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The Sanctuary Hardcover – October 30, 2012
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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
-- 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
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I could not come to any liking for Renee. I can't fathom why anyone would love her as intensely as Danny did. I didn't see anything to hate, but there was nothing to love, either. Her part of the story was written in first person, and STILL we know only two things about her...which she repeated so often that it became a joke in my head (her self-described neuroses and her love of Danny). I kept waiting for another revelation that would make Danny's magnificent devotion seem reasonable, but the revelation never came. Instead, Mr. Dekker writes a novel that fulfills the usual cliches: "Love is blind," or "love is a mystery," or "the heart chooses what the head rejects." I don't want to waste an evening on a book that balances itself on cliches.
As for Danny, his character was MOST worthy of love (from a reader's perspective). Mr Dekker gave us plenty of reasons to be sympathetic to this conflicted man. Danny's backstory is compelling; his mid-story, unexpected; his present, profoundly disturbing. Such a complicated man calls all of us to examine our own character and motivation. As such, Danny alone gave the book its second star. However, I grew increasingly appalled at Danny's present.
The final offense is the prison and its warden. Any author has to create a world and environment that encourages his/her reader to suspend the reader's reality to engage in the author's reality. I admit that I could not suspend my own understanding of the world so as to engage in the author's prison-reality. That a man with such a massive psychotic break could be put in charge of a experimental prison went beyond reason. That the warden garnered sufficient loyalty from his henchmen to carry out his weird version of rehabilitation may have been just a smidgen more reasonable (and even that "smidgen" is a stretch). I could never get to the point of belief that none of the "members" (the other prisoners) would fail to alert the outside -- that was the nail in reason's coffin. Perhaps it's my just my own simplistic character that rejected this alternate reality so completely (I do, after all, dislike the kind of stories/movies which depict in graphic detail violence, blood, murder, rape, dismemberment, torture -- in short, everything in Mr. Dekker's prison). And yet, I will occasionally watch "Forensic Files," which just proves the layers of complexity exist in all of us. I am not, however, in a position to actually torture another human being (except by belting out a John Denver tune at top-vocals).
So I see flashes of Mr. Dekker's brilliance in Danny; the rest of the book was sufficiently bereft of Mr. Dekker's usual flair that I MUST believe someone else wrote it. Why Mr. Dekker would lend his name to sub-par work...also defies reason.
We are introduced to the penal system in the state of California. The name of the place is Basal and only certain men inhabit the place. In fact, to live there is by invitation only or is it by design? The warden has his own version of bringing about change within a man. In fact, his mission is to break their spirits. The prison is shaped like a cross with each wing having its' own purpose. No one may say or do anything without the warden's permission. The inmates sign a paper giving over...
Two people long for love, yet each has secrets that have imprisoned them. They work hard to forget the past and to change. Renee looks at Daniel with love because without him she feels life isn't worth living. Daniel has a history of heartache, trauma, and violence; however, he now refuses to be violent.
The Sanctuary is another wonderful masterpiece that draws the reader into the story and before long time is spent lost in the mystery. Surrounding the characters is a world all unto itself, separate from reality. Yet, someone is pulling strings to organize people into a situation that looks deadly.
It is hard to write a review without giving away too much. I have read many of Ted Dekker's books over time, so many, in fact, I have lost count. The only thing I can say is I am never disappointed when I read his stories. Get a copy of the novel, a Coke, a snack and a blanket before you start this one because you won't want to stop reading even for a minute! I read The Sanctuary in a short amount of time and experienced the joy of being able to read another fantastic and thought-provoking tale by Ted Dekker.