I jumped on board this series early...around the time NICOLAE was released...and read it from the first book forward. I had not previously been a fan of Jenkins' writing; his "Margo Mysteries" of the '80s left a lot to be desired and Frank Peretti was an all-out better read at the time. But with the LEFT BEHIND series, working with Tim LeHaye, not only has Jenkins found his "voice" for fiction, but this series stands head-and-shoulders above Peretti's most recent works. (THE PROPHET was okay, but that last one was a dog.) I'm happy to see the series is speeding up a bit, but more importantly, I'm overjoyed with the amount of action packed into APOLLYON. This was a great read, with the action driving the story forward at a faster clip. Although the first three books were great, to be honest I felt that SOUL HARVEST suffered from too much explaining of the backstory; given that most everyone has read all the books in the series, SOUL HARVEST felt like too much filler, not enough substance. Not so with APOLLYON. The backstory fill-ins are kept to a minimum and even though the length of the series is now projected to be lengthened by 5 books (to 12), it seems the authors are getting more than ever from their fictional realization of the Revelation timeline and how it would look if actually played out against a near-future, contemporary backdrop. To their credit, Nicolae continues to prove a complex, engaging villian. So many "tribulation" novels suffer from two-dimensional characterization of the anti-christ. What makes this series so engaging is the way they put a complex human face on evil. Inspired, no doubt, in no small part by contemporary political figures and their failings, the authors have enough skill to suggest the current occupant of the White House without making blantant comparisons. Keep up the good work, Tim and Jerry, and I'll keep reading!
I've said it before and I'll say it again...each book is more exciting than the last!!! Although I have never been considered a religious person I have enjoyed every sentence that I have read so far. If you like adventure, you will enjoy this series.
I really liked reading about the demonic locusts sent from hell by Apollyon (at least I am pretty sure that is his name; I do know Apollyon means "destroyer" and if I understand right, he is the devil himself). The description was enough to make you squirm!
I will be moving on to "Assassins" immediately. I can't wait to see what comes next!!! I'm interested to see how Chloe and the rest of the group will manage to keep a young child safe; or if it is even possible during such trying times.
I am loving this series. It is making me realise too just how easily we could be living in end times, it encourages me to watch and wait prayerfully. I know some people have made comments about other series being more biblically correct, but I haven't read those series and I find it quite scriptural. Am already reading the next book and am very pleased that there are a few more good reads awaiting me when I finish the current one. I am also enjoying being walked through Revelations - the mysterious and yet quite readable and in places flat out bizzare book of the bible, and being reminded of what is to come. Hope there is such thing as the Rapture... debate still rages in Christian circles and I don't have to be one of the ones living through it.
I know there are a lot of people who are wondering how long this series can possibly go on, how many more books does this author have in him? Well, in my opinion, the more the merrier! I think the way he extends the plot and twists it is nothing short of amazing. I really feel like I'm there, and these characters are my friends and family. I think these books just keep getting more and more amazing. This series is awesome!
These are great books! Went through this one in a few days! I recommend them to everyone. TO Mr. Jenkins & Mr. La Haye: For us older readers, don't eliminate the recapping. When we wait something like 8 months between reading them, we forget who some of the characters are. I think if I were sitting down and reading the whole series in one sitting, the recapping wouldn't be needed. But since most readers are current, and we're waiting until the next book comes out, all that time goes by and we can't remember what the whole deal with Amanda was, or who the other Christian guy working with Carpathia was, a couple books ago, for example.....These are great books to read when going through hard times and not wanting to think too much about your present situation. Very uplifting! Thank you Mr. Jenkins and Mr. La Haye!!!! God Bless you!!