Title: Blink of an Eye (formerly titled Blink)
Author: Ted Dekker
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 383 pages
Synopsis: Seth Border is a anti-establishment genius. Growing up in the home of an alcoholic, wife and child beating father, Seth learned early on to question authority. In fact, due to his very unstable home life, he never had much consistent, formal schooling until he stumbled (almost literally) in to UC Berkeley as a young adult where a professor discovered his genius at computing complex mathematical calculations in his head. Miriam is a Saudi Arabian princess of the House of Saud who has been promised, unbeknownst to her, in marriage to a extreme fundamentalist Muslim sheikh whose father has designs on the throne of Saudi Arabia. In fact, her marriage and subsequent bearing of a child for this family will guarantee the support of other powerful men who will help stage a coup to overthrow the more liberal current government. Miriam decides to run away from what can only be described as a torturous existence as one of the wives of this sadistic man, but when escapes to the United States, it is only a matter of hours before she is a wanted woman by not only her own countrymen but also the U.S. authorities. Seth and Miriam find themselves thrown together, with Seth her unlikely savior, when they “happen” to be at the same awards ceremony at Berkeley and Miriam’s pursuers have located her. Suddenly, Seth is given the gift of clairvoyance, and although he doesn’t know Miriam, he knows that there is a woman in serious trouble in the same building he is in. Seth rescues her, and what ensues is a suspenseful transcontinental adventure.
My Thoughts: This is the first book by Ted Dekker I have ever read. While I do not think it is fine literature, it is a rousing read. Seth is an unlikely hero, despite his requisite good looks and genius, simply because he is not always exactly sure of himself and can be rather self-deprecating at times. I found him extremely likeable, which is Ted Dekker’s intention, I am sure. I like the undercurrent of romance and attraction that runs through the novel; I am not a fan of overt romance, but the hint in this novel makes it exciting. I find the overall philosophical ideas presented (that the future is not a foregone conclusion, but that it can be changed based on many, many variables) interesting. I understand Ted Dekker’s intention is to show how a intellectual person comes to faith in God. Overall I found this a suspenseful, fun read.