The Rising: Antichrist is Born Before They Were Left Behind Paperback – 1 Sep 2005
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nearly at the end of the story, and I have enjoyed it very much,again thank you Amazon for your excellent service.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was very interesting. makes good reading. Sound biblical reading. Tim Lee Haye is an excellent writer I loved all his book fact or fictionPublished 13 months ago by revissy
Thanks very much. Just what I expected and a good price too, David.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
An interesting story regarding the birth of the Antichrist, although, of course, nobody knows how this will really happen! Most readers of the Left Behind series will enjoy thisPublished on 16 July 2013 by Mole