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Tribulation Force (Left Behind #2)

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In one cataclysmic moment, millions around the globe disappear.

Those left behind face war, famine, plagues, and natural disasters so devastating that only one in four people will survive. Odds are even worse for enemies of the Antichrist and his new world order.

Rayford Steele, Buck Williams, Bruce Barnes, and Chloe Steele band together to form the Tribulation Force. Their
Paperback, 450 pages
Published January 9th 1997 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 1996)
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Lynda Loges
Dec 22, 2010 Lynda Loges rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. My first taste of christian fiction and it made me want to read the Bible again. It left me craving more and turned me back to the Lord. Thank you!!
Oct 12, 2009 Greg rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Oh Left Behind books, our time is through with each other. I am going to send you all away from my house now. I just don't know what to do with you, you are not worth selling on Amazon since you are so common you fetch no money, but do I donate you and live with the guilt that maybe some poor gullible lost soul buys you and is influenced to believe in this sci-fi bullshit that is passed off as truth? I hate to throw books out, but you might just be heading towards the big recycling bin in the sk ...more
Jul 22, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
First, I must dispute some of the claims made by other reviewers. They claim that this series is sexist, mainly because of the character of Hattie Durham. That is ridiculous, not only because such women exist in the world, but especially because there are other female characters (Chloe, for example) who do not behave in this manner. Additionally, there are male characters who have impure sexual motives as well. So, calling this book sexist is utterly unfounded. Secondly, they have called this bo ...more
Mar 01, 2012 Timothy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
While slightly better written than the first book (which is like saying steer manure is slightly better smelling than cow manure), this second helping of the "Left Behind" series suffers even more from lack of storytelling ability and imagination. The first 1/3 - 1/2 of the book is mostly taken up with an insipid budding romance fraught with problems of mistaken identity and mixed signals that seems like it was lifted straight out of any bad sit-com you can name. And once that is finally resolve ...more
Amanda Caldwell
I really enjoyed this book like the first one. There were a few things that annoyed me though.

1. Rayford and Chloe's relationship. It didn't seem believable as a father and daughter relationship. I guess they were just very open and that's great, but I didn't fully buy it. I found myself wondering if perhaps the authors (both males) were living vicariously through Rayford and wishing their relationships with their own daughters were so amazing. A lot of times I kept feeling like I was stuck in a
Aug 20, 2009 Michael rated it it was ok
I read the first of the Left Behind novels a little over a year ago and never really felt any compelling need or desire to continue reading the series. But based on the recommendation of several friends, I picked up the second novel in the series and gave it a try.

And while I liked Tribulation Force and it was a fairly quick read, I can't say that I was overly impressed by it.

Please don't misunderstand me--the authors have done a great job of researching the end times as predicted in Revelations
May 03, 2008 Joel rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
The story continues. The romance story line gets really intersting for a while, then ends up getting sappy toward the end of the book.

Suspense, intrigue etc. etc.

[personal complaints]:
They actually moved the U.N. to a place called "New Babylon". I can't believe people, especially religious people (for example the Catholics, or especially the Jews that were left behind) would not see that there was something spiritually fishy about that idea, seeing how frequently the name of Babylon is used in
Tad Callin
Jan 31, 2015 Tad Callin rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people I already hate
Recommended to Tad by: Mom
I wouldn't normally "review" a book I hadn't read, but I feel it's only fair in this case because publishers shouldn't produce a book that hasn't been written.

My mother, knowing that I'm a science fiction fan, sent me a big box full of these books, hopeful (apparently) that I would read them and share her great joy in their riveting depiction of the events in the book of Revelation as they unfold in a near-future (apparently not May 2011). I did try. I made it through the first chapter before I
Sep 20, 2007 Amanda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christians/lovers of Christian fiction/fans of prophecy
Shelves: spiritual, disturbing
After the first one, I didn't really want to chew through alot of political stuff. I liked the first book, but parts of it moved really slow for me.

However, book 2 in the Left Behind series was great. While still slightly political, the action is much more fast paced. As the group of four who call themselves the Tribulation Force move closer to the signing of the treaty which will start the seven year Tribulation period, the world rejoices in the new world leader, Nicolae Carpathia. Even religi
Tribulation Force is the second book in the Left Behind Series. The novel picks up a few days later from where Left Behind left off.

The book was written very well and does a really good job portraying how events are occurring throughout the novel. The ending becomes very intense which prohibits you from being able to put the bookdown. Over all the book was extremely intense and is a excellent recommended read.


Character development
Plot development
Clift hangers


A bit slow at time
Allison Winchester bean
This one actually got a little more interesting to me.
Feb 23, 2014 Connor rated it really liked it
After reading Book One of the "Left Behind" series, I read the second book "Tribulation Force" hoping it would be better than the first one. It was! I liked the first book, but parts of it moved really slow for me. I know part of that was because they had to build all the characters, but in Book Two the story really gets going. Book Two was great for me because it moved faster and had a stronger story line. If you're a religious reader and you want a good series, even though I have only read two ...more
May 05, 2016 Sarita rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Another great book in the Left Behind series. This book continues where Left Behind ended. We follow Bruce, Rayford, Buck and Chloe as they further make sense out of everything that is happening.

This series is pushing me to study Revelations.

A series to be read in order. Recommended for readers interested in the end times and who would like to break open Revelations.
James Rieser
Dec 15, 2014 James Rieser rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. In this book Buck Williams, a reporter for GNN, is working on spreading the good news. After Nicolae Carpathia asked Buck to join his team, Buck has to chose his decisions carefully because if he picks poorly, Nicolae might find out his secret. While this is going on the rest of the gang are trying to recruit more people to become Christians to join the tribulation. This is an exciting sequel to the book Left Behind; I loved it.
This story has a great plot and I hope you e
Tyler Sellers
Dec 10, 2014 Tyler Sellers rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for:
The "Tribulation Force" was an amazing book filled with suspense, romance, drama, and action. I love how it actually matches up to scripture when it talks about prophecies and the events happening during the Tribulation. The authors did a great job of portraying the characters to what I believe was spot on to how they would have acted in the end times. Even though its just a science fiction book, it still moved me at points and I can say that it is the best christian book I've read let alone may ...more
Darrell Marshall
Jan 25, 2016 Darrell Marshall rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE.
If the whole series of the "Left Behind" books were not based on a very deceptive teaching that was NEVER taught in the early Church, and in fact, originated less than 200 years ago, I may have given them 3 or 4 stars, because they are not that bad as works of fiction.

But because Tim LaHaye teaches in supplementary books and group study workbooks, that the "Pre-Tribulation Rapture" is Biblical Doctrine, his multi-million dollar bestselling series is no longer just a "Christian Fiction Thiller",
David Sarkies
Mar 08, 2015 David Sarkies rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to David by: Some Christian Fundamentalists
Shelves: christian
Adventures of some post-apocalyptic superheroes
18 August 2012

There are two problems with me mentioning what happened in this book and it has something to do with having read it a while ago and wanting to actually put the book out of my mind. What I can say is that the book continues from where the last book finished where the main Christian characters decide to form some elite commando group called the Tribulation Force to go and tell as many people the gospel of Jesus as possible. A noble idea
Dec 31, 2011 Elle rated it liked it
In the second book in the Left Behind series, Tribulation Force, we continue following the lives of those left behind after the rapture. Rayford Steele, his daughter Chloe, and Buck Williams have all become followers of Christ and along with other new followers have committed to fighting off the Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia and introducing as many people as they can to Christ.
Throughout this book Buck and Chloe have married, and Buck and Raymond have each taken their own assignments in finding
Mike (the Paladin)
I don't have a problem with these books, i don't know if the Book of Revelatuion will be worked out as literaly as these stories picture it. They require as a necessity of their telling a certain amount of interprition, for example, who the "Beast" will be, where he will arise and so on. I am a Christian and believe that the Book of Revelution is in the Bible for a reason, Like I said, i'm just not sure of some of the literalness here. they could very well be right, but I I'll wait and see.

The r
Tori Hoeschler
Feb 01, 2010 Tori Hoeschler rated it did not like it
Although I am of a secular world view, I admit the hype surrounding this series sparked my interest. This spark quickly expired and I am confident in saying I will not be reading any materials from LaHaye and Jenkins again.
I read this book shortly after completing Left Behind. I found Left Behind to be somewhat entertaining and thought, well, let's give the rest of the series a go. About half way through Tribulation Force I regretted this decision and cursed my inability to put abandon a book o
TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey
Overall this book was pretty good. I do think with the way they go back and cover what has happened in the first book that you could pick up any of the books in the series, start reading and not be lost.
May 21, 2016 Tyler rated it really liked it
Well, I finished this one even faster than the first one, taking five hours total or so to read it all, haha.

The writing is definitely stronger on this one. It's faster-paced, if seemingly staying in one spot for a lot of it.

That's honestly my one complaint about it. It's slow enough to want to be methodical, but it's kind of drawn one. The pace feels faster, because a lot is happening, but it's like watching a NASCAR race, it's a lot of lefts until someone crashes.

But when someone does crash, t
Debbie West
Mar 26, 2016 Debbie West rated it it was amazing
This is my second time to read the Left Behind series by Tim LeHaye & Jerry Jenkins. I am just as much enthralled by it this time as I was the first time! How anyone can believe this is science fiction is beyond me. People this is Biblically correct! John, an apostle of Jesus Christ, wrote Revelations in the New Testament . He SAW this happening so that he could warn the world that we can't mistake Jesus as just a mortal man! Every Christian know this WILL happen to any non Christian still o ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Talia rated it really liked it
Now we're seeing what life will be like in this "new" world for Rayford, Chloe, and Buck. Nicolae is gaining power, and Rayford and Buck have first row seats. (view spoiler) I just saw that there are 13 books in this series. Wow. That seems a bit much! Hopefully they won't be too depressing.
Buck Williams has witnessed the power of Nicolae Carpathia firsthand and only he and three others in the world – the newly formed Tribulation Force – know the truth: that Carpathia is the Antichrist. Although they try, it is impossible for them to stay out of his orbit or go against his wishes. The interesting conundrum this book brought up was when is it appropriate to share what you believe and when is it better to just stay silent. That’s relevant at any period in history, not just the end of ...more
Oct 05, 2009 Giovanni rated it it was amazing
Chaos rules the world as panic and grief stricken survivors continue to search for their lost loved-ones. Suicide rates are sky-rocketing, businesses and homes are being looted, and martial law is in effect. A desperate world looks to the leadership and guidance of UN President Nicolae Carpathia, the only person offering any answers, hope, and plans to restore peace and order.

Jun 16, 2016 Nicholas rated it did not like it
Well . . . the authors have basic competency with English. And there's no support for Nazis or the Klan in the book. Sorry, I'm having difficulty thinking of good things to say about it. It's . . . it's not a good book. The plotting and dialogue are on par with something an untalented kid in junior high might produce. An untalented kid who has never had a boyfriend or girlfriend, and only knows about relationships from watching the last two seasons of 7th Heaven.

It's not even the kind of bad wh
Jennifer Gelert
Mar 22, 2015 Jennifer Gelert rated it it was amazing
This book is exciting and gives you a lot to think about. As a Christian, I believe that the world will end when Jesus comes again. The authors take scripture and weave it into a believable story to share what happens when that day comes.

4 people missed the rapture of the church. They were able to connect with Bruce, a pastor who was also left behind and took advantage of the their second chance to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. They become the Tribulation Force. United in study
Gregory Klages
Apr 04, 2016 Gregory Klages rated it it was ok
Clearly, by the time LaHaye and Jenkins were writing this second volume, they were intent on creating a fairly lengthy series of books. Tribulation Force reads like an episode in a low-quality television soap opera. It depends on knowledge of the preceding volume, but resolves few questions from that book. Sub-plots are introduced and left (seemingly?) abandoned. Few, if any of the core plot questions are resolved or even really significantly moved ahead. In the last few pages, however, the narr ...more
Dec 26, 2008 Christina rated it did not like it
I needed to be saved from this thing called a novel. Talk about preachy, boring, predictable, etc. I was actually rolling my eyes during this book because the characters were so unbelievable and the story was too thin. Ugh. Worse than the first for sure and I will not read any more of these. Ever. Even if there is nothing else to read.
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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)
  • 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)
  • The Mark (Left Behind, #8)
  • Desecration (Left Behind, #9)
  • The Remnant (Left Behind, #10)
  • Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages (Left Behind, #11)

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