Red: The Heroic Rescue (The Circle, #2)
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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 battl...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2004)
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J.S. Bailey
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...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...more
Sophie
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.
Jill Williamson
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...more
M.G. Edwards
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
Devin
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Jonathan
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...more
Kasia
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
Kyle
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...more
Mindi Rosser
Jan 27, 2011 Mindi Rosser rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Jason
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
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.
Onyx Love
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...more
Carolina Urán
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...more
Kyrie
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Allie
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!
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.
Arturo Pother
Un giro en la historia que enfatiza la tragedia y renueva la esperanza.
Megan
The last 100 pages of this book bumped its rating back up to 5 stars
Alana
A marked improvement on Black: The Birth of Evil, this second/third installment in the collection has a markedly faster pace and much more energetic storyline. The virus is released, the cure seems impossible and the end of the world appears to be nigh. Will Thomas be able to save the day?

There are some beautiful illustrations and allegories of the Christian faith and sacrifice. It does stray into the area of preachy at times, but mostly it's just a pleasant "other way" of viewing things. It wil...more
Ms. Littell
This is the sequel to Black, and it picks up exactly where the last one ended. The action is there, and I liked it better than the first one. Someone who likes action books that are allegories will like these books. I still have a hard time with the travel between worlds and the passage of time. While I've grown to like many science fiction and fantasy books, there needs to be a sense of continuity and ground rules for me to buy in. I didn't feel like this series has enough of it. I will though...more
Elise
I SO have to read 1 and 2!
A.
Jan 12, 2011 A. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
Much better than the previous.

He continues the strategy of the previous book, but he does a much better job this time. His way of re-drawing scripture from an altered point of view is interesting at times and amazing at others.

Unfortunately, a lot about this story still bothered me. It had massive potential, but the author didn't seem to realize it. Between this story and the previous fifteen years has passed for the main character, during which he's become a general and a celebrated warrior i...more
Lee
This is the second book of "The Circle" trilogy. Having, of course, read "Black" first, I immedidiately continued into "Red." All three books are loaded on my Kindle as one big file!

Dekker keeps you turning page after page with short chapters and the fact that the main character falls asleep in one place and dreams about his life in another "world." I guess you could say it is part sci-fi, part time travel, but it is totally engrossing!

Thomas Hunter is the man of the hour, growing from a 25-year...more
Amanda
Amazing!! I would read this book again and again. Dekker creates a story that will leave you wanting more, that puts you on the edge of your seat, and will make you feel the sorrow, fear, and joy of its characters. You can almost see the adrenaline falling from the pages as you read.

If you liked Black, you will love Red. It gets that much better, the action is that much more intense, and the twists are even more captivating. You will want to pick up White right away to see where he takes Thomas...more
Brian
This was my second time through Red, after having read it many years ago when it first came out. While I remembered the general story line, I had forgotten much of the details so I was able to get a pretty fresh perspective on the book this time. My reading this time is also probably affected by the fact that I've been reading through the Circle Series & Lost books all together which ties things together very nicely.

While not much changes in the reality where the Raison virus is still threa...more
Kirsty Shark
This book was so frustrating.

On one hand you've got a ridiculously unique concept. There's a fantastic mix of mystery, suspense and action which had me reading non-stop in order to find out what would happen next and to try and understand what was going on in this magical dual world that Dekker created.

On the other hand you've got a Biblical allegory that is so heavy handed its also ridiculous. I have no problem with Dekker using his fiction to share his faith, but he could have done it so much...more
Sarah
This book is almost 5 stars. Ted Dekker is such a talented author. His writing style is so smooth and intelligent. He really sounds like he knows exactly what he's talking about. From terrorists to battle strategy to microbiology he sounds like he knows exactly what he's talking about and everything fits together so realistically. It truly amazes me how Ted thought of such a unique story and carried it out in a way that makes so much sense.
For some reason I had a hard time reading this book. I...more
Callie Rose Tyler
actual rating 2.5

This book was tough to get through and not nearly as interesting as the first book GREEN. I’m not sure if the gimmick has worn off or if this installment is just suffering from ‘second-book syndrome’. It felt like for much of the book nothing was happening and when things did start happening it was very predictable.

Out of two realities I could not have cared less about the virus sweeping our reality despite the author hitting me over the head with how terrible a crisis and serio...more
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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.” 23 likes
“Your lives have always been about the Great Romance, and in the days to come you will understand that like never before. Your love will be tested. Others will join you. Some will leave the circle. Some will die. All of you will suffer. The Horde will hate you because their hearts have been stolen and their eyes have been blinded by the Shataiki. But if you keep your eyes on me until the end...the lake will seem tame compared to what awaits us.” 6 likes
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