Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages (Left Behind #11)

armageddon by tim lahaye

Armageddon by Tim Lahaye – The scattered Tribulation Force is drawn toward the Middle East, as are all the armies of the world, when human history culminates in the battle of the ages. 
During the last year of the Great Tribulation, safe houses are no longer safe and the world has become a powder keg of danger. Except for those already in Petra, everyone has been forced to relocate as the Antichrist ratchets up the pressure in the world’s most treacherous game. 
As the Trib Force waits for the coming of Christ, Chloe Williams is drawn out of the safe house to investigate something suspicious. Buck and Tsion travel to Jerusalem while Nicolae Carpathia orders an attack on the city, and Rayford becomes seriously injured outside Petra. Who will survive Armageddon? 
A repackage of the eleventh book in the New York Times best-selling Left Behind series.

Book Review by Joy Cagil

Finally, I read Armageddon on my Kindle, a novel I had wanted read to for a very long time. The book covers the events that took place in Berlin from 1945 to 1949. The novel begins with Sean O’Sullivan, whose brother Liam was killed by the Germans, being sent to Germany in 1944. Soon after that, his second brother Tim is killed, also, when his plane is downed. The death of both his brothers and his discovery of a concentration camp leaves Sean as a German-hater. Still throughout the novel, he does his best to turn Germany’s fate around to help build a new democratic nation, but when it comes to his falling in love with the German girl Ernestine whose father was a Nazi, he can’t find a way to overlook his brothers’ demises or his hatred of the Germans.

Although the above thread runs throughout the novel, there are many other interpersonal situations, relationships, and fantastic scenes because the book is much more than a failed love story. It is full of history, the clash of ideologies between Russians and the West, the good Germans versus the bad ones, and the ruin of a country and society after a terrible war. More than anything this story is about the success of the Berlin Airlift and indomitable spirit of humanity. The novel also boasts hordes of characters, most of whom meticulously drawn and presented.

As the novel’s general plot, Interaction among the people of Western nations and Russians, though having started in friendly terms, deteriorates over the years due to the ulterior motives of the Russians, leading to blockades and the airlift, which is precisely and methodically explained and shown through the actions of the characters. In fact, I am awed by the amount and expanse of research that must have gone into it. Plus the writing is exquisite as is the construction of the plot.

The book ends with the ending of the Russian blockade and the Airlift, signaling the beginning of the Cold War, aptly described by a General’s report. Even if one has read many novels and nonfiction about the aftermath of World War II, a reader may be able to find additional eye-openers in this book, which is close to 700 pages. Be warned that it takes a while to read it.

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From the Back Cover

Execution of Carpathia opponents scheduled. Tribulation Force operative among the condemned. GC military surrounds Petra; millions face extermination.

A supernatural darkness has engulfed the Middle East. Millions of Christ-followers huddle in the red rock city of Petra and in pockets around the globe, threatened with execution for refusing the loyalty mark of Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia. The Tribulation Force, hunted as subversives and working against the forces of evil, race against time as Carpathia amasses the most powerful army in history. As the world hovers near destruction, the faithful scan the skies for any sign of their last and greatest hope―the Messiah.

Armageddon is #11 in the phenomenal New York Times best-selling Left Behind series that rocked the publishing world and made millions think seriously about the future and their places in it.

With special features relating to current events and end-times prophecy.

Originally published: April 2003

AuthorsTim LaHayeJerry B. Jenkins

PublisherTyndale House Publishers

Preceded byThe Remnant

CharactersNicolae CarpathiaRayford SteeleMORE

Genres: Novel, Thriller, Doomsday, Speculative fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Christian Fiction, Religious Fiction