Excellent book. I never wanted to "put it down". My wife and I started listening last night, and we had a hard time turning it off.
Excellent parrallels to the Bible.
Rob Lamont, the narrator of the book reads like a racer on speed. It's had to follow due to how fast he reads and runs sentences and words together. I love Ted Dekker books, but will not download another read by this narrator.
If this book is written for children, it should be advertised as such. As it is, that is the only excuse I can find for such an amateurish, poorly written novel. The author's long passages would repeat the same words over & over, such as "And then....And then...And then..." That's just bad writing. The fantasy world was childish, with the bad black bats and bad black forest, and the good white bats and good colored forest. The whole fantasy parts were just boring. I kept finding myself daydreaming, waiting for the author to switch back to the real world. There is a lot of dialog in the book and sometimes the narrator did the voices well and sometimes you couldn't tell who was saying what - you just had to guess from the content. Perhaps sometimes the narrator would forget which voice was for what character? Sometimes he would use an incorrect word, leaving me wondering if the book had a typo or if the narrator just made a mistake. The book ends with a cliff-hanger (just like in children's books) and frankly, I could care less what happens next.
This book was awesome. It did't flow into Red very well but Red flowed into White wonderfully. When I was done with all three I listened to them again... I was left wanting more. Ted Dekker is a great writer and I look forward to every new novel he writes. Bravo!!!!
To read, to dream, to love, to experience, to aspire...
This series is only for CF alternative readers who thirst for fiction and are willing to settle for less than less. I rushed out and bought the 3 books during a sale based on misleading reviews, only to find out it is a plagiarism fiction's clothing. A short into Black I figured out my loss. Black does not even merit of a good writing style; but generates an overload of "messages" and too obvious imaging imbedded into every other paragraph. CF's limited selection could explain why the books have received a high rating. Audible should have a section for Christian Fiction for informed choices to its customers.
I am surprised the obvious allegorical rendition of the Fall is not mentioned in other commentary. I find the -how- one could reject God and still have love and zeal for Him very relative in todays world. Only a shallow or uneducated person could miss the underlying implications of blind love and the absence of faith as precursor to the inevitable. I found this novel very thought provoking. The theoretical relationship with God before the fall is inspiring. This novel is only mediocre in the context of strict fantasy or sci-fi genre.
Thank You Mr. Dekker. I look forward to -Red-!
Paul Macon ,Ga.
I have "Black", "Red" and "White". Of the hundreds of fiction books I have read, Ted Dekker's trilogy stands out as one of the best I have ever read. All three are suspenseful virtually every moment! It is wonderful to see a writer produce such an excellent work without resorting to cheap sexual encounters. I look forward to reading more books by Ted Dekker.
The book was interesting, but the narrator seemed to make lots of mistakes. One thing was his accents...many times he had the American protagonist talking in either a French accent when talking with the French characters, or the sort of Middle Eastern/Spanish sounding accent of the inhabitants of the "alternate world." Sometimes this was more than distracting...It actually made the dialog confusing. In addition, the fast and breathless pace of the narration just started wearing on me. This is one I think I would enjoy more reading.
Is it a fantasy? Allegory? Mystery? This book is hard to define, keeping you guessing about what is "real" and what isn't. Timeless Christian themes are woven skillfully throughout the story. Author Ted Dekker creates refreshing, entrancing landscapes in the Colored Forest while contrasting it with the stark (yet seductive) forces beckoning from across the river. Some of the very original descriptions of Elyon's people and their innocence brought tears to my eyes. While there is lots of fast action, character development is rather spare. This is an excellent escape and a well-done book.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
The concept is actually rather fascinating. I just wish the writer was better.
There are 2 "realities" in the story - the modern day "realistic" one is actually well-done and quite interesting. The fantasy world is a bit too... err... poetically Christian? In the "realistic" world, Thomas Hunter is being shot at, but then when he sleeps and pops into the "fantasy" world, there is page after page after page of "The Great Romance".
This is the part that bothered me the most. Of course, it is Christian fiction so there is lots of God and feel-good-ness abounding throughout the story, but.... the whole "Great Romance" part of the story feels like the author was trying to pretend he was writing as a (bad) female romance novelist - "oh woo her Thomas!" "Oh, fight imaginary monsters to protect her Thomas!"
GAG!!! This foray into a bad imitation of chick lit romance ruined what was otherwise a very decent and interesting story. I won't read the rest in the series - it's just not good enough to waste time on.
Oh, and the narrator is pretty good - a bit dramatic sometimes, but overall good.