Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Priest's Graveyard by Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker has delivered a soul-punching novel that will keep you thinking long into the night. The Priest's Graveyard is not quite the suspenseful thriller like the past couple Dekker novels, yet just as intense.

Danny Hansen had a horrific experience as a child - his mother and sisters were raped and murdered. Years later he's serving out God's judgment on those who most deserve it most.

Renee Gilmore has been a slave to her pimp for a long time. When she decides to escape, she's rescued by a loving, yet strange man with peculiar rules.

Both Danny's and Renee's path will intersect leading to a startling confrontation.

Dekker has been leading his readers on a journey through the vastness of God's love for a long time now. While that aspect of love is part of this story, you will be hit harder by a different focus.

Like all of his stories, if too much is said in a review, the plot and message could be ruined.

Rest assured, this is Dekker at the top of his game. He alternates between first person and third person perspective with expert ease and he keeps the tempo racing.

The Priest's Graveyard will be too gruesome for some readers. The argument against making books too dark will continue to be a thorn in Dekker's flesh.

This is an excellent, original story with deep questions.

Ask yourself: Would you kill someone if it protected your child? Would you kill someone if it protected someone else's child? Is it right to follow the rules?
The Priest's Graveyard

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