Book Review: The Priest’s Graveyard by Ted Dekker

The Priest’s Graveyard
Ted Dekker
Center Street, Hatchette Book Group, April 19, 2011
ISBN No. 978-1599953342
Hardcover (ARC)

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 and moved to California to go to school and make something of her life.  Renee found drugs instead and wound up in an alley. As she staggered out of the alley, a car hit her.   The driver of the car picked her up and took her home.  His name was Lamont Myers and Renee referred to him as her “angel”.  She lived a solitary existence with Lamont. Lamont owned a glass house and had many rules that Renee was to follow.   She followed his orders, took the pills he provided her and felt she was living a good life.  In reality, she was a prisoner.

When Lamont left and did not return Renee did not know what to do next.  She knew that Jonathan Bourque was Lamont’s partner and that he used to be a priest.  Lamont referred to Bourque as “the devil”.   Renee made up her mind to leave the house that Lamont owned and find Bourque and force him to tell her what happened to Lamont.

Renee met Danny when she was trying to contact Bourque.  She confided in Danny who agreed to teach her things she would need to know to be successful in her vendetta against Bourque.  This partnership turns into tragedy for both individuals when they team up to murder.

Dekker has written a story that is haunting.  The two characters are finally forced to step back and face reality and the reality is not pleasant.

Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid, February 2011.

Book Review: The Priest's Graveyard by Ted Dekker

The Priest’s Graveyard
Ted Dekker
Center Street, Hatchette Book Group, April 19, 2011
ISBN No. 978-1599953342
Hardcover (ARC)

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 and moved to California to go to school and make something of her life.  Renee found drugs instead and wound up in an alley. As she staggered out of the alley, a car hit her.   The driver of the car picked her up and took her home.  His name was Lamont Myers and Renee referred to him as her “angel”.  She lived a solitary existence with Lamont. Lamont owned a glass house and had many rules that Renee was to follow.   She followed his orders, took the pills he provided her and felt she was living a good life.  In reality, she was a prisoner.

When Lamont left and did not return Renee did not know what to do next.  She knew that Jonathan Bourque was Lamont’s partner and that he used to be a priest.  Lamont referred to Bourque as “the devil”.   Renee made up her mind to leave the house that Lamont owned and find Bourque and force him to tell her what happened to Lamont.

Renee met Danny when she was trying to contact Bourque.  She confided in Danny who agreed to teach her things she would need to know to be successful in her vendetta against Bourque.  This partnership turns into tragedy for both individuals when they team up to murder.

Dekker has written a story that is haunting.  The two characters are finally forced to step back and face reality and the reality is not pleasant.

Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid, February 2011.

Book Review: Maximum Ride #1: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Maximum Ride #1: The Angel Experiment
James Patterson
Read by Evan Rachel Wood
Hachette Audio, 2008
ISBN 160024226X
Abridged Audio Book

The Flock is a group of six kids who were an experiment from before birth, genetically engineered to have wings.  Led by Max, a fourteen-year-old girl, the six have escaped but are being pursued by another group of kids whose own experiment was much more sinister.  Known as the Erasers, they are half human half wolf and are incredibly strong and vicious, and an old friend of Max’s is one of them.

The Erasers kidnap the youngest of the Flock, Angel, and take her back to the “School” where they were all born and raised.  Max leads Fang, Iggy, Nudge and Gasman on a rescue mission and they start to learn a bit about their pasts and their destinies.  Max begins to hear a voice in her head telling her she must save the world—but how and from what and where is this voice coming from?

This is Patterson‘s first foray into the young adult world and there are signs he doesn’t quite know how to do it.  The most distracting thing is that these kids frequently sound like adults and they rarely show the vulnerability of children.  The story is a bit overblown, too, and I think the abridged audio edition I listened to may very well be the best because some of the tedium has been cut out.  The abridgement retains enough of the charm and a lot of appealing action to encourage me to try the next installment—I’m compelled to follow all the loose ends—but it will also be an abridgement, by choice.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, May 2010.