IE: Saint

by Ted Dekker

Paperback, 2006



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Thomas Nelson (2006), 368 pages

Original publication date



'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.… (more)


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1595542280 / 9781595542281

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LibraryThing member multilingualmaid
Saint is another thrilling yet thought provoking book from Ted Dekker. Carl, aka Saint, has been trained as an assassin by the X group. The X group uses a unique method of training that involves stripping a candidate of his or her identity and then rebuilding it according to their specifications.
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This makes Carl the perfect assassin, but it also leaves him confused about who he really is. So when an assassination goes wrong, Carl is on the run. Hunted, searching, and confused, Carl is looking for the truth, but when he finds it, he may not be able to accept it.

I love how Ted Dekker can turn the basic struggles between good and evil that we face in everyday life into thrilling adventures. His stories always make me look at life from a different angle and are certainly full of surprising twists and turns. I enjoyed every moment of it!
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LibraryThing member slater48
This is by far my favorite Ted Dekker book ever! Ted Dekker is a genius with the suspense!
LibraryThing member navets
Thankfully, I didn’t know that Saint by Ted Dekker was the second in a series!

I picked up Saint at a local discount store for under $5 after reading the author’s name and remembering that I enjoyed Dekker’s collaboration with Peretti and another novel, Thr3e.

Like the previous works, this,
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too, was a quick-and-exciting read. I don’t think I was hindered having not read the previous book in the series and I hope to be able to pick that book up one day and catch the back-story to this great novel.

The story follows somewhat of a Jason Bourne movie-esque adventure. There’s plenty of Spiritual under-and-over-tones to keep things “Christian”, but I would NOT label this book necessarily as overtly “Christian Fiction” - which I think is a good thing!

I think Authors who are Christians should be more often using their God-given talents to write good literature than they are making sure they “please” the Christian subculture. Ted Dekker seems to have filled that niche with Saint fairly well. I haven’t read any other reviews of this book, but I would assume that there is probably some talk in our subculture that this book would never fit into the Christian Fiction Canon.
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LibraryThing member ranson_larry
A very good story that asks the question: Are you willing to accept being different and fulfill your role in this life despite possible alienation or fade into obscurity like so many others? The book focuses on a man that doesn't know who he really is. He is either Carl or Johnny but he must make
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the choice to fulfill his special destiny or run away to try to live a "normal" life.
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LibraryThing member chsbellboy
Ted Dekker's Paradise series is an enjoyable three-book read in typical Dekker style. There are several different Christian motifs sprinkled throughout the page turners. In all, the Paradise series is my favorite series by Dekker. This is the second book by publication date in the series.
LibraryThing member Elizabeth.Wong98
Saint, a novel by Ted Dekker, is the story of Carl. Carl is not your ordinary boy. He is a train assassin used by the X Group. The X Group uses memory wipes and different scenarios to make Carl the perfect killer. These do what they are supposed to, but they leave Carl wondering who he really is.
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The only person he can trust is Kelly. He sets out on an assassination attempt, but it fails. Carl has never failed. Now he doesn't know what to do, so he runs.

I really liked this book because it shows the struggles going on between good and evil. Also, Ted Dekker has a wry sense of humor that always leaves you wanting more. I have read many of his novels, but I think this one is the best. I love the plot, how it twists and turns, and also the suspense. It was a little dry at first, but overall, this is a superb book.
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LibraryThing member Carol420
The central theme is identity: Who are we? Why are we here? How do we discover and embrace our gifts? Before you think this is a thriller bogged down by overwrought philosophy (a mistake you wouldn't make if you've read Dekker's previous books), let me assure you that this book starts with a race
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against time and ends with a rockin' climax. Carl discovers he is one of the world's finest assassins, yet wonders what has brought him to this place. He gets hints along the way of something not quite right--mysteries of his past, and doubts about his future. The story leads Carl through a stripping of his identity to understand that which he has truly been called to do.

I am very selective when choosing to read Ted Dekker. I don'tr care for everything he writes but "Saint" is an intriguing story about good versus evil, finding who you truly are, and learning that accepting the differences in your life that your faith brings is part of being who you are!
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LibraryThing member Vulco1
Action Packed. A great continuation!

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