The End Series by New York Times bestselling author Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall is an epic thrill ride ripped from today’s headlines and filtered through Scriptural prophecy. As world events begin setting the stage for the “end of days” foretold in Revelation, Joshua Jordan must weigh the personal price he must pay to save the nation he loves. In this adrenaline-fueled political thriller laced with End Times prophecy, Joshua Jordan, former U.S. spy-plane hero turned weapons designer, creates the world’s most sophisticated missile defense system. But global forces conspire to steal the defense weapon, and U.S. government leaders will do anything to stop the nation’s impending economic catastrophe—including selling-out Jordan and his weapon. As world events begin setting the stage for the “end of days” foretold in Revelation, Jordan must consider not only the biblical prophecies preached by his wife’s pastor, but the personal price he must pay if he is to save the nation he loves.
About the Author
Tim LaHaye is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 70 nonfiction books, many on biblical prophecy and end-times. He is the coauthor of the record-shattering Left Behind series and is considered one of America's foremost authorities on biblical end-times prophecy.
Craig Parshall serves as senior vice-president and general counsel for the National Religious Broadcasters and has authored seven bestselling suspense novels.
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Edge of Apocalypse
By Tim LaHaye Craig Parshall
ZondervanCopyright © 2010 Tim LaHaye
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Chapter OneIn the Not-Too-Distant Future
At twelve thousand feet, alarm bells started going off all over the cockpit of the Navy EA-6B Prowler. At first Captain Louder thought they'd run into a flock of birds, but they were much too high up.
"Captain," shouted his lead ECM officer, Lieutenant Emmit Wilson, "on-board computers have crashed."
"Screwed up, sir."
"Everything's bugging out, sir," said his navigation officer, Lieutenant Jim Stewart, a bespectacled electronics nerd from the Naval Communications School at Pensacola.
"Were we hit?"
"Not that I can see, sir."
Captain Louder glanced quickly at the jet engine to his left. No smoke, no oil. He glanced to his right. The other engine appeared equally sound. Everything seemed normal, but the instruments said otherwise: pressure dropping, fuel gauge empty, altimeter and directional indicators completely out of whack.
"I need answers, men."
Though the crew was good at their jobs, they were young, and the person they usually looked to for answers was Captain Louder.
"That's an order!"
"Sir," said Lieutenant Wilson hesitantly, "all I can think of is that we were hit with some kind of massive electromagnetic charge, either internal or external, fried all our instruments or ..."
"Or the Koreans have some new kind of sophisticated jamming system."
"We're supposed to be doing the jamming, not them."
The Prowler's chief mission was reconnaissance and radar suppression, its weapons sophisticated electronic jamming equipment and a single HARM-high-speed anti-radiation missile-that could seek out and destroy enemy radar defenses all on its own.
"What about sunspots, sir?" suggested Lieutenant Stewart.
"More likely we ran into Santa Claus," growled Captain Louder as he fought to maintain control of the stick and keep the aircraft steady, "but it's only September." He didn't need guesses now; he needed solutions-and fast.
"HQ Foxfire, this is Looking Glass, over," he yelled into the radio. "HQ Foxfire, this is Looking Glass, do you read me, over."
"We're twenty minutes early on our verbal, sir. They're not going to respond," said Lieutenant Stewart.
"Or else the radio's dead too. Anything still work on this plane?"
The youngest of the three ECMOs, Lieutenant Derrick Milius, a pimply faced twenty-one-year-old from Lubbock, Texas, shyly pulled an iPod out of his shirt pocket. He plugged it into the aircraft's intercom. The twangy strains of Hank Williams Jr. filled the cockpit.
"A little inspiration, sir."
* * *
"HQ Foxfire, this is Looking Glass, over ... HQ Foxfire, this is Looking Glass, do you read me, over." The voice of Captain Louder crackled over the speakers in the Tactical Communications Bunker at Osan Air Base, just forty-eight miles south of the DMZ.
"Do we respond, sir?"
Wing Commander Charles Stamper chomped down on another stick of Nicorette gum. What he really needed was a cigarette, but the base had recently gone smoke-free, and he had to lead by example.
"No. We have strict orders to maintain radio silence all along the parallel."
A tinny version of Hank Williams Jr.'s "Born to Boogie" seeped through the speakers followed by, "HQ Foxfire, this is Looking Glass; we have a situation up here; request permission to break off current flight path and return to base, over."
No one in the communications bunker said a word, waiting for the commander to speak; the only sound now his obsessive gum chewing.
Hank Williams Jr.'s warble returned, then, "HQ Foxfire, this is Looking Glass, breaking off current flight path, requesting secondary landing site, do you copy, over."
"Do we respond now, sir?
Commander Stamper bit his tongue accidentally. The orders were explicit. No radio contact with planes over the DMZ. But he knew Captain Louder personally, probably owed him a few bucks from a poker game or two, and he knew he wouldn't break radio silence unless he had to. He also knew the captain wouldn't want to give out too much information over the radio. They both knew that the North Korean military, known as the Korean People's Army, or the KPA, were always listening, looking to turn every situation to their advantage. But still. Captain Louder was listening to music in the cockpit. Country music. Was that code for something? He wracked his brain but came up with nothing.
"Give them a couple clicks of the hand mic to let them know we heard." The commander turned to his flight officer. "Send up a couple fighters to check it out. Tell them to stay high and out of sight. Make visual contact if they can, but no radio under any circumstance."
He'd picked a bad week to give up smoking.
* * *
Captain Louder knew from the silence on the radio that he was on his own-at least until he cleared the DMZ. His flight plan called for him to stay on this heading until he reached international waters over the Sea of Japan, but he didn't think his plane had enough in her to get that far. Whatever had attacked the electronics had done a number on the systems. Nothing was responding. It was like being back in an old T-2 Buckeye trainer where muscle and moxie were as important as avionics. Strictly stick-and-rudder stuff now.
"We're going to try and glide this beast in," Captain Louder informed his crew. "We're starting to lose thrust and trim, and the hydraulics are gone. Maintaining altitude and velocity will be impossible. I need work-arounds for navigation and pitch control so we don't just find ourselves floating over on the other side of the Bamboo Curtain."
His young crew dug into their task, fueled by adrenaline and Hank Williams Jr.'s bluesy ramblings. He knew he was going to get into a rash of trouble about the music when he got back to base, but it seemed to focus his crew, so what the ...
Captain Louder saw them first-two North Korean fighters coming directly out of the rising sun at Mach 2.
"We got company, and they don't look happy to see us."
The two North Korean birds streaked past and started a long loop to maneuver behind the crippled American plane.
"I'm taking evasive action," Captain Louder barked. "We don't need any more surprises." He tried to maneuver the plane, but it was like walking in wet cement, each step getting harder and harder. He knew they were sitting ducks, but he couldn't worry about that now. He had to work with what he had. Besides, why would they fire on him and risk World War III?
"Their radar just painted us, sir," screamed Lieutenant Milius.
Captain Louder was rocked. They're targeting us? Why? Had we strayed so far off course when our navigation controls went down?
"Missile away, sir!"
A white trail of smoke corkscrewed out from behind the heat-seeking missile a mile back as it left the lead North Korean jet.
"Set the auto countermeasures!"
Lieutenant Wilson pushed the auto-set button. "Auto countermeasures failed to launch."
Wilson flipped the directional IR countermeasure switch. Then he flipped the second switch for high-heat flares to launch and hopefully detract the incoming heat-seeking missile.
"Second missile away, sir!" Lieutenant Milius's voice raised a few octaves as a second rocket streaked away from the wingtip of the Korean jet.
"Let's see if this old bucket still has a few tricks in it." Captain Louder jammed the stick as far forward as he could. The plane went into an immediate free fall as the first missile sailed harmlessly overhead.
"Second missile still tracking, sir."
The second missile was closing in on the plane's jet engines almost as quickly as the earth was coming up to meet it.
"Shutting down engines!" It was a highly risky maneuver-he may never get them started again-but he was running out of options.
"Just a few more seconds ..." The captain wrenched back on the rudder trying to pull the plane out of its headlong nosedive. "I need some flaps; I need power!"
Lieutenant Wilson was furiously working over his console, trying to reroute any active circuits to give the plane one last chance to avoid a fiery collision.
"Now!" screamed the captain. Suddenly the rudder came free, slamming back hard into the captain's chest as the plane looped straight back up into the sky with a sudden burst of power from the twin jet engines.
The missile tried to correct itself, but ran out of altitude, slamming into the earth in a fiery inferno.
As the cheering died down inside the cockpit, Louder realized they had dodged one bullet only to cause a new threat. Lieutenant Wilson had managed to overload the circuitry in the fuel cells to give the engines the necessary boost they needed to restart, pulling the plane out of its free fall. But now he was out of tricks as the right turbojet belched smoke and flames.
"The electrical surge must have caused a short."
"Can you shut it down?"
"Don't think so, sir. Nothing's responding."
"How's our altitude?"
"We're not going straight down anymore, if that's what you mean, sir," said Lieutenant Milius with his characteristic dry West Texas drawl. "I guess that's a plus, sir."
Captain Louder looked at his crew. All eyes were on him waiting for inspiration. But he had none to give. He'd never lost a plane before, and he wasn't too happy about the prospect of losing this one. But he knew there was nothing else to do if they wanted to stay alive. Those two MiGs were still out there hunting them.
"We better scuttle her; not much to salvage anyway."
"The HARM might still be operational, sir," piped up Lieutenant Stewart as a sort of consolation. "Might just get lucky and hit whatever the Koreans were using to jam our electronics."
Captain Louder considered this for a second, then picked up the radio.
"Mayday! Mayday!" Captain Louder's voice crackled over the Navy fighter jets' radios; then one, two, three parachutes blossomed out from the cockpit of the crippled Prowler and floated slowly to earth.
Half a mile away, the fighter pilots looked at each other over the narrow space of air that separated their two Lightning Stealth fighters. Where was the fourth parachute? Where was the pilot?
Then they saw the MiGs coming back, circling like jackals scavenging a carcass.
One of the Korean jets pulled behind the limping American recon plane, lining up for its kill shot. Alarms started to go off inside the cockpit. The Korean pilot looked up. Too late. He never saw the Lightning Stealth or the missile that took him out.
Captain Louder saw the flash of the explosion behind him. Were the Koreans making another pass? He just needed a little more altitude to get the maximum range for the HARM to find pay dirt. He knew his own plane was history. He'd gotten his crew out, to safety, he hoped, but now he was going to get a little bit of revenge. He just needed time for one shot ...
A MiG streaked overhead, twisting and turning in the morning light. Captain Louder ducked involuntarily. Then he saw what was causing all the aerial acrobatics. Two American jets screamed past. He roared in triumph, letting fly the HARM as he pulled the ejection cord.
Louder's parachute opened and suddenly everything was quiet. He watched as the HARM sped away toward the horizon seeking an unseen enemy jamming beacon somewhere on the northern edge of the demilitarized frontier. His plane disappeared over a small rise and then exploded in a muted concussion of jet fuel. The last thing he saw were twin missile plumes from the two American fighters as they homed in on the desperate North Korean fighter.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had the privilege of interviewing Tim LaHaye & Craig Parshall, on our radio show "Kingdom Highlights", for their new book, "Edge Of Apocalypse" published by Zondervan. This book is a thriller from the first word and gets more exciting word by word. Unlike a previous series by Dr. LaHaye this series is set not to far from where we are today. Dr. LaHaye is using Bible prophecy to show how close we are to what the Bible tells us will happen. Nations will rise against nations and the United States is in deep trouble due to a severe drought and economic collapse. Due to a series of events Joshua Jordan, creator of the missile defense system code-named Return To Sender, is forced to use it without Washington approval. Now foreign nations want to steal it and the U. S. Government is pressuring Jordan to turn over his designs so that, secretly, they could sell it. Criag Parshall, known for his legal fiction, has written a page turning, heart-thumping thriller with careful attention to the state of the world right now and how the Bible says we will turn out. Many of the "things" that are mentioned in the book are in place right now and in use, even though most of us are not aware of them. Dr. LaHaye and Craig Parshall have one agenda in mind and that is the salvation of many through this work of fiction. Their zeal is that many will have their eyes open to the state of our world and see that much of where we are currently and where we are poised to go the Bible has already warned us of and that we would understand our need for a savior. They do a truly remarkable job in this book while exciting us with this story that everyone will enjoy. When I asked them where we would be headed in the next book they told me that they could not tell me that butt that this series is envisioned as a trilogy with the next one due out next year. I can hardly wait!!! If you missed the interview for "Edge Of Apocalypse" and would like to listen to it please go to www.kingdomhighlights.org where it is available On Demand. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.org Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
I was a little disappointed in this book. I have previously read the Left Behind series and liked that series, but I'll have to say that I felt this book wasn't up to the same level as the Left Behind books. I have noticed that sometimes in a series, the author will kind of stretch out the action and let the plot move slowly--to fill more pages and make more money, I suppose. I'm not saying that's the motive here, but I felt things were just dragging a bit. According to Lahaye's website, this book is going to be the first book in a series, so I am already kind of on the fence about buying the next one, if it is going to move slowly like this one does. My problem is that I really, really wanted to like it, I was looking for a great end-times novel. I'm not sure how much of the writing here is Tim Lahaye's and how much is co-author Craig Parshall's. Overall, its not a terrible book, I probably will buy the next one in hopes that it picks up a little bit. The characters are like-able enough, the plot is OK, so if you are into this type of fiction, give it a shot.
Really enjoyed this book -- finished in a few days. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
This is the first of his books I have read. The book started strong and then went flat. I finally gave up and did not finish it. There are to many other writers to choose from.
This is a good read. Very different from the Left Behind Series, but has the makings of another good series of books. It is somewhat thought provoking, and the characters are really good. I would really recommend this book.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started reading but Mr LaHaye really does a wonderful job of sucking you into the characters. This book hits you right aways and doesn't stop.
Lots of adventure, intrigue, and back door dealing make this book an exciting read. Very interesting commentary on where we are heading in the US due to the decisions being made by our government today. Gives you alot to think about.
Good. If you liked Tim Lahayes other books you will enjoy this two book series.
a action packed story about what could happen in todays military problems if we don't fix some of our tactick. Today as we watch all the treaties which we sing in on without any incling as to what we are geting into. There'SALT 1 & 2, allowing former enemies into nato and seato. Why pamper terrorists and Samili Pirates. This book gives us the WHAT IF that our president and law makers are leading us into if We The People don't say STOP and remind them who they are supposed to belooking after. A eye opening story which grabs you at the start and pulls you into a world the author created and holds your attention up to the very end.
Joshua Jordan was a hero taking unbelievable chances with his life for the country he loved. When he retired from field work he became a weapon designer trying to still protect the United States from threats outside and inside the nation. In the Atlantic, a North Korean boat has nuclear missiles aboard. Due to failed communication with his superiors at home, the admiral launches the weapons a Two of the missiles head towards New York City; Jordan has minutes to activate the Return to Sender laser guidance system that sends a missile back to its launch site. The counter operation proves successful, but the media questions the consequences while the White House and Senate demand he turn over the Return to Sender system to Senator Stratworth and his committee. When he refuses to give it to anyone outside of the Pentagon as he fears anyone else will sell it for oil and credit. The President and Congress use the media to go after Joshua. Joshua soon learns he might be a target as Iran, North Korea and Russia as well as allies want the system and will go to any length to get it. Taking place in the near future in which America is short on cash as a new growing dust bowl threatens Midwest agriculture, corruption permeates the government, Joshua and two secret cabals try to bring back the country to what is once was. Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall provides readers with an exciting thriller as the United Sates is on the Edge of Apocalypse while the hero must deal with the possibility of biblical Armageddon and saving his nation. Harriet Klausner
Dr. LaHaye and Craig Parshall have brought to the front the dangers awaiting America and the world...it is a must read for all!!!
This is another star in the cap for Tim LaHaye! The book captured my attention from the beginning all the way through to the end. How many Americans find their inovation & inventiveness begin to work against them either through red tape or roadblocks?
I love to read about contemporary events, and this books is very much about today's headlines. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
I enjoyed reading this book and was never disappointed in having purchased it. I have several of this Author's books and have begun to collect them for future use and presents to give to family and friends. The Author always writes and touches on subjects that provoke my imagination and sparks my interests in future events. I like this Authors interpretation of what life may be like under certain circumstances and conditions. The plot and actualization of the events in this book are true to the title and mirror the society we are becoming. This is a "Must Read" book.
Edge of Apocalypse is based on fictional characters in a very real prophetic scenario based on the book of Revelation.The story goes at mach speed from cover to cover and keeps you locked in as you discover the truth about Bible Prophesies that are actually taking place now. This is the first book in a series called the End series that will take you through the final outcome of God's plan for our lives. Tim LaHaye is the author of the Left Behind Series that sold 65 million copies detailing The Rapture to Armageddon and God's Judgment of man. This is a great book, not only for Christians, but for those who seeking God and his will for your life.
I enjoy all of his books. This one started out at a pretty fast pace, but started dragging a little bit toward the end. I did not care for the ending at all. I can only hope there will a follow up book to answer some of the questions left hanging at the end.
The author has done a great job of presenting a story that reflects the world of politics as it is today. There is plenty of action and does a great job of developing the main character as a true American and the supporting characters as the political and corrupt villans they are in real life. May be too close to the world that actually exists today. A book that is hard to put down and great for use on a Nook. Another great novel by Tim LaHaye.
I was on the edge of my seat when the preview ended. I want the full version ASAP!
The first chapters included a very suspenceful expierience..Im looking forward to this book...
Well paced book that can be tied closely with current times. I can't wait to read the rest of the series
Tim LaHaye is a brilliant storyteller. This book like his others kept me engrossed in the story.