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Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days: 1 [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!


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Amazon.com 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

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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.

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  • File Size: 1392 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Reprint edition (March 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CYF3CU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,840 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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363 of 416 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good "End-Times" Book for Christians February 5, 2001
Format:Paperback
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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192 of 219 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Made-for-Television Apocalypse December 5, 2000
Format:Paperback
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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553 of 655 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Illogical and uninspired September 8, 2001
By chris
Format:Paperback
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
3.0 out of 5 stars An End Time book by Chistians - for Christians December 31, 2000
Format:Paperback
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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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So so January 3, 2002
By Verna
Format:Paperback
I've read all but two of the books in this series but I'm not sure why I keep reading. They are so so at best. If you have a lot of time on your hands or you drive a lot and can get the tapes at the library, great. They are no where near as good as the Christ Clone Trilogy by James BeauSeigneur.
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417 of 498 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series July 29, 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a review of the entire series, not an individual book.

Here's a detailed review of the series.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I have recommended this series to others and have given it as ...
This is my fifth read of this series; each time I read it I feel as if I'm living through this time with all of its characters. Read more
Published 2 days ago by gloria Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is well written and stays true to scripture ...
This book is well written and stays true to scripture quoted - I have re-read it each time I started another book in the series it is God inspired.
Published 2 days ago by Carolyn Ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars R U READY?
Good read. Timely.
Published 2 days ago by Ashley M. Russey
3.0 out of 5 stars Sermon dominated...
First off, yes I realize it is Christian fiction, and yes, I understand that a certain amount of proselytizing is inevitable....BUT.... Read more
Published 3 days ago by L. A. Veronie II
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
not as great as thought. Expected it to be longer
Published 4 days ago by Cindy Hiland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read and good pacing. Looking forward to reading next in series.
Published 4 days ago by Doreen Laskow
5.0 out of 5 stars Had given away my original purchase (plus another one or ...
Had given away my original purchase (plus another one or two). I bought this one to complete the collection again.
Published 5 days ago by Cathy Arnold
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
haven't finished it yet. only 28% through it
Published 5 days ago by michael1
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Powerful reading Everyone should read this book
Published 6 days ago by Curly Locks
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This
This is what I call Christian fiction!!! Well written, and an intriguing and suspenseful story based on the book of Revelation. You definitely won't want to miss these books.
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