Saturday, February 19, 2011

G is for Green by Ted Dekker


Green


by


Ted Dekker



Synopsis:  As foretold by ancient prophets, an apocalypse destroyed Earth during the 21st 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 the Black Forest. Then when least expected, a 24 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.

When is a book both a prequel and a sequel?  When it is Green, part of the circle series by Ted Dekker. 



Green tells the rest of the story and brings you back to the beginning, bringing you full circle in the story.  It's the story that never ends.  I thought I would need to read the trilogy again, before reading Green but found it wasn't necessary.   Plus he brings in characters from his Paradise Series:  Showdown, Saint and Sinner and the Lost books (which I haven't read yet) which blends it all together creating the Book of History Chronicles.   However, now that I've read Green,I want to reread Black, Red and White,  the Paradise series again.  I'll get round to the Lost Books eventually.  But it isn't necessary to read any of those books, before you read Green.  But once you do, it will lead you to read the rest of the books.

The trick with the book covers being the color of the next book visually creates the circle and also tricks the eye.  I can't tell you how many times I put the books in color order versus actual title order before I got it right.  

It's been ten years since Thomas or the Circle have seen Elyon.  The people of the circle are beginning to doubt and their peaceful nonviolent ways are thrown into upheaval when Thomas's son, rebels and wants to fight the horde who have been killing off members of the circle whenever they catch them. Do they continue to trust Thomas and the elusive Elyon or do they put their faith in Samuel.  It is the ultimate battle between good and evil.  As usual, Dekker manages to chill and thrill at the same time.  


"According to the Books of History, everything that happened after the year 2010 actually begain in the year 4036 AD.  It began in the future, not the past. Confusing perhaps, but perfectly understandable once you realize that some things are as dependent on the future as on the past."


Check out the website and read the first chapter of Green or watch the trailer.





3 comments:

  1. Great summation of "Green." My feeling is that I didn't like it but I really just don't like the descriptions of evil. Otherwise Dekker was really ambitious with all the he tried to cover in this book. When I went back and read my own review http://goldengrasses.blogspot.com/2010/04/mostly-fun-with-fiction.html I realized that there was so much more in Green than just the ick. Funny how it was the ick that stuck with me.
    Have another great week reading!

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  2. I tried the first book in this series a long while ago, but I think the fact that it was on audio made it a really hard read for me. I would be interested in trying this again and moving further into the series. You have really piqued my curiosity about these books! Thanks!

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  3. @LL - there was a big ick factor, wasn't there.

    @Zibilee - Audio books have always been difficult for me. I'm a visual person so need to see the words to see the story. I have a bad habit of tuning out audio.

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