©2004 Ted Dekker; (P)2004 Oasis Audio LLC
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.
While the author's descriptions of the Green and Black Forests are beautiful and vivid, the characters in this book are very one-dimensional-- inadvertent 'Everymen'. In addition, some of the necessary plot developments are highly improbable. World leaders gathered to listen to this young prophet-- due to his 'proof' of knowing the future (predicting the winner of the Kentucky Derby)-- would never happen. My third problem with the book itself is its length: the action would have been better served by stricter editing.
The narrator's monotone didn't add to the story. Although a huge fan of audio books, I will not be purchasing the next two in the trilogy.
The comparison to C.S. Lewis' gorgeous and engaging Narnia books is, in my opinion, totally unwarranted.
I quit listening to this book due to the thick flow of cheese that oozed out of my speakers every time I turned it on. We all know what over acting is, and its annoying to watch. Well, this book proves that there is over writing as well. Its sad that one of the most famous christian writers has to be so cheesy. The ending may have been good, but I guess I'll never know.
The "pre-fall" other world was very cool. I listened to the entire series after this and really enjoyed it.
I also though Rob Lamont did a great job.
The story took some getting used to with the split realities but it was interesting after you've listened for a couple chapters.
Classic Good vs. Evil and how our actions have consequences. Highly recommended for long car trips with kids. Enjoyable for adults as well
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