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The Final Countdown Has Begun
on 21 August 2003
The final year of the tribulation has begun. Chang is hoping to use the oppressive darkness that has fallen on New Babylon to set up remote surveillance and then escape to Petra. The contingent in San Diego finds itself in danger when Global Community forces start nosing around their compound, compromising Chloe. But that's just the beginning. Carpathia is planning the ultimate battle combining all the world's forces in one final push to finally destroy the Judah-ites and others who still oppose him. What can the Tribulation Force do?
Like the last book, this book starts out with lots of action that will keep you glued to your seat anxiously turning pages. There are several different storylines going, and the action jumps quickly from place to place. However, the last part really bothers me. While it was still interesting and action packed, almost all the characters starting doing things that made no logical sense given the previous few books. This led up to a final chapter that didn't need to happen. I guess the authors felt the pressure to have some action, and couldn't come up with anything else to do, but it left this long time fan disappointed. Also disappointing was the fact that several characters were given nothing to do. While the cast of characters has grown too huge to properly handle, several were only mentioned in passing, and I missed hearing from them. There's only a couple scenes with Carpathia and his henchmen (usually highlights of the books), but they are some of the best in the series. I especially liked the one where he announces his plans for the battle.
The writing style no longer really bothers me when I sit down for these books. As always, there is nothing here that will change anyone's mind about the series. And those of us committed to finding out what happens next will read it no matter what. I'm looking forward to watching everything brought to a conclusion in the final book. If done correctly, this could be a finale that blows the other books out of the water.