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Unsupported dogmatic tract with mindless characters., 6. Januar 2000
Well, I'd been looking at this series in bookstores for some time before I decided to buy book one. I don't think I'll be returning. This novel will probably only appeal to Christians, and those who are not converted will not likely find much to run with.
The story is somewhat interesting, but the way it's written ruins it. The dialogue is totally self-serving and stilted (Daughter to her born-again father: "Wow, dad. It's hard for me to accept, but I can see your faith means a lot to you. Maybe it's something I should check out." I paraphrase.)
The last couple chapters are pretty exciting actually, probably saving the book from a one-star rating.
The populace is apparently stupid. Millions of people have disappeared, and clear signs are evident that things are going just as the Bible prophesied. Yet no one seems to notice but our select few heroes. Everyone else is busy with pseudo-scientific explanations that make no sense. I am not a Bible literalist, but if things started happening like in the book, I'd be converting faster than you can say "time of tribulation." Plus, no mention is made of all the Muslims, Buddhists, or any other non-Judeo-Christian faith. Perhaps that's picked up in subsequent novels, but the omission is glaring.
If you're a fundamentalist Christian looking for some easy-to-read brain candy, this one's for you. If you're not, don't expect this novel to serve as anything but a lightweight adventure featuring occasional laughs but only a decent ending.