The Priest's Graveyard

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Dekker's new thriller is skillfully written, surprising, and impossible to put down. It might, in fact, be his best novel to date. At its center are two compelling characters: Danny Hansen, a priest who doles out punishment to people who have skirted justice through the usual channels; and Renee Gilmore, who has dedicated herself to getting revenge for the murder of the man she loved. When Danny and Renee come together, united by their pursuit of the same man, they are in store for shocking revelations that could destroy them both-and will keep readers captivated to the end. This is an extremely well-thought-out novel, precisely plotted, and, like a good magic trick, deceptive and startling. Although the story's right-angle plot twist is jolting, it doesn't feel forced or unbelievable, and the book's atmosphere is appropriately dark and unsettling, kind of like the feeling you get from the Saw movies (although this book isn't nearly as graphic or twisted as those). A daring and completely riveting thriller.
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Praise for THE PRIEST'S GRAVEYARD:

The Priest's Graveyard by Ted Dekker is an amazing novel, utterly compelling, the story of an abandoned girl and a strange, vengeful priest whose paths eventually cross-with terrifying consequences. Intensely readable, well written, and completely original.
—Douglas Preston, co-creator of the famed Pendergast series of novels

"The Priest's Graveyard is a thrill-a-minute ride, with heart-pounding action and a twist that you'll never see coming."
— Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Ice Cold


"Here's the best part about The Priest's Graveyard: It's smart enough to realize that, for many, the scariest thing in life isn't a monster or something that bumps in the night. It's love. Love is terrifying. And powerful. And unstoppable. And if you don't already know that, you're about to see why. The Priest's Graveyard will haunt you — long after you want it to."
— Brad Meltzer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Fate and The Inner Circle

"If you've never visited Ted Dekker's world, do it. The Priest's Graveyard is perfect entertainment. Beguiling, compelling, challenging, and riveting—fantastic gimmick-free storytelling—that's what you get with Ted Dekker. Don't pass this up."
— Steve Berry, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Emperor's Tomb

Dekker's new thriller is skillfully written, surprising, and impossible to put down. It might, in fact, be his best novel to date. At its center are two compelling characters: Danny Hansen, a priest who doles out punishment to people who have skirted justice through the usual channels; and Renee Gilmore, who has dedicated herself to getting revenge for the murder of the man she loved. When Danny and Renee come together, united by their pursuit of the same man, they are in store for shocking revelations that could destroy them both-and will keep readers captivated to the end. This is an extremely well-thought-out novel, precisely plotted, and, like a good magic trick, deceptive and startling. Although the story's right-angle plot twist is jolting, it doesn't feel forced or unbelievable, and the book's atmosphere is appropriately dark and unsettling, kind of like the feeling you get from the Saw movies (although this book isn't nearly as graphic or twisted as those). A daring and completely riveting thriller.—Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599953342
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 373,238
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Dekker

TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels with a total of more than 10 million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

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    a character driven tense thriller

    When Danny Hansen was fifteen years old, Serbians broke into his family home in Croatia; they killed his mother, and raped before killing his younger sisters. He knew this was a religious war between the Bosnian Orthodox Christians and the Catholic Croats with Muslims in the mix. After killing the murderers of his family, Danny joined a militia seeking justice, but found no solace from the nightmare of what happened to his loved ones.

    When he immigrated to America, he became a priest, but though he abides by the law of love and compassion for fellow mankind, he loathes the influential hypocrites who use the laws of man and God to fuel their avarice and perversions. Danny is an avenging killer targeting pedophiles, murderers and cold blooded sinners. His latest target is vicious Jonathan Bourque; also wanting this vile man dead is Renee Gilmore, a former hooker and drug addict. Danny meets Renee and takes her into his confidence while plotting how to kill the beast; unaware that what they wish whether it comes true or not will come back to haunt them.

    The Priest's Graveyard is a character driven tense thriller starring two people who have given up on societal justice as each has been victims with no recourse in society except kill the enemy; yet in spite of their homicidal tendencies Ted Dekker enables readers to feel compassion for the pair. This non-stop action tale never slows down even with twists and turns that have the audience wondering what next will happen as Mr. Dekker pulls the rug out from his fans by switching direction several times in this exciting thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

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    Amazing!

    Renee Gilmore is a helpless victim sucked into a trap of drugs, hopelessness and fear. When she is rescued, she feels forever free and relieved. When an unimaginable string of events occurs, Renee is forced to take action and her life is suddenly intertwined with a strange priest.

    Danny Hansen would be that strange priest. Once being a helpless victim himself, he is sick of being a witness of cruelty to human innocents as the slip through the law's hands. Thus, he decides to take the law into his own hands (only when the law fails) all in the name of justice. In this corrupt system there are many in the priest's graveyard.

    Judge not, or you too may be judged.

    To start off, 3D rating! This book completely lives up to the Dekker standard. Very readable book. The perspective in this book is an interesting one. It is in the first person point of view from a woman, but it quite often switches to the third person point of view of a man. That makes for an interesting style that allows you to crawl inside one character's head, and glance inside another's. The feel of the book is moderately dark, but in my opinion in no way a thriller, despite other claims. I think it is more in the suspense category, though not like "The killer is about to get you!" For a nice change there are no serial killers. Both the twist and message of this book grew in my mind like a natural inception so that I felt completely in sync with the characters. Great work Ted, unexpected and amazing!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    extremely disappointing

    The story (a vigilante priest and drug addict accomplice) as described in the synopsis seemed as if it would be a great story. But it is destroyed by the constant inner turmoil of the characters. I found my self skipping through pages to eliminate the "whoa is me" portions of the book which totally broke the flow of the story of vengance and vigilante justice. Then the "KUMBAYA" ending killed me I'm sorry but I have no idea how some one can give this 3 or 4 stars poorly done.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    An emotional rollercoaster of a ride

    Ted Dekker has done it again! He has taken two characters from very different walks of life and brought them together in a tale that is fast-paced and exciting. Somehow he is able to delve into the deepest, darkest depths of the human psyche. So much, in fact, that everything Danny and Renee struggle with hits home. He draws the reader in so intensely that you feel as though you are them. These are things that you and I have dealt with. Perhaps you have a sister or a brother who has struggled in a similar way. It was beautiful and sad, thrilling and disturbing, at times tough to stomach...yet so worth it. I couldn't put this book down. I laughed. I cried. I got angry. It gave me hope. It kept me on the edge of my seat. This is a story I will be thinking about for days to come. Any book that can cause me to feel this way gets two thumbs up! Definitely his best book yet!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

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    Edge of your seat Thriller

    I was lucky to be one of many given the opportunity to read and participate in a blog tour of The Priest's Graveyard I have to say I really enjoyed this book. If you are interested in getting this book then go to the website.

    The book ended completely different than I thought it would. Ted Dekker is an author whose works I will definitely read. In The Priest's Graveyard we find two major characters who have individual stories that intertwine and change them both. Danny is a very unusual priest As a child in Bosnia he was witness to the rape and murder of his mother and two sisters. As an adult he believes he is doing God's work by getting justice for those like his mother who are unable to get justice for themselves. He thinks about what he is doing. If it ever becomes about vengeance then he will stop. After all as a priest he must do this task for God.

    Renee is a young woman who has travelled down the wrong path. As a heroin addict she has lived the life of a prostitute. Then her pimp Cyrus came after her. Running from Cyrus and the demons in her head she runs into the path of a car. Lamont is the driver and man who rescues her. He takes her back to his home. She is then a victim of his OCD. Everything must be done a certain way, the doors are all locked (for her protection) he tells her. Then one day he tells her that his business partner is dirty and will probably have him killed. When he doesn't show up one day but someone else does, she manages to escape. She decides to go after the man who killed Lamont. It is this event that causes Renee and Danny's paths to cross. They are both after the same man. But is it the correct thing to do? I had my head wrapped around the plot so tight that I was shocked when I saw it take a turn I wasn't expecting. This was an excellent thriller that I couldn't put down. This is a must read for all fans of Ted Dekker and for all those people who love a good thriller. It almost had a "Dexter" feel to it. A definite must read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

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    Couldn't put it down

    Couldn't put this book down until I turned the last page! Wonderfully riveting, superbly written and thought provoking. I won't be at all surprised to find this one on best-seller lists and popular with book clubs. Kudos to the author and his support team.

    Disclosure: My opinions expressed above are my own although the book was obtained free through the Barnes and Noble ARC program.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    Highly Recommended.

    Amazing book, I couldn't put it down.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

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    Good Story

    This is the first book by Ted Dekker and I didn't know what I was missing. It is an intense, captivating, thrill ride from the start. Completely original, hard to put down tale of a girl who can be considered a lost soul and a priest focused on revenge so something that happened a long time ago.

    The first person you meet in Renee. Renee is a girl who moved to California while young with high hopes and dreams. Unfortunately she got caught up in the world of drugs instead. She is rescued one night by a mysterious man, Lamont Myers, who can only be credited with saving her life. Lamont from what we learn is an eccentric individual who lives in Malibu. He gives Renee a home and provides a place where she can be safe.

    We also meet Danny Hansen. Danny is originally from Bosnia, where he watched his mother and siblings killed in his own home during the way. He was able to avenge their deaths and learn more about those involved in that religious war before he left for America to try and recover. He ends up a priest in California who has some unusual side projects. He has become, in his mind, an avenging angel to others.

    Their stories come together when Lamont goes missing and Renee finds her way out of his house after living there for a year. She is going after his partner Jonathan Bourque who she believes knows something of his disappearance. Danny is looking into Bourque as well for vastly other reasons. Their paths cross one night and they end up working together, with Danny teaching Renee much he has learned about revenge.

    Both characters are immensely complex. But not hard to follow. Their stories unfold as time goes on and its easy to keep up.

    The theme of judgment is highly focused on. Where is the line crossed about judging others. How far can you go before you are as wrong as they are?

    This book was a complete page turner from the beginning, kept moving at a great pace and you couldn't wait to find out what happened next. All the way to the thrilling conclusion where you follow the characters to see what they learn after their life changing journey's. If you are looking for a great suspense novel, pick this one up right away.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Can U Judge Just U?

    This is not really a review of the book, It is a review of me. If this book does not result in self examination where judging others is concerned, nothing will! As far as the book goes Ted Dekker is as talented as a writer comes. After reading all but three of Ted's books since last August I actually was conceited enough to think I knew what was coming next. The psychological circle that the main characters were caught in is something I could have never guessed. Read this book and you will see what I mean. How do you think this stuff up Ted?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

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    Great....until the end

    Typical for a Dekker novel and full of twists and surprises. Suspense level was a little low but the plot kept me interested. I read it in two days, so I guess it has "page-turner" qualities. I wasn't happy with how he chose to wrap up the book, but I'll let you be the judge of that.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    MUST READ THIS

    The Priest's Graveyard, by Ted Dekker, is a thrill a minute book! This book will have you shaking with excitement, throughout the 360 pages. I sat to read this book with no trepidation at all. The only fear I had was that I would destroy the book.
    Don't let the title get you to thinking, "Is this a book that will bombard me with religion?" because the answer is no. The title name is The Priest's Graveyard, but you will not be chucked into a religious book!
    Ted Dekker has written a complete masterpiece, again. I do have to say though, THIS IS THE BEST SO FAR! Dekker wrote the story great! There are no flaws that I see!
    You will not be disappointed in buying this book! If you are to read any books by Dekker, I recommend this book! I rate this book a five out of five.
    The main characters, Danny Hansen, and Renee Gilmore, are characters that you will instantly fall in love with! I did, yes most definitely I did. The characters seem real, not almost but real.
    There are some parts in the story that are really graphic. But if you can get past those, you are as good as gold!
    Pick up this book, and enjoy an amazing story. You will not be disappointed. No you will definitely love this book dearly.
    Judge not lest you be judged.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    The Cost of Revenge

    Warning~~Graphic scenes.

    A young Bosnian man, now under the alias of Father Danny Hansen, came to the U.S. to escape the haunting memories of his mother's tragic death during the Bosnian War. He is outraged by the powerful manipulating the law for their own personal gain without regard to those whose lives are shattered in the wake of their lawlessness.

    Street-wise Renee Gilmore becomes a victim of one of these powerful men. Once she has escaped from his powerful grip, she wants revenge and justice, regardless of how it affects her or anyone else in the long-term.

    When Danny and Renee become acquainted through dire, deadly circumstances, nothing will ever be the same again for either party. It's questionable whether either will survive their escapades.

    Having read other books by Ted Dekker, I expected high-octane, thriller twists with plots that would pump your adrenaline throughout the pages. No disappointment here. The action-packed scenarios change at lightning-speed throughout the book, leaving you to ponder who would survive at the end of the scenes, particularly Danny and Renee, since they were taking on entrenched, big-time crime lords.

    The mood throughout the book is intense. Definitely not a book for the faint of heart. However, Ted's insertion of romantic scenes brings down the intensity enough to keep you turning the pages. Violence is high in this book. Almost too graphic in certain scenes, even for me. The distinct, delineated points of view make for a good understanding of the two main characters' thought processes.

    The idea of revenge is appropriately handled in the book, as is the aspect of judging other people's motives and lives. The ending is a complete surprise, but one that totally satisfies. For a 'rush' from a good read, this one will do it for you.

    This book was provided by Sarah Reck, Web Publicist, FaithWords & Center Street, in exchange for this blog tour and my honest review. No monetary value was exchanged.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

    Dekker at his BEST!!!

    Ted Dekker has done it again with a suspense thriller that holds you at the edge of your seat until the very last page. With plot lines that pull you in and keep you guessing, it is no wonder that Dekker is fast becoming one of the more recognized bestsellers out there today. With The Priest's Graveyard, we are taken to a new level with twists and turns at every corner. The dynamic between Danny and Renee drives this story like no other author can. When starting this book I was not sure what to expect with a name like The Priest's Graveyard, but soon found out that this was no ordinary priest. I found myself examining my own beliefs and thinking of what I would do if I were Renee. Overall, this book was one that had me hooked from the start and I would recommend to anyone looking for something to make them think about love.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    My favorite book so far by Ted Dekker!

    I am a huge fan of Ted Dekker.... I read the "Bride Collector" and the "Bonemans daughters" out of these two this is my favourite one! It has a very good story line

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    Not worth the time!

    MUCH DISAPPOINTMENT! DONT WASTE MONEY OR YOUR TIME!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    As good as expected

    One of those intelligent pieces of writing that is worth a second look, because I dare say most readers will probably miss the forest for the trees on first read. When I finished this book, I was able to look back and say "Aha! Why didn't I pick up on that!" The reason is that it was hidden in plain sight. I liked the way the author alternates between characters in the narration - a clever touch. It is not until the end that you realize the full impact of the psychological twist(s) of this thriller. Not unlike the old Hitchcockian thrillers that actually made you think. Very good storytelling.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Awesome!

    Ted, has yet again wowed me with a great story. This story held my attention and i could not put it down. A great read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2011

    Ahhbhh

    Download probs

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    An excellent story from a Storyteller who makes you think

    Ted Dekker as always giving us a great and mind gripping story. The story will stay with you for a very long time.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    Excelent book

    I had never read this author and didn`t know what to expect. It kept me wondering and the ending definitely caught me off guard. Worth reading more than once.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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