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Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (Left Behind, Book 1) Hardcover – September 29, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Left Behind (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 29, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842329110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842329118
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,033 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Revelations is the most debated and the least understandable book of The Bible.
B. anderson-bauer
It is a fictional book about something that is really going to occur and it does make you stop and think of what will happen to those that are left behind.
Ashley Wintters
The first book, so far, has good character development, very interesting plot twists and a real heart racing pace towards the end.
John F. Nordlinger

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363 of 416 people found the following review helpful By I. Hsieh on 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 By J. Creamer on 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 By chris on September 8, 2001
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 By mathilde de gardin on December 31, 2000
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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 By Verna on January 3, 2002
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 By M. Jarret on July 29, 2009
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This is a review of the entire series, not an individual book.

Here's a detailed review of the series.

WARNING: SPOILERS
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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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