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The Mark

(Left Behind #8)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  24,648 ratings  ·  361 reviews
The exciting eighth book in the Left Behind series has sold over 2.5 million copies in hardcover and is now available in trade paperback. With over 40 million products sold, the Left Behind series is an international phenomenon.
Paperback, 381 pages
Published July 2nd 2001 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 2000)
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The Mark is the eighth installment in the Left Behind Series. I started this series about a year ago and haven’t regretted it at all. While this is my first endevour with Christian fiction, it is not my first with dystopian. Not being a religious person myself, I was worried coming into it that I would struggle with the context of the story. Luckily, that has not been the case. I find the story to be compelling, interesting and very exciting. They have all been quick reads as well, which is nice ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
A re-read - well worth it - has made me go digging in the Bible - if you haven't read the series, some of the stuff in these books look like they are ripped out of today's headline news. Make me think of a line from a song "I wished we'd all been ready"

Life was filled with guns and war,

And everyone got trampled on the floor,

I wish we'd all been ready

Children died, the days grew cold,

A piece of bread could buy a bag of gold,

I wish we'd all been ready,

There's no time to change your mind,

The Son ha
Larry Mills
Jul 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Another reviewer of this book asked "Should Christian Fiction be held to a higher standard?" Yes, it should.

"The Mark" reads more like a screenplay than a traditional book. The St. Martin's Guide to writing states that narration and description are needed for almost any type of writing. This book contains very little of either. (Can anyone actually tell at what point Rayford and Albie transitioned from the helicopter to the "fighter jet" in the beginning of the story? And just how did they put
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"The Mark," the 8th book in the Left Behind series, is definitely the best one so far, in my opinion. This book just seemed extremely well put together. For starters, the suspense definitely picked up, where I felt it was lacking in some of the other books. I read "The Mark" in a few sittings over the course of two days, and even when I wasn't reading it, I was mulling it over and wondering what would come next. The dialogue between the characters was also much more believable than in some of th ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one! The plot was generally fast and I am so happy about the new believer!
Looking forward to the next!
Victor Gentile
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins in their book “The Mark” Book Eight in the Left Behind series published by Tyndale House Publishers tells us The Beast Rules the World.

The Bible Book of Revelation tells us, "telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. H
This book was the 8th installment in the Left Behind Series and by far my favorite and most intense book in the series. Each character in this book have intense and interesting stories to tell. A great continuation to a great series never leaving you with a dull or boring moment.


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Kim Justice
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Starting this review is well, easy to say the least. I started reading the first book in this wonderful series just as soon as I heard about them. Being from a christian home life growing up and as well as my husband and family this was a no brainier.

I am going to do one review including the whole series.

From the first page of the first book to the last page in the last book, I was not able to put these books down. I grew hunger so to speak for each page. I have always had a great belief in th
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Holly Lindquist
Sep 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: use-it-as-mulch
It has been an arduous task, but I've finished Book 8 of Left Behind. The Antichrist has popped back to life after a show-stopping head-wound and has once again taken his place at the world's helm. Everybody is headed toward a mandatory "mark of the beast" (an injected identity chip) and our heroes are trying to figure out how to avoid it.

In other news: I love how some guy can basically rule the entire planet, a place that is full of creatures that demonstrably cannot agree on anything, much le
I did enjoy reading this book a second time; fortunately, enough time had passed that I honestly did not remember much of it from the first go-around. The cover is kuh-RAY-zee awesome! Probably one of the best parts of the book! hahahah (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a bit more than some of the others in the series. I found myself starting to like several of the characters including Tsion Ben-Judah, Chaim Rozenzweig, Leah and Zeke. I continued to find the story line fascinating as the prophecies of Scripture unfold.
Jeff Bowman
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
much better writing, but still seems racist and sexist.
Dwayne Wojtowicz
Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins came up with a novel idea for their book, "The Mark: The Beast Rules the World." Talk about a prophecy-based fiction.

Nicolae Carpathia comes back from the dead, after three days, but now as Satan. His widespread following become known as the Global Community. There is a ant-Nicolae movement afoot called the Tribulation. They are held up in an abandon building in Chicago. Rayford, along with a suspicious colleague jest west on a mission of mercy with electrifying
Shannon Rochester
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Again, I am wishing this was one big ginormous book I could read as I wanted to, rather than 16 smaller books but there is nothing I can do about that. This book at least had a little surprise and suspense thrown in that wasn't in the other books that came before...we lose some and we gain some when it comes to followers in this book as well. There are three and a half years left as of right now...and 8 more books I think. When I can actually get into the books, I do enjoy them and it lets me le ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So the antichrist is in control and all have to worship him and his statue, and take his mark. But taking the mark is the final choice and once you have taken the mark you have sold your soul forever. If you don't take the mark not only can you not buy and sell (kind of amazing that the Bible foretold all those centuries ago that there would be the technology - i.e. computer chips and scanners - that could actually make this happen) but you will have your head chopped off. (if they catch you). B ...more
Geoff Battle
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Nestled deep in the series, The Mark takes a single event, and stretches it in to a relatively short novel. The branding of belief has been central to the Christian forces for several books in the Left Behind series and with The Mark it now becomes Satan's tool of choice. This particular entry feels more like a television episode than a novel with little character development and a singular plot which doesn't offer much in the way of memorable scenes, beyond one harrowing occurrence near the end ...more
Melissa Cunning
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better. I was glad to see that Rayford is find his natural leader status again. All while I find Buck is becoming a much more main character as he really comes into his own.
It sends chills through me to think of being forced to bear the mark of the beast.

As an aside, I really enjoying seeing the growth of Kenny, especially with characters like Tsion. That child adds a lighthearted aspect that this story sometimes needs due to the heaviness of the content
Lisa Konet
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Mark of the beast is being administered around the world to Carpathia loyalists, those who are steadfast in their love for Jesus are put to death by guillotine. The Trib force gains a new member who was forced to receive the Mark by his loyalist father, what does this mean for Chang's soul? More danger and peril and evil in this book, along with the beginning of a trip to Jerusalem and Petra to save Orthodox Jews. Onto book 9, Desecration
Dimitri Brzosko
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An awesome reading for whosoever needs some encouragement in religious fervor. The fun part is that the characters are so likable and the story so well written that you do not need to wholly subscribe to the doctrines and views of Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. If you do, its a plus, but if you don't... expect to suddenly finding yourself digging through your own Bible anyway.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In my experience, the best books are the hardest to write reviews for. This book is no exception. Oh it was so good. "The Mark" grabbed me and just wouldn't let go. I've become so invested in these characters that I feel loss when I lose one of them. The events are described so vividly that I feel as if I were there. The authors have a way of turning the horrific events into things of hope. I actually got chills at a few places-- it's just so real! I would recommend this series to anyone. I have ...more
Abby Lim
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-novels
This series is absolutely true. Every part creates an impact on your faith and life. Though fiction, it’s Biblical foundation creates an exquisite journey through the tribulation - a peek into the future.
Bradford Combs
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My second favorite book of the series as the Mark of the Beast becomes the focus of the Left Behind series. There is so much heartbreak in this book that it was the first novel to ever make me tear up. I loved it.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion this is the best out of the 13 books in the entire series. One of the most suspenseful, you won't be able to put it down. This one is also most touching, and it will get tears out of you. And it will leave you craving more!
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book that has the ability to change your opinion about the life. I bough this ebook @50% off from here:
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I wonder if given the opportunity, I would give my life for my Lord. So many people did in this book and it seems sad, but they went on to something much better. It gives me something to think about.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book, great series.
Shelley Alongi
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn’t like the violence in this book and I know that’s the point but it was kind of disturbing. I guess that’s the point also. These books are starting to have a feel of unreality.
Barbara cardana
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this series is so eyeopening. i can't wait to get to the next one
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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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  • Tribulation Force (Left Behind, #2)
  • Nicolae (Left Behind, #3)
  • Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides (Left Behind, #4)
  • Apollyon (Left Behind, #5)
  • Assassins (Left Behind, #6)
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  • The Remnant (Left Behind, #10)
  • Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages (Left Behind, #11)