Left Behind fans, and there's enough of you to make author Jerry Jenkins the number one novelist in the world, will be pleased with this addition to the popular series.
In Star Wars fashion, The Rising is the prequel to the 12-book Left Behind series. The novel parallels the story of antichrist Nicolae Carpathia's birth and childhood on one side of the globe, with the early years of Rayford Steele on the opposite side of the world. While many memorable characters come and go throughout the series, Carpathia and Steele appear from the first book to the last.
Jenkins paints Steele as a prideful, self-centered individual from childhood. "From her shoes to her socks to her jeans to her tops, hair, nose, makeup, everything – here was a girl who apparently invested in me-time," Jenkins describes Katherine-call-me-Kitty, the prequel to Rayford's Irene.
As readers would expect, Carpathia's entrance onto the planet is the result of complex plotting by ruthless people. The resulting child costs many lives. Brilliant but heartless, even as a child Carpathia has loyalty or affection for no one, not even the natural bond a child experiences with his mother.
While the subject matter in Jenkins' last book, Glorious Appearing, is unequaled, that book was the easiest in the series to put down during the reading process. Jenkins is back in stride with The Rising and readers will keep turning pages. -- PeggySue Wells, Christian Book Previews.com
Marilena Carpathia has only one dream: to be a mother. So when a mysterious clairvoyant promises the fulfillment of this dream, Marilena does not hesitate. Through genetic engineering and the power of the prince of darkness himself, Marilena is about to become a chosen vessel, one who will unknowingly give birth to the greatest evil the world has ever known.
Halfway around the world, God’s plans are subtly being carried out too. Young Ray Steele is determined to avoid one day taking over the family business. Instead, Ray sets his heart on becoming a pilot. . . .
Soon Carpathia’s and Steele’s lives will intersect. And good and evil will clash in an explosion that will shake the world.
The eternal battle for souls has come to earth. The world hurtles toward the countdown to the Rapture.