This novel has a first sentence that makes you die for closure…and you just got started.
I was very young when I watched Left Behind, the movie, and still have memories of the fear I felt seeing people disappear off the face of the earth. Why? Because it painted a gory picture of the end times for many of us back then. Anyway, it never really did sink in that there was an actual book out there, a series of twelve novels I discovered years ago and ignored until now. Perhaps I was still scared? Maybe not. I think i thought I knew the story already, and if you have, what need is there to read the books, right? WRONG!
Well, I finally did get a copy of Left Behind, the first in the series, just to have a peep, when fresh copies stared back at me in my favourite bookshop. That was when it all started, the adrenaline I mean, when I read the first paragraph. It’s one of the best first sentence and first paragraph I have read, making me believe without a doubt what many storytelling masters say, that the very first sentence could either win publishers over (and of course your readers) or turn them off.
So I met Rayford Steele, the pilot who would soon discover that about half his passengers are gone–simply disappeared–Buck the ace journalist, whose career as a nosy reporter would change, for what you may call, the worst, and the beautiful airline attendant who would dine with Nicolae, the man who would take the reins of power as the world nose-dives amid a crises never before imagined.
Many would cry when they discover their loved ones have gone missing, and there would be theories. Some would claim the aliens came and took them, some would provide scientific explanations, and a few would point their fingers at God and where scriptures dropped the hints. Overnight the Bible and knowing Jesus the Christ would become a top priority for some, among them, Rayford, Buck, and several others, including a pastor unceremoniously ‘ignored’ by God.
But wait, Nicolae, the man who claims to have the answers to the world’s problems surfaces and draws a large following. But does he have the answers and would the world be wooed by this charmer who dares to play God? The story just got started…
Published in 1995 by Tyndale, Jerry Jenkins (the writer of the book) and Tim Lahaye (who conceived the idea) have perhaps written one of the most captivating and moving Christian fiction novel, ever.