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Babylon Rising Hardcover – 1 Oct 2003
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The first in the NEW series from the WORLD'S BEST-SELLING SUPERNATURAL THRILLER WRITER
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Tim LaHaye created the Left Behind Series, which has become one of the most popular fiction series of all time. Those novels, with more that 50 million copies sold, presented a unique combination of suspense and substance drawn from his lifelong study of Biblical prophecy.
Now Tim LaHaye has created a new series that begins with "Babylon Rising. The novels in this new series are even faster-paced thrillers based on prophecies that are not covered in the Left Behind books and that have great relevance to the events of today.
"Babylon Rising introduces a terrific new hero for our time. Michael Murphy is a scholar of Biblical prophecy, but not the sedate and tweedy kind. Murphy is a field archaeologist who defies danger to fearlessly hunt down and authenticate ancient artifacts from Biblical times. His latest discovery is his most amazing--but it will send him hurtling from a life of excavation and revelations to a confrontation with the forces of the greatest evil. For the latest secret uncovered by Michael Murphy accelerates the countdown to the time of the end for all mankind.
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I found this book very different from the, "Left Behind" books; this is pure adventure with scary scenes that really unnerved me. There is no evangelizing here, although the plot involves the Book of Daniel. I like the author's style of introducing many disparate stories that gradually merge into one.
This story would make a fun movie. I can't wait to get the next book in the series of four. Heartily recommended for those who enjoy exciting stories of danger and violence.
This story was about a search for "the Writing on the Wall," mentioned in the Book of Daniel. Everything about the trip to Babylon was dull, phony, and pointless. There are too many characters that don't matter, too many wild goose chases, too much filler. The once-exciting hero of the series, Michael Murphy, has become predictable and a real snooze, just like this book.
Michael Murphy is a biblical archaeologist. That means that he finds ancient artifacts and uses them to authenticate the Bible. For some time now, he has been given tips by a man who calls himself "Methuselah". Methuselah gives Murphy a tip on how to find an artifact, but at the same time he sets traps around this artifact that could easily kill Murphy. Michael accepts this and goes along with it because every biblical artifact has turned out to be genuine. Michael Murphy seems to be cut out of the Indiana Jones mold, only with a strong Christian morality.
When Murphy finds the latest artifact that Methuselah lays before him, it sets him on a path to confront a great Evil (with a capital E). We are also introduced to the other side, an organization known as the Seven, and their murderous henchman named Talon. As Murphy searches for a biblical artifact known as the Brazen Serpent, an endtime prophecy of Daniel begins to unfold.
As LaHaye wrote in the introduction, this is a fast paced adventure book. It is based on biblical prophecy, but unlike Left Behind, this one didn't hook me. I was able to read the book quite quickly, but I wasn't too interested in what happened to any of the characters (except for one minor character). Rather than be the great Christian hero that LaHaye had hoped for, Michael Murphy is a caricature. He is so idealized that he isn't believable as a character or as a person. That might be part of the problem with the entire book. While it is written with the best of intentions, the dialogue is horrible, the writing a step below that of Left Behind, and riddled with cliché. There is no sense that the dialogue between characters could possibly be a real conversation. It felt phony and forced.
With all that said, if you loved the Left Behind books, you may enjoy Babylon Rising. It is similar to that series, and has the same basis in Biblical Prophecy. I didn't find Babylon Rising to be very engaging at all. It is a fast reading book, so you won't waste too much time reading it, but I feel that your time would be better spent elsewhere.
This book our hero is Dr. Michael Murphy may be a renowned field archaeologist and professor. The way he is written he is part Indiana Jones and part James Bond. I find the character very unrealistic. Which is a shame for I feel it would have been more exciting a story if he wasn't such a great spy and martial artist.
Now the part of the book that is interesting is our hero's search to find proof positive that the Bible is literal. And we follow him on his quest into ancient Babylon. I do like that he is finding the proof he needs. And that it is part of a test he is not aware of. But the icing on the cake is that after he has seen proof positive, he loses it due to forces outside of his control. It is like OK here is the proof, and convinces the rest of the world it was real.
I found I could start with this book, the third in the series, and not be too lost. But the way this book ends on a cliffhanger. You have to read it before you should read book four. I prefer a series that does build upon the previous books, but can also stand alone in their own right.