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Saint | [Ted Dekker]

Saint

He's 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 not all of it.
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Publisher's Summary

"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.

He's 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 not all of it.

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.

©2006 Ted Dekker; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Kevin King's delivery of the ultimate showdown drives the plot as Carl's rapid-fire self-talk is delivered at a heart-pounding pace." (AudioFile)

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    Jim Grand Junction, CO, United States 09-09-08
    Jim Grand Junction, CO, United States 09-09-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Fun Read"

    Lots of plot twists and suspense and action, the kind of book that is hard to put down. I enjoyed it. I would also recommend his trilogy, "White", "Black", "Red".

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Sherylette PARAGOULD, AR, United States 07-09-12
    Sherylette PARAGOULD, AR, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A Stroke of Genius!"

    If you have ever listened to or read one of Dekker's books, you must check this one out! From the beginning to the end it had my full attention. You always have to be ready for that twist in his books and this one delivered just as expected. If you are a Dekker fan, you will not be disappointed. It might get a bit imaginative at the end, but which one of his books doesn't. I've listened to it several times. Kevin King does a masterful job narrating as well. Delivers a five star rating on all counts in my book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Tallahassee, FL, United States 03-06-12
    Mark Tallahassee, FL, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Typical Dekker Style and Story"
    Would you try another book from Ted Dekker and/or Kevin King?

    Yes. I really like the Military/Espionage genre and this was Dekker's attempt to marry his stylized writing and the Spy type story. He can be a little over the top and this book is no different.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The X Project story thread, the back story of the agency that supplied assassins to all comers for a high price and used experimental drugs and treatments to train them. I'd like to see what Vince Flynn or Stephen Coonts could do with this idea.


    What about Kevin King’s performance did you like?

    Didn't seem forced, natural. Played individual parts very well.


    Could you see Saint being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Only if they kept to the spy story arch.
    Stars?....don't know who I would cast off the top of my head


    Any additional comments?

    Not Dekker's best title, but I did enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jessica Everett, WA, United States 03-13-11
    jessica Everett, WA, United States 03-13-11
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    "Amazing!"

    this is just an amazing book !!!! it is heart pumping till the end...i advise you to get this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. George Kremmling, CO United States 09-14-10
    R. George Kremmling, CO United States 09-14-10 Member Since 2006

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    "Poor Narrator"

    In my opinion Saint is one of Dekker's finest works. However, I feel that King did not come close to doing it justice. I have certainly heard worse narrating, but Saint deserves better.
    If you like Dekker, read Saint. Perhaps not this version, but some version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shadowmarten South Pasadena, FL, United States 09-16-09
    Shadowmarten South Pasadena, FL, United States 09-16-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst Audible purchase ever"

    Very inconsistent plot. Unbelievable characters. Poor narration. I can't really think of anything good to say about the novel. I obviously will not read the other novels in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carola Henderson, NV, USA 07-29-09
    Carola Henderson, NV, USA 07-29-09
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    "Very Strange Book"

    Very strange beginning; don't know that I would have read it if I hadn't read other books of Dekker. Glad I continued, but... you have to have a very big imagination to believe it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don LELAND, NC, United States 04-18-09
    Don LELAND, NC, United States 04-18-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Better than Showdown"

    This is the follow up to Showdown and brings back Johnny Drake and a few other characters. While this is not in the same class with Adam and Three, it was pretty good until it got to the end. The Paradise Trilogy attempts to convey a message rather that tell a story like Red, Black, and White. I'm hoping Sinner will be better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Cadiz, KY, United States 01-07-09
    Amy Cadiz, KY, United States 01-07-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Grave disappointment!"

    I am generally fascinated with Dekker, but this book was not only unbelieveable, but completely boring. I unfortunately wasted a credit. Bummer

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    01-02-09
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    "Saint"

    This book was slow for me and I did complete it without a lot of excitement. I would not buy it again or really say it was good -it was OK.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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