Thursday, November 20, 2008

INFIDEL, a graphic novel from Ted Dekker is Teen FIRST teaser

It's the 21st, time for the Teen FIRST blog tour!(Join our alliance! Click the button!) Every 21st, we will feature an author and his/her latest Teen fiction book's FIRST chapter!

and his book:

Thomas Nelson (November 11, 2008)


Ted is the son of missionaries John and Helen Dekker, whose incredible story of life among headhunters in Indonesia has been told in several books. Surrounded by the vivid colors of the jungle and a myriad of cultures, each steeped in their own interpretation of life and faith, Dekker received a first-class education on human nature and behavior. This, he believes, is the foundation of his writing.

After graduating from a multi-cultural high school, he took up permanent residence in the United States to study Religion and Philosophy. After earning his Bachelor's Degree, Dekker entered the corporate world in management for a large healthcare company in California. Dekker was quickly recognized as a talent in the field of marketing and was soon promoted to Director of Marketing. This experience gave him a background which enabled him to eventually form his own company and steadily climb the corporate ladder.

Since 1997, Dekker has written full-time. He states that each time he writes, he finds his understanding of life and love just a little clearer and his expression of that understanding a little more vivid. To see a complete list of Dekker's work, visit The Works section of

Here are some of his latest titles:

Chosen (The Lost Books, Book 1) (The Books of History Chronicles)


Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle Trilogy Graphic Novels, Book 1)


Product Details

List Price:$15.99
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 136 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 11, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1595546049
ISBN-13: 978-1595546043

A few thoughts from me: Infidel is well-drawn and easy to read. Since I didn't read the original novel, I can't really compare the two. For those who have followed Ted Dekker's books up to this point, it probably will be a great treat unless your personal images in your head don't match those of the graphic artist. I have always enjoyed certain graphic art, in particular DC comics (yeah, I'm an old fan of the Justice League of America). Graphic novels have a couple of advantages, as I see it. First, it's a picture book! It really is easier to read when there are pictures to go with the narrative. Secondly, they are not as wordy as ordinary novels (not that I could ever call Dekker's novels ordinary), and therefore can be read in a considerably shorter time period. Those are good selling points for just about everyone in our rushed lifestyles, but especially good for reluctant readers. I think a main target audience would be those teen guys who hate to read.

This is the second graphic novel I have read from the Ted Dekker books. Like the first one, Red, it leaves me a little confused, most likely because the format condenses the story to a point that I feel there is a lot missing. But then again, it might just be me. Even with Dekker's full novels that I read, I felt it was all a whirlwind that moved faster sometimes than I could follow. Like I said, it might just be me. I am certain that Dekker's myriad fans will love it. I give it a high rating, so you might especially want to consider it and the first in the series as gifts for this Christmas.


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Laura Davis said...

Cathi, I had no idea Ted Dekker even had graphic novels out for teens. I will definitely let our church librarian know about these. Thanks!


Laura Davis said...

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