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Edge of Apocalypse (The End #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,454 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
Joshua Jordan, former U.S. spy-plane hero now turned weapons designer has come up with a devastatingly effective new missile defense system -- the Return to Sender laser weapon. But global forces are mounting against America, and corrupt White House and Capitol Hill leaders are willing to do anything to stop the nation's impending economic catastrophe -- including selling- ...more
Kindle Edition, 433 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jun 15, 2010 Amydeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any Left Behind fans out there?

I enjoyed the books! I bought a lot of them and even have the movies (yes, lol I’ll admit that – It doesn’t hurt that Kirk Cameron was in them either! lol I used to enjoy watching Growing Pains a lot when I was a kid! ). I love how the thoughts of what “might” happen in the end days, and the whole being the last Christians alive and what would they do happen through the books. Some great imagination and suspense going on.

Edge of Apocolypse – The End Series is a lot
Mar 05, 2014 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will the apocalypse be marked by the rise of an anti-Christ? Maybe, but before we get there, it'll be up to humans to launch nuclear attacks and turn our worse case scenarios into a disturbing reality. After all, things need to reach a boiling point for Satan to make it seem as though he is earth's salvation, right? Or, perhaps more disturbing will be our own government selling out its own secrets in the context of preserving peace as was the case with Joshua Jordan in this gripping story.

I rare
Jun 09, 2011 Jeb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started off well. I missile launched by a crazy, North Korean dude (aren't they all), headed to NYC. But, foiled by superior American defense technology.

And, then, LaHaye goes into his political view of the world where the US is becoming socialist because of soft leaders and all politicians are bad and business and entrepreneurs are the saviors of free America...gathering together to create a cabal in order to defeat the liberal media that's just a mouthpiece of the liberal president.

Jodi VanMeter
Feb 07, 2011 Jodi VanMeter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of the Left Behind series, so picking this book up was just a given for me. The overall concept of the book I feel was great. I feel that this could very well happen in real life and in some ways I feel it is happening.

The storyline was exciting, stressful, edge of your seat at times and the hero Joshua Jordon was very life like and the author's made you fall in love with this character. I thought some of the dialogue was a little cheezy, especially between Joshua and his wife an
I struggled throughout this book to figure out what struck me so wrong.
IT wasn't until I read this article (http://www.theimaginativeconservative...) that it struck me.
'Edge of Apocalypse' comes across as a sort of right-wing fever dream: an overreaching government, a secret presidential plan stretching to Obama for a one world government (handled so thickly I was waiting for the evil laugh of evilness), a one world currency, evil soviet socialist/atheists, North Korea nuking the US, a new axis
Brian Eshleman
I have a particular reason for wanting to list the positives about this book first. It was exciting. LaHaye can write action sequences that are much more intense than I remember in the Left Behind series. His characters also seem more developed. The authors also willing to portray genuine conflict in a Christian family in a way that many writers do not. Yes, Christian parents and children to have conflict. Also, LaHaye is willing to sometimes do the unexpected with his characters, as when colleg ...more
"Edge of Apocalypse" is set in the US in the not-too-distant future, admidst a fairly plausible political outcome of current real-life events. Several references to current technologies and trends help make the plot and characters relatable. All of this makes it quite interesting reading, even for me as a reader from outside the US.

The main basis for the plot is a fictional missile defense system. Unfortunately, the technology is completely implausible, and that fact, along with several other mi
Janie Winsell
Maybe it was the fourth blood moon or the feeling that God is preparing the world for his return, but I just had to pick up The End Series by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall. This is the first book of The End Series: Edge of Apocalypse.

Now, those of you that read the Left Behind series may be thinking this will be along the same lines, but like me, you'd be wrong.

In my mind, this is more of a political thriller with Christian viewpoints. The plot revolves around Joshua Jordan, a former U.S. Air
Sep 03, 2010 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are several elements in this book that could be a foreshadowing of what life might be like in the USA just a few years down the road. That's the scary bit. Once you get past that, this is a fast-paced action novel with a Christian feel to it.

If there's a negative, it's that I wasn't sure how some of the characters are connected and so there were a few moments wheree I felt I missed something. Since this is the first book of a series, however, I'm sure the answers will eventually become cle
Timothy Diem
Jan 29, 2015 Timothy Diem rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
I borrowed this audiobook from the library since I remember enjoying some of the "Left Behind" books a number of years back. This book never locked in for me and I found as it went on I had little care for any of the main characters. By the end of the book, as it is trying to set up the next in the series, I found myself thinking more about going back and checking the "Left Behind" audiobook to see how that matches up instead of having any interest in continuing this series.

The author was also
North Korea sends nukes to target and hit Manhattan, NY. Joshua Jordan, Air Force leader (Colonel) is trying to redirect the missiles and hopefully he can do it since they are prepared to do one...not sure about two. Abby, his wife, is on the town with her daughter, Debbie, and hope that their son Cal is somewhere safe from the sudden chaos that is going on.

The opening of the story didn't work for me, but after chapter 2, I was engaged! To me this reads better than some of the Left Behind series
Rebel Rider
Jan 12, 2016 Rebel Rider rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, christian
First of all, I’m not a big fan of some of LaHaye’s beliefs, but I normally don’t let that bother me much when I’m reading a book. The problem was, this book was full of preaching. I didn’t agree with half of it and the half I agreed with was so preachy, I skipped some of it because I already heard it before. I also find his writing style boring, and the characters in this book were hard for me to relate to. (Though, that might be because I’m a young adult so I was having trouble relating to adu ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Kathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first few pages of the books. Then, the author started his right-wing and religious political rantings and it was distracting from the story. I honestly tried to finish the book, but it was so liberal=evil, conservative=good, that I had to put it down. Very negative.
Linda Davis
Aug 20, 2015 Linda Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys thrillers and suspense
I get a kick out of novels like this one, five years of age yet it reads like today's headlines.

I could not put it down. It stayed with me long after the last page.

The storyline involves cutting-edge defense technology that stretches the imagination--just enough. The spiritual journey of tough-man Joshua Jordan adds a layer of depth missing from other thrillers. [Who can resist a hero whose name puts you in mind of the original Joshua who crossed the Jordan?]

There's plenty of action, suspense,
Wanda Hartzenberg
Apr 23, 2014 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Ok so this book will not be for all.
It has a strong Christian message. It is never preachy instead it is all action all of the time.
The main protagonists are brilliant characters. One a reborn Christian and her spouse, a believer but with certain judgements.

These protagonist has an amazing report with one another. This makes the reader connecting to the story line as they grow to love the couple.
The theme is clear. Beware!

The world building is quite believable and the narrative form makes th
Sep 25, 2014 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I, of course, picked this up because I loved the "Left Behind" series. I saw the story in those previous books as a series of relatively credible fictional takes on potential prophetic outcomes. This new series is...well, I haven't decided yet. But it is certainly giving a sharp tongue lashing to 1. the US involvement in the United Nations and 2. our being hostage to other countries by being in debt to them and 3. the corruption in government. And while I agree that all those are things we need ...more
Josue Gonzalez
I think that it was written well. This book is written about the end times said in the bible. The main character Joshua Jordan invents a missile defense system that was still in the beginning stages of testing. When the North Koreans fired a nuclear missile at New York. The fate of millions are in his hands alone will he save them or will not.

The people that I think that should read this book are christian readers from high-school kids to adults in their 40's. I would say that the genre of the b
David Clinkscales
Jul 21, 2015 David Clinkscales rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pre-trib, rapture supporters
Out of respect for LaHaye's longevity as a writer, I'm giving this book two stars, but I can't be more generous than that at this point. It pains me to say but there were a couple issues that I had going through this book that I didn't notice (at least) as I was going through the Left Behind series. 1st, LaHaye regularly started a chapter or section of the book from the vantage point of a certain character and would switch to another character's perspective sometimes several times within a secti ...more
VaLinda Miller
Apr 18, 2015 VaLinda Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read all of the "left behind" series and while in the library found this by the same author. After I figured out that this was the 2nd in the series, I downloaded from audible the rest and started from the first one. I would listen while riding back and forth from Greenville, Charleston and DC and I could have driven longer and farther because I was on the end of my seat. Pulled over a few times because I got pissed at some of the worse human beings and just cussed up a stormed (I know GOD did ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Nick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I gave up after about 150 pages. Less than that maybe. It just wasn't my thing.

The beginning was awesome. Nukes were launched at America. It was suspenseful. I was expecting WWIII. Nope. Instead it went in to this weird Congress law-suit against the guy who saved New York from becoming a radioactive Wasteland, and something about "the Algerian", which felt just as racist as "The Mandarin" from Iron Man comics in the 70s.

It was also a tad bit preachy. Three of the main characters were born-again
Victor Gentile
May 24, 2010 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the privilege of interviewing Tim LaHaye & Craig Parshall, on our radio show “Kingdom Highlights”, for their new book, “Edge Of Apocalypse” published by Zondervan.

This book is a thriller from the first word and gets more exciting word by word. Unlike a previous series by Dr. LaHaye this series is set not to far from where we are today. Dr. LaHaye is using Bible prophecy to show how close we are to what the Bible tells us will happen. Nations will rise against nations and the United Sta
Jeff Landau

Are we at the stage of biblical history, current world order and nuclear dynamics where the US must rely on an ultra right wing group who has had to fight a tyrannical dictatorship controlled press to get freedoms message out and who's heroes have "in fact" saved us
from a nightmare attack and who are being framed by a drug addicted President who has Ischemic stroke blackouts and a wife who would compete with Lady Macbeth, though in a much less Shakespearean and more simplistic way. I gave this
Aug 22, 2010 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Exciting, well-paced thriller.

Combines current affairs (global economy, interconnectedness of currencies, political tension btw. super-powers and nuke-coveting rogue states, nature of what it means to be a U.S. patriot) with a Christian understanding of end times prophecy.

Authors don't proselytize per se in the book. They simply depict characters, some of whom are believers (Abby) and some not (Josh Jordan, her husband, an engineer who's designed an ingenious return-to-sende
Apr 24, 2012 Exanimis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith, 5-star
I read the first book in the left behind series years ago, when it first came out. I remember that I enjoyed the story but not enough to want to read further releases. When I saw Edge of Apocalypse for sale, I thought that I'd give it a chance but didn't expect much. I have never read a political thriller before and this book was an excellent first step into the sub genre. The story is fast paced and there is enough action to keep you turning pages. The writing is informative without being overl ...more
Kathleen Meacham
When I first started reading this book, I thought WOW this is going to be intense and excellent. Then it proceeded to add more and more and more characters in various scenes. I would like to think that I can follow a complicated multi-faceted plot (even though I am getting older -- SMILES). And most times that is what makes a book or a movie a stand-out for me. In this case, I found myself saying, now who is this, and am I going to remember them when the plot starts to tie itself up? Several tim ...more
Nancy Silk
A very thought provoking read as it really involves what our country is being swept toward---The New World Order. Terrorist Atta Zimler is after all the technical data of the Return To Sender (RTS) defensive system developed and owned by Joshua Jordan. The system had not been fully tested and had not been accepted by the U.S. government when it was used to divert nuclear weapons deployed toward Manhattan. The novel begins with a bang and progresses into the U.S. government falsifying information ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good series of four books on end-time events. Speculation but with current world events, who knows? Heroic characters who seem slightly too-good-to-be-true, but likeable and makes you wonder, "Could I be like that...for God?" Can't really say pleasant reading, but good action-packed thrillers.
Nov 01, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
decent story but a lot of grammar mistakes and typos. if I were writing it I'd get rid of the constant Allphone references...just a dumb name for it..just refer to it as phone or cell or something rather than have it get so dated its old by the time you're halfway through the book.
If I had the option I'd probably give this book another half of a star. If you like the Left Behind series then you may like this. There isn't as much religion as in the aforementioned series and I thought the characters could have been developed a bit more. There is some good edge of your seat excitement especially towards the end, but many of the solutions and outcomes were either incredibly far fetched or very predictable. The book does foreshadow the coming one world economy and how just a f ...more
May 12, 2016 C rated it it was amazing

This story is chock full of excitement, fear, bravery, patriotism, love, and ethical dilemmas. The characters are well drawn and believable. Th authors also include a clear gospel message.
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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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