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Times of Trouble Paperback – February 3, 2012

3.8 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
Book 2 of 9 in the End Times Saga Series

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Times of Trouble novel's backdrop is on the End Times and all the other events leading to it. It is like a true story as most of the character sketches, circumstances, and plots are familiar and possible to happen in real life.  -- Christian Book Review
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The End Times Saga - Christian Fiction

Times of Turmoil - Book 1
The Evans family sets out to destroy Christian influence in the U.S.

Times of Trouble - Book 2
The Atwood family watch as the U.S. begins to fall apart around them as the End Times approach.

Times of Trial - Book 3
When the President declares a dictatorship, he begins the immediate persecution of Christians shortly before the End Times.

Jon Ryan: An End Times Short Story 
Jon Ryan has to deal with the government interfering in healthcare shortly before the End Times approach. 

Xavier Doolittle: An End Times Short Story 
Xavier, another character from Times of Trouble, goes to work for the federal government and completely abandons his Christian faith, until he meets Brian Atwood.

Times of Rebellion - Book 4
A Christian young man becomes famous and rebels against everything he's been taught before the end times.

Times of Destruction - Book 5
In the first 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation, the new leader of the world has to deal with his new global economic system, Biblical sized disasters, and two Jewish witnesses who annoy the world's citizens.

Times of Judgment - Book 6
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469964791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469964799
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,944,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I hadn't even finished the first chapter when I went "WOW!". After seeing the changes in my insurance, I wondered if that was what "Obamacare" was going to lead us to. This book should be a must read for every American. After the first chapter, this books shows what could happen if we keep allowing government to get bigger and making decisions for us based on "keeping us safe". A page turner for sure and scary, not in a Stephen King way- but in that this IS happening and what could come of it if the people of this country keep following like sheep and letting the government "take care of us".
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I enjoyed the book, and I love end times novels. I like how the author tied in current events as precursors to the end times that happened to the characters in the not-too-distant future. The book was written in first-person narrative, which is a hard point-of-view to write in. The narrator tended to come-off as a little unemotional at times, which might have been prevented had the book been written in third-person narrative.I felt some of the sequences weren't developed enough, and it was hard to understand some of the thought processes and actions of the characters because of this. I did think the sequence of events of the plot were very interesting and I would like to read more books by this author.
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Hmm, it's kind of a slog to read Ball's books. The storyline is okay, but rather predictable and mundane and the writing has too many errors and is probably barely at an 8th grade reading level. I've read the first two books, and won't be reading the rest. There are far too many better written books that are more captivating and aren't tedious to read. I thought it might get better with the second book, but from what I could tell, it didn't.
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Such a shame. The story line is good but the writing is so matter-of-fact. Events that normally stir up emotions are portrayed in the manner of "Duck and Jane went to the market". I am curious about the outcome of this saga however I can't continue reading such a bland portrayal.
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This a very good series, but it needs editing. Some sentences didn't make sense but I knew what the author was trying to say, not a lot but a few. I have read the Left Behind and this is similar but with a different story line, I have enjoyed each book.
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Though I found the book easy to read, I thought it could have used some more fleshing out. It's a short book that can be easily read in a couple of hours. Cliff Ball has a writing style that works for him in writing first person point of view. That's not an easy way to write. But, I would have liked to have seen more detail, filling in of spaces.

Now the great thing about the story is how current events actually play a part in the plot. If you read any news articles or watch the news on TV, other than the tripe you hear on the major networks, then what you will read in Times of Trouble is disturbingly prophetic. This isn't just near in the future but some of it is already taking place!

I had just read an article on NewsWithViews.com before I had read Cliff Ball's book. All I can say is Cliff Ball is either working with those folks at NewsWithViews or they are on the same wave length with God. This book looks at America and her citizens in a way that will either have you saying, "No way, that can't happen," or "Oh wow, this is fiction turning into reality."

It is definitely not a book for the faint of heart, but for those who trust in Jesus Christ, it is a book that will encourage every reader to trust even more in Him.

Fast paced, short chapters, strong characters, Times of Trouble is worth reading.

This book was graciously provided freely for the purpose of review, by Cliff Ball.
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I truly enjoyed reading this Christian end times book. Although books two and three of this saga are siblings (same time frame), I would definitely read this one after I read the prequel, even though each of the books are stand alone. Thank you Cliff Ball for writing this for everyone, but especially for Christians. A very fast paced and riveting read!
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The subtitle is End Times Novel, so when reading this please remember it is a work of fiction and though it does contain Scripture, it is the work of the author's imagination. I spent a Sunday afternoon just reading the book from cover to cover and I enjoyed the time doing so. For one thing, reading it all at once helped me to follow the story all the way through. As I read, I was reminded of other novels I had read with the theme of end times as well as some of the movies I have seen.
There were parts in the story that were hard to read, not because it was gross just imagining if it were to happen as written. The point of view is first person by the lead male character named Brian who works for the FBI and is married with a third child being born as the story begins. In time, Brian receives a promotion to become part of the secret service detail, a position that places him in a position to hear and see the inner workings of the American government. Brian, at first, is quite excited about the promotion, plus the birth of his son until he begins to discern what is happening in the spiritual world.
Of course, there is more to the novel than these few sentences can encompass. I hope you too will take advantage of an afternoon to read the book. You may or may not agree with Rapture theology; however, the story is quite captivating and intriguing no matter your belief. Sometimes when we read what a writer produces we can use that to communicate our thoughts to others as well as the author. I wrote Cliff while I was reading with questions about the novel's content. He responded right away and was thankful to hear from me. Should you read Times of Trouble, please take time to converse with the author via FaceBook or Twitter as he loves to hear peoples' feedback whether they are questions, comments or suggestions.
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