The Antichrist is assembling his massive armies and preparing for one final struggle. Hunkered down at Petra with more than one million members of the Jewish Remnant, the Tribulation Force joins the believers in turning eyes to the heavens. For only the Glorious Appearing of Christ can stop the Antichrist from ascending the throne of God.
©2004 Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
the aurthors took sn almost impossible concept and turned it into one of their BEST books. the story moves almost too fast. i couldn't but it down. the biblical prophecy flows as part of the story. i would give it a 10 but the system only allows 5. this is the pinnicle of the series and a must read!!!!!!!!!
I wish I had gotten the abridged version as this thing is drawing on and on. I've listened to all the previous installments and can honestly say that ever since Frank Mueller left (man, I miss him!) that's when the series "jumped the shark". I don't think Frank could have even brought it all back to life because the storylines have just degraded over the years.
Why, after all the installments, did the narrator have to mispronounce "Petra" during this one? He must have said "pee-tra" no less than 100 times! Very annoying.
It was also very "preachy". In fact, you'd think the book was to first explain Revelations, and then to have a story. All too often a character would ask a question and an expert would jump right in and reply in all the glorious detail. Too predictable, used too often.
The first quarter of the book was spent describing the pain Rayford Steele was in. Okay, we get it! He was in pain! And yes, Jesus is all powerful so there's no need to explain that He's able to do magnificent things so frequently and to speak to everybody at the same time so often. I just got the feeling the authors said, "Hey, we've got all this time, so let's fill it with something."
Get the abridged version.
I loved this series, and I am not sure how you can properly tell the ending when it is so gloriously unimaginable, but this wasn't it. I agree with all of the reviews that the series should have had one book for each year or I don't know...less of something. I expected so much of this book and I could have read the Bible and got the same thing. There wasn't a lot of action and SO MUCH preaching. It is as if the authors realized this could be their last chance to reach some people so they really poured it on or something. I actually have about 3 hours left and I am just struggling to not go on to something else..I know how it ultimately ends. :) I'll persevere, but so far I wish it had been different. As for the narrator, I forget about him really at times, but when the "preaching starts" oh my. It goes ON and ON and ON. The first diatribe near the beginning finally caused me to fast forward! If you started the series, you have to finish it, but it comes with its own type of suffering. I hate abridged books but this time it is the better route.
If you keep in mind that this is fiction based on the Bible you will have the right frame of reference. While a lot of the story does have ties back into the Bible it does not intend on replacing it. Its an easy place for some to "get the bug" for faith although ultimately they need to be pointed to the only true authoritative source, the Bible.
I thoroughly enjoyed the series and recommended it to many friends. Unlike the movies, I found the books well done, and well produced.
I am a major fan of the entire series. I do feel that it has been drawn out a bit long, but it is a wonderful telling of the returning of our Lord. I was enthralled by the Glorious Appearing, but I did find that the lead up to the appearing of Jesus was more impacting that his actual appearing. In fact, it was almost casual in its telling. Still, it is amazing to consider. I strongly recommend the book, if the listener can get over that the choice for narration was really poor. The narrator does not have the voice or range to deal with this information. He has a very squeaky and sand-paper-like delivery. Get past that and it is an excellent book.
It amazes me that what is supposed to be the greatest event in history could be reduced to a tedious conglomeration of repetition and padding. It seems that the author's were committed to create 12 books in this series, regardless of the fact that they only had material for 6. Perhaps commercial obligation forced this upon them - I can't say, but this is a painful way to finish this series. The narrator too is painful. His female and Asian voice characterisations make it hard to take the characters seriously. A truley awful experience.
The authors did a good job of ending the story line but the only thing that makes me rate this book with only 2 stars is the authors added too much scripture to the story line which was not necessary. Even though this is Christian novel they went overboard with scripture quotations which slows the pace of the story down to a boring crawl.
The book is long but a facinating play-by-play of the end of days. It's been a long series (with the groundwork for a sequal yet!) but, thankfully, it ended on a high note. With #11, I downloaded the abridged version and found it hollow. I did the opposite this time and was glad I did. (To the review reader: This WILL happen some day. If you havent' already, please SERIOUSLY consider Jesus' offer now. :-)
As Jesus has returned there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, and as Jesus speaks the enemies of God continue to die. And as the Lord's Christ returns what else does he say but re-quote scripture. A good amount of scripture but not overdone. I give it three stars good but not great.
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