Armageddon – The Cosmic Battle of the Ages (Left Behind No. 11) by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. JenkinsSynopsis of Armageddon – Left Behind No. 11:
Left Behind: Armageddon is the beginning of the end for this popular Left Behind book series, as the living gets more dangerous — and one of the main characters is captured, with no escape possible.
Detail on Armageddon – Left Behind No. 11:
Even more than the previous volume (The Remnant – Left Behind No. 10), this book portrays the danger of living in the final days of the Great Tribulation. Which is what this book series has been all about. In some of the earlier volumes, the ruling one-world government, the Global Community, or GC, has been portrayed as bumbling, incompetent, inefficient. Not so here. The GC captures one of the surviving original members of the Tribulation Force, and begins systematic interrogation.
As much as I enjoyed the previous volume (The Remnant – Left Behind No. 10), one aspect of it truly bothered me; the rescue of George from the clutches of the GC after his capture. As much as I like George, I considered it ridiculous that a “rag-tag band” of rebels could rescue him from the GC, or that in reality the rebels would even try. That doesn’t happen here; this person is captured, interrogated, drugged, and eventually killed by the GC — one of the major characters from the series thus far.
That sounds depressing, I know — but it’s truly not. For one thing, this person truly shines in this book, showing us the depths of courage, faith, and persistence. Also, in the end, through Divine intervention this person is able to give testimony to the entire world (tuned in to watch the execution) of Jesus Christ and His saving power. It’s a powerful moment; the entire book builds like a crescendo to this moment, and does not disappoint.
For another, it’s technically long overdue. This same character has been reckless in virtually every past book, and by all rights should have probably died in the fourth volume. That’s not to say I don’t like the character; I do, and I will definitely miss that character — as will the surviving members of the worldwide rebellion. But you can only put your head in the lion’s mouth so many times, before the lion bites.
Other things happen in the book as well, including the death of another beloved member, and the results of some of the final judgements. The beginning of the book looks “in-depth” at the judgement of darkness, which is quite intriguing, and very well written.
Recommendation for Armageddon: Left Behind No. 11:
I can wholeheartedly recommend this book. It’s well-written, enjoyable, and has me salivating for the next entry in the series.
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Editorial Review of Armageddon: Left Behind No. 11:
The scattered Tribulation Force is drawn inexorably toward the Middle East, as are all the armies of the world, when history hones in on the battle of the ages. During the last year of the Great Tribulation, safe houses are no longer safe, friends and loved ones must commemorate two lives in one memorial service, and the cast of characters dramatically changes. By the time of the war of the great day of God the Almighty, homes have been uprooted, new alliances forged, and the globe has become a powder keg of danger.