Saint (Paradise, #2)
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"We call you Saint."

The name ignited a light in Carl's mind. Saint. He'd been covertly recruited for Black Ops and given his life to the most brutal kind of training any man or woman could endure. He was here because he belonged here. To the X Group.

An assassin. The most effective killer in the world. And yet . . . Carl Strople struggles to retain fleeting memories that be...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published October 10th 2006 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published January 1st 2006)
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Tim George

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a Five, October 6, 2006

Ok already. Apparently everyone else thinks everything Dekker does is a 5. But, I don't give out many 5's. It's kind of like when they started giving out perfect scores at the Olympics. What do you do when someone does better than perfect?

Showdown was magnificent and Saint came somewhat short of that. Dekker does a very good job of creating heroes who aren't always heroic. Saint struggles with iden...more
Liz B
So when a student is excited enough about a book to bring it in to loan to me, then I do my very best to read the whole thing. This is sometimes a pleasure and sometimes quite painful (Eragon comes to mind).

Well, I did read all of Saint. It starts out very well--confusing in a good way, surprising, intriguing, very suspenseful--then degenerates into repetitive ideas and phrases. Throw in the obligatory salvation scene (it's Christian fiction) and I found it very tiresome.

Full disclosure: I'm Chr...more
Janie Johnson
What a second great installment to The Paradise series, and by far my favorite of the series. Such a profound read of hope, faith, love, and courage to be who we are meant to be. I was not going to read this one, I was going to skip to Sinner, book 3 of the series because I did not think this one fit in, but boy was I ever wrong. This book was the perfect fit.

I love love love the characters that Dekker has created for this series. So real and so deep from the inside out. All people just like you...more
Michael
As is becoming routine for me, I jump into the middle of a book series. Haven't read any Ted Dekker before; thought I would give him a read. TD is a popular Christian author. I say "Christian" because his novels are found in the Christian section of most bookstores. Christian themes permeate his writing, though I would guess that some Christians would find his writing sacrilegious. Faith, and zero-point field theory, governs the use of supernatural powers in this second book of the Paradise Tril...more
Kyle
The book starts out with this guy, Carl, waking up, no idea who he is or where he's at. He sees that he is in a room chained to a bed with his wife. A man walks in the room and gives Carl a challenge. Carl must assassinate two targets in one hour with only two bullets without killing any one else. He fails, the man kills him, his wife, and their son. This covers the first few chapters of the book, it ends up going crazygonuts. The thing about the plot is that you have to read Showdown before you...more
Beata
Full of mystery, action, interesting and unique Christian supernatural thriller, that kept my interest from the very beginning till the end. Another page-turner from Ted Dekker! I like it much better than Showdown. It's not so weird... ☺
Morgan
In Saint, Carl Strople struggles to find his identity as an assassin. He is not certain about who he is, but his number one goal in life is to find the truth. Since he could remember, all he has been taught is how to kill as a part of an organization called the X Group. His training takes place deep inside Hungary and he spends long periods of time pushing beyond his physical limits in order to be the very best sniper known to man. This story takes Dekker's readers from Hungary to the streets of...more
Glenn Koerner
Jan 07, 2013 Glenn Koerner rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Glenn by: Adam Taylor, co-worker
From a purely sci-fi point of view, this story was good. It kept my interest with a multitude plot of twists throughout. From a Christian perspective, I thought the book fell short of its potential.

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Aaron Chesnut
The book Saint was a thriller keeping you hanging at the end of every chapter. Got to keep full focus. If you like to guess what's going to happen in the next chapter then this book is for you, because it will throw you for many loops. The main character Carl is a loving assassin that has no memory of his past but a powerful mind. His mind was said to have been more powerful before he was taken from his previous life. He has trained himself to have total control of his emotions. Until something...more
Janet
Great insights from Dekker:

Unless you embrace you alien status and step willingly into the role (Ephesians 2:8-10), you will fade into powerless obscurity – so it is with all the faithful.

Accepting your true identity means understanding that you are a stranger to this world. A freak, ostracized by the very people you want to help.

I don’t think you really care about anyone other than yourself. You’ve had to focus almost exclusively on yourself in order to survive. As a result, you don’t care abou...more
Deb Smith
A young man is recruited for Black Ops. He is then given invasive procedures, so he will forget his identity and all that came before the X Group. He is given the name 'Saint" and exposed to the most brutal training a human can endure. Through all these efforts to erase his past fleeting memories start to reveal a more ominous reality. The love of a woman and unbroken loyalties to his past are all he needs for survival. From Hungary to New York this book is full of action, government cover-ups,...more
Grant Knepp
The book "Saint" by Ted Dekker is an amazing novel full of action, suspense, and excitement. It's the story of a man, Carl Strople, and his struggle in the life that he is living. He is an assassin, and not just any assassin, one of the best in the world. Carl works for a group called the X Group, a society that takes out high targets quickly, efficiently, and successfully. They never fail.

While the story is filled with action and violence, it brings a great Christian message, as with many of Te...more
Djtrey
This is a very exciting action packed book. It starts out with a man who is trapped in a room and doesn't know who he is. Throughout the book his memory slowly comes back and he realizes that he must kill or be killed along with the rest of the ones he loves. I would recommend this book to all readers who love mystery and action.
Adrienne
I've read ALL of Ted Dekker books and this one just does NOT live up. It's good from the beginning, but kinda looses you 1/3 of the way through, and I was REALLY let down at the ending. It's a good story line, but just a let down.
Vicky
Started like gangbusters but then slowed down. Was still a pretty good read.
Chris Stapleton
less of a great read that "Paradise" but still good
Adrienna
IN the Paradise Trilogy, Saint is the second book in the series. In the opening, I felt this book was much stronger delivery and execution in the writing style than the first book "Showdown" but about midway, it started to lose me for quite a bit. It focused heavily on the X group protocols and mission to kill drills that almost lost its thrills until you connect who Carl really is. The X Group erased his identity, psychological manipulation, and takes meeting David Abraham after an assassinatio...more
Jason Reeser
This was better than Showdown, and there are a few parts of this that are really well done. The end leaves a bit to be desired. There are too many things that he did not explain well enough, and a few things that he over-indulged in. Especially his pulpit moment. And as far as that goes, it did not fit in well with the rest of the story. But I am sure there is pressure by the Christian publisher to get a good three-point sermon into the story, even if it is a story about an assasin. I suppose my...more
Melissa Darnold
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Joshua
With the overexposure of "24" and "Alias" type books, movies and TV shows, I thought that Saint would be a poorly done psuedo-Christianzied attempt. I was wrong...well sort of.

In a WELL represented genre, Saint's premise was actually unique and quite engaging. For a lack of a better term, it was awesome. But then, the plot got oh-so gradually unstable to the point where the ending was simply awful. The characters never got to flesh out their personalities. The villian, who had the potential to...more
Nanosynergy
Picked this book up on a whim. Basically Jason Bourne meets Christian supernatural, The Matrix and The Saint. Ludlum's books are significantly better and more complex. Dekker is a bit predictable, but not bad mind-candy fare. I've read reviews that say this was not one of his better books, so may finish out the series since they appear to be quick reads. Dekker's books may even be PG or PG-13 enough for my children to read some of them.

I've since learned this book is part of Dekker's Paradise tr...more
Becky
I was slightly annoyed by this novel...

First, because it is a sequel, and I didn't realize it. The entire time I was thinking, "I should know the back story. Should I stop and read the other book first?" However, I was listening to it on CD, so I really didn't want to stop, nor did I know if the library even had the first book.

Second, it is Christian fiction, and the Christian themes weren't fully developed. I was waiting for a wonderful, philosophical, spiritually re-energizing message. I was...more
Avery
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D.M. Dutcher (Sword Cross Rocket)
This probably wasn't the best book to read as my introduction to Ted Dekker. But it was staring at me at the used bookstore, and nothing indicated it was a second book in a trilogy, so I picked it up. I regret doing so.

Carl is an assassin for a shadowy group. That group does bad things to him in order to keep him under control. He kills some people, and eventually he is sent to kill the President of the USA. Meanwhile, David Abraham (who has a son Samuel, no less,) is warning the president about...more
Andrew Gross
Ted Dekker's Saint expresses how a writer should write to grab the attention of the reader in this compelling novel.

The theme of this book is to follow where your heart leads you, no mater what the consequences are. I like how the author keeps putting suspense and uncertainty to let you only know what the main character knows at that time. I dislike how the author doesn't go into depth when describing the settings. The voice of the author is all about the character being in the action of the mo...more
Rollan
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Mindi Rosser
If you liked the Bourne Identity movies, you will enjoy Saint. The Protagonist experiences similar training protocols, physical abuse, and honed mental strength. A thrilling book from the first page till the last sentence, you will forcibly turn off that reading light after several hours of heart-beating entertainment with Saint.


Here's the official synopsis:

I know a few things about myself. I know that my name is Carl. My wife is Kelly. I love her more than my own life. If she told me to kill yo...more
Tama Wise
I picked this book up off the chance it might be anything remotely like the game Hitman. Well, it gave me that sort of impression from the cover and blurb on the back. It did indeed read a little like that to start with.

I hit a stumbling block when I realised it was Christian Fiction.

Pushing on regardless, I have to say that it was more a rollicking good read that was in absolutely no way preachy at all. Nothing like I expected of the genre. I think the word God was mentioned once.

Spiritual ma...more
Sarah
"I only know a few things about myself. My name is Carl. They call me Saint. I think they want me to kill you." (The teaser from the book's dust jacket--it amused me.)

True to Dekker's form, he uses fiction to draw the reader's attention to an aspect of life, often infused with theology. While I understand that this immediately turns some off from reading his books, it's what I enjoy about them. The story is about a young man named Carl, a highly trained assassin whose memory has been strategical...more
Emilio
While better than the other books that of his that I've read there are still a number of things that irk me about his writing. For instance instead of describing characters he compares them to movies and actors. This is not good writing.
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Ted Dekker is known for novels that combine adrenaline-laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good and evil. Ted lives in Austin with his wife LeeAnn and their four children.
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