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Red (The Circle Series) Paperback – July 26, 2009

4.7 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Circle Series

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In the second part of his three-book Circle trilogy releasing this year, Dekker pens an absorbing thriller that convincingly blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. In Black, readers met Thomas Hunter, whose dreams move him from a contemporary world to a strange other-world and back again. In this sequel, Hunter finds himself again torn between two realities after a 15-year respite from his dreams. Pitted against the New Allegiance, which has intentionally spread a deadly virus known as the Raison Strain that threatens to destroy the modern world, he launches a desperate search for the scientist who can provide the vaccine. In Hunter’s other world, the savage Horde with its loathsome skin disease is on the brink of overpowering the Forest People, who hope for Elyon’s deliverance. But the Forest People’s "Great Romance"-love of Elyon-has degenerated, and when the controversial, messiah-like Justin proposes a truce, things quickly disintegrate. Although there’s gruesome violence (a torture scene paralleling the crucifixion and another torture scene involving a needle), Dekker steers clear of sexual situations and profanity. His writing has improved tremendously in a short period. The Christian symbolism woven into the story will delight readers of faith, and the intriguing plot will interest general fantasy readers.
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"If you die in your dreams, do you die in your bed? The dreams of failed writer Thomas Hunter have thrust him into two very real worlds. In one he’s an ancient general leading a band of warriors against hopeless odds; in the other he’s battling a terrorist plot that has infected much of the modern world with a deadly virus. Continuing the Circle trilogy begun with BLACK, Dekker’s RED thrusts the reader into a fascinating tale of suspense and intrigue. Reader Rob Lamont brings urgency and clarity to what could be a topsy-turvy page-turner." 
R.O. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
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Product Details

  • Series: The Circle Series (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 2 Anv edition (July 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595547312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595547316
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The wait since I read Black is over. Red is here, and it exceeds the high expecations that Black had established. To my amazement, Red is even better than Black, and that's saying a lot. Red is even more suspenseful, with more hair rising turns and plot twists than you can imagine. Yet, at the same time, everything is coherent, well-written, taut, direct. Dekker does a wondeful job of creating different worlds and situations while maintaining credibility. Red is a page turner that is nearly impossible to put down. The only joy in setting it aside for awhile is the pleasure of picking it back up and getting back in on the adventure. Red is the best fiction book I've read this year.
A word of warning to those who have not read Black and are thinking of starting with Red, don't. This is not one of those books where what happened in the previous book is backfilled in the current book. Red picks up where it left of, all action, suspense, and exciting plot developments. I don't want to give anything away, but I found the way things developed toward the end of Red very satisfying.
Now it's a long four months wait for White to come out!
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This is Christian Fiction at it's best!!! I read Red in 6 hours, could not put it down! (Read Black first-equally awesome!)
I think Ted Dekker is setting the pace and leading the way; I'm excited for the entire Christian Fiction Market, because he just blew the doors wide open! I hope he's busy working on something else!!
I was so upset by the thought of having to wait till September for the third book in the trilogy that I went back to the book store and bought his other titles! "Blink" was consumed in 4 hours...totally loved it!
I love the way Ted Dekker weaves deep truths into the story, how he stretches your mind and heart and changes your reality!
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"Black" was an appetizer. Pleasing, but not entirely satisfying, it lacked a certain richness. Meant to whet our appetites, it was preparing us for something greater.
"Red" is the meal. Ted Dekker expands upon his concepts and worlds, entertaining us, spinning a great story, and serving up substance with style. The dream-like world of Thomas Hunter takes on weight--it becomes more real. In the "real" world, the spreading virus and its global threat become parallels for the actual battle playing out on another plane. A spiritual plane. A plane with very real consequences.
As in the first book, we don't get much inner character conflict or change. For me, this can lead to disappointment. But Dekker aims for a larger, symbolic conflict--the struggle of the human soul between darkness and light, between death and life. In this, he succeeds wildly.
I've had my appetizer and my entree...Now I'm waiting for dessert!
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Those who enjoyed Dekker's previous work, Black, won't have to miss a beat; Red begins literally from Black's cliffhanger ending, and rushes mercilessly into the next volume of the Circle Trilogy. We find Thomas Hunter again in peril in the present day, but with a new toughness and maturity from his battles in the other world. The danger to our world begins approaching a climactic phase and Hunter maintains a tenuous balance between those demanding his help here and the duties of his innovative military leader persona in the other world.

The vivid tragedy Dekker paints in this part of the trilogy is astonishing. I have never before found myself yelling "No!" or cheering out loud with a book as I did reading Red. Throughout each chapter, the reader feels an ever-intensifying sense of inevitability from observing wrong choices made with right motives. The characters all emanate genuineness and urgency. Consequently, we empathize with most if not all of them, grudgingly even those in the Horde--the scaly, vicious and revolting enemy of Thomas and the Forest People. As we've come to expect, there is no shortage of shocking revelations either.

Ted Dekker's novels have a trademark underlying theme: romance. In Black, Thomas Hunter's romance with Rachelle flowed like a silk curtain in the wind, graceful and sweet. In Red, romance is equally prevalent, if not more so; but Dekker spins us around with it by throwing completely unexpected plot changes in our way. He leads the reader like a master, allowing our preconceived ideas and human emotion to propel us to conclusions which often turn out to miss the mark. Romance, devotion and valiance soak the characters, and we find ourselves aspiring to be so brave, so loving.
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With 2 down and 1 to go, man, Ted Dekker leaves the reader in suspense! Thomas Hunter continues his quest along with Monique to eliminate the Raison Strain. Dekker writes at a panic driven speed, along with a sense of urgency, and then leaves the reader saying something like, "WHOA!" and it just keeps getting faster!
In this book, you will finally understand the meaning of the circle. In this book, you will understand what The Great Romance really means. And yes, you will know what Red means. The question is, are you ready for it?
Ted Dekker is Red hot right now, and after watching some counter punching a little with Black, I'm ready for the knock out punch that'll floor us all! There was a lot more detail in this, that was what I really liked. Black was awesome, but left you ultimately wanting more. Well, he gives you more with Red, saying, "Oh yeah!!" White indeed will be something to buckle your seatbelt for, because this time he ain't stopping until the ride is over! VVROOM!!!
This was awesome. So, to everyone who's read up to this point, Elyon's strength!
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