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Tribulation Force: The Continuing Drama of Those Left Behind (Left Behind No. 2) Paperback – April 25, 1996


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  • Series: Left Behind (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers; 1 edition (April 25, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842329218
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (637 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Take a pound of apocalyptic suspense, add a dash of conspiracy, a little romance, and you've got a recipe for publishing success.

When authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins first imagined Left Behind, their goal was to create "...the first fictional portrayal of events that are true to the literal interpretation of Bible prophecy." Left Behind began as a sleeper, starting slowly and building steadily, selling by word of mouth. Eventually the book became a bestseller and LaHaye and Jenkins discovered that the story would take more than one book to tell, so they continued the tale in Tribulation Force.

Set against the backdrop of the Rapture, in which Jesus has returned as promised to gather his followers and remove them from this world, the characters in Tribulation Force must confront life without their loved ones, struggle with evil unleashed on the world, and ultimately embrace God's truth for themselves.

Pilot Rayford Steele, his daughter Chloe, journalist Buck Williams, and pastor Bruce Barnes band together to study the Bible, pray, and support one another through this time of terror and uncertainty. They realize that Nicolae Carpathia is the prophesied Antichrist, as they watch him consolidate his power. Buck and Rayford find themselves employees of Nicolae, keeping their faith in Jesus secret so that they can continue to work and share their faith unhindered while secretly fighting the Antichrist with the other members of the tribulation force.

The authors have drawn a story of intrigue and adventure set against a cataclysm of global proportions. Readers captivated by Left Behind will certainly want to read Tribulation Force.

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Carpathia named Supreme Potentate. Potentate plans one-world currency, global disarmament. World leaders establish universal religion.

Amid worldwide chaos and devastation following the sudden disappearance of millions of Christian believers, four form an insurgent cell group— the Tribulation Force. Rayford Steele, Pan-Continental Airlines pilot; Buck Williams, crack journalist for Global Weekly; Bruce Barnes, assistant pastor at New Life Community Church; Chloe Steele, university student. Nicolae Carpathia is establishing a one-world government. But what he calls world peace the Tribulation Force knows will mark the end of the world. Can four ordinary citizens stand against this powerful and charismatic leader before his vision for world domination succeeds?

Tribulation Force is #2 in the phenomenal New York Times best-selling Left Behind series that rocked the publishing world and made millions think seriously about the future and their places in it.

With special features relating to current events and end-times prophecy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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345 of 356 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on November 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
I consider myself a fan of the left behind series, but #2 is just not my favorite. The reader is left to wonder about large chunks of time that disappear, I believe it was 18 months. When we are talking about a time period of only 7 years, 18 months is a substancial amount of time! However, overall the Left Behind series is excellent. I encourage my non-Christian friends and Christian friends alike to borrow these books, and if nothing else it definately forces one to think about where they would stand if the Rapture were to occur tomorrow. Many people argue the superiority of the Christ Clone Trilogy over this series, but for what they are, the amount of recognition the Left Behind books have received is amazing. I am definately looking forward to the continuation of this series!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "fishigan" on March 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Tribulation Force is the second installment in the Left Behind series. The books are written in a consecutive storyline following the lives of Buck, Ray, Chloe, Rabbi Ben-Judah and many others you will come to know as the story unfolds. LaHaye and Jenkins make a captivating novel out of the end-times prophecies found in the Bible. You won't find a more graphic and intense action adventure series than LEFT BEHIND - TRIBULATION FORCE. I was given the set of the first four in the series for Christmas 99. I had all four devoured by the time New Years was over. Since then, I've read 5 and 6. Number 7 is due out in May 2000. I can't wait! Tribulation Force is a group of everyday people who find themselves in an extraordinary situation: The rapture has occurred and they are Left Behind. You will be entranced with haunting experiences of those left behind and how they deal with their pain and move forward in their lives. This is a must read for every believer! Even if you're not a believer, you'll enjoy the book! It is well written, enthralling, and FUN!
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81 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Joe on November 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
Okay, I'm hooked on this series. I've read 6 of the 9 so far and I have to admit it gets pretty unrealistic at times. I guess I'm just a sucker for a soap opra. I'm hooked on the story of the characters.
On the other hand, while I'll keep reading Left Behind, I have to agree with all those that say that The Christ Clone Trilogy by James BeauSeigneur is really a better and much more realistic end times series. Besides since The Christ Clone Trilogy is a completed series, you don't have to worry so much that the rapture will come before you finish reading.;-)
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rita on January 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have completed book #2. I like the references to The Bible because I do not have a full knowledge of passages and verses. This makes me want to know exactly what The Bible is saying about topics relating to the Anti-Christ and other chapters relating to expectations in this world. I do believe that Tribulation Force talks about the challenges faced by Buck, Chloe, Rayford, Bruce, Loretta, etc. during those times. It may be something to agree or disagree with if it were truly real. I know and like the idea of the mixture of truth and fiction.
Tribulation Force makes you see the importance of strengthening your faith, beliefs and asking questions that need answers. I am presently finishing up book #3 showing how Nicolae starts to show who he really is. People in Tribulation Force thought that Nicole was the best that might ever come along. He was so perfect, and that was part of the problem because he led everyone to think he was "perfect." They believed he was The Messiah. He wreaks havoc over nations and has people doing things they do not even recognize as wrong. He delights in his power. Some of the same things could be happening in this day and age. I am certain there are Nicole's (as in the Left Behind series) in this world and may be hard to recognize.
The Left Behind series started with a referral from a friend. Once I started it, I have told others and they are wrapped up in the books. None of the books are to be taken, in my estimation, literally. The references to The Bible are fact, but the interpretation may not be. It gives me a reason to go and read further; it gives me more basis to listen carefully when our minister is giving his sermon and each book makes me strengthen my faith.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brick Top on February 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
First of all, I will read the next one because I have read that it is a lot better then this book. Then again, I have read better character development in my son's Blue's Clues books. The problem is that this book centers on the characters and their dating turmoil which frankly made me cringe. A 30 year old 'famous' journalist who cannot even hold a girls hand! Silly. During the "most historic moment of our time" he is eating a cookie because his girlfriend is too. Come on! He kisses her about 8 months after they start dating and is so happy after she effortlessly HOLD HIS HAND in public - even though they are married. And, all of a sudden, Rayford is married. Please! It's a shame because the last few pages are excellent and I wish the authors would concentrate on the end-times rather then "Leave it to Beaver II". Poorly written - but I'll try the third one.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By John Setzler on May 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
After reading "Left Behind," I immediately dove into "Tribulation Force." This book shifts into a higher gear and the plot moves more quickly than that of "Left Behind." The relationships between Rayford, Buck, Chloe, and Bruce become much more defined and as the tribulation force is formed, the battle against evil begins! As Nicolae Carpatihia continues his rise to power, the members of the tribulation force find themselves drawn into his service with no apparent alternatives. They vow to fight to the end!
As I continue to read the reviews of books in this series, I am disappointed that a lot of people are still writing about disappointments in religious interpretations. I guess that is normal since everyone has different beliefs. Try to keep in mind that this is a fiction novel! It is not the Bible...
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