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Saint (Paradise #2)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,201 Ratings  ·  357 Reviews
"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
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Published September 2nd 2008 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2006)
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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
Liz B
Dec 05, 2008 Liz B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, paranormal
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
T.E. 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
Apr 10, 2014 Beata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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... ...more
Aug 02, 2011 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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
Jul 27, 2009 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 05, 2016 Connor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in Ted Dekker's Paradise Trilogy, Saint, included amazing literature but lacked in plot depth. The story begins with a man named Carl who cannot remember who or where he is. He is ordered to undertake a secret mission where he has one hour to infiltrate a hotel and assassinate two important guests. If he fails, his wife and son will die. When he returns from the mission, he finds that the mission was a sham; in reality, he has no family - he is training extensively to become an e ...more
Nov 26, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 it was ok  ·  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
Mar 15, 2011 Aaron Chesnut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 23, 2010 Janet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Deb Smith
Jun 12, 2011 Deb Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 20, 2015 Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. A mixture of action, love and supernatural.This is the second in the series of books - Paradise. I didn't read the first one, but could follow through with everything. I will go back and red the first one.

Carl is being trained as one of the deadliest assassins. He has a short term memory and finds things flooding through his mind, but just can't remember. All he knows is that he does what he is told. He meets Kelly there and just knows that they are in love.

Carl is sent on a kill mis
Grant Knepp
Mar 04, 2014 Grant Knepp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2013 Djtrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Becky Giovagnoni
The first third of this book gets 4 stars and the rest gets 2 stars. I get what Dekker was trying to do, but for me the story got totally lost in the allegory.

My main criticism is that one of the main characters (Kelly - the love interest) was confusing. She was supposed to be the woman Carl loved, but there was never any evidence of that love. Nothing to indicate Carl actually loved her, other than him saying it. Again and again and again. It was really, really weird.

And, as you'll see in the
Sep 13, 2014 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carl is in Black Ops, in the X Group. He has special abilities that have been broken into him through mental and drug abuse of black ops.
President Stenton's advisor David Abraham recognized Carl's face during a summit on US soil about working against Israel. The Iranian minister, Assom Feroz is Carl's target.

Carl can't trust his feelings, implanted by black ops.
He can't trust the woman he loves because SHE can't trust her feelings.
So can he trust Samuel about who he REALLY is?

And then there's
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I really enjoyed, the message was GREAT but...

Great job Kelly! Because I didn't like you, I rate this book with 4.9 stars!
Apr 09, 2008 Adrienne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Heather Zuber-Harshman
Ted Dekker does everything right with this book. He creates characters who I can picture in my mind, and, although I can't relate to them, they are realistic. He weaves a tale of intrigue that keeps me wondering what's next. He uses just enough description to paint the scene, then pumps in lots of action and some dialogue to accompany it. He creates a unique storyline that is unlike anything I've ever read. He has a distinctive voice for each character to the point I can guess who is speaking/th ...more
Jun 25, 2012 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 05, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still my favourite Dekker book. <3
Gregory Weisler
I am an avid reader of mystery, crime, spy, assassin, and science fiction. This novel combines many of these genre's, but I never really engaged with the main character. I think this was due, in part, to some of the plot contrivances. I could not get past some of them, which is surprising given my usual willingness to suspend reality when reading a work of fiction.
I appreciated the author's desire to explore the face-off between good an evil, but felt it was more focused on being a novel for ado
Aug 06, 2016 david rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 betray an even more ominous reality. He's been told part of the truth - but what's the rest?

Invasive techniques have stripped h
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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Dec 20, 2010 Joshua rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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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