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Black by Ted Dekker
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Jul 14, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011, mystery, thriller, fantasy
Recommended for: those who love mysteries, thrillers, fantasy
Read from June 13 to July 14, 2011 , read count: once

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 first in a trilogy, I'm reserving judgement for the time being. I did not care for his rendering of God. Must be my Baptist upbringing. Anyway, enough of that. The story was exciting and the last 100 pages (1/4 of the book) kept me awake most of the night. The story begins with Tom being chased and shot at. His head is grazed by a bullet and he loses conciousness. When he comes to he is in a totally different reality. Each time he falls asleep or loses conciousness, he wakes up in the other place to the point that he doesn't know which reality is real and which is a dream. It is also a "world is coming to an end" story and Tom is the only one who knows and he has to convince others. This part of the story is very exciting and well written. It has a great cliff-hanger ending and I could start the next book right now. A solid 3.5 stars.
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Martha I changed it to fantasy. It definitely has a Christian element, but not what I would call typical Christian fiction. I can be really indecisive at times! LOL

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Ellie I've heard of Ted Dekker but had no interest in reading his work-until now! Good review. Gust enough plot information to get me interested along with solid evaluative insights.


Martha Thanks, Ellie. Somehow I missed your comment of almost a year ago! Sorry. Well, I didn't read the next one, but am getting ready to. I will finish this series and then try something else of his. He's written quite a few books.

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