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Red: The Heroic Rescue (The Circle #2)

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  20,422 Ratings  ·  636 Reviews
"We have stepped off the cliff and are falling into madness."

Thomas Hunter is caught between two shocking realities, each facing a meltdown of epic proportions. When he dreams in one world, he awakens in the other. In one reality, Thomas is a respected military leader urgently trying to deliver the vastly outnumbered Forest People from an agonizing calamity that will end l
Paperback, 381 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2004)
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Hannah Rodriguez
Oct 08, 2016 Hannah Rodriguez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-2016
(So it took me a long time to read this but after A Time To Rise, I had this temporary reading slump)

There were tons of twists that made me put the book done and just stare.
It connected so well. CANT WAIT FOR WHITE
J.S. Bailey
Oct 17, 2011 J.S. Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Those who know me in the obscure part of life known to some as "The Real World" know that I do not often express the raging sea of emotions that constantly swirls around inside my brain. Think Jamie Hyneman. Think Mister Spock. Yeah. I'm kinda like them. I'm sure some people think I'm the human equivalent of an android, but that's okay, because they can think whatever they want.

I don't know why I tend to bottle up my emotions. I guess it's just the way I'm made. I spend about 95% of my waking ho
Jill Williamson
Dec 19, 2008 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Hunter lay sleeping in a hotel room in Bangkok. Just as he’d predicted, the deadly The Raison Strain virus had been released into the world. His sister lets him sleep, though, for now.

In another reality, Thomas rides a black steed over a sandy valley, leading his Forest Guard to war against the Horde. Having eaten the fruit that blocks dreams, it’s been fifteen years since he last walked in Earth’s reality. This alternate world has become his home. But to defeat the Horde he needs an expl
M.G. Edwards
Mar 14, 2012 M.G. Edwards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Ted Dekker offers an interesting premise in his Circle Trilogy (Black/Red/White) -- that a man can alternate between the present and the future through his dreams and influence one reality by his actions in the other. The series is also a fascinating Biblical allegory. The final book, White, is the best of the three, because it explains clearly in the finale most of the unanswered questions Dekker raises in this thought-provoking series. For fans of fantasy, speculative fiction, and Chris ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I have a friend who loves these books and I hate that I rated it so low. The book is based on a fairly original idea. It makes some good points at times. I am a Christian and I know this trilogy is much loved by some people and I have no problem with it's underlying message or any point it tries to make. I wanted to like it. But as a novel it just isn't that good (at least in my opinion)and it completely failed to draw me in. Thomas and his travails in 2 worlds just don't work for me.

There are s
Aug 24, 2012 Kyle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Note: this review treats the whole series, of which this book is a part. No spoilers.

All in all, a bit disappointing. Dekker's strength is suspense; he kept me wanting to know what happened enough to read the whole series (Black, Red, White, Green) pretty quickly (~1600 pages). In the end, though, I'm not sure it was worth the time. He isn't a very good writer, his plots are predictable, the Christian imagery is a bit heavy-handed (extremely so at times), and aspects of the story went beyond my
Dec 26, 2009 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2009
I loved "Black" the first book in the circle trilogy but I was blown away by "Red" the second in the series. I truly enjoyed reading this one. Red moves the story very quickly forward towards the inevitable but it is an adventure that is filled with love, faith, atonement, and spirituality. This epic adventure leads you to look inward at yourself and to draw many parallel conclusions. Red is the rare case where the sequel is better than the first. I really recommend this series for all fiction r ...more
Jun 24, 2013 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
Again I really enjoyed this. Stronger allegorical messages than Black by quite a long way, but I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I still enjoyed the story and the characterisation. I'm intrigued to see how the plot line in this world (Bangkok) straightens out, or if it does, in the next book. I found that story line the easier of the 2 to get involved with.
Mar 29, 2017 Gerald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well done Ted. This one was able to hold my attention all through to the end and that speaks volumes about the capacity of Mr. Dekker to weave a spell-binding tale. I enjoyed the actions that were happening in the real world.....our world I would say cos we don't know very much which of the world is real.
The other-worldly forests of Elyon and the deserts of Teelah and the scabs started out a little bit unexciting but later picked up momentum and climaxed into a very gripping allegory of th
Jan 04, 2013 Tom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OK... let's start off with the good. There's an exciting pace and lots of adrenaline to this story. The pages turn quickly. It's one of those books where you get a nervous sweat going anticipating the next plot turn. Unfortunately, I had a lot of issues with many of those turns.

So if you're a huge fan of the author or the series, you should probably stop reading my review now, because it pretty much goes downhill from here.

I'm no stranger to suspending disbelief for a good story. Sentient robot
Pamela Sweezy
Apr 17, 2017 Pamela Sweezy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Biblical analogy books or even good vs evil and this series was brilliantly set up. I usually don't go for fantasy but I love that world in this series as much as the "realistic" world. Read it if you don't know what I'm talking about. ;-)
Oct 08, 2011 Kasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second installment of the Circle Trilogy did not disappoint but managed to choke me even more than "Black" - the first book that everyone should read prior to experiencing "Red". It has been a long, long time since a book made me tear up and this roused up with emotions and abyssal feelings that only very skilled writers can exude from their reader. This is a fascinating installment that takes Thomas Hunter, the man who lives in our reality when awake and also in another world when he dreams ...more
As good as his first in the series is Red pushes the envelope to another level. There's more action, more suspense and the clock winds down ever closer before the global pandemic destroys most of the world.

Whereas the first book covers the fall of man in allegorical fashion the second novel focuses on the redemption of man. After the fall of man a sickness descended upon the dream world which can only be cured by ritual washing in special water created by Elyon. Thomas is a leader of those who c
Apr 25, 2010 Devin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, christian
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Jul 25, 2016 Taha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Seriden soğudum!
-Kitap boyunca olayların nasıl gelişeceğini rahatlıkla tahmin edebiliyorsunuz; ama yazar sizi aptal yerine koyup olayları, diyalogları ve betimlemeleri gereksiz yere sakız gibi uzatıp tekrarlayarak sizi kitaptan soğutmayı başarıyor.
-Ayrıca sürekli birileri başka birilerine bir şeyleri anlatmaya çalışıyor ama onlarca sayfa bu anlattıklarına inandırma çabalarıyla sürüp gidiyor. Ta ki uykunuz gelene kadar. Abartmıyorum; biri "Süt beyaz!" dese bile karşısındakini buna ikna etmek içi
May 03, 2016 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am addicted to this series! I finished Red last night and already bought White. If you are unfamiliar, it's a cross between sci fi and fantasy.
Red continues with the story of Thomas who is "living" 2 lives - he goes between them when he sleeps and dreams. One life is present day Earth which is battling a virus that is being released as an act of terrorism. The other world is in the future. Is it Earth after humanity dies from the virus? Not sure. Thomas is the main character in both "times" t
Esma Tezgi
Nov 10, 2015 Esma Tezgi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kırmızı'yı Siyah'tan daha çok sevdim, olaylar daha anlaşılır, karakterler oturmuş ve hikaye çok güzel bir kıvama gelmiş. Kitap çok sürükleyiciydi, hiç sıkılmadım okurken, Siyah'ta rüya alemini çok benimseyememiştim açıkçası ama bu kitapta öyle bir şey olmadı. İki realiteyi de severek okudum.
Kitapta baştan sona tempo düşmüyor, sürekli yeni bir şey oluyor ve yeni şeyler açığa çıkıyor. Anlayacağınız tek düze ve sıkıcı olmaktan oldukça uzaktı. Kaos kitapta çok güzel yer alıyordu, yazar olayları
Mindi Rosser
Jan 27, 2011 Mindi Rosser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Mindi by: Parents
2nd book in the Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker. It continues the epic saga of Thomas Hunter in a thrilling, but bloody, read. The allegorical undertones are more prevalent in this book, as Dekker makes the character representing Christ very evident.

Of the 3 books in the trilogy, this one would be filled with the most action and battles. The romance aspect is not as emphasized as the 1st or 3rd books. After finishing this book, you will want to have the 3rd book (White) on-hand, so you can continu
Dec 06, 2016 Trey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book blew me away. It wasn't that it was just better than Black, but it was genius. The Old Testament parallels were done so well, and then the gospel part of the New Testament was beautiful. It was even more thrilling than Black and I couldn't wait to get back into the book every time I put it down. So much better than Black, even though Black was also really good! Can't wait to start White!
Heather G Gentle
If you've ever read LOTR ...this second in the series is a bit similar to the "Two Towers" book... a lot of epic battles and battle/fight strategy with a little bit of a love story thrown in the background. To me this was the most boring of the 3 books but Tom, Monique and Kara are great characters and it was worth continuing to see what happened to them.
Once again, loved the action, disliked the allegories, squirmed at the violence. All that drowning. Dekker was going for in-your-face uncomfortable and he got it.
Kinda like The Passion Of The Christ by Mel Gibson.
I've started the 3rd book in the series.
Tina Peterson
book 2 is more intense and more confusing but yet I kept reading it and looking forward to book 3. This book had quite the cliff hanger. I was yelling at the end.... and instantly started reading White.
Cada capítulo me enganchaba más y más.
De veras, disfruté toda la historia me encantó todo.
Estoy con muchos sentimientos, porque hay muchas cosas que pasan en el libro.
Y no puedo esperar más para leer el siguiente libro.
Jan 27, 2014 Kyrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 18, 2012 Allie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My mind is blown. Seriously. This book is AMAZING. The characters seemed so real and the symbolism is very, very, very good. I could not stress enough how much I loved this book! I would HIGHLY recommend this series!
Aug 17, 2013 Elise rated it it was amazing
I SO have to read 1 and 2!
Jun 12, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last 100 pages of this book bumped its rating back up to 5 stars
Reseña de toda la serie en español

With every book, I love this series more and more!
Jul 07, 2009 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction, own
On the one hand, Dekker has skill in writing action and keeping the plot moving. On the other, his symbolism gets a little heavy handed for my taste. 3 1/2 stars for keeping the story moving.
Christian Hanna
Oct 05, 2016 Christian Hanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 7.7 out of 10.0
Author: Ted Dekker
Genre: Fantasy
About: In the wake of the chaos ensuing in Dekker’s first novel of the Circle Series, Black, the next chapter in the story turns everything you thought you knew on its head. In Red, stakes are raised, tears are shed, plots are twisted, and lives are risked. A shattering book that sets the stage for the final novel in Dekker’s trilogy, Red continues the heart-wrenching emotion and relentless pace set in Black. Also, it should be noted that th
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Ted Dekker is known for novels that combine adrenaline-laced stories with unexpected plot twists, unforgettable characters, and incredible confrontations between good and evil. Ted lives in Austin with his wife LeeAnn and their four children.
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“...most men and women will yield to the strong currents sucking them into the seas of ruin. Only the strongest in mind and spirit will swim against that current.” 31 likes
“We've stepped off the cliff and are falling into madness.” 12 likes
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