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Green: The Beginning and the End (The Circle 0)

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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  13,481 ratings  ·  516 reviews
Four Novels. Two Worlds. One Story. As foretold by ancient prophets, an apocalypse destroyed Earth during the twenty-first century. But two thousand years later, Elyon set upon the earth a new Adam. This time, however, He gave humanity an advantage. What was once unseen became seen. It was good and it was called . . . Green. But the evil Teeleh bided his time in a Black Fo ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Not Avail (first published 2009)
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Amanda Carpenter
I loved Black, Red, and White. I figured Dekker would eventually pick up Thomas's story and I looked forward to that.

But I was extremely disappointed in the result.

The "circle" concept made the story empty and futile for me. I understand that Green was meant to represent the end times/last days, but I felt like the "circle/do-over" ending undermined one of the main points of the story. Throughout Black, Red, and White Elyon (representing God/Christ) had a plan and cared for the characters throu
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Kim
Ted Dekker says you can read the circle trilogy from Black to Green or from Green to White. I read it in the order of Black, Red, White, Green and honestly think it would be very hard to read it Green, Black, Red, White. Dekker really threw me for a loop in the last half of Green. He left me... a little crazed? The amount of information being thrown at me in this book was kind of overwhelming my brain. At the end of Green, having read all 4 of the books in the Circle Trilogy, I thought, "It real ...more
Don
What a disappointment. I really enjoyed the first three books, especially Red and White. I was perfectly fine with the completion of the saga just as it was at the end of White. Sometimes it's best to leave well enough alone. Yes, I get the whole "circle" concept that Dekker was going for, but come on. Even fantasy has to be believable. The ending of Green was such a huge stretch, I was left with a very bad taste in my mouth. Frankly, it ruined the whole series for me. I literally threw the book ...more
Catrina Bradley
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Christine
Aug 02, 2010 Christine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dekkies
Recommended to Christine by: I saw it in the back of the other circle books.
Ted Dekker implied he was trying to wrap up a series with this book. I do not feel wrapped up. This book gave me many more details into the whole Circle series, but I don't feel that everything has been completed. Hopefully more books in the future will reveal more details that will finally allow us readers with less brilliant minds and busy schedules to figure out all the mysteries of Ted Dekker's world.
Annalese
Sep 05, 2011 Annalese rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
I couldn't make it past the first few chapters. For a book that is supposed to complete/begin a "circle", the writing style (compared to the other 3 books) stuck out like a sore thumb. It didn't flow with the previous books at all. His writing has lost the magical quality and grown more reliant on the only non-stock/unrecycled character personas he has--Thomas Hunter, Marsuvees Black, and Billy. After sticking through the original Circle trilogy, the Lost Books series, Showdown...all those books ...more
Benjamin Torres
Aug 12, 2011 Benjamin Torres rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tedd Dekker fans
Con este libro terminé la serie del Círculo, esta serie me agradó mucho pero este libro en particular no tanto.

Hubiera deseado no haber leido el prologo donde explican que la serie era en realidad un círculo y como tal no podía tener principio ni fín, esto inevitablemente arruina cierta parte del final del libro, ya que se intuye que tiene que terminar de la misma manera que Negro empieza.

Verde retoma la historia 10 años despues de donde Blanco termina, en donde las circunstancias de los "albino
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Erik w/a "k"
Recently I read Green by Ted Dekker. It's called book Zero. According to Dekker you can read this final book in the Circle trilogy. Which is ironic as this is the fourth book and there are some other books that are connected to these books as well. Confusion aside, Dekker is an amazing storyteller. Quite possibly my favorite author in this fantasy genre. I recommend his books, although some of them can be a bit dark, this one included.

It is good to recall all the familiar characters from the oth
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Keiki Hendrix
The beginning and the end.’

Ted Dekker’s long awaited Green, Book 0: The Beginning and the End was, as always, a great Dekker read. Dekker’s ability to define and reveal characters is one of the main reasons he is one of my favorite authors.

Add to this the wondrous allegory of the Christian themes that are so tightly woven throughout all his books, makes Dekker a simply must read author.

Curious of how Green could be the first in the The Circle Trilogy as well as the last, I could not wait to read
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Kyle
If you read the Circle Trilogy and want to read this book to complete the series, DON'T.
If you want to read the Circle Trilogy, SKIP THIS BOOK and just read Black, Red, and White.

I really loved the Circle Trilogy. Each book contained a beautiful picture about a truth about God and displayed it in an understandable and believable way. It had beautiful worlds and beautiful themes of redemption. I found myself caring for each of the characters. The world shifting technique for story telling worked
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Andrea
Today I'm reviewing Green by Ted Dekker.

Green is Ted Dekker’s fourth book in the Circle Trilogy. Green is book 0 which is supposed to complete a circle creating a series where there really isn't an end or beginning. The jacket claims you can jump into the series by starting with any of the four books, but I found I was lost having not read the first three books.

Even though it took me a while to get into the book, I did enjoy Green. It was fast paced and a great story of good against evil. The
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Cat
This book was the worst in the series, by far. I enjoyed the other three immensely, and this one just didn't cut it for me. I get the premise, it's the circle trilogy and the author was trying to wrap up the series. It's an interesting idea, but I don't think it was carried out very well. I think this book was unnecessary, and the ending was just annoying to me. Again, it's an interesting idea, but it mostly just made me frustrated and I feel like nothing was really accomplished. It's like one o ...more
Michael
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Alana
Ugh, I haven't wanted to be done with a book this badly in a long time. While I won't go so far as to say it's one of the worst books ever written, because I have read several of those, it's certainly one of the least enjoyable I've ever had the misadventure to end up with. If it hadn't been the last in a series I was semi interested in, I would have bailed on it literally in the first chapter. It didn't improve. And while it does go back to the beginning and complete the circle, I certainly wou ...more
Lydia McGlynn
DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! JUST WRITE YOUR OWN VERSION OF WHAT HAPPENED. IT'S BOUND TO BE LOADS BETTER.
Why was this book written?
No, but seriously.
First off- the book CANNOT be read as the first book unless someone was so much of a masochist as to want to repeat the whole horror show again.
Secondly- Can we talk about the huge theological error Dekker makes in regards to salvation if he is basing it on our world's salvation?
Thirdly- The ending was a complete cop out.

The Circle trilogy before this wer
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Valentina
I was surprised by this book. I hadn’t read any of the previous ones in the series, so I was hesitant to pick it up, even though the back does state it could be read first.
There is a lot of creativity in the story. The landscapes are fully developed and the characters had depth to them. I was slightly confused at the beginning at all the names and storylines, but as the book moved along I was able to catch on and enjoy myself. What I love most about it is the feeling it has, like any good saga,
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The Gatekeeper
Nov 17, 2009 The Gatekeeper rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen and adult fans of Ted Dekker
Recommended to The Gatekeeper by: Sierra Luevano
The inside cover of Green says that it can be read as either the beginning or the end of the Circle trilogy. Although it does set up the beginning of the Circle pretty well, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who hadn't already read (and liked) Black, Red, and White - and possibly the Lost Books and the Showdown Project trilogy too.

What I liked about this book: It explains a lot of the things that puzzled me when I read Black. The story is fast-paced and exciting, as usual with Ted Dekker, and i
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Allison
I greatly enjoy the writing of Ted Dekker, and while Green was a fun, fast read, I found myself not liking it quite as much as the other three books of the Circle trilogy. Yes, four books in a trilogy. Interesting. This is supposed to be Book 0 which you could start or end the series with, but I can't imagine actually starting with this one. I would definitely start with Black followed by Red, White, and then Green. I have read a lot of Ted Dekker, and I'm glad I have as he has this habit of con ...more
Lydia Presley
This was my first Ted Dekker book. I received it from BookSneeze publishing after choosing (what looked to be) an interesting novel from their selections. I was not disappointed.

I've read quite a few Christian novels and most of the time am disappointed by the writing and the plot. That wasn't the case with Green. From the first chapter I was hooked and sucked into the world of Thomas Hunter and his dreams. So hooked that I immediately requested the rest of the "Circle" books from my library so
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Steven van Doorn
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Carol
I read this one before reading any of the rest of the Circle series, so I may end up re-reading it after the others. I thought it was good, and if the others in the series are even half as good as I've heard, then I can't wait to see what happens!!
Brianne
Awesome but kind of a sad and exciting ending.
Lou
Reseña de toda la serie en español

I don't know why some people didn't like this book much. I really loved because I don't like happy endings and this series is "an endless story" but I think it is as powerful and dramatic as the rest of the books in the series. I think what made Ted Dekker with this story was to give it an own character and show the sacrifice, the love and commitment in a completely literal. In my opinion it was the best book of the series.
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Trinity Rose
Green by Ted Dekker is a fantastic ending/beginning to the Circle series.
I read the book Black over 6 years ago and haven't forgotten the story line or the
excitement of the first book. It is such a strange thing you can start with Black or with
Green and it will all come back to the same place.
I sort of like this, but I always like a happy ending where everything is in place.
Green isn't a sad or tragic ending just different.
Really highly recommend this book for Ted Dekker fans.
Mindi Rosser
Reading "Book 0" of this series was quite a shocker. The ending (or is it the beginning?) throws the reader for a tailspin back into the series. I would say that this book could either be read before "Black" or after "White." Ted Dekker has a gift for captivating the reader.

Dekker's books are almost all linked together with similar threads or characters in each novel, even the stand-alones. It makes one wonder what else he may be concocting in that psychotic brain of his. :)
Jaime
Depending on where you begin, this is either the end of the circle or the beginning.

IMO, it's not the best. It's quite slow going and while things are wrapped up in the end I think it could have been executed better

Monique's daughter Janae falls for Billy, the boy who Thomas wrote having mind-reading powers in "White." Except these two are bad, evil…Shaitaiki. It's quite disturbing how quick they "fall in love" and how obsessed they are with blood, even as mere humans before going into the futur
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J.S. Bailey
So I'm pretty sure my brain just tied itself into a knot.

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Dave Reiss
This book totally destroyed the Circle Trilogy. I hated it. I wish Dekker had left this series alone. If you read the Circle novels, do not read this one.
Heather
If you're planning to read the series (which I highly recommend) just skip this book. You're better off without it.
Luke Dyess
I loved this book. Could not put it down. Weel...Except to sleep of course and school.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Circle (4 books)
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  • Red: The Heroic Rescue (The Circle, #2)
  • White: The Great Pursuit (The Circle, #3)
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“What was once obvious to them was no longer quite as obvious. Why was it that humans lost sight of truth so quickly?” 8 likes
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