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Preview — The Sanctuary by Ted Dekker
But when Renee Gilmore, the woman he loves, receives a box containing ...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
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
It did not help that one of the main characters, Emma? whatever the girls name is, is probably one of the most desperate, whiny and needy female leads of our generation. I'm shocked by her dependency and weakness and truly expected more growth from her as the story progressed.
This did not happen. In fact there was little growth and development from either character--what yo ...more
Then, THE SANCTUARY begins. Danny has just been transferred to Basal, a new type of prison wh ...more
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
Typically, I am a big fan of Dekker. I have enjoyed his foray into a more crime/mystery style genre. Unfortunately, this work was lacking in so many ways. The plot was weak. The characters predictable and trite. The dialogue was generic.
"The Sanctuary" features returning characters, vigilante priest Danny Hanson and the woman he loves, Renee Gilmore, who first appeared in "The Priest's Graveyard". The story spends almost the entirety of its length, split into two separate pieces. Al ...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
The Priest's Graveyard remains one of my favorite novels to date, and I did enjoy revisiting the story of Danny and Renee. However, The Sanctuary wasn't nearly as intense or disturbing as its predecessor. Ted does provide the reader with some food for thought regarding the state of the United States prison system as well as the me ...more
This is a sequel to The Priest's Graveyard, but I think it's very much a stand-alone book. It was nice knowing the background from there, but I don't think it's necessary for someone who just picks this one up. There's never any "wait, what? Oh yeah, that was in book 1" moments.
I enjoyed Priest's Graveyard, but this one is better in my opinion. I've always lik ...more
This was my first Ted Dekker book, and it was NOT what I expected. It was twisted, and gritty while also being spiritual and deep.
I found his two main characters to be strange and complicated. I could feel their love for each other, but it didn't pull at my heartstrings the way it should have.
This book showed evil in gory detail, but was also filled with passages of right and wrong in the eyes of God. Which, in a book set in a prison seemed appropriate but overly saturated.
I didn't expect the ...more
What appeals to me in this story is love and commitment. Now, some who have read the book might read that and say, 'Are you out of your tree?" Let me explain:
Yes, I am left to consider that Renee does h ...more
When in thriller/mystery mode it was very enjoyable. It moved at a good pace, the switching between two viewpoints was effective, and the misdirections were effective.
When, however it attempted to touch on the philosophical underpinnings of the main character, it didn't seem like the author knew how to get out of his own way. The language was convoluted, repetitive, and ultima ...more
This one started out slowly for me, not sure if the characters just didn't appeal to me or what....I finished the book because I rarely quit, but I did consider putting it down about 1/4 of the way in probably. Towards the end I was a little more interested to see how it would end, and I didn't have the bag guy figured out, but I ju ...more
These two books (Priest's Graveyard and The Sanctuary) fall flat specifically in one area: likable characters. I'm a very character-oriented reader, so if I don't like the characters, it quickly ruins a story for me. Same thing goes f ...more