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Desecration: Antichrist Takes The Throne

By Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
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 friends.

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 authors.

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.

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