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The Sanctuary [Kindle Edition]

Ted Dekker
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THE SANCTUARY is the gripping story of vigilante priest, Danny Hansen, who is now serving a fifty year prison term in California for the murder of two abusive men. Filled with remorse, Danny is determined to live out his days by a code of non-violence and maneuvers deftly within a ruthless prison system.

But when Renee Gilmore, the woman he loves, receives a box containing a bloody finger and draconian demands from a mysterious enemy on the outside, Danny must find a way to escape.

They are both drawn into a terrifying game of life and death. If Renee fails, the priest will die; if Danny fails, Renee will die. And the body count will not stop at two.

THE SANCTUARY is Ted Dekker at his best, a powerful thriller that relentlessly plumbs the depths of punishment and rehabilitation, both in a flawed corrections system and in the human heart.



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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...and will keep readers captivated to the end. This is an extremely well-thought-out novel, precisely plotted, and, like a good magic trick, deceptive and startling. A daring and completely riveting thriller.

-- Booklist, 2011 Starred Review



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

About the Author

TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels with a total of more than 5 million copies sold worldwide. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.




Product Details

  • File Size: 1159 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1599953358
  • Publisher: Center Street (October 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076DDGIW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and Haunting October 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
QUICK HIT: Deeply philosophical, yet compulsively readable. Inherently theological, yet pulse-pounding in its intensity. Ted Dekker's The Sanctuary is well worth waiting for. You'll want to wrestle with it, savor it, consider it, second-guess it, and, as it settles into its climax, simply hang on for the ride.

It's been seven years since Danny Hansen saw the outside of a prison cell. Seven years since he willingly turned himself in and confessed to two high-profile murders. A deal with the DA meant no press and a fifty-year sentence. And during those seven years, Danny had done the only thing he could do...simply wait.

Renee Gilmore, on the other hand, has struggled to put her life back together--well, back together assumed it was once whole and Renee wasn't sure that was the case anymore. She had fallen into evil, been saved into an even darker evil, and then Danny came along and saved her truly. In the seven years since her husband had confessed, she's struggled to come to terms with the prison of her mind, to come to terms with the fact that Danny is all but lost to her and that she can't function without him.

Danny finds himself transferred to an experimental prison called Basal, a place where due process means nothing and the warden considers himself God, a place bent on getting deviants to recognize the depths of their evil and the need to conform to the law of God. At the same time, Renee receives a phone call threatening Danny's life. A gruesome delivery soon serves to give weight to that claim. Renee immediately mobilizes, forced into playing a sadistic game in order to save Danny's life. And all the while Danny is enduring the ultimate test of his will. He had killed bad men in order to avenge, but now he was committed to nonviolence.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly violent, darkly depressing November 2, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I pre ordered The Sanctuary because I liked The Priest's Graveyard so much. I didn't read any reviews because I was so sure I'd like it. Well, the story itself was good. I connected with the characters and enjoyed the romance started in the first book. The characters seemed so real that I had to remind myself they were fictional. It was great untill it got to one very violent part. I could not go on after that. I had to skip to the end to see if anyone made it out alive. I read crime and suspence novels because I like to see good triumph over evil. I did not get that feeling with this one. I like to stick with Christian authors because I don't like some of the things worldly authors write so I didn't think it would be that bad. Of course, if you don't mind picturing young men being raped and murdered, you might not think it was that bad. I know it is just fiction and I obviously take it too seriously but it left me with such a dark, depressing feeling. I'm glad my husband,who has been a corrections officer for over twenty years, has never seen anything that bad. I wish I could ask Mr. Dekker why he had to make it so violent. I hope "The Book Of Mortals" doesn't get like that because I really liked those ones too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
A murderous ex-priest who now clings to a nonviolence mantra is serving a 50 year sentence in prison for two murders, although he has killed more than that. He gets transferred to an experimental, strange new prison. Meanwhile, his murderous "wife" receives threatening calls and notes regarding the fate of the prisoner. And we are supposed to feel sorry for them? To sympathize with them?

Author Ted Dekker tries too hard to make his bad guys bad and his good guys... well, there really aren't any good guys.

Oh hum.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed premise and little character development October 19, 2013
Format:Hardcover
As a lawyer I kept asking myself as I read this: once they had some evidence of the prisoner's maltreatment why didn't they just find a non-corrupt judge, likely one in the county where the prison is located, and file for that state's equivalent of a writ of habeas corpus (you have the body - let us see it) and then have law enforcement enforce the writ be descending on the prison en masse - but then there would be little story, and thus the flawed premise.

As I read this I was reminded of Sue Grafton's popular books, which in turn reminded me of her rather good character delineation and description. Here there is delineation, but no description to speak of. Thus these characters are wooden, and thus this isn't literature. No one wants or expects Dickensian character development in this kind of book but most popular authors do better than these two-dimensional characters.

Lastly, given the difficulties the American prison system has in many places keeping even a modicum of control, the premise of this prison is inherently unbelievable, maybe suited to some asteroid in a lawless galactic empire.

All of that being said, it was a mostly engrossing read, especially the psychological games played at the prison, but the disappointment began to creep in as the book progressed (or declined?) towards its comic book ending.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
THE SANCTUARY is Ted Dekker's follow-up to the fascinating THE PRIEST'S GRAVEYARD. In that first novel, Danny Hansen is struggling to make sense of a childhood marred by rape of his mom and sister, violence and war. Renee Gilmore is dealing with her own depravity. Through events in that novel, Danny becomes her savior and they fall in love. That book was filled with numerous twists and turns, and great characters that changed from the beginning of the story to the end.

Because of events in the first book, Danny is now in prison, and Renee is living alone in a condo complex. She's still in love and talks with Danny every week. Danny is transferred to Basal, a new type of prison where new methods and ideas about rehabilitation are given a try. In reality, Basal is a sanctuary where the sadistic warden can play god. Renee gets a message from a stranger that someone is going to kill Danny. She enlists the help of Keith, an ex-cop, to try and save Danny and find out exactly what is going on at Basal.

Unfortunately, this novel fails on almost every level. This novel didn't work for me because Danny and Renee are the exact same character from beginning to end. We get scene after scene of Danny being supplicant to those wanting to harm him and swearing off the violence of the past. We get numerous scenes of Renee showing her undying devotion and love for Danny. For a brief moment, I thought there might be some sparks, or some sort of relationship, between Renee and Keith, but that fizzles out Keith just becomes another character with no depth. I get that Renee is completely devoted, and Danny has incredible self-control and can take a vow of non-violence. This doesn't need to be repeated every chapter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Torture in prison
This book starts with a priest named Danny who kills the people who raped and killed his mother and sister. Read more
Published 8 days ago by ruth sjaardema
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but just not what I was looking for
For this genre it was a good book, but I just wasn't into the violence.
Published 14 days ago by tooters
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite, but still an excellent read with twisted plots
Another riveting novel by Ted Dekker! Not my favorite, but still an excellent read with twisted plots!
Published 14 days ago by Roanna
5.0 out of 5 stars At the point of when I decided to read the book The Sanctuary...
I woke up this one random day thinking that I should read a book. Since I haven’t read a book by Ted Dekker in months at the time I decided “why not? Read more
Published 15 days ago by Paul G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great thriller!
Published 27 days ago by Dart
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite Ted Dekker book
Not my favorite Ted Dekker book. The point he was trying to make through the perspective of the priest via the story seemed a tad confused and unclear. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mfruchey
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
Very depressing! Waste of time!
Published 1 month ago by David Bradford
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Dekker page turner
Another awesome book with twist and turns. Ted Dekker continues to wow me with his books. Everyone I have read is full of shocking twist that leave you ready to keep reading and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeremy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this book as I do most Dekker books.
Published 1 month ago by phb
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Quite a wild ride with an unexpected ending.
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia Fuller
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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.



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