Left Behind #1
Jehovah's Witnesses would love this book in that it is primarily focused on Born Again Christians and their aptitude for spreading the word of God. The reader might see that this goal is the only focus of LEFT BEHIND, but it clearly is not. Within this book there are many layers of plot, subplot, and storyline.
Defining the cause of the sudden and (for most) unexpected disappearance of millions of people from the Earth draws opinions from all sides. Defined by some as Mystic, by others as Alien Abduction, yet others as Christian Rapture, and finally, as Scientific, the disappearance yields a rich and substantial tale of survival, acceptance, and understanding. Richard Ferrone reads LEFT BEHIND in a comforting manner, supplying just enough emotion and vocal intonation to keep us listening.
Political power broker Nicolae Carpathia, airline captain Rayford Steele and his daughter, Chloe, along with Buck Williams, a news magazine reporter, are the central characters. They have all faced the horrifying event of losing friends, family, or loved ones to this mystical disappearance and are searching for answers, a journey that takes them from their own personae to something much larger. The Bible says that there will be a time of terrible events following the Rapture for all who are left behind. Is this what lies in store for these characters?
As I review all eight books in the LEFT BEHIND series within the coming months, anticipate a very interesting journey through the events following LEFT BEHIND, as Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins weave their beliefs and insights into each book.
Reviewed by Marge Fletcher (AudioMarge) on November 21, 2000