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The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

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by Ted Dekker

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THE SANCTUARY is the gripping story of vigilante priest, Danny Hansen, who is now serving a fifty year prison term in California for the murder of two abusive men. Filled with remorse, Danny is determined to live out his days by a code of non-violence and maneuvers deftly within a ruthless prison system.

But when Renee Gilmore, the woman he loves, receives a box


THE SANCTUARY is the gripping story of vigilante priest, Danny Hansen, who is now serving a fifty year prison term in California for the murder of two abusive men. Filled with remorse, Danny is determined to live out his days by a code of non-violence and maneuvers deftly within a ruthless prison system.

But when Renee Gilmore, the woman he loves, receives a box containing a bloody finger and draconian demands from a mysterious enemy on the outside, Danny must find a way to escape.

They are both drawn into a terrifying game of life and death. If Renee fails, the priest will die; if Danny fails, Renee will die. And the body count will not stop at two.

THE SANCTUARY is Ted Dekker at his best, a powerful thriller that relentlessly plumbs the depths of punishment and rehabilitation, both in a flawed corrections system and in the human heart.

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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...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. A daring and completely riveting thriller.

— Booklist, 2011 Starred Review

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

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Meet the Author

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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The Sanctuary 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
WhineDiva More than 1 year ago
I found this to be an exciting book that kept me glued to it. While others may have thought this had a predictable ending, I found you never knew for sure which direction it was going to turn. Even when you thought you knew, it was satisfying. I had the audiobook version and it added to my enjoyment immensely. I recommend getting the disc. The only drawback that some may feel are that the character's in-depth psychological descriptions and thoughts were bit too much. I actually liked them, feel it added to the story, and it wasn't overdone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last 100 pages you cant put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Ted Dekker. His books capture me and I have a hard time putting them down. This book is no different, it is exciting and a page turner. Read it!!!! It is a great book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I didn't know this was written by Dekker I'd have never guessed. The book was okay, not bad and I did finish it. However, I found very little God in this book. It just struck me as odd, out of character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Out of 5 stars I give this book a 100. It kept me on the edge throughout the whole story. If vigilantism and revenge is what you're looking for this has it and more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I appreiate the fast paced story line
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Ted Dekker's books, and The Sanctuary is an example of why. Dekker's characters are unforgettable and his plot lines have heart-wrenching twists, and they leave you with things to think about long after you've closed the book. The Sanctuary is a must-read!
PastorDave More than 1 year ago
I guess I have to give this 5 stars because of the impact it made in reading it. Ted Dekker combines spiritiual insights and challenges with bone-chilling horror. Not just horror in the actions of the characters, but also in the mindsets and evil that drive the actions. If you like the horror genre, and want to see the challenge of living out faith in almost unbelievable circumstances, start reading. (I have to tell you that I look for Dekker's works as they come out, and try not to miss one.)
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booksandwine More than 1 year ago
Exceptional! A great introspective action packed thriller! Dekker fans and new readers will enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! My sister loved it! Now I'm in the middle of it and can't put it down! My whole family LOVES Ted Dekker books!
debrn More than 1 year ago
This book was an interesting twist on morality versus legality. I do not find many books that keep me guessing anymore, but this one did. If you like Dekker's work, this is a must read. I do not think you will be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an avid fan of Dekker and truly enjoyed this book. The plot line is intriguing as always, however, the characters are not well fleshed out and often, similar to each other. That's Dekker's style, as his readers probably know. If you're a fan of Ted's, you'll love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ted Dekker has a way of making his thrillers romantic...in a manly way. Danny (the priest) and Renee are at it again in this action packed love story. It's typical Dekker in that the plot is definitely a power struggle (good vs. evil) at its core. But what makes it even more interesting is that the main characters are struggling with conflicting issues of good and evil. It's good. I loved it (and I am a Dekker fan, by the way) and definitely recommend it.
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite Danny Hansen has had a life that most could not fathom. A survivor of the Bosnian War, and a witness of the atrocities, Danny learned at an early age to survive. He came to the USA and became a priest. Then his vigilante tendencies propelled him to a 50-year prison sentence. He vows to live a non-violent life no matter the cost. When his "wife" Renee Gilmore receives a threatening message, they both must fight to save each other from certain death. The plot thickens as Danny is transferred to a correctional institution that is not like any other in the world. I was fortunate enough to have read the book prior to this one and I am about the continuity of the story line. The author does a fine job of pulling the reader into the darkness where dangers lie in wait. Every page is an escalation of curiosity, fear, suspense and even a sense of impending doom (with a big streak of hope for the couple). Ted Dekker has a gift of mesmerizing the reader with his descriptive scenes. I found myself visualizing a cringe, a sob and the gritting of teeth. More than once I think I forgot to breateh! There is a reason Mr. Dekker is such a well-liked author. Everything he writes is sure to bring a memorable reading adventure and this book rates at the top of his list. I highly recommend reading the story line from beginning to end. You will not be disappointed.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
Danny Hanson’s childhood and adolescent years were lived out in the midst of war, rape and murder, some of which was deeply personal. When he finished his war tour, he became a Catholic priest. He’s wasn’t just an ordinary priest–but a vigilante-priest who allegedly murdered two abusive men. Filled with remorse, he leaves the priesthood and lives out his life under a self-imposed code of non-violence. Is remorse enough? What about repentance? To Whom does vengeance belong to? Renee Gilmore had her own criminal background, which included two murders. Prior to these murders, Danny had left the priesthood and ‘technically’ married her. Though there was no forensic evidence of her involvement in those murders, Danny gave a statement of his culpability and was sentenced to fifty years in prison, as he knew she’d never survive prison life should they find her guilty. Transferred from Ironwood State Prison to the Basal Institute of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Danny begins his life of torture. Dekker’s book is written in his organized, analytical, well-planned-out format, with characters fleshed out as in true life, most of whom you would probably not want to meet. If one has watched ‘Shawshank Redemption,’ you will have a basic idea of the despicable level of defilement man can reach in Dekker’s book, The Sanctuary. With a distinct set of flawed human techniques of punishment and rehabilitation, you will find yourself horrified at the scenarios that take place in this ‘Rehab’ Institute. Knowing prisons are hard and degrading, you will find Basal to be the worst of the worst. Yet Danny kept his self-imposed code of non-violence in this prison, though he is tested to break his own ideal. Will he keep his own code of non-violence? The author will shock you with a twisted plot conclusion of why the circumstances are what they are. I was mostly hooked on one character based on his past circumstances, but I also had a hunch on another, but wasn’t even close to the actual reason. Typical Dekker surprise ending! I can’t say I’d recommend the book, as I didn’t find much, if any, form of redemptive value to the story. That to me is the crux of a Christian novel. You will find that man, without God, becomes more of an animal than true animals–depraved, without the influence of the Holy Spirit. And the torture and mutilation proved that aspect. I also found the ending to be less than ideal. Though Dekker does enumerate the numbers of people in prisons of their own making, the solution of breaking down those walls wasn’t clear. This book was provided by Susan Sleeman of The Suspense Zone in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
Titanium13 More than 1 year ago
Won't go here again. My first review didn't take, so I thought I would try this again. This is the second book that Dekker has written about Danny and Renee. Danny, is now in prison to protect Renee, but both will be brought together to fight an evil that wants nothing but revenge. Although better the than first book, I found very little to redeem this tale. It seems like Dekker is trying to make a point about prisons, physical and mental. What concerns me more is that Dekker seems to be embracing what I call Christian Mysticm. This follows the new age side of things, including internal peace or finding the answer within, etc. I started to struggle when the characters would dialog about this stuff, and I could easily come up with versus from the Bible that clearly address Original Sin, Forgiveness, and Jesus' direct role in all of that. This book seemed completely devoid of any real Christian themes in my opinion. New Age, yes, but not Christian. I read all kind of authors, including non-Christian, so I'm no prude, but it feels like Dekker's roots have branched into a form of religion that is no longer focused on Jesus. Between the so-so story and lack of "Jesus", I don't think I'll be ready much of Dekker anymore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not so good.