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Two steps forward, three steps back
on October 18, 2000
After reading the fifth in the Left Behind series I guess I should start with the positive. LaHaye and Jenkins manage to keep the momentum moving that for me really just started with "Soul Harvest." The action kicks off in Israel with a religious summit that culminates in a breakneck escape for Chloe,Buck, & Tsion. This is what these guys do best; Write great action sequences. Unfortunately even these feel strained with unbelievability this time out.To have Buck Williams fall off an ascending plane and only wind up with scratches and abrasions in almost laughable. There is on the other hand a detailed and suspenseful sequence when the destroyer, Apollyon, unleashes his demon locusts to attack the nonbelievers. The interesting thing about all the books is how the authors are going to dramatically handle what the book of Revelations has prophesized. And now that the seals and trumpets are being opened and sounded, there's plenty of obsticles for the protagonists to battle. Still, the problems I've had with the earlier books have maintained their annoying aspects. Dialogue still sounds like a bad 1940s tv show, and characters and relationships are still one dimensional. Hattie still remains the most deplorable victim of this, making her so annoying I wish they'd knock her off and put all of us out of our misery. Not to mention,who knows why the authors chose to make mention of her one remaining relative who's also unsaved and just happens to be working in an abortion clinic. (Cause that's where bad people would work.) It had nothing to do with the plot, and the character never turned up again. Gee, had they found her in the last book she could've arranged for Hattie to get that abortion she wanted and be rid of the Antichrist's baby sooner.
Again, as I've said at the end of my reviews of the other books in the series, I'll continue to read the rest of them. Despite their abundant flaws I still want to see who makes it to the end.