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The Sanctuary by [Dekker, Ted]
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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 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1514 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (October 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076DDGIW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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