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**This is EPISODE ONE of a serialized novel** WATER WALKER is the mind-bending thrill ride from New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker which can be experienced THREE different ways. You choose: 1. As an episodic story. Read WATER WALKER as four shorter sequential "episodes" much like your favorite TV show. The ride starts with Episode 1. Think of it as the pilot. **This is EPISODE ONE of a serialized novel** WATER WALKER is the mind-bending thrill ride from New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker which can be experienced THREE different ways. You choose: 1. As an episodic story. Read WATER WALKER as four shorter sequential "episodes" much like your favorite TV show. The ride starts with Episode 1. Think of it as the pilot. If you like the story, continue with Episode 2 (Feb 25), Episode 3 (Mar 4), and the grand finale Episode 4 (Mar 11). Or... 2. As a single, novel length eBook. Don't want to read four episodes? No problem. Starting March 18th, you can get the entire story in one digital edition that collects all four episodes into one seamless story. Or... 3. As a paperback. For those who love print, Water Walker is also available in paperback on March 18th from Amazon. FROM THE BACK COVER: "My name is Alice Ringwald, but the man who kidnapped me says that's a lie." Thirteen-year-old orphan Alice Ringwald has no memory beyond six months ago. The only life she knows is the new one she's creating one day at a time with the loving couple that recently adopted her and gave her new hope. That hope, however, is shattered one night when she is abducted by a strange man. In a frantic FBI man hunt, the kidnapper vanished with Alice. So begins Water Walker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering power of forgiveness, and reminds us that it's possible to live free of the hurt that keeps our souls in chains. (YA)


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**This is EPISODE ONE of a serialized novel** WATER WALKER is the mind-bending thrill ride from New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker which can be experienced THREE different ways. You choose: 1. As an episodic story. Read WATER WALKER as four shorter sequential "episodes" much like your favorite TV show. The ride starts with Episode 1. Think of it as the pilot. **This is EPISODE ONE of a serialized novel** WATER WALKER is the mind-bending thrill ride from New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker which can be experienced THREE different ways. You choose: 1. As an episodic story. Read WATER WALKER as four shorter sequential "episodes" much like your favorite TV show. The ride starts with Episode 1. Think of it as the pilot. If you like the story, continue with Episode 2 (Feb 25), Episode 3 (Mar 4), and the grand finale Episode 4 (Mar 11). Or... 2. As a single, novel length eBook. Don't want to read four episodes? No problem. Starting March 18th, you can get the entire story in one digital edition that collects all four episodes into one seamless story. Or... 3. As a paperback. For those who love print, Water Walker is also available in paperback on March 18th from Amazon. FROM THE BACK COVER: "My name is Alice Ringwald, but the man who kidnapped me says that's a lie." Thirteen-year-old orphan Alice Ringwald has no memory beyond six months ago. The only life she knows is the new one she's creating one day at a time with the loving couple that recently adopted her and gave her new hope. That hope, however, is shattered one night when she is abducted by a strange man. In a frantic FBI man hunt, the kidnapper vanished with Alice. So begins Water Walker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering power of forgiveness, and reminds us that it's possible to live free of the hurt that keeps our souls in chains. (YA)

30 review for Water Walker - Episode 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Honza

    It's a Dekker. Nuff said.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Heinly

    Just finished all four and had to revisit and change my review. This is fantastic!! I was skeptical at first, not really loving Eyes Wide Open all that much, and fearful that this second serial novel from the same Outlaw series would be similar. But this is straight up good fiction. This reminds me of the Dekker who wrote Martyr's Song mixed in with a little bit of the Dekker who wrote Showdown. This is a must read for any Dekker fan. And if you are like me and you haven't liked the endings to Just finished all four and had to revisit and change my review. This is fantastic!! I was skeptical at first, not really loving Eyes Wide Open all that much, and fearful that this second serial novel from the same Outlaw series would be similar. But this is straight up good fiction. This reminds me of the Dekker who wrote Martyr's Song mixed in with a little bit of the Dekker who wrote Showdown. This is a must read for any Dekker fan. And if you are like me and you haven't liked the endings to his books in the last few years, this one redeems your lost time. I can't get over how good it is. Some might say it is too preachy at the end. But the truth is it can't be "TOO" preachy unless it compromises or sacrifices the story. This may be preachy at the end but the STORY STANDS STRONG! You are always wondering how Alice/Eden is going to get out her situation. You are always wondering what horrible thing is going to happen to her next. The conclusion of the book is just as satisfying as the body. Character arcs are completed as the characters reach their evolved state. Mysteries are answered. Justice is served. The story stands strong. And besides, concerning the preachiness, the preachiness this time around is welcome because it is actually a FANTASTIC sermon! It addresses issues of the heart in ways I've never heard them addressed. Anyone, from any background could appreciate his philosophical stance. So, READ THIS CRAP! You won't regret it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joan Bannan

    This (I read all four Episodes) is my favorite Ted Dekker novel so far. It was action-packed as well as emotionally and spiritually satisfying. Much of what happens is this book illustrates what I learned in Dekker's Creative Way writing course, from which I learned more than I had in any writing course, workshop, or book I've studied in these past fifteen years. I highly recommend it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Candy

    So far part 1 was good. we'll though, his books have been more weird than normal lately.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    Reseña en español This is amazing. Now, I'm dying to read the whole book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Santi

    Pretty good. Really looking forward to reading episode two sometime soon! :D

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lyndi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think it was silly that this book was split into four different sections. I am only rating the first, even though I read all three. It was confusing to me as a book club leader and for the members in my group that it was split up. The first one is free in kindle, then they made you purchase the other three parts. All the parts but the last leave you hanging and forces you to read this as one book. I always go into a Ted Dekker knowing it is going to be strange. And I was looking for more than I think it was silly that this book was split into four different sections. I am only rating the first, even though I read all three. It was confusing to me as a book club leader and for the members in my group that it was split up. The first one is free in kindle, then they made you purchase the other three parts. All the parts but the last leave you hanging and forces you to read this as one book. I always go into a Ted Dekker knowing it is going to be strange. And I was looking for more than this gave me. The idea of forgiveness as Christ gave is a great concept and one we should all strive for. But having someone that breaks your leg, kidnaps you, forces you to be nearly drowned every week. Cuts you off fr m society, makes you live in a strange cult, not allowing you to say any words that start was “s”as snake also starts with that letter, plus so much more. It was even hard for me to swallow. Sad I bought this, as I will never read it again, nor would I recommend it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Not much to go on yet I don't feel I've read enough to leave a fair review. I think to do that I would need to read at least the second book in the series and I might but I am also left with the feeling as I would be ok if I didn't because this one just didn't grab me like I had hoped it would.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    Love this book I love this book! I really wish I had bought the full story. Not to worry. I will read them all! Love Ted dekker

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mona Randall

    my new favorite author!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Hanscom

    Engaging A fast paced read, good characters, and plot. I look forward to reading the whole series! I enjoyed Ted Dekker's writing style.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    This was my first Ted Dekker Book. It was ok. I wanted to see how it ended, but just a weird book. haha!

  13. 5 out of 5

    David Cecil

    Awesome read Ted Dekker never dissatisfies and this part holds you captive and spellbound to the point almost that you cannot put it down

  14. 4 out of 5

    David Risdon

    Ted Dekker at his best...as usual! Title says it all... Title says it all... Title says it all... Title says it all... Title says it all...Goodbye to all

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda Look

    I didn't realize this was a short story/episode of a series. It was interesting and the ending certainly contributes to the desire to read the next episode. I rate this a 4.3

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stuart

    Mystery primer Just getting to know the backstory and characters and it's over. Red Dekker is a great writer!!! Can't wait to read more!

  17. 5 out of 5

    D. Prokop

    My name is Alice Ringwald but the man who kidnapped me says that's a lie..." Water Walker by Ted Dekker is touted as a modern day parable highlighting the dual themes of forgiveness and freedom. Here's my thoughts... Episode One was riveting, mysterious, and suspenseful. Characters were introduced with just enough revelation to perk the readers' interest and leave them wanting more. The plot laid a foundation, providing a place for secrets to dance. The author entices the reader to press on, My name is Alice Ringwald but the man who kidnapped me says that's a lie..." Water Walker by Ted Dekker is touted as a modern day parable highlighting the dual themes of forgiveness and freedom. Here's my thoughts... Episode One was riveting, mysterious, and suspenseful. Characters were introduced with just enough revelation to perk the readers' interest and leave them wanting more. The plot laid a foundation, providing a place for secrets to dance. The author entices the reader to press on, promising amazing answers to the questions proffered at the onset of the story. But the answers were unsatisfying or simply didn't come. The mystery devolved into stale activity. A lull settled in during Episode Two. The characters were flat. The main character, Alice/ Eden is thirteen at the start, described as odd and highly intelligent, with references made to a conspiratorial and scientific experimental history that she has forgotten, for which there is never any explanation. Her voice is stagnant and even when the story skips ahead to an eighteen-year-old version of Alice/ Eden, her voice remains stuck in her thirteen-year-old self: childish, boring, and compliant. The character holds no interest. Being kidnapped and immersed into a cult lend nothing to her development. Alice/ Eden is a bland chess piece who does nothing to gain the sympathies, compassion, or even hatred of the reader. Then there's The Outlaw, the obvious God figure in this modern day parable. There is no back story given to introduce this character, though it is a forgivable omission considering this is one of a series named after the character. As is, this novel doesn't stand alone well. The lack of explanation of this pivotal, important person leaves a jagged hole. His appearance is disruptive and his authority shadows mere arrogance. The Outlaw holds all the secrets and annoyingly offers tidbits of information on a whim here and there, without showing any credentials or proof of reliability. As a symbol of God, the author is too obvious in his insistence the reader take everything he says by faith. This could be a successful endeavor, but in Water Walker, it felt forced, unacceptable, and choppy. The plot twist/ epiphany was ridiculous. Forgiveness is a powerful and admirable state of being; but in this story, the journey to forgiveness is rushed and results in an unsatisfactory denouement for the conflict resolution needed. It's more "forgive and forget," than resolution of conflict. The antagonists are killed with kindness. They are simply forgiven, without repentance, consequence, or work. While the power of forgiveness has the ability to cause this kind of miraculous occurrence, in this novel, it was too easy and lazy writing. The main character just changes her mind and everything is sunshine, daisies, and rainbows. Ted Dekker is a prolific author who delves into genres lacking representation by Christian authors, namely horror, science fiction, and speculative fiction. While admirable, this is an extremely difficult mission field. Authors of faith receiving respect in these genres, such as Madeleine L'Engle, C.S. Lewis, and Anne Rice, are few. Frank Peretti, Jared Wilson, and Tim LaHaye have also ventured into this mission field with debatable success. The tendency to preach with evangelistic fervor instead of conveying a story and allowing the reader make their own conclusions disappoints both unbelievers and believers alike. Authors of faith sometimes fail to step aside and let God cut into the hearts and souls of people without a five point sermon and a sinner's prayer to clinch the deal. Walking on water may be an easier task. Decide for yourself...

  18. 4 out of 5

    D.M. Dutcher

    This is episode one of a longer work, and it's not good. Alice/Eden is a thirteen-year old girl who is about to wake up to the biggest surprise of her life. She's about to discover that her birth mother still lives, and wants her. Unfortunately, she finds out by being kidnapped by a minion of that same birth mother. There's also more about Eden that she doesn't know, too. Let me list some of the problems I had with this book. Sorry, some will be in spoilers, don't read if you plan on picking up This is episode one of a longer work, and it's not good. Alice/Eden is a thirteen-year old girl who is about to wake up to the biggest surprise of her life. She's about to discover that her birth mother still lives, and wants her. Unfortunately, she finds out by being kidnapped by a minion of that same birth mother. There's also more about Eden that she doesn't know, too. Let me list some of the problems I had with this book. Sorry, some will be in spoilers, don't read if you plan on picking up the first episode. 1. Because of the serial nature of the book, things that should be big reveals literally get dumped on us, like Eden's true nature and history. I mean, literally dumped by means of a brief phone conversation. 2. Eden and others act very unrealistically. Example-(view spoiler)[I don't care if it feels like you trust him, when someone kidnaps you, you are not putting your hands up and letting him tie you and your mother up, or go along without resisting. Or not trying to escape later. If the guy had paranormal powers of persuasion it's one thing, but come on. (hide spoiler)] 3. Random infodump priest saying platitudes. 4. This REALLY annoyed me: (view spoiler)[Please don't make a kidnapper suddenly seem like a fine, normal Christian after a beginning showing the mother is particularly unstable. Or if you do, PLEASE spend some serious time justifying why she felt she needed to do it. (hide spoiler)] In fact, spend more time justifying things altogether. I liked the general premise, but because of the serial format, it feels like he had to rush a lot of things and didn't have time to build on them. There's also standard Dekkerisms, like focusing on the paranormal, said infodump priest, etc. Combine that with some unrealistic character actions, and it's not a good start. What's particularly grating is that if he had just NOT done a serial novel, all of my objections could easily vanish, because he would have more time to develop characters and situations. My rating might seem harsh, but this is a guy whose done ten plus books, some of which have cracked the NYT best seller list. This isn't the first or even third novel from an indie author. Heck, indie authors do better: check out Pat Todoroff's Shift Tense - Red Flags for how to do a serial novel right. This was not a good start, but to be fair it is only a start, and the rest of the serial novel might be better.

  19. 4 out of 5

    LadyS

    Author creates a story that just swallows you in...that you hurry for the next book in the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vada

    It's been about eight months since I've read anything by Ted Dekker, but I have read quite a few of his works in the past, such as The Priest's Graveyard, Adam, Saint, and a couple of others. I'm amassing quite the collection of his books, because I've enjoyed a lot of his previous work, and I'm a bit sad that more people don't know about him sometimes. Yes, most of his work is classified as Christian Fiction, and most of it contains some form of corrupt religion or religious follower. Normally It's been about eight months since I've read anything by Ted Dekker, but I have read quite a few of his works in the past, such as The Priest's Graveyard, Adam, Saint, and a couple of others. I'm amassing quite the collection of his books, because I've enjoyed a lot of his previous work, and I'm a bit sad that more people don't know about him sometimes. Yes, most of his work is classified as Christian Fiction, and most of it contains some form of corrupt religion or religious follower. Normally it's not something I'd go for, but usually he's able to deliver it in a tasteful, not too down-your-throat way. I've read one of his other serial novels, Eyes Wide Open, and quite enjoyed it at the time. This one definitely shows some promise as well. However, this is one of his first newer works that I've read, and I have to say, it lacks that underlying vibe that made me love the previous books of his so much. This wasn't a bad start to the story, but it didn't quite catch my attention enough for me to want to buy the whole book. I think it would be worth a read if you're more into abduction stories than I am, though. There were some parts that felt rushed, and unlike the other serial novel I've read by him, each section doesn't seem to have it's on little conclusion or cliffhanger that makes you want to rush off and find the next part. I may end up reading the rest of the serial novels in this set in the future, but I don't think I'll be putting it at the top of my list.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kara Prem

    This book starts with Alice, 13 years old and living at a foster home (that from what I can tell is happy enough). There is a man outside on the phone with the most annoying woman ever, who is apparently Alice's birth mom, and she wants this man, Wayne to steal "Eden" back. If this book was the whole story, rather than having to buy each additional episode (I see now that you can buy all 4 episodes in one book) - I would probably finish. I'm not sure now that I will though. The book was This book starts with Alice, 13 years old and living at a foster home (that from what I can tell is happy enough). There is a man outside on the phone with the most annoying woman ever, who is apparently Alice's birth mom, and she wants this man, Wayne to steal "Eden" back. If this book was the whole story, rather than having to buy each additional episode (I see now that you can buy all 4 episodes in one book) - I would probably finish. I'm not sure now that I will though. The book was written fine, but I am just not sure if I am drawn in enough to purchase the next one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    The story of a young amnesia sufferer, Alice/Eden, who is kidnapped and abused by her birth mother for five years. What makes the offence different (or maybe it's more common than we think?), is that it is justified using God's name. This reminded me of the movie, Twelve Years a Slave. Eden's mother, Catherine/Kathryn, follows the instruction of a man, Zeke, whom they call the Apostle, down to the tee. He manipulates her to believe that she is doing the will of God. Every ritual she enforces on The story of a young amnesia sufferer, Alice/Eden, who is kidnapped and abused by her birth mother for five years. What makes the offence different (or maybe it's more common than we think?), is that it is justified using God's name. This reminded me of the movie, Twelve Years a Slave. Eden's mother, Catherine/Kathryn, follows the instruction of a man, Zeke, whom they call the Apostle, down to the tee. He manipulates her to believe that she is doing the will of God. Every ritual she enforces on Eden is to please him, but in her mind, she is pleasing God. At first the abuse is mostly mental, but once, it becomes physical. As a reader I empathised with Eden throughout the book. Both her and her mother are slaves of circumstance. There are bursts of suspense, for example when Eden tries to run away. These chapters really had me at the edge of my seat. The end is unexpected but apt. Sceptics may find it annoying. My only criticism is that Eden, even as a 13-year-old girl, 'sounds' very mature (her vocabulary). Then again, we are reminded throughout the book that she is a very special girl. Overall, I enjoyed the book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Randall Christopher

    I really liked the story, but don't like that there really isn't a resolution, though I knew there wouldn't be before reading. It just means I have to spend more money to find out what happens. I do like the characters and this brief introduction to them. It is intriguing and does what I'm sure the authors intended to do; makes you desire to want more. The thing I didn't like was that nothing really happened but the girl was taken by someone claiming to be her true family. I really didn't gather I really liked the story, but don't like that there really isn't a resolution, though I knew there wouldn't be before reading. It just means I have to spend more money to find out what happens. I do like the characters and this brief introduction to them. It is intriguing and does what I'm sure the authors intended to do; makes you desire to want more. The thing I didn't like was that nothing really happened but the girl was taken by someone claiming to be her true family. I really didn't gather any more information by reading this first installment than from reading the description of the book itself. There's very little background, and I do like that Dekker doesn't divulge too much at once.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Louis (Pen&Snap)

    As odd as it may seem, I have no idea what I think of this one. On one hand, it was.... interesting. On the other, it was.... meh. There was just SOMETHING about this authors writing that leaves me uncertain with my feelings. Story idea-wise, it was an interesting concept but the way it all played out just lost my interest quick. There are 2 types of POV. First Person (Alice's aka Eden) and Third Person (The lead detectives & the guy who claims to be Alice's dad.) Why jump from First Person As odd as it may seem, I have no idea what I think of this one. On one hand, it was.... interesting. On the other, it was.... meh. There was just SOMETHING about this authors writing that leaves me uncertain with my feelings. Story idea-wise, it was an interesting concept but the way it all played out just lost my interest quick. There are 2 types of POV. First Person (Alice's aka Eden) and Third Person (The lead detectives & the guy who claims to be Alice's dad.) Why jump from First Person to Third Person? I don't get the madness. That aside, the story was interesting enough to have me curious about what happens next in the series and I would like to know what happens next. Just not enough to pay out the $3 for part 2. (p.s. There are 4 parts.)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Allison Anderson

    A story about how we don't always see God's redemption and plan through bad circumstances.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    At times I wondered if I was reading the script for a new TV series. Criminal Minds came to mind a number of times. Dekker has done a great job setting up the novel with this first episode. We have the innocent victim who has a history that she cannot remember, a man and wife (or are they?) bad guys and an FBI agent who is grappling with her own traumatic past. It's fast, furious and powerfully evocative. His use of sharp short descriptions invade your mind giving you just enough information to At times I wondered if I was reading the script for a new TV series. Criminal Minds came to mind a number of times. Dekker has done a great job setting up the novel with this first episode. We have the innocent victim who has a history that she cannot remember, a man and wife (or are they?) bad guys and an FBI agent who is grappling with her own traumatic past. It's fast, furious and powerfully evocative. His use of sharp short descriptions invade your mind giving you just enough information to visualise the scene. Having read Eyes Wide Open via this episode approach, I happily launched into Water Walker and can't wait for Episode 2.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Candace Lazzaro

    This was a very strange book but very readable...the edge of the seat type of book that I read in just a couple of days. I didn't get much else done this morning as I NEEDED to find out what happened. I've heard a lot about Ted Dekker but haven't read much of his work. He is a Christian writer but this book, while Christian, isn't your typical Christian fiction. A girl in a foster home is kidnapped by her biological mother who takes her to a cult-like community. It's full of "other-world" type This was a very strange book but very readable...the edge of the seat type of book that I read in just a couple of days. I didn't get much else done this morning as I NEEDED to find out what happened. I've heard a lot about Ted Dekker but haven't read much of his work. He is a Christian writer but this book, while Christian, isn't your typical Christian fiction. A girl in a foster home is kidnapped by her biological mother who takes her to a cult-like community. It's full of "other-world" type of experiences and as I said, it is NOT your typical Christian fiction. This is definitely a book a non-Christian would find fascinating.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    You know when you have a certain snack that you cant keep from dipping into, even when you grow used to the taste? And you find yourself eager for it above all other snacks until it is gone? Water Walker is like that. The stage has been set and things are in motion. This book is good for a beginning and personally, I like how this is another part of the world that Ted Dekker has been building in other stories. So far, this story can stand alone. I expect the whole thing will be able to, but You know when you have a certain snack that you can’t keep from dipping into, even when you grow used to the taste? And you find yourself eager for it above all other snacks until it is gone? Water Walker is like that. The stage has been set and things are in motion. This book is good for a beginning and personally, I like how this is another part of the world that Ted Dekker has been building in other stories. So far, this story can stand alone. I expect the whole thing will be able to, but knowing some of his other stories made it even more fun for my mind.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Robert Roush

    I'm not a huge fan of the episode-style release of books, especially when the arc of the episode is only upward. In other words, this is simply the first quarter of the larger book. The final 10% of this episode begins to pick up and assures me this story will be worthy to carry the Dekker name. That said, I am a huge fan of Ted Dekker. As such, I'm certain that, once I finish the other three episodes, I will change my rating from 4-star to 5-star. In fact, I intend to read the remaining three I'm not a huge fan of the episode-style release of books, especially when the arc of the episode is only upward. In other words, this is simply the first quarter of the larger book. The final 10% of this episode begins to pick up and assures me this story will be worthy to carry the Dekker name. That said, I am a huge fan of Ted Dekker. As such, I'm certain that, once I finish the other three episodes, I will change my rating from 4-star to 5-star. In fact, I intend to read the remaining three episodes within the complete book version, which is now available.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Svetlick

    His stories start fast and continued at a pace that holds you in your chair. The only issue I had was that this book said it was 304 pages when in fact it was 1/4 of the story at about 80-90 pages then you have to buy the other three parts. That was probably an error on the number of pages but I don't believe series or chapters should be that small. 304 pages should be one book not broken down into separate books. But he is a good writer.

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