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Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle #1)

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Enter an adrenaline-laced epic where dreams and reality collide. Black is an incredible story of evil and rescue, betrayal and love, pursuit and death, and a terrorist's threat unlike anything the human race has ever known. A virulent evil has been unleashed upon the people of the earth, an unstoppable force bent on the destruction of all that is good. Only Thomas Hunter c ...more
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Published August 1st 2004 by Oasis Audio (first published December 25th 2003)
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David Abosede they are not fiction..they are truth. fact is the creator being a "lamb" means that to the little... the immature.. in christian terms the new…morethey are not fiction..they are truth. fact is the creator being a "lamb" means that to the little... the immature.. in christian terms the new converts... he is the lamb.. while to the developing, the maturing and the growing in christian faith he is the lion..... while to the fully developed, the fully matured and the fully grown in the christian faith he is both the lion and the lamb.fact is you cannot have a definite picture of the creator.... daily he reveals differently(less)
Julia Hello Brenda,
This one of Dekker's more overtly Christian novels. All of his books deal with battles between good and evil but this one shows what…more
Hello Brenda,
This one of Dekker's more overtly Christian novels. All of his books deal with battles between good and evil but this one shows what could be considered to be the more religious side of that spectrum. The Circle series is meant to be an allegory for the events that occur in the Bible (i.e. Creation, the Fall, Redemption, etc). That being said, Dekker has a way of weaving this information into the story in a subtle way. Being a Christian myself, I was able to pick up on things right away. Someone who is unfamiliar with the Bible would not see some of these things and just take the book for what it truly is- a wonderful, fast paced story. I would be quick to recommend this to both my Christian and non Christian friends. (less)
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Caressa
Aug 11, 2011 Caressa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
This falls into my category of Brilliant Idea Executed Poorly. I have always had wicked vivid dreams, so novels about dreamscapes, dreams vs reality, dreams portending the future, etc, fascinate me. "Black" intrigued me enough that I forced myself to read six or seven chapters, then I was so irritated that I ranted about it to my poor husband for 20-30 minutes.

What didn't I like? Characters who are at once both ridiculously unbelievable AND flat (our protagonist can't focus long enough to maint
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Jill Williamson
Nov 25, 2008 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Someone is shooting at Thomas Hunter. He runs for his life—zig-zagging, hiding, and executing some awesome martial arts—as men chase him through the streets of Denver. But when a silent bullet grazes his head, his world goes black and he wakes up somewhere else.

In darkness. He doesn’t know where he is. Hideous bats chase him, clawing at him until he loses consciousness again and wakes up back in Denver, in an alley. He manages to get to his sister’s apartment, clean himself up, and lies down on
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Charles
May 27, 2008 Charles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy and suspense lovers
Recommended to Charles by: Lisa (from NY)
Shelves: fiction, suspense
Few books have such an immersive world that you actually feel like you're living in it when you read it. Although this is true about the first book in the ring trilogy (being Black) by Ted Dekker, the book has some major flaws.

Characters sometimes seem unrealistic and do absurd things for seemingly no apparent reason. I am constantly reminded of this by the stupid comments that the main character constantly throws out in serious conversations. Such as "If they don't help us we should nuke them,"
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Bill
Aug 06, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Black has been on my to-read list for almost as long as I have been on Goodreads.

A couple of weeks ago, totally out of the blue, my girlfriend asked me about the series and if I had read it. She had somehow stumbled across it, which is odd because genres of the fantastic aren't usually her thing (although I have been feeding her some of Stephen King's greats, and she's loved them, so I guess all bets are off now).

Anyways, I told her I hadn't read it but it had been on my list for years. She load
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J.S. Bailey
Jan 31, 2013 J.S. Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More epic awesomeness from Dekker. Since this novel ended on a cliffhanger, I do believe that I will be purchasing the next book in the series very soon; else I might go mad with anticipation!

(Update 1/31/2013)

Slowly closes book. Wipes sweat from brow. Pauses briefly to reflect upon the meaning of life. Reaches for recently-acquired copy of Red.

I'm glad that I decided to reread this before picking up Red because there is soooooo much I forgot about!

Like this little snippet from Thomas's dive int
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Bill
Jan 23, 2010 Bill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ted Dekker is supposed to be a pretty good writer. I would not assent to that proposition based on this book. Based on the high ratings and good reviews of this work on Amazon.com, I had hoped this would be a good introduction to the author and a fun, but challenging, read. I could barely finish it.

The one thing Mr. Dekker does well here is create two distinct worlds and keep the protagonist and the reader wondering which one is real. Is it the world that seems to be our own, with all of its war
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Rachel
Jan 28, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would highly recommend this book to anyone I know. This was written about the Chronicles of Narnia on wikipedia.org but applies to the Color Trilogy as well: "The series contains many allusions to traditional Christian ideas,... however, the books can also be read purely for their adventure, colour, and richness of ideas."
Even if you are not a Christian, I believe you will enjoy this book because it IS a metaphor. In fact, even as a Christian, I didn't understand what the metaphor was until t
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Meli
Si bien el libro maneja conceptos geniales y me agrada el estilo del autor, la historia se volvió demasiado reiterativa y me estanqué de una forma horrible. No poder avanzar con este y que sea una serie, no me entusiasma a concluirlo. Probablemente sea forzarme a terminarlo para nada, ya que dudo que la historia termine en este tomo, y no sé si quiero leer los demás libros cuando ni siquiera me siento capaz de leer este hasta el final.
De momento, lo abandono.
Mike (the Paladin)
I tried to read this book once before, and just couldn't get into it. I put it down, didn't try to review it, didn't comment, I just hadn't gotten into it. BUT, I have friend to whom this is an important book, so I set out to read it again. My take on it is that it could have been a much better book than it is.

Throughout this book I'd say that my estimation of it's rating moved from 2 to 4 stars. It took me FOREVER to care about the characters. I know I should have. I know I was meant to...but i
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Steven
Jun 24, 2013 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013, reread
The Circle series is a great read. For a religious writer, he's not preachy. Love the fantasy world, love the main characters, and love how long the series is as ONE big story that intertwines with his other book series.

Read them all.
Jonathan
This simple looking cover and basic title was my introduction to the world of Ted Dekker. I picked it up off the shelf of my school library and brought it along with me on an excursion. Without any idea of the powerful wow factor of this novel I began reading and would not have put the book down had it of been for the fact that the bus had to stop and let us out.

Black is the story of a man caught between two worlds. When he dreams in our everyday world he wakes in another world of fantasy appare
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Kasia
Oct 09, 2011 Kasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ted Dekker is a magician when it comes to creating a book this astounding, this addictive, and this breathtaking. It held a strong grip on me and has left me spellbound from the beginning to the very end. There is no relief at the last page; instead it left me begging for more. The story ends on a high note and only promises a more delectable part 2 that I can't wait to read.

The book starts innocently enough; Thomas is on his way back home in Denver when a shooting brings him down into another r
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Martha
Jul 14, 2011 Martha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love mysteries, thrillers, fantasy
I've listed this as Christian fiction, but it really doesn't fall in that category. I'll give this some thought and maybe come up with a new shelf. I did enjoy this book and would have given it 4 stars except for some parts that I found a bit boring and a little ridiculous ... even for this type of story. The pseudo Garden of Eden was a bit hard to take at times ... at least for me. At one point I though these must be the bad guys because they are just too good to be true. Since this is the firs ...more
Michelle Hankes
This book is tough for me to write about. There are elements I liked and elements I didn't. His writing style is easy to engage with and is compelling, but it is the first half-fantasy, half-mainstream fiction I've ever read.

I don't really know what to say.

Yes. I do.

This book is intriguing because Ted Dekker has taken an idea and catapulted it into a whole other spectrum of writing. I can see why he is so well loved and has done so well.

The story is about a man who finds himself living in tw
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Adam
I've been trying to think about what I could say about this book. And I know that's a horrible way to start off a review. I also think that it hits at the core of what could be said. Do I tell you, that as a Christian, I actually dislike a great deal of Christian books? That even though I did like this book -- that I really don't mind this series too terribly much -- that it does nothing to change my opinion of the state of Christian publishing. Should I tell you that while Ted Dekker holds true ...more
Amanda
This book was part of a survey class and as such, I was looking forward to it. I've liked reading books from different genres and discovering the different types of appeals they have for their selected audience and myself. This book was my least favorite of the entire class.

To begin with, the story's premise slowly introduced and never fully explained. Tom is waking up in two different worlds in two separate times; ours and an Eden-like place in the future which is, for all intents and purposes,
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Lydia Presley
Mar 01, 2010 Lydia Presley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, fiction, 2010
In January I was introduced to Ted Dekker through his most recent Circle book, Green. I was fascinated by Thomas Hunter and his dreams in that book and with Black I feel as if they have been taken to a whole new level.

Now, Black was written before Green. And Green is meant to be read as the finale, or as the beginning - it doesn't make a difference really. I will tell you that having read Green first I was able to jump with both feet i to the story laid out in Black and my level of understanding
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Lowed
Mar 16, 2011 Lowed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2011
One man, two realities, and the end of the world. Put that in a book and you'll get Ted Dekker's first book in the Circle Series.

Valborg Svensson a multi-billionaire aiming for global supremacy tried to get his hands on the supreme cure for common illnesses- the Raison Vaccine. Unknown to the creator (Monique de Raison) the vaccine mutates to a deadly virus when heated at 179.47 degrees for two hours.

After it mutates the supposedly cure for common ailments then becomes a highly infectious, airbo
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Doyoon Won
Dec 15, 2015 Doyoon Won rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black by Ted Dekker is a story about a man named Thomas who goes black after getting skimmed in the head by a bullet. Thomas then wakes up into a different reality and gets attacked by these evil bats called Shataiki inside the black forest. However he is lead out of the forest by a white bat, and after which, gets knocked out. What's cool about this story however, is he can't figure which reality is real, and then realizes that when he sleeps, he goes back into the different world.
This book re
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Denisse
May 20, 2015 Denisse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 It doesn't matter the book or the plot, this man is able to make you care about all of his characters.
A very interesting plot, with the exact touch of mystery, and adventure.



Esto es básicamente dos libros en uno. Así que debe de aplaudirse. *clap clap*. Increíble forma de dar valor y credibilidad a ambas realidades y la forma en que estas se unen.

Es genial porque no sabes cual es la realidad, o como es que pueden existir ambas, ese es el misterio principal en el libro y según yo en toda la
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Quinn
Thomas Hunter is caught between two different worlds and he must try to stop evil in both. When Thomas Hunter falls asleep he crosses over to the other world. The things that happen in our world coincide with the things that are happening in the other world. In our world a terrible mad man is about to release a virus that will wipe-out the world’s population. In the other world a frightening devil-like creature is trying to destroy his world with treachery and evil. Thomas Hunter must figure out ...more
Sue Wargo
I was intrigued by the idea that this was a trilogy that evolved with a 4th book that could be read before or after the basic trilogy. Okay that sounded a little crazy, but the premise on the cover was good so I decided to get "Black" and begin the journey. The main character goes in and out dreams, back and forth in time, and meet beings and human like animals, and falls in love....all in a period that almost suspends reality. I feel like this is Robin Cook meets the "Matrix" The character brin ...more
Spenser
Oct 05, 2009 Spenser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black by Ted Dekker. My personal opinions.

Black by Ted Dekker is a hard book to describe in a sentence. It has a strange feel that tells you something like "Never put me down!" or "Just read one more chapter." And it surely did to me. Black is about Thomas Hunter, a man is constantly switching between two realities, One is our reality, one is the future. The problem is he cannot tell which one is really the true modern reality. The dreams feel so real, the touch feels like a touch, the air smell
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Loren
Jan 07, 2010 Loren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From ISawLightningFall.com

I don’t remember all that much about my elementary-school days. However, I do recall one art class in particular. My teacher held up a color wheel and pointed out the three primaries. Combining these in varying proportions, she explained, yielded the rest of the colors. Red and yellow made orange, yellow and blue formed green, and so on. This fascinated me, but what really blew my six-year-old mind was how she said we got black -- by combining everything. That couldn’t
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Julian
Mar 24, 2012 Julian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian fiction, speculative, supernatural, spiritual warfare
Couldn't put the book down!! I've been desperate for an original, highly engaging supernatural fiction series, and "Black" by Ted Dekker definitely delivered. The character of Thomas Hunter, was well-written, likable and believable.

The allegorical-style telling of the redemption story - the beginning of it, anyway - was reminiscent of C.S. Lewis' space trilogy. Especially "Out of the Silent Planet" with Ransom. Halfway through "Black" I began to compare him to Random from C.S. Lewis' book. The s
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Kori Morris
Feb 14, 2012 Kori Morris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not a Christian (although admittedly, I was when I read this book), but despite the fact that most of Dekker's books are intertwined with spirituality to be classified as Christian fiction, the books are a great suspense filled series for anyone that loves psychological thrillers. Honestly, I have loved every book I have ever read from this man, and the few downfalls I would give to any of his books is that when you read to many, you begin to detect patterns - somehow, an incarnation of the ...more
Tara
Apr 25, 2011 Tara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have heard a lot about Ted Dekker and this trilogy. I will admit I am not the biggest fan of Christian fiction, because it tends to be cheesy in many respects (just my personal opinion). Obviously there are some exceptions to this rule (C.S. Lewis anyone?), but overall it usually disappoints me. This was no exception, but the frustrating part was it actually had a cool concept. Without giving too much away the main character is living in two worlds. When he's awake in our time, he's asleep in ...more
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
I was almost done with this book, I had the audio version narrated by Leonard Nimoy, when I went to Ted Dekker's website and found out that he was using this story (and the books that came after it) as an alegory to explain how faith, religion and god work as he understands them in his life.

Put on those terms, the story went from a better than average sci-fi tale to something really incitful. It is an amazing work. Though I know the author has moved to more mainstream thriller/suspense mysterie
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Hay dos cosas que pueden pasar con Negro: la primera, que no te guste o te aburra, la segunda, que te vuele la cabeza. Y eso es lo que me pasó a mí. Aunque no es la primera vez que leo sobre este tema, el estilo de Dekker mezcla tanta adrenalina y filosofía (cosas que antes me parecían opuestas) que la historia toma sentidos diferentes a cada capítulo.

Thomas tiene un día complicado, se ha metido en un embrollo con unos tipos nada amistosos que lo persiguen disparán
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Natacha Ramos
This book was definitely out of my comfort zone, since I'm not very used to this genre in particular.

I can't say I enjoyed it, but it might be because this is not my type of story.

The biggest issue for me was that I couldn't connect with it at all; there were times I even thought about not finishing it.

I didn't like the writing in general, it seemed faked; and the plot was not very appealing to me either.

However, the one thing I did find interesting was how everything changed in the last chapte
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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)
  • Red: The Heroic Rescue (The Circle, #2)
  • White: The Great Pursuit (The Circle, #3)

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“Some would say the Creator is a lamb. Some would say he's a lion. Some would say both. The fact is, he is neither a lamb nor a lion. These are fiction. Metaphors. Yet the Creator is both a lamb and a lion. These are both truths.” 29 likes
“Come hither, my dear. Come hither, that I mightest protectest thou!” 28 likes
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