Blink (Ted Dekker)

Rating: [rate 4]

Blink by Ted DekkerThe future changes in the BLINK of an eye…or does it?

Seth Borders isn’t your average graduate student. For starters, he has one of the world’s highest IQs. Now he’s suddenly struck by an incredible power–the ability to see multiple potential futures.

Still reeling from this inexplicable gift, Seth stumbles upon a beautiful woman named Miriam. Unknown to Seth, Miriam is a Saudi Arabian princess who has fled her veiled existence to escape a forced marriage of unimaginable consequences. Cultures collide as they’re thrown together and forced to run from an unstoppable force determined to kidnap or kill Miriam.

Seth’s mysterious ability helps them avoid capture once, then twice. But with no sleep, a fugitive princess by his side, hit men a heartbeat away, and a massive manhunt steadily closing in, evasion becomes impossible. – From Westbow Press website

This is my second Dekker book, and because of the good experience I’ve had with Thr3e, I expected a lot from this one too. The blurb from Westbow Press explained the basic plot of the story already, so let’s get to the review.

The thing I really like about Dekker is that his characters come out like real people. Thr3e‘s characters (Kevin, Sam, Slater, Jennifer) makes me wonder if they somehow exist out there (then again, that existence is kind of weird…haha, you’d have to read the novel to get what I mean :p). Blink is no different, and I’ve grown to love Seth Border for the past 36 hours or so since I started reading it, I kind of wish he’s a real person. But then again, that may be the inner girl speaking in me — Seth seemed like the perfect gentleman, even amidst his intellect and unique gift. One particular scene that proved this was when he and Miriam booked into a hotel: he knew he had some sort of feelings for her, but he reserved two rooms so as not to take advantage of her. Then again, this is Christian fiction.

Storywise…Blink is slightly less captivating than Thr3e. It may be the lack of psychological suspense and the somewhat dragging chase scenes all throughout the book. Admittedly, I mostly stuck to reading it because Seth has grown on me. :p It’s somewhat less gripping and it kind of left me hanging at the end. The Christian aspect of the novel is quite good, and I found myself wanting to explain to Seth that something is wrong about his logic about God…but he figures it out in the end anyway…sort of. And it does show that the power of prayer to the God (of Jesus, just so there wouldn’t be a confusion — they called Allah the God of Mohammed in the book) work, though they did it in a desperate time. Who could blame them — Miriam is Muslim and Seth is a non-practicing Christian/agnostic. It just shows that God will change the future for you for your good if you come to Him.

I can’t say much about the book’s explanations about Mohammed and Islam because I don’t know much about it, so I’ll leave it up to those who know better than I do. ;)

Finally, what I also really liked is that Blink sends out a message that women want to known and acknowledged, that they like to be called beautiful, to be free from oppression and that they deserve just as much respect as men do.

So…all in all, Blink is a good read, and I doubt you’d lose much sleep over this, unless the suspense gets to you that fast. But it won’t play much of a mind game and it won’t make you start looking over your shoulder for someone who might decide to kill you, if you get what I mean. :) It’s a good read for days where you just want to get lost in another world and not worry about your own problems for a while.