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Black (The Circle Trilogy, Book 1) (The Books of History Chronicles) Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, February 9, 2004
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When we first meet Thomas Hunter, he is on the run from some hitmen. It seems that he borrowed some money from the mob and never quite managed to pay them back. A bullet grazes Thomas' head and he is knocked unconcious.
As Thomas regains conciousness, he finds that he has no memory of who he is or even where he is. He touches his throbbing head and finds that it is bleeding. There is also some blood on the rocks where his head was. He thinks he must have fallen and knocked himself out. Unfortunately, Thomas is in the middle of the Black Forest, which is filled with thousands of big, ugly, black bats. When one of them bares his yellow fangs at the confused man, Thomas passes out.
When Thomas comes to, he finds himself face down in a pile of garbage. He manages to make his way to his sister's apartment. After cleaning himself up a little, he passes out on the couch from sheer exhaustion.
As Thomas wakes up, he finds himself surrounded once again by the big, ugly, black bats. Worse yet, he still has no idea who he is or where he is.
Thomas Hunter is trapped between two realities. Everytime he falls asleep or goes unconcious in one of them, he wakes up in the other. But these realities seem more like dreams to Thomas. And to make matters worse, he doesn't know which one is the dream and which one is real.
Unfortunately, both realities are in grave danger. And Thomas is the only one who can save both worlds. But before he can do that, he must accept the reality of both worlds. If he doesn't, neither reality stands a chance of surviving.Read more ›
That said, I loved this story. I didn't think I would when I first started to read Black. The people were just so...well, mushy and loving. It drove me nuts. But I kept reading on the promise of a friend that it would get better.
Pretty soon I got used to the mushiness and recognized it as seeing love and innocence in its pureset form, untainted by sin and evil. After awhile it made me long for that same innocence and love and I teared up at the end of the book when sin corrupted that world.
Sure, the Christian sybology is really strong. Its supposed to be. That is the nature of this world Dekker wrote. Its not subtle...its black and white...and red. Extremes. Extreme evil, extreme love. Thats the way it is in the real world too...though we have succeeded in turning everything into shades of gray.
Sin, evil, love, redemption, sanctification, the law, hope, faith, did I mention love? All in this series. And more.
There are few authors I have read who can so well portray the narrow gap between heros and villains of humanity, while at the same time drawing a clear line between the two.
Having a penchant for Fantasy/ Science fiction novels, I was pleased to discover Mr. Dekker was trying his hand at this genre with BLACK. Would he be able to bring his unique style to this type of story? All I can say is Wow!
Start to finish was a pleasure to read. If you have enjoyed the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R Donaldson, you will find a similar sense of mystery about which reality is the real reality. If you've read the swashbuckling style of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Men of Mars novels, you will find that heroic pace and imaginative landscape.
I have read a few novels since finishing BLACK, and when I turn the last page, instead of contemplating what I've just read, find myself asking, "I wonder if RED is out yet?"
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