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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; Reprint edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599953331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599953335
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for THE PRIEST'S GRAVEYARD:

"Dekker's new thriller is skillfully written, surprising, and impossible to put down. It might, in fact, be his best novel to date...This is an extremely well-thought-out novel, precisely plotted, and, like a good magic trick, deceptive and startling. Although the story's right-angle plot twist is jolting, it doesn't feel forced or unbelievable, and the book's atmosphere is appropriately dark and unsettling, kind of like the feeling you get from the Saw movies (although this book isn't nearly as graphic or twisted as those). A daring and completely riveting thriller."

-- Booklist

The Priest's Graveyard by Ted Dekker is an amazing novel, utterly compelling, the story of an abandoned girl and a strange, vengeful priest whose paths eventually cross-with terrifying consequences. Intensely readable, well written, and completely original.
--Douglas Preston, co-creator of the famed Pendergast series of novels



"The Priest's Graveyard is a thrill-a-minute ride, with heart-pounding action and a twist that you'll never see coming."
-- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Ice Cold

"Here's the best part about The Priest's Graveyard: It's smart enough to realize that, for many, the scariest thing in life isn't a monster or something that bumps in the night. It's love. Love is terrifying. And powerful. And unstoppable. And if you don't already know that, you're about to see why. The Priest's Graveyard will haunt you -- long after you want it to."
-- Brad Meltzer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Fate and The Inner Circle

"If you've never visited Ted Dekker's world, do it. The Priest's Graveyard is perfect entertainment. Beguiling, compelling, challenging, and riveting--fantastic gimmick-free storytelling--that's what you get with Ted Dekker. Don't pass this up."
-- Steve Berry, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Emperor's Tomb
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels with a total of more than 10 million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.

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"Ted Dekker is a true master of thrillers."
- Nelson DeMille, NY Times bestselling author


"BoneMan's Daughters is a tour-de-force of suspense that demands to be read in one sitting."
-James Rollins, NY Times bestselling author


"Ted Dekker is a master of suspense."
-Library Journal


"Priest's Graveyard is a thrill-a-minute ride, with heart-pounding action and a twist that you'll never see coming."
- Tess Gerritsen, NY Times bestselling author of Ice Cold


"Priest's Graveyard is an amazing novel, utterly compelling, intensely readable, well written, and completely original.
-Douglas Preston, co-creator of the famed Pendergast series


"Here's the best part about The Priest's Graveyard: It's smart enough to realize that, for many, the scariest thing in life isn't a monster or something that bumps in the night. It's love. Love is terrifying. And powerful. And unstoppable. And if you don't already know that, you're about to see why. Priest's Graveyard will haunt you--long after you want it to. - Brad Meltzer, #1 NY Times best selling author of The Book of Fate and The Inner Circle

"If you've never visited Ted Dekker's world, do it. The Priest's Graveyard is perfect entertainment. Beguiling, compelling, challenging, and riveting --fantastic gimmick-free storytelling -- that's what you get with Ted Dekker. Don't pass this one up." - Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author


TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling thriller author. Heralded as a "master of suspense" by Library Journal, Dekker has sold millions worldwide, establishing himself as one of the most widely recognized author brands.

He began his career writing fantasy novels that explored spirituality (Black, Red and White) and has since become a major force in the mainstream fiction arena with his recent thrillers, "Adam," "Thr3e," "Skin," "Obsessed," "BoneMan's Daughters," which landed in the #10 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list in 2009, and "The Bride Collector". Dekker has been honored with a Christy Award as well as a Gold Medallion Award for Best Fiction. "Thr3e" and his novel "House" became feature films.

Dekker was born to missionaries and grew up among cannibals of Indonesia, and his peculiar upbringing gives him a unique perspective outside the cultural bubble, allowing him the freedom to share provocative insights in his fiction. After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States, earning his B.A. in philosophy and religion, and then went into business.

In the early nineties, Dekker decided to pursue his desire to write fiction, selling his company, moving his family to the mountains of western Colorado, and writing full-time. Two years and three books later his first novel, a supernatural thriller called Heaven's Wager, was published. Dekker proceeded to write 6 more supernatural thrillers, rising to the top of many bestsellers lists and earning himself critical acclaim and legions of fans. "Thr3e" heralded his launch into mainstream fiction and was followed by "Obsessed," "Skin," "Adam," and "BoneMan's Daughters," all of which hit the New York Times bestseller list.

Ted Dekker's fans are comprised of readers of all ages, backgrounds, and belief systems who love his compulsively readable stories, authentic characters, and universal and relatable themes that he explores from a unique point of view.

He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and children. You can find him at Teddekker.com and Facebook.com/teddekker.


Customer Reviews

The Priest's Graveyard is certainly a unique book for Ted Dekker.
JFisch
Unfortunately, I just felt this trip around the characters were unbelievable and a little flat.
J. Houde
This is one of the best books I've ever read, and I do not say that lightly.
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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Jerry on April 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In an attempt to explore some wonderful themes (justice, vengeance, love and grace in regard to religious belief and societal laws), the Priest's Graveyard started off wonderfully, but went south pretty fast. Unique characters quickly morph into the cardboard cutout variety when their actions start to bend to the ridiculous plot.

A vigilante priest who takes justice into his own hands is terribly intriguing. Then, as we watch him interrogate his first offender and are made privy to his inner turmoil via a painfully indecisive interior monologue, we see that it's not really a moral struggle, but more the fact that this character doesn't know what he's doing or what he's really about, even though he thinks he does.

The same can be said of the recovering heroin addict and the ridiculous sequence of events that bring her to where she is. She's another ditsy character that is at one moment full of conviction and self righteousness, and then the next second she's second guessing herself, and then she's full of conviction, and then second guessing herself, and then... It's tiring. We're treated to monologue after monologue of the same thing from both main characters, especially in the last third of the book.

Cardboard characters and ridiculous plot aside, the theme at the core of the book is one worth exploring. It's just a shame that by the time the main characters begin to really reflect on it, I no longer cared about them, not even a little bit.
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133 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Prior to starting Ted Dekker's The Priest's Graveyard it's basic premise had me intrigued, which pertains to two abandoned souls -- one a vigilante priest, the other a young woman trying to recover from a drug addiction and from being a victim of sexual abuse -- who are on the hunt for one powerful man. Soon, their paths cross and lead to a twisted fate bound by a perilous love.

It seemed that after reading the first fifty or so pages Dekker's execution of this plot premise was going to be a good one. However, upon further reading, Dekker's poor writing skills dominate any plot qualities. That is, his character development skills, coupled with his almost child-like prose are about as poor as I can remember reading in many years. Further, his attempt to wrap his story around some religious beliefs (such as good and evil, god and the devil, angels and demons, love and grace, mortal sin, etc.) failed miserably in my opinion; and resulted in this reader feeling that his eyes were rolling around in his head.

I know this may seem hard to believe when you look at the Amazon Reader review ratings in which 51 of the 69 ratings (at the time of this writing) are 5 stars. Please don't be misled by this because if you look at the reviewers who gave this rating you'll see that many are by those who are writing their first review, which is a ploy many small publishers use to create reader interest and, of course, sales for their author's book. Some others are from Dekker's loyal army of reader reviewers, whose only reviews, or vast majority of reviews, have been for books by Ted Dekker.

Unfortunately, the only real mystery for me was why I didn't just give up on it and move on to another book.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mathachew on May 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I heard about The Bride Collector last year, I was excited. The same can be said for The Priest's Graveyard. I had high hopes for The Bride Collector, which can also be said for The Priest's Graveyard. I was disappointed with the former; this time around, I was very disappointed with the later. Was the The Priest's Graveyard awful? No, I would not go that far, but it certainly does have plenty to dislike, hate and gripe about. There are so many problems in this book that I would be wasting your time spoiling nearly all of it if I told you all of them.

The problems with The Priest's Graveyard are many and frequent, but I will do my best to avoid any spoilers. From the get go, Danny Hansen confesses that the vigilante priest persona was probably born during the worst time of his life, when his mother and two sisters were brutally raped and murdered (fret not, this is in the opening pages). Lamont sweetly and gingerly taking Renee in after hitting her with his car, a completely random event that capitulated the rest of the book, was completely out of character. Renee was convincing as a naive 24 year old, and due to her heroin addiction, she was lacking in smarts, yet when it was convenient, she would have sharp deductive skills and show signs of brilliance, only to fall back into having a mind as good as a bag of hammers. Danny and Renee instantly strike a bond that, in Dekker style, develops into a love story that I felt like was used as a tool (or gimmick) to add more emotion to the story. Renee being a vigilante was very, very hard to accept and flat out unbelievable, especially when she finally confronts Jonathan Bourque. Then there was the twist, which when you think about it, does not make any sense at all. I would elaborate more, but it is kind of a big spoiler.
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Ray J. Palen Jr. VINE VOICE on May 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit at the onset of this review --- I am not a Ted Dekker fan. Knowing his past history in predominantly Christian fiction, I found his books to be inaccessible to near incomprehensible and the overt religious undertones took away from any enjoyment in following the plot or character developments.

That being said, the one positive thing I can say about his latest effort --- THE PRIEST'S GRAVEYARD --- is that is was an easier read and far more accessible than his prior work. Unfortunately, I find it impossible to put this novel into any specific genre or genres. It's marketed as a horror story, yet there are no frightening or supernatural elements in it. It's not much of a thriller as there is barely as single moment of tension anywhere in the novel. Most perplexingly is the title, there is no `priest's graveyard' anywhere in the novel --- I cannot even find a metaphor for what that title might symbolically represent.

The story centers on two characters whose paths inevitably cross. First is Danny Hansen, a former immigrant who moved to America to escape his horrific childhood which included watching his mother get slaughtered right before his eyes. He has now dedicated his life to Jesus and is serving as a rather odd priest. While he follows the letter of scripture, he is also filled with the need to enact revenge upon evil-doers --- sort of like the Batman of priests.

He meets up with a young woman who visits his confessional. Her name is Renee Gilmore, and she is on a mission to avenge the murder of her husband Lamont. She is convinced that her husband, an attorney working for a wealthy businessman named Jonathan Bourque, was murdered by his boss because he found out something he shouldn't have and needed to be silence.
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