Edge of Apocalypse (The End Series #1)
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Edge of Apocalypse (The End Series #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  901 ratings  ·  119 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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Amydeanne
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...more
Joe
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...more
Jeb
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.

B...more
Jodi VanMeter
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...more
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
Peter
"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...more
Sally
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...more
Adrienna
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...more
Kathy
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.
Wanda Hartzenberg
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...more
Nick
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...more
Victor Gentile
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...more
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...more
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MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

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...more
Exanimis
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
Michelle
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
Pat Baratta
Excellent reading, a page turner from the very beginning. Continually suspenseful, could not wait to see what the outcome would be.

Tim LaHaye is noted for his Christian books and it is a part of his story-telling. Based on a percentage, his religious viewpoints are a part of the storyline about 5% to 10%. Not nearly as high as some of his previous works. Although I've enjoyed all his books, especially The Left Behind Series and his books on Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

The characters are well de...more
Siobhan Parker
Nov 20, 2012 Siobhan Parker rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian fiction fans
In yet another interpretation of Revelation's enigmatic prophecies, Tim LaHaye works with Craig Parshall to deliver a possible end-times scenario. My grasp of world affairs isn't that strong, so, whether or not the technology is plausible isn't something I would know. What I do know is that LaHaye and Parshall have weaved a great yarn, with action, suspense, intensity, and a bit of romance, too. I read this previously a year or two ago, but, with the recent publication of Brink of Chaos, the thi...more
William
Great story, and very true to life (in terms of the way the world is heading) even though fiction. Very hard to put the book down!
Amy
Another apocalyptic novel with a little too close for comfort reality and potential. I like the simple, breeze through it style of Tim LaHaye, and this was no exception.

The premise is reality. I need to look for the next book . . .
R_Frederick Riddle
I love history! Whether it be our past or prophecy (history pre-written). Joshua Jordan would be classed a hero by most of us, but a traitor by those who desire to take our nation in directions it was never meant to go. It is believable and current.

I look forward to the next book of this series. What will happen next? Can Joshua stop the oncoming nuclear attack? Will the Administration come to its senses? So like today's headlines!

It was easy to give this book a 5 star grade. It has all the elem...more
Jay
This book came out about the time I got addicted to watching GBTV and it was on Glenn Beck's read list...so I read it. It was pretty amazing and scary. Everything in this reminded me of what Glenn Beck and Brad Thor call "Faction" in that what was happening in the book was and is happening today. Then the authors weaved in Christianity and how it will effect our future and it came out to be an excellent read. I didn't give it 5 stars because it needed more action...but the sequel took care of th...more
Dan Rheingans
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It's a plausible story set in the future that evokes the writings of Tom Clancy style writing combined with a Christian perspective. LaHaye's writing is approachable and his characters are believable and make you want to root for them. The book definitely picks up in the last 150 pages or so. My only real complaint was the anti-Liberal, anti-Obama, socialist-demogoguary that's laced throughout the book. The story could have easily been told, and still...more
Judith
Edge of Apocalypse by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall is first in a new series called The End. An action-packed thriller full of nuclear missiles, espionage, murder, torture, hostage taking, corrupt government officials and more, depends on a secret circle of wealthy Christian patriots to vindicate a former military hero-turned-weapons-engineer when his “return to sender” technology saves New York City from a nuclear attack. Interwoven are intimations of God’s will and quotations from the Book of...more
prettypeony
It was a bit slow moving. I didn't find it very exciting.
Luckngrace
All too close to today's reality, Tim LaHaye presents us with a doomsday scenario. Can America stop the North Koreans from destroying us or beginning a world war? An American secret may help, but can we trust our leaders? Do our elected officials even think about these things? Are they led by God as we would wish are are they led by greed and a hunger for power and narcissistic urges? Edge of Apolypse is the first of a series and I found it better than the first of the Left Behind Series Tim LaH...more
Penny Starr
First, let me say that I loved the Left Behind series, and read them all. This series is not the same. While there were political situations in the previous series, the main thrust was Christianity, the way prophesied events might play out. I find this book is rife with right wing propaganda, thinly veiled as Christian fiction. Not worth the time to read.. LaHaye needs to lay off the political preaching and stick with the formula that served him so well. He has definitely lost a Christian reader...more
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Timothy F. LaHaye is an American conservative evangelical Christian minister, author, and speaker. He is best-known for the Left Behind series of apocalyptic fiction, which he co-wrote with Jerry B. Jenkins. He has written over fifty books, both fiction and non-fiction.
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