With BLACK, this trilogy got off to an interesting, if not entirely-original, dual dimension/reality premise. But the sloppy writing (frequently-repeated descriptive words in the same sentence, too-easy obstacle resolutions for paper-thin characters, and derivative Biblical "parallels" which feel more like laziness than homage) combined with amateurish, clunky narration (which sounds to me like a minister moonlighting as an audio book reader) made this "epic" trilogy feel more like an over-hyped, thinly-veneered sermon on the mount that anything approaching engrossing fiction. And WHITE is, by far, the worst offender of the three books in this regard.
I felt compelled to offer this opinion because many reviews of the Dekker books have been so over-the-top glowing that I now believe that the author's primary readership must be among the ranks of hard-core "believers". About half-way through book two, RED, this occurred to me and after a web search, I could find not a single review of a Ted Dekker book that did not originate from a "Christian" site. And - surprise, surprise ? not one reviewer had a single criticism.
Don't get me wrong, there were some very imaginative elements to the story - and I have nothing against "Christian Fiction" or any other genre of writing. I'd just prefer to have a bit more truth in advertising. This is a Christian story for Christian readers who are so glad to have anything to read that even pretends to be suspenseful or exciting that they are happy to overlook the author and narrator's shortcomings, and will praise this trilogy to high-heaven . . . no pun intended ;)
This was a pleasant listen. The ending was very open-ended and did little to resolve much of the build-up which I presume occurs in the other two books of the trilogy. Very much comparable to the first Lord of the Rings movie. Story was good not great. That and the open-ending left this book just Two-Stars short of a full Five.
You can't just go to a bookstore or library and tear a book into thirds and then pay full price... well I guess you could, but who would want to. As well, this book was not alone enough to rush me into necessantly obtaining the other two books in the trilogy, although I will likely return to them when it is under convenient circumstances. So... 3-stars it is.
Narrator did a fine job and I found him enjoyable.
IT'S A TRILOGY!!! Maybe it's just me, but I didn't get the message from reading the description. And didn't realize it until there was 5 min. left in the book. I did enjoy the book, and it was easy to follow the switch between the 2 worlds. The narrator is great. The book is a head trip that keeps you wondering.
I only recently discovered Dekker. Was looking for a new source of Christian thrillers, now that LEFT BEHIND has wrapped up, and a friend insisted Dekker's THR3E was great. I liked that so when BLACK became available, I jumped on it. While quite different from THR3E, BLACK is satisfying and Dekker's becoming my new favorite author of Christian thrillers. It's nice that the spritual aspects, so far, are allegorical and not blatent sermons. LEFT BEHIND started out good in that respect, but the last few volumes were fairly sermon-filled. I find myself, like Thomas Hunter, getting enthralled by both his worlds, a neat narrative trick to pull off. I just got the second book, RED, and I hope Audible adds WHITE in by November, when I'll be done listening through RED...
I found black to be intriguingly different than most books I've ready. Typically, I'm not much in to fantasy or romance, but this
book held me spellbound...I can't wait for Red and White if they are half as good.
My apologies to the MANY people who loved this book, but I gave it my best shot... half-way through I just gave up. Perhaps it would have been better if it were severely abridged, but it just went on, and on, and on.... and so did I... to another book
I quite honestly loved this book. It is like nothing I have ever read. It keeps you engrossed from the beginning to the end. Fantasy, science fiction, and Christian all at the same time.
I was very pleased that both of the plots in this piece held me in suspense. I went on to download Red & White. I thought the reader was excellent too. His style fit the story and the characters. Very enjoyable.