A gripping sneak peek at the end times through the eyes of those left behind! Nicolae is back from the dead and prepares to place his brand on every human. Meanwhile the Tribulation Force, now full-fledged outlaws, flees Global security while preaching the gospel in a world out of control. 400 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.
2001 Christy Award finalist!
The international fiction series phenomenon continues. Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye pick up the exciting end-times saga where The Indwelling left off. The evil world leader Nicolae Carpathia officially takes his place as the Antichrist and begins his three-and-a-half year reign of terror over the earth. Technology provides the means to place the mark of the beast on every human, and the Trib Force scrambles to survive.
In The Indwelling, the assassinated Nicolae Carpathia was resurrected after
three days to prove his claim to his true believers that he is the returned
Christ. But true Christians remember the Bible's warning that the Devil can
take many forms. As Nicolae implements his plan to barcode his followers with
both a visible tattoo and a hidden biochip, Christians come face to face with
his "new" enforcer, the guillotine. Resistance to the Mark is fatal in body,
but acceptance will kill the soul. Members of a Christian activist group, the
Tribulation Force, start dying, a startling new development that forces David
Hassid to abandon his post and leave an untried teenager named Chang Wong in
his place. The "Left Behind" series has a heavyhanded approach to
Christianity-Mark Mustian's The Return (LJ 4/1/00) offers a more believable End
Times foretelling-but it still provides a thrilling "what if" scenario that
will be devoured by readers. A necessary purchase for all collections.
In this eighth installment of the bestselling Left Behind series, Satan has
taken full possession of Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia, who demands that all
Global Community citizens bow to him in worship and take his mark on their
foreheads or right hands. This spells trouble for the members of the
Tribulation Force, who have pledged their unswerving allegiance to Christ.
Without the mark of the beast, they face torturous persecution and death;
several of their associates have become martyrs. Hiding in a bombed-out (but
still posh and technologically enviable) Chicago office building, they depend
upon a network of other Christians for food and supplies. The believers' public
enemy status doesn't prevent the swashbuckling men among them from performing
their usual task of rescuing helpless female believers. Armed only with phony
IDs and Bond-like cell phones, they whisk around the world preaching how the
Book of Revelation predicted every calamity that has befallen the planet. There
are some worthwhile moments here, but the authors'' lazy exposition leads to
scenes that don't ring true. When a Christian woman is killed by a supernatural
lightning bolt and her fianc mourns that "no lightning bolt... could
extinguish a love so pure," the sentiment falls flat; their love story has only
been told, never shown, and the doomed woman''s character remains undeveloped.
Fans who have thrilled to the series' repeated car chases, airplane runway
escapes and glitzy technology will find more of the same. Others will earnestly
pray for the hastening of the Glorious Appearing, which will bring the series
to a close. (Nov. 14) Forecast: Tyndale's phenomenal success with The
Indwelling, which debuted at the #1 spot on PW's hardcover fiction bestseller
list on June 5, likely will be repeated with The Mark, although sales for the
former benefited from a "whodunit" mystery that has no parallel in the new
novel. Tyndale has planned a 2.5 million first printing. Copyright 2000 Cahners
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