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Chosen: The Lost Books #1

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Chosen: The Lost Books #1

Prolific author Ted Dekker once again demonstrates his superior
skill at weaving in multi-level themes, character profiles and
belief systems, all framed within an action-packed dynamo of
thrilling chase, fight and escape scenes.


In CHOSEN, the first installment of the Lost Books series,
Dekker has the famed Thomas Hunter inciting his forest dwellers to
fight for the chance to win one of four top leadership positions.
As an unlikely candidate because of his size and interest in books,
Johnis doesn't think he has a chance. But by using his mind and his
heart, he outwits and outfights other choice warriors and is
appointed one of the four to go on a mission issued by Hunter. With
little to recommend himself, Johnis is at first ridiculed by his
fellow warriors, who see little worth in this upstart.


Together, Johnis, Darsal, Billos and Silvie head toward the desert
and the Horde. En route, Johnis begins seeing signs of the evil
bat-like mythical creatures, the Shataiki, swarming in the trees
above their heads. They are attacked and divided, and all too soon
are confronted by Teeleh, the originator of all evil and instigator
of much pain against Elyon's people, the forest dwellers. Johnis
must try to save his comrades and trick Teeleh into setting them
free in exchange for one of the seven lost books of history. After
gaining help from the Roush, the pure-hearted bat-like counterparts
to the Shataiki, all four warriors get further lessons in listening
to wise counsel and not going off task because of fear.


After almost dying due to lack of cleansing in the fresh water,
Johnis, Darsal, Billos and Silvie do manage to join together with
the aid of the Roush and rescue two of the seven books. Each of the
teens gains much insight and fortitude as they re-enter their
forest dweller camp and report on their mission. Hunter sees
something special in Johnis and predicts his rise as the leader of
his people.


Dekker concludes CHOSEN on a high note of community rejoicing and
celebration, but hints that the second installment will have the
four heroes relying on every ounce of skill, cunning and heartfelt
courage to meet their next challenge. Riveting and fast-paced,
readers will find the Lost Books series up to the author's
usual excellent standard.


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Reviewed by Michele Howe on October 18, 2011

Chosen: The Lost Books #1
by Ted Dekker

  • Publication Date: January 1, 2008
  • Genres: Christian, Fiction
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • ISBN-10: 1595543597
  • ISBN-13: 9781595543592