The Europa Conspiracy (Babylon Rising Series #3)

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Tim LaHaye has called Babylon Rising his most exciting series ever, and The Europa Conspiracy is the most thrilling and suspenseful installment yet. Reaching back to some of the most dramatic and prophetically significant stories of the Bible, and forward to the creation of ultimate evil in the modern world, the awe-inspiring revelations never let up. It begins when Michael Murphy heads to the ancient city of Babylon in pursuit of one of the most famous and mystifying of Biblical prophecies: The Handwriting on ...
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Overview

Tim LaHaye has called Babylon Rising his most exciting series ever, and The Europa Conspiracy is the most thrilling and suspenseful installment yet. Reaching back to some of the most dramatic and prophetically significant stories of the Bible, and forward to the creation of ultimate evil in the modern world, the awe-inspiring revelations never let up. It begins when Michael Murphy heads to the ancient city of Babylon in pursuit of one of the most famous and mystifying of Biblical prophecies: The Handwriting on the Wall. But the closer he gets to deciphering the true meaning of Daniel’s ancient message for our troubled times, the closer Murphy comes to a shattering confrontation with the forces of darkness that will cause the earth itself to tremble.

In The Europa Conspiracy, Tim LaHaye once again shows how his thrill-a-minute storytelling and deep understanding of the Bible have combined to make him one of today’s most popular and influential fiction authors.

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Coauthor of the crowd-pleasing Left Behind novels, Tim LaHaye presents the first installment in a compelling series of thrillers that pits an intrepid biblical archaeologist against "the ultimate evil."
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Third in the authors' hot, hot "Babylon Rising" series, this Christian fiction thriller brings together hunky biblical archaeologist Michael Murphy and the evil Talon, who's practically the Antichrist. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553586084
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/31/2007
  • Series: Babylon Rising Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 335,643
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye
Dr. Tim LaHaye is a renowned prophecy scholar, minister, and author. His Left Behind® series is the bestselling Christian fiction series of all time. He and his wife, Beverly, live in southern California. They have four children and nine grandchildren.

Bob Phillips, Ph.D., is the author of more than eighty books. He is a licensed counselor and the executive director for the Pointman Leadership Institute.

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Biography

Sometimes, while sitting on airplanes, evangelical preacher Tim LaHaye would ask himself, “What if the Rapture occurred on an airplane?" That germ of an idea grew into the phenomenally successful Left Behind series, which LaHaye coauthors with fiction writer Jerry B. Jenkins. The books combine Biblical prophecy with speculative fiction to produce an action-packed thriller about events between the Rapture, when (according to one Christian tradition) the faithful will ascend to heaven, and the Second Coming.

Before the series began, Jenkins had carved out a career writing other people's autobiographies -- he ghostwrote or co-wrote those of Billy Graham, Orel Herschiser, Hank Aaron, and Nolan Ryan, among others -- as well as writing novels and a few inspirational books on marriage and parenting. Tim LaHaye also wrote books on marriage and faith, served as the pastor for a ministry in California, and co-founded The Pre-Trib Research Center, a Bible scholarship group dedicated to the study of end-times prophecy. LaHaye spent several years searching for a coauthor who could take his vision of the earth's last days -- including that intriguing image of passengers vanishing from an airplane -- and spin it into fiction. Finally, LaHaye and Jenkins were introduced by their mutual literary agent at Alive Communications, and Jenkins began writing the story of airline captain Rayford Steele, whose wife and son vanish along with millions of other true believers. Those "left behind" on Earth have a last chance to choose sides in the ensuing battle between good and evil.

The books became a blockbuster hit. Sales of the Left Behind series soared with each successive volume, and by 2001, ABC News reported, 50 million had been sold. "The formula combines Tom Clancy-like suspense with touches of romance, high-tech flash and Biblical references," The New York Times wrote, explaining how its authors pulled off "an unparalleled achievement for an evangelical novel." LaHaye and Jenkins were stunned by their own success: "I've been writing for 40 years, with 12 million books in print, but I've never seen anything like this," said LaHaye.

The series has spawned a slew of spinoffs: comic books, calendars, a young adults' series, dramatized audio recordings and a movie based on the first book. It has also generated controversy, both within and without the Christian community, for issues ranging from politics (the U.N. figures into the story as a tool of the Antichrist) to Scriptural interpretation (many New Testament scholars reject LaHaye's belief, first popularized by John Nelson Darby in the 1830s, in a seven-year tribulation period following the Rapture).

But LaHaye and Jenkins are convinced that their message is getting through to their readers. They estimate that more than 2,000 people have converted as a result of reading the Left Behind books. "And needless to say, for us that's more important than bestsellers, or money, or anything else," says Jenkins.

Good To Know

Jerry Jenkins is also the writer of a syndicated comic strip, "Gil Thorp," which runs in 60 newspapers nationwide.
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    1. Hometown:
      Jerry B. Jenkins lives in Black Forest, Colorado
    1. Education:
      Tim LaHaye has a B.A., Bob Jones University; and a Doctorate of Ministries, Western Baptist Seminary
    2. Website:

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Chapter One

FIRST THERE WAS a snapping sound . . . then a combination of rushing wind and sheer terror. One thousand feet of empty space separated Murphy from the raging river and instant death.

For a split second he was suspended in midair like an eagle soaring in the sky. Then gravity took over. Adrenaline surged through his body and his grip tightened on the cable like a vice. Teeth clenched together, barely breathing, all he could do was to desperately hang on.

***
As Murphy first approached the one-hundred-and-fifty-foot-wide gorge, he could see two cables spanning the void attached to large trees on either side. The first cable was low to the ground; the second, about six feet above. Hanging from the center of the top cable was what looked like a manila envelope twisting in a gentle breeze.

He shook his head. That must be the prize.

As Murphy moved closer to the edge, he reached up, grabbed the top cable, and pulled hard. Very tight.

Then he carefully leaned out and looked over the edge. The sight of the wild Arkansas River one thousand feet below almost took his breath away.

Do you really want to do this, Murphy? As much as you love adventure, someday Methuselah is going to get you killed.

He carefully surveyed the surroundings looking for the slightest movement. Although he could see no one, his skin began to crawl with the eerie sensation that he was being observed.

He took several deep breaths then slowly inched his way onto the cables. Holding on to the top cable with both hands and standing on the bottom cable, he bounced up and down to test their strength.

As he ventured out on the cables, he realized that he had two problems: the up-and-down motion and the back-and-forth motion: the back-and-forth motion, in particular, put more weight on his hands when his feet were not directly under his body. If he had to use up his upper body strength to move the seventy-five feet to the center, it would be a very long way back.

It didn't take him long to realize that it was not a good idea to look down at the potential thousand-foot fall.

Keep your mind on the envelope and not swinging back and forth.

It took Murphy almost fifteen minutes to reach the envelope. The closer he got to the center of the gorge, the more his swinging motion of the cables increased and the more his body weight on the lower cable caused the distance between the two cables to stretch. Even though he was six foot three, his arms were now extended above his head to almost his full reach.

Only three more feet to go, he thought reassuringly.

***

Murphy smiled to himself as he drove into his reserved parking spot on the Preston University campus. Arriving early gave him some precious minutes alone to gather his thoughts before his classes began.

A good night's sleep . . . great cup of coffee . . . and a bright sunny morning with no clouds in the sky . . . it's great to be alive.

The manicured lawns and lush trees made a striking contrast against the blue sky. The smell of magnolias filled the air. Murphy had grown to love the southern lifestyle. He also had grown to love his classes in biblical archaeology. In three years, they had become some of the most popular courses at the university. He was grateful for the opportunity he had to combine his love for archaeology with his love for the Bible. Everyone seemed to enjoy his lectures. Everyone, that is, except Dean Archer Fallworth.

***

Murphy glanced up as Shari bounced into the office, her sparkling green eyes alive with energy.

"You seem pretty happy for an assistant who's late to work," Murphy teased.

"I would have been here early if I didn't have to stop to pick up your mail," she replied, smiling and dropping a stack of letters, magazines, and a small box on his desk.

The brown-paper-wrapped box caught his attention. It bore no return address, only the name Tyler Scott. There was no sound when he shook it.

Shari was pretending to be busy, but Murphy could see her eyeing the box. It could be some unusual new artifact from a distant land. She was a dedicated archaeologist, and she was extremely curious. Because Murphy loved to tease Shari, he set the box down, picked up his lecture notes, and started to review them.

"Aren't you going to open it?" Shari asked.

"Open what?"

"You know exactly what. Here're some scissors."

Murphy laughed and opened the box. Shari cocked her head, watching, as he drew out an unsigned card, which Murphy read aloud:

A gorgeous sight,
A Royal delight.
Travel not at night
But in the daylight. He's looking for you to come!

Beyond the gates
He there awaits.
He's looking for you to come!

For he to you, he cannot go.
For him his time is slow.
He's looking for you to come!

His name has been caught.
It is Tyler Scott.
He's looking for you to come.

Use your brain, don't be a blunder-head.
The Spanish name it for the color red.
He's looking for you to come.

"That's weird," Shari said, looking puzzled. "What do you think that means?"

"I think it means trouble."

"Trouble?"

"Who else would send a strange riddle and leave it unsigned?"

Shari's look of curiosity changed to a look of anxiousness. "Do you think it is from Methuselah?"

"Good guess, Shari. I wonder what he is planning now."

***

Murphy was now close enough to reach the manila envelope twisting in the wind. His left hand bore his entire weight on the top cable as he reached out and removed the envelope with his right.

He shoved the envelope down the neck of his shirt for safety, then grabbed the cable again with both hands. After a few deep breaths, he began to walk carefully back across the cables toward his starting point.

"Are you having fun, Dr. Murphy? I know I am," Methuselah's voice boomed out, almost causing Murphy to lose his balance.

Where was the sound coming from? Murphy glanced around, but over the roaring of the waters below and the blood pounding in his ears, he had no clue.

"I think that it has been too easy for you so far. Don't you think so too, Dr. Murphy?"

Murphy tried to speed up his efforts to reach the safety of the canyon wall.

Methuselah's laugh echoed from the nearby rocks. "Slow down, Murphy. There's no need to hurry."

With that, the cable under Murphy's feet gave way. Instantly all of his weight shifted to his hands and arms as he dangled above the gorge.

Working frantically, Murphy was able to swing his legs up and catch the heel of his right foot, then his left, on the upper cable. Now he was hanging above the gorge by his legs and arms.

"How long do you think you can hang on, Dr. Murphy?" Methuselah called out, cackling.

"Long enough do slide across the cable and wring your neck!" Murphy cried.

"Now, now, Doctor. You sound as if you might be upset. Let's see if we can make it a little more interesting for you."

Methuselah's cackling laugh increased, and then the upper cable snapped. Murphy could feel himself falling.

***

"Do you have any idea what the riddle means?" Shari asked with a puzzled frown as she twirled one of her jet-black pigtails in her fingers.

"No, but I'm sure that it's one of his coded messages. I think we'll have to take it apart piece by piece."

"Well, he does mention 'He's waiting for you to come' five different times. That must be significant."

"It must be a key thought. Let's start with the last stanza. 'Don't be a blunder-head the Spanish name it . . . for the color red.'"

"Could that Spanish word be the name for a state? The state of Colorado?"

"Good, Shari. This Tyler Scott he mentioned has been caught."

"Maybe he has been caught telling a lie or caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Or caught being late to work for picking up some dangerous mail." Shari grinned.

Murphy smiled. "Or maybe he's been caught by the police. Look at the phrase 'his time is slow.' He may be doing time in prison."

"That would tie in with the 'gates' and that 'he cannot go' but you must come to him. How about 'gorgeous sight, a Royal delight'? What's that all about?"

"Hmmm. Colorado--prison--gorgeous sight--a Royal delight."

Murphy paced the floor, repeating those words and brushing his fingers through his hair. Then he stopped suddenly and looked at her.

"I think I've got it."

"Well, don't keep me in suspense. What have you got?"

"When I was a young boy I visited Colorado with my parents. We flew into Denver and rented a car and spent almost a month exploring the state. On one of those trips we went to Colorado Springs and Pike's Peak. From there we went to a town called Pueblo. West of Pueblo is Ca–on City. What do you think it is famous for?"

"Cañons?"

"Quick, Shari. No, it's famous for the Ca–on City State Penitentiary. It has a bizarre history."

"Bizarre sounds like it's right up Methuselah's alley. It's his kind of place. He should live there permanently."

"It was the home of the Do-It-Yourself Hanging Machine. One of the prisoners designed a self-triggering platform that would eliminate the need for a formal execution. The person who was to die would pull the lever himself. The machine operated through a series of pulleys. The pulleys would put three hundred pounds of pressure on the rope. This would throw the prisoner's body upward and instantly break his neck. Everyone thought that this was an improvement over strangling slowly on the end of a rope."

"Yuk! That doesn't sound like much of an improvement to me," Shari exclaimed.

"Well, the rest of the prisoners on death row didn't like it either. They then installed Colorado's first gas chamber, called Roy's Penthouse, in honor of Roy Best, the warden of the prison.

"Their most famous prisoner was Alfred Packer, the first 'Hannibal the Cannibal.' He was put into prison for eating other people."

"Where do you come up with these things?" Shari knew that Murphy's mind was loaded with strange trivia. Sometimes it drove her crazy. "What does that have to do with the note?"

"I'm getting to that. Near Cañon City is the Royal Gorge . . . get it? A gorgeous sight, a Royal delight. The world's highest suspension bridge spans the gorge at the height of 1,053 feet. Feeling the bridge move on its cables and the surface shake under you as cars drive by is quite an experience.

"Next to the bridge is an Aerial Tram with one of the steepest incline railways ever built. In some places the distance between the gorge walls narrows to only thirty feet. It's truly spectacular. They've even built an amusement park there.

"I'll bet you a Sanskrit manuscript that Tyler Scott is a prisoner in the Ca–on City State Penitentiary. Shari, call the prison and check if they have an inmate named Tyler Scott. Next week is spring break, and I could do with a little vacation."

***

Murphy heard a buzz, then the sliding sound of a metal door shutting and locking behind him. He was in a small cubicle with one wooden chair placed in front of an inch-and-a-half-thick glass window. On the wall next to the window was a phone.

Murphy looked around. The drab green paint was chipped and scratched. Names and messages were etched into the old surface. It looked as if it hadn't been painted in twenty years.

After another muffled buzz, Tyler Scott entered the chamber opposite of the glass window. Tall and thin, and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, he looked to be about twenty-seven years of age. His blond hair was uncombed.

Murphy picked up the phone. "My name is Michael Murphy," he told Scott. "I'll get right to the point of my visit. This may sound strange, but I think you may have a message for me. Am I correct?"

"I don't get many visitors. Even my parents stopped coming about a year ago. They keep telling me that I'll never amount to anything. They say that I'm a loser." Depression and despair had etched lines on his young face. "I don't know what this is all about."

"Neither do I," said Murphy.

"A couple of months ago a stranger came to visit me. He told me that a large man named Murphy would probably come and ask for a message. He left some money for me to buy magazines and cigarettes."

"What did he look like?"

"He was tall and in his midsixties, with gray hair and lots of wrinkles. He looked like he had been in the sun a lot. Oh, yeah, he walked with a slight limp--I saw it as he got up to go. His voice was different. He sort of laughed and cackled when he talked. Kind of spooky, if you ask me."

"What was the message?"

"I'm all out of cigarettes, mister."

Murphy looked at him and smiled. "I'll leave you some money for them."

"Thanks. He said to go to the north side of the Royal Gorge, past the amusement park. Follow the canyon going west for two miles. The canyon will narrow. Look for the cables. That was it. It didn't make any sense to me."

"It doesn't make any sense to me either. Thanks for your help. What are you in for?"

"Armed robbery. I held up a convenience store."

"How much longer?"

"Three more years. They're teaching me auto mechanics. I hope to get a job when I get out."

"I'm sure you will. Besides the money, I'll leave a book for you with the guards. I think it will help you create a new life for yourself."

On the way out Murphy left some money and a Bible for Tyler Scott. He put a note inside suggesting that the young man start reading in the Gospel of John.

As Murphy drove the ten miles from Ca–on City to the Royal Gorge, memories began to flood his mind. He remembered his father taking him on the railroad that ran at the bottom of the gorge. They had eaten lunch on the train and ridden the open-air observation cars to view the canyon from below. His highlight was going over a hanging railroad bridge with the class five rapids below them.

What a great time I had with my dad. If Tyler Scott had had a caring dad, would his life be any different?

Murphy parked his car and put on his day pack as he thought about what he might be facing. He strode across the suspension bridge, proceeded west next to the gorge, leaving the amusement park and people behind him. Soon he was alone.

He had forgotten how beautiful and majestic the Colorado Mountains were. Every now and then he stopped and looked into the gorge. It was quiet. All that could be heard was his boots on the ground, an occasional bird, and the sound of the rapids far below.

I need to do this more often. There's something therapeutic about being alone in God's creation.

From the Hardcover edition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    pretty mediocore

    I agree with the comments of how both this series and the left behind series started out fantastic and just kind of fizzled out. As someone else said, I was kind of annoyed with the portrayal of Muslims in this book. I enjoyed Murphey as a character in the other books but in this one it was almost as if he existed to preach to the others. Like they were all little children and he was not. Back to the muslim thing, it was kind of jarring to be reading the book and have the people constantly refeered to as 'Arab'...whatever happened to just identifying someone as a 'man' and adding others qualities into them besides their race. Definately the portrayal of Arab terrorists was a bit too much. There are terrorists of every race and nationality. Why did the author feel the need to focus so much on recretaing another 9-11 in the plot line?

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Plots and sub-plots lend dizzying twists and turns to the exciting addition to the saga!

    From the moment you reach the end of this book, you'll be chomping at the bit for more!!! More intrigue, more drama, more romance! Bring on the next segment of the story!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2006

    The series keep building!

    I enjoyed this third book in the Babylon Rising series! I can't wait to see what's in store for the fourth one, as the storyline is moving towards what I believe will be an even more exciting point! If you've enjoyed the Left Behind series and are all caught up on those books, I recommend beginning Babylon Rising!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    If you like mystries, I highly recommend

    I had read a couple two books of this series and decided I wanted the entire series. I am now starting the 4th book again. I love the way Tim LaHaye writes. He is easy to read. I have read all the Left Behind Series (highly recommended) and several of his non-fiction books. All have been great.

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  • Posted August 3, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    my two cents

    I'm amazed at the amount of trivia that goes into these BR books. Professor Murphy is Encyclopedia Brown with a black belt!! Murphy and Isis McDonald should get a room because they're a bit nauseous and for some reason I felt that Stephanie Kovacs was a better match for Murphy but I guess she made a better victim. Barrington and Talon are excellent villains, at times I was rooting for them...Murphy is just too darn 2-dimensionally perfect and I kind of wanted him to die haha!! The book does a good job drumming up a feel of patriotism and appreciation for our troops. This must have been the book that helped get Bush re-elected! Where Secret of Ararat was like an Indiana Jones story, this third book was like a Clancy novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2009

    BABYLON THE GREAT

    Americas is Babylon Rising not Europe.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2006

    Amazing!

    Wow! This book is amazing! As usual, Tim LaHaye combines adventure, archaeology, and religion into another thrilling book in the Babylon Rising series! I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2006

    Entertaining Reading

    I have enjoyed all three books of the Babylon Rising series and I'm looking forward to the next one. Reading is for entertainment, education and relaxation, to explore, experience and learn through reading books. I have enjoyed Mr. LaHaye's books and continue to read as many as I can find. This series is wonderfully enjoyable. Not everyone can write a 'Pilgrims Progess', but, I do recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Christian reading material, and a good read that will help you to escape into the world of books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2006

    Excellent Installment in Series

    I recently finished reading this book, and I found it to be another excellent addition to the Babylon Rising series. The action in this book is thrilling, and the Biblical prophecies the book focuses on are fascinating. I feel that Tim LaHaye has done an excellent job throughout this series of depicting Old Testament prophecies that relate to the end times, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Christian fiction and/or the study of Bible prophecy. One thing I should note is that there is a discrepancy dealing with whether or not a certain character died, but it is not one of the main characters of the series, and I was able to overlook this error and enjoy the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    Disappointing

    Good past and future Biblical possibilities, but plot plummets. Add gramatical errors and a major mistake in stating character had died when earlier his survival was miraculous (Bingham, sometimes Bingman, another error)... that equals a sad ending to what could have been a good series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2005

    The Babylon Rising series is a christian version of the Di Vinci Code.

    Comparable to the Di Vinci Code, the Babylon Rising series has all the elements of a suspence thriller but with christian undertones. Intrigue, adventure, suspence, its all here. You can't help but be drawn into the drama, an excellent work of christian fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    Babylon Rising: The Europa Conspiracy

    This is the first i've ever read from this author and it will be the last. It was highly cliche and predicatble. i would expect a christian writer to also be a little less intense on christ. It was a waste of my time, and money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    Babylon Rising: The Europa Conspiracy

    this is the most predictable and cliche mess i've ever read. I am highly offended of his idea of muslims and anyone not christian. the lead character is superman/fabio with a bible. i don't recommend anyone reading this, as it is a waste of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2005

    Awesome!!!

    This is about having a relationship with Jesus before it's to late. The storyline is awesome, I'm defintely looking forward to the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2005

    It's about selling books now...

    This series had a fantastic first book, an average second book, and a downright bad third book. When you read this book (particularly the ending), you get the distinct feeling that the author's main focus is to sell more books, rather than to tell a story. This is the same thing that happened with the Left Behind Series (same author). After 5 or 6 books, the books started to get redundant and very slow-paced. The first half of one book was literally a re-telling of the same storyline from the previous book, just from a 'different perspective'. I don't know about other people, but I can see straight through that mess. It's just a ploy to prolong the story as long as possible to sell more books. The same thing is happening here. The cliffhanger is so severe, it's ridiculous. After reading this ending, I was actually upset that any author would have that kind of ending in a book. Needless to say, I'm done with this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2005

    What was that?

    I never thought I would really get into reading a book like this but the first book in the series captivated my attention. I felt the second book was even better and I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the third. Now I am wondering what for. The conversations between characters was so juvenile and by the time I had only twenty pages left I wanted to just read the last chapter and call it quits. I was also slightly confused with some of the events towards the end of the book. I was not impressed and I don't even think I care to read another book to find out what happens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2005

    wonderful reading

    the tim lahaye books are wonderful and so great, you just can't put the books down,wonderul, it's great

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