Book Review: Nicoale: The Rise of the Antichrist, Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins

Cannonball Read III Count: 2

I read Nicolae: The Rise of the Antichrist (and a lot of other Left Behind books) a long time ago, when I was a senior in high school and lived with Steph’s family. So it’s literally been ten years, exactly, since I read it. It’s hard to critique a book like this, because it does have its strong points and its weaker points. And it’s hard to review an older book, simply because it’s not fresh in people’s minds anymore, and most people aren’t looking for a recommendation on books that were published in 1998. (Sheesh, that sounds like so long ago!)

That said, here is what I will say. I am a Christian, so reading this series for me is part pleasure, part informational. I really think it’s a great series — part fun and part fearful, but fearful in a way to find God. If that is what you are looking for this is your book. There are so many different elements that make this novel so compelling and such a fast year (I read it in just a few days) — there is action (plane chases and earthquakes and chases in general), there is friendship, there is romance, and there is love. It appeals to a wide variety of readers, which is a perk, I think. Too many books like this have a small audience, but there truly is something for everyone in here, all while delivering a message. I also enjoy how the points of view are constantly shifting — we’re getting people’s reactions in real time, instead of only one character or one character per chapter. We know what people are thinking at the same time.

That said, it feels like some parts of this book were way too descriptive for me. I’m not talking about the parts where the Bible is explained. I mean the parts about how the car falls into a ditch, once with Chloe in it and once with Buck during the earthquake, and both times comes out still functioning. I’m talking about the description of the hiding place at the church. It’s written the way a man would describe, which is a silly, trite complaint, I know, but thus far it’s been something consistent about the series. There is a lot of violence, which some people might not like, but it’s basically the end of the world as we know it — violence is part and parcel, if you ask me.

Rating: 6.5/10



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9 responses to “Book Review: Nicoale: The Rise of the Antichrist, Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins

  1. I’ve always wanted to read this series. I’ll have to give it a look. Thanks for the rec! 🙂

    • Krista

      Although I find myself skimming through parts of the descriptions, I think overall it’s a well-done series. Happy reading! 🙂

  2. I read this series in high school as well. I’m curious if I would like it as much re-reading it now 10 years later. Nice review! Happy Reading for CBR3!

    • Krista

      Yeah, I wondered what it would be like re-reading. I think I am getting more out of it this time around. Plus, I only got through five or six books in high school, so much of it will be new to me. Should you ever read it again, I hope it will be time well-spent!

  3. Krista, I found you through Melanie (Big Mama) and just skimmed some of your blog. I’ll be back! I, too, and am avid reader and love reading good reviews and sharing suggestions. And I laughed when I saw you live near Camarillo. I’ve lived in San Antonio for 20 years, but mi familia still resides in Thousand Oaks. And, I too have two college degrees in English and education. Just wanted to say hi!

    • Krista

      Welcome, Chelsea! It appears that we are kindred spirits. 🙂 I am always excited to meet fellow readers. I did my graduate studies in Thousand Oaks at California Lutheran University — a truly beautiful area. I kind of post a hodge-podge of everything on here — book reviews, daily life, stuff about my growth with God… so read away! 🙂 It’s always nice to have new readers.

  4. “I’m not talking about the parts where the Bible is explained.”

    I studied religion in college and this is the part that always kept me at arm’s length from this series. Maybe unfounded, as I haven’t read any of them, but if you do review more of them after this I’d certainly like to see your response to this specific content, as much as opponents may hone in on that portion for their attacks. Thanks!

    • Krista

      I’ve never studied religion from an academic viewpoint, so I can’t really make a fair assessment of that. I attend a Calvary Chapel church and their bookstore sells the books, so from that (very limited, I’ll admit) vantage point, it’s sound enough for me at this point. I do think it’s fair that I do more research when I read the next book, however, because a lot of reviewing them is looking at them for how they hold up Biblically.

      Also, from the light research I’ve done into the books, I will say that it seems people either like them or don’t like them based on their particular view about the Rapture/Second Coming. Food for thought, all of it, and when I read the next one, I’ll surely take a closer look at the actual description of the events themselves. Thanks for your comment!

      • Great! I look forward to hearing what you have to say! Whatever views we may hold on Revelation, it is absolutely full of powerful imagery rich for mining.

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