Thursday, February 17, 2005

Book Review: 'Black'

Black: The Birth of Evil is Book One of Ted Dekker's fantasy/thriller/action The Circle trilogy. I have previously read Dekker's Thr3e and was extremely impressed with the mature fiction that this Christian author writes. Black is no exception. It is a genuinely intriguing read with universal themes set in the context of a battle between good and evil. Thomas Hunter is attached by unknown assailants as he walks down a deserted alleyway when a bullet clips his head and he descends into blackness. Out of the blackness comes another world -- a world where evil is contained. But is this a dream or reality? When he goes to sleep in one world he wakes up in the other world. Both worlds face disaster and Thomas Hunter seems to be called to deal with the crisis of both worlds. What he does in one world seems to affect the other and his choices seem to have ramifications for both worlds. Black is a great read. Dekker manages the paradox of Thomas Hunter's living in two worlds with great skill and the pace never stops with continual surprises for the reader. There is action, romance, suspense and deep theological themes. I can't wait to read the next book of the trilogy. Highly recommended! Dekker is one of the best (if not the best) Christian fiction writers today. From the Cover Fleeing assailants through alleyways in Denver late one night, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of an industrial building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head and his world goes black. Now Thomas wakes from a deep sleep, remembering the vivid dream he just had of being chased. Incredibly real. His head is even bleeding – but he’s fallen on a rock. He’s in a green forest, waiting to meet Rachelle, the woman he’s falling madly in love with. That night, Thomas tumbles into bed and falls into a fitful sleep. He dreams. But here comes the real mind bender. Every time Thomas falls asleep in one reality, he awakes in the other. He truly no longer knows which reality is real. Each reality has dramatic impact on the other, each proves to be real, each presents huge stakes, and the fate of each will depend on one man: Thomas Hunter. [A] groundbreaking trilogy ... Each new Dekker book has surpassed the prior one...but never before has he created such an unforgettable multi-layered epic as Black, Red, and White. Related Links Ted Dekker's web site Buy Black from

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