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The Priest's Graveyard

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  4,333 ratings  ·  556 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2011)
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Reading this book is like being locked in the trunk of a speeding car and trying to figure out where you’re going by tracking the twists and turns the journey takes. Chances are once the car stops and you’re tossed out, you’re nowhere near where you thought you were going. It’s a great book if you’re an insomniac because you’re not going to want to put it down until that trunk finally opens.

From the title, one might think this is a horror novel; it’s not. It does contain some horrific (in some c
Aaron Maurer
I started to read this book because it is the June book for the Virtual Book Club on Facebook. I read the first two chapters to be ready for the first night of discussions, but soon after the meeting I realized I just had to read the rest of the book. So I took that night and the next day to finish it. I could not put it down.

I will have to back up and state that I typically read and review YA novels. This is not YA by any means. However, it is a great book. I was completely sucked into this wor
Cheryl Olson
To be honest, It's probably not really a wise thing for me to write this review, because I am unequivocably a "Dekkie"- translation- huge Ted Dekker fan right here. Ted is an author that never seems to tire of taking risks in his writing and I never tire of reading his books. "The Priest's Graveyard" is no exception. From page one I entered into "Ted Dekker land" a wonderful place where I become completely riveted to his story and don't want to quit reading until it is through.

This is a tale fu
The book takes ages to get going, and even then it's just so damn boring. Despite all the reviews claiming to watch out for the violence/gore I found myself at page 80 before anything remotely interesting started happening. And yes, there is that scene with the tongue cutting at the beginning, but eh. It felt like the scene was just thrown in there in an attempt to try and wake up the reader. The pacing is slow and there are too many details thrown into the mix that I think no one would give a d ...more
Sharon Salonen
This is the first Ted Dekker book I've read and it didn't appeal to me as much as I'd hoped. I liked the idea of a priest seeking vengeance on the evil people of the world, and if we'd had more of Father Danny Hanson's exploits in the book I think I may have enjoyed it more. The trouble I had was with the character of Renee Gilmore. For all that she had been through (basically orphaned, addicted to drugs, treated badly by some shady men, etc.) I should have felt compassion and been on her side, ...more
I'm so excited. Dekker is one of my "old faithfuls", an author I know won't be disappointing 99% of the time. I preordered this months ago because it sounded so good. Anyone that knows me knows I HATE waiting for anything, so that's a big deal.

ETA: Okay, so I devoured this book. The pace and tension are excellent. Now and then I paused, unable to suspend disbelief quite as much as Dekker required for some bits, but the action kept me moving forward, and able to let those parts go.

The only major
You have no idea what a thrill it was for me to one of the few chosen to review this book, being the huge fan that I am of Ted Dekker's. It has been a while since I have read a Dekker book (about 6 mo.) so silly me I keep forgetting how amazing he is.

I am so glad that this book did not disappoint. Within the first chapter this book jumps out at you with all its suspensefulness! Dekker also has a way with the characters. Just after the first couple of chapters I was in love with the three main ch
This theme is rather exceptional.

Father Danny Hansen is a most unusual priest who does the most unusual things in his spare time, because of his horrible past. He rids the world of evil, but only those proven guilty. If the badguy turns down his offered choice of repentance he judges him and uses the kind of punishment he finds appropriate - most likely the worst. For every life he takes, he saves a wife, children or involuntary prostitutes. When punishing the guilty for their sins, Danny does i
Call me twisted, but I love the way Dekker's mind works. Whenever I read his thrillers I always vacillate between being freaked out and being impressed by his subtle theology. In the end I am always edified by his insight into the human condition, which is the most important thing for me when I read a book. The takeaway value of Dekker's thrillers is priceless...for me, anyway. I get something out of each story and it's not merely thrills and excitement. I think about spiritual things, which is ...more
Knowing this is a Ted Dekker book--the author that shares the first place spot with Frank Peretti when it comes to my favorite Christian suspense/thrillers--I knew I would enjoy the book. When I finally began the book it was already midnight, but I just wanted to read the first chapter and get a taste of the book. That was impossible! 5 chapters later I reluctantly stopped for the night. Needless to say, this had a great beginning that grabbed my attention and held it throughout the entire book! ...more
My favorite books by Ted Dekker are Blink, Three, Adam, The Bride Collector, and Immanuel’s Veins. I am a huge fan of his. All of these books gripped me from the first word and did not let go, making me feel like I was living rather than reading the story. Sadly, The Priest’s Graveyard was not like those books. Don’t get me wrong, I did like the book and it made some very good points and for that I gave it four stars. So I will first list the things I liked about the book. The main theme was “Ju ...more
Ok, well, maybe a one star rating is a bit too harsh, (so I will up it to 1 and a half), but I have read Ted Dekker novels before and felt this one was just not "right". The beginning of the book had a great premise, that of a priest turned vigilante going after all those bad guys that the law just couldn't or wouldn't touch. I enjoyed his character and the background of what made him chose to follow the path he does. Even the inclusion of the druggie, soon to be sex slave was not bad, However, ...more
The Priest's Graveyard started off really good and I thought I was going to love the book. Unfortunately, the middle section wasn't that engaging to me and I got kind of bored. I wasn't a fan of the times in the story when it felt like we were just getting a lot of Renee's thoughts about what had happened. I'm also not of fan of how both of the main characters were killers. I did like how there was a surprising twist in the story - I definitely didn't expect it! The ending was a bit abrupt, so I ...more
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This is sooo great!
What do I have to say? I loved everything! Although I guessed the main twist. Oh yeah! I did it! But I enjoyed everything! At the beginning I didn't like Renee but then, I loved the character and I think that she and Danny make a great couple.
I'm shocked about the end and now I have the moral obligation to buy The Sanctuary by Ted Dekker
J.S. Bailey
I think that The Priest's Graveyard can be summed up in two words: deliciously macabre. I totally did not see the twist coming at the end. You'd think I'd have learned by now.

Update May 26, 2015

I knocked off a star following my reread. Since so much of my enjoyment the first time around was from learning the plot twist, it wasn't quite as enjoyable this time. If only there was a way to wipe my memory!
I don't understand these ratings. Did I read the same book!? It began with some promise but ended up being cliché, unimaginative, preposterous and above all, cheesy!
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*3.5 stars*

Non mi ha presa da subito ma la parte finale é stata una sorpresa.
I really would have given this book 3 1/2 stars if I could. And that pains me to say because Ted Dekker is my favorite author. If this book were by any other author I feel I would've enjoyed it a little more. But I have such strong expectations for his books since they're all amazing that I felt a little let down by this one. Especially since some of the reviews of the ARCs said it was his best book yet. Sorry I think Adam, Bonemans Daughter & of course The Bride Collector (my fav) were all ...more

One minute your a young girl traveling across the country to make a better life, the next your a strung out heroin addict dying in an alley, the next your being saved by a man who you think is an angel but actually is a demon who punishes you with his sick tricks and then your working with a vigilante priest who kills the scum of the earth. It could only be in a Ted Dekker novel that we find the lives of Renee and Danny. A woman dragged through every possible horror you can imagine and a ma
Apr 21, 2011 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Molly by: Sarah Reck, Hachette Book Group
Awesome, awesome, awesome! Did I mention AWESOME?! That is exactly what I think of Ted Dekker's latest book, The Priest's Graveyard. It is a thrilling thriller by an absolutely FANTABULOUS author! Now, I haven't always thought that Ted Dekker's work was fact, the first book I ever read by him was Green. And, quite frankly, I hated it. But, if you know me and my blogging tastes, I ALWAYS give the author's works more than one chance, because, like the rest of us, sometimes they have ...more
This is my first Ted Dekker novel, but it won't be my last (I have my eye on The Bride Collector). The book had me guessing right up until the end. Danny was a terrific character- it was easy to empathize with him and to want him to get vengeance, but it was just as easy to see that what he was doing was wrong. Renee was a much harder character to connect with- but the way her mind worked and the way her chapters read made it easy to see the confusion and mental issues she had.

I love revenge st
“The Priest’s Graveyard” by Ted Dekker was not a book that I really enjoyed. I listened to it as an audiobook. I don’t know why it struck me as such a cold and disconnected storyline. I found that the unlikely savior in the role of a Roman Catholic Priest who was the survivor of a terrible childhood and had a personal commitment to rid the world of evil to be a stretch of my imagination. The ‘imprisonment’ in the glass house was too implausible for me.

The main character Renee Gilmore was a pros

The Priest’s Graveyard is a very different book. The characters are unique and the story line very unusual. Two people from very different backgrounds meet and join forces to reach a common goal.

Danny Hansen is a priest but a very unusual priest. Danny is originally from Bosnia where he watched his mother’s murder. He avenged his mother before he came to America. He has set out to avenge other people who have suffered at the hands of tyrants.

Renee Gilmore is a young woman who had left her home
Sandra Stiles
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
Good thing I try my best to finish what I start. This book is AWFUL!
1)Renee Gilmore rescued by Lamont after being chased by her former drug dealer boyfriend. OK. So whatever happened to the boyfriend. And If Renee was so bad azz about revenge, why not go after the guy who was the absolute reason and cause for your life to be the way it was.

2)What’s the reason for these dumbazz cleansing? Doesn’t have a symbolic reason. Is it to cleanse her soul for her wrong doing or for Lamont to keep her clea
Eric Wright
As a teenager, Danny Hansen witnesses his mother and sisters murdered in Bosnia by Serb Orthodox during the bitter war between them and his Roman Catholic village. He retaliates, joins the rebels, but finally trying to leave his haunted memories behind he immigrates to America where he becomes a priest.

However, as a priest he becomes almost an avenging angel, sending the evil and powerful to their graves. He rescues Renee who had been picked up by an abusive man to become his house and sex slav
Once again, Dekker has written a completely riveting thriller. This time, the protagonist is a vigilante priest who begins his righting of wrongs in Bosnia after the brutal murders of his mother and sister. The reader understands his need for making the world a better place by taking out the murderers in the name of God. Except that it makes him a little more like the brutal soldiers in Bosnia who did what they did in the name of God, as well. That's just an observation by the reader.

Next we fin
Nolan Daniels
The best work of fiction I've ever read. I stopped reading fiction altogether for 2 years because any other book would fail in comparison.

This book kept me enticed, and I(being an incredibly slow reader) finished it in just a few days.

The characters were extremely relatable(couldn't think of correct word), though it could be argued that the character Renee moved inexplicably out of character on a few occasions. Easy to overlook though, because these are minor things that can be justified with fu
Every time I finish a book by Ted Dekker I shake my head and say "WOW." And that's pretty much all I can say after the crazy ride I just went on. The Priest's Graveyard is intense and thrilling and challenging. It messes with your mind and you're not sure what's right and what's wrong. How far would you go, rather, how far should you go, to stop someone from hurting someone else? In the story, Danny believes it's his job to go as far as killing someone to save the people that person is hurting. ...more
Not Ted's best book. Entertaining, and suspenseful, and thought provoking. The last quarter of the book forces you to keep reading, like most all Dekker novels, but the ending just wasn't quite there if that makes sense. All in all, it was a good read, but not a great one, which is a real shame, given the genius, and potential of the premise.

This book is dark, and really quite graphic, so prepare yourself for some stomach churning scenes. This book does bring the suspense, but it isn't the kind
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