The Mark: The Beast Rules the World

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Global Community ruler resurrects, demands worship. Carpathia occupies Jerusalem temple—‘rightful throne’. Citizens to receive loyalty mark or death.

The events set in motion by the Rapture take a deeply disturbing turn when satanic Global Community leader Nicolae Carpathia, recently assassinated, returns to life. He erects statues of himself in every city and demands that all people be branded with a permanent loyalty mark. Those who refuse ...

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Overview

Global Community ruler resurrects, demands worship. Carpathia occupies Jerusalem temple—‘rightful throne’. Citizens to receive loyalty mark or death.

The events set in motion by the Rapture take a deeply disturbing turn when satanic Global Community leader Nicolae Carpathia, recently assassinated, returns to life. He erects statues of himself in every city and demands that all people be branded with a permanent loyalty mark. Those who refuse face ghastly execution, and Christ-followers are targeted for obliteration.

Rayford Steele, Buck Williams, and the other Tribulation Force operatives rally their forces to combat this new onslaught. Will the young spy within Global Community headquarters prove trustworthy? Will the Trib Force’s daring escape plan succeed, or will they go down in flames?

The Mark is #8 in the phenomenal New York Times best-selling Left Behind series that rocked the publishing world and made millions think seriously about the future and their places in it.

With special features relating to current events and end-times prophecy. Tyndale House Publishers

The exciting eighth book in the Left Behind series has sold over 2.5 million copies in hardcover and is now available in trade paperback. With over 40 million products sold, the Left Behind series is an international phenomenon.

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In the eighth installment of Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye's apocalyptic drama of "those left behind" at the Rapture, Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia returns from the dead with a satanic scheme to establish a reign of terror over the earth. With the technological means of domination at his disposal, Carpathia, now worshiped as a god, has instituted a worldwide mandate that all his subjects receive the mark of the beast -- a requirement to buy, sell, or trade in the new global economy. Believers who refuse to take the mark are forced underground -- or become martyrs. The Tribulation Force must race against the clock to outwit Carpathia...or else.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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 Business Information.
Library Journal
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414334974
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/16/2011
  • Series: Left Behind Series , #8
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 108,014
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye
Noted scriptural authority Tim LaHaye provides outlines for the vivid Biblical prophecies in the Left Behind series.

Best-selling author Jerry B. Jenkins creates the dramatic stories for each fast-paced apocalyptic thriller.

The Library Journal has called narrator Frank Muller, who has narrated over 150 titles for Recorded Books, "the first true superstar of spoken audio." His narration of Pat Conroy's Beach Music won an Audie Award, the audiobook industry equivalent of an Oscar. AudioFile says, "Reader Frank Muller is outstanding, providing, in a richly evocative voice, a sense of time and place that matches the book perfectly."

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
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Chapter One
It was midafternoon in New Babylon, and David Hassid was frantic. Annie was nowhere in sight and he had heard nothing from her, yet he could barely turn his eyes from the gigantic screens in the palace courtyard. The image of the indefatigable Nicolae Carpathia, freshly risen from three days dead, filled the screen and crackled with energy. David believed if he was within reach of the man he could be electrocuted by some demonic charge.

With the disappearance of his love fighting for his attention, David found himself drawn past the jumbo monitors and the guards and the crowds to the edge of the bier that had just hours before displayed the quite dead body of the king of the world.

Should David be able to see evidence that the man was now indwelt by Satan himself? The body, the hair, the complexion, the look were the same. But an intensity, an air of restlessness and alertness flowed from the eyes. Though he smiled and talked softly, it was as if Nicolae could barely contain the monster within. Controlled fury, violence delayed, revenge in abeyance played at the muscles in his neck and shoulders. David half expected him to burst from his suit and then from his very skin, exposed to the world as the repulsive serpent he was.

David's attention was diverted briefly by someone next to Carpathia, and when he glanced back at the still ruggedly handsome face, he was not prepared to have caught the eye of the enemy of his soul. Nicolae knew him, of course, but the look, though it contained recognition, did not carry the usual acceptance and encouragement David was used to. That very welcoming gaze had always unnerved him, yet he preferred it over this. For this was a transparent gaze that seemed to pass through David, which nearly moved him to step forward and confess his treachery and that of every comrade in the Tribulation Force.

David reminded himself that not even Satan himself was omniscient, yet he found it difficult to accept that these eyes were not those of one who knew his every secret. He wanted to run but he dared not, and he was grateful when Nicolae turned back to the task at hand: his role as the object of the world's worship.

David hurried back to his post, but someone had appropriated his golf cart, and he found himself peeved to where he wanted to pull rank. He flipped open his phone, had trouble finding his voice, but finally barked at the motor-pool supervisor, "I had better have a vehicle delivered within one hundred and twenty seconds or someone is going to find his -- "

"An electric cart, sir?" the man said, his accent making David guess he was an Aussie.

"Of course!"

"They're scarce here, Director, but -- "

"They must be, because someone absconded with mine!"

"But I was going to say that I would be happy to lend you mine, under the circumstances."

"The circumstances?"

"The resurrection, of course! Tell you the truth, Director Hassid, I'd love to get in line myself."

"Just bring -- "

"You think I could do that, sir? I mean if I were in uniform? I know they've turned away civilians not inside the courtyard, and they're none too happy, but as an employee -- "

"I don't know! I need a cart and I need it now!"

"Would you drive me to the venue before you go wherever it is you have to g -- "

"Yes! Now hurry!"

"Are you thrilled or what, Director?"

"What?"

The man spoke slowly, condescendingly. "A-bout-the-res-ur-rec-tion!"

"Are you in your vehicle?" David demanded.

"Yes, sir."

"That's what I'm thrilled about."

The man was still talking when David hung up on him and called crowd control. "I'm looking for Annie Christopher," he said.

"Sector?"

"Five-three."

"Sector 53 has been cleared, Director. She may have been reassigned or relieved."

"If she were reassigned, you'd have it, no?"

"Checking."

The motor-pool chief appeared in his cart, beaming. David boarded, phone still to his ear. "Gonna see god," the man said.

"Yeah," David said. "Just a minute."

"Can you believe it? He's got to be god. Who else can he be? Saw it with my own two eyes, well, on TV anyway. Raised from the dead. I saw him dead, I know that. If I see him in person, there'll be no doubt now, will there? Eh?"

David nodded, sticking a finger in his free ear.

"I say no doubt, eh?"

"No doubt!" David shouted. "Now give me a minute!"

"Where we goin', sport?"

David craned his neck to look at the man, incredulous that he was still speaking.

"I say, where we going? Am I dropping you or you dropping me?"

"I'm dropping you! Go where you want and get out!"

"Sor-ry!"

This wasn't how David normally treated people, even ignorant ones. But he had to hear whether Annie had been reassigned, and where. "Nothing," the crowd-control dispatcher on the phone told him.

"Relieved then?" he said, relieved himself.

"Likely. Nothing in our system on her."

David thought of calling Medical Services but scolded himself for overreacting.

Motor-pool man deftly picked his way through the massive, dispersing crowd. At least most were dispersing. They looked shocked. Some were angry. They had waited hours to see the body, and now that Carpathia had arisen, they were not going to be able to see him, all because of where they happened to be in the throng.

"This is as close as I hope to get in this thing then," the man said, skidding to a stop so abruptly that David had to catch himself. "You'll bring it back round then, eh, sir?"

"Of course," David said, trying to gather himself to at least thank the man. As he slid into the driver's seat he said, "Been back to Australia since the reorganizing?"

The man furrowed his brow and pointed at David, as if to reprimand him. "Man of your station ought to be able to tell the difference between an Aussie and a New Zealander."

"My mistake," David said. "Thanks for the wheels."

As he pulled away the man shouted, "'Course we're all proud citizens of the United Pacific States now anyway!"

David tried to avoid eye contact with the many disgruntled mourners turned celebrants who tried to flag him, not for rides but for information. At times he was forced to brake to keep from running someone down, and the request was always the same. In one distinct accent or another, everyone wanted the same thing. "Any way we can still get in to see His Excellency?"

"Can't help you," David said. "Move along, please. Official business."

"Not fair! Wait all night and half the day in the blistering sun, and for what?"

But others danced in the streets, making up songs and chants about Carpathia, their new god. David glanced again at the monstrous monitors where Carpathia was shown briefly touching hands as the last several thousand were herded through. To David's left, guards fought to block hopefuls from sneaking into the courtyard. "Line's closed!" they shouted over and over.

On the screen, pilgrims swooned as they neared the bier, graced by Nicolae in his glory. Many crumbled from merely getting near him, waxing catatonic. Guards held them up to keep them moving, but when His Excellency himself spoke quietly to them and touched them, some passed out, deadweights in the guards' arms.

Over Nicolae's cooing -- "Good to see you. Thank you for coming. Bless you. Bless you." -- David heard Leon Fortunato: "Worship your king," he said soothingly. "Bow before his majesty. Worship the Lord Nicolae, your god."

Dissonance came from the guards stuck with the responsibility of moving the mass of quivering, jellied humanity, catching them as they collapsed in ecstasy. "Ridiculous!" they grumbled to each other, live mikes sending the cacophony of Fortunato, Carpathia, and the complainers to the ends of the PA system. "Keep moving. Come on now! There you go! Stand up! Move it along!"

David finally reached sector 53, which was, as he had been told, deserted. The crowd-control gates had toppled, and the giant number placard had been trampled. David sat there, forearms resting on the cart's steering wheel. He shoved his uniform cap back on his head and felt the sting of the sun's UV rays. His hands looked like lobsters, and he knew he'd pay for his hours in the sun. But he could not find shade again until he found Annie.

As crowds shuffled through and then around what had been her sector, David squinted at the ground, the asphalt shimmering. Besides the ice cream and candy wrappers and drink cups that lay motionless in the windless heat was what appeared to be residue of medical supplies. He was about to step from the cart for a closer look when an elderly couple climbed aboard and asked to be driven to the airport shuttle area.

"This is not a people mover," he said absently, having enough presence to remove the keys before leaving the vehicle.

"How rude!" the woman said.

"Come on," the man said.

David marched to sector 53 and knelt, the heat sapping his energy. In the shadows of hundreds walking by, he examined the plastic empties of bandages, gauze, ointment, even tubing. Someone had been ministered to here. It didn't have to have been Annie. It could have been anyone. Still, he had to know. He made his way back to the cart, every seat but his now full.

"Unless you need to go to Medical Services," he said, punching the number into his phone, "you're in the wrong cart."

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    I am loyal to this series

    Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty. How far would you go? In the eighth book of the Left Behind series, His Excellency, The Risen Potentate (I love all these names), Nicolae Carpathia has come back from the dead and is now indwelt (see book #7) by Satan himself. The time has come for the "mark of the beast" to be established - a 'loyalty' mark to the Global Community. Without this on their forehead or hand they cannot buy/sell, move about freely, etc.; and if you refuse to get it, you will die. Good thing the Co-Op has already been established. :)

    Many of the Trib Force members are now in the Strong Building in Chicago, an area which the GC thinks is radioactive. They are hoping this will buy them some time, especially as they are past the halfway point now - less than three and a half years to go.



    I especially found interesting the several different scenarios presented in regards to taking the mark: there were the obvious "sign me up, I'm in" and "no ways", but there were people who STILL had to think about it (even after all we've been through!), and even a believer forced against his will to take it....this book made me think again, thoroughly - that if I were tested past what I think my mind and/or body should handle....what would I do, specifically? And if I had chosen not to take the mark, would I turn myself in and get it over with, or try to make it to the end, keep fighting?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    My Favorite In The Series So Far!

    Chaim's eyes are exposed to the truth. Plans are being set to administer the chip consisting of a mark proving complete loyalty to Carpathia will be embedded under the skin of the right hard or in the forehead of his followers. His followers will then be able to buy and sell. Those who oppose the mark will be destroyed. David, a part of Carpathia's payroll and a believer, is worried about his and his fellow believers lives. More people come to have the mark of God on their foreheads opposing Carpathia's plan.
    My favorite in the series to date promises action and suspenseful twists and turns. I felt that the dialogue and scene worked well and as the books before this this one also introduces new characters that I was able to connect with. The overall message was inspiring and I was again challenged in my faith. I was highly entertained and found the pages going by quickly as I was so immersed into the storyline. Highly recommend!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Epic - A must read

    The Mark, the eighth book in the Left Behind series, was great! Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins have done a great job. You must read this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    My favorite in the series so far!

    The Mark, the eighth book in the Left Behind Series, immediately follows The Indwelling and continues with the battle for men's souls during the last days of earth's history. In this book, I was touched by the characters' exhausted yearnings for simple moments of joy: holding a child in their arms, reuniting with close friends, a few moments free from worry for their loved ones. One character ruminates, "[When he awoke] as had been true every day since the Rapture, he knew exactly where he was . . . Even when exhausted and injured and barely able to function, somehow the self-preservation flywheel kept spinning in his otherwise unengaged mind."

    As I read those words, I was reminded of the way many unbelievers envision life without God. They picture only freedom from guilt, constraints, and obligations. What they fail to see is that for a people created in God's image, life away from Him means no love, joy, peace, or satisfaction. Life as we know it would cease to exist and become one long nightmaric trip around the "self-preservation flywheel."

    This book captures that feeling well as the events move inexorably forward towards the culmination of the tribulation. At one point, Buck and Chloe, now believers and married with a baby son, reflect on how life would have been had they accepted Christ sooner . . .

    "[Chloe] rested against a white hummer and Buck joined her. She shook her head. `We're older than our years, wounded, scarred, scared. It won't be long before our days will be spent looking for ways to just stay alive. I worry about you all the time. It's bad enough living now, but I couldn't go on without you.'

    `Yes, you could.'

    `But I wouldn't want to. Would you, without me? Maybe I shouldn't ask.'

    `No, Chlo', I know what you mean. We have a cause, a mission, and everything seems crystal clear. But I wouldn't want to go on without you either. I would. I'd have to. For Kenny. For God. For the rest of the Force. Like Tsion says, for the Kingdom. You'd have been the best thing that ever happened to me, even if you weren't my whole life. But you are. Let's watch out for each other, keep each other alive. We've got only three and a half years to go, and I want to make it. Don't you?'

    `'Course.' She turned and held him tightly for a long minute."

    And that conversation takes place before the Antichrist decrees that all shall receive the mark of the beast.

    If nothing else, reading this far in the series will inspire you to share Christ with everyone you know. You will not want them to experience anything close to what the authors have imagined for life on earth after the Rapture--much less what comes after.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    The entire Left Behind Series is amazing. By the time you get to this book, the characters feel like people you know and it is really hard to put this one down. This part of the story deals with the mark of the Anti-Christ who is in control of the world and quickly deals with anyone who disagrees. The Christians who decide to not take the mark are beaten , put in jail, shot and even led to the guillotine for their disobedience to the devil's wishes. The choice is difficult because the mark allows you to buy food, drink, work and just survive but to take it sends you to hell with the devil. The book really forces you to deal with the truth of God's word and the truth of the book of Revelation. Amazing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004

    The Mark- Decisions...

    This book, even though fiction, really grips you and you don't want to put it down until you're finished!! Fantastic Book!! I am a believer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2001

    If you love LEFT BEHIND...

    If you love LEFT BEHIND, let me suggest you check out THE CHRIST CLONE TRILOGY by James BeauSeigneur. TCCT is another great series on the end times but it is written from a completely different point of view. The Antichrist character is totally believeable and you will find yourself cheering for him despite yourself. Only when you get to the third book in the series does everything become clear. The books are IN HIS IMAGE, BIRTH OF AN AGE, and ACTS OF GOD.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2001

    understanding God word

    I read all the books of the left behind series and I have a better understanding of Revelations, can't wait for book 9.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2001

    OUTSTANDING

    These books are very captivating. Once you read any one of the series, it will be very hard not to run out and get the rest. Each book leaves you wanting more and more.....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2001

    The turning Point

    I felt that this book lays the foundation for the other books to follow in this series. The saints are now facing survival in a society that restricts buying and selling without the mark. I have to say that I do not want to live in that period of history. I thought it was interesting how the guillotines were refered to as 'loyalty inforcement facillators'. all in all a good book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2001

    *Truly Left A Mark*

    They just keep getting better! Where is # 9? These books helped me to better understand the Bible. (Revelations) I can't beleive how many people I know or meet that are reading these books and have the same opinion as myself. Liatti

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2001

    Book of Revelations Clarified

    I have read all eight in three weeks. As I finish one I pick up the next and continue uninterupted. The authors have put the writings of John in perspective. Finally, a new genre in the field of literature. Cannot wait for the next in the series. I know at some point the story will have to end, and I am not looking forward to seeing an end to this series. Just wish it could go on. It has been food for my soul.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2001

    My Review

    I think all the Left Behind books are great. They help to see the Bible coming true. This helps people to realize and understand one of the most difficult books of the Bible, while also telling a great story about survival.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2001

    Good, Very good

    In all the Left Behind series this is the most climactic book of them all. If you think the violence in the other books was bad, wait until you read this! The prison scene was especially riveting. Nicolae Carpathia is at his worst, being indwelt, and employs guillitines to enforce the taking of the mark. If you take the mark, you live. If not....This is a very good book. The only thing wrong with this series is the wait in between books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2001

    The Story Just Gets Better

    In the story we can see that in some of the books that it tends to get a little boring at times. In this newest edition it continues the story at a faster pace it would seem. Keeping you at the edge of your seat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2001

    Wonderful Christian Reading

    This book, the eighth in the series, starts right where the Indwelling left off. Continuing with the story of those left behind, this book has many twists and turns and excitement packed into the 400 pages. It is definitely a page turner- I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2001

    Drama and Action Packed 'The Mark'

    Personally, I am not a Christian and I do not study the Bible. So I was taken by surprise when one day at work, on break, I seen the Left Behind book and leafed through it. I was hooked. I have read every book in the series and have my collection of these books. This book 'The Mark' has to be my favorite to date. It was action packed. It pulled at my heart strings. It made me laugh. It made me smile. I have become so attached to the characters in these books that I can feel the pain, happiness, and grief they go through. This book is truely a wonderful, inspiring book.. along with the rest of the series. If you are not hooked, pick up Left Behind, and you will not be able to get enough of it... whether you are Christian or not. I am now fasinated with the Bible and am in the process of self-study.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2001

    Wonderful Series!

    I would recommend this Christian series of books to just about anyone. I have to admit that this series has helped me in regards to my faith. I always considered myself a Christian who had a special relationship with God but after reading this series I feel so much closer to God and Jesus more than I can ever explain in written words. I was also way too 'scared' to ever pick up a Bible and read the Revelations until Left Behind was sent to me. I must admit that I let the book sit for almost 4 months because I didn't want to know 'what would happen'. But finally, I picked it up (I think with God's urging) and read it and now the end of times doesn't scare me at all. With my faith now changed, I pray that I won't be 'Left Behind'.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2000

    Mark: The Beast Rules the World (Left Behind Series #8)

    This is an awesome book. The idea of the story is based on end-time prophecies found in the Bible. The Mark is written so realistically that it's scary what's ahead for humanity. This book in the series starts in the middle of the tribulation period when the Anti-Christ goes for the final kill, so he thinks. The suspense never stops! Another book that I found very interesting and well written regarding possible end-time scenarios is Alec Donzi's THE CONSULTANT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2000

    Great work of fiction.

    Another great addition to the Left Behind series. This is such an important subject for our present time on earth. It is entertaining,thought provoking and has an important message for all people. And if you like these books, you will also enjoy Apocalypse South by Kyle F. Watson on Barnes and Noble web site.

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