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!
I was able to read the book "Chosen" and really enjoyed it, so I jumped at the chance to review the "Infidel" graphic novel. I have never really read any graphic novels though, so I was a little skeptical that I would get as much "story" out of it as I do a regular book. Boy was I wrong - I was totally impressed with this version of "Infidel"! The drawings are quite captivating and pulled me right into the story and I raced through the book following the plot easily and quickly. The story itself is a great follow-up to "Chosen" and the conflict and drama advances quite well through Dekker's storytelling. There is a great climax that leaves me drooling for "Renegade" and I can't wait to get my hands on that one. The graphic novels should introduce a new generation to Dekker's imagination. The only downside I can see is that a graphic novel tends to limit the reader's imaginations because it is showing us everything, but it is just a different form of media from a book. The upside - this one in particular is basically brilliant!
This series of graphic novels would make great Christmas presents for the reading shy boys in your life :-)
and his book:
Thomas Nelson (November 11, 2008)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 TedDekker.com.
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)
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 136 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 11, 2008)
AND NOW...THE FIRST TWO PAGES:
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