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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
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!!
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
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
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
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
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 1 of 5 stars
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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
James Rieser
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 5 of 5 stars
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
David Sarkies
Mar 08, 2015 David Sarkies rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to David by: Some Christian Fundamentalists
Shelves: christian
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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
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
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
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
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.

Jennifer Gelert
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
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.
SPOILERS...because there's no getting past them!

1) Rayford and Chloe: Yeah, their father/daughter relationship was hard to believe. Maybe having both lost the same people that would bring them even closer. I can see where it could happen. They only have each other. Okay.

2) Chloe and Buck: I loved this couple from the start. Their first encounter, before either were believers in Left Behind, was the best I've seen them together. There was a lot of conflict and misunderstanding, and then they ar
Edward Creter
This sequel to Left Behind picks up where that first book left off and goes thru hell and back andd back for seconds--and YOU'RE invited for the whole ride! As the EEEvil Nicolae Carpathia plans his next in a series of lethal moves for world domination, the newly formed (and increasingly inaccurately named) Tribulation Force struggles against his overwhelming power. Carpathia, a so-called pacifist yearning for control of Israel, has already bought news orgs and media worldwide and is bidding for ...more
Irene Dionaldo
You'll know a good book when you wish there could be one more chapter next to the last. After 450 pages, just two seals are revealed, but I'm amazed on how the authors spoiled the suspense when it's focused on prophecies -- something heavy to deal with. True enough! So intriguing, from the very first phase to the last line. Somehow, as I have updated earlier, the eighteenth chapter distracted me. :) If there's any next book to this, I'll grab the chance to have another ride.
I'm loving the innoc
Filipe Dias
Li o primeiro, que gostei bastante. No primeiro livro acontece um momento retratado na Bíblia, o arrebatamento, onde desaparecem as crianças e adultos crentes a Deus. Por outro lado temos uma figura que se destaca com a sua influência dizendo defender a paz no Mundo, Nicolae Carpathia. E temos, claro, os nosso heróis, um piloto aéreo, a sua filha, um repórter famoso e um crente na Bíblia, que os vai influenciar à crença.

Neste segundo livro os nossos heróis têm já a clara noção de quem pode ser C
Dylan Witzig
Rayford and Chloe continue to spread the word about Jesus. Nicolae has made Rayford part of his scheme and Rayford is now his personal pilot for the regular 757 that he flies and a new plane Nicolae has made himself, a Condor 216. Rayford, still greiving over his poss of his previous wife, head now found a new mate, Amana White who knew Irene a little bit. At the same time Rayford had found his love, Chloe had finally decided, along with Buck, that they should get more serious. Having a new fam ...more
To be honest. Though i find this series explosive and utterly addictive this book i find is a bit slow, though you still cant pull yourself away.

This books job, once being drawn into the event by the strange events of left behind, is written to establish what will come in the future books. Relationships, authority, umm preaching, basically to cement the thinking in the bible and to prepare the firstly emotional ride and secondly the readers belief in something that whether true or not is someth
The many left who include Bruce, Rayford, Chloe and Buck Williams have all become believers in Jesus Christ. That does not stop a man in slowly prominent power named Nicolae from making the biggest decision in the world on this end of the life. He will sign a treaty that will make the United States a peaceful nation and unite with the world. Many non-believers see this as hope but the false joy brings something Bruce Barnes knows too well. He knows the truth; the rapture had happened and the one ...more
More disturbing behavior and a weird twisting of God's Grace from our hero Captain Rayford Steele: He is pretty sure that he knows who the Antichrist is; the handsome and popular Nicolae Carpathea is behind the start of nuclear war and is angling to take over all the world's Ray gets a job as Old Nick's personal jet pilot. It's OK to work for the most evil man in history and take a paycheck, since Ray has secretly given his life to Christ (WIGNAYT?). While the rest of humanity i ...more
Paul Lunger
The 2nd installment of the "Left Behind" series "Tribulation Force" picks up where the first left off & the events are more stunning than the first. Nicolae Carpathia continues his quest for world domination by uniting the world under one currency, one religion & naming himself head of what is now known as the Global Community. He also moves the former UN to New Babylon after he signs an agreement with Israel allowing for peace. Our 4 main heroes from before all have slightly different r ...more
Sandy (WI girl at heart)
Finished this book, "Tribulation Force" by Tim LaHaye, in June but just now getting around to reviewing it. This book is the 2nd book in the "Left Behind" series.

While the book is loosely based around the final days of our planet according to the Bible, I have found myself constantly picking the book up to read a few pages here and there when I had time. What I'm trying to say is the book was hard to put down and kept "calling" me back to it.

I don't find it hard to believe the layout of the seri
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Timothy "Tim" F. LaHaye is 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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