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Black: Book One, The Birth of Evil

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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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    SreWolfe Denton, Texas United States 06-03-05
    SreWolfe Denton, Texas United States 06-03-05
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    "Nice but childish..."

    The essence of the story is good if considered as a fantasy allegory, which it obviously is, but the narration seems as though it were performed by Alonzo Music, the guy that did Garfield in the animated features. I kept waiting for him (the narrator) to go "Oooh, Lasagna...". That same narration accentuated the simplistic storyline.

    I would love to lose myself in a world where Good and Evil were tangible and could be recognized at a glance, but this audio comic book paints with words just as a comic book paints frames and the reader has to fill in the imagined action. There are gaps.

    The fault is not solely with the narrator. Having read a couple of other books by the author, I continue to be dissapointed by the promise of something containing a germ of good fantasy that continues to fall short of what would make a truly good read. The reading level is somewhere around 7 to 8 years old (before it loses credability).

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Marlowe Los Angeles, CA United States 12-21-04
    Brad Marlowe Los Angeles, CA United States 12-21-04 Member Since 2016
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    "Only for fans of"

    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 ;)

    59 of 81 people found this review helpful
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    Don LELAND, NC, United States 04-18-09
    Don LELAND, NC, United States 04-18-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Have you read Thomas Covenant?"

    Black is the first installment in the Circle Trilogy, and introduces Thomas Hunter, a character that shows up or influences many other Dekker novels. If you saw my review for RED, I got the books out of sequence. Still, they remind me of the Thomas Covenant Chronicles by Steven Donaldson. A mixture of Fantasy and reality, leaving you to decide which is which. A gret read whether you are religious or not.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Redlands, CA 01-03-05
    Kindle Customer Redlands, CA 01-03-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Relaxing well-written"

    I work many hours under very stress filled conditions. This book allowed me the time to think about life in a new and respectful manner. Each day I would go to and from work thinking about Mr. Hunter and the current world events. A well-written book in one the reader is able to identify and enjoy. The plot continues in Red and I have been enjoying this type of trilogy. Well written and well read. Thanks for a great story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery J Richards Corona, CA USA 08-18-04
    Jeffery J Richards Corona, CA USA 08-18-04 Member Since 2003
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    "What a Great Book!!!"

    I have downloaded and listened to close to 80 audio books from Audible, and this book is right at the top as one of my favorites. Rob Lamont is one of the best narrators I've heard, second only to Frank Muller. This book is well written, well read, and has a riveting story line. Ted Dekker has a way of describing things and handling dialog that really puts you IN the story; and helps you SEE the surroundings. The way Ted Dekker describes Elyon's "Colored Forest" world; well... I just want to be there and stay there. This is one of those books you just cannot stop listening to. "Red" is equally good; I cannot wait for White!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 08-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Not my cup of grape juice"

    I do not understand why Christians can not read Harry Potter due to the magical content, yet they can read C.S. Lewis and Ted Dekker.

    Is it because they need the writing to be so bad that know one would ever believe it?

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    S. Blaine 07-31-04
    S. Blaine 07-31-04 Member Since 2017
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    "Yawn"

    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

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Chainsaw 04-07-07
    Chainsaw 04-07-07
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    "Very Different"

    This book created a "love/hate" relationship with me but, after finishing it, I came out on the "love" side of the equation. The whole concept of two parallel realities was new to me and somewhat confusing at times. After threatening to quit at several points in the narritive, I decided to persevere and finish. After finally acclimating to the dual worlds, I actually began to enjoy the novel and even look forward to the second book in the trilogy. This trilogy has to be read in order!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Hansen 10-06-04
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    "Only recently discovered Dekker..."

    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...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 07-01-04
    Carol 07-01-04 Listener Since 2003
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    "Black is Unique"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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