Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Green by Ted Dekker


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Summary: 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 gateway was opened for Teeleh to ravage the land. Devastated by the ruin, Thomas Hunter and his Circle swore to fight the dark scourge until their dying breath.

But now The Circle has lost hope. Samuel, Thomas Hunter's cherished son, has turned his back on his father. He gathers the dark forces to wage a final war. Thomas is crushed and desperately seeks a way back to our reality to find the one elusive hope that could save them all.

Enter an apocalyptic story like none you have read. A story with links to our own history so shocking that you will forget you are in another world at all. Welcome to GREEN. Book Zero.

FOUR NOVELS. TWO WORLDS. ONE STORY.

Author Info: The son of missionaries John and Helen Dekker, whose incredible story of life among headhunters in Indonesia has been told in several books, Ted Dekker learned at a very early age the difference between authentic Christianity and so-called religion. Surrounded by the vivid colors of the jungle and a myriad of cultures, Dekker received a first-class education on human nature and behavior. This, he believes, is the foundation of his writing.

After earning his Bachelor's Degree in Religion and Philosophy from Evangel College, Dekker spent time in the corporate world before turning to writing full-time in 1997. He states that each time he writes, he finds his vision of God just a little clearer and his expression of that vision a little more vivid. Dekker's body of work contains over twenty novels including Thr3e, The Circle Series, and Sinner.

He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife LeeAnn and their four children.

My Thoughts: When I saw Green as one of the book choices for the Thomas Nelson blogger review program, I let out a little "squee" of joy. Ted Dekker is one of my favorite authors and The Circle Trilogy is by far my favorites of his work so far. I couldn't wait to dive back into the world of Thomas, Rousch, the Horde, and Shataiki. I wondered how one added a fourth book to a trilogy, but I was going with it anyway.

The book states that it can be read as the first book or the last. Obviously, I read it last and would probably recommend that order. I think too much of the mystery from the previous books is revealed in this one and those who hate spoilers would be disappointed. Also, Red and White are the best books in the series (in my opinion) and I'd want the reader to get to the best stuff more quickly.

So onto the big question; Did the fourth book live up to the previous three? I'd have to say, not quite. I was able to put the book down several times and walk back into my own world without issue. It was an enjoyable read though and I would recommend reading it after you have finished the previous three. It's not the strongest follow up but it's worth the read. And if you haven't read Black, Red, and White yet, I highly recommend them. They are definite favorites.

Green is available for a list price of $25.99 at your favorite local or online bookstore.

*Disclosure: This book was provided at no cost, for review purposes.*

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