** spoiler alert **
I enjoy apocalyptic lit, and really enjoyed the Left Behind series, also by this author. But I just couldn't get into this book, so I stopped reading it. I think it lost me after the main character "Paul"'s conversion to Christianity, which seemed to come so early in the book. He really didn't put up much of a fight. Even I couldn't buy it, and I'm a die-hard Christian. Am I really to believe that Paul, who loathed, hated, despised Christians, who shot several dead, who watched one bludgeoned to death would, after listening to contraband CDs of the New Testament, start to "wonder" about the faith and shortly thereafter convert? I even tried getting past that, but when the next part of the book goes on to how Paul is trusted to join the underground Christian movement (penalty is death if they're found out)......that they include him knowing he's a recent convert and hasn't had to test his faith, that he's a part of the organization that hunts down and persecutes Christians (sort of like the real New Testament "Paul"), that they would jeopardize themselves in that way? I can be a forgiving reader, but sorry, but this was a bit of a stretch, even for me.