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Black: Book One, The Birth of Evil | [Ted Dekker]

Black: Book One, The Birth of Evil

Fleeing assailants through alleyways in Denver late one night, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of an industrial building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head and his world goes black. When he awakes, he finds himself in an entirely different reality, a green forest that seems more real than where he was. Every time he tries to sleep, he wakes up in the other world, and soon he truly no longer knows which reality is real.
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Fleeing assailants through alleyways in Denver late one night, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of an industrial building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head and his world goes black. When he awakes, he finds himself in an entirely different reality, a green forest that seems more real than where he was. Every time he tries to sleep, he wakes up in the other world, and soon he truly no longer knows which reality is real. Slowly he realizes that each reality dramatically impacts the other. In each world unspeakable evil is unleashed and millions of lives hang in the balance. The fate of two worlds depends on the actions of one man: Thomas Hunter.

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©2004 Ted Dekker; (P)2004 Oasis Audio LLC

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    Jode Bode Foster, OR, US 03-30-09
    Jode Bode Foster, OR, US 03-30-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "Parallel realities, a fantastic concept well done"

    This book "Black", is the first of many I read by Ted Dekker. He's got a real nac for alternate realities like no other author. Intriguing story line snagged me from the get-go, so I had to listen to the next two books in this 3 book series. I highly recommend Ted Dekker for his orginality in unusual yet highly interesting story telling. Refreshing, new, and wonderful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 03-10-09
    Loy Benbrook, TX, United States 03-10-09 Member Since 2007
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    "strange and okay"

    well I listen to this and it was strange- I bought it on sale, which was good.
    I like fantasy and Sci Fi but this was a little far out for me
    enjoyed it but will not read any more

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Bowens 06-09-07 Member Since 2010
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    "Great start"

    This book was great! It held my attention, and made me want to keep listening. It also made me want to check out the sequels. I thought it was innovative, well written.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Thurmont, MD, United States 06-19-05
    Matthew Thurmont, MD, United States 06-19-05 Member Since 2015
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    "Sweet Book"

    Great Book Like it very much. It is a book that makes you think about some of our own DREAMS. Wonderful bought all three books, I know I will not be disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Indianapolis, IN, USA 03-18-05
    William Indianapolis, IN, USA 03-18-05
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    "A Masterpiece!"

    A breathtaking book that picks up action and suspense as it moves forward. Ted Dekker has produced another masterpiece. This is truly a stunning allegory where 2 worlds depend on one mans actions. Highly recommended.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M. Stiehm Milwaukee, WI 01-24-05
    M. Stiehm Milwaukee, WI 01-24-05 Member Since 2013
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    "Good read but not as great to listen to"

    Maybe it is just me but I felt the book was lessened in audio form. The narrator was't awful but I felt the audio book lost a lot of the depth of the written book. The main character especially came off better in my imagination.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeromy rantoul, IL, USA 10-06-04
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    "Black(Unabriged)"

    I loved it ,I'm ensnared. this is a great book it had me waiting in allurement untill my next chance to listen,now I'm looking foward to the last part!!!!

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    Jack Southborough, MA, USA 07-24-04
    Jack Southborough, MA, USA 07-24-04 Member Since 2011
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    "I rather have a black and tan"

    The writing is leaden and the plot less than formulaic. Take a pass

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    T. R. RICHTER Milwaukee 11-21-06
    T. R. RICHTER Milwaukee 11-21-06 Member Since 2015

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    "No Paradise Lost"

    A total waste of time and money. The 4 star average rating doesn't appear accurate and certainly isn't deserved. The story is too schizoid, awkward and full of shallow, unrealstic, dull characters and situations. The fairy tale "Good v Evil" world isn't even a good retelling of the Garden of Eden and Original fall from grace. Satan(Teleel -sp?), black bat devils, white bat angels, Mikel(the archangel?), etc, etc - give me a break.
    Dekker should have stayed in the jungle and out of writing.
    Can I get an Amen?

    5 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Carole Temple Hills, Moldova, Republic of 06-06-06
    Carole Temple Hills, Moldova, Republic of 06-06-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Black"

    For the life of me, I could not get into this storyline. It was fantasy and reality mixed and the character was so, so boring. I simply could not finish it and am sorry I used a book credit to purchase it. The characters are unbelievable, false and too simple. I would not recommend this book to snyone for fear they would resort to suicide.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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