By Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Tyndale House Publishers, 395 pp, 2003
This has to be the next to last book in the
overly long and drawn out Left Behind series. The authors have made their
millions and sacrificed the story to pump out more books and royalty
checks. Not that I have a problem with making millions or receiving more
royalty checks - it's sacrificing the story that bugs me. Story should
always come first - anything else is a disservice to the readers.
This book takes us to the final battle of
Armageddon, good versus evil, the mighty army of Antichrist versus the
final remnants of believers and other rebels. It contains some surprising
deaths, but they don't matter that much because they'll be back in the
next book when Christ comes with his army and kicks booty all over
Antichrist. That should be a fun book, because Jenkins must not only
describe Christ and his heavenly forces, but after that a true heaven on
earth, as Jesus establishes his thousand-year reign of peace, harmony, and
This book isn't quite as action-packed as
previous entries, and at times is filled with fluff and other stuff not
essential to the plot, like pages of pointless dialog. It lacks decent
descriptions of people, places, and things, and skims over potentially
exciting scenes in favor of not so exciting scenes.
Armageddon doesn't really begin until the
end, and the events leading up to it should have taken up more of this
book. The whole book could have described the final battle before Christ
showed up. Instead, we get a few dozen pages.
I'm glad the next book will be the last.
I'll read it more out of a sense of duty and obligation, since I've
endured the series this far. It should be the best book, and it darn well