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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842361936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842361934
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marilena Carpathia has only one dream: to be a mother. So when a mysterious clairvoyant promises the fulfillment of this dream, Marilena does not hesitate. Through genetic engineering and the power of the prince of darkness himself, Marilena is about to become a chosen vessel, one who will unknowingly give birth to the greatest evil the world has ever known.

Halfway around the world, God's plans are subtly being carried out too. Young Ray Steele is determined to avoid one day taking over the family business. Instead, Ray sets his heart on becoming a pilot. . . .

Soon Carpathia's and Steele's lives will intersect. And good and evil will clash in an explosion that will shake the world.

The eternal battle for souls has come to earth.
The world hurtles toward the countdown to the Rapture.


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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
I had just finished the twelfth "Left Behind" book and was wondering how to feed my ravenous addiction to this series, when I found the prequels and started reading, "The Rising." It was surprisingly exciting and, I think, the best-written of the books so far. It's all about the childhoods of Rayford Steel and Nicholae Carpathia. Ray grows up in an average mid-west family, marries, and becomes a pilot. Nicholae is born to troubled parents in Romania; with the help of the mysterious Viv Inis he becomes a phenomenally successful entrepreneur with an eye on world domination.

Unbelievable dialogue was Jenkins' weakness in the previous books, but "The Rising" has a lot less dialogue and reads much better. The narrative is swift and mesmerizing. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next to young Nicholae - his story was absolutely chilling and would make a terrific movie. Ray's life is more conventional but still interesting and well-told. The book ends with Nicholae at age 23 and about to enter the political arena; Ray is 32, dealing with marital problems and temptation at work. "Left Behind" fans are sure to enjoy this exciting prequel; it's a quick and satisfying read.
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While never confusing them with great literature, I enjoyed the previous books in the Left Behind series. I was skeptical when I heard about this book, thinking it was just an excuse to make more money. My fears were justified.
This book goes back years before the series starts to find Rayford as a nine-year-old. He knows what he wants to do, be a professional athlete or a pilot. And there is no way he is taking over his father's tool and die business. In fact, his parents embarrass him. They're older then his friend's parents are and poorer then Ray would like. He is determined to become rich no matter which career path he takes.
Meanwhile in Romania, Marilena Carpathia has become surprised to find a longing for a child. Trapped in a marriage without romance, she searches to find a distraction. That distraction leads her to Viviana Ivinisova's class on spiritualism and a potential solution. Should she accept the offer even if it means raising her child as a spiritualist?
The problem with this book is that it really doesn't have a story to tell. We already know what will happen to the characters, so much of the suspense is gone. It serves more as biography then novel. I was also rolling my eyes as Ray spent time analyzing his actions toward his parents. I know of no nine-years-olds who have the incite he did. Heck, some adults wouldn't look at things that way.
There were some points of the book that held my interest, but these were few and far between. The lack of a story made the poor writing of the previous entries stand out even more here. My advice is to stick with the originals and skip the prequels. You aren't missing much.
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I was very sceptical of a prequil to 12 very good books and I found most of the book a very hard read as it was very dark but it did keep you held to it. As time went on and you saw the figures grow I started to enjoy it and now I am hoping to read The Regime the next one in the in this enjoyable line of books.
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Having read all the previous 12 books in this series, I was very interested to see how the authors resolved the earlier history of the Left Behind characters and how the books compared in style to the main series. I was surprised and impressed. The book is much better paced and sustained than the other twelve and the characters more richly drawn. It is a stronger read than any of the other books, and it feels much less dragged out and, occasionally, artificial as the others books do. Whilst I still feel that Jerry Jenkins doesn't get enough credit, Tim LaHaye far too much (and, doubtless, money), and I am conscious that the Pre-Millennial dispensationalism espoused in the books is a fairly marginal (although vocal) theology, I have enjoyed the whole series, but this book, unexpectedly, most of all. I look forward to the next with interest!
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I found some of the content of this book disturbing, to say the least, and would choose very carefully who I gave it to. I realise that a prequel is probably very hard to write, and understand that much of the background material was necessary for the plot, but wonder if too much interest may be piqued in the darker side of spirituality. Read it yourself before passing it on to anyone else.
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The whole series makes you realise that Christ's second coming could be at any moment and challenges us to make sure we are prepared for it. From reading the first book in the series of 16, I couldn't put them down. This series although just a novel shows how scripture tells clearly of this time in earth's history and what it will possibly be like for those "Left behind" when God takes those who love Jesus to himself. An exciting series for both Christians and Non-Christians alike.Read and you won't be disappointed.
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As a massive fan of the 'Left Behind' series, I found this book a real 'must'. Not only do you get to understand the character of Rayford better and see what his family and upbringing was like but you discover a rich tapestry of the Antichrists background, including his family history and what makes him 'tick'. A fascinating read which really sets the scene for the 'Left Behind' series to then continue from.
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