• Play Dead

  • By: Ted Dekker
  • Narrated by: A.W. Miller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (450 ratings)

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Play Dead

By: Ted Dekker
Narrated by: A.W. Miller
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The discovery of two teenagers ritualistically murdered in a secluded Austin park outrages a nation already on the brink of tearing itself apart. The victims are the latest in an epidemic of deaths linked to a mysterious, underground virtual game known only as Play Dead.  

The forensic evidence soon points to Jamie Hamilton, a brilliant yet naive young man on the autism spectrum. But Angie Channing, a world-renowned true crime writer, isn't so sure. Could such a seemingly innocent person be capable of clinical brutality? Why the rush to silence him? What secrets are hidden in the world of Play Dead that are worth killing for? What if Jamie is the key to something far more sinister? 

Angie quickly finds herself in a relentless game of cat and mouse that threatens far more than just her sanity or her life. How far will she go to uncover the shocking truth? 

Enter a psychological thriller ripped from tomorrow's headlines that will haunt you until the last line. It is said that nothing is as it seems in the halls of power and that some truths are far too dangerous for the common man. Until now.

©2021 Ted Dekker (P)2021 Ted Dekker

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A Brilliant Mind Running Out of Ideas... Maybe?

I look so forward to every single Ted Dekker book that comes out. Without all the garble of legalistic dogma, I love how he thinks and computes the truth. How he can take simple truths and make them applicable to our every day life. For me this story seemed a lot like a few of his other recent books. I don't know if he's a brilliant mind that's running out of ideas, or this is just where his vein of thinking is so he just keeps writing the same story over and over. I am in no way bashing this book, all I am saying is, that it is very familiar a lot like the last four or five books that he is written. I felt like maybe he could have even gone deeper inside of the world that he created of the VR. maybe even go somewhere else in it... (this was a little too much like The Hacker). It felt like the book had just gotten started when it ended. A lot of setup to get to the climatic point and then just went flat. Maybe he's planning a second and a third in the series. I don't know, that would make sense. At any point, this is a nice little ride, decent characters, solid doctrine, but just not as good as the 33 AD. The Circle series, Skin, The Blessed Child series, The Bride Collector...ect. That's just my opinion and my 2 cents worth.

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Not a Christian book

I am a fan of Ted Dekker, but this book strays into a line of thinking that will probably draw most people away from biblical principles. It is dangerous to start pondering the implications of this world being a mask, a simulation, or an alternative reality. To think this way is to say truth might not be truth. Please remember, Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

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EXCELLENT!

Another Ted Dekker page-turner. I couldn’t put it down (or turn it off - I listened to the Audible version). Toward the end I got a little nervous thinking, “Seriously? THIS is how it’s gonna end?!” But, trust me, hang in there, the ending really is good.

I think I remember the author saying on Facebook that this story didn’t have any deep hidden lessons in it. He was mistaken. There are some very enlightening and convicting truths woven into this fictional story, in true Ted Dekker style - as it should be.

The performance was great, but the Audible recording itself skipped or repeated in several places throughout. But the story was good enough that I quickly got over it.

Great story! Thanx, Ted. Can’t wait for the next one!

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Women's voices were painful to hear

I would not recommend this book, especially the Audible version. Horrible "Southern" accents were distracting.

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Felt super familiar

Started out very similar to another popular futuristic virtual reality fiction book, then got really strong towards the end.

I appreciate Dekker’s storytelling and it wasn’t a huge disappointment, it just took me awhile to get there.

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I would rather read it

The performance for the female characters is not good at all they all sound so over exaggerated and weird I could barely finish listening to it. So disappointed.

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Struggled a little

I generally like Ted Decker‘s writing but I admit to struggling with this book a little keeping up with the where the book was heading. Even at the end I kind of felt like it wasn’t finished. I will look forward to seeing if there are additional books. I would have preferred a female reader because the main character was female. And differentiating between voices would have been nice.

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Awesome!

I have listened to all of Ted Dekker’s books and this was equal to the Circle. The virtual reality plot was amazingly described and explained. I’m a techie and I would know if it wasn’t. Spiritually and Science was powerfully merged and the story was quite gripping. Highly recommended. Audiobook was also wonderfully done.

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Very Disappointing

Dekker's story-telling and character development are always solid. But what had set him apart was his ability to powerfully and insightfully incorporate Biblical truths. Not only does he fail to do so in this book, he all but sanctions new age philosophical falsehoods.

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o Ted, you've done it again!

For those who know Ted: you know his aim. Not every line in this book was easy to decipher towards that aim. (Like Peter explaining that some of Paul's teaching was hard to be understood, and many twist). But, if you know Ted's mystic books, and the learning of the Word of God's doctrine experientially, you find in this book more than metaphor, more than parable, about as close as you can get in demonstrating the importance of the very, very overlooked reality of Colossians 3:1-4 and let's throw in Ephesians 1:16 -2:7, with a pinch of the hugely under-emphasised 1 Corinthians 6:17 and the layered brilliance of all of God's revelation to us. With our citizenship in heaven, or in hebrew, hashamayim, and the unmistakable words: if/since..you..ARE..risen👆⬆️w/ Christ...seek those things which.. ARE.. above....!! STOP RIGHT THERE! if we pay attention to WHERE Paul said we ARE, what direction would we be looking in our seeking? NOT UP!! WE ARE ALREADY UP....(we know this, not by sight, but BY FAITH IN HIS WORD! EXACT LOCATION PINPOINTED: Where Christ sits at the right hand of God. Why do we look up instead of around? What is the best thing going on there right now and always? Hebrews 7:25,26: as our High Priest, He EVER LIVES to make intercession.....! Lord, what are You doing right now? "making intercession". How about right now? "making intercession". Every act of His....is intercession. Do you think that if our eyes were on Him, and that if we realized that we are dead and OUR lives ARE hid w/ Christ IN God, and that when Christ OUR life shall appear, then we shall also appear WITH Him in glory, and that if we realized that he who is joined to the Lord IS ONE spirit, that we would be involved at all in His intercession? This is what He does by EVERYTHING He does. That is one huge parameter of seeking first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness!! And to test the balance in ourselves concerning that parameter, we have romans 14:17 partially quoted here: .....the Kingdom of God is......righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (or Ghost)(pneuma). Does that give substance to our seeking? It gives full time substance. Can I be experiencing peace w/o His righteousness? How about real joy? The testing of Kingdom reality is the experience of these 3 things, in this verse. Is peace just mechanical? Is it just a doctrine? We adorn that doctrine in real experience! But not w/o righteousness and joy! These are all in the statement of what Paul is summarizing here. Christ has become our righteousness. This gift is worked out in and through us in our close walk w/ Him in the S/spirit, resulting in a demonstration of peace and joy, not being selfish and causing a scene about eating, drinking, and wearing of apparel, along w/ other shallow THINGS of this earth. Believers need to think in a layered way, until all these verses and the realities that they are conveying are the constant experiential realities of our being. Notice again colossians 3:1-4....: Risen WITH Him....SEEK...ABOVE....Affections SET....ABOVE (NOT ON THINGS ON EARTH)...LIFE IS HID W/ CHRIST IN GOD (so my life on earth for all intents and purposes, as Paul and Ted are saying,......is DEAD). THOUGH THIS IS NO GAME, how Ted portrayed the results of this reality in "PLAY DEAD" IS FULLY GRASPABLE AND A GREAT EFFORT IN TED'S ONGOING MISSION TO GET US TO REALIZE THESE TRUTHS, AS IN A FEW OF HIS other books too. 1 Corinthians 13 is obviously key, as is every word of God. Once we see these things for real, the entire Word of God flows easily in each of every parts' context. If His word is spirit and life, that would include ALL His word at once. It is just a matter of walking daily in it, not reading and studying like a dreaded chore, but like when David sighed longingly for that special water to drink from the well of Bethlehem, by the gate. He did not COMMAND anyone to get it. He said "oh, that one would give me drink of the water..... ". But the 3 mighty men who loved David took it as a much bigger thing than just a sigh of longing. They took it almost as a command, but in a loving way to please the King they loved and honored, and hazarded their lives to get it and bring it to David. To walk in all the great parameters of the word of God should not be taken as merely obeying commands. Lord Yshuah's commands are all loving keys and beautiful pieces of the whole picture of what it is to be hid with Him in God. We are moved through this lifetime here by spirit and life of His word, one in spirit w/ Him, wanting only His will, as if He sighed longingly "oh that one would refresh Me with their own longing to long with Me for what I long for! One to walk in the intimacy that only knowing My mind reveals". Think how The Son of the Father's love walked w/ Him!! We are now in the Son of the Father, hid in His love that passes understanding. Is that oneness a true demonstration of the love between God, the Father, and God, the Son, for theirs is not a grudging relationship. You know how fun this all is to fellowship!! it's all about Him centered in our being hid with Him together, with this same mind, speaking the same things together in understanding. See the very, very important key verse 1 Corinthians 1:10!! Paul's striving was for this. So is Ted's!! I don't care if Ted writes 20 more books with this aim.....It is worth it!! Not many people emphasize what Paul and Ted emphasize about this world NOT being the world we would return to. See the constant emphasis of a better country, not built with hands, from the ending few verses of Hebrews 10 through all of chapter 11. It's soooo good, so keep going and stay long in chapter 12, and take your time there in seeing how God is correcting and discplining each son/daughter of His to be partakers, experiencers of His righteousness and holiness. All lovers of His, hunger and thirst to be filled w/ these innate beauties of His Being. Last, but not all, just a quick reminder of the 3-verse summation, dynamite view in a nutshell way in Revelation 1:5-7.....just highlighting the keys..."Jesus Christ....loved us, and washed us from our sins in His OWN blood,...and has made us kings and priests (or made us into a kingdom, priests to God and His Father)......Behold, He comes w/ the clouds......." . So, in between Him loving and washing us, and Him coming w/ the clouds, we have the most awesome job description emphasized and summarized: a kingdom of priests. He wanted this from the beginning, but it didn't get fulfilled in Yisrael. That is a key to see from the new testament's point of view, to focus down onto that great occupation of His saints, His holy ones, His TZADIKIM: a kingdom of priests unto God!! Between His first coming and His coming again w/ clouds, a kingdom of priests. What a royal description!! What an honor!! Not a light thing. This is heavy of heavies. Please my fellow tzadik holy cohanim priests in His royalty: Walk worthy of this calling, as Paul prayed in Colossians 1:9-12 (unto ALL patience and long-suffering......WITH joyFULness). Again, easy to test if our spirit is right or not: a grudging patience, a teeth-gritting long-suffering won't be matched with true joyFULness, now would it? That's why we NEED ALL the tasty ingredients of verses 9-11a to have the 3 fruit full flavor of 11b. It can only be the Spirit to have the fulness of joy simultaneously with being patient in all the trying circumstances, and looooooooong-suffering towards very trying and selfish people, many times all DAY long. Never be petty, never be boring, never be unSpirit like, never be mundane or drab or shallow or pedestrian. Like the priests who carried God's furniture through the desert, we walk about housing the One Who is our Habitation. Don't just be a "churchgoer". Jesus said the wind blows where it wants, and you hear the sound of it, but can't tell from where it comes, and where it goes: so is EVERYONE born of the Spirit. Let's be that to the world. That is attractive. That is mysterious. That wind, that pneuma, that breath, that law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, that Spirit they hear, that we are one with, is the Spirit of Christ, in Whom are hid ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. How can we possibly ruin this view by being boring !?! Jesus is the most intriguing PERSON in ALL His creation!! Blessed be He‼️ (And the voice actor here got better and better as the reading progressed) thx to All.

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  • Mizzo
  • 02-22-22

Excellent book.

It is not obvious that it is a Christian book (can be enjoyed by non-christians and science fiction fans) but the theology is there.