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This Thriller Thrilled Me!

I couldn’t put The Priest’s Graveyard by Ted Dekker down! I got this book out of curiosity. I couldn’t figure out how a thriller fit into the Christian fiction genre. Now I know. The lesson is “grace”, but how the story gets you there will totally blow you away.

Despite being a thriller, this book was not gory — but I am not going to tell you it is comfortable. Comfortable isn’t always a good thing anyway. We learn more when we are off balance and disturbed. This story certainly left me contemplating the far reaching and all-too-often unseen consequences of sin.


About the Book:
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 the man who ruined her life, regardless of whom she must become in that pursuit.

But when Danny and Renee’s paths become inexorably entangled things go very, very badly. Will either of them make it out of the hunt alive?

Judge not, or you too will be judged.

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About the Author:
TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels with a total of more than 3 million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.

Heralded as a “master of suspense” by Library Journal, Dekker has sold millions worldwide, establishing himself as one of the most widely recognized author brands. He is one of the most popular thriller writers on Facebook with nearly 100,000 fans.

He began his career writing fantasy novels that explored spirituality (Black, Red and White) and has since become a major force in the mainstream fiction arena with his recent thrillers, “Adam,” “Thr3e,” “Skin,” “Obsessed,” “BoneMan’s Daughters,” which landed in the #10 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list in 2009, and “The Bride Collector”. Dekker has been honored with a Christy Award as well as a Gold Medallion Award for Best Fiction. “Thr3e” and his novel “House” became feature films.

Dekker was born to missionaries and grew up among cannibals of Indonesia, and his peculiar upbringing gives him a unique perspective outside the cultural bubble, allowing him the freedom to share provocative insights in his fiction. After leaving Indonesia, Dekker graduated from a multi-cultural high school and took up permanent residence in the United States, earning his B.A. in philosophy and religion, and then went into business.

In the early nineties, Dekker decided to pursue his desire to write fiction, selling his company, moving his family to the mountains of western Colorado, and writing full-time. Two years and three books later his first novel, a supernatural thriller called Heaven’s Wager, was published. Dekker proceeded to write 6 more supernatural thrillers, rising to the top of many bestsellers lists and earning himself critical acclaim and legions of fans. “Thr3e” heralded his launch into mainstream fiction and was followed by “Obsessed,” “Skin,” “Adam,” and “BoneMan’s Daughters,” all of which hit the New York Times bestseller list.

Ted Dekker’s fans are comprised of readers of all ages, backgrounds, and belief systems who love his compulsively readable stories, authentic characters, and universal and relatable themes that he explores from a unique point of view.

He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and children. You can find him at and

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hatchette Book Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. You’ve never read Dekker? If you want thrillers, he’s your man. I heard him speak a couple of times when the Christian book store near where we lived in SC had several authors in for a panel discussion and book signing. He’s very animated and enjoyable to listen to.

    I haven’t read all of his stuff because thrillers aren’t my first choice of reading material, but Obsessed had me riveted as well, and the Circle Trilogy (Green, Red, White) were interesting, too. He comes at things from a different theological bent than I do, though we’d agree with the majors, I think.

    1. Barbara — I am not usually into thrillers and I accepted this book with a bit of fear — but even more curiosity! And I did notice that his character’s theology was askew, but then it would have to be or the story couldn’t have happened.

    1. Linda — the book was NOT scary. The subject matter wasn’t totally comfortable, but the graphic stuff was implied, we didn’t live through any sex scenes or torture scenes. There was blood and murder, but it wasn’t graphic. Even so, this is one of those books that doesn’t end after you close the cover. I was suddenly aware of the far reaching consequences of sin, how it is that evil can sometimes nurture good, and why judgment should be left to God — and Dekker accomplished all of that without ANY preaching.

    1. It was good! One of the reviewers said, “The Priest’s Graveyard will haunt you — long after you want it to.” And he was right! This one keeps rippling like a pebble dropped in water. This was the most illustrative sermon on evil/sin/judgment ever given — and it was done without any preaching!

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