Book Review – The Priest’s Graveyard by Ted Dekker

29 07 2011

The Priest’s Graveyard

By Ted Dekker

Center Street

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If there’s one thing Ted Dekker knows, it’s evil. Not just over-the-top, stereotypical, cartoonish, made-for-movies evil like a lot of writers create. Dekker knows how to get inside the minds of real people and explore that dark place that most of us are afraid to admit even exists. Almost makes you wonder what is going on in Dekker’s brain. Should we be afraid of him? Just kidding, Mr. Dekker. But seriously, he certainly has a gift for mining the depths of despair and depravity that lurk deep in the human soul. In “The Priest’s Graveyard,” Dekker again shows us how seemingly normal people can behave in unimaginable ways when put in the wrong situation.

This time around, the two “normal” people are Renee Gilmore and Danny Hansen. Renee is a recovering heroin addict from a broken home rescued by a knight in shining armor. After nursing her back to health, Renee and her knight fall in love. When he fails to return home from work one day, Renee knows something awful has happened and she becomes intent on gaining vengeance on the man responsible for her husband’s death. Danny is a Bosnian immigrant who saw the brutal murder of his mother and sister during the country’s tragic civil war. Years later, Danny emigrated to America hoping to escape the demons of his past. Now a priest, Danny doles out vengeance on evil men who have so far escaped justice at the hands of our system of justice. Read the rest of this entry »


Book Review – The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry

22 07 2011

The Jefferson Key

By Steve Berry

Ballantine Books

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Imagine if a group of modern-day pirates had been shaping the course of American history since its inception. Further imagine that they were doing so under the charter of one of our Founding Fathers. In the latest novel by top thriller author Steve Berry, that’s the launching board for a fast-moving thriller full of conspiracies, intrigue and drama.

“The Jefferson Key” is the seventh novel by Berry featuring former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone as the hero. The previous tales have led Malone on worldwide excursions, taking him to far-flung corners of the globe chasing after treasure and solving ancient mysteries. This time, Malone is needed at home.

An assassination plot against the President of the United States is launched and Malone is unwittingly lured to the scene of the crime. The president survives the attempt, but Malone soon discovers that the plot involves a centuries-old group known as The Commonwealth. A secret society first formed during our country’s infancy, The Commonwealth are a group of privateers who have operated freely thanks to a clause in the United States Constitution, contained within Article 1, Section 8. The story goes on to tie together four presidential assassinations and a cryptic cipher created by Thomas Jefferson.

Overall, I enjoyed  “The Jefferson Key.” Berry has created a clever plot filled with mystery, political intrigue, history and action. With a myriad of government agencies and multiple double crosses, you never quite knew who to trust.  However, there were times when Berry’s rapid-fire point-of-view changes detracted from my enjoyment of the story, forcing me to backtrack to follow what each character was doing. But that didn’t keep me from quickly getting through the book. The fast-paced plot and historical references kept me turning the pages.

This was the first book by Berry that I had read, but it won’t be the last. I’m ready to go back and read the first 6 Malone books and look forward to the next one.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give “The Jefferson Key” a 3.5.


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