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Apollyon (Left Behind #5)

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As the world's thousands of believers gather in Jerusalem for a stadium rally, the Tribulation Force struggles with their own personal crises. Newspaper reporter Buck Williams and his wife, Chloe, question whether or not they should have a child when the future of the world is so uncertain. Meanwhile, Rayford Steele discovers the shocking truth about his wife, Amanda.
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Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published (first published 1999)
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Amanda
As one who always reads other reviews before reading and reviewing a book, I feel like I should respond to what some of the other reviewers have to say. First of all, some complain that the writing style is too sophomoric. Well, every writer has his voice, and how interesting would the world be if everyone wrote or spoke exactly the same way? Yes, the writing style is simple, but that just makes the book(s) easier too read. Secondly, as to the complaints that the books are sexist, that's just si ...more
Regi
I'm kinda speechless right now. Haven't even finished the book, maybe a few pages to go, but it just got so racist I'm totally disgusted.

Buck is on a flight he chartered based on another Believer's recommendation. The pilot is Middle Eastern. Note that until this point, other than the plight of the Jewish people, hardly any other mention has been made of race or color, or really even other religions.

From Chapter 20:

Heathrow tower flatly rejected Abdullah's announced sequences. He seemed frustrat
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Alex
Oct 20, 2008 Alex rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jeff Fein-Worton
Shelves: christian-sci-fi
Okay, so another reason to dislike these books is the good math. Ready? Alright. One of the main characters is pregnant, right? And has been for lets give them the benefit of the doubt three months at the beginning of the book. Okay. Now: There is a five-month plague of demon locusts (just take it at face value) and anyone stung by them will be writhing in pain for a) the rest of the five months that the plague exists, and b) for five whole months after that. When does the main character give bi ...more
Kristin
This is the Left Behind book that made me the maddest. However it did not dissuade me from continuing the series. You'd think with a book called Apollyon: The Destroyer Is Unleashed there would at the very least be a character names Apollyon in the book. Sadly, no. There is not even a "destoyer." The name Apollyon is mentioned twice but no demon lord arises as I mistakenly believed. There are however these ridiculous demon hybrid locusts. They're 3 to 4 inches long with the 12 part segmented bod ...more
Travis
Feb 26, 2014 Travis rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: religious people of christian type faith only
Shelves: left-behind
pretty boring book. I forgot I was even reading the book. I have read a few of the DARK-HUNTER series and am reading STONE OF TEARS right now. I will go back and finish the book one day because I can't advance a story without first reading what comes before. all series must be read in order is how I read and I do want to know what happens in the rest of the series. maybe I will enjoy the book more in a year or so but I doubt it. as a whole so far the series is pretty good; I just haven't got int ...more
Holly Lindquist
Here in Volume 5 of the Left Behind series, authors Jenkins & Lahaye prove that even a book can have bad CGI. See, if this was a big blockbuster movie you'd be thrilled by the possibility of seeing some really cool monsters. The title says Appollyon and the tagline says: The Destroyer is Unleashed. Sounds truly epic, right?
Yeah..
Right up until the part with the little demon locusts with little angry faces. Bad CGI strikes again! So you leave the theater ruing the wasted expense of popcorn,
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Becky
Good but not great. Still I want to read the rest of the series.
Timothy
In this, the fifth book of the "Left Behind" series, the writing has definitely improved, for the most part. Another big improvement is a noticeable lessening of illogical actions and events that were so annoying in earlier volumes. That is not to say that is is completely lacking, though. In this book, we are reminded of the revelation in the "Soul Harvest" that Carpathia had Bruce Barnes poisoned. The question is, "Why?". At the time, Bruce (and the "Tribulation Force" as a whole) was no great ...more
Victor Gentile
Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins in their book “Apollyon” Book Five in the Left Behind series published by Tyndale House Publishers takes us to the events of Chapter 9, verses 1-12 in Revelation, the last book of The Bible.

In the Bible book of Revelation an Angel is dispatched to the bottomless pit with a key. Once the pit is opened out pour locusts upon the Earth unlike any ever seen before. And their sole purpose is to torment for five months "only those men which have not the seal of God in th
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Melissa
Book #5 of this series has Raymond sneaking out of Israel to save his life and Buck, Chloe, and Tsion going to Israel to hold a huge conference for the witnesses. I never figured out why and that theme held true through most of this book. So much of what happened in this book left me thinking why would they do that or how could they do that? The main characters are constantly putting themselves in situations that noone should survive, yet they do things that if the world conditions really were a ...more
RabidReader
I finished this series, maybe 10 years ago. I don't recall all the details of each book, so my reviews will be more based on the experience of reading this series.

First off, I never ever knew about this series before I started reading it. I was in Sam's Club one day, looking at the bargain book rack. I picked up this cool looking black book with a flaming swath across its face - strange ass name - What the hell is 'Apollyon'. I'm a guy, guys are drawn to color tones, what can I say. The liner ha
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Ashton
I continue to find things to be disappointed in with this series even though I am enjoying the story over all. I'm still annoyed by the way the prologue of these books basically just repeat the same thing you just read. It seems like the easy way out rather than coming up with something new and creative for each book that makes it unique to the others. Despite that, I do keep reading these books so I guess that's a good sign but I am beginning to look forward to the end of the series.

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Renee

Apollyon is the fifth book in the Left Behind Series and one of my favorites. This book begins with the ministry of the two witnesses, Eli and Moishe, who prophecy from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These men are described in Revelation 11:

“And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. They are the two olive trees and the two lampstands, and they stand before the Lord of the earth. If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths an
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Simon Taylor
In what is very much a tale of two halves, Apollyon fails to significantly deliver as the fifth instalment of Left Behind.

The first section is devoted to the events in and around the Meeting of the Witnesses as they gather in Israel to hear Tsion Ben-Judah preach. In the main, very little happens aside from the stand out sequence which sees Carpathia gatecrash.

Much of the remaining Israel sequence is inconsequential, with the introduction of Chaim’s staff rather uninspiring. The ongoing efforts
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Kate
Carpathia confronts the two witnesses and was not satisfied with the outcome. Hattie feels unworthy of God's grace for her part in Carpathia's rise to power. The tribulation force plans on staying one step ahead of the danger from global community officials but is that enough? As subzero temperatures engulf the earth and frightening insects terrorize the inhabitants will this bring the people closer to God?
Riveting, unpredictable with lots of twists and turns this novel, as the others before it
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Paul Lunger
Book #5 in the Left Behind series is a return to the type of storytelling that has worked so effectively in this series so far. In this installment we have the meeting of the witnesses at the Wailing Wall & throughout Israel & we also witness the next 2 judgements - the dimming of the sun & the plague of locusts. Lahaye & Jenkins keep this story moving at a breakneck pace as we get a better idea of what God has in store for those who have been saved & also for those who aren' ...more
Leane
5th book in the Left Behind Series. The Tribulation Force journeys to the Middle East to attend a conference of the 144,000 newly converted Jews to Christianity. Carpathia makes a surprise appearance, and Tsion and Chloe must run for their lives. The group finds safety in the home of Chaim Rosenzweig, and plan to escape back to the States secretly before the GC come after them. One member of the Force dies in the process, and another is left behind and must wait several months before making it b ...more
Loretta
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Alex
This was definitely the worst book in the series. I was just so bored during this one! You'd think with a sub title like "The Destroyer is Unleashed" and a summary about locusts attacking people to the point of them unsuccessfully committing suicide, this would have been a pretty action-packed addition to the series. But you'd think wrong.

The characters are really starting to get on my nerves, especially Hattie. I'm also annoyed with the sexist way Buck treats Chloe. I feel like there is no one
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Jeff Jones
Another easy to read book in the Left Behind series. Exciting set of books, especially when considered in the light of prophecy. This is fiction, some license has been taken. Too believe that one group of people is involved in soooo much is a big stretch. But it sure beats reading a story about a group of people sitting in a bunker for 7 years. Go Tribulation Force Go!
Christopher Selmek
At last the action becomes a bit more realistic, and the plague of demon locusts happens. I was waiting for that one, as it would be the tribulation event probably hardest to explain by natural phenomena, but the powers of the anti-Christ seem to be escalating as well. I look forward to reading the follow-up.
Danielle
This series of books is so engaging that when they end, you want to have the next one available to pick up where the last one left off. It is scary knowing that this will happen. Glad that the main characters are surviving all the different stages and have now added to the Force with the birth of a baby. Very good read!!
Karl
My second attempt reading the book series again, after a bit really started to get bored with series. This time go around books have so far been better then it was the first time. And they feel so fresh and new does not feel at all that I am reading the same books. As I keep reading the series each new one gets better
Ms.
The book is good and keeps with the spirit of the series. There is an ebb and flow to the action, but the end is especially exciting with a number of different activities occurring at once. I found myself wishing the action from the end of the book was present throughout.
Attachment to the characters has been successfully achieved by this point so the loss of a major character in every book is becoming more and more difficult. The authors successfully achieved emotion in this series. At the same
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Valerie
I found this book riveting, possibly due to the main characters becoming fugitives. I still grapple with how they can slip out of situations when things fall apart. This is, after all, based on Revelations, so I can only assume God had something to do with it (I'm one of those why couldn't so-and-so have done that? people, then I have to remember there's a reason we're following these people and it could have been any one). It was hard to believe the title of the book was pulled from a locus tha ...more
Julie
Enjoyable read! Authors do a fairly good job of providing story updates for a reader joining the series in the middle. Book 2 was probably the worst for repetitiveness but in this particular book, it wasn't as marked.
David
After getting wrapped up in the characters and feeling the need to find out what happens to them was the only reason I continued to read all the books in the series. The authors definately knew how to draw someone in and keep it just entertaining enough for them not to put it down and never think of it again - barely. I read the series for it's fiction appeal, not the biblical meanings, so was a bit disappointed in the writings. If the authors had cut some of the scripture and backstory each boo ...more
Nathan Boxall
This book is better that the previous one. But there is still a lot of reviewing of what has gone on before. It can be annoying and frustrating to keep recapping what has gone on before. Though I do like their take about what will happen at the end of the world...
Dorothy Bandusky
This installment in the series seemed just a little bit slower than the previous books, but only in comparison. It is still very enjoyable, and will leave readers looking forward to reading the next book.
David Wise
I am learning a lot from these books

THESE BOOKS GIVE A GOOD OUTLINE FOR STUDYING THE BOOK OF REVELATION. I RECOMMEND THEM TO EVERYONE, CHRISTIANS AND NON BELIEVING BOTH.
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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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