showdownTed Dekker
West Bow Press
2006

When a stranger named Marsuvees Black appears in Paradise, he brings with him a message of hope and love. Or is it death and hate? Perhaps neither – perhaps both. He seems to know too much about the town’s many unspoken secrets, and he himself holds the greatest secret of them all. As black clouds and sandstorms envelop the town, it becomes almost impossible to get in or out. It quickly becomes apparent that Paradise is being isolated for a reason. But why? The answer, it seems, lies in a hidden monastery nearby, a place tucked deep in the nearby canyons long hidden from the world. Within its walls is power beyond comprehension. Yet that power is quickly slipping out of control…

Another fast-paced book of dark fantasy, exploring the power that raw imagination has to either create or destroy. Christian readers of Dekker’s fiction will immediately catch the analogy at the end; until then, though, Showdown is unrelentless, unflinching, and at times unnerving with the course of the story, involving a 10-year-old boy pitted against a mysterious and scary Man In Black who has the rest of the town in its sway. Dekker’s regular fans will eat this up (if you haven’t already); fans of Dean Koontz, John Saul and Frank Peretti should check this out as well…

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