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Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days [Kindle Edition]

Tim LaHaye , Jerry B. Jenkins
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Book Description

An airborne Boeing 747 is headed to London when, without any warning, passengers mysteriously disappear from their seats. Terror and chaos slowly spread not only through the plane but also worldwide as unusual events continue to unfold. For those who have been left behind, the apocalypse has just begun.
A repackage of the New York Times best-selling novel Left Behind.

Now a major motion picture starring Nicolas Cage!

Editorial Reviews Review

Piloting his 747, Rayford Steele is musing about his wife Irene's irritating religiosity and contemplating the charms of his "drop-dead gorgeous" flight attendant, Hattie. First Irene was into Amway, then Tupperware, and now it's the Rapture of the Saints--the scary last story in the Bible in which Christians are swept to heaven and unbelievers are left behind to endure the Antichrist's Tribulation. Steele believes he'll put the plane on autopilot and go visit Hattie. But Hattie's in a panic: some of the passengers have disappeared! The Rapture has happened, abruptly driverless cars are crashing all over, and the slick, sinister Romanian Nicolae Carpathia plans to use the UN to establish one world government and religion. Resembling "a young Robert Redford" and silver-tongued in nine languages, Carpathia is named People's "Sexiest Man Alive." (This reviewer, a former People writer, finds this plot twist plausible.) Meanwhile, Steele teams up with Buck Williams, a buck-the-system newshound, to form the Tribulation Force, an underground of left-behind penitents battling the Antichrist.

Ex-presidential candidate Pat Robertson briefly outsold Michael Crichton with his apocalypse novel The End of the Age (now available on audiocassette), and the similar The Third Millennium sells well, but the Left Behind series is the absolute champion in the race to make the Book of Revelation into racy thriller reading. --Tim Appelo

From Library Journal

On a flight from Chicago to London, several passengers aboard Capt. Rayford Steele's plane suddenly and mysteriously disappear. When Steele radios to London to report the situation, he discovers that the incident on his plane is not an isolated phenomenon but a worldwide occurrence. As Steele begins his search for answers, he learns that the Christ has come to take the faithful with Him in preparation for the coming apocalyptic battle between good and evil and that those who have been left behind must face seven dark and chaotic years in which they must decide to join the forces of Christ or the forces of Anti-Christ. Jenkins, writer-in-residence at Moody Press, and LaHaye (A Nation Without a Conscience, Tyndale, 1994) have written a gripping thriller that captures the anxiety and fear that interpretations of Revelation often inspire. For most libraries.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1101 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0842329129
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Reprint edition (March 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CYF3CU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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353 of 405 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good "End-Times" Book for Christians February 5, 2001
The idea of the book is great, though done before. The way this book is written though, basically, chronicals the events that take place in the "end-times" as described in the Bible.
The book revolves around some central characters. They all are involved with the church in one way or another. Eventually you see most of them "converted" into Christians. As they are they feel that their "mission" is to convert others. There also is some romantic "tension" thrown into the mix. The characters aren't all developed too well but I still felt a connection with them.
I enjoyed this book and think that many others will too. Although this book, I feel, was written mainly for Christians. There is no subtlety in the message. Everything is taken almost verbatim from the Bible. It doesn't give you a lot of "food for thought". For that I recommend James BeauSeigneur's "The Christ Clone Trilogy". "Left Behind" is pretty straight forward and a great beginning to the series. Highly recommended for Christians.
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188 of 215 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Made-for-Television Apocalypse December 5, 2000
I tend to side with those reviewers who found the book rather light. With the exception of Rayford Steele, most of the characterizations lack depth and consistency. The authors occasionally drop off into mini-sermons that clash otherwise with the flow of the story. And as the events of Revelation unfold, the good and bad become too transparent, too black and white, and too obvious. As suggested by another reader, I read the first of the Christ Clone Trilogy and was much more impressed. In the end, Left Behind comes across as the basis for a television miniseries than a fully fleshed novel. I'm not as harsh as some critics, so I give it three stars for being readable, not too preachy, and interesting in its way.
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411 of 484 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An End Time book by Chistians - for Christians December 31, 2000
Christians believe that as the End Time comes, God will gather all the real Christians around his throne in Heaven, body and soul.
This book centers on those 'left behind' on earth. It shows the chaos that emerges as millions of people disappear, how people try to figure out what happend, how some re-find their fate in God, and how the Anti-Christ emerges. It's a well structured, swift paced book that focusses on world events as well as on personal experiences of people. I could not put it down, even though I wanted to.
The downside of the book is that (though cleverly hidden behind all the action) it still will be felt by the non-believer, that the authors are hoping to persuade people to their Christian believes. That spoils some of the uncomplicated fun of reading this. On the upside: for those who DO believe in Christ this will make the book a warm bath that will strengthen their beliefs.
On the whole I liked Beauseigneur's Christ Clone Trilogy better, because it offered more food for the mind, appeared better researched in worldly matters such as the United Nations politics, and didn't seem so focussed on the conversion of people in the book and outside of it.
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551 of 652 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Illogical and uninspired September 8, 2001
By chris
This is the first in a very long (I think there a 10 so far!!) series of books that tell of the end of the world as foretold in the book 'Revelations' of the bible.
If you took the bible's apocalyptic prophecy. Put an unimaginitve spin on it. Added some 2 dimensional characterizations and truely ridiculous plot lines, (the russians launch an all out nuclear attack against israel because the israelis have developed a means to fertilize deserts, does that make sense to you?) then add some thinly veiled preaching and you have this book.
Having said that I found my curiosity helped me through this book. I was ignorant of the book of Revelations predictions. I was curious enough to see how events would unfold to keep reading thru the 1st 3 books. But the scenario unfolds painfully slowly if you find the characters dull and unbelievable.
In the 3rd book many pages are devoted to explaining things that I had already read in the previous books, that was very tedious. After the 3rd book my curiousity about the prophecies was not enough to overcome my boredom.
I have found "The Christ Clone Trilogy" much more enjoyable.
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413 of 489 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series July 29, 2009
This is a review of the entire series, not an individual book.

Here's a detailed review of the series.

Essentially this series is about world domination. An advanced alien civilization is trying to enslave the human race with minimal physical effort over a long period of time (2000+ years or so.) They appear to humanity and demonstrate acts of "magic" which is obviously technology advanced enough to seem like magic to undeveloped civilizations. They tell the humans that they're going to take away a portion of humanity to signal their return after an undetermined period of time, at which time they would rule the world. They also go in to detail about some other events to signal their return, such as temporarily distorting the sun's visible light spectrum. They then disappear, but not before they put some sort of genetic marker on a portion of the human population. Humanity progresses with some societies passing down stories of the amazing magical being. Fast forward to present day and the aliens return to abduct the descendents of the humans that received the genetic marker, now numbering in the millions, thereby fulfilling the "prophecy."

This is where the science loses me a bit. The marked humans disappear completely, leaving clothes & jewelry behind. I'm assuming this is some sort of teleportation system that locks on using the genetic marker, but I'm not entirely sure because the authors didn't go in to detail. Regardless, the humans are transported to a storage facility (another planet or dimension?) and held for use later in the series.

The disappearance sparks a world-wide civil war, pitting those that believe the aliens are some sort of deity against those that don't.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read despite some small hiccups here and there.
Some reviewers have pointed out that this book isn't very "well-written." I would say that depends on how you look at it. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Kenn Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This book is the start of the series talking about the earth's last days. Captain Rayford Steele is piloting an airplane across the Atlantic when dozens of passengers are... Read more
Published 1 day ago by rlighthouse
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Still reading it and I will definitely will read the other ones
Published 2 days ago by Yohmara Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!!!!!
I'm gonna be vague cuz usually I write a lot and I'm not up to it today.
It teaches you wonderful lessons.
Published 6 days ago by Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars Leave it behind.
This book--and the whole series--is so poorly written as to be intolerable. Worse yet is the theology presented; I'm disgusted that these books have been so popular.
Published 7 days ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story!
In Left Behind LaHaye and Jenkins craft a fascinating story of what it will be like on earth when Jesus comes again and gathers believers from all nations to heaven. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Louise Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating
I love the how it keeps you on your toes. And it makes me realize how important it is to accept Christ. The end times could be rapidly approaching us now.
Published 7 days ago by M Cooper
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This is a book about the "end times" and the "rapture" based on Revelations. It is well written and keeps you turning the pages, not wanting to put the book down. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Cathryn J. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by Amanda Garner
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
I chose five stars for this book because it was so detailed. it was a great explanation of the book of Revelation. I can't wait to read the second book!
Published 9 days ago by Mackenzie Carter
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