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Finale 05: Apollyon (Left Behind #5)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  24,788 Ratings  ·  372 Reviews
Apollyon: The Destroyer Is Unleashed, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, is another suspenseful chronicle of those left behind after the rapture of the saved. As the book opens, Hattie Durham, the former airline attendant and mistress of the antichrist, Nicolae Carpathia, is wracked with confusion about what to do with her illegitimate child, whose birth date is coming du ...more
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Jul 22, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 20, 2008 Alex rated it did not like it  ·  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 Myrtle
Dec 28, 2010 Kristin Myrtle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
The beginning started off slow but quickly built up towards the middle and held strong all the way to the end. A very satisfying fifth installment to the Left Behind Series.


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Victor Gentile
Jul 03, 2011 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 25, 2011 Timothy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 03, 2015 Cassie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one drove me nuts because there was still a lot of recapping and with the new seal of God on all the Christian's foreheads, there's less worry about who to trust...but don't worry...there are still some impostors around!

Hattie: I still cannot stand this woman, but as a believer, I get how passionate they are about trying to win her to Christ...but some are so hard hearted, there is nothing you could say. They have to either choose to believe or not. My gut would be telling me to cut her lo
King Possum
Jan 06, 2013 King Possum rated it it was ok  ·  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?
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,
Jun 28, 2013 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but not great. Still I want to read the rest of the series.
Naomi Bowen

Don't be deceived by the title of this book. The monster you may remember from Pilgrims Progress doesn't appear - he's only mentioned by the strangest locust demons you'll ever read about - UNTILL you realise that's exactly how the Bible describes them! (Rev 9:7-11) As I've said in previous Left Behind reviews, these books are great for bringing Revelation to life & making you turn again to the Word, the Truth, to see if LaHaye's depiction matches up.

Also brought t
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Jun 08, 2017 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am absolutely riveted by these books and when I am reading one I cannot put it down. I tear through it, page into page, and am always disappointed when I reach the end. The character development continues and the authors do not make the mistake of painting them in black and white (except antichrist, of course,) but you see the humanity - theirs, and ours. Our pettinessess and our greatnesses, our selfishness and our self sacrifice. The next book in the series is on my shelf and it is next on m ...more
Jun 10, 2017 Al rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Books in the series go up and down - this was one of the up ones.
Patricia Hamill
Pretty good, odd ending. The locusts were, um, interesting. At least I know what the title means now.

Overall I liked it, but it's not as exciting as some of the others.
Sep 29, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jul 07, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 a
Sara Parker
DNF at 50%. Halfway into the fifth book and I still don't feel engaged, so I'm out. It wasn't really bad, but this series felt so superficial. It told you what Christians are supposed to be like on the outside and didn't reach any deeper. The actual rapture/apocalyptic parts were well-developed, but the characters became more one-dimensional as the series went on and it got really slow.

I was hoping the Left Behind series was as good as I had heard it was, but for post-apocalyptic fiction, Christ
Jun 01, 2013 RabidReader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 12, 2012 Ashton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

In additio
Mimi Southwell
May 19, 2016 Mimi Southwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Apollyon by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins further shows the adventure of the Tribulation Force. Apollyon is the fifth book in the Left Behind series. Throughout the book the Tribulation Force are working to build a network for believers to trade in. Tsion, Rayford and the Tribulation Force fear that soon the global markets will not be available to anyone without the mark of non-believers. Most of the book is spent showing how Clohe is building up a network for believers to survive.

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
Mary Lou
Feb 16, 2017 Mary Lou rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Poorly written and developed series, which I read at the request of a friend.
Jun 07, 2015 Mallory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New believers from all over flock to Israel to see and hear Tsion Ben-Judah preach in person after learning from his teachings solely online. This massive gathering is allowed by the GC and Potentate Carpathia, but they look for any way to disrupt the proceedings and draw attention to themselves.

A couple things that stood out to me in this one: There are no more excuses. None of the judgments that happen are a surprise. They are “predicted,” they are taught about extensively, and then they occu
Dylan Witzig
Sep 02, 2014 Dylan Witzig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apollyon by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins talks about how the Tribulation Force loses and gains members. During this book of the many in the series Ken Ritz ends up taking a bullet to the head and then the bullet passed right through and ripped off Buck's ear. Before Ritz died, he showed Rayford his stash of money, worth around the billions for this tragical time. The reason why he stashed it was because the Antichrist and the Global Community would put a so called mark of the beast on eerybo ...more
Jocelyn Montalvo Cullum
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Jan 15, 2015 Hudson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Apollyon is one of the more interesting books in the series Left Behind. In this book the 7 trumpet Judgements are called onto the world. If you are an action seeking Christian as I am, you will love this book! If you haven't already read the Left Behind books that are before this one I encourage you to highly, serious plot details will be missed if you don’t! I gave this book a five star rating because, as I said, it is action packed, entertaining, and talks about Christianity in an excellent w ...more
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Paul Lunger
Apr 12, 2012 Paul Lunger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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)
  • 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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