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Red: The Heroic Rescue (The Circle #2)

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"We have stepped off the cliff and are falling into madness."

The mind-bending pace of Black accelerates in Red, Book Two of Ted Dekker's groundbreaking Circle trilogy. Less than a month ago, Thomas Hunter was a failed writer selling coffee at the Java Hut in Denver. Now he finds himself in a desperate quest to rescue two worlds from collapse. In one world, he's a battle-sc
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Published May 29th 2005 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2004)
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Hannah Rodriguez
Oct 08, 2016 Hannah Rodriguez rated it it was amazing
(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
Feb 05, 2013 J.S. Bailey rated it it was amazing
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
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
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 29, 2012 Kyle rated it it was ok
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
Christian Hanna
Oct 05, 2016 Christian Hanna rated it really liked it
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
Jun 25, 2013 Sophie rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy, ljb
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.
Esma Tezgi
Nov 15, 2015 Esma Tezgi rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 29, 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 14, 2010 Devin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, christian
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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
Jan 04, 2013 Tom rated it did not like it
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
Oct 08, 2011 Kasia rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 18, 2016 Carolyn rated it really liked it
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
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.
Mindi Rosser
Jan 27, 2011 Mindi Rosser rated it it was amazing
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 29, 2009 Jason rated it it was amazing
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
Caleb Wilson
Dec 04, 2015 Caleb Wilson rated it it was amazing
The book I read was red (circle series). The whole series is about how he got shot in the head and when he did he woke up in an unusual world. The world was perfect. Then he fell asleep in that world and it started getting weird. When he woke up he was back in his world. He freaked out told his sister and she didn’t believe him. His sister thought he was going crazy because the bullet grazed him, so she told him to get rest. When he fell asleep he was back in the other world. He finds out that ...more
Aug 15, 2014 Roger rated it it was amazing
RATING: 5.0 out of 5.0

SUMMARY: Thomas Hunter is living in two realities. One is present day Earth. The other is a distant future after most of the worlds population has been killed by a virus released by terrorists. When he goes to sleep in one reality, he wakes in the other. This is the second book in the series.

COMMENT: There are three books in the series, but in reality it is one big book released in three parts. You really should read the three books in order to have the best experience.

In t
Trent Kinsey
Jan 20, 2015 Trent Kinsey rated it liked it
10-15 years ago, Ted Dekker was my favorite author. And this, still, is my favorite of his many books. The idea behind The Circle series is unique and creative, and the underlying message (while heavy handed at times) is an important one to me and millions of other Christians.

But the one thing I've realized coming back to Ted's books as an adult is this: he's a good storyteller, but a terrible (and I mean TERRIBLE) writer. Which is really a shame because his imagination is solid. But his charact
Amy Pond
Feb 02, 2016 Amy Pond rated it liked it
Red was a fantastic second installment of The Circle Trilogy. Fast paced, exciting, and sometimes, a bit confusing!

Dekker has that rare ability of making you confused, but it all makes sense once to understand. (Reminds me of Moffat).

This book takes place fifteen years after the events of Black, but only half an hour later.
Thomas has a family in the Southern Forest, and is leader of Elyon's followers. The Horde's general Martyn has ties to the Southern Forests, and has secrets that I don't thin
Hurry, get some drinks and snacks and with a comfy blanket, prepare yourself to be thrust into the 2nd installment of Dekkers circle trilogy . "RED" immediately picks up from where book one stopped with the energy, drama, and anticipation continuing at break neck speed. You will flip the pages quickly as you yearn to learn of what happens next..and what happens next. On the way, you'll experience some emotions. Sadness. Happiness. Nervousness. You read for hours, forsaking all other responsibili ...more
Jun 08, 2015 Derek rated it it was amazing
is a book that is very interesting, not to complicating but interesting, it has a good story line to it. This book is very adventurous with cliffhangers on every chapter. It is a real page turner that is a good mix between medieval and modern day guns and nuclear weapons. The story line to this story is very adventures with Thomas trying to save the world from a virus while in a different world trying to save his kingdom from the enemy from destroying his forest. This book depicts loyalty t
Heather G Gentle
Aug 28, 2009 Heather G Gentle rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 12, 2016 Alan rated it liked it
My comments on "Black" apply equally to "Red".

A few more notes on "Red" - spoiler warning.

In this book the character representing Jesus appears and heals a wounded and dying person using special water from a canteen. Shortly afterward a character has been killed, and the special water is able to raise the person from the dead. Shortly after that, 2 people in succession are wounded and dying, but no one remembers this water that was just used for other healings, and these people die. One of a num
Sep 01, 2016 Táranis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pues la segunda parte de la serie El Círculo me ha parecido en muchos aspectos mejor que la primera. El protagonista sigue viviendo entre las dos realidades, la nuestra y la alternativa, que en realidad también es la nuestra, solo que en el futuro. (O al menos algo así parece.) Pero si en Negro me gusto más la historia que tiene lugar en nuestra realidad actual, en Rojo ambas historias están más igualadas en ese sentido, puede que incluso me quedase con la de la realidad alternativa si tuviera q ...more
Pennie Davis
Mar 28, 2014 Pennie Davis rated it it was amazing
I was introduced to Ted Dekker by someone saying, "He is a wonderful Christian writer" and with that statement my interest in reading his works went out the door. Luckily for me, the person recommending his books was someone I respected and chose to pursue the journey of this book along with the two following.

Brilliant. Ted Dekker takes religious principles, sheds light on the self evolution and manipulation of it and presents it in such a way that it both entertaining and eye opening. He takes
Sue Klasing
The story doesn't open exactly where BLACK left off, that's about 3 chapters in. I got 1/2 way through the book in one day. Needless to say it really hold my interest. Thomas' wife is taking more of a leading role in this episode as she realizes that she is also "dreaming" of the other world where she is being held captive so Thomas can hopefully rescue her. Rachelle dies however Monique lives because Thomas wrote that she survived in the blank book of histories. Justin of Southern is brutally m ...more
Carolina Urán
Jan 28, 2014 Carolina Urán rated it really liked it
comienza una nueva aventura, con nuevos personajes: los dos hijos de Thomas y Rachelle, Marie y Samuel, los guardianes del bosque Mikil, william,Jamous y Justin, y por el lado de los malos tenemos a Martyn y a Qurong.

Thomas y Rachelle muestran su naturaleza humana, se equivocan, pero tienen la oportunidad de aprender de sus errores, hubo momentos en que me provocaba estrangular a Rachelle, y Thomas también se gano mis deseos de darle un bofetón, pero eso me gustó,me gustó el que los personajes t
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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
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