Review of Immanuel’s Veins, by Ted Dekker

Immanuel's VeinsImmanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am doing this review for the audio version of Immanuel’s Veins. I have seen some of the lower ratings for this book, and I cannot say I disagree with much of what they say. Yes, the story needed to be less repetitious and it needed to pick up the pace. Yes, there were a few words used that seemed to not fit the period. I also had a bit of trouble with weapons that were lost and then seemed to magically reappear at a later time, but I will allow that I could have overlooked the explanation for that.

I think many are missing the bigger picture here. I do wish the author had created a bit more structure to his story, that he was just a little less of a “pantser” and a little more “plotter,” but the quality of his writing, outside the structure of the story, is superb. Perhaps my judgment has been biased, as the book I was reading prior to this one was just about the worst thing I’ve ever seen in print, and I could not finish it. Thus, when I began listening to Mr. Dekker’s writing, it was like steak to a starving man—I felt I could actually taste it, could sink my teeth into it… and I just wanted to give it an itsy bitsy little bite.

I won’t describe the story here, as plenty of others have done that already, but I have to say I was completely unaware of the plot before I began. Until now, I have managed to shun all manner of vampire stories, but I actually enjoyed this one (oh my—does that mean that I’ve crossed over to the Dark Side? *shudder*).

Therefore, I’m giving four stars for the quality of the prose, taking away only one star for the structural issues.

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