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Product Details

  • Paperback: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141430577X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414305776
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Among the best-selling fiction books of our times--right up there with Tom Clancy and Stephen King." -- Time --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From the Back Cover

Dynamic Romanian multimillionaire Nicolae Carpathia’s sphere of influence steadily grows as he parlays his looks, charm, charisma, and intellectual brilliance into success in business and politics. But is it mere coincidence that those who oppose or offend or even slight him suffer to the point of death?

Pan-Con Airlines captain Rayford Steele has settled into an uneasy truce with his wife while worrying that he has already ascended as far as he can in his career. But when he is tapped for consultation by the CIA and the Defense Department, his star begins to rise as well.

Cameron Williams becomes a celebrated journalist, his career skyrocketing from an Ivy League education to newspaper reporter, then columnist, then magazine feature writer.

Three lives inexorably destined to intersect at the most pivotal moment in the history of mankind . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I regret leaving this book on my book shelf for 16 years.
This book makes you think of how much we do not think about what is going to happen to us when we die.
Joan Burnand
Fascinating stories of all the characters and very good story line leading up to the series.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leeper on December 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As part of the Left Behind series, this is one of the two prequels. This one picks up where The Rising left off and ends before the events in Left Behind. We basically have five stories interwoven together.

First, we read of Rayford Steele's climb at Pan-Continental Airlines. Hattie Durham appears in the background. This story blends with Irene Steele's desire to join the New Hope church with her family. Here, the writers show us the mounting tension between Irene and Rayford as well as between Irene and Chloe. The arguments we read are arguments we hear (or use) every day. This helps connect us with the book's message.

Rayford's professional life will blend into the sotry of Jordanian fighter pilot Abdullah "Smitty" Ababneh and his black market business. We learn that he and Rayford have a history, the extent of which isn't quite pointed out in later books.

The fourth story is about the continuing climb of Nicolae Carpathia. His rise to power is the other main story, and it parallels Rayford's professional rise. Aunt Viv's character seems already to be on Nicolae's nerves, which is odd given her position in later books. Also, Leon Fortunato enters the scene, but he seems more powerful, trusted, and intelligent than depicted in later books.

Nicolae's story blends slightly with the last story: Cameron "Buck" Williams' rise as a journalist. We also see his getting the nickname. A discussion with Buck's brother shows a problem with the narration in that all the characters have the same "flow" to their speech as well as the same basic vocabulary. I would like to see more variation in character voices to help differentiate between them.

Although the prequels don't follow a biblical timeline like the other Left Behind books, I would recommend this book if you have already read the others. This book does not stand on its own.
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42 of 53 people found the following review helpful By The Red Aaron on November 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The first prequal book dealt mostly with Carpathia's frumpy mother and while it was fun to read the conspiracy thoery behind the whole plot surrounding her and her son Nicolae, you have to admit there wasn't much to connect with the original series. This prequal deals with Carpathia and you can see his true nature before he masquerades as a good guy to the world, in the original series. We get to see Rayford and Irene's married life and how stressful it really was. We get to see how good Buck really is at writting, so much so, a girl won't date him because she feels he is too in love with his carrerr. Buck's mom dies and Buck does not make it until her funeral which upsets his family, esp. his brother. Someone said this book didn't have enough action, but I am not sure what they were expecting. this book takes place before billions of people dissapear, before God pours out supernatural judgments, before the Antichrist is possesed by Satan and wants all the Christians slaughtered. All of these events are very supernatural and exciting and cause for a very gripping story. Still, I don't see how you could expect to see the same type of action in the prequals, at all. It doesn't make sense. This story is about the personal lives of the main characters before the end times events occur, and while intriuging, they aren't full of too much action and suspense. It is unrealistic to expect anything more then that and for what we got from Jenkins is very well written and realistic story. I say good job, Jenkins. I really wouldn't care if he wrote a new book every year, you can get them for $12 at Sam's Club. After all this time, call me crazy, but I feel I know the characters. That doesn't happen when you read just any book, that is a sign that the author is an excellent author and can make you connect with the characters. Again, A+ for Jenkins.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wanda Faye Bax on June 6, 2011
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As with all books in this series, this book was excellent! I used to have the entire set (with the exception of the 3 prequels and the 1 sequel) but had given them away after I had read them all about 6 times. Then I got a craving to read them again, so I purchased a complete set including the prequels and the sequel. I also bought an entire set for my sister. These books are the type that you want to keep reading over and over. My sister just started on the first book and says she doesn't want to put it down! We both absolutely love the writing and the content. These books have blessed my life and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE ENTIRE SET TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE...ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE WAVERING ABOUT THEIR BELIEF IN GOD AND THE MESSIAH, JESUS CHRIST. IF THESE BOOKS DON'T WAKE THEM UP TO THE TRUTH, THEN THEY MAY HAVE ALREADY HARDENED THEIR HEARTS AGAINST CHRIST OUR SAVIOR AND GOD. God bless Mr. LaHaye and Mr. Jenkins as they have blessed countless people with these books.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Now that the Left Behind series has finished, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins have gone back to the time prior to the first book. The Regime: Evil Advances picks up from the first prequel and continues the story to a point close to the original Left Behind installment. While much better (in my opinion) than the first prequel, this one still didn't do a lot for me. If you're a fan of the Left Behind series, then you'll probably want to read it to understand the characters and their motivations more completely. If you haven't read the series and have no intention to, then this isn't a book you'd care for. It starts off with an assumption that you read the first prequel, and it leaves you hanging in a strange place at the end. The only way this book makes any sense is if you keep reading into the next installment.

Ultimately, I still think the series should have stayed finished without the additions to the prequels...
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