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The Rising: Antichrist is Born

(Before They Were Left Behind #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  15,353 ratings  ·  229 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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Jessica I read the Left Behind series (listened actually, audio books) about a year ago and am just now listening to the prequel books. I like that I read the…moreI read the Left Behind series (listened actually, audio books) about a year ago and am just now listening to the prequel books. I like that I read the Left Behind series first because I know who these characters are now and getting to hear their backstories after already knowing them is very interesting. I think reading/knowing the LB series first makes it more interesting b/c you're already involved in the character's lives.(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
Rozanne Visagie (Willow's Corner)
The Rising Antichrist is Born (Before They Were Left Behind, #1) by Tim LaHaye

This book is my first encounter with the Left Behind Series. I have watched the movie Left Behind and am quite curious to see if the book would be the same as the movie. But about this book, the vocabulary was a bit daunting in the beginning since English is not my first language. But a good dictionary quickly fixed that problem.
In the beginning of the book the character's names and surnames were mentioned multiple times, after about one paragraph the reader is already acquainted with the c
José Antonio Gutiérrez Guevara
This prequel is totally different from the rest of the novels that make up this series. It has elements of the best horror and suspense stories. The mystery grows in each chapter. The scenario is set for what will come later. Evil has no limits, and makes its way to place. An excellent start for this series. I would dare to say that it is under, by very little, Rosemary's baby. Very good novel.
Jay DeMoir
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
whew! well, im glad that's over! It dragggggggged! There was no need to give us Rayford's childhood story.
Carpathia's backstory was interesting though. However, the pacing was off. I bought the other 2 prequels so I'll have to read them, but SHESH! This one lacked any major climax.

Took me almost a month to get through this *sighs heavily*
Rinda Reads
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: spring-efagb
The story wasn’t bad but it seemed like it should have been a companion novel to the Left Behind series rather than the start of a new series. This book was mostly going through the childhood of the pilot from the Left Behind series. Without the context of that series this book seemed a little pointless.
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!!!
May 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
This wasn't a comfortable read for me and I ended up stopping half way through. I was not thrilled to ponder how the anti-christs childhood would be like, nor was I that much interested in thinking about the enemy he is, and will be, to all mankind and God someday. I got bored real fast.
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?
Nov 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is the creepiest book I've ever read. It bothered me so much, I packed up the entire serious and put them right in the dumpster.
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
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
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Natalie Nicole
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, the antichrist had to come from somewhere. He wouldn't just spring out of nowhere on the day after millions of people disappear from all over the entire world. He would be precisely positioned to fulfill eschatological prophecy! Jerry B. Jenkins' fiction writing paired with Tim LaHaye's theological knowledge combine to form a very credible, plausible story of what characters and factors are in place during 'the last days'. I had the pleasure of listening to the audio incarnation of this bo ...more
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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
Feb 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished
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Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
These speculative end times books were a Big Deal when I was in middle school/high school and I was looking for some easy reading for summer.

This one is one that came out after the main series, a prequel of sorts. It's the same kind of pulp fiction with a real evangelical slant. I'm an Episcopalian, so the description of the only "good" churches being Baptist/Evangelical kind of grates but it's still a fun read and fun to see how the Antichrist in the series came to be.
Sarah Piper
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I’m not usually a big fan of prequel books ... but that was really good. Answered a lot of questions and filled in a lot of holes.

It was interesting to see the change in Nicolas’s mother and the twist of Sorin’s involvement and relationship with her.

Viv is just a nut job.

And Rayford and Irene ... I love how their relationship started and it’s nice to get to meet her since she isn’t in the series.
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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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