Bishop Lynn Peterson watches horrifed as a famous soccer star is gunned down. But his death isn't the only assassination she'll witness while secretly serving as an underground courier for the president. The killings lead her to the mystery surrounding a 13th-century Serbian monk. Can she complete her mission before she becomes the next victim? 400 pages, softcover from Abingdon.
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Making the protagonist of a novel a lady priest does not make the book "Christian" fiction. There were many times throughout the novel when I simply quit reading because the theological ideas being promoted were not Christian. In fact, it seemed like the author was actually anti-historical Christianity at many points. Since it is an e-book, it is difficult at this point to go back and cite texts, but that is my overwhelming take. I purchase Christian fiction on purpose, so it was disappointing to read.
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Review 2 for The Dead Saint
Better Than Forsyth!
Date:May 14, 2011
Not since I was captivated by Frederick Forsyth's THE DAY OF THE JACKAL have I been as spellbound by a novel of crime and terror as I was when I read THE DEAD SAINT. It has everything: fabulous settings, international intrigue, delusional criminals, heart-stopping action, and, to top it off, a thoroughly likable protagonist. I give it five stars, and would give it more if the system allowed it!
What a ride! "The Dead Saint" was an exciting thriller to read. It is always such fun to find a book that you can't put down. The bishop's quiet but strong leadership mixed with sincere relational qualities made the character someone you wanted to know personally. I particularly liked the way the author used the bishop's "Inner Voice." The short chapters made for a fast, moving read.
"The Dead Saint" is a political thriller with an anti-war theme. Unfortunately, there's an excess of unnecessary detail that slowed the pace. There were whole scenes that could have been cut and the reader wouldn't have missed them. However, some suspense was created by physical danger to various nice people.
The main characters were interesting. However, the majority of the characters were described in an idealized way or were cliche. Lynn and her husband also seemed too naive and hero-worshiping for their given backgrounds. Lynn also seemed to have a mental illness--something like a split personality--which just struck me as weird. However, she did act intelligently, though realistically, to the unexpectedly dangerous situations she was in.
Though Lynn visited several foreign countries, I didn't get a vivid mental image of the settings or a real feel for the cultures. We got descriptions of a few tourist spots and a generic "war-zone neighborhood." They felt like descriptions you could get off of photographs, though you could tell the author has been through foreign airports.
Lynn was an episcopal bishop whose focus was on social activism for peace and to help the poor. Her theology seemed to consist of frequent centering to find peace, removing "sin" from her vocabulary because it led to feeling guilty, and an occasional prayer to become a better person. She also talked with others about the similarities between religions and how she thinks they're all reaching toward the same God and same goal of self-transformation.
I don't recall any bad language. There was no sex. Overall, the novel wasn't bad, it just wasn't as exciting and engaging as I'd expect of such a plot.
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.