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 other's life. Now he's a priest incensed by the powerful among us who manipulate the law for their own gain, uncaring of thes hattered lives they leave behind. It is his duty to show them the error of their ways, even if he must put them in the grave.
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.
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A new Dekker classic!
The Priest’s Graveyard is the newest story from New York Times bestselling author, Ted Dekker. It is heartwarming and heartbreaking. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It will keep you up at night, turning pages, eager to find out what happens next. There are surprises and twists and this story is definitely not predictable. The core of this story comes down to love, and what love is. A central theme is also that of judgment – judge not, lest you too be judged. Renee Gilmore, a heroin addict strung out on the streets, finds her world being turned around when she is rescued by Lamont Myers. Lamont keeps her in a glass house as his wife, and she is happy until her world is shattered one day. Intent on justice, Renee begins a dangerous hunt. Danny Hansen is a Catholic priest who witnessed a great deal of trauma when he was a young man living in Bosnia. He moved to America, hoping to begin a new life. What he found was that the world was in need of a judge – one man who could find the people in power who used the law for their own gain and take their fate into his hands. Danny has become that judge. When Renee and Danny’s paths cross, they embark on a dangerous endeavor that threatens both their lives. Neither of them will escape unscathed.
The mood of this story is different than Dekker’s other novels. This book was advertised as being about a vigilante priest, so one would assume this book would be as dark as BoneMan’s Daughters, Adam, or The Bride Collector. However, I felt this story was more centered around Renee, a fragile young woman full of naivete and innocence. Because of this, the story was lighter, heartwarming, and at times humourous. Don’t think that Dekker is going soft, though – there was enough thriller and adrenaline to keep me up until 3:30 in the morning to finish the book. Danny’s journey is more ragged and raw, giving the classic edge to the story that Dekker does so masterfully. Something else Dekker has an incredible talent for is presenting his characters’ emotions and feelings in a way that feels real. I could identify with Danny’s struggle and Renee’s pain because it was believable. Dekker gives so much personality and dimension to these characters they could walk off the page!
This story is a tale of rebirth, love, and judgment. It is raw and thrilling, while taking your emotions on a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs. From the first page, it is compelling and will keep you turning pages until you reach the last word on the final page. You might shed a few tears before the story is over. This is definitely one of Dekker’s finest works. If you’re already a Dekker fan, this is a must-have for your collection. If you’re new to Dekker, this is a great book to start your collection with – because once you read this one, you’ll want to read more.