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Apocalypse Dawn: The Earth's Last Days: The Battle Begins (Left Behind: Apocalypse #1)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  1,355 ratings  ·  29 reviews
In a single cataclysmic moment, First Sergeant Samuel Adams "Goose" Gander finds himself center stage in the opening act of the Apocalypse. Goose and the men of the 75th Army Rangers fight to survi
Paperback, 442 pages
Published July 25th 2003 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (first published July 1st 2003)
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"Apocalypse Dawn", written by Mel Odom, is a great take off on the Left Behind Series. Odom takes another approach, whereas he follows a second set of characters in the form of a military family, "The Ganders", during the Tribulation. Goose is in Turkey during an unprovoked attack by Siria on Turkey. The millions of disappearances all over the world, leave all remaining with doubt and wonder, as to what really happened. This purely fictional accounting is a wonderful work of imagination and who ...more
Carrie Milkanin
The military side of left behind. If you like airplanes, helicopters and munitions described in detail, you will love this book. That aspect, for me, kept it from being a 4 star rating. I am NID (not into details.). As a bible believing Christian, this book is accurate. For that reason, I enjoyed this work of fiction. If it does nothing more than cause non-believers to get out a bible and read Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelation....than it has done an excellent thing. God promises that His word won't ...more
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Micah Weatherl
Fast paced, personal, entertaining, and God focused! This book is the first book of the Left Behind Apocalypse books and starts out in the middle of a war. There is plenty of action that keeps the reader in suspense, and we also see the personal lives of the characters. Goose (one of the main character's nick name) and his step son are the main characters. His son lives on a military base with his mother and step brother. He grows rebellious because of his jealousy. He thinks that his step dad l ...more
Jodi VanMeter
I was really interested in reading this as it was a spin off of The Left Behind series.... This book was very well written, but it think it is written more for a man.... I honestly say I didn't finish it... The story line is good but it was just way to technical for me and moved very slow. I lost interest quickly and found 12 chapters in I was skipping parts and had to make myself read it. I hate hate hate not finishing a book but I was so bored. I give the actual writing a 4 and if it wasn't so ...more
Steve Curll
This book is a companion , of sorts to the "Left Behind" series. Nicholas Carpathia has just been made president of Romania,(Antichrist in left behind), as we look at a military viewpoint of the coming Armageddon, through the eyes of Sargeant "Goose" Gander. Eschatology is not he same as "Left Behind", as the rapture occurs after the world has become involved in a worldwide war. Part of a series, this book is a good read, and can stand on its own, with or without "Left Behind". It was a free Kin ...more
Kevin Milligan
Being an atheist I never thought I'd enjoy a book like this. But I don't think vampires exist and I can read a story delving into that lore so I knew I could try the same with the rapture. To be clear the military aspect of this story held me throughout it all. It was a good quality war somewhat on par with a Tom Clancey approach at describing a modern battle but it did get slow in the middle. I know that it is an opening story to a series but I wish that the end would of had more of a conclusio ...more
Mitchell Thompson
An excellent blend of military movement and apocalyptic times. The book, an offshoot of the famous Left Behind series, was hard to put down.
Well...I love the Left Behind series, but this was just NOT nowhere near up to that standard, despite the fact that it's got the Left Behind name plastered on its cover. It was extremely difficult to read, the description of the weapons were too detailed for anyone not in military to even grasp, and the reactions of the people seemed off. There were only two scenes that I genuinely liked: 1) when Meg is trying to save Gary Fletcher from falling off the roof and he falls anyway but the rapture ha ...more
Jennifer Robinson
Not much on war type books but this one kept me on edge of seat.
Kurt Roberts
Despite the good review, I really struggled to get through this one. I had picked up all 4 books in the series and was surprised how much larger this book physically is than the other 3- easily double the size of the rest of the series. This book moves really slow, between state-side drama and overseas action at the time of the rapture. Oddly I think part of it is formatting- each page is a solid block of text, unlike other novels that space out dialog, etc. Not a bad book, but not enjoyable for ...more
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Oh boy where to start. First this book was totally out of my comfort zone. I am more in to romantic mysteries, but this book is truly a man’s man book. The detail that the author goes into to describing the battle scenes and military equipment is quite overwhelming for the female reader. I had heard that it was a really good series, but I struggled to get through the first book. So I will have to let others continue the rest of the series as I need some R & R from this type of story telling.
Siobhan (tigress5cubs)
I haven't read the Left Behind series. This is a spin off from that. Maybe I will read it when I am finished with this four book series. This is the Left Behind series from a military perspective. It follows a Army Ranger unit, a Navy Chaplain and one of the Army Rangers' wives as they struggle with the Rapture. It's interesting.
Another book with ties to the Left Behind series. This book approaches the events from a military perspective. The people stories are interesting and keep you reading, but there is a lot of military action and detail that kinda bogs it down for me. Some passages are pretty graphic.
Jul 23, 2008 Angie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers of the Left Behind series
If you love apocalyptic fiction you will enjoy this book. Similar to the Left Behind series, it takes place just before and at the time of the Rapture. Lots of details in this book about military equipment and stuff that meant nothing to me and I was able to skim over.
A little slow and overly hokey-religious at first but it picked up and had a pretty awesome finish. The ending was like The Devil's Advocate mixed in with a Tom Clancy book. Pretty fun! This was the best free Kindle book I downloaded to date.
Susan Matteson
I didn't really finish it, just simply gave up on it. There was a great deal of military jargon which would be GREAT for some people. Not me. I skimmed over the last quarter of the book and called it done.
It was a little hard for me to get into this book. Some of the military jargon went right over my head, and I got a little tired of all the descriptions of guns and tanks. Overall a good story though.
Aug 14, 2012 Nick added it
Great book! It had tons of action, interesting characters and was clean (as one would expect of Christian Lit). It left off in a good spot - now to start book 2 of 4.
Mar 25, 2011 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Jessica by: me
Pretty good. I enjoyed reading the books. I am a little upset though that they cover only such a small first portion of the tribulation time period.
I was on board with this until people started disappearing...then I started getting back into it again as the book progressed. Interesting, though.
Jennifer Proctor
This was such a good book! I didn't think that I would get that interested in the military aspect of the rapture and those left behind.
It's based on the left behind series it was good makes you think.....
Great book, it makes you think, I better have my house in order. He coming!
Not a bad series takes a different perspective on the Left Behind series
Jun 12, 2011 Cheryl marked it as waiting-2-be-read-kindle  ·  review of another edition
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I had a hard time with this book. Read about 1/2 and gave up.
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aka Jordan Gray

Mel Odom is a bestselling writer for hire for Wizards of the Coast's Forgotten Realms, Gold Eagle's Mack Bolan, and Pocket's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel book lines. His debut SF novel Lethal Interface made the Locus recommended list . The Rover was an Alyx Award winner. He has also written
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Other Books in the Series

Left Behind: Apocalypse (4 books)
  • Apocalypse Crucible: The Earth's Last Days: The Battle Continues (Left Behind: Apocalypse, #2)
  • Apocalypse Burning: The Earth's Last Days: The Battle Lines Are Drawn (Left Behind: Apocalypse, #3)
  • Apocalypse Unleashed: The Earth's Last Days: The Battle Rages On (Left Behind: Apocalypse, #4)

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