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Red: The Heroic Rescue

(The Circle #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  22,984 ratings  ·  728 reviews
"We have stepped off the cliff and are falling into madness."

The mind-bending pace of Black accelerates in Red, Book Two of Ted Dekker's groundbreaking Circle trilogy.

Less than a month ago, Thomas Hunter was a failed writer selling coffee at the Java Hut in Denver. Now he finds himself in a desperate quest to rescue two worlds from collapse. In one world, he's a battle-sca
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 29th 2005 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2004)
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Sarah Grace Grzy
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sarah Grace by: Micaiah
W.o.w. I don't think mere words can actually encompass my thoughts about this book, but I will do my best.

This isn't the type of book I usually read, but, at the insistence of several friends, I decided to give this series a shot. A strangely gripping combination of sci-fi, thriller, and fantasy, The Circle series is unlike anything I've ever read, and, I would guess, unparalleled in its genre. (Whatever genre that is.)

First off, any expectations you may have when you start this book, just thro
I enjoyed Black: The Birth of Evil more than this one, but towards the end of Red: The Heroic Rescue I became emotionally involved in the story. So while the overall entertainment was slightly less in this installment, it got me really invested in the story and the characters. I’m excited to continue the series and see where this all goes.
Hannah Rodriguez
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2016
(So it took me a long time to read this but after A Time To Rise, I had this temporary reading slump)

There were tons of twists that made me put the book done and just stare.
It connected so well. CANT WAIT FOR WHITE
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The thrill ride continues...
J.S. Bailey
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Those who know me in the obscure part of life known to some as "The Real World" know that I do not often express the raging sea of emotions that constantly swirls around inside my brain. Think Jamie Hyneman. Think Mister Spock. Yeah. I'm kinda like them. I'm sure some people think I'm the human equivalent of an android, but that's okay, because they can think whatever they want.

I don't know why I tend to bottle up my emotions. I guess it's just the way I'm made. I spend about 95% of my waking ho
Jill Williamson
Dec 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Thomas Hunter lay sleeping in a hotel room in Bangkok. Just as he’d predicted, the deadly The Raison Strain virus had been released into the world. His sister lets him sleep, though, for now.

In another reality, Thomas rides a black steed over a sandy valley, leading his Forest Guard to war against the Horde. Having eaten the fruit that blocks dreams, it’s been fifteen years since he last walked in Earth’s reality. This alternate world has become his home. But to defeat the Horde he needs an expl
This had less a fantasy feel to it (no talking bats!) than the first book. The same questions of how is Thomas living in what appears to be two realities intensifies. Especially when in one world he aged 15 years. That is a long time fo r a mind to mature and change. So it was interesting to see how that played out. And when he isn't the only one 'travelling/dreaming' the story intensifies. This book had a sad ending but still an edge that leaves me driven to soon read the next book. THe horde a ...more
You know, with how cheesy the first book was, I thought I’d enjoy this one less than the first time I read it as well. While I did give it one star lower rating than originally, I feel like I enjoyed it just as much and got even more out of it this time. This is also the first book I’ve sobbed over in....years. I didn’t realize it had been so long, or that I needed to feel that again over a story.....but yeah. Crying over an incredible. emotional book is literally a therapeutic experience for me ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I have a friend who loves these books and I hate that I rated it so low. The book is based on a fairly original idea. It makes some good points at times. I am a Christian and I know this trilogy is much loved by some people and I have no problem with it's underlying message or any point it tries to make. I wanted to like it. But as a novel it just isn't that good (at least in my opinion)and it completely failed to draw me in. Thomas and his travails in 2 worlds just don't work for me.

There are s
M.G. Edwards
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Author Ted Dekker offers an interesting premise in his Circle Trilogy (Black/Red/White) -- that a man can alternate between the present and the future through his dreams and influence one reality by his actions in the other. The series is also a fascinating Biblical allegory. The final book, White, is the best of the three, because it explains clearly in the finale most of the unanswered questions Dekker raises in this thought-provoking series. For fans of fantasy, speculative fiction, and Chris ...more
Dec 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2009, e-books
I loved "Black" the first book in the circle trilogy but I was blown away by "Red" the second in the series. I truly enjoyed reading this one. Red moves the story very quickly forward towards the inevitable but it is an adventure that is filled with love, faith, atonement, and spirituality. This epic adventure leads you to look inward at yourself and to draw many parallel conclusions. Red is the rare case where the sequel is better than the first. I really recommend this series for all fiction r ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
Again I really enjoyed this. Stronger allegorical messages than Black by quite a long way, but I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I still enjoyed the story and the characterisation. I'm intrigued to see how the plot line in this world (Bangkok) straightens out, or if it does, in the next book. I found that story line the easier of the 2 to get involved with.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fast paced with danger lurking in both realities, Dekker continues to deliver an exciting read with much to ponder.
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The second installment of the Circle Trilogy did not disappoint but managed to choke me even more than "Black" - the first book that everyone should read prior to experiencing "Red". It has been a long, long time since a book made me tear up and this roused up with emotions and abyssal feelings that only very skilled writers can exude from their reader. This is a fascinating installment that takes Thomas Hunter, the man who lives in our reality when awake and also in another world when he dreams ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thomas Hunter lay sleeping in a hotel room in Bangkok. Just as he’d predicted, the deadly The Raison Strain virus had been released into the world. His sister lets him sleep, though, for now.

In another reality, Thomas rides a black steed over a sandy valley, leading his Forest Guard to war against the Horde. Having eaten the fruit that blocks dreams, it’s been fifteen years since he last walked in Earth’s reality. This alternate world has become his home. But to defeat the Horde he needs an expl
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Note: this review treats the whole series, of which this book is a part. No spoilers.

All in all, a bit disappointing. Dekker's strength is suspense; he kept me wanting to know what happened enough to read the whole series (Black, Red, White, Green) pretty quickly (~1600 pages). In the end, though, I'm not sure it was worth the time. He isn't a very good writer, his plots are predictable, the Christian imagery is a bit heavy-handed (extremely so at times), and aspects of the story went beyond my
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very well done Ted. This one was able to hold my attention all through to the end and that speaks volumes about the capacity of Mr. Dekker to weave a spell-binding tale. I enjoyed the actions that were happening in the real world.....our world I would say cos we don't know very much which of the world is real.
The other-worldly forests of Elyon and the deserts of Teelah and the scabs started out a little bit unexciting but later picked up momentum and climaxed into a very gripping allegory of th
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book blew me away. It wasn't that it was just better than Black, but it was genius. The Old Testament parallels were done so well, and then the gospel part of the New Testament was beautiful. It was even more thrilling than Black and I couldn't wait to get back into the book every time I put it down. So much better than Black, even though Black was also really good! Can't wait to start White!
Pamela Sweezy
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Biblical analogy books or even good vs evil and this series was brilliantly set up. I usually don't go for fantasy but I love that world in this series as much as the "realistic" world. Read it if you don't know what I'm talking about. ;-)
Kenyon Henry
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enough with the cliff hangers... With that out of the way, I can say this is a good book. Red is better than it's predecessor. It's an easy read and flows nicely. Except for the cliffhanger, the issues I had in book one don't exist in book two. Time to start book three.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
OK... let's start off with the good. There's an exciting pace and lots of adrenaline to this story. The pages turn quickly. It's one of those books where you get a nervous sweat going anticipating the next plot turn. Unfortunately, I had a lot of issues with many of those turns.

So if you're a huge fan of the author or the series, you should probably stop reading my review now, because it pretty much goes downhill from here.

I'm no stranger to suspending disbelief for a good story. Sentient robot
It is interesting reading this for a second time [considering the first time was when it first came out]. It moves at a pretty good clip. It also has a bit of a 'time gap' in it where Hunter's "story" [life?] in the alternate reality starts back up fifteen years after the events in the first book whereas the events in "our reality" start up where the first book leaves off. It has excitement, action, adventure, romance, mystery, violence, "mysticism," religious elements, and elements of fantasy a ...more
Victoria Howell
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it. I really like how Thomas has grown and the plot was much thicker and I enjoyed the allegory much more. I'm going straight to reading White!
Jonathan Terrington
As good as his first in the series is Red pushes the envelope to another level. There's more action, more suspense and the clock winds down ever closer before the global pandemic destroys most of the world.

Whereas the first book covers the fall of man in allegorical fashion the second novel focuses on the redemption of man. After the fall of man a sickness descended upon the dream world which can only be cured by ritual washing in special water created by Elyon. Thomas is a leader of those who c
Apr 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, fiction
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May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am addicted to this series! I finished Red last night and already bought White. If you are unfamiliar, it's a cross between sci fi and fantasy.
Red continues with the story of Thomas who is "living" 2 lives - he goes between them when he sleeps and dreams. One life is present day Earth which is battling a virus that is being released as an act of terrorism. The other world is in the future. Is it Earth after humanity dies from the virus? Not sure. Thomas is the main character in both "times" t
Mindi Rosser
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Mindi by: Parents
2nd book in the Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker. It continues the epic saga of Thomas Hunter in a thrilling, but bloody, read. The allegorical undertones are more prevalent in this book, as Dekker makes the character representing Christ very evident.

Of the 3 books in the trilogy, this one would be filled with the most action and battles. The romance aspect is not as emphasized as the 1st or 3rd books. After finishing this book, you will want to have the 3rd book (White) on-hand, so you can continu
Heather G Gentle
Oct 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
If you've ever read LOTR ...this second in the series is a bit similar to the "Two Towers" book... a lot of epic battles and battle/fight strategy with a little bit of a love story thrown in the background. To me this was the most boring of the 3 books but Tom, Monique and Kara are great characters and it was worth continuing to see what happened to them.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Once again, loved the action, disliked the allegories, squirmed at the violence. All that drowning. Dekker was going for in-your-face uncomfortable and he got it.
Kinda like The Passion Of The Christ by Mel Gibson.
I've started the 3rd book in the series.
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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.

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)
  • White: The Great Pursuit (The Circle, #3)
“...most men and women will yield to the strong currents sucking them into the seas of ruin. Only the strongest in mind and spirit will swim against that current.” 31 likes
“We've stepped off the cliff and are falling into madness.” 11 likes
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