by Ted Dekker

Paperback, 2009



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Thomas Nelson (2009), 400 pages

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Fantasy. Suspense. Thriller. Young Adult Fiction. HTML: 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… (more)


INSPY (Winner — Speculative — 2010)


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1595547398 / 9781595547392

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LibraryThing member aziemer
Thomas Hunter has saved Earth from a deadly virus and fended off the Horde. Thomas no longer dreams, but this does not mean there are not events happening in the Earth world that will gravely impact Thomas' forest world. Though unaware of the coming events on Earth, Thomas suspects there is a war
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fast approaching. His beloved son has created turmoil and unrest throughout the Forest people. Thomas must find a way to bring his people together again and save not only his son but the future of the F...more Thomas Hunter has saved Earth from a deadly virus and fended off the Horde. Thomas no longer dreams, but this does not mean there are not events happening in the Earth world that will gravely impact Thomas' forest world. Though unaware of the coming events on Earth, Thomas suspects there is a war fast approaching. His beloved son has created turmoil and unrest throughout the Forest people. Thomas must find a way to bring his people together again and save not only his son but the future of the Forest. With multiple betrayals, this task will be the ultimate challenge.

Ted Dekker does it again. His final chapter in the Circle series will have the reader turning pages long into the night. The suspense enthralls the reader to continue the journey through unsuspecting turns and astonishing twists. There are a few new characters introduced while other absent characters return. Green is not only the sequel to the series but the prequel as well. In addition, Dekker does a fabulous job of weaving in connecting series' such as The Paradise series and The Lost Books series. It was a fabulous end, or beginning depending on how you view it, to a most-engaging series. I highly recommend this book.
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LibraryThing member atdCross
Well, admittedly, for me it wasn't as thrilling as ride as the the previous ones - "Black", "Red", White", but the ending just blew me away: I did not expect it at all. Maybe I should have by the title but it was totally wierd for me. I said to myself, "That Dekker is s punk!" (with utmost respect
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for Dekker). I couldn't believe the ending and I'm not gonna give it away. If anyone is planning to read the "Circle" series, I cannot more strongly recommend that he read "Green" last (the others can be read in any order). Dekker continues to faithfully mess with my head.
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LibraryThing member jmchshannon
This was the final selection for the INSPYs for speculative fiction and is the novel that eventually won. The brilliance of Green lies in its premise. It begins and ends the series, making it either the first or last novel to read in the Circle series. While it may seem initially confusing, it
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actually works quite well, as it either sets the stage for future stories or sums up previous stories very well.

That which made it brilliant also gave it a rather interesting message. In fact, from this idea of a circle, one could conclude that mankind is doomed to repeat its same mistakes over and over again. When talking about faith, this is not necessarily the most hopeful message, but it does reiterate the importance of free will.

Even more important, the idea of faith elements being physical becomes a key point in the story. Ironically, even with being able to physically see, hear, touch, and taste certain aspects of Elyon, Hunter's group still struggles to believe wholeheartedly in His goodness. If they struggle, even after physical manifestations of Elyon's love and benevolence, what does that mean for modern-day humanity? If seeing and believing is not enough, then how does one truly believe?

As is to be expected in any novel that is the beginning of a series, there are many unanswered questions. Because Green is also the end of the series, the reader only catches glimpses of those answers, which can be frustrating at times. Also, because it is setting up the rest of the series, much of the novel is spent in the future, creating this new world and introducing us to characters that play key roles in the events to come. This makes it more difficult to understand at times than a typical science fiction novel. Still, there is plenty of food for thought about the possibilities behind those questions and hinted-at answers, allowing the reader to contemplate the ideas behind Mr. Dekker's novel.

While not my favorite novel of the five, Green did make me curious how the story circles around as it does. I remain unconvinced that this idea of life as one big never-ending circle is the most positive message one could hope to learn. It was a welcome change from the more technology-based novels in the speculative fiction category, and the fact that Mr. Dekker was able to make the idea of a circle in a literary series work so well makes it a stand-out novel for the category.
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LibraryThing member EnglishGeek13
I was really disappointed in this book. Dekker has taken the story lines of Black, Red, and White and messed them all up, in my opinion. We're once again plunged into the world of Thomas Hunter and company, but this time some new, diabolical characters have been introduced, much to the detriment of
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the story, and the same back and forth between "past" and "future" caused the same frustration. In addition to all this, Dekker has added a lot of evil elements that I found rather graphic and over the top: animal sacrifice, vampires, bloodletting and drinking, evil scheming, etc. Afterward I did see that he was showing the difference between the two worlds: in one evil is easily identifiable while not so much in the other, but still, I found myself completely grossed out more often than I would have liked. The book is described as "Book Zero," meaning you can read it before the rest or after, but I think fans should just leave this one alone.
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LibraryThing member jmmclendon
With the Circle Series, Dekker has created a different twist on a post-apocalypse tale. In the Terminator films, robots come back from the future to prevent certain events from taking place. Thomas Hunter falls asleep in our world only to awaken in the future after Elyon has created a new world. He
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struggles to deal with this shift in reality as he move back and forth in time to overcome challenges in both worlds. Though it is touted as "Book 0: The Beginning and the End", I do not recommend reading it before the others in the series (Black, Red, & White). While En Media Res is an effective literary tool, I think too much is missing to jump in at this point in the series; it certainly fits better as a #4 and, through its unique nature, a #0 simultaneously, as the subtitle implies. The plot moves quickly keeping the reader engaged. This installment in the series has some unique elements that may intrigue readers of other genres.
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LibraryThing member NickAngelis
When I logged into Library Thing, the screen stated "You have 666 recommendations" and I knew it was time to review Green, the Armageddon parable by Ted Dekker. Or maybe I decided to review it because I just finished the book and my memory is as poor as his characters after they've been whisked
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about the past and future. The idea of a book being the first and the last in a series made me cynical for any meaningful ending to the book, though Dekker did a better job than I expected. Despite the confusion of his nonlinear format, this book was no more complex than Black, Red, or White. This may be only because he's grown as an author and learned not to befuddle his readers as much as he used too. I'm not sure that the readers will enjoy the plot connections with Dekker's book Immanuel's Veins, but I think that it's a brilliant idea to start connecting the themes from all of your books once you've written as many as Dekker has. I'd explain all the possible symbolism of his book, but it's subtle enough to teach truth without comparing Eramites to non-Messianic Jews. Read the other reviews to find out what the book's plot is, but the message is further explained in the last book of the Bible.
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LibraryThing member charlie68
The plot is okay, but the writing at times is terrible to laughable sometimes. At times I was making fun of some of the things the characters say. They seemed either ridiculous or over the top. Perhaps the author should go for more comedy.
LibraryThing member HGButchWalker
Green completes the circle and ties in the other related series. It's not perfect but it's nice to have it tied up.
LibraryThing member MasonB.G1
in Green, Thomas hunter returns once again to the world we know now as Earth. many years have past, and when he reunites with his sister and his almost to be girl friend, he finds that a lot has changed. they are now older and when he goes back to Earth, he is desperate to go back to his own world
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and save his family and the circle. but when the lost books of history are taken back to his world, he has no way to get back. he is then stuck on Earth and his Sister and friend convince him that he was to come back for a purpose: to save Earth. he then holds the fate of 2 worlds in his hands and is almost torn apart by emotions. after a wild journey through 2 worlds, and cross dimensions, 2 will fall, 1 will change their ways of belief, evil will lose, and good will win.
Ted Dekker is one of my favorite authors. i have read this series, one other, and i am waiting to start a third. this is one of my favorites. Dekker has done a great job on putting twists in this book, and the fact that there are millions of possibilities for an ending, it made it all the more exciting. for other Dekker fans who have read this series, this book is a must to really close out the series. i do not completely agree with the ending, but it is a good one none the less. i would give this book a 4 and a half star rating. it was a fantastic book, and i would recommend it.
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LibraryThing member Cephas730
The original circle trilogy was great. I see what Ted Dekker was trying to do with this book, unfortunately the loose ends that this book ties up should have been left untouched. The original circle trilogy would have been just fine without this f0llow up.
LibraryThing member silva_44
Very disappointed by the ending, which for me was the culmination of the series.

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