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Four 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 is

Hardcover, 1600 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Thomas Nelson (first published September 1st 2009)
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Rare is the story that takes readers out of this world and into another.

Rarer still the story that captures heart, soul, and mind...leaving the reader forever transformed.

This is that story.

Dive deep and enter the Circle.

The Circle is an epic story of evil and rescue, betrayal and love, and terrorist threat unlike anything the human race has ever known.

It beings when a man named Thomas hunter finds himself being chased down an alley after working the late shift at a coffee house. When a bullet
Rani Simpson
Apr 14, 2012 Rani Simpson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-favorits
This series changed my life!! Ted Dekker is a poet, he writes with such conviction that you can't help but take every word to heart! This is and will forever be my favorite series! The characters are phenomenal! I love that story takes the creation of mankind and intermingles it with the end of times! The way he weaves the two realities together is flawless!! I also love that this series plays a part in so many of his other books! Like The Lost Books, The Paradise novels, House, Immanuels Veins, ...more
JoAnn Jordan
Aug 17, 2011 JoAnn Jordan rated it it was amazing
Finished reading the first of the novels in this volume: Black. The story alternates between two realities with a great deal of action in each. Ted Dekker is a very skilled writer who captures and holds interest throughout. I am so glad I have all four books to read at once because waiting for them would be torture.

Finished reading the second of the novels in this volume: Red. The heroes in the story fight staggering odds to save both realities. Nothing is certain and there are many trials. I am
I really wanted to like this series, and for the most part I did. I got through one book but partway through the second in the series I had to quit. I haven't any other series by Ted Dekker and checkout all four books in this series at once anticipating my enjoyment. This series relies heavily on previous books and on the reader's knowledge of those previous books, events and people. For someone new coming in to this series, I constantly felt lost, left out or this overwhelming feeling of missin ...more
Kris Hunter
Aug 22, 2012 Kris Hunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was major fantasy which I don't read. It reminded me of the Matrix movie. I loved how the author had a great grasp on the love of God. The "Great Romance" is what I have been studying and this was a confirmation for me. It was a nice distraction. Some may not like how the evil is portrayed but to me this is how the supernatural realm and the enemy really work.
Mark Dakin
Nov 03, 2011 Mark Dakin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When an author strives to awaken our minds to ideas and passions that we already know, we find that many fall short. Not that they don't write good literature, but that one needs to walk away and say that their actually life's have been changed because of it. I have read these books a few times and find that with each reading, I am challenged to go back to my own beliefs and see if there is passion.

What I see as sometimes bleak and sad, is that I have allowed something so personally passionate
Jul 13, 2012 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give the first three books of the circle series, "Black", "Red", and "White" 5 stars. I have not read 3 novels quite as hungrily...."Green" was so much more gory, and even though these 4 books are truly a circle series, I would highly recommend beginning with "Black." I was SO GLAD that I ended with "Green" even though the Kindle version started with it.
Overall, well written young-adult, Christian fiction. It is somewhere along the lines of Narnia meets the Lord of the Rings....a fantasy thril
Mar 17, 2016 Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I feel like I ought to justify my reasons for not giving this series five stars--it was very action-packed, chock-full of twists and turns, and very well thought out. It is not for those who are irritated by a constant swinging back and forth between two worlds/dimensions/times/however you want to think of it. I enjoyed the ride, the symbolism, and the (VERY obvious and not at all hard to pick out) focus on the struggle between good and evil, even the focus on Christianity and a relatio ...more
Jeffrey Hendricks
Very good realization and imagery, bringing spiritual struggles into stark physical reality. Extremely creative and colorful writing. The books were written in a cyclical path, this particular collection starts with Black, but contains an alternate ending to Green if you wanted to start there. Overall, the series started off slowly, but the intensity ramps up continually until the ending/beginning. Overall, a great read, and a great twist on a timeless tale of redemption.
Brendan Drayazmore
I have actually only read Black and I thought it was a very entertaining story. Any story about a man who can go to sleep in one world and wake up in another is always gonna be an interesting story, but dieing in both world's and not knowing which world is real makes it very interesting! Black is definitely a book that keeps you on the edge of you seat.
Chris Clements
Sep 08, 2012 Chris Clements rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series of books is a fight between good and evil. While C.S. Lewis had his Chronicles of Narnia, Dekker has the Circle series. There are similarities of man's fight between his thirst for God and the lures of evil. Truly a great read from beginning to end.
This series is Awesome... I highly recommend starting either with green, its tells more of the beginning I think. Or black works just as well, in all these books go into a circle, so wherever you start it will end in a circle. Pretty cool huh? I thought so...
May 10, 2012 Evelyn rated it it was amazing
All four books were excellent! This is a series that is fast paced, takes you to another world, and leaves you with a lot to think about. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit and will definitely be reading it again.
Mar 16, 2012 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Love this series. One of my favorites by Ted Dekker. I would definitely recommend, especially to someone who hasn't read anything by him yet. This is a good place to start.
Dive Deep.
May 25, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the Circle series a lot, they did have some very slow parts however. But neverless they were hard to put down and very addicting to read.
Rachel Malcolm
May 01, 2013 Rachel Malcolm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are my favorite books of all so far. I was romanced, mesmerized, and smitten. My heart forever belongs to this series.
Aug 06, 2011 Desiree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couln't read each page fast enouph! Wow what an author! I would love to see a movies made from this series.
Joan Bergin nuzbach
Aug 10, 2012 Joan Bergin nuzbach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very unusual but a compelling read. Makes you think! I read right through all four books.
Jess Erhart
Dec 14, 2010 Jess Erhart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
goodness these were the best books i ever read, no exaggertaion!
Dec 30, 2015 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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For some reason, I thought this series was in my "to read" list. So when B&N had an awesome deal on the whole series ebook, I jumped at it. Then I realized that I had confused it with something else.

When I noticed that Circle is technically classified as "Christian," I thought I had most certainly wasted my money on some preachy drivel. Luckily, I have found it to be neither preachy nor complete drivel. (At this point, I'm 12 chapters into the second book.)

If you are a Christian, I'm sure yo
William Boothe
Nov 30, 2013 William Boothe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a great series. Although they were recommended to me several times, I never read them individually as Elyon intended. I only read them in this set and thoroughly enjoyed them. They were not at all what I expected and were a pleasant break from the cookie-cuttered fiction that riddles our electronic shelves these days.

The story is fast paced for the most part and I got through the whole series in about two weeks. I am assuming (but too lazy to look) that this set is the one wi
Oct 21, 2013 Donald rated it it was amazing
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Epic. Four novels, two worlds, one story.

At nearly 1600 pages, this single book comprises four novels in an omnibus edition along with the original ending to Green, which is the last book. There is also a short interview with the author.

In our world, his name is Thomas Hunter; in the other realm he is known as Thomas of Hunter. When he dreams in either reality, he enters the other and time never travels at the same speed between.

In one world, he saves humanity from the Raison Strain, an air-born
C.A. Gray
I loved the first book, "Black" - that was an easy five stars.

The second, "Red," was probably 4 stars... I started getting annoyed that the main characters kept dying and coming back to life via various different devices.

By the third book, "White," I stopped reading entirely because there were too many "deus ex machina" (the gods came down to save them) kinds of scenarios... they get themselves into a mess and there's no way out, and then suddenly some completely unforeseen and unexplained eve
Pernille Anette
Nov 07, 2015 Pernille Anette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En fantastisk serie der handler om Thomas Hunter der falder ned fra en bygning og ender i en anden verden. Han hopper mellem de to verdener for at redde begge verdener. I den her bog beskrives det at være i Guds nærvær på en hel speciel måde. Som enhver circle fan ville sige: Dive deep.
Feb 13, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in the order of the compilation... starting with Green. I would suggest to future readers to read Green last... start with Black. You can read them both ways, but as I was reading I found myself thinking, "I wish I hadn't read Green first." Now that I have completed the series I think I will reread Green to bring it "full circle." (I swear... no pun intended!)
Brendan Fugere
Jul 21, 2014 Brendan Fugere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dekker is truly a master at new and creative concepts in story and writing. In this series, he presents you with a wonderfully confusing and ever changing story masterfully unpredictable and yet it makes perfect sense after the fact. I highly recommend it.
Bryton Koch
Jan 08, 2015 Bryton Koch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Circle series is a perfect cross between a riveting love story, and blood pumping thriller. The concept of trying to save two worlds while trying to figure out what's going on captured me the moment I heard about it.
Andrea Norton
I first read this years ago, and it has stuck with me since. I read more than I care to admit, and rare is it that a book sticks with me like this series has. It is beautiful on every way, and I am pulling it out to read again.
May 26, 2014 Acacia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have this edition and I love it. Waiting between books dulls your memory. Ted Dekker is brilliant. I would recommend not reading Green, its an unnecessary extension that throws off the finality of White.
Oct 18, 2014 Holly rated it it was amazing
I bought this purely for the alternate ending of Green. I love that the story is resolved, and the alternate ending makes me not dislike Green as much as I did when I first read it.
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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)
  • Green: The Beginning and the End (The Circle, #0)
  • Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle, #1)
  • Red: The Heroic Rescue (The Circle, #2)
  • White: The Great Pursuit (The Circle, #3)

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