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Book Review - Apocalypse Dawn by Mel Odom

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I have enjoyed the Left Behind series to a large degree, and I learned that there are some variations in that series that focus on end times in a different situational context.  In Apocalypse Dawn by Mel Odom, you follow the end time tribulation events through the experiences of a military family...

First Sergeant "Goose" Gander is a Ranger on the front lines of Turkey when a Syrian invasion is launched.  At the same time, the Rapture occurs and a significant number of soldiers suddenly disappear from the conflict.  While he's trying to struggle with this unknown situation that's happened on a worldwide scale, he's also worried about his family back in the States.  His wife, a youth counselor, is being charged with kidnapping.  She was trying to rescue an abused child from a rooftop when he fell.  The Rapture occurred in mid-fall, and the only thing that hit the ground were a set of clothes.  The family of the child is convinced that she's hiding him somewhere, regardless of similar happenings.  Goose's younger child is also missing as part of the Rapture, and the family is struggling to make sense of it all.  The Gander family isn't ignorant of God, but they just never really made the commitment as Christians...

This is the first of three (that I know of) books in the series, so don't expect any resolutions at the end.  In fact, if you aren't planning on reading the other two right away, don't bother with this one.  If you stop here, the feeling would be very unsatisfactory as there's no "ending".  I'm hoping as I continue with the other two, that the story doesn't drag out unnecessarily.  I enjoyed the battle scenes and the struggle of faith in the midst of war, but the story could have been a bit tighter.  Regardless, it's an enjoyable read if you liked Left Behind...

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Gravatar Image1 - Haven't read the series but just finished "The Ezekiel Option" http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1414303432/qid=1144668724/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-0816811-1076849?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

Was a thought provoking book.

Later - Skip

Gravatar Image2 - This is one that's been on my "would like to read soon" list. I may hit that one after I finish The Da Vinci Code.

My all time favorite book on the idea of the end times is The Christ Clone Triology (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0446613274/sr=8-1/qid=1144927606/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-8820677-8868168?%5Fencoding=UTF8). I just finished rereading book 1 for the 3rd time last week. This book does an AWESOME job of merging actual events in history, current issues in the Middle East and modern scientific discoveries and using that as a the spring board for the entire story.

Gravatar Image3 - Thanks for the leads on those books, guys... I've put all of them on hold at the library...

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