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4.0 von 5 Sternen Contrary to what some think...
I've been reading some of the reviews of books in this series and I am concerned. I know that no one will know the day or time of Jesus' return. I haven't read the fourth book yet, Soul Harvest, but from what I have read, the series gives no indication of knowing when Jesus will return. One review I read said that the Antichrist seems unrealistic. Yes, it is true...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen What's with all these high reviews? People are deceived
OK, I've read the three books. Nicolae just plain doesn't live up. I mean, the only reason I finished it, and the only reason I'll read more, is to understand the WHOLE storyline (I'd like to find out what happens at the end of the world).

The writing was trite, the characters are one-dimensional, and it's just not as exciting. We have Rayford and Buck...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Contrary to what some think..., 28. September 1998
Von Ein Kunde
I've been reading some of the reviews of books in this series and I am concerned. I know that no one will know the day or time of Jesus' return. I haven't read the fourth book yet, Soul Harvest, but from what I have read, the series gives no indication of knowing when Jesus will return. One review I read said that the Antichrist seems unrealistic. Yes, it is true that the antichrist will be the epitomy of evil, that will not be how he seems. He will be a great deceiver and liar. Many will be drawn to him, which is why we need to know a little bit of what to expect so that we ourselves are not deceived. He will appear to promote world peace, but in actuality, he wants just the opposite. I also believe that the antichrist himself is the devil incarnate. If we don't understand how cunning the devil is, we need to study some more. Satan may be using "good" people in subversive ways that we may not detect. The "Left Behind" series calls our attention to how close the end of the times may be. It shows us that we need to be ready. And those we love need to be ready, as well. So if you're being tight-lipped about your faith because of what others may think of you, you need to become more concerned with their future. Do you really want your friends to be damned to an eternity away from you and God? Think about it. And for any non-believers reading this, if you've read this book or any other in the series, almost everything the book talks about can be found in the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Take my advice and check it out before it's too late! If you have any feedback from this, feel free to email me.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I LOVE this Series!!! Nicolae included!!, 10. April 1999
I work full-time, maintain several websites, and still have had time to read Book 1, 2 & now Nicolae.
Maybe it's not "literature.." as some of the others have said, but it doesn't have to be to make good reading. I think it's simple, easy to read, easy to keep up with, and it has definately held my my attention.
I'm a born-again Christian who has had many questions about end times, and I feel Nicolae comes very close to describing the type of person he will be. The ongoing change in his personality is just as the devil would be. He comes "as an angel of light" at first, and then once he has you wants to destroy and kill you!
These books have heated up the "evangelistic side" of my nature and I'm glad Kimberly, a friend in Esther, suggested these books to me. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series and am planning on promoting these books from my website.
Keep it up and by the way, I've been praying this becomes a hit movie for you as well!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Nicolae Carpathia chills every reader in this thriller!, 15. Mai 2000
Okay, so it's not very suspenseful. But, you have to admit, it's VERY exciting!
Let's not dance around it anymore: Nicolae Carpathia is the Antichrist. His character fully developed by now, Carpathia seethes evil, making you wish you were in the book so you could be the one to give him the "fatal head wound" described in the Bible! With each new paragraph, the reader is given a new idea of just how incredibly evil this man truly is...and then reminded that he is STILL just a human. Only in Book 7, the Indwelling, does he become possessed by Satan himself.
The entire book is spent developing Carpathia's character, eavesdropping on him, watching him conceive his plans and carry them out without so much as an ounce of remorse. As he takes off in a plane from Los Angeles, he gives one of his aides a simple command: "Trigger." He means, "Trigger the detonation for the bombs on Los Angeles." In seconds, a vast portion of L.A. is blown to bits for no reason at all as Carpathia simply smiles from above.
If you have read my reviews of Left Behind and Tribulation Force, you get the routine by now: Read both the book and the Scriptures of Revelation and Daniel to see how you interpret their prophecies. After all, even though entertainment is certainly a factor in Left Behind, the point is that the events described in the books reflect those which actually will happen. The important part is that you are not left behind as well, because in reality, the true Antichrist will be ten times as evil as the authors of Left Behind could ever dream him to be.
I have found the series to be Biblically sound and without fault. There are those who disagree with this, and that is their opinion. I respect it. But when the issue of where you will spend eternity after your death is being discussed, it's some serious stuff. I strongly advise that you read the books and the Scriptures with an open mind and realize that there are so many out there who believe this will be real. It's not a decision I, or your friends, or the authors of the books can make for you; it's a decision that you, yourself, must make.
Thanks for reading; I'd love to hear your comments and questions about the books or my reviews! Write me at JKuntzman@juno.com.
"Follow your dream always, and your regrets will be few." ~~Jacob Seth Kuntzman
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Welcome to eJesus.com!, 19. April 2000
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Yes, the sky may be falling, all the airports may be destroyed, and pestilence may be spreading across the Earth, but that doesn't stop the Tribulation Force from suddenly becoming the most wired citizens of the Global Community.
Praise be for that 10-100 Ethernet connection.
Three books into the "Left Behind" series, LaHaye and Jenkins decide that everyone's favorite unraptured ragtag band of evangelists suddenly needs cellular phones and wireless laptops, oh and don't forget a Land Rover.
Apparently, God's work involves choosing a good Internet Service Provider.
Sadly, this new digital-age materialism is the most compelling aspect of "Nicolae," which in every other regard, seems to have been phoned-in.
The female characters continue to be simpering caricatures in Book Three-- every interaction with Chloe, Amanda, Loretta, or Hattie seems to revolve around crying, whining, histrionics, or homemaking. Sometimes all four at once.
Yet the most annoying feature of LaHaye and Jenkins' Holy Posse rears its ugly Cerebus-head during the mens' chapters. You see, it appears that the neo-saints are never supposed to lie. This becomes clear from Buck's interactions with border guards and police during the escape scenes. When he is asked a question that he does not want to answer with a lie, he prevaricates--changing the subject or never quite answering.
Which is, of course, fine. A real apocalypse martyr shouldn't stake his salvation on goodness and morality and then proceed to fib like Pinnochio.
However, Buck has no problem using his fake identification and forged papers at every single border and every dangerous encounter with a guard. How exactly is this different?
Then there is Rayford Steele's little Watergate-esque bug in the airplane he flies. The de facto leader of the Tribulation Force spends most of the book being duplicitous and listening in on his boss. Hmm... smells like moral relativism.
Adopting a mendacious posture is the same as telling a falsehood, plain and simple. More to the point, it is revealing that the automatons in "Nicolae" do not have the capacity to see this dishonest behavior for what it is-- outright lying.
My guess is that any real, momentous reflection on honesty and morals is beyond the author's ability, and by extension, beyond that of his contourless characters.
But people don't read these books for their trenchant analysis of faith and piety. Leave that to Thomas Aquinas. People read the "Left Behind" books for the explosions and the eviscerated sinners.
Sadly, the action in "Nicolae" is predictable and deathly dull; you'll be begging for the Rapture yourself after hundreds of plodding pages of Buck rescuing nebbishy Tsion Ben-Judah from Israel.
Indeed, it is evident that while these passages were intended to be the fulcrum for the plotline, they read more like a vaudeville skit between a rabbi and a journalist driving a bus.
Just imagine the lovechild of "Speed" and "Yentl" and you've captured the essence of this book.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen What's with all these high reviews? People are deceived, 29. April 1998
Von Ein Kunde
OK, I've read the three books. Nicolae just plain doesn't live up. I mean, the only reason I finished it, and the only reason I'll read more, is to understand the WHOLE storyline (I'd like to find out what happens at the end of the world).

The writing was trite, the characters are one-dimensional, and it's just not as exciting. We have Rayford and Buck being disrespectful to Nicolae, yet Nicolae decides to not get rid of them, knowing they are with the enemy? I mean, if you're spying, ACT LIKE THE ENEMY! Ray and Buck wouldn't even do little courtesies like say thanks or act deferential or apologize to Nicolae, while everyone else does, and they think that no one can figure them out? puhleeeze... Nicolae even reveals his knowledge of their association to them, intentionally, without any reason to do so.

The authors also pull out too many deus-ex-machinas. It takes 20 years for an airplane to be designed and built. Earl Halliday, a mere pilot, couldn't have done it. Just because you're a pilot doesn't make you an aerodynamics expert. Not only that, Nicolae decides to kill Earl after the plane was designed? noooo, I think that if a new (experimental?) plane was designed, you'd better keep the engineer who designed it around to maintain it (since no one else would know how!). The Internet being completely anonymous from Nicolae? Doubtful. Although it may be anonymous to the average user, if someone had the power to (e.g. Nicolae), he could definitely track down where send their video feeds from (this is in relation to the Rabbi preaching over the Internet). Same thing with cellular phones being untraceable. Nothing is untraceable. Especially in a controlled world that Nicolae has. One can say that God has provided in the background, but this goes too far. Citing divine intervention doesn't lessen the effects of a deus ex machina. People may say that I'm picky, but let's drop that technological problems for now. The writing was just not good. How many times did we have to re-read the story about how people came to be saved, or how their families were gone while they were left behind? Forget that, move past it, let's get on with the story. I skipped maybe 1/4 of the text while reading this book.

I still want to know what happens in the end, but I hope that the authors improve their writing and character development. Don't be blinded because the storyline is cool - the writers fill in every detail (Rabbi saying "I think in Hebrew" when meeting Buck to emphasize the fact that he hears the witnesses in Hebrew later) and the characters are predictable, frustrating, etc. Add some excitement, please!

Although the use of the number 216 is a nice touch :)
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Yet another mediocre end-times novel., 10. November 1997
Von Ein Kunde
A series about the end times has great potential for some fascinating writing and adventure. It could also lend itself to some significant thoughtfulness and insight to the psychological and spiritual experiences of people approaching the end of history. Sadly, this series merely skims the surface of the deeper issues and only delivers a shallow read.
This particular book, volume three in the series, seems to meander and wander without really advancing the plot very much. Every now and then a catastrophic event occurs to shake up the world and kill more people, but there isn't any real sense of building suspense or character development.
While this book does not emphasize the romantic plotline as much as the previous volume, every so often the authors stray too far afield into sentimentalism. For instance, on p. 88, when Buck is looking for his missing wife, it says, "Would he have the will to go on without her? She had become the center of his life, around which everything else revolved." Regardless of what denominational background you come from, if you're a Christian of any kind, you should be alarmed at this kind of language. In no way should a human being become the center of a person's life, even a spouse. God should be central, not any human relationship. This overemphasis on the marriage relationship is unhealthy, even codependent.
Furthermore, the dialogue continues to be simplistic and inauthentic. Certain sections seem to have been written to argue a point to the reader, such as the sections about abortion and the reasons for the pro-life position. This comes across stilted and out of place.
Overall, the book lacks the kind of well-researched, polished writing that one would expect from this kind of so-called thriller. It doesn't have the degree of narrative, descriptive and technical detail of a book by Tom Clancy or even Frank Peretti. One gets the sense that the authors are just cranking out a book every year to sell books, and the publishers don't bother to provide much editing because they know these books will sell, no matter how poorly written they are.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen The theology promoted in this book is false, 1. September 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Books such as this one and it's predecessors are dangerous in that they promote an unbiblical understanding of what the endtimes are all about. No matter how you try to twist it, a careful reading of 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 clearly shows that the rapture will take place when "the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout" (NKJV) at the time of the second coming, NOT centuries before. Premillenial Pretribulation eschatology is a set of falsehoods based on a jigsaw approach to Scripture and a mistaken interpretation of the book of Revelation and biblical prophesy. Revelation must be understood first of all in light of the first century context in which it was written. You must also realize that it, along with all biblical prophesy, is God's holy Word spoken to His people throughout the centuries, NOT just some collection of jigsaw pieces out of which we can piece together a map of future history. Revelation was NOT written solely for the entertainment of 20th century North American Christians who imagine they see it about to be be fulfilled. For a better understanding of Revelation than what you will find promoted in "Nicolae" and other books of its kind, read the simple (but not simplistic) little book: "The Book of Revelation: A Cartoon Illustrated Commentary" by Vic Lockman. The fact that "Nicolae" and the other books of this series are so popular is a sad commentary on how so many North American Christians are deceived by the false doctrine of premillenial, pretribulation eschatology.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen This one's much better, 22. Juni 2000
I've just finished the third installment of this series, and must admit that the writing had improved.
I still had some problems with it: some of the dialogue and action was too predictable, the characters still weren't as fleshed out as they could have been, the action scenes were a little dry, and, as in "Tribulation Force," dialogue and narration used to describe past events were too in-depth, and dragged the story down.
Although I enjoyed this third part more than I did the second, I found myself once again skipping through certain parts. These parts contained discussions about anti-abortion, and I found the blatant propaganda to be inappropriate and unneccesary. Although the topic itself was important to the plot (involving the unborn child of the antichrist), I felt that the authors focused less on this aspect and more on...I hate to use this word in each review...*preaching* against abortion. I feel that the use of such a hot topic wasn't handled as well as it could have been.
As unimpressed as I've been with the writing aspects of the works, I'm anxious to pick up the next book, "Soul Harvest." The continued plot is turning out to be very consistant in this account of earth's last days. What happens in each book is still within reason, and actually does make one wonder about the world we live in today. I tend to be very leary of works such as this, because it can be taken too seriously by some. However, many works of fiction over the years have made us think, and these books are certainly doing that!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Captivating, but too many tangents, 24. Juli 1998
LaHaye and Jenkins, once again have created a most interesting page-turner. The third in a series of novels that promise to line their pockets full of cash, the authors present a believable story of what the final days will be like. *Nicolae* is packed with horror derived from the book of Revelations consisting of terror, death and mass destruction. Those who believe in the Biblical teachings will be reassured in their faith; those who do not might think twice. Written from a Christian perspective, this book, at times becomes quite a sermon. Those who do not believe in, but are interested in the Apocolyptic error, will find themselves skipping sections to avoid religious tangents. Though the vocabulary of the authors reflects that they are well educated, much of their Christian rhetoric and anachronistic jargons is quite simple and annoying. However, as irritating as I have found much of the book, I could not seem to put it down. The same applied to the previous volumes! , *Left Behind* and *Tribulation Force.* Though the work is captivating, much fat can be cut from each volume, and the whole story can be condensed into one book. It appears as if the authors intend to draw the readers in and leave them with a dissapointing suspense at the end of each volume - guaranteeing a sure sale for their upcoming works. The writing is most creative, however, the authors should get to the point that they are attempting to make and close the story -- before the Rapture occurs, leaving readers with an unfinished message.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Evil One Takes Over, 28. Juni 2000
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I've read all but "The Indwelling", which I'll read this summer, so I've decided to review the series. If you're a voracious reader you could finish this book in a day, no matter your reading level it is an easy read. You're likely to read it quickly because you'll want to find out what is going to happen next in this apocalyptic vision of Earth's future. This book is one of the best in the series. The action and suspense are spellbinding, so it is very entertaining. The "message" and true intent of the authors is throughout the book, you either believe it or not. The book is entertainment, not a bible study course on the Book of Revelations, so take it for what it is and enjoy the ride. The "evil one" is portrayed magnificently, totally believeable and credible. The world is his oyster and the way he manages to rise to power is slightly predictable but interesting nonetheless. The "heroes" are by now starting to become more dimensional as characters and the reader will be able to identify with them as real people. Whether you agree or disagree with the premise of this book, an interpretation of the Book of Revelations, the book is still a very good piece of fiction that in fact may be based on truth? Better than # 2 and right up there with the original # 1. No matter you're opinion, you will be left thinking about how you live your life and hopefully be a better person for it.
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