telling until it hit me like a ton of bricks about 4 chapters from the end. I can’t recall the last time an author has been so good at his craft as to have that effect on me. Maybe not even since Arthur Conan Doyle’s tomes!


I can’t really explain much more than that or I’ll give away the story, but if you’re looking for a good book and a good author, I can wholeheartedly recommend both in Ted Dekker’s Showdown.

Author: Jason 'vanRijn' Kasper

My name is Jason 'vanRijn' Kasper. I am the ring leader of the amazing Kasper family. I am unashamedly a Christian Nerd. These are our stories....


  1. I first read Dekker in his collaboration with Peretti (one of my all-time favorite authors), “House”.

    I definitely enjoyed it, and will probably be looking into some of Dekker’s other works soon!

  2. Hey Chip! I still haven’t read House yet. I heard it was a little disjointed being that Dekker and Peretti (ALSO one of my all-time favorite authors!!!) have different writing styles and it kind of didn’t fit together in the middle, where the one stopped and the other took over. Did you like House? I might have to break down and get it anyway. =:)

  3. I did like House – though I should probably read one of Dekker’s solo books, so I can compare. I’d like to be able to determine based on writing style, what parts were Dekker’s contributions and what were Peretti’s.

    With House, I picked up on the hook/analogy pretty early, which let me see a lot of the foreshadowing (and guess part of the outcome). I found one part to be a bit of a stretch (within the bounds of the plot/style of the book), but otherwise I thought everything fit pretty well together.

    Oh, and I forgot to mention in my first comment: what a pleasant surprise, to find a fan of this genre on KDE Planet!

  4. Hey again Chip! =:)

    I’ll have to read it now! =:) From what the lady at my church told me, Peretti wrote the first half and Dekker wrote the second (or vice versa… I forget). I thought that that was a really cool idea!

    And it’s equally as nice to find a reader of KDE Planet who appreciates really talented and relevant Christian authors!! =:D

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