Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Priest's Graveyard by Ted Dekker

The Priest's Graveyard
The Priest's Graveyard by Ted Dekker

From getthisbook.com:

Two abandoned souls are on the hunt for one powerful man. Soon, their paths will cross and lead to one twisted fate.

Danny Hansen is a Bosnian immigrant who came to America with hopes of escaping haunted memories of a tragic war that took his mother’s life. Now he’s a priest who lives by a law of love and compassion. It is powerful men and hypocrites who abide by legal law but eschew the law of love that most incense Danny. As an avenging angel, he believes it is his duty to show them the error of their ways, at any cost.

Renee Gilmore is the frail and helpless victim of one such powerful man. Having escaped his clutches, she now lives only to satisfy justice by destroying him, regardless of whom she must become in that pursuit.

But when Danny and Renee’s paths become inexorably entangled things go very, very badly and neither of them may make it out of this hunt alive.

Judge not, or you too will be judged.

My Take:
This was definately a thrilling book. It did hold my attention but there were several aspects that left me a bit uneasy.  I really didn't think the whole Lamont and Renee relationship was a healthy one.  Sure he saved her from the men who were trying to kill her but them kept her locked in the house and made her just as obsessive compulsive as he was.  She seemed to fall in love with just/ about everyone that showed her some kindness.  Also Lamont had her on drugs also.  He said to help her but I got the feeling that it was more to be able to control her. 

Danny on the other hand was also a disturbing character.  He sees his family killed at a young age but then decideds to take vengency on those that are seemingly untouchable by the law.  When he first meets Renee he puts her to close scrunity that he doesn't seems to use himself.

All though this is written by Ted Dekker, who is a Christian author, I would not consider this book a Christian book.  Other reviews I have read have said that this wasn't as dark as his other books but I think there is still plenty of darkness in this book. 

If you like thrilling books that keep you guessing this would be a good fit. 
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