Christian suspense author Dekker continues his highly successful "Circle" trilogy (after Black, published in February) with protagonist (and failed writer) Thomas Hunter living in two alternating realities, each on the brink of mass destruction. When he falls asleep or is knocked unconscious, Thomas switches worlds. In the first, he is a 25-year-old trying to thwart terrorists from using the threat of biological warfare to gain global power. In the second, he is a 40-year-old army general leading a small band of warriors. Each world's survival depends on information he must gain in the other. The strength of this series is its fast-moving, action-packed plot. However, the conservative political overtones are transparent: the French prime minister is described as a weasel who will give in to terrorists' demands to save his own skin. Later on, a Frenchman is revealed to be the mastermind behind the deadly virus. Mixing politics and religion this way will make some readers uncomfortable. Recommended with reservations. Dekker lives in Colorado. [White, the third volume, will be released in October, the first time a trilogy has been published in less than a year.-Ed.] Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.