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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Just don't start here
I have been introduced to the writing of Mr. Lahaye in this Babylon Rising series, and have found that I do enjoy his writing. this is a series about an archeologist named Micheal Murphy and his race against evil forces to find biblical treasures and keep them out of the hands of a mysterious group called the seven who want to launch a plan that will begin the end...
Published on December 13, 2006 by Amazon Customer

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I really wish we could pick up the pace here...
Along comes book #4 in the Babylon Rising series by Tim LaHaye and Bob Phillips... The Edge of Darkness. While I'll probably stick out the whole series (however long it becomes), I keep thinking "could we pick up the pace a bit, please?"...

Professor Murphy is once again contacted by his mysterious nemesis Methuselah, and as normal Murphy can't resist solving...
Published on October 21, 2006 by Thomas Duff


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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Just don't start here, December 13, 2006
I have been introduced to the writing of Mr. Lahaye in this Babylon Rising series, and have found that I do enjoy his writing. this is a series about an archeologist named Micheal Murphy and his race against evil forces to find biblical treasures and keep them out of the hands of a mysterious group called the seven who want to launch a plan that will begin the end times.

This book is what I would call a transitional piece in that series and therefore I would highly recommend that the reader read the begiining of the series first, altough books 2 and 3 could read as a stand alone this book requires one to know the characters and the story line. I love this series and after reading this title can't wait for the next book in the series.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting thriller, September 2, 2006
At Preston College, biblical archeologist Michael Murphy receives another letter from Methuselah that contains a riddle. After figuring out what it means, Michael travels to the underground funhouse in Charlotte where he battles and defeats Ninja killers. He finds another riddle that he deciphers that focuses on Aaron's Rod and the Golden Jar of Manna that was in the Ark of the Covenant before it was lost to the Philistines.

Michael's friend Isis, also an archeologist, researches where those items might be found and determines the most likely spot is the Temple of Dagon in Israel Murphy, who loves finding artifacts that prove the genuineness of the bible sets off to make his latest discovery, but is unaware that an old adversary is following him with the intent of killing him before he interferes with the powerful plans of the Seven, a group who manipulates, from behind the scenes, world events; they want the False prophet brought to the attention of the globe in preparation for the Antichrist to rise tom power. Michael knows of the Seven from Methuselah, but refuses to let them scare him off his quest to prove that everything written in the bible is fact.

Book four of the Babylon Rising series provides deep explanations about the enigmatic Seven and their goals, who Methuselah is, and why he assists Murphy, and how the false prophets are fooling people. Murphy is an Indiana Jones type adventurer with strong beliefs in God that sustain him; he is flawed and prone to doubts when he makes difficult decisions as a modern day Diogenes hunting for the truth. Readers will enjoy his exploits as THE EDGE OF DARKNESS is a riveting thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I really wish we could pick up the pace here..., October 21, 2006
Along comes book #4 in the Babylon Rising series by Tim LaHaye and Bob Phillips... The Edge of Darkness. While I'll probably stick out the whole series (however long it becomes), I keep thinking "could we pick up the pace a bit, please?"...

Professor Murphy is once again contacted by his mysterious nemesis Methuselah, and as normal Murphy can't resist solving the riddle and going after the artifact that is being dangled in front of him. And per usual, he nearly gets killed doing so. But through some carelessness on Methuselah's part, Murphy is able to find his real identity and meets him face to face. This meeting sheds a bit of light on why these dangerous expeditions keep happening, as well as who the more dangerous foe is that they both face. It also explains a bit more as to why Talon, the assassin, is so intent on eliminating Murphy from the scene. Mind you, there's not a lot of answers here, but some of the gaps are being filled in. In the personal, romantic subplot of the story, Murphy's relationship with Isis is getting serious, but he's very concerned about their unequal beliefs in God. To complicate that, there's a teacher who works at his school who is quite attractive and shares the same level of faith as Murphy. He's drawn to both women, but knows that there are some biblical guidelines that are pushing him to make a choice he doesn't want to make...

This book is, in my opinion, at best a ho-hum. It doesn't have quite the same level of action and drama as the previous ones, which is probably good. Too many of the encounters were rather over-the-top when it came to believability. But you still have some of that here. The whole relationship angle just sort of hangs there with no resolution by the end of the book (there *will* be a book 5). There's a bit more revealed as to the next steps and overall plans of "The Seven", but even that seemed to be somewhat faded into the background. Overall, it was just hard to get excited about this book...

I'm not quite ready to drop the series, as I actually like the Murphy character. I just wish I didn't feel like the series was being milked to keep people buying the books. If I wasn't picking these up at the library, I'd probably not bother...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prior fans won't be disappointed!, January 4, 2007
Book 4 of the 'Babylon Rising' series requires prior familiarity with the series for smooth entry into this story, with its vivid reading by Paul Michael and its new installment which blends a conspiracy with Biblical interpretation and drama. Here Michael Murphy's quest leads to a revelation that one of the Bible's most dangerous prophecies is about to come true. It's hard to stop listening to this riveting thriller: prior fans won't be disappointed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Babylon Rising;The Edge of Darkness, November 10, 2006
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This book is excellent just as all of the others in the series are.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim LaHaye does it again, September 5, 2007
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Tim LaHaye has a way with blending fiction into biblical prophecy. His stories are fast-paced, and hard to put down.
"The Edge of Darkness" tells of the fast approaching time of the anti-christ. This series is a must read for everybody.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Babylon Rising: The Edge of Darkness, January 15, 2007
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The first 3/4 of the book was suspenseful then the last 1/4 became predictable. It was a setup for the next book in the series and you could see it heading that way. There could have been a better way to deal with Talon and dealing with Shane was a bit over the top. My friends and I are beginning to be able to predict what's going to happen next. The series makes all law enforcement look stupid and no one can seem to figure out what is going on except Paul and Methuselah.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This series keeps getting more and more disappointing..., June 13, 2007
I was a huge fan of the first book in the Babylon Rising series, but I feel that the subsequent novels--including and especially this one--have slowly but surely been going downhill. The Edge of Darkness and the third book, The Europa Conspiracy, have lacked the action of the first book, and even of the second book, The Secret on Ararat. This novel also consisted mainly of lackluster dialogue and ridiculously simple thoughts on the part of its characters, along with childish comparisons (such as toward the end of the book, when the Seven are comparing their actions to fountains etc. at the Chateau de Versailles) that served as a constant annoyance.

Also, Tim Lahaye kills off many important characters in this Babylon Rising installation. I won't name names because I don't want to spoil things for anyone who hasn't read this book yet, but I feel that it's a bit late for the authors to start introducing new MAIN characters into the series, which is what they will have to do now that all but a couple of its main characters are dead. The authors need to go back to the basics of what made the first Babylon Rising book, and even the second one, the hits that they were.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn and have fun, November 6, 2006
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Great story with a interesting lession in bible study the same time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Babylon Rising series 4 books, April 26, 2010
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If you have read the the "Left Behind" series he wrote---you will be disappointed in this series. It's OK but doesn't have the "can't put the book down" factor.I managed to get though all 4 books in the series only because I bought them all at the same time hoping to be as impressed as I was by the "Left Behind" series.Sadly this was not the case.
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