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The Mark: The Beast Rules the World (Left Behind #8)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  22,038 Ratings  ·  278 Reviews
It's the dawn of the Great Tribulation, "the bloodiest season in the history of the world." After lying in state for three days, Nicolae Carpathia has risen from the dead. As the world responds in awe, statues of the potentate and "god" are erected in every major city, and a new religion, "Carpathianism," is in full swing. Followers of the antichrist are branded with a loy ...more
Hardcover, 381 pages
Published November 14th 2000 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 2000)
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Apr 10, 2013 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A re-read - well worth it - has made me go digging in the Bible - if you haven't read the series, some of the stuff in these books look like they are ripped out of today's headline news. Make me think of a line from a song "I wished we'd all been ready"

Life was filled with guns and war,

And everyone got trampled on the floor,

I wish we'd all been ready

Children died, the days grew cold,

A piece of bread could buy a bag of gold,

I wish we'd all been ready,

There's no time to change your mind,

The Son ha
Jul 22, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Mark," the 8th book in the Left Behind series, is definitely the best one so far, in my opinion. This book just seemed extremely well put together. For starters, the suspense definitely picked up, where I felt it was lacking in some of the other books. I read "The Mark" in a few sittings over the course of two days, and even when I wasn't reading it, I was mulling it over and wondering what would come next. The dialogue between the characters was also much more believable than in some of th ...more
Larry Mills
Jul 08, 2013 Larry Mills rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another reviewer of this book asked "Should Christian Fiction be held to a higher standard?" Yes, it should.

"The Mark" reads more like a screenplay than a traditional book. The St. Martin's Guide to writing states that narration and description are needed for almost any type of writing. This book contains very little of either. (Can anyone actually tell at what point Rayford and Albie transitioned from the helicopter to the "fighter jet" in the beginning of the story? And just how did they put
Victor Gentile
Aug 11, 2011 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins in their book “The Mark” Book Eight in the Left Behind series published by Tyndale House Publishers tells us The Beast Rules the World.

The Bible Book of Revelation tells us, "telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. H
This book was the 8th installment in the Left Behind Series and by far my favorite and most intense book in the series. Each character in this book have intense and interesting stories to tell. A great continuation to a great series never leaving you with a dull or boring moment.


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Mar 04, 2013 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Holly Lindquist
Oct 12, 2011 Holly Lindquist rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: use-it-as-mulch
It has been an arduous task, but I've finished Book 8 of Left Behind. The Antichrist has popped back to life after a show-stopping head-wound and has once again taken his place at the world's helm. Everybody is headed toward a mandatory "mark of the beast" (an injected identity chip) and our heroes are trying to figure out how to avoid it.

In other news: I love how some guy can basically rule the entire planet, a place that is full of creatures that demonstrably cannot agree on anything, much le
I enjoyed this book a bit more than some of the others in the series. I found myself starting to like several of the characters including Tsion Ben-Judah, Chaim Rozenzweig, Leah and Zeke. I continued to find the story line fascinating as the prophecies of Scripture unfold.
Jeff Bowman
Sep 22, 2014 Jeff Bowman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
much better writing, but still seems racist and sexist.
Kevin Godfrey
I have a few issues with this book and one of the issues has been spread over this entire series. The first issue specific to this book is the mark that is enforced upon a believer. The authors chose to go against scripture in order to facilitate their plot. That's a big no no! They contradicted themselves from earlier references I. The book that God would give strength to the believer to resist and that believers once sealed cannot receive the mark of the Antichrist! The second issue is the cha ...more
Dec 27, 2016 Samuel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This epic and courageous story continues in the eight book of the Left Behind series. Just as the other seven before it, I found myself unable to put this book down. If you have made it this far in the set of books, you probably agree that you're excitingly looking forward to the next.
Nov 04, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the story line, but I get very frustrated with how the core group seems to be at key locations at the right time and can overhear conversations at just the right time.
Dec 19, 2016 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: left-behind
Best one of the series so far
"But Nicolae Carpathia was evil personified, and the next day Buck would be in the line of fire when the battle of the ages between good and evil for the very souls of men and women would burst from the heavens, and all hell would break lose on Earth."

These are the thoughts of Buck Williams as he is in Jerusalem during the Great Tribulation after the Rapture, told in the book of Revelations in the Bible. Buck is one of the believers who is in hiding from the forces of the Antichrist, and is in J
Jul 08, 2011 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mark , the eighth book in the Left Behind Series, immediately follows The Indwelling and continues with the battle for men's souls during the last days of earth's history. In this book, I was touched by the characters' exhausted yearnings for simple moments of joy: holding a child in their arms, reuniting with close friends, a few moments free from worry for their loved ones. One character ruminates, "[When he awoke] as had been true every day since the Rapture, he knew exactly where he was ...more
Sep 24, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a very long time ago, in fact I read the whole series of Left Behind books. While the series did not mimic my faith beliefs in certain areas my faith is strong and I feel that these books really make you think about where you are in life and are you making it God centered? Are you being the Christian that you are supposed to be or just being mundane? They are the type of books that once you get into it you can't put them down and then crave the next one.
Aug 05, 2016 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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CJ Scurria
Opposition continues to tighten on believers and members of the Tribulation Force as Nicolae Carpathia, resurrected and self-proclaimed messiah, issues out a plan. The Global Community has to order the people in the world to accept a mark on their body that would give people the right to continue the buying and selling of trade. Little do the ones who accept it know that taking the mark of the beast ensures eternal death and the Tribulation Force go on a rescue mission that will help believers g ...more
Simon Taylor
If The Indwelling marked the end of the first half of the series, The Mark set the scene for the end. Carpathia is now possesses by Satan, the mark of the beast is enforced under the threat of death and no less than four characters are executed in the series’ most harrowing scenes to date.

The tone change is stark. No longer is Leon an uppity comedy character; everything has gotten very serious she it looks set to stay that way.

The bloated cast mishandled at the beginning of The Mark with many of
Jan 22, 2012 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, 2012-adult
I beginning to enjoy these books less and less with each I read and begin to feel as if the authors are really novices who don't know how to write well. The things that bother me and that outside of the names, it is difficult to tell the characters apart because they all start to sound the same and talk the same. The characters are given descriptions presenting them with different backgrounds and personalities, but their dialogue is interchangable. This goes for the majority of tribulation force ...more
Christopher Selmek
The series got good again. I have not been impressed with the last several books, but by this point the anti-Christ has begun applying loyalty marks to his citizens and slaughtering those who reject the mark. Some chapters launch into descriptive patterns that are way better than previous chapters, so I'm not sure if LaHaye and Jenkins are switching out, or if they found a ghost-writer.
One of the most disturbing elements of the mark of the beast is that it seems probable. If the American governm
Sep 16, 2015 Mallory rated it really liked it
Carpathia has been resurrected and to ensure the future loyalty of his subjects and prevent another attempt on his life, he institutes all people everywhere to display a mark on their bodies; those who refuse will be executed. This poses an immediate compromising threat for those Trib Force members working inside New Babylon, as their time begins to run through the hourglass ever faster. Meanwhile, the Stateside Trib Force is settling in to their new safe house while continuing to welcome new me ...more
Feb 03, 2008 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Breathtaking. I finished this in five days. The 8th book in the Left Behind series. In this book, Nicolae Carpathia has risen from the dead after three days. However, he is now possessed by Satan himself. Now it is time for those still on Earth to receive the mark of the beast, either on the forehead or right hand. Without this loyalty mark, you cannot buy or sell anything. You live underground. This mark determines where you will go in the afterlife. You cannot change your mind. If you cho ...more
Dec 06, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chaim's eyes are exposed to the truth. Plans are being set to administer the chip consisting of a mark proving complete loyalty to Carpathia will be embedded under the skin of the right hard or in the forehead of his followers. His followers will then be able to buy and sell. Those who oppose the mark will be destroyed. David, a part of Carpathia's payroll and a believer, is worried about his and his fellow believers lives. More people come to have the mark of God on their foreheads opposing Car ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Stevie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my favorite book out of the Left Behind series. The suspense, and action in this book is perfectly mixed with the emotional, and spiritually uplifting elements of the book. I highly recommend this book, but after reading the first books in the series.

One of the aspects I liked in this book was all the action. I love these books, but sometimes they have their dry parts. I also liked the spiritually uplifting parts of this book, such as when Buck is watching all the Israelis turn
Jul 18, 2012 Ashton rated it liked it
I've had several things that I disliked about this series in general and while those are still in place, I don't have anything that I really disliked about this book. I feel like the series as a whole is really picking up speed (it seems like I say that in every book but it's true, really) now that the Great Tribulation has begun.

It may sound crazy but one of the things I enjoyed about this book is that some of the characters that we have met in previous books and developed a connection with are
Dec 19, 2010 Leane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
8th book in the Left Behind series. David, Mac, Abdullah, and new friend Hannah devise a plan to leave GC headquarters once the "mark" is given to all GC employees and Carpathia loyalists. David loses a person close to him, yet remains a vital asset to the Trib. Force. The GC begin to apply the mark of loyalty to prisoners. Those who refuse are executed. No believers in Christ can get the mark (or so we think). This mark will allow everyone worldwide buy and sell goods. Those who do not have it ...more
Paul Lunger
May 03, 2012 Paul Lunger rated it really liked it
The 8th entry in the Left Behind series takes us into the true plans for the Antichrist (Carpathia) & moves us ever so much closer to the point of Armageddon. In "The Mark", we find the members of the Tribulation Force working on their plans for how to deal with the Antichrist & also adding a new member or 2 along with way. With Carpathia, we find the introduction of application process for the mark as well as the guillotines which will meet anyone who refuses to take the mark of the bea ...more
Becca Evans
Sep 16, 2014 Becca Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book probably took me the longest to get through. I think it's partly do to the fact that I have been reading now eight books - about to start the ninth book - for the last few months and as much I do enjoy this world and the characters, I do get a little bored after awhile. There are some issues with the book. The series definitely hasn't been perfect and it probably hasn't been hundred percent accurate but the point and the feeling behind it has been very clear. Sometimes it gets hard to ...more
Amélie Rêverie
Blogger and journalist Fred Clark has repeatedly attacked the book as being "Bad Writing and Bad Theology"[1] in a long running series of weekly posts[2]. He feels that after the Rapture the people of the world, including the heroes of the story, assimilate the disappearance of all the world's children with a monstrous rapidity that displays the ways that the authors have allowed their checklist of prophecies to be fulfilled to outweigh the consequences these events would have on the psyches of ...more
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Timothy "Tim" F. LaHaye was an American evangelical Christian minister, author, and speaker, best known for the Left Behind series of apocalyptic fiction, which he co-wrote with Jerry B. Jenkins.

He has written over 50 books, both fiction and non-fiction.
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Other Books in the Series

Left Behind (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Left Behind (Left Behind, #1)
  • Tribulation Force (Left Behind, #2)
  • Nicolae (Left Behind, #3)
  • Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides (Left Behind, #4)
  • Apollyon (Left Behind, #5)
  • Assassins (Left Behind, #6)
  • The Indwelling (Left Behind, #7)
  • Desecration (Left Behind, #9)
  • The Remnant (Left Behind, #10)
  • Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages (Left Behind, #11)

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