Several years ago, bestselling author Ted Dekker published his fictional adventure-love story BLINK, which is now being re-released under a revised title, BLINK OF AN EYE: Love Changes Everything. With new added content, Dekker tells readers in a question/answer section at the close of the text how and why this expanded version is different from the original. The reason? In a word, movie.
BLINK OF AN EYE is being made into a major motion picture (which is set to release in 2008), and Dekker says that the theme of love has stayed primary in both the book and the on-screen version. He believes that with the current climate of distrust between Americans in general, even amongst American Christians, and those living in the Middle East, this overlying theme of love extending across a variety of spectrums is more important now than ever before. Avid fans of Dekker's will appreciate his candor and personal take on the rigorous process of transforming the written word into a likewise equally compelling big-screen hit.
The new book opens with Miriam, a Saudi princess, who helps prepare her best friend Sita for her arranged marriage. What should have been a glorious day of celebration abruptly turns deadly, and Miriam begins questioning the religious system she has been reared to conform to and believe in, and the culture to which she was previously loyal. Without missing a beat, Dekker quickly puts Miriam through the paces of making life and death decisions as she tries to escape a fate similar to her friend Sita's. Thankfully, for this fictional princess, she has both money and a plan in place.
Enter beyond-genius college student Seth Border, a once-abused child whose mental abilities and penchant for bucking authority get him into hot water with the powers that be. Seth's path quickly intersects with Miriam's at the U.S. college where she flees for help, and Seth becomes Miriam's protector and fellow renegade from both U.S. and Saudi officials. What gives the couple an edge is Seth's increasing ability to foretell potential future events. He sees multiple possible scenarios in advance, and as they traverse the country trying to avoid assassins, the king's hired guns and the American government, Seth and Miriam forge a bond of trust and love. But what kind of love? Brotherly love or romantic attraction?
Before the last page is turned, readers might well wonder how anyone, even a person with Seth's intellect, will figure out a way to garner freedom for Miriam when two governments are bent on realizing their own self-serving ends.
Dekker writes a fast-paced story that will have readers pausing only in those brief spaces where Miriam and Seth have a few moments to reconsider their own strongly-held convictions about God, faith, men and women's roles, as well as their black and white cultural conflicts. Like all of Dekker's books, humor is a welcome and expected ingredient that helps balance out the weightier matters the author poses. This newly-revised text lives up to his usual standard of thrilling-seeking thoughtful fare.
Reviewed by Michele Howe on October 2, 2007