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Tribulation Force: The Continuing Drama of Those Left Behind (Left Behind #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  32,737 Ratings  ·  837 Reviews
Facing darkness, plagues, and catastrophic natural disasters, Rayford Steele, his daughter Chloe, and others who were left behind join to take arms against evil as the Tribulation Force. The believers identify the Antichrist, a power-mad politician named Nicolae Carpathia, and begin working on a strategy to overthrow him. Also available on CD
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Published June 1st 1996 by Recorded Books (first published 1996)
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Lynda Loges
Absolutely fantastic. My first taste of christian fiction and it made me want to read the Bible again. It left me craving more and turned me back to the Lord. Thank you!!
May 26, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Oh Left Behind books, our time is through with each other. I am going to send you all away from my house now. I just don't know what to do with you, you are not worth selling on Amazon since you are so common you fetch no money, but do I donate you and live with the guilt that maybe some poor gullible lost soul buys you and is influenced to believe in this sci-fi bullshit that is passed off as truth? I hate to throw books out, but you might just be heading towards the big recycling bin in the sk ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I must dispute some of the claims made by other reviewers. They claim that this series is sexist, mainly because of the character of Hattie Durham. That is ridiculous, not only because such women exist in the world, but especially because there are other female characters (Chloe, for example) who do not behave in this manner. Additionally, there are male characters who have impure sexual motives as well. So, calling this book sexist is utterly unfounded. Secondly, they have called this bo ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5⭐ ...more
Jan 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
While slightly better written than the first book (which is like saying steer manure is slightly better smelling than cow manure), this second helping of the "Left Behind" series suffers even more from lack of storytelling ability and imagination. The first 1/3 - 1/2 of the book is mostly taken up with an insipid budding romance fraught with problems of mistaken identity and mixed signals that seems like it was lifted straight out of any bad sit-com you can name. And once that is finally resolve ...more
May 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
The story continues. The romance story line gets really intersting for a while, then ends up getting sappy toward the end of the book.

Suspense, intrigue etc. etc.

[personal complaints]:
They actually moved the U.N. to a place called "New Babylon". I can't believe people, especially religious people (for example the Catholics, or especially the Jews that were left behind) would not see that there was something spiritually fishy about that idea, seeing how frequently the name of Babylon is used in
Sep 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians/lovers of Christian fiction/fans of prophecy
Shelves: spiritual, disturbing
After the first one, I didn't really want to chew through alot of political stuff. I liked the first book, but parts of it moved really slow for me.

However, book 2 in the Left Behind series was great. While still slightly political, the action is much more fast paced. As the group of four who call themselves the Tribulation Force move closer to the signing of the treaty which will start the seven year Tribulation period, the world rejoices in the new world leader, Nicolae Carpathia. Even religi
Amanda Caldwell
I really enjoyed this book like the first one. There were a few things that annoyed me though.

1. Rayford and Chloe's relationship. It didn't seem believable as a father and daughter relationship. I guess they were just very open and that's great, but I didn't fully buy it. I found myself wondering if perhaps the authors (both males) were living vicariously through Rayford and wishing their relationships with their own daughters were so amazing. A lot of times I kept feeling like I was stuck in a
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the first of the Left Behind novels a little over a year ago and never really felt any compelling need or desire to continue reading the series. But based on the recommendation of several friends, I picked up the second novel in the series and gave it a try.

And while I liked Tribulation Force and it was a fairly quick read, I can't say that I was overly impressed by it.

Please don't misunderstand me--the authors have done a great job of researching the end times as predicted in Revelations
Tribulation Force is the second book in the Left Behind Series. The novel picks up a few days later from where Left Behind left off.

The book was written very well and does a really good job portraying how events are occurring throughout the novel. The ending becomes very intense which prohibits you from being able to put the bookdown. Over all the book was extremely intense and is a excellent recommended read.


Character development
Plot development
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A bit slow at time
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Another great book in the Left Behind series. This book continues where Left Behind ended. We follow Bruce, Rayford, Buck and Chloe as they further make sense out of everything that is happening.

This series is pushing me to study Revelations.

A series to be read in order. Recommended for readers interested in the end times and who would like to break open Revelations.
Jan 07, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why did I read two of these? Why are there so many good reviews? Surely the Antichrist is to blame on both counts.

I hate to leave reviews this brief and snarky, so I had to come back and elaborate. 20 years ago, when these books first came out, I was working in an office in Lexington, Ky, with a large number of evangelical type folks. They were nice guys, but given to starting arguments about evolution (it's all made up, have you heard?), singing Gospel songs at top volume in the office, and on
Tad Callin
Jun 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people I already hate
Recommended to Tad by: Mom
I wouldn't normally "review" a book I hadn't read, but I feel it's only fair in this case because publishers shouldn't produce a book that hasn't been written.

My mother, knowing that I'm a science fiction fan, sent me a big box full of these books, hopeful (apparently) that I would read them and share her great joy in their riveting depiction of the events in the book of Revelation as they unfold in a near-future (apparently not May 2011). I did try. I made it through the first chapter before I
Allison Winchester bean
This one actually got a little more interesting to me.
David Sarkies
Aug 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to David by: Some Christian Fundamentalists
Shelves: christian
Adventures of some post-apocalyptic superheroes
18 August 2012

There are two problems with me mentioning what happened in this book and it has something to do with having read it a while ago and wanting to actually put the book out of my mind. What I can say is that the book continues from where the last book finished where the main Christian characters decide to form some elite commando group called the Tribulation Force to go and tell as many people the gospel of Jesus as possible. A noble idea
Darrell Marshall
Jan 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE.
If the whole series of the "Left Behind" books were not based on a very deceptive teaching that was NEVER taught in the early Church, and in fact, originated less than 200 years ago, I may have given them 3 or 4 stars, because they are not that bad as works of fiction.

But because Tim LaHaye teaches in supplementary books and group study workbooks, that the "Pre-Tribulation Rapture" is Biblical Doctrine, his multi-million dollar bestselling series is no longer just a "Christian Fiction Thiller",
DNF - I read the first book as a kid, so obviously when relationship drama happened in the second book, I got bored and stopped. Now that I'm an adult, though, I don't feel like picking up this series again.
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the second book in the Left Behind series, Tribulation Force, we continue following the lives of those left behind after the rapture. Rayford Steele, his daughter Chloe, and Buck Williams have all become followers of Christ and along with other new followers have committed to fighting off the Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia and introducing as many people as they can to Christ.
Throughout this book Buck and Chloe have married, and Buck and Raymond have each taken their own assignments in finding
James Rieser
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. In this book Buck Williams, a reporter for GNN, is working on spreading the good news. After Nicolae Carpathia asked Buck to join his team, Buck has to chose his decisions carefully because if he picks poorly, Nicolae might find out his secret. While this is going on the rest of the gang are trying to recruit more people to become Christians to join the tribulation. This is an exciting sequel to the book Left Behind; I loved it.
This story has a great plot and I hope you e
Sara Parker
Hey, Nicolae is the Antichrist.

Did you know Nicolae is the Antichrist?

I'm certain Nicolae is the Antichrist.

That is how the first third of this book went. It was repetitive and boring. The repetitiveness didn't end. Fortunately, the plot picked up - in the last chapter.

Raymond was a badgering nut. I get wanting to share your faith, but at the cost of pushing people away? At the cost of repelling them from Christianity forever? His character is the epitome of why the world holds us Christians in
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Book One of the "Left Behind" series, I read the second book "Tribulation Force" hoping it would be better than the first one. It was! I liked the first book, but parts of it moved really slow for me. I know part of that was because they had to build all the characters, but in Book Two the story really gets going. Book Two was great for me because it moved faster and had a stronger story line. If you're a religious reader and you want a good series, even though I have only read two ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I don't have a problem with these books, i don't know if the Book of Revelatuion will be worked out as literaly as these stories picture it. They require as a necessity of their telling a certain amount of interprition, for example, who the "Beast" will be, where he will arise and so on. I am a Christian and believe that the Book of Revelution is in the Bible for a reason, Like I said, i'm just not sure of some of the literalness here. they could very well be right, but I I'll wait and see.

The r
Alexander Draganov
Massive improvement over book one. To be honest I wanted to give it five stars, because it was a very interesting mix between political thriller and a Christian story, with fantastic dialogue and cute romance - however the ending was way too rushed.
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Tori Hoeschler
Feb 01, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although I am of a secular world view, I admit the hype surrounding this series sparked my interest. This spark quickly expired and I am confident in saying I will not be reading any materials from LaHaye and Jenkins again.
I read this book shortly after completing Left Behind. I found Left Behind to be somewhat entertaining and thought, well, let's give the rest of the series a go. About half way through Tribulation Force I regretted this decision and cursed my inability to put abandon a book o
This was my first re-read of the stores since they first came out, just before 9/11. Jenkins and LaHaye are strong writers, and back up their fiction with scriptural prophecies. I did find myself wishing the characters would just get on with things... (ahem, Chloé!) when entire chapters were created from simple misunderstandings. but alas, that's what sells fiction, right? these books challenge me to take end times more seriously and to redouble my efforts to warn my loved ones about their futur ...more
Tyler Sellers
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The "Tribulation Force" was an amazing book filled with suspense, romance, drama, and action. I love how it actually matches up to scripture when it talks about prophecies and the events happening during the Tribulation. The authors did a great job of portraying the characters to what I believe was spot on to how they would have acted in the end times. Even though its just a science fiction book, it still moved me at points and I can say that it is the best christian book I've read let alone may ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now we're seeing what life will be like in this "new" world for Rayford, Chloe, and Buck. Nicolae is gaining power, and Rayford and Buck have first row seats. (view spoiler) I just saw that there are 13 books in this series. Wow. That seems a bit much! Hopefully they won't be too depressing.
Dec 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I needed to be saved from this thing called a novel. Talk about preachy, boring, predictable, etc. I was actually rolling my eyes during this book because the characters were so unbelievable and the story was too thin. Ugh. Worse than the first for sure and I will not read any more of these. Ever. Even if there is nothing else to read.
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book awhile ago, and the same thing applies here as it did to the first book- the writing style was boring to me.

As the story progresses into more a extraordinary story and plot, I feel like these authors need to "spice up" there writing style. Honestly, this isn't an essay you have to write for college; make it interesting a bit.

3.5-4.0 stars
Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chaos rules the world as panic and grief stricken survivors continue to search for their lost loved-ones. Suicide rates are sky-rocketing, businesses and homes are being looted, and martial law is in effect. A desperate world looks to the leadership and guidance of UN President Nicolae Carpathia, the only person offering any answers, hope, and plans to restore peace and order.

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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.

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Other Books in the Series

Left Behind (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Left Behind (Left Behind, #1)
  • 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)
  • Desecration (Left Behind, #9)
  • The Remnant (Left Behind, #10)
  • Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages (Left Behind, #11)
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