By Tim LaHaye and Jerry B.
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 407 pp, 2001
The latest installment of the
immensely popular (and lucrative) Left Behind series, Desecration
resumes the adventures of the Tribulation Force as it battles against
the Global Community and its evil dictator and ruler of the world, the
Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia.
Carpathia plans to desecrate the
Jewish temple in Jerusalem, as predicted in the Bible, and Dr. Chaim
Rosenzweig, accompanied by Buck Williams, prepares for a head-to-head
confrontation, with help from God and the archangel Michael. Meanwhile,
Rayford Steele and friends prepare a site for Jewish believers to flee
to escape Carpathia's prophesied attack. Ben-Judah and Chloe and Zeke
and little Kenny remain in Chicago, monitoring the events and making new
That's about it. Like the previous
Left Behind books, the action is brisk and the pages turn quickly. It
took me less than a day to read the 400 plus pages. The next book is due
summer 2002, and it no doubt will also make tons of money for the
I don't begrudge them success - I hope
my almost finished novel proves even half as successful. But as I
mentioned in my review of The Mark, it
seems that the authors are intentionally dragging out the events with
the obvious aim of producing more books. Maybe the material demands many
books, but I wonder. By Book Five, we were at the midway point of the
Tribulation. Here in Book Nine, we're still at the midway point of the
Tribulation. In my opinion, they are stretching out the series not for
artistic or creative demands but solely to wring every last cent out of
the Left Behind name.
There is a risk to this strategy,
because I am sure I'm not the only reader who is getting tired of books
that seemingly go nowhere.