Friday, May 21, 2010

Saint by Ted Dekker

Product Description
"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 him of his identity and made him someone new--for this he is grateful. But there are some things they can't take from him. The love of a woman, unbroken loyalties to his past, the need for survival.
From the deep woods of Hungary to the streets of New York, Saint takes you on a journey of betrayal in a world of government cover-ups, political intrigue, and one man's search for the truth. In the end, that truth will be his undoing.

My Thoughts:
This was a good book. I didn't realize when I read it that it was the second in a series, but it stands by itself and explains everything you need to know without having read the first book. This was very different from any other Christian book I've ever read it was almost dark, but for the most part, I enjoyed it.
Carl is a trained assassin whose memory has been erased and he doesn't know who he can trust or what to believe. He is a very gifted individual and is helped along by his 'partner' Kelly. She is a part of the organization that has made him who he is but is also completely loyal to him. There are twists and turns, shadows and deception in this book. I would almost label it as a 'science fiction' book because of some of the 'gifts' the characters are given but I can understand how they could be Divine as well. There are some unexplainable parts and things you are just supposed to believe without any reasoning that I found difficult, but it still held my attention throughout.
Overall I give this book a 3/5. I liked it, the story was good but the ending just left me feeling a bit like something was missing. This is a good book for anyone who likes mystery or science fiction. It may be better to read 'Showdown' first, but if you get the opportunity borrow it or buy it at a garage sale, it will defiantly make you think.


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