4/5| Posted December 14, 2011
Ted Dekker's latest novel, The Priest's Graveyard, is a wonderful read. It's characters are compelling, the story is rich with almost fantastical imagry, and the subject matter is very intense and a bit controversial towards the end. The signature Dekker plot twist again takes you by surprise and causes you to rethink everything previous. It's also a bit of a different direction for Dekker in that the main protagonist is the serial killer.
The Priest's Graveyard has stylings of classic Dekker and yet shows us that he can branch out in that the person we root for is the serial killer in the story. This is a great read for thriller fans.
In awe!!!| Posted May 05, 2011
I am currently on the last 100 pages of this book and I am in love with it. This is such an amazing boo not unlike all of his other books. I just love how he can write a book that makes me get goosebumps and leaves a mark on me. Ted Dekker is quite possibly the best author I have ever read! If you haven't read this book, you are missing out!
An emotional rollercoaster| Posted May 02, 2011
Ted Dekker has done it again! He has taken two characters from very different walks of life and brought them together in a tale that is fast-paced and exciting. Somehow he is able to delve into the deepest, darkest depths of the human psyche. So much, in fact, that everything Danny and Renee struggle with hits home. He draws the reader in so intensely that you feel as though you are them. From a vigilante priest to a washed up drug addict with no memory of her past and gilded memories of the man who 'saved' her, it will tear at your heartstrings. These are things that you and I have dealt with. Perhaps you have a sister or a brother who has struggled in a similar way. It was beautiful and sad, thrilling and disturbing, at times tough to stomach...yet so worth it.
I couldn't put this book down. I laughed. I cried. I got angry. It gave me hope. It kept me on the edge of my seat. This is a story I will be thinking about for days to come. Any book that can cause me to feel this way gets two thumbs up! Definitely his best book yet!
If you want a book that grabs the very desires of your soul. Then you should look for Ted Dekkers new novel The Priest's Graveyard. This book will give you everything you love to watch, read and dream. Its filled with action, romance, suspense, and Blood and not to mention and a bunch of good looking mysterious characters. That will make you fill like your inside the book your holding and make you ask yourself if you are making the right life decisions or if you just as twisted as some of the characters in Ted Dekkers most wonderfully written book The Priest's Graveyard.
You should really read this book when you have a decent amount of time on your hands so you can give it the appreciation it deserves and devour it in one or two sittings. The second you pick it up, you won't want to put it down. Humor mixed with wide eyed, edge of your seat action and situations that make your heart pound is what you'll find in Ted Dekker's latest novel. Without giving anything away, The Priest's Graveyard causes you to examine your own beliefs of right and wrong and judgement. Do you feel superior to others? Or do you only feel superior to those who inflict pain on others? Questions like these will wander through your mind as you embark on this wild ride with Renee Gilmore and Danny Hanson. It will leave you stunned and racing to the first chapter so you can read it again.
What is your prison?| Posted April 30, 2011
Escapism has reached its full potential! From the first word, I entered into another world and often forgot that I was just reading a book! Dekker has a skill at character formation that other authors must envy. It is not uncommon for a reader to be relate to his characters; however, Priest's Graveyard was exceptional! Rather than relating to them, I felt as if I BECAME the character (hence why I often forgot I was reading). This book was impossible to put down! It made me cry on one page and then on the very next page I was laughing! As someone who has read the majority of Ted Dekker's books, I am used to a variety of emotions in 1 book, but Priest's Graveyard blew me away! For the first time, I couldn't dislike the killer! I think all of us can relate to Danny Hansen. Before the release, Dekker asked fans if they would kill someone if it would stop a rape; the question threw me off guard until now. I was forced to search myself once again (as I do with all of Dekker's books) since every time Danny killed, in my mind I was understanding and supportive. The references to law were enough to bring me to tears as I was reminded of how we were trapped by the law until we were rescued by Christ! Priest's Graveyard lived up to all of my expectations and then some! I will be recommending this book for a long time!
Amazing! Total Thriller!!| Posted April 30, 2011 As I dove into The Priest’s Graveyard, I was plunged into a whirlpool of love, lies, and an unquenchable passion for justice. Unable to escape, I rushed toward the last pages and found myself enthralled by Ted Dekker’s latest masterpiece.
The characters are blinded by their convictions, and they dragged me right along with them. They are such simple characters, straight forward and single-minded, but at the same time, so incomprehensibly complicated (wow, there’s a tongue twister for you).
Renee is willing to do whatever it takes, no matter the cost, no matter the pain, no matter the choices she must make to find justice and revenge. She believes in what she’s doing, in the decisions she’s making, in the judgment she’s casting, and that made her an entrancing and engrossing read. Although her logic is twisted by abuse and pain, I found myself empathizing with her, even in the crossroads of life-altering––or life-ending––decisions. She trapped me in her mind and showed me the world from her perspective.
Danny is a misguided soul with motives you can’t get around. He made me wish I didn’t like him or what he was doing, but it was so impossible not to love him! Conflicting emotions followed me like a tail while discovering the rawest parts of this deeply wounded character. By the end, I loved him. Just loved, loved, loved him.
I couldn’t stop myself from being on his side, even when he was doing atrocious things in the name of justice. Because in his mind, (and I found myself lured by his logic) the things he does are an act of love to the innocent souls in the world, who don’t deserve to be hurt, as he was.
But in the end, its all gets turned on it’s head, as only Dekker can do. Brace yourself for a brilliant and haunting experience in the blood covered pages of this gripping novel.
Highly Recommended| Posted April 30, 2011
Dekker has woven a tale of love so deep and haunting that it will plague your mind days after finishing. You’ll stay on the edge of your seat from the very first chapter to the last, waiting for the resolve. Yet the resolve is nothing that you would expect or perhaps it is. For if you look deep enough, you will see the story is actually is not about the characters; it is about the deepest places of your heart.
A new Dekker classic!| Posted April 29, 2011
The Priest’s Graveyard is the newest story from New York Times bestselling author, Ted Dekker. It is heartwarming and heartbreaking. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It will keep you up at night, turning pages, eager to find out what happens next. There are surprises and twists and this story is definitely not predictable. The core of this story comes down to love, and what love is. A central theme is also that of judgment – judge not, lest you too be judged. Renee Gilmore, a heroin addict strung out on the streets, finds her world being turned around when she is rescued by Lamont Myers. Lamont keeps her in a glass house as his wife, and she is happy until her world is shattered one day. Intent on justice, Renee begins a dangerous hunt. Danny Hansen is a Catholic priest who witnessed a great deal of trauma when he was a young man living in Bosnia. He moved to America, hoping to begin a new life. What he found was that the world was in need of a judge – one man who could find the people in power who used the law for their own gain and take their fate into his hands. Danny has become that judge. When Renee and Danny’s paths cross, they embark on a dangerous endeavor that threatens both their lives. Neither of them will escape unscathed.
The mood of this story is different than Dekker’s other novels. This book was advertised as being about a vigilante priest, so one would assume this book would be as dark as BoneMan’s Daughters, Adam, or The Bride Collector. However, I felt this story was more centered around Renee, a fragile young woman full of naivete and innocence. Because of this, the story was lighter, heartwarming, and at times humourous. Don’t think that Dekker is going soft, though – there was enough thriller and adrenaline to keep me up until 3:30 in the morning to finish the book. Danny’s journey is more ragged and raw, giving the classic edge to the story that Dekker does so masterfully. Something else Dekker has an incredible talent for is presenting his characters’ emotions and feelings in a way that feels real. I could identify with Danny’s struggle and Renee’s pain because it was believable. Dekker gives so much personality and dimension to these characters they could walk off the page!
This story is a tale of rebirth, love, and judgment. It is raw and thrilling, while taking your emotions on a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs. From the first page, it is compelling and will keep you turning pages until you reach the last word on the final page. You might shed a few tears before the story is over. This is definitely one of Dekker’s finest works. If you’re already a Dekker fan, this is a must-have for your collection. If you’re new to Dekker, this is a great book to start your collection with – because once you read this one, you’ll want to read more.
"The Priest's Graveyard" by Ted Dekker is an attention-grabbing, fast-paced story that immediately engages the reader with one of the main characters, priest Danny Hansen. Danny grows up in Bosnia, where he experiences first-hand the brutalities of the Serbs, who murder his mother and sisters. He personally avenges their deaths and vows to spend his life protecting the innocent, by whatever means it takes. Here enters into the story a recovering heroin addict named Renee. She is rescued from the streets by her savior, Lamont. Although Lamont is a fanatic about rules and cleanliness, he takes Renee into his home. One day, Lamont doesn't come home and Renee sets out to find and exact justice on the person she knows is responsible for his death. Danny and Renee's paths cross and they are inevitably drawn together as they are both seeking the same murderous monster. The story races to a heart-pounding climax that leaves the reader breathless, filled with suspense until the very end.
This is not only a superbly-written story with unexpected plot twists and believable, deep characters, but it also raises questions throughout that force the reader to examine their own convictions about law and grace, justice and love. Absolutely brilliant and deep!