The Circle Trilogy (The Circle, #1-3)
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The Circle Trilogy (The Circle #1-3)

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Three novels. Two worlds. One Story.

Enter an adrenaline-laced epic where dreams and reality collide.

"Black "- An incredible story of evil and rescue, betrayal and love, and a terrorist threat unlike anything the human race has ever known. A virulent evil has been unleashed upon the people of Earth. The only man who can stop it is Thomas Hunter, an unlikely hero whose life...more
ebook, 1054 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2004)
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Oct 13, 2007 Maggie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ALL PEOPLE
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THIS IS THE BEST TRILOGY I HAVE EVER READ IN MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE. It's packed with action, utels of suspense, fear, confusion, romance, and mystery. The main character, Tomas Hunter, is stuck between two realities (when he falls asleep in one he wakes up in the other) and ends up having to save them both. One world is present day with a sneaky and very intelligent terrorist on the lose with the only vaccine to a deadly contagious virus that he has infected upon all of the US. In the alternate r...more
All three of these books were amazing. I didn't really start to "get into" the story too much until the second book, Red. Then I couldn't put it down! Ted Dekker did a great job in writing this inspiring novel. It was really exciting as well as impacting. I read it during a rough time in my personal life and it really gave me a new view about my relationship with God. That was probably the most important thing that I will say about the Circle Trilogy. Giving glory to 'Elyon'..God.

The last book,...more
This was an excellent sci-fi/thriller. I really enjoyed the premise of the book and Dekker really paints a good picture with his words.

When I first started reading Black, it took a little bit to figure out what was happening but once you do the story becomes a rollercoaster ride.
Played Russian roulette at the library and grabbed this because the first book's Graphic design was interesting as was the title. I was confronted with tons of religious imagery and a strange plot line of a character stuck between two worlds "dreaming" of both. I just couldn't get into it. I'm a person who likes to know the ending no matter what so I skimmed the better part of the whole trilogy and just wasn't impressed.
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Rebekah Jones
Love this trilogy. Like most Christian fiction, there are two levels. The 'was the story good' level, and the 'Christianiness' level
I can clearly see the Christian parallels that is always a strong theme in Dekker's work, however it doesn't fit as well as in some of his other works. It does put the intensity of God's love into focus, and the reality of Jesus sacrifice is suddenly so much more real for the reader (because of the attachment we'd created as readers to this conjured world, its probl...more
Deb Smith
Book two of the Circle Trilogy finds Thomas still caught between two worlds. In one he is a respected leader trying to help his people from and agonizing calamity that will end life as they know it. In there other world he is trying to stop the release of the deadliest air-borne virus ever created. Thomas must find a way to change history--or face the destruction of both two worlds. Time is running out! Read the trilogy to find out how or if Thomas can change history. This book is a true page tu...more
Swissysmile (Sarah)
This book has left me speechless. It is a beautiful description of the Christian faith, played out simultaneously in the real world, and a dream-like world. One man takes a journey through sleep back and forth between two lives, both connected to each other in a way that he can't even understand. At the heart of all the events that take place is sin. In the real world, sin is an abstract "force" but in the dream world, sin is a visible thing, a disease. The books take the reader through a nail-b...more
Lahoma Mcmillion
I ONLY read historical romance novels. When my sister, mom and aunt were all excited, talking about this series, I felt left out. I stole my sisters copy and couldn't put it down from the moment I started reading it. This is the best book I have EVER read.
These stories defy explanation. All I can say is that this is truly Dekker's finest. The story of redemption interwoven into two completely different realities, plus a love story? What more could I ask for?

Read it.

I recommend it to everyone.

Have a box of tissues nearby.


Whatever review I write simply will not give this epic trilogy enough credit. So just read it for yourself. :)
Kimberly Carr
WARNING, THIS BOOK MAY CHANGE YOUR LIFE! That's really all I can say without spoiling it but seriously, read it!
VERY good. Gets pretty deep and theological - as Dekker does a lot in his writing. Brace yourself. ;)
What a beautiful analogy of God's love for humanity!
Notary Tim
Imagine a time several thousand years hence when God recreates the world from the ashes of the mess we leave behind; imagine that in this new earth, evil and good are obvious. Now, imagine that a man from our time goes to sleep and dreams he is in that time - and the dreams are so real that he can not tell if he is dreaming he is here and really there, or dreaming he is there and really here. This is religious fiction with time travel (of a sort) and big bad monsters and world-threatening plague...more
NOTE: While I read the first book, Black, a year or so ago, I never got the chance to read the others. Now I have.

For those who have read Piers Anthony's Apprentice Adept series, the idea is a familiar one: The protagonist falls asleep in one world and by this method he awakens in another. However, this book covers a much more serious topic: the destruction of the world by means of germ warfare and the consequences for future generations. (Yes, there is a little bit of a reminder of the Planet o...more
Overall I'm impressed with Ted Dekker's ability to have two different time period happening for one person at once. He makes is so seemless and natural, that the reader does not have to struggle with what is going on.

If you like Biblical allegories, this one's for you. If you don't really care about religion one way or another, it's still a good book. If you hate anything to do with religion and the mere thought of it makes you ill, you probably don't want to read this.

I did enjoy the series,...more
John Gardner
I’m not usually a fan of “Christian fiction” as a genre, but then again, Dekker himself challenges the use of that term to describe his writing. Last week I actually re-read the trilogy — the books are individually titled “Black“, “Red“, and “White” — in anticipation of a new, fourth book, “Green“, released last week, that is supposed to bring the story “full circle”. It will still be known as a “trilogy”, because Dekker is calling this fourth book, “Book Zero”.

This is probably the best piece o...more
Great dual reality, fantasy, suspense, Christian allegorical trilogy. Very interesting story-telling, nice pace, and a good balance of details and dialog. The story was very moving and the depth of meaning behind the words was heart-filling. Beautifully executed themes from the Bible. Reminiscence of Narnia, but with an adult mindset rather than one of childhood fantasy. The second book lost a little momentum until the end where I was actually brought to tears. Of the three I say the first and l...more
Aseda Mensah
I must admit I was quite ignorant of Ted Dekker as a Christian author. I mean I heard his name a couple of times, but never really in relation to God.
Then, after falling in love all over again with Frank Peretti, I thought to myself, "Well, surely, there must be someone out there equally awesome."
And that is how I stumbled upon Ted Dekker. I chose to start from this trilogy simply because the plot sounded interesting.
And it didn't disappoint. I found the whole alternate-reality scenario intrigu...more
Brooke Caster
Some of the first books that I really got lost in as an adult were Black, Red, and White by Ted Dekker. These books captivated me with a great story line weaving good and evil in two alternate realities; where in one the spiritual is represented physically. There was plenty of action and romance, and full of the TRUTH of God's love for us.

In the most recent, and final book in the Circle series, Dekker brings to books to a complete circle - pun completely intended. He even states that you could...more
I just finished the first book, "Black" and it was fascinatingly weird. Whenever the main character falls asleep in one world - Denver, modern day - he wakes up in another - a "New Earth" with talking white bats and magical healing water. At first, he couldn't quite figure out which one was the dream world, and which one was the reality - then it turned out they were connected.

You really have to suspend belief to buy into this story. If you're the type who would say, "That would never happen in...more
Renn Shearin
I don't know if you have ever read the Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker, but it is really good. Throughout the three books, it talks about the difference between those of the flesh and those of the spirit. The people who live in sin look physically different in the trilogy. Their skin peels and is pale white, and it gives off a foul odor. Those of Christ's spirit are smooth skinned and tan and don't smell.

In our world things aren't always that clear cut. You might not be able to tell if a person is...more
Joe Scholes
April 30, 2011
The first book in the trilogy was pretty easy going; it didn't stretch the imagination much or wrap me up in an all-engulfing story, but it was interesting. I'm a little more than half way through the second book, and the story has been kicked up a notch. Just when I thought the story was going to wend its way lazily to a similar "pause point," like the first book, it surprised me with a significant change; Rochelle started dreaming like her husband Thomas of the Books of History....more
The first two books in this trilogy are loosely based on the creation, garden of Eden, fall and redemption through the sacrifice of the savior. Now, you definitely cannot take the writing as doctrine of any sort, it is after all a completely fabricated story. However, some of the sentiment that Dekker arouses in the reader as you live the characters lives is stirring. I thoroughly enjoyed these three books. I cannot wait to start the "lost books" series that ties into the story line. I've alread...more
I LOVE this trilogy!!! I can't put it down. I have it on my nook and I even read it as I'm walking out of the train station and into Times Square to work.

IMHO, several authors could've collaborated on the writing of this book: Stephen King - for the gruesome descriptions of several characters, Tom Clancy for the spy/espionage/terrorist parts, another author who's name escapes me at the moment for the time travel, Danielle Steel for the tragic romances, and the person that wrote the Bible, whoeve...more
The Circle trilogy consists of (duh) three books: Black, Red, and White. The books do not stand alone and should be read in order or the story won't make much sense. Thomas Hunter suddenly begins to live in two separate but related realities. When he sleeps in one reality, he wakes in the other. One reality is a modern world (ours) where an evil man plans to release an airborne virus, deadlier than Ebola, that will wipe out life on the planet. The alternate reality is a less modern society where...more
An allegorical story about Jesus Christ and the world we cannot see. This was my first Ted Dekker and I think I will read another but not ready for the next one in the series. Anyone suggesting what other book by Dekker is good?

My favourite part was in the first book where Elyon speaks the words that every human here on earth needs to hear. I love you, I cherish you. We need to understand with our deepest being about the Great Romance, it puts everything in our lives into perspective. Not convin...more
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What is your favorite Ted Dekker book and why? 3 12 May 26, 2014 06:22PM  
  • This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness (Darkness Set, Books #1 and #2)
  • Return to Alastair (Tahn Dorn #2)
  • Field of Blood (Jerusalem's Undead Trilogy #1)
  • The Shadow Within (Legends of the Guardian-King, #2)
  • Shadow in the Deep (Binding of the Blade #3)
  • To Kill With Reason
  • Demon: A Memoir
  • Dominion (Ollie Chandler #2)
  • The Watchers
  • Comes a Horseman
  • Kingdom's Call (Kingdom, #4)
  • Silenced: The Wrath of God Descends (Underground Zealot, #2)
  • A Whisper of Danger (Treasures of the Heart #2)
  • Babylon Rising (Babylon Rising, #1)
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.
More about Ted Dekker...
Thr3e White: The Great Pursuit (The Circle, #3) Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle, #1) Red: The Heroic Rescue (The Circle, #2) Green: The Beginning and the End (The Circle, #0)

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