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The Rising: Antichrist is Born

(Before They Were Left Behind #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  14,731 ratings  ·  212 reviews
Marilena Carpathia has only one dream: to be a mother. So when a mysterious clairvoyant promises the fulfillment of this dream, Marilena does not hesitate. Through genetic engineering and the power of the prince of darkness himself, Marilena is about to become a chosen vessel, one who will unknowingly give birth to the greatest evil the world has ever known.

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Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 2003)
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Steve Johnson It really could go well either way. Since you are re-reading, I would suggest reading the prequels first. That is what I am doing as I re-read again.…moreIt really could go well either way. Since you are re-reading, I would suggest reading the prequels first. That is what I am doing as I re-read again. To a new reader, I would suggest starting with the original 13. But as a re-read, go ahead and do the prequels first.(less)

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Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I had a hard time deciding whether or not to give this book 2 stars or 3 stars. If I could give it 2.5, I would -- so let's just say I rounded up.

To start with, the quality of writing is abysmal. I could not help but be annoyed every time the authors tried to make the characters sound more... I dunno, "ethnic" perhaps... by peppering in foreign words, and then immediately having the character repeat the word in English in the following sentence. It was as if they had never heard of context befor
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'll apologize in advance for the brevity of this review. I would love to do this book justice, but it's that time of the semester when I don't have much time for anything, so rather than touching on some points and ignoring others, I'll stick to generalities in this review.

Because of the blatant Christian message of the Left Behind series there's a tendency to stereotype them, but if you've already read the original series, you're already aware that these aren't your typical "feel good" Christ
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
3.5 bumped up to 4 because I'm feeling generous.

This was a random pick off the library shelf, an attempt to try something new.

At the time I had no idea it was a prequel to another very popular series, The Left Behind series.

It was okay in a Rosemary's Baby kind of way.

The writing was good enough and the characters were interesting enough. The book kind of ends without ending, which didn't make sense until I later read that this was a prequel.

I liked it enough to read the second book and/or try t
Gayle Gordon
Mar 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Bought at Commerce Public Library book sale, but plan to donate back to library when finished.
I enjoyed this one. It's back to the quality of the original series when it started out. I think Marilena Carpathia is the best developed character the authors have come up with. She's a very sympathetic character, even though she chooses the wrong side at first. There is a very poignant scene where she discovers the mistake she made and finds out what has really been going on. It's interesting to disco
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had several things to say about this book, but now that I've read the remaining ones I can't remember the specific yays or nays. I can say, however, that The Rising is interesting in an informative way. We learn about the anti-Christ's parentage and more background on key Left Behind characters. But overall, it lacks any major climax. It feels more like a book laying out a history of certain characters rather than telling an actual story.
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christian, Sci-Fi, dystopian, thriller, horror
Shelves: 2016-books
Most Christians will admit that if they were old enough or a part of the contemporary Christian culture of the 1990s and early 2000s that they read some of the Left Behind series. I'll be that guy and say I did read at least the first four books of the Left Behind series way back when they started coming out. But, as the years went on I lost interest. Probably the rebelliousness of the college years or the decision to part ways with the cheesiness of some of the Christian pop-culture of the time ...more
Talia Colley
This book focuses on the childhoods of Rayford Steele and Nicolae Carpathia from the Left Behind novels. The storyline goes back and forth between Rayford growing up and his relationship with his parents and eventual marriage to Irene and then with Nicolae's mother and father and all the plotting that went on to bring him into the world. This book didn't hold my interest that much, so I won't be continuing with the series. I can see how some people might be interested in Nicolae's childhood, but ...more
Sarah Schoesler
Mar 26, 2010 rated it liked it
I have read the entire Left Behind Series and am now reading the books that take place before the rapture. In the first, we follow the life of young Rayford Steel. It starts when he is approximately 9 years old and takes us through his marriage and the birth of his two children. Ray is smart, athletic, and good looking. He knows what he wants (money, nice house, nice cars) and is willing to work hard to achieve all his dreams. We also follow the birth and young life of Nicholae Carpathia. Compar ...more
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was very unique and different from most of the books that I have read. It tended to creep me out at times because of the certain detail that Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins would go into. They went into way too much disturbing detail when talking about how Nicolae was born. But besides that, I did enjoy the book. It is very interesting about how Nicolae grows up. Pretty much the typical way you would imagine the antichrist to grow up. One thing that surprised me was when he killed his ...more
Joy Schmidt
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read the Left Behind series of books many years ago, but had never read the prequel books. That is what I am doing right now. This was written in the same style as the original series, but explains the characters who we meet in the first book of the series when the Rapture took place. I am in a Revelations Bible study, so I am reading these books in light of what I've learned through the study. I'm enjoying them very much.
Glenda L
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read all of the Left Behind books and thought they were amazing ... this book now has filled in some of the parts that were missing. It is about the two men in the books ... Nicholae and Rayford. It is the story of their childhoods and how they came to be who they were. You have to have read the prior Left Behind books for this all to make sense. What a wonderful book!!!
Jul 14, 2009 rated it liked it
I read this book after some prompting from an avid-reader friend. I haven't read many fictional works dealing with the Rapture or the Anti-Christ. It is an intriguing topic that makes you wonder, what WILL happen when this world, as we know it, comes to an end?
Halley Hopson
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
4 stars!

This was honestly just as interesting and compelling as the original Left Behind series. I will say that this book in particular has some very creepy and harrowing parts if you are a Christian so I would tread carefully not to be too distracted or interested by the representation of a false god that takes place in this as a part of Nicolae’s origin story. I do think it’s handled well by the authors in showing the dangers and what it does to a life that becomes entrapped in such things. I
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'd like to start with for anyone who is looking into reading this book I would strongly recommend it. I have not read the Left Behind Series yet but I thought to read these first before professing to the rest. I would also like to state that I am not a devout Christian. I worried that these book would have a strong Christian biasis making feel badly for what i believe...or do not but I have not ran into that which was a definite plus. I enjoy books where there is good vs. evil and I like the bi ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
A surprisingly quick read and for what it's worth, a more or less entertaining one. if you've read the Left Behind series then you know what will happen but to see the Antichrist be born and shaped, to know it was all planned etc, it was still unnerving. You felt true sympathy for Marilena, Nicolaes "mother" though she was just a pawn in the cosmic game. The shaping of Rayford was stereotypical and predictable. It's not hard to see him easily becoming the character that he is in the first series ...more
Steve Johnson
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The theme of the book is the birth, childhood, and early adulthood of the Antichrist. I enjoyed the chapters that focused on the lives of Rayford and Irene Steele as well. But the bulk of the book, rightfully so, focuses on the early life of the Antichrist.

The Bible has much to say about the Antichrist, although the Apostle John (the one who uses the term in the New Testament) only uses it a few times. Nonetheless, there are over 100 passages in the Bible that give a large amount of detail about
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I needed to read this book for school. I wouldn't normally pick up this kind of book. I have mixed feelings. I don't personally like anything that is preach-y. Religion is all fine and good, but don't try to tell me I'm going to hell because I believe something different.

The story is rather jumpy, there are a lot of characters to follow. Not bad, can just get confusing sometimes trying to match up time lines. I did enjoy the storyline of Marilena, I wish that was a story on its own, with more de
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My grandson recently began reading the Left Behind series, and I started remembering how well written and intriguing the series had been back in the 90's. Though I'm not sure if I agree with the sequence of the events in the series, as there are so many versions of Christian eschatology, I found it Biblically sound and marvelously written. I thought I had read them all, then saw that there were a couple of "prequels". Like many others I had been sorely disappointed in the film versions of the bo ...more
Anthony A
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good, and fast, read. The setting is before the rapture and develops the parents of, the birth of, the childhood of, and the early adulthood of Nicolae Carpathia, the Antichrist. I had started with the book Left Behind, but a friend convinced me to go back and read the trilogy - written after the Left Behind series - which covers the time period before the events of Left Behind and the rest of the series. Really enjoying these books and am looking forward to the next one in the ...more
Nancy Bandusky
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyable and fast-paced! This novel introduces the reader to two characters that will have major rolls in future books in this series. Along with the information gleaned about them, the story is very impactful regarding Marilena and the choices she makes. The book lends itself to plenty of discussion, especially regarding Marilena's future.
Kelly White
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can not say enough good things about this book. I am so excited to read this complete series all the way through. It really makes you think of how things could be with the Antichrist. Two thumbs up!!!!
Melissa Sloop
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

The story is enjoyable in its frame. But the editing is horrible. Spacing and paragraph structure are horrible. It made reading this story a chore. One I left unfinished as the mistakes ruined my being able to get into the story.
Mary Reed
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
It has been awhile since I read The Left Behind series, so it was interesting to read about how Nicolae Carpathia was conceived and who his parents were. I enjoyed reading about Rafe and how he met Irene.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I loved the Left Behind series. I enjoyed reading about the background of these amazing characters. I loved that the story was compelling and interesting. I thought the novel was well written. It is a must read if you liked the Left Behind series.
Darnise Wiggins
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is amazing that it seems that we are living in this time right now.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The series was good--this prequel shows the power hungry NIcholae and all the evil that surrounds him
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I read the original Left Behind series years ago and was given this book as a gift. Maybe because I had already read the others, but this one left me a little disappointed.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite one by far!
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Great book, a bit dragged on at times. But a good enough read.
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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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