Red (The Circle Trilogy, Book 2: The Heroic Rescue)

by Ted Dekker

Paperback, 2004

Status

Available

Call number

813.6

Publication

Thomas Nelson Publishers (2004)

Original publication date

2004

Description

Fantasy. Suspense. Thriller. Young Adult Fiction. HTML: 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-scarred general commanding an army of primitive warriors. In the other, he's racing to outwit sadistic terrorists intent on creating global chaos through an unstoppable virus. Two worlds on the brink of destruction. One unthinkable solution. Enter an adrenaline-laced epic where dreams and reality collide. Nothing is as it seems, as Black turns to Red..

Language

Original language

English

ISBN

1595540008 / 9781595540003

User reviews

LibraryThing member debs4jc
The story from Black continues, Thomas of Hunter is now a great warrior facing the Horde. He hasn't dreamed in 15 years, but a new threat brings him back to the 21st century and the threat from the Raison strain. The two differing realities he is locked in seem more tied together than ever, with
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not only skills and information passing from one to the other but also his blood. And then Rachelle has a dream where she is Monique. So Thomas is trying to figure out how to stop the Raison strain from killing the Earth's population in one reality, and how to stop the Horde from overtaking the forests in the other. A mystical prophet named Justin of Southern further complicates the puzzle--is he a traitor or a prophet.






Style Characterisics: Pacing, clarity, structure, narrative devices, etc.
Very fast paced, almost dizzying. The spiritual allegory type stuff has the reader guessing at times who/what is right or wrong. Especially when the people in one world correspond to someone from the other world. This can be confusing sometimes. But it also adds an element of mystery that added on top of the action creates a book you can't put down. The characters, like a lot of suspense stories, tend to be flat. They are really more part of the fantastic world Dekker has created--this is a very visual book.






How Good is it?
An adrenaline laced read, great entertainment with a intriguing spiritual underlayer that reinterprets the Biblical story in a fresh way
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LibraryThing member fingerpost
The second book in the trilogy is far better than the first, which was itself pretty good. In Red, the story of the Rasion Strain virus in our world picks up right where it left off, but in the alternate world 15 years have passed since the "fall of man" at the end of "Black". In the other world
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Thomas Hunter has become a great warrior for his people (the Jews) while they are hunted down by the Horde (the Romans) but Justin, a member of Thomas' tribe with some crazy ideas, comes along and stirs things up (Jesus).
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LibraryThing member drneutron
Dekker's "Red" continues a trilogy begun in "Black" intended to be classic thriller, scifi other-world story, and an allegory for the Christian story of the fall through redemption. Red is better than Black, which was already pretty good, and the allegorical elements came together better this time
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around, and the characters felt more developed. Very good, and I'm looking forward to the finale!
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LibraryThing member ShortyBond
I have to be honest, when I first started on Dekker's first book of the circle trilogy, Black, I was unsure how I would feel about it. But I trekked on and I'm glad I did. I was so sucked into the story.

Red continues and doesn't let you down. Amazing, and wonderful. I can't begin to described how
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moved I was by this story. And it keeps you on the edge of your seat. You simply can't wait for more.

I can't wait to start White!
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LibraryThing member mattp340
The "empire Strikes Back" of the Triology, good but not as good as teh first and last!
LibraryThing member vanedow
The second volume of the Circle trilogy was pretty much more of the same. This time around, though, I found I enjoyed the characters a lot more. Rachelle in particular managed to get a lot less annoying.

I don't think I would recommend this series unless you're the type of person who typically
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enjoys Christian fiction
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LibraryThing member saltmanz
This review is being written four years after the fact. My father recommended this series, otherwise I would never have picked it up. I enjoyed it at the time, though a lot of stuff bugged me; namely, that the "real world" plot was pretty unbelievable, and the "alternate world" plot got fairly
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heavy-handed with Christian allegory.

That said, four years later, a lot of the imagery from this series has stuck with me. If I thought it a bit hokey back then, now I'd say it's more enjoyable in hindsight, and maybe more powerful. I have a feeling that if I reread it today, it would disappoint; but I can see myself recommending it to my kids when they reach their teens.
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LibraryThing member aziemer
A life turned upside down and inside out is the life of Thomas Hunter. As he teeters between two not-so-different worlds, Thomas finds himself racing against time to advert destruction. In our world, it is a race to find a cure for the Raison Strain-a virus that has annihilating properties. A
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monumental battle against the ever-imposing Horde is on the horizon as the Forest people begin falling apart at the seams in Thomas' dream world.

Ted Dekker's second book keeps the reader comple...more A life turned upside down and inside out is the life of Thomas Hunter. As he teeters between two not-so-different worlds, Thomas finds himself racing against time to advert destruction. In our world, it is a race to find a cure for the Raison Strain-a virus that has annihilating properties. A monumental battle against the ever-imposing Horde is on the horizon as the Forest people begin falling apart at the seams in Thomas' dream world.

Ted Dekker's second book keeps the reader completely engaged. It is a fast moving storyline on both world accounts. In the midst of journeying with Thomas' characters between the two worlds, the reader begins to contemplate which world is the real world and which is the dream world. The characters are well-written and believable. It is easy to relate to the characters as exciting to see them develop even further. Dekker's writing pulls the reader in to the point of feeling in the middle of it all. It is a book packed with action, sacrifice, suspense, and above all, love. Though this book has Christian undertones, it can easily be enjoyed by any reader. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy and suspense.
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LibraryThing member EnglishGeek13
I wasn't quite as impressed with this book in the series, but it was still enjoyable. Dekker didn't go nearly as in depth with the character of Elyon as I would have liked and the messiah character wasn't developed nearly enough. I've also found that I don't care nearly as much about the "Bangkok"
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reality and the threat to the world in the form of the virus. In all, it was still a worthy read and I look forward to reading the next book. On that note, Green was recently released and I'm a bit disappointed that Dekker has gone the way of many authors who have a good thing and then ruin it by creating bunches of new books ("The Lost Books") and then not ending a series when they say they will (that's for you, Paolini!) But, I haven't completed White and I'm giving it a chance. We'll see!!
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LibraryThing member edspicer
This book is very exciting and emotional, and is very hard to put down! The is a lot of suspense and it has a Christian background. It is an amazing book and I would heavily encourage anyone who loves a mind-bending book to read it. 5Q4P The cover art is okay and I'd recommend it to high school
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students and adults. I chose to read it because I have been reading the series and I love it! AriannaF
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LibraryThing member StarKnits
I'm rereading this series as audiobooks starting this book 8/9/16
I'm reminded why I enjoyed these books!

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