Book Notes: Green by Ted Dekker

A few weeks ago, we published the novel Green by Ted Dekker. It is the newest book in the Circle Series, which also includes Black, Red, and White. In a minute, I will tell you how to get a free copy of the boxed set, which includes all four hardcover books, or a review copy of Green for your blog.

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The Circle Series has become the fan favorite among Ted’s readers. And unlike typical series which reach a peak and taper off, the momentum for this series has only grown in the five years since the first three books were released. This is a testament to the power of a truly great story that works on multiple levels.

Ted has not simply written a book or even a series. He has created an entire universe, which serves as a “canvas” for his own retelling of redemptive history. As such, the series recapitulates all the major biblical themes, but in an alternative world that makes them accessible to readers who enjoy fantasy and adventure.

In fact, the series is so popular, that hundreds of fans turned out for “The Gathering,” an event that Ted hosted in Franklin, Tennessee for his readers. This was the third annual event. Fans traveled from all over the country just to spend the day with Ted and celebrate the stories found in the Circle Series. Attendees participated in songs, dance, and theater. Some even came sporting Circle tattoos! Throughout the event, I even heard the Dekker fanatics refer to themselves as “Dekkies.”

Green is the story of how Thomas Hunter, the protagonist, first entered the Black Forest and forever changed human history. It begins at a time when opposing armies are gathered for a final battle in the valley of Migdon.

It is a story of love, betrayal, and sweeping reversals set within the apocalypse. It is the beginning: the truth behind a saga that has captured the imagination of more than a million readers since the series started.

But even more, Green brings full meaning to the Circle Series as a whole. It is both a prequel to Black and a sequel to White, completing a full circle. In fact, Green is designated “Book Zero, the Circle Reborn,” indicating that it is both the beginning and the end. It is the preferred starting point for new readers—and the perfect climax for the countless fans who have already experienced Black, Red, and White.

I am especially excited about the marketing for this book. Allen Arnold, our fiction publisher, and Jennifer Deshler, his intrepid marketing director, cooked up some very innovative marketing. For example, we launched:

  • A compelling book trailer (see embedded video above) that is posted on YouTube and elsewhere on the Web.
  • A national radio advertising campaign. It is now running on Salem Radio and Advocace.
  • An online advertising campaign on Salem web network, Shoutlife, Blogads.com, various book club groups, and social media outlets.
  • A Forest Guard Street Team campaign, consisting of more than 3,300 “members” who are actively evangelizing this series and getting people to sign up to read Green. So far, the members have completed five assigned “missions.” In addition, they have signed up more than 11,000 “recruits” who agreed to read Green when it was released.
  • A custom school curriculum based on Black. It is designed for middle and high school students. If you work at a school and want to receive the curriculum, please send an email to Jennifer.

It all seems to be working. We just found out on Wednesday, that Green has hit the New York Times Hardcover Fiction list at #20. This will be published in the September 20, 2009 edition of the paper. The book has also received an average review of four-and-a-half stars on Amazon. I think the buzz is just beginning.

Here is how you can sample the book for yourself:

  1. Download a PDF sample of Green. This PDF contains the introduction and first chapter. It is available free to anyone by just clicking on the link.
  2. Win a copy of the boxed set of the entire Circle Series. This set retails for $69.99. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post in the space below. Tell me why you want this boxed set. Be creative. Then fill out your shipping information in the special form I have set up for this offer. Do NOT leave your address in the comment itself. On Thursday, I will select 15 people, based solely on my arbitrary and subjective evaluation of their comments. If you are one of those selected, I will notify you via email. If you don’t hear from me, you can assume you didn’t make the cut.

    A Photo of the Circle Series Boxed Set

  3. Sign-up for a blogger review copy. If you have an active blog, you can get a free copy of the actual book. If you are not already signed up as one of our Book Review Bloggers, you need to do that first. Then you can request a copy of the book. We are making 300 copies of the book available to bloggers. These will go quickly—probably in less than 30 minutes. (So why are you still reading this post! Get over there now and get a copy.)

By the way, you can find Ted online at his official Web site (which is very cool), his Facebook fan page, or his Twitter account.

Question: Why do you want to read this book? Have you already read the others in the series?
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  • Larry Haney

    I would like to have the box set simply because I have read the first three books and thay have started me on a journey to discover what ecaxtly it would mean for me to "Drown in the Lord" I want to be totaly submerged in the Lord. I would greatly appriciate the chance to continue in this journey, I know the word of God has to be my main source of spiritual food but This series has made some of God's truth's become more real to me than ever before.

    Thanks

  • seth jurell

    I love Ted dekker books and i have almost the whole series except these. I've read bonemans daughters, blink, three, skin, showdown, saint, sinner, blessed child, adam, black, and the lost books. I would really enjoy this set for my enjoyance and collection.

  • Gary Klingler

    Strange how one ends up on a website. I got here by way of Buzzplant. Saw a reference to Ted Dekker and ended up here.

    Ted wouldn’t know me from the man in the moon, nor I him. He was just a kid back in Irian Jaya when I was a pilot with Wycliffe in Papua New Guinea. But if my aging memory serves me correctly, the Dekker kids went to school at Ukarumpa and I’m sure I flew them at one point in time.

    Anyway, what caught my eye was the name Thomas Hunter in “Green”. My thoughts drifted to high school and I thought I’d send “Green” to my classmate, Tom Hunter, who I believe still lives in my home town in Ohio. I don’t think he knows Jesus, and maybe he’d find him in “Green”.

    Based on timing, I’d guess you gave all the free sets away. But….one never knows.

    Thanks to Ted for weaving in the Good News in such an unusual way. Oh, and I’m pretty sure I’ve bumped into you, Michael, decades ago when I was working with Dan Harrison at Wycliffe.

  • James O.

    I would LOVE to win a box set of the circle trilogy. I admit I was sceptic when I first heard of "Christian Fiction" until our youth pastor gave me a copy of Black, have read all except for the new Green book, and it would give me something to read, am going in for foot surgery at end of month, dont want to be a TV zombie.

  • Carlynne

    Hi! Well, honestly this is not one of the genres I typically read, but my soldiers (airmen, sailors, and Marines!) seem to request ATed's books quite often. Y'see, I ship "Care Packages For the Mind" through a volunteer website entitled Booksforsoldiers.com. I've been a member for over two years, and it looks like we will be continuing as Afghanistan continues to heat up. These, many young, troop members don't have a Barnes & Noble, or the internet access to order themselves something to read from Amazon…so we volunteers try to help them out. This series, if I am lucky enough to get one, will be directed to one of the many outpost libraries that are cropping up for our troops all over the Middle East. Thanks!

  • Randy

    I would like very much to get a boxed set of all of the books. I have listened to RED and White and am waiting to get Black from the library. I drive a small box truck about 240 miles overnight 5 days a week and love to listen to books on CD. I can't afford to buy them myself, so it would be great to have them on hand to read again or to loan out to other people to read.

  • Joel

    I work with some people who are fantasy junkies (and non-Christians), so I introduced them to the Circle trilogy and they loved it. I explained to them how it is the "main story" (as I like to call it) of the Bible retold. Ted's books are opening ministry and evangelical doors for me all the time, and I love it. It makes it so easy to share the message of the Gospel.

  • Travis Peters

    I would love these books! I am a huge Ted Dekker fan and have not read green yet, but the last three books are awesome and i could read them again and again!

  • Mickhael Gray

    I love all of Ted Dekkers books. I have shared alot of his books with my sunday school class. He has made his books easy to have a good book discussion in class. I have even shared how Teds books has reflected on my life. His circle series has helped me to open my eyes on how i Look at Christ and how I should learn to believe in him and be more like him. for example on loving the Horde, The Horde are sinners and sometimetimes i find it hard to love them as i should especially when they do bad things to me or my family.

  • Milton

    I just finished reading the e-book of the Circle Trilogy Black Red White and I'm hooked. I would love to win the actual books.

  • Willmattgore

    I have only read through half the first book, and I would love to read the complete set. I know I’m late for the contest, but I read as many of your books as possible, and I haven’t found one that I don’t LOVE!

  • Mom2six

    I just discovered Ted Dekker and am in love with his books. I am a busy mother of six and have little time to read. With Dekker’s books I get hooked from the first line to the last and finish them in two nights. Our local library does not carry many of Dekker’s book. I would love nothing more than to win many more nights of good reading.

  • PATRICK

    DEKKER ROCKS HAVE ALL HIS STUFF, BUT REMBER JESUS IS THE ROCK!!