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Green: The Beginning and the End

(The Circle 0)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  20,451 ratings  ·  677 reviews
AS FORETOLD BY ANCIENT PROPHETS, an apocalypse destroyed Earth during the twenty-first century. But two thousand years later Elyon set upon the earth a new Adam. This time, however, He gave humanity an advantage. What was once unseen became seen. It was good and it was called..."Green."

But the evil Teeleh bided his time in a Black Forest.

Then, when least expected, a
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2009)
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Katie Miller Read Black, Red, White, then Green. I would also recommend Saint, Sinner, Showdown, not necessarily in that order, and the lost books. Everything…moreRead Black, Red, White, then Green. I would also recommend Saint, Sinner, Showdown, not necessarily in that order, and the lost books. Everything makes more sense that way.(less)

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Amanda Carpenter
Jan 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
I loved Black, Red, and White. I figured Dekker would eventually pick up Thomas's story and I looked forward to that.

But I was extremely disappointed in the result.

The "circle" concept made the story empty and futile for me. I understand that Green was meant to represent the end times/last days, but I felt like the "circle/do-over" ending undermined one of the main points of the story. Throughout Black, Red, and White Elyon (representing God/Christ) had a plan and cared for the characters
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Ted Dekker says you can read the circle trilogy from Black to Green or from Green to White. I read it in the order of Black, Red, White, Green and honestly think it would be very hard to read it Green, Black, Red, White. Dekker really threw me for a loop in the last half of Green. He left me... a little crazed? The amount of information being thrown at me in this book was kind of overwhelming my brain. At the end of Green, having read all 4 of the books in the Circle Trilogy, I thought, "It ...more
Jun 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
What a disappointment. I really enjoyed the first three books, especially Red and White. I was perfectly fine with the completion of the saga just as it was at the end of White. Sometimes it's best to leave well enough alone. Yes, I get the whole "circle" concept that Dekker was going for, but come on. Even fantasy has to be believable. The ending of Green was such a huge stretch, I was left with a very bad taste in my mouth. Frankly, it ruined the whole series for me. I literally threw the book ...more
May 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dekkies
Recommended to Christine by: I saw it in the back of the other circle books.
Ted Dekker implied he was trying to wrap up a series with this book. I do not feel wrapped up. This book gave me many more details into the whole Circle series, but I don't feel that everything has been completed. Hopefully more books in the future will reveal more details that will finally allow us readers with less brilliant minds and busy schedules to figure out all the mysteries of Ted Dekker's world.
Catrina Bradley
Oct 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Victoria Howell
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a good conclusion, though I was a bit disappointed about the ending.
Sep 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
I couldn't make it past the first few chapters. For a book that is supposed to complete/begin a "circle", the writing style (compared to the other 3 books) stuck out like a sore thumb. It didn't flow with the previous books at all. His writing has lost the magical quality and grown more reliant on the only non-stock/unrecycled character personas he has--Thomas Hunter, Marsuvees Black, and Billy. After sticking through the original Circle trilogy, the Lost Books series, Showdown...all those ...more
Erik w/a "k"
Nov 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recently I read Green by Ted Dekker. It's called book Zero. According to Dekker you can read this final book in the Circle trilogy. Which is ironic as this is the fourth book and there are some other books that are connected to these books as well. Confusion aside, Dekker is an amazing storyteller. Quite possibly my favorite author in this fantasy genre. I recommend his books, although some of them can be a bit dark, this one included.

It is good to recall all the familiar characters from the
At first I thought that I should have read this book after the others because of all the references to the other books. However, by the end I realized it didn't matter because a circle has no beginning and end or in this case it was the same thing. Wow! What a graphic story. Some parts were very gruesome and I wondered why I was even listening. The scary part is that the farther I got into it the more it made sense. Thomas is in a future world that ends in Armageddon but is sent back to our ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book covers the story of how Thomas Hunter first entered the Black Forest and forever changed history. It acts as a Prequel to "Black" and sequel to "White." It begins at a time when 3 opposing armies are gathered for a final battle in the valley of Migdon.

I found this an excellent read. It parallels our own history (and Judeo-Christian end-of-days prophecies), except that most of us are unable to see the evil in our world as directly – as a visual, physical disease. I highly recommend it
Bea Cabuhat
Dec 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Keiki Hendrix
Oct 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The beginning and the end.’

Ted Dekker’s long awaited Green, Book 0: The Beginning and the End was, as always, a great Dekker read. Dekker’s ability to define and reveal characters is one of the main reasons he is one of my favorite authors.

Add to this the wondrous allegory of the Christian themes that are so tightly woven throughout all his books, makes Dekker a simply must read author.

Curious of how Green could be the first in the The Circle Trilogy as well as the last, I could not wait to read
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
If you read the Circle Trilogy and want to read this book to complete the series, DON'T.
If you want to read the Circle Trilogy, SKIP THIS BOOK and just read Black, Red, and White.

I really loved the Circle Trilogy. Each book contained a beautiful picture about a truth about God and displayed it in an understandable and believable way. It had beautiful worlds and beautiful themes of redemption. I found myself caring for each of the characters. The world shifting technique for story telling worked
Nov 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Today I'm reviewing Green by Ted Dekker.

Green is Ted Dekker’s fourth book in the Circle Trilogy. Green is book 0 which is supposed to complete a circle creating a series where there really isn't an end or beginning. The jacket claims you can jump into the series by starting with any of the four books, but I found I was lost having not read the first three books.

Even though it took me a while to get into the book, I did enjoy Green. It was fast paced and a great story of good against evil. The
May 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-so-favorites
This book was the worst in the series, by far. I enjoyed the other three immensely, and this one just didn't cut it for me. I get the premise, it's the circle trilogy and the author was trying to wrap up the series. It's an interesting idea, but I don't think it was carried out very well. I think this book was unnecessary, and the ending was just annoying to me. Again, it's an interesting idea, but it mostly just made me frustrated and I feel like nothing was really accomplished. It's like one ...more
Apr 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ted-dekker
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Garrett Seney
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My mind was blown! Ted Dekker takes one last journey into Thomas Hunter's world and truly does bring it round full circle. The story and overarching narrative is written well and very engaging. Even though this book could be first or last, I believe last is the best place for it. Knowing Thomas and his world before this book makes this story all the more important and I was more invested.
The only downside was the book should have ended a few paragraphs earlier but I am no writer.
Dave Reiss
Dec 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book totally destroyed the Circle Trilogy. I hated it. I wish Dekker had left this series alone. If you read the Circle novels, do not read this one.
Hannah Rodriguez
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2016
Some of the parts were a little on the darker side but overall it was good (longer review later?)
Mar 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
If you're planning to read the series (which I highly recommend) just skip this book. You're better off without it.
Victor Nguyen
Oct 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Green can be rather confusing to a new reader in the beginning, especially if you have no knowledge of this series. For me I had no idea what was going on during my time reading the book. Plotlines felt very empty, I know he wrote at the beginning of the book that you can start with Green, but trust me this book doesn’t feel like the beginning of book series, but more like the second or third book. I was very lost and was wondering if this book was going to get any better. I was alright for the ...more
I would certainly say this was the best out of the four books in Dekker's "Circle Series." The story Green is meant to parallel the Bible's book of Revelation. We come to the end, or as Dekker puts it through one of his characters, it could very well be the beginning. The main plot of the story revolves around the main protagonist, Thomas Hunter who is looking to save his son from his rebellion against Elyon (the God figure in this story) and is seeking to repair the Circle tribe that is tangled ...more
Brandon Maracle
I want my time back Dekker; Green is clumsy, defective, and cheap.
I read the circle trilogy and enjoyed it, I was not in love or felt as though this series was magnificent, but it entertained me. However, this last book, the 4th book of the trilogy, did not belong, but I think you could figure that out by its nature of being the fourth book in a "trilogy." Tedd can count as well as he can write I guess. Thin, undeveloped characters exist in a half-baked world.
You are a better person without
Matthew Kozak
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"You never know how much you love someone until they're gone," Kara said. "When you left us, I thought I would die. I understand how you feel."

"They are my life Kara...and Chelise..." he felt his eyes tear up. "I'm telling you, she is my breath. A constant reminder that Elyon longs for me, the way I long for her. Without her I would dry up, like an uprooted Catalina cactus." He spoke the words in a rush, feeding on his need to say what was eating him alive, "She's water to me. My gift from the
Laura Spinella
Jun 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, christian
While I loved the Black and Red books of this series, this one really fell short. The analogies to the Christian life are weak and hard to find, the characters are one-dimensional, the action is confusing, and the writing relies on repetitive phrasing.
Matthew S.E
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book with great imagination and a new view of God.
This book was . . . . a huge letdown, a major disappointment, a horrible "ending" for The Circle series. I might have rated it two stars, but for the ending of the book itself. It seems pretty clear the author was trying to shoehorn this novel into the original trilogy and transforming the four books into a "cycle" of some sort. It was pretty poorly down to be honest. I cannot in clear conscience, recommend this book to anyone. If you want to read The Circle, leave this book out and enjoy the ...more
Kenyon Henry
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this continuation (or beginning) of The Circle series, Ted Dekker holds true to form. The story has twists and turns. It doesn't always give you what you want. In the end, it does give you a good story, filled with spiritual allegory.

Pros: Beautifully descriptive, action packed, and thrilling

Cons: Sometimes too descriptive (For example: the pages describing the lake each time he enters one).

Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I was intrigued by the concept of a book that could be both the beginning and the end of a series. Would it be able to be completely accessible to new readers and introduce them to an entire world while also tying up loose ends and bringing an epic sense of fulfillment for those who are ending their journey? How do you be both a finale and an introduction? And if this book is going to launch a series that it is also ending, does that basically mean that nothing in the series will really be ...more
May 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
From "As foretold by ancient prophets, an apocalypse destroyed Earth during the twenty-first century. But two thousand years later Elyon set upon the earth a new Adam. This time, however, he gave humanity an advantage. What was once unseen became seen. It was good and it was called...Green.

But the evil Teeleh bided his time in a Black Forest. Then, when least expected, a twenty-four year old named Thomas Hunter fell asleep in our world and woke up in that future Black Forest. A
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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)
  • Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle, #1)
  • Red: The Heroic Rescue (The Circle, #2)
  • White: The Great Pursuit (The Circle, #3)
“...I once thought I defeated the evil in my heart. I learned something: We can face our demons, burn them up, stomp them into the ground. I turned mine to ashes. But even if you destroy the evidence of evil, you can't heal your heart. Not by yourself.” 11 likes
“What was once obvious to them was no longer quite as obvious. Why was it that humans lost sight of truth so quickly?” 10 likes
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