by Ted Dekker

Paperback, 2004



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Thomas Nelson (2004)


Fantasy. Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. HTML: Time Is Running Out In Two Realities. In one world, a lethal virus threatens to destroy all life as scientists and governments scramble to find an antidote. In the other, a forbidden love could forever destroy the ragtag resistance known as The Circle. Thomas can bridge both worlds, but he is quickly realizing that he may not be able to save either. In this mind-bending adventure, Thomas must find a way to rewrite history as he navigates a whirlwind of emotions and events surrounding a pending apocalypse. The fate of two worlds comes down to one man's choice--and it is a most unlikely choice indeed. Life. Death. Love. Nothing is as it seems. Yet all will forever be transformed by the decisions of one man in the final hours of the Great Pursuit..… (more)


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1595540113 / 9781595540119

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LibraryThing member debs4jc
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts
The story from Red continues, Thomas of Hunter and his band now have a policy of non-violence with the Horde, and so have become experts at running and hiding from them. This backfires and ends up with Thomas and some of
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his crew being taken prisoner. Meanwhile, in the 21st century Thomas is supposedly dead, but his sister Cara has thought of a way to revive him. With the Raison strain starting to make people sick, she uses his blood to enter his dream world and re-write history. Thomas now feels the strain of trying to save both worlds. With the books of the histories, his blood, and the love of Justin (Christ) they may be able to do just that.

Style Characterisics: Pacing, clarity, structure, narrative devices, etc.
Quite a few major plot shifts, as Dekker dips into the fantastical to ressurect characters. The ending was somewhat predictable (at least in one world), but also a powerful statement of sacrifice. Dekker's writing is full of powerful images that the reader won't soon forget.

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 third volume in The Circle trilogy weakens a litte from the second. The strong Christian allegory of the book would probably turn off most non-Christian readers. The Hoard now controls the forests, and The Circle is a relatively small band of believers in Elyon (God) who have been saved by the
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red lake after Justin's death (baptism). Meanwhile, in our world, the Raison strain virus is sweeping the Earth, giving humanity a very small chance of survival. The survival of both the Circle, and the human race will depend on Thomas Hunter and his dreams. The hilight of the book was a few very clever plot twists involving the dreams, and multiple characters making the dream-leap.
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LibraryThing member drneutron
The third in Dekker's excellent Circle trilogy. Part thriller, part Christian allegory, White is a great ending to the story. Highly recommended, but you should start with the first volume!
LibraryThing member mattp340
Has some great surprises that wrap up the Triology.
LibraryThing member vanedow
This was the first one of the trilogy that I found myself really getting into. As far as the allegory of the series goes, if Black focuses on the Fall of Man, and Red gives us the death of Christ, White covers the rise of the church and its extension to the Gentiles. Christian fiction is not really
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my thing, but interesting stuff.
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LibraryThing member letseatgrandpa
I tore through White. It took me a while to get through both Black and Red (it didn’t help that I left a library copy of Red in a hostel in New Zealand), but I zipped right through White. I really, really liked it. It was my favorite of the trilogy. I like series because the author doesn’t
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really need to take the time to build character and plot — he or she can just dive right in and get on with the action. I felt like the plot in the “real” world moved at a much better pace than in the last book, and I found myself rooting for the people in that world a lot more than in the last book. The “forest” world was also fascinating. At first I didn’t care for Chelise (I missed Rachelle!), but her character grew on me and Thomas’ love for her made her more and more likable. The imagery was intense and the allegory was strong. I ached for the Great Romance for the characters, and found myself wishing for it in my life. The overall allegory was pulled off very well — it’s Christianity in a big, dancing, laughing nutshell. And I loved it!
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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
Thomas Hunter's life is never easy these days. The threat of the unleashed virus weighs heavily on Earth. A terrorist, who unleashed the viral weapon and holds the key to the antidote-which can be exchanged for the world's nuclear power, is on the hunt to kill Thomas. Being killed is the least of
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Thomas' worries as he furiously attempts to retrieve the antidote before it's too late. Though Earth is being ravaged by a virus, Thomas has little control over when he sleeps and the events that occur in them. While trying to unite the Forest people and fend off the Horde, Thomas' heart has fallen for a woman. However, this is no ordinary woman. The consequences of their love with surely bring war and death to the two as well as Thomas' people.

Ted Dekker's third installment does not disappoint. The development of the characters brings to light vaious emotional traits: love, sacrifice, pain, and strength. The reader finds that there are characters worth rooting for while there are others to loath. The quick-paced writing found in the previous two novels, is not lost in the third. The Circle series is a continuous thrill ride. The reader is engulfed by Dekker's writing style as his depictions surround the reader to feel and see as the characters feel and see. A fantastical, thrill of a ride to be taken by any reader willing. I highly recommend this book.
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LibraryThing member EnglishGeek13
I wasn't as disappointed in this book as I was "Red," but "White," in the same way, didn't meet my expectations compared to "Black." I was satisfied with the ending and I'm not quite sure why "Green" has been written. I guess I'll read it to find out.
LibraryThing member edspicer
This book has a twisting plot that draws you in for more. It's emotionally intense and griping from the beginning, but you should start at the beginning of the series. 5Q4P The cover is awesome and I'd recommend this book for high school students and adults. I chose to read this book because I
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absolutely love this author. AriannaF
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LibraryThing member bluenichols
Great finish to the trilogy
LibraryThing member StarKnits
A good ending to a good story.

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