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Saint ➵ [Reading] ➷ Saint By Ted Dekker ➪ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Carl Strople was covertly recruited to Black Ops and given the most brutal kind of training any man or woman could endure Now he belongs to The X Group But why do they call him “Saint” An assassi Carl Strople was covertly recruited to Black Ops and given the most brutal kind of training any man or woman could endure Now he belongs to The X Group But why do they call him “Saint” An assassin The most effective killer in the world And yet Carl Strople struggles to retain fleeting memories that betray an even ominous reality He's been told part of the truth but not all of itInvasive techniues 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 survivalFrom 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 undoingThe bookshelf Reviews which gave this novel from Ted Dekker out of stars stated Saint reads like The Bourne Identity Robert Ludlum meets The Matrix meets Mr Murder Dean Koontz Full length suspense with a thread of fantasyPart of the Paradise Novels but can be read as a standaloneShowdownSaintSinner.


10 thoughts on “Saint

  1. Liz B Liz B says:

    So when a student is excited enough about a book to bring it in to loan to me then I do my very best to read the whole thing This is sometimes a pleasure and sometimes uite painful Eragon comes to mindWell I did read all of Saint It starts out very well confusing in a good way surprising intriguing very suspenseful then degenerates into repetitive ideas and phrases Throw in the obligatory salvation scene it's Christian fiction and I found it very tiresomeFull disclosure I'm Christian but overall I don't like fiction marketed as such I think that religious truths are conveyed much powerfully when they're not in a deliberately religious book I feel the same way about CCM Secular music that asks genuine religious uestions is much compelling to meFor example Did you read A Wrinkle in Time? Do you remember the scene when Meg screams I LOVE YOU CHARLES WALLACE? Powerful Honest Believable Memorable It's not Christian fiction but it says everything important about love and grace and sacrificeThis book tries to do something similar but because it's hobbled by the reuirements of its genre and the shallowness of the characterization the climax has none of the power it needs to be believableNow add in a few weaknesses the following contains some mild spoilers1 Yes Carl doesn't know who he is I get it Unfortunately I never got to know him either and therefore didn't care much The closest we get to knowing him is when he's using his skills as an assassin mostly in the first part of the book He's intriguing then at least But it's hard to care about an assassin Dekker tries to pull it off by making Carl childlike when not in superkiller mode but it doesn't work He's just dull2 Kelly who DOES know who she is isn't any deeper as a character She loves Carl She feels bad for what she did to Carl That's pretty much it She's got about as much depth as one of those girls Indiana Jones carts around3 This is a real spoiler so please bewareCarl avoided killing through most of the book much like Arnold in T2 when anyone died it was either collateral damage caused by the bad guy or else a direct hit by the bad guy The one exception? Saint Carl took hostage then killed an Arab who was lobbying for the disarmament of Israel He was no good guy he had also contracted for the assassination of the US President but the utter lack of soul searching on the part of the hero OR the noncombatant super religious good guys was disturbing to me Assassination is murder Carl was not acting in self defense He'd gotten Kelly back The guy was unarmed Maybe he needed to die but maybe someone should've wondered a TEENY bit about it4 The villain Ugh Yeah he's evil but does he have to be so super evilly evil? Englishman is a tiny bit creepy when he's first introduced in a viewpoint section he's self aware enough to realize he's a cliche which could be chilling but then he degenerates into being so evil that he's just sillyTwo books that do a much better job The Stand Randall Flagg is terrifying Cowboy boots Smiley face buttonAnd Roy Miro in Dean Koontz's Dark Rivers of the Heart I read that book over 10 years ago and I still remember the twisty evil beneath the bland friendly surfaceThe point is that evil hides itself which is certainly not unknown to the Christian fiction genreso why make Englishman so completely over the top?5 Real spoiler here The climax was justweird These are two super top notch assassins The deadliest in the world And here they are head to head throwing rocks at each other Really? That's it? Yeah they're throwing them supernaturally but stillOK so here's the upshot I finished it and it wasn't nearly as painful an experience as finishing Eragon was So now I have to figure out how to let the student know that I appreciate his loaning me the book while not encouraging him to loan me other books by Dekker


  2. Janie Johnson Janie Johnson says:

    What a second great installment to The Paradise series and by far my favorite of the series Such a profound read of hope faith love and courage to be who we are meant to be I was not going to read this one I was going to skip to Sinner book 3 of the series because I did not think this one fit in but boy was I ever wrong This book was the perfect fitI love love love the characters that Dekker has created for this series So real and so deep from the inside out All people just like you and me accept for a uniue few I felt like our favorite super heroes coming to the forefront to fight the evil the threatened our world I can find no better way to describe the book I found myself cheering them on with every page crying with their failures and celebrating their victories This book had me so immersed within the pages that I did not want the story to ever endI won't describe characters in depth in the case that it might ruin the story for others that will be reading it but Carl is a true hero and I loved taking the journey with him into discovering who is was meant to be and deep down who he really is He went through so much you can feel nothing but every emotion he himself had felt This has definitely been one of the most profound series of the year for me It gets a solid 5 for me and I look forward to the last installment of The Paradise Series Do you believe?


  3. T.E. George T.E. George says:

    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful40 out of 5 stars Almost a Five October 6 2006 Ok already Apparently everyone else thinks everything Dekker does is a 5 But I don't give out many 5's It's kind of like when they started giving out perfect scores at the Olympics What do you do when someone does better than perfect?Showdown was magnificent and Saint came somewhat short of that Dekker does a very good job of creating heroes who aren't always heroic Saint struggles with identity just like we all do in one way or another Who is he really? Who can he trust? Why should he care? Will what he is in his heart win over what others have manipulated him to become? All these uestion are answered at heart thumping speed And like Showdown don't expect this one to be a liesurely read over the holidays Read page one and you probably won't stop until your finishedNow back to the 5 thing The Circle Trilogy Black Red White was as close to perfect as a writer can get It should become a classic As far as I am concerned Dekker set the bar so high with The Circle Trilogy it will be hard to rate anything higherNow we can all catch our breath and wait for Skin to come out in a few months


  4. Beata Beata says:

    Full of mystery action interesting and uniue Christian supernatural thriller that kept my interest from the very beginning till the end Another page turner from Ted Dekker I like it much better than Showdown It's not so weird ☺


  5. mary mary says:

    I’m liking these books less and less I think at the start I was taken in by the unusual style but it gets tiring I have one will see what I think at the end of that


  6. StarMan StarMan says:

    REVIEW Magical non realism but some readers will dig this weird stuff Prepare your eyeballs for much rollingRATING 2 stars Not really a book for me but has merit as a view spoiler supernaturalChristian ish hide spoiler


  7. Kyle Kyle says:

    The book starts out with this guy Carl waking up no idea who he is or where he's at He sees that he is in a room chained to a bed with his wife A man walks in the room and gives Carl a challenge Carl must assassinate two targets in one hour with only two bullets without killing any one else He fails the man kills him his wife and their son This covers the first few chapters of the book it ends up going crazygonuts The thing about the plot is that you have to read Showdown before you read Saint Yes this is set in the Books of History universe or the Dekkerverse as I like to call itThe story starts out normal enough but it gets to be extremely weird by the end Not Eternal Sonata makes no sense weird like speculative fiction kind of weird I personally didn't change the overall uality of the book but I know that some people don't like it Then again if you've read Showdown you can expect the same level of oddness in SaintBelief is the main theme of Saint belief in God to be specific I'm all for allegories but not at the expense of the main character Half the time Carl is an awesome action hero but towards the end he becomes a whiny punk that just wants to be a normal boy I realize that Carl is confused by this point but it doesn't make sense that an assassin that's specifically trained not to have any emotions suddenly becomes angsty Plot convenience?Dekker also introduces a great idea in the middle of the book where some one could plan exactly what some one was going to do on an emotional level I suck at explaining it but trust me it's interesting Unfortunately Ted must not have liked the idea as much because it doesn't get mention again until the end of the book and only then to say that it doesn't actually work Oh wellTed writes in his usual style for Saint If you haven't read any of his books before that means a really straightforward third person narrative And of course it has the mandatory chapter from the antagonist's perspective Also Ted continues to write terrible cheesy love scenes The simplicity of the writing is actually beneficial for the action scenes I can finally understand what awesome things are going on in these scenes unlike in Snow CrashWhich leads me to my next point the action scenes Saint's biggest achievement The moments where Carl is a crazy action hero are great Of course as I've said before these moments are countered when Carl is an enormous wimp It's not so much that he's being a wimp it's that his entire character is changed just so Dekker can have his allegoryDespite the bad things I've said about Saint I don't regret reading it The action scenes are insane it's short enough to read in a weekend and it continues Showdown my favorite book ever If you read Showdown and can borrow a copy from your library or a friend then go for it I'd hesitate to buy it but it's still a fun ride


  8. Michael Michael says:

    As is becoming routine for me I jump into the middle of a book series Haven't read any Ted Dekker before; thought I would give him a read TD is a popular Christian author I say Christian because his novels are found in the Christian section of most bookstores Christian themes permeate his writing though I would guess that some Christians would find his writing sacrilegious Faith and zero point field theory governs the use of supernatural powers in this second book of the Paradise TrilogyTD's style of writing is straight forward and direct good for a general reading audience He creates imagery suitable for his tales is adeuately descriptive and the pace of the story is fast A good page turner I would recommend this book for a number of reasons The themes are interesting The use of zero point field theory in a Christian novel I find intriguing Battles of Good vs Evil I am always ready for Page turning action is a plus And TD knows when to relax on the science on not explain too much


  9. Hyacinth Hyacinth says:

    I really liked the book He kind of puts me in the mind of Frank Peretti with the good vs evil plot There was some drag a couple of places in the book and I really didn't like the ending I felt let down SaintJohnnyCarl was a bit much for me I was ready to call in a psychologist to get a diagnosis I will definitely read of this author


  10. Lindsay Duffy Lindsay Duffy says:

    I was disappointed in this book Most of it was slow and boring The last 6 chapters were great I feel like most of the plot takes place there But the other 38 chapters feel like one plot point drawn out


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10 thoughts on “Saint

  1. Liz B Liz B says:

    So when a student is excited enough about a book to bring it in to loan to me then I do my very best to read the whole thing This is sometimes a pleasure and sometimes uite painful Eragon comes to mindWell I did read all of Saint It starts out very well confusing in a good way surprising intriguing very suspenseful then degenerates into repetitive ideas and phrases Throw in the obligatory salvation scene it's Christian fiction and I found it very tiresomeFull disclosure I'm Christian but overall I don't like fiction marketed as such I think that religious truths are conveyed much powerfully when they're not in a deliberately religious book I feel the same way about CCM Secular music that asks genuine religious uestions is much compelling to meFor example Did you read A Wrinkle in Time? Do you remember the scene when Meg screams I LOVE YOU CHARLES WALLACE? Powerful Honest Believable Memorable It's not Christian fiction but it says everything important about love and grace and sacrificeThis book tries to do something similar but because it's hobbled by the reuirements of its genre and the shallowness of the characterization the climax has none of the power it needs to be believableNow add in a few weaknesses the following contains some mild spoilers1 Yes Carl doesn't know who he is I get it Unfortunately I never got to know him either and therefore didn't care much The closest we get to knowing him is when he's using his skills as an assassin mostly in the first part of the book He's intriguing then at least But it's hard to care about an assassin Dekker tries to pull it off by making Carl childlike when not in superkiller mode but it doesn't work He's just dull2 Kelly who DOES know who she is isn't any deeper as a character She loves Carl She feels bad for what she did to Carl That's pretty much it She's got about as much depth as one of those girls Indiana Jones carts around3 This is a real spoiler so please bewareCarl avoided killing through most of the book much like Arnold in T2 when anyone died it was either collateral damage caused by the bad guy or else a direct hit by the bad guy The one exception? Saint Carl took hostage then killed an Arab who was lobbying for the disarmament of Israel He was no good guy he had also contracted for the assassination of the US President but the utter lack of soul searching on the part of the hero OR the noncombatant super religious good guys was disturbing to me Assassination is murder Carl was not acting in self defense He'd gotten Kelly back The guy was unarmed Maybe he needed to die but maybe someone should've wondered a TEENY bit about it4 The villain Ugh Yeah he's evil but does he have to be so super evilly evil? Englishman is a tiny bit creepy when he's first introduced in a viewpoint section he's self aware enough to realize he's a cliche which could be chilling but then he degenerates into being so evil that he's just sillyTwo books that do a much better job The Stand Randall Flagg is terrifying Cowboy boots Smiley face buttonAnd Roy Miro in Dean Koontz's Dark Rivers of the Heart I read that book over 10 years ago and I still remember the twisty evil beneath the bland friendly surfaceThe point is that evil hides itself which is certainly not unknown to the Christian fiction genreso why make Englishman so completely over the top?5 Real spoiler here The climax was justweird These are two super top notch assassins The deadliest in the world And here they are head to head throwing rocks at each other Really? That's it? Yeah they're throwing them supernaturally but stillOK so here's the upshot I finished it and it wasn't nearly as painful an experience as finishing Eragon was So now I have to figure out how to let the student know that I appreciate his loaning me the book while not encouraging him to loan me other books by Dekker

  2. Janie Johnson Janie Johnson says:

    What a second great installment to The Paradise series and by far my favorite of the series Such a profound read of hope faith love and courage to be who we are meant to be I was not going to read this one I was going to skip to Sinner book 3 of the series because I did not think this one fit in but boy was I ever wrong This book was the perfect fitI love love love the characters that Dekker has created for this series So real and so deep from the inside out All people just like you and me accept for a uniue few I felt like our favorite super heroes coming to the forefront to fight the evil the threatened our world I can find no better way to describe the book I found myself cheering them on with every page crying with their failures and celebrating their victories This book had me so immersed within the pages that I did not want the story to ever endI won't describe characters in depth in the case that it might ruin the story for others that will be reading it but Carl is a true hero and I loved taking the journey with him into discovering who is was meant to be and deep down who he really is He went through so much you can feel nothing but every emotion he himself had felt This has definitely been one of the most profound series of the year for me It gets a solid 5 for me and I look forward to the last installment of The Paradise Series Do you believe?

  3. T.E. George T.E. George says:

    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful40 out of 5 stars Almost a Five October 6 2006 Ok already Apparently everyone else thinks everything Dekker does is a 5 But I don't give out many 5's It's kind of like when they started giving out perfect scores at the Olympics What do you do when someone does better than perfect?Showdown was magnificent and Saint came somewhat short of that Dekker does a very good job of creating heroes who aren't always heroic Saint struggles with identity just like we all do in one way or another Who is he really? Who can he trust? Why should he care? Will what he is in his heart win over what others have manipulated him to become? All these uestion are answered at heart thumping speed And like Showdown don't expect this one to be a liesurely read over the holidays Read page one and you probably won't stop until your finishedNow back to the 5 thing The Circle Trilogy Black Red White was as close to perfect as a writer can get It should become a classic As far as I am concerned Dekker set the bar so high with The Circle Trilogy it will be hard to rate anything higherNow we can all catch our breath and wait for Skin to come out in a few months

  4. Beata Beata says:

    Full of mystery action interesting and uniue Christian supernatural thriller that kept my interest from the very beginning till the end Another page turner from Ted Dekker I like it much better than Showdown It's not so weird ☺

  5. mary mary says:

    I’m liking these books less and less I think at the start I was taken in by the unusual style but it gets tiring I have one will see what I think at the end of that

  6. StarMan StarMan says:

    REVIEW Magical non realism but some readers will dig this weird stuff Prepare your eyeballs for much rollingRATING 2 stars Not really a book for me but has merit as a view spoiler supernaturalChristian ish hide spoiler

  7. Kyle Kyle says:

    The book starts out with this guy Carl waking up no idea who he is or where he's at He sees that he is in a room chained to a bed with his wife A man walks in the room and gives Carl a challenge Carl must assassinate two targets in one hour with only two bullets without killing any one else He fails the man kills him his wife and their son This covers the first few chapters of the book it ends up going crazygonuts The thing about the plot is that you have to read Showdown before you read Saint Yes this is set in the Books of History universe or the Dekkerverse as I like to call itThe story starts out normal enough but it gets to be extremely weird by the end Not Eternal Sonata makes no sense weird like speculative fiction kind of weird I personally didn't change the overall uality of the book but I know that some people don't like it Then again if you've read Showdown you can expect the same level of oddness in SaintBelief is the main theme of Saint belief in God to be specific I'm all for allegories but not at the expense of the main character Half the time Carl is an awesome action hero but towards the end he becomes a whiny punk that just wants to be a normal boy I realize that Carl is confused by this point but it doesn't make sense that an assassin that's specifically trained not to have any emotions suddenly becomes angsty Plot convenience?Dekker also introduces a great idea in the middle of the book where some one could plan exactly what some one was going to do on an emotional level I suck at explaining it but trust me it's interesting Unfortunately Ted must not have liked the idea as much because it doesn't get mention again until the end of the book and only then to say that it doesn't actually work Oh wellTed writes in his usual style for Saint If you haven't read any of his books before that means a really straightforward third person narrative And of course it has the mandatory chapter from the antagonist's perspective Also Ted continues to write terrible cheesy love scenes The simplicity of the writing is actually beneficial for the action scenes I can finally understand what awesome things are going on in these scenes unlike in Snow CrashWhich leads me to my next point the action scenes Saint's biggest achievement The moments where Carl is a crazy action hero are great Of course as I've said before these moments are countered when Carl is an enormous wimp It's not so much that he's being a wimp it's that his entire character is changed just so Dekker can have his allegoryDespite the bad things I've said about Saint I don't regret reading it The action scenes are insane it's short enough to read in a weekend and it continues Showdown my favorite book ever If you read Showdown and can borrow a copy from your library or a friend then go for it I'd hesitate to buy it but it's still a fun ride

  8. Michael Michael says:

    As is becoming routine for me I jump into the middle of a book series Haven't read any Ted Dekker before; thought I would give him a read TD is a popular Christian author I say Christian because his novels are found in the Christian section of most bookstores Christian themes permeate his writing though I would guess that some Christians would find his writing sacrilegious Faith and zero point field theory governs the use of supernatural powers in this second book of the Paradise TrilogyTD's style of writing is straight forward and direct good for a general reading audience He creates imagery suitable for his tales is adeuately descriptive and the pace of the story is fast A good page turner I would recommend this book for a number of reasons The themes are interesting The use of zero point field theory in a Christian novel I find intriguing Battles of Good vs Evil I am always ready for Page turning action is a plus And TD knows when to relax on the science on not explain too much

  9. Hyacinth Hyacinth says:

    I really liked the book He kind of puts me in the mind of Frank Peretti with the good vs evil plot There was some drag a couple of places in the book and I really didn't like the ending I felt let down SaintJohnnyCarl was a bit much for me I was ready to call in a psychologist to get a diagnosis I will definitely read of this author

  10. Lindsay Duffy Lindsay Duffy says:

    I was disappointed in this book Most of it was slow and boring The last 6 chapters were great I feel like most of the plot takes place there But the other 38 chapters feel like one plot point drawn out

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