Red

19 Nov

RedTed Dekker

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 2004

Paperback: 400 pages

Book Blurb:

“We have stepped off the cliff and are falling into madness.”

The mind-bending pace of Black accelerates in Red, Book Two of Ted Dekker’s epic Circle Series. 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.

Stand alone or series: Second in The Circle Series… Or third-ish if you decide to read Green first.

Why I read this book: When I was finishing Black, I was practically running to the book store. I managed to find this and the third in the English section of a Mexican bookstore. Be warned though, if you haven’t read the first book then this will be a spoiler.

Review:

Aye! I couldn’t catch my breath.

Fifteen years have passed in Other Earth and not more than fifteen minutes on our world. Thomas of Hunter is now the supreme commander of the Forest Guard. Though the beautiful colorful forest is nothing but a vague memory. Thomas and Rachel have been from Eden and into a much harsher land. The Forest Dwellers live in forests surrounding lakes. Every day they must bathe in the lakes to keep a horrible skin disease at bay. However the sickness not only turns their skin white and flaky and horribly painful, it also dulls their minds and turns truth to lies. The diseased are Horde and they are coming to take the forests.

On our earth Thomas wakes with a gun to his head and even worse, to find another disease is released. This one will kill the world and there is no antidote… yet.

Okay. This next paragraph will be a spoiler for those who haven’t read it too. But it’s so cool I can’t not talk about it. I’ll try to keep it vague, but it could give away a BIG thing if you figure it out (and you probably will). So if you haven’t read it and want to, step the next paragraph and continue on.

I was never able to understand how the Biblical Jews could not believe that Jesus was the Savior. Reading from this time and place it seems a given. This book helped me to understand and see the scene in a way I never could before. Some were simply power hungry, yes. But others truly believed that they were following God’s law. They believed that this young man saying He was the Son of God was defying God with the very words He used to bring them closer. I know I’m still not doing this justice, but this book provided a revelation for me and it’s an amazing experience when books can do that.

As with the first, this book was breath-takingly fast. Usually I don’t like the second book in a trilogy because I feel like it’s just build up for the third. Not so with this fantastic second. If you’re looking for a thrill, for a heart-pounding action, get this trilogy. I didn’t put it down to eat. For men and women, this is a great read. Check it out!

 

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