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I Can't Remember When I Read A More Poorly Written Book!
on 4 May 2011
Prior to starting Ted Dekker's The Priest's Graveyard it's basic premise had me intrigued, which pertains to two abandoned souls -- one a vigilante priest, the other a young woman trying to recover from a drug addiction and from being a victim of sexual abuse -- who are on the hunt for one powerful man. Soon, their paths cross and lead to a twisted fate bound by a perilous love.
It seemed that after reading the first fifty or so pages Dekker's execution of this plot premise was going to be a good one. However, upon further reading, Dekker's poor writing skills dominate any plot qualities. That is, his character development skills, coupled with his almost child-like prose are about as poor as I can remember reading in many years. Further, his attempt to wrap his story around some religious beliefs (such as good and evil, god and the devil, angels and demons, love and grace, mortal sin, etc.) failed miserably in my opinion; and resulted in this reader feeling that his eyes were rolling around in his head.
I know this may seem hard to believe when you look at the Amazon Reader review ratings in the U.S. in which 51 of the 69 ratings (at the time of this writing) are 5 stars. Please don't be misled by this because if you look at the reviewers who gave this rating you'll see that many are by those who are writing their first review, which is a ploy many small publishers use to create reader interest and, of course, sales for their author's book. Some others are from Dekker's loyal army of reader reviewers, whose only reviews, or vast majority of reviews, have been for books by Ted Dekker.
Unfortunately, the only real mystery for me was why I didn't just give up on it and move on to another book. I know that a negative review such as this is bound to result in a bunch of "no/not helpful" votes, especially from the large, loyal base of followers of Dekker's books of Christian fiction. But, if this review helps prevent even a few readers from wasting their time and money (as I did), then my review has served its purpose.