The Sanctuary

  • by Ted Dekker
  • Narrated by Henry Leyva, Rebecca Soler
  • 11 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Sanctuary is the gripping story of vigilante priest, Danny Hansen, who is now serving a 50 year prison term in California for the murder of two abusive men. Filled with remorse, Danny is determined to live out his days by a code of non-violence and maneuvers deftly within a ruthless prison system.
But when Renee Gilmore, the woman he loves, receives a box containing a bloody finger and draconian demands from a mysterious enemy on the outside, Danny must find a way to escape.
They are both drawn into a terrifying game of life and death. If Renee fails, the priest will die; if Danny fails, Renee will die. And the body count will not stop at two.
The Sanctuary is Ted Dekker at his best, a powerful thriller that relentlessly plumbs the depths of punishment and rehabilitation, both in a flawed corrections system and in the human heart.

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Sent Shivers up My Spine

Prisons will break a man's spirit. 23 hours a day in a cell with very little positive social contact. The very thought is enough to keep me on the straight and narrow, but in Ted Dekker's twisted mind it is not enough fear. Ted had to add a warden with a God complex and the authority to enforce it. Prisoners at the Sanctuary are not just locked up but are indoctrinated into a system that has one leader and that leader is God to them. Torture, mind control, and life are all just games to the warden. I did not know jail could be any scarier but the Sanctuary is. Here is a torture technique for you sadistic readers out there. Take a drill and drill into the nerves of the shin bone. That is the kind of pain that your whole body feels.

The Sanctuary is a good book for those who want to read a really spooky book. Some of the story is very hard to believe and takes some getting used to. The main female character was always reffered to as a strong women, but I thought she was week and annoying. You will find yourself rooting for the male main character who comes close many times to breaking his vow of non violence. In the end he finds a way to justify violence and non violence. The book is a strong 4.0.
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- Keith

Save your credit - I couldn't get through it.

Would you try another book from Ted Dekker and/or Henry Leyva and Rebecca Soler ?

Not Rebecca Soler - she was awful!


Would you be willing to try another one of Henry Leyva and Rebecca Soler ’s performances?

No


Any additional comments?

I really wanted to like this book; I like alot of Ted Dekker's books. The Sanctuary just isn't one of them. I'm not sure why the whole book had to be G-Rated, after all most of the book took place in prison! The female narrator's voice sounded as if she were barely in high school and her cadence was way off.

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- Lisa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-30-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio