White (Circle Series #3)

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Time Is Running Out In Two Realities.

In one world, a lethal virus threatens to destroy all life as scientists and governments scramble to find an antidote. In the other, a forbidden love could forever destroy the ragtag resistance known as The Circle.

Thomas can bridge both worlds, but he is quickly realizing that he may not be able to ...

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Overview

Time Is Running Out In Two Realities.

In one world, a lethal virus threatens to destroy all life as scientists and governments scramble to find an antidote. In the other, a forbidden love could forever destroy the ragtag resistance known as The Circle.

Thomas can bridge both worlds, but he is quickly realizing that he may not be able to save either.

In this mind-bending adventure, Thomas must find a way to rewrite history as he navigates a whirlwind of emotions and events surrounding a pending apocalypse.

The fate of two worlds comes down to one man's choice—and it is a most unlikely choice indeed. Life. Death. Love. Nothing is as it seems. Yet all will forever be transformed by the decisions of one man in the final hours of the Great Pursuit.

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One of the highlights of the year in religious fiction has been Ted Dekker's striking color-coded spiritual trilogy. Exciting, well written, and resonant with meaning, Black, Red, and now White have won over both critics and genre readers. In the conclusion of the series, plot surprises abound as Thomas Hunter frantically struggles to save two worlds from the ravages of war and virus. An epic journey completed with grace.
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Thomas Hunter's unusual ability to enter alternate realities through dreaming forces him to fight evil and dangers in two realms. In this exciting conclusion to Dekker's best-selling "The Circle" series (after Black and Red), Thomas and his small group of cohorts, known as the Circle, must fight a war and a virus that are ravaging two worlds. White is better than Black and Red, with twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Dekker is a master of suspense and even makes room for romance. Essential for libraries that own Black and Red, it should attract a large readership. Dekker grew up in Indonesia but now lives in Colorado. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595547323
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Series: Circle Series , #3
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 92,185
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker is the New York Times best-selling author of more than25 novels. He is known for stories that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil. He lives in Texas with his wife and children. Twitter @TedDekker, facebook.com/#!/teddekker

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First Chapter

WHITE

THE GREAT PURSUIT
By TED DEKKER

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2004 Ted Dekker
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59554-732-3


Chapter One

KARA HUNTER angled her car through the Johns Hopkins University campus, cell phone plastered against her ear. The world was starting to fall apart, and she knew, deep down where people aren't supposed to know things, that something very important depended on her. Thomas depended on her, and the world depended on Thomas.

The situation was about as clear as an overcast midnight, but there was one star shining on the horizon, and so she kept her eyes on that bright guiding light.

She snugged the cell phone between her ear and shoulder and made a turn using both hands. "Forgive me for sounding desperate, Mr. Gains, but if you won't give me the clearance I need, I'm taking a gun in there."

"I didn't say I wouldn't get it for you," the deputy secretary of state said. She should be talking to the president himself, Kara thought, but he wasn't exactly the most accessible man on the planet these days. Unless, of course, your name was Thomas. "I said I would try. But this is a bit unconventional. Dr. Bancroft may ... Excuse me." The phone went quiet. She could hear a muffled voice.

Gains came back on, speaking fast. "I'm gonna have to go."

"What is it?"

"It's need to know-"

"I am need to know! I may be the only link you have to Thomas, assuming he's alive! And Monique for that matter, assuming she's alive. Talk to me, for heaven's sake!"

He didn't answer.

"You owe me this, Mr. Secretary. You owe this to the country for not responding to Thomas the first time."

"You keep this to yourself." His tone left her with no doubt about his frustration at having to tell her anything. But of all people he must know that she might be on to something with this experiment of hers.

"Of course."

"We've just had a nuclear exchange," Gains said.

Nuclear?

"More accurately, Israel fired a missile into the ocean off the coast of France, and France has responded in kind. They have an ICBM in the air as we speak. I really have to go."

"Please, sir, call Dr. Bancroft."

"My aide already has."

"Thank you." She snapped the phone closed.

Surely it couldn't end this way! But Thomas had warned that the virus might be only part of the total destruction recorded in the Books of Histories. In fact, they'd discussed the possibility that the apocalypse predicted by the apostle John might be precipitated by the virus. Wasn't Israel featured prominently in John's apocalypse?

She swerved to avoid a lone bicycler, muttered a curse, and pushed the accelerator. Dr. Bancroft was her last hope. Thomas had been missing for nearly three days, and Monique had disappeared yesterday. She had to find out if either was alive-if not here, then in the other reality.

Bancroft was in his lab; she knew that much from a phone call earlier. She also knew that her brother's records were under the control of the government. Classified. Any inquiry about his earlier session with Dr. Bancroft would require authorization beyond the good doctor. With any luck, Gains had given her at least that much.

Kara parked her car and ran down the same steps she'd descended over a week earlier with CIA Director Phil Grant. The blinds on the basement door were drawn. She rapped on the glass.

"Dr. Bancroft!"

The door flew inward almost instantly. A frumpy man with bags under fiery eyes stood before her. "Yes, I will," he said.

"You will? You'll what?"

"Help you. Hurry!" The psychologist pulled her in, leaned out for a quick glance up the concrete stairwell, and closed the door. He hurried toward his desk.

"I've been poring over this data on Thomas for a week now. I've called a dozen colleagues-not idiots, mind you-and not one of them has heard of a silent sleep brain."

"Did the deputy secretary of state-"

"Just talked to them, yes. What's your idea?"

"What do you mean by a 'silent sleep brain'?" she asked.

"My coined term. A brain that doesn't dream while sleeping, like your brother's."

"There has to be some other explanation, right? We know he's dreaming. Or at least aware of another reality while he's sleeping."

"Unless this"-Bancroft indicated the room-"is the dream." He winked.

The doctor was sounding like Thomas now. They'd both gone off the deep end. Then again, what she was about to suggest would make this dream business sound perfectly logical by comparison.

"What's your idea?" he asked again.

She walked to the leather bed Thomas had slept on and faced the professor. The room's lights were low. A computer screen cast a dull glow over his desk. The brain-wave monitor sat dormant to her left.

"Do you still have the blood you drew from Thomas?" she asked.

"Blood?"

"The blood work-do you still have it?"

"That would have gone to our lab for analysis."

"And then where?"

"I doubt it's back."

"If it is-"

"Then it would be in the lab upstairs. Why are you interested in his blood?"

Kara took a deep breath. "Because of something that happened to Monique. She crossed over into Thomas's dreams. The only thing that links the realities other than dreams is blood, a person's life force, as it were. There's something unique about blood in religion, right? Christians believe that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. In this metaphysical reality Thomas has breached, blood also plays a critical role. At least as far as I can tell."

"Go on. What does this have to do with Monique's dreams?"

"Monique fell asleep with an open wound. She was with Thomas, who also had an open wound on his wrist. I know this sounds strange, but Monique told me she thought she crossed into this other reality because her blood was in contact with his when she dreamed. Thomas's blood is the bridge to his dream world."

Bancroft lifted a hand and adjusted his round glasses. "And you think that ..." He stopped. The conclusion was obvious.

"I want to try."

"But they say that Thomas is dead," Bancroft said.

"For all we know, so is Monique. At least in this reality. The problem is, the world might still depend on those two. We can't afford for them to be dead. I'm not saying I understand exactly how or why this could work, I'm just saying we have to try something. This is the only thing I can think of."

"You want to re-create the environment that allowed Monique to cross over," he stated flatly.

"Under your supervision. Please ..."

"No need to plead." A glimmer of anticipation lit his eyes. "Believe me, if I hadn't seen Thomas's monitors with my own eyes, I wouldn't be so eager. Besides, I've been tested positive for the virus he predicted from these dreams of his."

The psychologist's willingness didn't really surprise her. He was wacky enough to try it on his own, without her.

"Then we need his blood," she said.

Dr. Myles Bancroft headed toward the door. "We need his blood."

* * *

IT TOOK less than ten minutes to hook her up to the electrodes Bancroft would use to measure her brain activity. She didn't care about the whole testing rigmarole-she only wanted to dream with Thomas's blood. True, the notion was about as scientific as snake handling. But lying there with wires attached to her head in a dozen spots made the whole experiment feel surprisingly reasonable.

Bancroft tore off the blood-pressure cuff. "Pretty high. You're going to have to sleep, remember? You haven't told this to your heart yet."

"Then give me a stronger sedative."

"I don't want to go too strong. The pills you took should kick in any moment. Just try to relax."

Kara closed her eyes and tried to empty her mind. The missile that France had fired at Israel had either already landed or was about to. She couldn't imagine how a nuclear detonation in the Middle East would affect the current scenario. Scattered riots had started just this morning, according to the news. They were mostly in Third World countries, but unless a solution surfaced quickly, the West wouldn't be far behind.

They had ten days until the Raison Strain reached full maturity. Symptoms could begin to show among the virus's first contractors, which included her and Thomas, in five days. According to Monique, they had those five days to acquire an antivirus. Maybe six, seven at most. They were all guessing, of course, but Monique had seemed pretty confident that the virus could be reversed if administered within a day or two, maybe three, of first symptoms.

Too many maybes.

Five days. Could she feel any of the symptoms now? She focused on her skin. Nothing. Her joints, fingers, ankles. She moved them all and still felt nothing. Unless the slight tingle she felt on her right calf was a rash.

Now she was imagining.

Her mind suddenly swam. Symptom? No, the drug was beginning to kick in.

"I think it's time," she said.

"One second."

The doctor fiddled with his machine and finally came over. "You're feeling tired. Woozy?"

"Close enough."

"Do you want any local anesthetic?"

She hadn't considered that. "Just make the cut small." She wanted a mark so that if she did wake up in another reality, she would have the proof on her arm.

"Large enough to bleed," Bancroft said.

"Just do it."

Bancroft wet her right forearm with a cotton ball and then carefully pressed a scalpel against her skin. Sharp pain stabbed up her arm and she winced.

"Easy," he said. "Finished."

He picked up a syringe with some of Thomas's blood. The sample was small-they would use nearly half with this experiment of theirs.

"It would have been easier to inject this," he said.

"We don't know if it would work that way. Just do it the way it happened with Monique. We don't have time to mess around."

He lowered the syringe and pushed five or six drops of Thomas's blood onto her arm. It merged with a tiny bubble of her own blood. The doctor smeared the two together with his gloved finger. For a long moment they both stared at the mixed red stain.

Their eyes met. Soft pop music played lightly over the speakers-an instrumental version of "Dancing Queen" by Abba. He'd turned the lights even lower than when she'd first entered.

"I hope this works," she said.

"Go to sleep."

Kara closed her eyes again.

"Should I wake you?"

Thomas had always claimed that an hour sleeping could be a year in a dream. Her crossing to his world would be precipitated by falling asleep here. Her crossing back would be precipitated by dreaming there.

"Wake me up in a hour," she said.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from WHITE by TED DEKKER Copyright © 2004 by Ted Dekker. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Great Book!

    Soo much action and romance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    The First Clue

    The smallest thing begins to grow,<br>It needs no light, it needs no glow,<br>This thing, it fears the weakest breath,<br>And yet it cannot embrace death,<br>The greatest man or bull or steed,<br>Or queen or doe or stinging bee,<br>Eats it, smells it, drinks it some,<br>And one day it they will become.<br><br>Go to the third result of the answer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Ted Dekker is truly an artist in what he does.

    Ted Dekker has masterfuly created a series of: Suspense, action, romance, and comedy. I'm a diehard fan of Ted Dekker !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    One of his best

    This was one of my favorite books by Ted Dekker!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    Loved it.

    I loved the whole series! A must read.

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  • Posted February 5, 2009

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    The perfect ending to three novels, two worlds, and one amazing story.

    Review by Jill Williamson<BR/><BR/>Thomas Hunter has his hands full with his men trying to explain who Justin really is and why one needs to die to truly live. Mikil, one of his female soldiers, claims to be having dreams about Kara Hunter, Thomas¿ sister from the other world. Mikil tells Thomas that he died there, which explains why he hasn¿t dreamed about earth in thirteen months. He tells Mikil he doesn¿t want to go back, but she insists that without his help, the Raison Strain will be released. Thomas remembers the blank book and writes a quick story that ends with Thomas Hunter coming back to life.<BR/><BR/>Thomas awakes on a gurney with a white sheet draped over him. Not only is he alive, but the blank book of history came with him. This sets off the third and final book in the Circle Trilogy. The race is on for Thomas to try and stop the spread of the Raison Strain from killing all but a select few of the world¿s population. <BR/><BR/>Ted Dekker is brilliant the way he weaves the plots of both worlds together. Where Thomas knows and loves Elyon and Justin in the future world, he seeks to find the truth of that same creator on earth. It¿s more non stop action that comes down to one man¿s choice to save the world of himself. <BR/><BR/>This was the perfect ending to three novels, two worlds, and one amazing story. I love Dekker¿s creativity and pacing. He is proof that there is an audience for modern fantasy/suspense. His use of blood and its importance for sustaining life¿and gaining eternal life¿is brilliant. I was completely thrilled and satisfied with the end of this series.

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  • Posted January 28, 2009

    A great fairy tail set up that can still be good

    As I said, this is sort of a fairy tail. But it still has a ton of action and adventre. It was sort of sad though, ooops.... can't tell ya why. Best series ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    this book was the best book i have ever read. I was hooked from the beginning[Black] Ted out does himself one this one if you are looking for a fast paced adventure this series is for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2007

    Exquisite Story

    This is an exquisite and riveting story about two worlds with material and spiritual dimensions truly out of this world. Thomas Hunter has been given the ability to bridge the two worlds, and the charge to save them from physical and spiritual destruction. The story combines intriguing and surprising action with heatfelt moments of romance and spiritual revelation to force a masterful and unforseen conclusion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2006

    An amazing conclusion!

    If you've read the first two Circle Trilogy books (Black and Red) then strap yourself in for the exciting conclusion! This book is packed full of action, romance, and the love of God. The conclusion to the circle trilogy will leave you breathless and wondering if this world is, perhaps a dream...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    Incredible

    Wow. This trilogy is the greatest one I think I've ever read. I could not put it down for a whole day. I was so into the book that I couldn't put it down for half an hour without just dying to read more. The love story in this book is so sweet. The end-wow, the end will surprise you. As soon as I figured out what it would be, I cried. It made me cry so bad. There was such unmistakeable reference to the Bible. I have a little new perspective on God and His love from reading this book. Brilliant book. I strongly encourage you to read it. I mean, these are the types of books that make me VERY thankful I know how to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2005

    Greatest book series ever written

    This is the greatest book series ever written. It beat out the Enders game series by a long shot. this book makes you think, and makes you feel emotions that make you all tied up in the book. i litteraly couldnt put it down i carried it everywhere with me until i finished it. this book ended with me not asking any questions (besides one, who is Billy?)It is some of the best fiction i have ever read. this is the book series to read. read it now, it is awesome.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific conclusion to the fabulous ¿The Circle¿ trilogy

    The older Thomas Hunter was killed by a terrorist who threatens the world with a virus unless the nations hand him full control of nuclear weapons. Only Thomas can save the earth from this madman, who has unleashed pandemic consequences, but he has been dead for three days; there seems no hope left for mankind.--- The younger Thomas Hunter lives on a much less technological earth than the one he has just died on. Here he leads counterinsurgency efforts against the Scarabs in an attempt to gain religious freedom for his people. However, war has put this earth on the brink of annihilation with disease spreading pandemic. In spite of terrific savior efforts by Thomas¿s fellow compatriots Elyon and Justin, this Thomas knows ultimately he must be the one to save his people here and go to sleep and awaken on the other earth to save that sphere.--- This is a terrific conclusion to the fabulous ¿The Circle¿ trilogy as Thomas continues his efforts to save two worlds against overwhelming odds. The action-packed story line is loaded with surprising twists as deadly chaos has become the norm on the two planes that the champion bridges through his dreams. A special love between Elyon and Justin adds a human element to the countdown of the seemingly end of days on the twofold earths. Ted Dekker bows out with a fabulous finale that will have readers of epic fantasy with Christian overtones demanding more such works as this author will be colored as one of the sub-genre¿s leading lights.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2004

    a peice of art

    I too am a college student and this has set me back on my upcoming midterms. I couldn't focus unitl I got to the end. This was a great end to his trilogy. If your ready to test your mind and reality, hold on a read this series. Also, the relationship to this trilogy and the bible is unmistakable. Wonderful I tell you, just wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2004

    WOW!!

    Absolutely AMAZING!!. Ted Dekker has composed another masterpiece that blew my mind. I must say, I was sad to see it end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    Greatest Book EVER!!

    The book does not let you stop reading I was so engrosed that I could not put it down for like 5 hours at a time, and I am a college student I don't have time to read books. This is the best, a great way to end the series.

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