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Burn by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

Reviewed by Karri Compton

"...better than Kiss by leaps and bounds..."

Janeal Mikkado is tired of the gyspy life. Her company of 120 gypsies winter in California and summer in New Mexico, putting on carnivals where they tell fortunes, sell wares, and cook delicious food. She wants out, to explore the world and be who she wants to be, instead of what others expect of her. Her father is their strong and loving leader, and he would be crushed by her absence. They have already lost the rest of their family to a tornado years ago. Janeal bides her time and waits for a chance to leave for good.

One day a debonair stranger named Salazar Sanso introduces himself to her, offering her a chance to save her father from an awful fate and earn some cash in the process. It doesn’t take long for her to decide that the money is her way out of gypsy life. She and Sanso make a deal, but her part of the bargain is made too late, which results in Sanso’s wrath on the whole company. Janeal barely makes it out of her burning camp alive, and her life will never be the same.

This story is about what lies inside our hearts. Love and hate, greed and generosity, honesty and deception, loyalty and betrayal. Which side will win out? The good or the evil?

I often say that Dekker’s best book is his latest release (he will testify to the same thing, except he thinks the best is the one he’s writing) and I think it’s true with Burn. That’s saying a lot considering I’m still on a Green high. Get ready for a blowout plot that will blaze right into your soul and hang on with fiery ferocity. The embers of theme in the story will glow, retaining their heat inside your heart and mind for weeks and months to come.

This is Dekker and Healy’s second collaboration. Burn is better than Kiss by leaps and bounds, with more suspense and better takeaway. If this trend continues, I hope the two authors keep up their partnership, because they’re sure to wow readers even more in the future.

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Karri ComptonKarri Compton, wife and mother of three teens, two cats, and a beagle, devours Christian fiction whenever possible. Her favorite genre is suspense/thriller, especially Ted Dekker and Steven James novels. Since promoting biblical worldview fiction is dear to her heart, she reviews on her blog, Fiction Fanatics Only! and is a staff reviewer for such sites as The Christian Suspense Zone and Fiction Addict. Her stab at writing a novel confirmed what a tough job it is, and so the work is shelved for now, allowing the pros to do what they do best. When she isn't reading and reviewing, Karri stays busy at church and performing in various community theater companies.