Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Mark of Evil by Tim Lahaye and Craig Parshall

Economies have fallen, freedom has been suppressed, and peace is a distant memory. The world is falling apart. Joshua Jordan’s protégé Ethan March, along with Jimmy Louder and Rivka Reuban have been left behind in a world that is rapidly coming under the complete influence of the Antichrist. Technology is growing by leaps and bounds, with BID-Tag implants, robotic police units, and drone-bots flying overhead . . . all designed to control and dominate those who resist the Antichrist’s reign of evil. As Biblical prophecy is fulfilled each new day, Ethan and the others in the Remnant struggle to eat, to procure necessary goods, and to avoid the Global Alliance---in short, to survive. But when the forces of evil attempt to pervert the world’s most powerful information system to their own sinister ends, eliminating everyone who gets in their way, it’s up to Ethan and the Remnant to subvert their dark ambitions. From New York Times best-selling author Tim LaHaye, creator and co-author of the world-renowned Left Behind books, and Craig Parshall, Mark of Evil is the final thrilling chapter in The End series. With high-tech thrills against a background of prophetic events that seem to leap from today’s news, this is the story of global tribulations bringing the world one step closer to the reign of the Antichrist and the return of Jesus Christ in glory.

My review:
   I thought the way the book that came before this one ended, that it was the end of  the series. But that was not the case, and I was happy to see another book come out in this series. I like it far better than the Left Behind Series, and find it more believable.

 This book takes up where the last one ended, after the Rapture has taken place. It deals with Christians being hunted down and the rise of the anti-Christ.

  The book is both entertaining and scary. Obviously, no one knows what it is going to be like during the tribulation, other than what we know from the Biblical account, but the authors describe some very scary scenarios that are very possible with our modern technology. Things like bar codes imbedded in people, and drones programmed to hunt down and kill anyone who doesn't have the mark on them.

  Books like these should do more than entertain, and it does. It serves as a warning that we need to be ready. I'm not a big proponent of people becoming Christians after the Rapture. Lahaye is. Maybe he is right, and maybe he is wrong. Regardless, books like these give scary enough scenarios that it makes one not want to be around for them, regardless if one can become a Christian or not.

  I highly recommend this book, though the series should be read in order.

About the authors:

Tim LaHaye
Tim LaHaye is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 70 nonfiction books, many on biblical prophecy and end-times. He is the coauthor of the record-shattering Left Behind series and is considered one of America's foremost authorities on biblical end-times prophecy.

Craig Parshall
Craig Parshall serves as senior vice-president and general counsel for the National Religious Broadcasters and has authored seven bestselling suspense novels.

Mark of Evil is available from Zondervan Publishing.

Thanks to Booksneeze for the review copy.