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Left Behind (edition 1995)

by Tim and Jerry B. Jenkins Lahaye

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Title:Left Behind
Authors:Tim and Jerry B. Jenkins Lahaye
Info:Tyndale House Publishers (1995), Edition: 1ST, Paperback
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Left Behind Series, Vol. 1-11 (partial set) by Tim LaHaye




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First of an as-yet uncompleted series of novels playing out the Bible's Book of Revelations. This first is gripping. I picked it off a library shelf long before I had heard of the series and was riveted. The back cover blurb was short and to the point:

In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear.

Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of control. People are terror sticken as loved ones vanish before their eyes.

In the midst of global chaos, airline captain Rayford Steele must search for his family, for answers, for truth. As devastating as the disappearances have been, the darkest days may lie ahead. ( )
  wareagle78 | Apr 24, 2014 |
When you strip the religious overtones of the book out, it reads like a decent thriller. The pages turn quickly, and you find yourself easily identifying with the characters of the story. Add in the religious overtones, and the book gets a bit preachy in places, but it doesn't detract from the overall plot of its thriller under-tones. Good book, worth the time in flipping through the pages. ( )
  TommyElf | Jan 5, 2014 |
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Rayford Steele's mind was on a woman he had never touched. With his fully loaded 747 on autopilot above the Atlantic en route to a 6 a.m. landing at Heathrow, Rayford had pushed from his mind thoughts of his family.
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Piloting his 747, Rayford Steele is musing about his wife Irene's irritating religiosity and contemplating the charms of his "drop-dead gorgeous" flight attendant, Hattie. First Irene was into Amway, then Tupperware, and now it's the Rapture of the Saints--the scary last story in the Bible in which Christians are swept to heaven and unbelievers are left behind to endure the Antichrist's Tribulation. Steele believes he'll put the plane on autopilot and go visit Hattie. But Hattie's in a panic: some of the passengers have disappeared! The Rapture has happened, abruptly driverless cars are crashing all over, and the slick, sinister Romanian Nicolae Carpathia plans to use the UN to establish one world government and religion. Resembling "a young Robert Redford" and silver-tongued in nine languages, Carpathia is named People's "Sexiest Man Alive." (This reviewer, a former People writer, finds this plot twist plausible.) Meanwhile, Steele teams up with Buck Williams, a buck-the-system newshound, to form the Tribulation Force, an underground of left-behind penitents battling the Antichrist.

Ex-presidential candidate Pat Robertson briefly outsold Michael Crichton with his apocalypse novel The End of the Age (now available on audiocassette), and the similar The Third Millennium sells well, but the Left Behind series is the absolute champion in the race to make the Book of Revelation into racy thriller reading. --Tim Appelo

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After millions of people around the world vanish in one moment, in what many claim to be the Rapture, Rayford Steele begins a search for the truth amidst global chaos.

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