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Desecration: Antichrist Takes the Throne (Left Behind No. 9) Hardcover – October 30, 2001


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Amidst the glitzy fanfare of a new world regime, control is unraveling for self-proclaimed god and Global Community potentate Nicolae Carpathia in Desecration, the ninth installment in the Left Behind series. It's 25 days into the Great Tribulation, and the newly resurrected Carpathia evinces an increasing fondness for gruesome killing. He's thrown into turmoil when the first two "bowls of wrath" from the biblical book Revelation are poured out on the world. Water turns into blood, and those who are branded with the mark of loyalty become covered with loathsome sores. When Carpathia commits the ultimate act of desecration against the Judeo-Christian community, chaos ensues. Meanwhile, the Tribulation Force soldiers on, receiving visitations from heavenly messengers that prod the team to greater acts of courage. Jenkins's characters seem almost comic book-like in their actions; the author relies on pages of slangy, slapstick dialogue rather than character development or descriptive settings to flesh out his tales. It's the angst of wondering what disaster will occur next and the fascination with end times that keep loyal fans turning the pages. And there's no shortage of angst here. Chang Wong flirts with suicide. Hattie Durham risks her life in a confrontation with Carpathia. Tsion Ben-Judah inadvertently gives away a secret location. Chloe Williams uncovers a remnant of believers. There are touches of the standard Left Behind humor, and even some romance in the last days. As always, readers are left hanging at the edge of disaster, which should keep appetites whetted for the promised next installment. --Cindy Crosby

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"Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins . . . are doing for Christian fiction what John Grisham did for courtroom thrillers."
-- Time --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Left Behind (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 407 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 1st edition (October 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084233226X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842332262
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (328 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mistrmind
I think reading these books, then going back and reviewing actual scripture, is a very good way to learn and understand.
SBR
I am ready to read the next book in the series.
Anne Sessions

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109 of 120 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I loved the first books in the series but they have gotten progressively worse. Maybe it's just not possible for anyone to write so many books in one series and do it well. Jerry Jenkins and Tim Lahaye should end this soon and save their reputations. I think the character of Carpathia is an unbelievable representation of what the anti-christ will be like. I'm getting tired of all his silly antics. We're long over due to see the power of God at work. For a more true-to-life portrayal of end-times events try The Christ Clone Trilogy by James BeauSeigneur. In this trilogy each successive book is better then the one before it. So keep on reading.
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180 of 202 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is pure profit-motive writing. They should be ashamed of themselves. First off, they could save a few trees if only they would go to regular margins and spacings. Seriously, there is not 200 pages of text here.
Why should there be? It only covers 4 days. When they said they would write about the rapture, I had no idea they were going to cover it minute by minute.
It is so dishpan dull, I am actually forcing myself to read it. I am actually rooting against the characters because it is so sloow.
The Christ Clone Trilogy is markedly superior.
DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. DON'T ENCOURAGE THEM.
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83 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Katie on February 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Allow me to be blunt. LEFT BEHIND is not even in the same league with the books of THE CHRIST CLONE TRILOGY! The LEFT BEHIND series jabbers on endlessly about paper-thin characters (I know that's over used, but rarely has it been more appropriate) and barely deals with the events of prophecy. The Antichrist in these books is so unconvincing it's pathetic. The entire story of Desecration is built around the antichrist doing things he simply would not and will not do.
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80 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Bryan William on February 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The books are brilliantly conceived, flawlessly developed, and perfectly executed. The scholarship is incredible. They are so believable and so true to life and scripture, you'll keep saying to yourself, 'It could really happen this way!' Okay, no, I'm not talking about the Left Behind series, I'm talking about The Christ Clone Trilogy by James BeauSeigneur.
I've read Left Behind from book one through nine even though every time I picked up one of the books I'd scratch my head and ask, 'Why can't these guys write a better story? Aren't they aware that their portrayal of the Tribulation is so flawed it makes Christians look like mental midgets and real losers?' But still I read. Then I saw several of the reviews (like this one) talking about how much better The Christ Clone Trilogy is than Left Behind. I wasn't too sure I wanted to start another series about the end times, but I figured at least there are only three books, and I was desperate for something better. I went in with only moderate expectations of The Christ Clone Trilogy, but I had no idea what I was in for. I was TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY! Do yourself a BIG favor. See for yourself.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Angela Watts on November 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
It's WAY too short. I was one of the few (well, ONLY) who took my behind out to Family Christian store at midnight for their sale October 30 to snag this puppy! Feel now somewhat let down for all that buildup to wait for it to come out! It was a very quick read for my husband as well, he read it in 6 hours, and he's usually got his nose in the books for at least a couple days! He couldn't put this one down though, but kept complaning about how ripped off he felt for waiting for months for this book to come out, and how the type and spacing seems bigger, and margins seem smaller (making the book look fuller!) I am glad that I have checked out the other reviews, I am going to get him that Christ Clone Trilogy if I can figure out who writes it! Thanks so much!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Scott Matthews on November 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Please bear with me while I explain why I give this book such a low rating. I have read the entire series including this book. Don't get me wrong, the books are a quick and enjoyable read. I started the series in the summer of 2001 when there were only 8 books. I finished all 8 in about 6 weeks. But I am frustrated that at this point there may be 15 books to complete the series if they cover the small amount of time this one does. Also, without describing the ending of this book, it leaves you hanging in the middle of an episode. I am hooked and ready for the next book, but it will not be out until next year. My recommendation is to NOT purchase this book now. Wait until the entire series is completed and then buy which books you have not read all at once. That way you will have the entire story and can read it until completion and not be frustrated.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Bill Balentine on December 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
These are GREAT books and I can't wait for The Remnant!!! In the meantime, I've been reading The Christ Clone Trilogy by James BeauSeigneur. Definitely a MUST READ while you wait for The Remnant!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Norman on December 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
After all the hype about this series I finally relented to read the latest installment. What a mistake! I went in with low expectations but was still disappointed. I at least expected some high action end-of-the-world biblical stuff, but what was there was just silly paper-thin interpretations of prophecy which displayed absolutely no imagination. What I did find was endless talk about uninteresting characters and the plan of salvation. The Antichrist in this series is a buffoon! For good apocalyptic fiction I recommend Stephen King's THE STAND or James BeauSeigneur's CHRIST CLONE TRILOGY.
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