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

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  16,454 Ratings  ·  583 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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Gail Black, Red, White... The intro to White says you can read it first (before Black) but like Kathy, I suggest reading it last.... but that's totally up…moreBlack, Red, White... The intro to White says you can read it first (before Black) but like Kathy, I suggest reading it last.... but that's totally up to you :)
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Amanda Carpenter
Jan 08, 2013 Amanda Carpenter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 01, 2011 Don rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
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
Apr 02, 2012 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 02, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Catrina Bradley
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Erik w/a "k"
Nov 20, 2009 Erik w/a "k" rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 05, 2011 Annalese rated it did not like it  ·  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
May 06, 2016 david rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book covers the story of how Thomas Hunter first entered the Black Forest and forever changed history. It acts as a Prequel to "Black" and sequel to "White." It begins at a time when 3 opposing armies are gathered for a final battle in the valley of Migdon.

I found this an excellent read. It parallels our own history (and Judeo-Christian end-of-days prophecies), except that most of us are unable to see the evil in our world as directly – as a visual, physical disease. I highly recommend it t
Benjamin Torres
Aug 12, 2011 Benjamin Torres rated it liked it  ·  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
Keiki Hendrix
Nov 30, 2009 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 08, 2009 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 26, 2011 Cat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-so-favorites
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
Mar 19, 2010 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ted-dekker
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Esma Tezgi
Dec 10, 2015 Esma Tezgi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitabın ilk 100 - 200 sayfasını okurken benim bile kafam karıştı ve sıkıldım kaldı ki ilk olarak bu kitabı okuyanlar için her şey daha zor olacaktır. 200'lerden sonra olaylar hız kazandı ve daha heyecanlı oldu, yine de çok fazla olay vardı ve bir çoğu çok anlaşılmadan hızlıca geçti. Aslında yazar uzun ruh çözümlemeleri yerine olayların anlaşılmasını sağlamaya çalışsa olurmuş.
Kitabın sonu da açıkçası beni tatmin etmedi, serinin son kitabı olarak düşünürsek final biraz muğlak oldu diyebiliri
Noel Burke
Jul 20, 2015 Noel Burke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I liked the series. Four books provided a detailed storyline and enough time to really build characters and plot. One thing I will mention is the apparent connection to the Christian Bible and Christ. While there may be some similar themes in this book with events that occurred in Scripture, I can say that the concepts present in this series could be dangerous to the undiscerning Christian. God will not "re-do" the world moving from spiritual realities to physical realities. Secondly, God will n ...more
Aug 15, 2016 Jeice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the concept of a book that could be both the beginning and the end of a series. Would it be able to be completely accessible to new readers and introduce them to an entire world while also tying up loose ends and bringing an epic sense of fulfillment for those who are ending their journey? How do you be both a finale and an introduction? And if this book is going to launch a series that it is also ending, does that basically mean that nothing in the series will really be concl ...more
Dave Reiss
Dec 31, 2011 Dave Reiss rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 24, 2012 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you're planning to read the series (which I highly recommend) just skip this book. You're better off without it.
De veras que me encantó el Círculo, los tres primeros libros. Pero no pude con este, no porque la historia esté mal, sino porque no me sentí tan cautivada como cuando leí los otros libros.
Me gustó el final, fue genial, porque da razón a lo quiero significa el Círculo, algo que no tiene fin, y esa parte me encantó.
A pesar de todo, no me arrepiento de haber leído esta serie, fue genial, narrada con esa intriga que te mantiene alerta. Y sobretodo el mensaje; que Dios muestra su amor para con nosotr
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
Jan 02, 2015 Lydia McGlynn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-not-read
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
Bea Garcera
Sep 08, 2013 Bea Garcera rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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,
The Gatekeeper
Nov 17, 2009 The Gatekeeper rated it liked it  ·  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
Jan 29, 2010 Allison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ted-dekker
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
Steven van Doorn
Mar 06, 2011 Steven van Doorn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 07, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!
Mar 19, 2015 Brianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome but kind of a sad and exciting ending.
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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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