All the Time in the World

My taste in reading material is wide and varied: SF/fantasy/"speculative fiction", mysteries (police procedurals, mostly), history, fanfic, straight fiction, smutty vampire books, biographies, poetry, cereal boxes, assembly instructions, the fine print, and your mind.


Blink - Ted Dekker This looked so promising... then it turned out to be about an atheist's revelation of the reality of God, and not in a subtle, thought-provoking way, but ham-fisted and utterly partisan. (I looked up the publisher after I finished and learned that they put out predominantly religious material.)

Brilliant physics student, Seth, suddenly (shortly after developing a mathematical formula that is supposed to demonstrate that God cannot exist) begins having brief visions of the future, only a few seconds ahead. At first the only effect is to allow him to anticipate minor problems and avoid them. Then the visions start coming further ahead and lasting longer. When he meets a young Saudi woman named Miriam, a member of the royal house, who has fled from her homeland rather than be forced into an unwanted marriage, his precognition helps them escape the men who have followed her to the US, intending either to take her back to the Middle East, or kill her. One step ahead of their pursuers, they flee across the country, and Seth's increasing gift shows him multiple possible futures, including the means for him and Miriam to escape from each perilous situation. Along the way, the State Department and FBI join the hunt for the pair.

And of course they fall in love, and in the midst of it all (while waiting for circumstances to fall in line to create a way out of yet another trap), they discover that praying to God - very specifically the Christian God - causes their seemingly impossible quandary to change just enough for them to get away again. Unfortunately, Dekker's obvious religious bent throughout the book makes this turn of events totally predictable.

Supposedly the (horrific) portrayal of life for women in Saudi Arabia is quite accurate - I would have enjoyed this more if Dekker had been able to deliver the story with considerably less of his own beliefs on display.