To be honest, It's probably not really a wise thing for me to write this review, because I am unequivocably a "Dekkie"- translation- huge Ted Dekker fan right here. Ted is an author that never seems to tire of taking risks in his writing and I never tire of reading his books. "The Priest's Graveyard" is no exception. From page one I entered into "Ted Dekker land" a wonderful place where I become completely riveted to his story and don't want to quit reading until it is through.
This is a tale full of heartbreak, grief, and intense love. Danny Hansen is a man who has lived through horrific events at the hands of the Orthodox Christians in Bosnia. Leaving his past behind, he comes to America for a fresh start and at that time becomes a priest. With that fresh start our priest finds it necessary to mete out justice to the truly vile creatures of the world who have escaped true justice and Danny makes sure they received some of his own. He is a vigilante of sorts who proclaims judgment on those members of society that need it. Enter Renee Gilmore- a young beautiful girl with a past of her own- a former drug addict and down on her luck sort of girl. She finds her path crosses with Danny because they are both tracking the same man. Renee seeks to destroy this man because she believes he killed her former husband and Danny also seeks him because he believes him to be a vile member of society who needs justice to be served. They team up, and the story just heats up from there.
In true Ted Dekker fashion- there is a twist (or two) and at times your holding onto your seat for dear life. It is amazing how completely enthralled one becomes with these characters. Judgement, moral reasoning and ultimately how love and grace factor into all of it are all brought together in an amazing way. I raced through this book quickly as I really needed to know how it turned out. Yes there are some edgy parts to this book for sure, so be prepared, but it was really a wonderful read. Compelling, riveting and as always throught provoking. Once again Ted- Bravo!
I am rarely at a loss for words, but after finishing this book...I find it hard to describe the mix of emotions clamoring for attention. It is fascinating, raw, compelling, intense, creepy, but painfully honest. It shows the jagged edge of the human psyche that can easily slip into the dark side. The weakness of the human soul but strength of the spirit is glaringly displayed. It also demonstrates the power of love, however twisted it may appear. This has the makings of a bestseller!
Ted Dekker has done it once again! This is a tale of epic proportions that shows us that there is more than meets the eye and questions your very sense of what truly is "right" and "wrong"? In this riveting and heart-wrenching (and sometimes quite gut-wrenching as well) story, readers are taught never to judge by what is seen. There is always more to every story. There are not enough words to describe the beauty of the intracies that Ted entwines into this story. It is not only a book, it is a cleverly crafted masterpiece. It is a powerful, magical story hidden behind the guise of a "novel". Read it, and the magic contained in this story will unfold beautifully before your eyes. And until you finish that last page, don't even begin to think that you understand it. Because as Ted has beautifully portrayed, nothing is ever quite like it seems. This book will haunt you long after you finish that last page.
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.