I got this book thinking it was science fiction. It's one that was recommended by Audible, and was in their science fiction sale. So, I bought it. BIG mistake. This book is Christian schlock from beginning to end. The characters are one dimensional and the plot is so straightforward it makes a straight line look crooked. No surprises, once you catch on it's all about converting or confirming Christian beliefs. Never will I trust an Audible recommendation again. Even if you are a committed Christian, you have to check your mind at the door to enjoy this.
It was a good listen. The hero First Sergeant Samuel Adams "Goose" Gander sounds like he was a Christian and does nothing to reflect why he was not part of the rapture. He was to be the Rayford Steele of this series. The book is not very accurate from a Christian view or for the military equipment.
Folks, this is a good look at the way the World will react to the Word of GOD. Many folks will look for any other reason to explain why they were Left Behind. Folks read, listen and understand this is a Warning. Well on a scale of 1-10, this book is a 10! I could not stop listening to it. There is some one who would like to Talk to all of us, listen to this book and He will not be to hard to find.
I listened to the unabridged edition of Apocalypse Dawn. This is a spinoff novel based on the award-winning left behind series. It follows the lives of various enlisted men and their families as they deal with the end times events. What I like most about the Left Behind series is how the characters deal with the cataclysmic events of the apocalypse. To be honest, I am less interested in the proselytizing and witnessing that goes on in the books than I am in the adventures and the book's action elements. This book is, however, a fast-paced novel, with many likeable characters.
I did get tired of some writing elements. The multiple POV storyline was hard to follow and at times exasperating. One chapter we are in Syria with Goose, next chapter with Goose's stepson Joey, the following chapter on some ship with a chaplin, etc. This got a irritating. Especially since some characters such as the Navy Chaplin were just not that exciting. Also, the 'cliff-hangers' got to be a bit much. When you listen to a book in audio format cliff-hangers are annoying because it takes FOREVER to get to the next bit. In the unabridged audio edition, I found the singing during the 'baptism' seen extremely distracting and corny. In fact, I found the whole baptism scene a bit over-the-top. Putting such emphasis on a ceremony just seemed a bit silly. Especially in the middle of a war zone. I can understand why Cal had an issue with that.
I also thought the author took a bit long to get the populace raptured. More than half the book was over before they rapture the kiddies and 'good Christians.' Which brings me to the final issue. Raptured Christians are idealized to the point of sappiness and all conform to the same mold. Regular Sunday school attendees, believe in God, the endtimes, love kiddies. I firmly believe that if God decided to rapture Christians we might be surprised with who goes. Not everyone is alike, and not everyone who would be raptured would be the same 'mold.'
This was a complete waste of several hours of my life, read between the lines; this book is Christian evangelical babble masquerading as a thriller. That would be okay if it were even a half decent attempt but it’s terrible, the plot is more of a social agenda impugning “godless” culture and extolling the virtues of blind faith. If it were possible to give a book zero stars this would be it.
Some great story going here -up until you realize this is a book about biblical rapture. If you're into such things I bet it is a great read. Not my thing. Narrator is pretty good.
Since 1 is the lowest rating available, that is the rating I gave. It is a thinly disguised religeous diatribe dressed up as a middle-east conflict. The story is choppy and the ending is a set-up for more of the same. The only positive I can credit is I will be more careful and research further downloads. Save your book balances and pick up a "Watchtower" instead.