You should really read this book when you have a decent amount of time on your hands so you can give it the appreciation it deserves and devour it in one or two sittings. The second you pick it up, you won't want to put it down. Humor mixed with wide eyed, edge of your seat action and situations that make your heart pound is what you'll find in Ted Dekker's latest novel. Without giving anything away, The Priest's Graveyard causes you to examine your own beliefs of right and wrong and judgement. Do you feel superior to others? Or do you only feel superior to those who inflict pain on others? Questions like these will wander through your mind as you embark on this wild ride with Renee Gilmore and Danny Hanson. It will leave you stunned and racing to the first chapter so you can read it again.
It's unusual to read a book in which the hero would ordinarily be considered a villain. Danny Hansen, a priest with a passion for justice, kidnaps those he judges to be the scum of the earth and kills them if they do not repent. When his mission intersects with that of Renee, a hurting young woman in search of revenge, they join forces to take down a smooth talking tycoon with blood on his hands. The final confrontation they come to is a twist worthy of the name on its cover.
Danny is a killer in the name of God, true enough, but he is also a kind man who treasures goodness and beauty. Spunky, determined Renee is very naÃÂ¯ve in some ways and very experienced in others. Each with their own dark and complex past, they read as very authentic and well rounded, raw human beings simply doing what they must. Their chemistry is surprising, and still feels completely inevitable. Ted has a real knack for putting his characters in breathtakingly fantastic and/or horrific situations that reveal the core of their humanity, and The Priest's Graveyard is no exception. The characters drive the story, which is absolutely as it should be.
The climax is packed with enough suspense and emotional oomph to rank it firmly among Ted's finest works. This is an ending I definitely did not anticipate and felt a bit torn about, and yet I can't imagine it ending properly any other way. In my experience, that's always a mark of a truly fantastic story.
At the time of this writing, just nine days past the release, The Priest's Graveyard has already hit #9 on the New York Times bestseller list, the quickest of any of Ted Dekker's books to date. I read it over the course of one weekend and could hardly put it down. I've been anticipating this book for well over a year now, and I'm happy to say it lives up to the hype. This is no cheap thriller barreling through on blood and adrenaline; it's an intensely gripping story containing both edgy suspense raw enough to make you tense every muscle, and reckless love strong enough to bring a lump to your throat. This story will leave you breathless and will haunt you with the question, "Who really has the right to judge another?"
The Priest's Graveyard is intense and thrilling and challenging. How far would you go, rather, how far should you go, to stop someone from hurting someone else? At what point do you step back and say "that person is just going to have to suffer, I won't do anything to help them"? In the story, Danny believes it's his job to go as far as killing someone to save the people that person is hurting. The crazy thing is, I felt myself agreeing with his reasoning! It'll definitely make you think. The Priests Graveyard also explores judging others and revenge. But really, this story is about love and grace. This book is dark. But just like Ted's other books it's in the darkest moments that the light comes through the brightest. Amazing how that works. I've fallen in love with these characters and am looking forward to seeing them again. This book is a thrilling ride. It'll take your breath away. And it'll make you cry. And laugh. It'll change the way you think about people. This is definitely one of Ted's best.
Ted Dekker has written some awesome stuff, and this one is awesome. I started it as soon as it came in the mail and had it finished the next day. My sister-in-law tried to steal it while I was reading so I bought her a copy.
I love the way he switches between points of view throughout the book. It's a great read!
The Priest's Graveyard - The Priest's What? Graveyard? Yes Graveyard! The tittle alone compells you to pick up this book, by one of the most remarkable best selling authors, Ted Dekker. Once you hold this book in your hands you will not be able to put it down, as you are drawn into the horrific lives of a tormented justice seeking priest, Danny Hansen and the tortured soul of the tiny and pathetic Renee Gilmore. These two are destined to play an unbelievable game of life, death, justice, revenge, rituals, laws and love. The pages will fly by and the ending will leave you questioning the value of your very soul. Get The Priest's Graveyard today and be changed! If you dare.