Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Priest's Graveyard by Ted Dekker

Last night I stayed up until 3:00 am finishing Priest's Graveyard by Ted Dekker. Saying it's a page turner is an understatement. And although I'm a huge fan of Ted Dekker, I found this piece of work to be a bit.....disturbing? True, Dekker is known for his adrenaline-laced plots, battles between good and evil, and the ability to go where no one else dares to go. And this book hit the mark on all of those levels, but still. Perhaps I should explain.

There are two main characters in this book, Father Danny Hansen, a priest; and Renee Gilmore. Danny grew up in Bosnia and watched as his mother and sisters are killed by the hands of men who claimed to be doing the work of God. Danny later joins the Bosnian militia before moving to the United States.

In America, he feels as if God has called him to be the judge and jury for what Danny considers "scum". The wife abusers, pedophiles, and the politicians who are more concerned with covering up their own indiscretions than acting as a voice for the people. The list goes on.

Meet Renee Gilmore. Abandoned and abused by her parents as a young girl and addicted to heroine as a teen. She was rescued by a hero named Lamont when she was in her early twenties, on the verge of death. Lamont was her savior, taking her into his home and caring for her. But there is more to the story than meets the eye and Renee will have to face the reality of everything she has blocked out of her memory.

Suddenly Lamont goes missing, and Renee knows the truth. That Jonathan Bourque, the shady man that Lamont worked for, had killed him.

As an act of revenge on Renee's part and Danny's willingness to help Renee, they seek out Jonathan Bourque in an effort to rid the earth of the "scum" and to accept what may come. But all is not what it seems, and Renee is forced to face her past.

I think what I found most disturbing about this book was that as the reader, you were inside the head of a killer, a person with severe mental illness who felt justified in taking another's life. It was tough to read, with the characters justifying their actions and making excuses for why it was okay to act upon their sickness.

I still remain a huge fan of Ted Dekker even though I didn't care for this book!


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