Ted Dekker used to be my favorite author. I would show up at the bookstore the day his novels were released. After reading the books he has written over the course of the past two years, I think I will relegate his writing to a library check out. Immanuel's Veins is simply a disappointment. Mr. Dekker spends an unnecessary long time concentrating on the set up, emphasizing the sensual aspects of his characters. The impact of the sensual on the spiritual aspects of life was a conclusion that, although obvious, Mr. Dekker had a hard time drawing. Indeed, this tension is not addressed until close to the very end of the novel. Perhaps he was attempting to draw upon the recent vampire obsession in popular literature as he attempted to provide a story of sacrificial love. Rest assured there is not sexually explicit content, although the author does emphasize the role of the five senses in attraction.
Don't rush out and buy this one.