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Apocalypse Unleashed: The Earth's Last Days: The Battle Rages On (Left Behind Military Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Mel Odom
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In this a much anticipated conclusion to the Apocalypse series, First Sergeant “Goose” Gander of the United States Army Rangers is in over his head, and he knows it. Trapped by the Rapture in the carnage of Middle Eastern shooting war, far from his wife and kid back home, he's living every day on the edge, afraid each moment might be his last, terrified that he'll never see the people he loves again. The war on the Syrian/Turkish border is heating up, and the opposition armies and the local warlords are skirmishing for power in a no-man's land filled with innocent victims that Goose hopes to protect.
Goose soon discovers elements within his own forces, fearful of his leadership, are determined to bring him down. With everybody gunning for him, Goose is going to need a miracle to pull off his mission. Even as he struggles to believe in the God of miracles, Goose is about to discover the power of redemption and the bulwark of pure faith. And as the Hand of God closes over him and he accepts salvation, Goose Gander will finally find the peace he seeks, even as the war-torn land around him explodes in violence.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 756 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (16 Oct. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best 'Left Behind' books I've read. 2 Dec. 2009
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This book is the 4th and last in the 'Apocalpyse' series, which is a spin-off from the highly successful 'Left Behind' series of Christian novels. I've read many of the 'Left Behind' books and a couple of other spin-off books, and I found many of them disappointing -- lacking in suspense, weak on character development, and generally poorly written. But the 'Apocalypse' series is much better. It focuses on a U.S. Ranger in a war that's taking place when the Rapture happens, and on the soldier's family back home, and one or two other characters. It intercuts between stories to create dramatic tension very well, and there's a lot of explosive action, a legal storyline (in book 3, 'Apocalypse Burning') and several stories of counselling the trauma of those 'left behind'.

You can usually tell if fiction is aimed at men or women by the ratio of weapons specifications to love stories. These books tend towards the weapons specs, but behind all the action they're full of human stories that will grab at the heart of many a compassionate man or woman.

If I was the editor of the series, there are a couple of things that I'd change because I didn't find them believable enough (and there's one outright continuity error in book 4). But if you're looking for gifts for Christian kids that they'll actually read, I recommend these books for boys from about 11 upwards, and for girls of the same ages who'll take realism over 'happy ever after'.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing Ending SAVE YOUR MONEY! 26 Mar. 2011
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You can tell that the author must have given up on this series when he started to write this final book. It is HORRIBLE! It is obvious the author knows nothing about how a real US military unit is organized and ran - a captain does not command a Ranger Regiment and a Staff Sergeant would not be a first sergeant in charge of a whole Ranger regiment either, but that isn't the worst part of this book. The worst part is the author totally ignores the other sub plots he had going on in the first three books of the series. Wanna know who cut Baker's throat from book three? Well forget it because his cut throat is never mentioned in this book. Wanna know who Mystic is? Well you won't. Wanna know Carpathia's plans for the reporter? You won't. You wanna know the fate of Navy Chaplain Delroy Harte? Well too bad he ain't in this book. Wanna know how Joey managed to escape the wrath of Zero and his gang? Too bad, no resolution on that one either. Wanna know if Joey and Jenny hooked up? No resolution. Wanna know if Jenny's dad recovered? No resolution. Basically Odom completely ignored everything that happened in the first three novels of this series and thought up some ridiculous new plots for this final novel such as Meagan and other families deciding to fly to Turkey and help out in the war zone and the US military condoning this. I was in a war and I will tell you if my family wanted to fly out there to be with me I would put my foot down and tell them to stay home where it was safe. The author ended this series with a completely ridiculous novel. I am sorely disappointed with this final novel. It is a big let down after reading the first three. I feel like I have wasted time reading this series, especially when the fourth and final novel went nowhere. Save your money and time and don't even read this novel.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Odom, you can do better! 11 Jun. 2011
By Leah W McIntyre - Published on
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There is closure for only one character - Goose - in this last book in this series. Is there to be another book in this series? Or is this all?

I was going to buy some of your other books, but hesitate to do so as I do not want to end up feeling disappointed again at the end, or rather the lack of an end.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shoulda' Stopped at Book #3 22 Aug. 2011
By Acts1767 - Published on
Books 1~3 in this series: Apocalypse Dawn, Apocalypse Crucible, and apocalypse Burning were all well written, intriguing, well orchistrated works that told the story of soldiers, sailors, and people associated with the military that were left behind following the Rapture of the Church, and events immediately leading up to the Rapture. All of the books dealt with a fictitious war between Turkey and Syria, with the US Army's 75th Rangers and UN Peacekeeping forces caught in between.

The main characters, 1SGT Samuel Adams "Goose" Gander, Captain Cal Remginton, Megan Gander, Joey holder, Chaplain Delroy Harte, Danielle Vichenzo, and Jenny McGrath, are all well-developed characters throughout the novel series. They are shown as real people facing real problems, dealign with real doubts about God and Faith, and Jesus Christ. The settings for the novels are all real places, and the events surrounding each are easily stamped in one's memory. Books 1~3 do well in shaping these characters, telling the story of soldiers caught in between a rock and a hard place on the battlefield, and their dependents and loved ones in the States.

Unfortunately, Book #4: Apocalypse Unleashed, leaves the reader basically feeling empty at the end of the book. There are so many loose ends left untied, so many endings to the story that we are not told and few details left to give us any kind of hint at how this story will eventually end for each individual character. How do 1st Sgt. Gander and his Captain whittle out their eventual adversitiy to one another? What happenes to the CIA agent known as "Icarus"? How does Megan and Joey Gander end up their stories, and what happens with Jenny's Dad? Do 1st Sgt. Gander and Cpl. Hardin eventually bring an end and confrontation to their adversarial relationship? What, eventually, did Chaplain Harte do (his character was left dangling in Book #3)? What happend to his Daddy's reformed and renovated church? After he supposedly left to rejoin his ship, who toook over caring for the flock if and when, he ever comes back? And how does Nicholae Carpathia bring peace between Syria and Turkey? What fate does CIA Section chief Alexander Cody meet? What about reporter Danielle Vichenzo? Did or does she ever coem to faith as Megan Gander, 1st Sgt. Gander, and a few others do? What about Joey? How does his conflict with Zero, RayRay, Bones, Dropper, and Derrick come to fulfillment?

It is questions such as these that remain unasnwered and unfulfilled.

Apocalypse Unleshed feels and seems more like a book that Mr. Odom wrote just to write for writing's sake, not to fulfill any of the story lines he details in the first three books. Honestly, it would have been better for Mr. Odom to not have bothered to even write a 4th book after the end of Apocalypse Burning, as Apocalypse Unleashed was anything but "unleashed" (more like tame, lame, and stale to read at the end).

You want a piece of advice, expectant reader? From my point of view, I'd say don't bother. I'd almost say don't bother with the entire series due to how this book ends. Instead, read or re-read Neesa Hart's Political Left Behnd Series: the novels in that one -- "End of State", "Necessary Evils", and "Impeachable Offense" -- are far better written, and leave the reader excpecting a good book #4 (if there is to be one), and essentially leaves the reader fulfilled if a book #4 doesn't appear. Had Mr. Odom done the same with this series, it would have been better than the story he gave us and published with Apocalypse Unleashed.

To sum up: save your money. Stop with Book #3, and read or re-read Neesa Hart's series. Apocalypse Unleashed will leave you highly disappointed...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars left hanging 9 Nov. 2010
By dbtmom - Published on
I enjoyed the series but at the end of book #4 I felt like there were so much more to be told. It was like a favorite TV series being cancelled in mid season. Mel, find a way to press on.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What happens to a soldier in the Tribulation times 26 Jan. 2009
By Wyn - Published on
This was a riveting story although a bit violent which is perfectly understandable in a war book. I don't have any military background but I was still right there in the field with First Sergeant Gander in Turkey and also right with his family at home on the military base in the USA. The emotions of the characters rang true, the mother who has lost her child but understands that it is the Tribulation and that her child is with God; and the soldier who is angry at the lost of his child and doesn't want to believe that he can no longer protect his family and especially his son even though he doesn't want to allow himself to think about it. Now he is in the midst of a war, can he trust those he has always trusted? Was his friend murdered because he was trying to convince the other soldiers that this was Tribulation and that they needed to make themselves right with God? Where will his path lead him, to or away from God? The author's character development is excellent and believable.

This is the fourth book in a series which is based on the Left Behind Series.
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