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Kingdom Come: The Final Victory (Left Behind Series #13)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Loved the series, love the book!

If you don't believe we're in End Times, read a newspaper. Then realize that all the Left Behind series is God's plan being fulfilled before our eyes.

posted by IreneCO on April 19, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

They say that all good things must end someday

I had mixed feelings while reading this book. I was excited to read it since it would be the end of the series and all loose ends would be tied up. Also it was nice to see Buck and Chloe and the others again alive and well. It was cool to see David and Noah meeting with...
I had mixed feelings while reading this book. I was excited to read it since it would be the end of the series and all loose ends would be tied up. Also it was nice to see Buck and Chloe and the others again alive and well. It was cool to see David and Noah meeting with the kids to tell them first hand all the stories you knew while growing up. The end battle was pretty awesome too. However, there were several things I just didn't understand about the book. Why did only certain Bible characters show up to make cameos? If I were up in heaven I'd like to meet everyone who's mentioned, not just the big names. And why are only Bible characters mentioned? What about all the Christians who have made an impact throughout the centuries? And the biggest thing I didn't understand was why there was no mention of the rest of the Tribulation gang other than the key leaders? It was like they disappeared off the face of the earth, literally. I also didn't feel like the characters were developed as they had been in the rest of the series. While Kenny's and Raymie's (I did wish they would stop calling him that as he was an adult throughout the book) stories were interesting, I still saw them as kids. I wanted to know more about Buck, Chloe and everyone else. Honestly I'm glad the series is over. I did enjoy learning more about end days and the storyline was really good at first with engaging characters and suspenseful scenes. However, I felt it could have ended with book 12 and that the prequels and this last book were not really needed. I was scared when I was reading the original series that the Rapture would actually come when I finished the last book. Well as you can tell I'm still here. :)

posted by Deborah_K on January 29, 2009

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

    One of the weaker novels in the series

    I just finished the LB series, and enjoyed it. I think it was well done, overall. The books kept me interested and moved along nicely in their pacing. I looked forward to buying the next one when the previous one was finished.

    I do have to say there were a few exceptions, one of which is the last novel: Kingdom Come. I did not think this novel was particularly well written. It had too much to tell in a too short a time. The introduction of the COT, TOL and Millenium force was fine, but it needed more time to truly develop itself -- can't be done in one novel. The appearance of the famous biblical figures came off as filler to me. In addition, the final battle for the ages was absolutely mishandled and glossed over -- too bad. I would have rather extended this part of the plot in another book and cut the part of the LB story that dealt with the rescue of the captured George Sebastian.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2007

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    While I cannot say that I didn't like 'Kingdom Come,' it certainly left me wanting, which was unfortunate since this is the grand conclusion of the Left Behind series. Overall this was by no means a poorly written book as I truly enjoy Jenkins' style of writing and his use of imagery in not just the LB series, but also the 'Soon' and 'Jesus Chronicles' series. But I didn't care for the novel's progression and several series of events that took place. The book begins well, with our usual crew about to enter the Millennial Kingdom and the theological explanations by Tsion Ben-Judah on what to expect as far as the early deaths of non-believers, everyone's new eating habits, the constant brightness, animals of all kind living in peace with people, and of course the physical presence of Jesus on his throne in Jerusalem were very helpful in setting the tone. We see Rayford, Irene, Tsion and co. assigned to various ministries throughout the world and Buck and Chloe have founded a millennial day care called Children of the Tribulation 'COT'. In addition, Jesus has cleaned up the whole earth after the horrors of the tribulation and has set up his new temple in Jerusalem where he will rule forever. After establishing these initial key elements, the book jumps to 93 years into the Millennial Kingdom, where we learn about the formation of The Other Light 'TOL', which is a Lucifer-worshipping cult whose followers hope to overthrow Christ in the final battle. After quickly reaching year 93, I thought the story would keep moving quickly throughout the Millennium in order to spend a good amount of time on the final battle between Satan and Jesus. However, the next 300 pages or so covered only years 93-97 in the Kingdom, which I found extremely tedious. At one point, we see Rayford requesting to King David that some major biblical characters come and speak at COT, which he obliges. When Noah visits and tells his story, I found it to be a nice filler, but nothing really special. But the fact that later on, Joshua and Caleb and then later David himself each come and share their stories in excruciating detail 'when one can just pick up a Bible and read the same things' was pretty disappointing and way too page consuming when other storylines could have been pursued. One aspect that I truly did enjoy was that Buck & Chloe's son, Kenny Williams was the unofficial main character of this book at the tender age of 97. The formation of the Millennium Force was a bit cheesy, yet nostalgic to faithful LB readers who journeyed along with the original Tribulation Force. And Kenny and Ekaterina's romance was well done and makes you feel like a grandparent after having read the Buck & Chloe saga from early in the series. A big conflicting issue for me was when TOL infiltrator Qasim planted false evidence implicating Kenny as an unbeliever and a mole at COT. Kenny then loses his girlfriend and his Uncle Raymie 'who has a glorified body and mind for crying out loud' initially turns on him as do several others. Kenny agonizes and feels totally alone and ostracized, which I find pretty jacked up considering this is a time of global peace and tranquility. It shouldn't have been hard for Kenny to prove his loyalty to Christ, especially with Jesus physically present right in his home town. Somehow I'd like to think Jesus wouldn't be some unaccessable VIP, sitting in his temple all alone, which is pretty much how he was portrayed in this book. Believers prayed to him, but even then, they didn't know if they were receiving his answers or making up their own. Why couldn't Kenny have said, 'You don't believe me? Let's go see Jesus and he'll tell you I belong to him!' I'd like to think that Jesus would never have a problem with his own children coming to him for counsel, especially now that he was physically present with them. Also, throughtout the series, believers had seals of the cross spiritually placed by God on their foreheads identifying them as followers of Chri

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

    Probably the poorest written of the LB series

    This is IMHO the poorest written of the Left Behind series. The plot line of finding the traitor in the COT group is obvious from the start. The sections where the Old Testament characters come and tell there stories all sound like the stories that turn kids off from Sunday School. Sorry Tim and Jerry. This one is a flop.

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    Posted August 5, 2011

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