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Desecration: Antichrist Takes the Throne

(Left Behind #9)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  22,372 ratings  ·  303 reviews
The exciting ninth book in the Left Behind series that has sold over 2.5 million copies in hardcover is now available in large print. The large print edition type is 15 point, 40 percent larger than that in the trade paperback edition. In November 2001 "Desecration" was #1 on the "New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, " and "CBA Marketplace" be ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 480 pages
Published July 23rd 2002 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 2001)
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Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know that the Left Behind series is controversial among Christians and non-Christians alike, but I appreciate it for what it is. First, to address some claims made against the authors that I really don't think are fair. One, they are accused of anti-Semitism. I didn't get that at all, ESPECIALLY in this installment. Chaim is a Jew. Tsion is a Jew. Thousands of converts are JEWS! How can they be anti-Semitic and still have Jews be the most important protagonists in the story? Secondly, they hav ...more
These books do not slow down. Since word one in the first book right on down the line, they have been nonstop action and adventure. I can’t stress enough how exciting this series has proven to be. It’s definitely a new look at the dystopian genre.

The Mark of Loyalty is officially put into effect. Worldwide, believers are losing their lives. They would rather give their lives in the name of their God than take the mark of the beast and spend an eternity in Hell. The Antichrist is on a mission to
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The series is getting pretty interesting now as the AntiChrist is now indwelled with Satan himself and running rampant but God is also flexing his muscles a little bit in an effort to remind Nicolae who's boss. Great to see the Christians still remaining faithful and their numbers growing. The whole scene in and around the temple was pretty interesting.
Alyssa Reads
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
Definitely think this is one of the most action filled book in the series.
Naomi Bowen
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Possibly the best one so far.
The pace continues to build in this one. You can feel things headed to the climax of Christ's return.
There are some heartbreaking character deaths - not made easier by knowing they're in Heaven.
Some characters step up & start to take charge in a cool way (although Chloe's still quite annoying)
The Antichrist gets more outrageous & desperate in his attempts to fight God - & God just looks down & smiles. He's in control in these series - as He is in our
Chris Dewar
Honestly, this book is almost where the series jumped the shark. My main issues: poor character development, poorly written "broken" English dialogue for one of the main characters, unintelligent antagonists... Add to that an extremely unnecessary arsenal for the good guys (.50 cal's AND direct energy weapons!?!), and a story arc in which the main characters seem to continuously disregard their own beliefs (wow... A lot of people are choosing to give their souls to Satan... I should keep quiet. ...more
The 9th book in the Left Behind Series. Very intense and hard to let go at times. A very easy read and will put a end to any reading slumps you might be having.


Clift hangers
Character/plot interactions
Easy to read


Slow at times
Kim Justice
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephanie Ziegler
Shocked that it took 9 books before people actually started fighting back against this man.
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this ninth book of the Left Behind Series, the sides have been chosen and Nicolae Carpathia has declared martial law. Those who have not accepted Carpathian’s loyalty mark are being put to death by guillotine. The waters of the sea have turned to blood and a plague of boils has afflicted all the non-believers.

There is a great deal of action in this book, and it will hold your interest.
I am pretty sure it was this novel and the next one that made me stop reading this series the first time around, so I never "finished it" [even though I "already knew" how it was going to end - the Antichrist defeated and the Tribulation Saints reunited with their loved ones in Heaven after Jesus returned]. I think I liked it better this time around, but it still felt like it was lacking something. It had some 'plot twists' I did not expect, so I was surprised at some deaths in the book. The cha ...more
Carla René
From the title of this book, along with early installments in the series, I assumed that the entire book would concentrate on the actual desecration of the Jewish temple as foretold in the book of Revelation.

However, imagine my non-surprise at the way Jenkins handled that. He had one small scene in the entire book devoted to Antichrist riding a pig into the temple, splashing a little pig blood on the temple and then becoming bored with his own shenanigans and moving on to something else.


Any go
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book nine of the Left Behind series was a good one. I enjoyed the suspense and action in this book. I recommend this book, but after you have read the rest of the series. This is not the best of the series, and this is why I gave it four stars. I did enjoy the book with its twists and turns throughout, and significant events that will effect the rest of the series.

One of the aspects I liked about this book is that Chaim is granted a larger role in the series. Chaim was always a somewhat importan
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chang Wong is becoming a valuable asset to the work of the Tribulation Force. Rayford and his team assembles believers to take a stand at the Temple Mount where Carpathia followers are set to worship Carpathia's image and take the mark of the beast. Yet more Tribulation members perish as new members are introduced. Chaim and Buck go to battle for the Lord as unbelievers are plagued by festering wounds in an attempt to bring more away from Satan's hold over them. Chloe ventures out and becomes mo ...more
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, 2012-adult
I didn't care for this book. The bad writing of the series is starting to get annoying. All of the "bad guy" characters in Nicolie's inner circle sound the same. They also all sound like children, or are being written by children. It makes the conversations less believable. I also fail to understand Buck's value and why he always has to be in the center of things. He has no special skill set that aids the Tribulation Force, but he is always sent on these special missions, apparently just so the ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-path, religious
These books are great, except for the fact that Carpathia is portrayed as an immature sociopath. While I admire the dedication with which this author incorporates actual scripture, I do not believe that an entity as ancient and malevolently genius as "the Devil" could possibly act so childishly or contradictorily to his own doctrine within a public setting. The best, and only, argument that I can see for such behavior from such an ancient Satanic character would be his impatience being finally r ...more
Jul 16, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
I can't believe I lasted as long as I did reading this wretched series. Looking back on it, I was completely suckered in by the apocalypse effect (as I often am). The writing is horrible, the evangelism is blatant and disgusting, the women were forced to make babies and clean up after the determined, patriarchal bastards known as men. Ugh, what a waste of time. Please don't be brainwashed by this crap like I was for nine books.
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I began this book in audio form and finished it in print. If you are going to read this one (or possibly any of the series), I suggest you read it yourself, rather than listening. I did NOT like the narration at all. The voices are all wrong, as far as I'm concerned, and I would have just given up if I couldn't switch to the print version. I've read (in print or ebook) the earlier books in the series and have a good feel for the characters, I believe. These voices are NOT theirs.
This series is interesting as fiction goes, but they should not be taken as a literal interpretation of the Bible or prophesied events.
Melissa Joseph
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed this book. I love the series, the endings always make u want to run to grab the next one.
Shelley Alongi
This guy is a masochist I think that’s the right word I never thought of the antichrist is being messages but it makes sense in this fictional account. It’s interesting there are some verses from the Bible that I know relate to in times or that’s what we’re tired but I never thought of them I always thought they were more inclusive they could be I just have never seen them in that context though I’ve read them in that context. For instance when he talks about Christ saying if when you see some s ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am tearing through this series. It is so good. It is wonderful to see God's plan working out through the end times although it is frightening to see people resolutely choosing what they have to know by this point is evil. In the beginning Carpathia, (anti-christ) is posing as a benevolent maker of peace, so it is understandable that he fooled many, but by now he has nuked several cities and people are being executed left and right for refusing to take the mark, refusing to worship his statue, ...more
Melissa Cunning
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Geoff Battle
Very little happens in the first half of Desecration however the latter half ups the tempo somewhat and offers some genuine surprises. This entry in the series is rather heavy handed with it's gospel, at times preaching the Word for pages at a time where it could have easily been more succinct. The authors could have upscaled the action too, as a few of the scenarios presented could have been more exciting; more narrative allocated to them. It's a fair assumption that it is a deliberate effort t ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Shannon Rochester
First off, I noticed that even Goodreads can't even come up with anything new and exciting to say about this series. And personally, this particular book was my least favorite so far. Yes, some exciting things happen...we lose a couple of people and see others do some miraculous things but I am just so over reading so many books. I can't get excited about any of it anymore. What I do find funny, though, is that more people seemed to like this book than the others I have read in the series. But I ...more
Lisa Konet
A sacred temple defiled. Evil works to destroy good people. More Tribulation Force members captured or killed. A desperate mission to save TF member from torture/death. Evil Nicolae Carpathia to make his rule iron-clad. Now he is working to kill all the Jews and TF members and people who he thinks are traitors, which is pretty much everyone. On to book 10!
Jeannine Woods
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The authors killed off a character that I thought should not have been killed off, other than that it was a good book. The end was a total cliff hangar, although the reader would know the outcome, we want the details!! So I started reading book 10 in the middle of the night !!! Thank Goodness for Kindle and Amazon !!
Elijah Abanto
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jenkins has woven the two bowl judgments (boils and blood) skillfully to the drama of the characters of the series. This 9th book of the Left Behind series brought me to tears through the deaths of several believers, and amazement and praise as the power of God is displayed. No question why this is the best-selling novel in the world in 2001.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I agree with a lot of the other reviews. I appreciate this series for what it is as it has opened my eyes and challenged me in a thought provoking way. You start hating Nicholae (anti-Christ) and get scared listening to his rantings. But the book leaves you with hope and a desire for the next one 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.

Other books in the series

Left Behind (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Left Behind (Left Behind, #1)
  • 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)
  • The Indwelling (Left Behind, #7)
  • The Mark (Left Behind, #8)
  • The Remnant (Left Behind, #10)
  • Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages (Left Behind, #11)