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Hardcover
400 pages
Feb 2004
WestBow Press

Black

by Ted Dekker

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Review:

The Raison Strain will kill the entire world, but only Thomas Hunter knows about it and only through his mysterious “dreams” can he awake a sleeping world. Only Ted Dekker could merge the worlds of terrorism, government power, and the netherworld and do it in a gripping way.

Dekker has created a novel far outside the box of traditional Christian literature and yet still delivers a fantastic and suspenseful thrill ride. His stark worlds between darkness and light evoke images of ancient classics like the Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings.

And yet, Dekker has provided a thoroughly realistic and modern hero in Thomas Hunter, an everyday guy just as mystified by what is happening to him as the reader is. I am typically skeptical of anything resembling science fiction or fantasy—It usually does not pique my interest and yet Dekker had me gripping the pages of my hardcover and wanting more.

The incursion into the “other world” is deep enough just to get a glimpse, but not too far to bore you with tales of fantasy and lore. And the Scriptural metaphors aren’t too easy to grasp, but peek through, engaging fully the reader’s mind.

You’ll learn to love Hunter, hate the evil men who wish to bring destruction upon the earth, but more importantly, you’ll experience a close encounter with the spiritual battle between good and evil.

By going outside the usual bounds of fiction, Dekker has created a stimulating masterpiece. I can’t wait for the next two books in the trilogy. -- Dan Darling

Book Jacket:

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.

Now Thomas wakes from a deep sleep, remembering the vivid dream he just had of being chased. Incredibly real. His head is even bleeding – but he’s fallen on a rock. He’s in a green forest, waiting to meet Rachelle, the woman he’s falling madly in love with.

That night, Thomas tumbles into bed and falls into a fitful sleep. He dreams. But here comes the real mind bender. Every time Thomas falls asleep in one reality, he awakes in the other. He truly no longer knows which reality is real. Each reality has dramatic impact on the other, each proves to be real, each presents huge stakes, and the fate of each will depend on one man: Thomas Hunter.

This groundbreaking trilogy will be the fiction publishing event of 2004. Black is unleashed in February, followed by Red this May, and concluding with White in September 2004. Each new Dekker book has surpassed the prior one...but never before has he created such an unforgettable multi-layered epic as Black, Red, and White.