But when Renee Gilmore, the woman he loves, receives a box containing...more
I have not read The Priest's Graveyard yet, which as I understand, starts the story of Danny Hanson. But you can bet that I will after reading The Sanctuary. And I can tell you that it's not necessary to read the former to enjoy the latter.
The Sanctuary is about Danny Hanson, a ex-vigilante priest who has taken a vow of non-violence. The story is told from the point of view of his "wife", Renee, who he had saved from a life of drugs, abusive men, and (mild?)OCD. And Danny is serving a 50 year se...more
Danny is serving time in prison. While he is transferred to a new facility, Renee receives a box containing a human finger with a warning that Danny's life is in danger. Now Renee must figure out a way to rescue her man before time runs out and more people die. Getting into the sanctuary is easy; getting out is impossible. Who can she trust before the body...more
This is a dark story of an ex-priest and the love he's gone to prison to protect. But it all goes awry when he's transferred to an experimental prison where the despot warden has a God complex and conducts atroc...more
From “The Sanctuary” by Ted Dekker
“In truth we all exist in our own sanctuaries-but I don’t mean cathedrals or prisons. I’m talking about out hearts and minds, which imprison us in anxiety...more
Renee Gilmore had he...more
the war years. When he was 15 his whole life changed forever.
He had to watch some Orthodox Christians rape and kill his
mother and sisters. Danny found a gun and hid behind the stove
and killed the men who killed his family. During the next four
years he threw himself into the war and became one of the best
known assassins. When the war ended he came to the U.S. and
became a priest in honor of his mother.Danny had a desire to help
It was typical Ted Dekker with some scenes that made me cringe a little, but it was the fact that I felt like I was a character in the book that made me love it. I felt Danny's pain. I experienced Renee's longing. Everything felt so real, especially page 309. I read this at night, and I (view spoiler)[felt the wire in my shin and I wanted relief from the torture. It was almost weird (hide spoiler)]
The writing was just truly excellent.
The only problem I had with this book...more
by Ted Dekker
The Sanctuary is a follow-up to Dekker's The Priest's Graveyard. The Sanctuary is in true Dekker style - taking a deeper look at the human heart and the necessity of truly knowing one's own self.
Warden Marshall Pape is in-charge of The Sanctuary an experiment of the California Correctional System, properly known as The Basal Institute of Corrections and Rehabilitation. It is into this environment that Danny Hansen has been transferred into. Just 3 years into his 50 year...more
I did not read The Priest's Graveyard, the story of a vigilante priest who exacts justice on criminals who've slipped throu...more
Ted Dekker’s “The Sanctuary” is a fast paced thriller that pulls you into the story immediately with two parallel storylines. There are some great messages woven in such as the referen...more
Author: Ted Dekker
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: October 2012
THE SANTUARY continues where The Priest’s Graveyard left off. The ex-vigilante priest, Danny Hanson, is serving a 50-year prison term in California for the two men he was convicted of murdering. But by being a priest and determined to live a life of non-violence for the rest of his days, he is forced to endure many of the prisons hardships more so then others.
In the mea...more
This was a difficult read for me. I'm used to books with violence, but for some reason this book affected me more profoundly than most. I just attended a conference in which we discussed the broken nature of America's prison system (among other things) and Dekker's portrayal of the disgusting and inhumane treatment of inmates in the California prison system was made worse because I know it is at least partially grounded in reality.
Fundamentally, I identify with Dann...more
Then, THE SANCTUARY begins. Danny has just been transferred to Basal, a new type of prison wh...more
I really wanted to like this book- really, I did- but I just didn't ge...more
Once a priest in cloth and always a priest in heart, Danny Hansen is now behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. He ‘confessed,’ not to save his soul but to protect Renee Gilmore, his one true love. I say ‘not to save his soul’ because although he may not have committed the murders he was convicted for, he did kill to protect the innocent....more
Speed: It is a very fasted paced and definitely holds your attention. I think I finished in less than a week, and I hated putting it down!
Self-Sufficient: Even though it is a sequel, it makes sense and gives enough background information to hold its own. I didn't even know there was a first one until I looked up more information about it. It stands in its own and ties up the knots at the end.
Characters: (MINI SPOILER HERE) While I wis...more
My only gripe is Renee Gilmore. I understand how Dekker made her so OCD, but my perception was that she was a whiney, clingy girl who owed her life to Danny for what he did. Though the intent is fine, her thought process through the book irritated me at t...more
Very disappointing. Likely my least favorite book of Dekker's. For the longest time I've felt like much of his writing was watered down, like he'd signed a book deal and was writing simply to satisfy a contract. Perhaps the problem is that I could list at least twenty books of his that I've absolutely love, so when he writes something new I have such high expectations. This lacked the passion and wonder that peppers so much of his work. Whether a salvo on the American penal system, or a shadow...more