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When I pick up a book by Christine Nolfi I know I’m in for a amazing ride. She writes southern fiction/women’s fiction like no one else. Her books are always a treat and so worth e Street She Left Behind is the excellent title for this amazing book. I started it and had such a hard time putting it down. I fell for the characters like they were long lost friends. There were a couple that I didn’t like, Jack, Darcy’s dad. He was a jerk of the worst kind. I also didn’t like Rosalind, Darcy’s mother. I did learn to like her and understand some of why she was the method she was. By the end I came to like her a lot and have lots of respect for her favorite hero was Michael. He was such a kind and gentle person who loved Darcy with all his heart. Also all of his life. He was the kind of man all women need. I loved his compassion and the fact that he didn’t ever give up completely. He was resilient. He was just an all around amazing guy.Emerson, Darcy’s nephew was one intelligent kid. His look at things was so refreshing. He is one intelligent child too. He was a very kind kid and had a method of making everyone fall in love with him. I certainly did. I loved when he asked, “What is the average expiration date for old people?” He was very intelligent and saw more than most though he did. He was Elizabeth’s son. Elizabeth was Darcy’s sister that was killed when Emerson was so mson, Darcy’s young mate who insisted on coming back home with her. He was recently aged out of the foster system and looked up to Darcy completely. He would tell her like it was at times too. He was a amazing child and didn’t take his friendship with Darcy lightly. He would stand up to anyone for her. I really did like him. He was someone that you would love to know for sure. Smart, kind and loving.. Samson is on his method to a amazing life.Tippi and Nella are the next door neighbors and Nella was Rosalind’s best mate until a betrayal ended that. Nella, Michael’s mother, lived a life of guilt and would give anything to turn back time and do things differently. Tippi, Nella’s mother and Michael’s grandmother was a feisty woman who loved flirting and playing poker. She loved to cook and cause a bit of mischief when she would.Darcy.... She was the powerful young woman this whole story is about. She’s method stronger than she thinks and has lived her life in so much pain and guilt for the latest eight years. She blames herself for her dad and sister dying. She feels like it is completely her fault and her mother didn’t support with that at all. Blaming one kid for what another does is not fair. It’s a total shame for any mother to do so. Darcy’s coming back home created more unbelievable things happen than she could have ever dreamed is book is so good. It will create you laugh, cry, think, keep your breath, cringe in parts, scream, laugh again and cry lots of tears. It’s so well written and will definitely tug at your heartstrings. It’s one that you won’t wish to place down until the end and then you’ll wish more. I highly recommend this book to everyone I know who loves reading.I have to thank #NetGalley and #Lake Union publishers for this copy of a unbelievable book for my honest review..It’s another large 5 stars from me. You can’t go wrong with a Christine Nolfi book.
The main hero in the story is Darcy Goodridge, but it's the underlying story about the lives of her parents that molded her life. Darcy left city suddenly following the sudden deaths of her father and younger sister, but the cause of it all was the horrendous war she had with her father just before the tragic accident. Darcy and her sister Elizabeth were very close growing up and their 'real' parent was the housekeeper, because their parents were rarely to never show in their lives. The household was extremely dysfunctional, headed by career parents. Darcy didn't wish to leave, in fact her relationship with the love of her life, Michael, was growing stronger by the day, but was forced out by her guilt ridden mother. Add to the mix Elizabeth's newborn son, Emerson, who was growing up in the shadow of his judicial grandmother, too intelligent for his tender age of eight by the time Darcy was forced to return home, when Emerson ran away to force the home life situation. The story is well written, the characters were well formed thus touching the heart of the readers.
The Street She Left Behind just blew me away. Such a amazing story—such turmoil and emotions. Darcy is running away from her past, running for eight years. Then all of sudden, she gets pulled back to the life that she was running to ere are so a lot of secrets and lies from the past, things that cannot be forgiven—until they need to be in for life to move on. The relationships and drama between the characters is what intrigued me about this story. Everyone and everything is so intertwined that figuring it all out is what drove me to hold turning the e story has amazing, strong, and interesting characters—characters who fight, support, and love each other. I loved the interactions between Rosalind, the staunch, upstanding judge, and her eight year old grandson, who is truly wise beyond his years.I was excited to begin reading The Street She Left Behind and was sad when I got to the latest page. I wasn't ready to be done with this adventure and my time in this unbelievable story. This is definitely a book that you are going to wish to read as soon as possible."The things you own don't bring happiness."
Christine Nolfi has written an intelligent, well-thought out story filled with honest emotions. The little info that bring the characters to life is brilliant…life swirls around each one, closing in until they must with the past in to face the future. Darcy with a guilt that has her running from life. Emerson is a small boy who is thrown into an adult globe before his time. Michael is the stable rock of down-to-earth sensibility that we all need from time to time. You will meet Rosalind, Latrice, Nella, and Tippy. Tippy is more of a secondary hero but she will live on in my heart. She always created me laugh. As a writer, Christine Nolfi has a bonus of creating a background so special to her stories that as a reader I can feel the ground beneath my feet, the wind or rain whipping around my face. I can smell the turkey in the oven and taste the cookies. She brilliantly brings out the emotions of not only her characters, but is able to allow her readers feel the emotions as well. Yes, I had tears from time to time, as well as laughter, and a bit of sighing. I've already started a bonus list: one to my sister for her birthday, one to my d-I-l for Christmas, one to my bff just because I know she will love it...and the list goes on.
Christine Nolfi, Author of “The Street She Left Behind” has written a thought-provoking, emotional, captivating, and heartwarming novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The timeline for this story is within an eight-year period. The author describes her dramatic characters as complex, complicated, quirky, and dysfunctional.Darcy Goodridge is finally coming back home after being on the street and in various locations for the latest eight years. Darcy had been running away after the deaths of her sister and her father. The dysfunctional family dynamics and deep dark secrets were also part of Darcy’s motivation to stay away from home. Now an emergency phone call about Emerson, Darcy’s young nephew has her coming it real that there’s no put like home? Darcy is left with an emotional mess to with, and other problems. Christine Nolfi has written a story that had me chuckling a few times and also tearful. ( Be warned there are some Kleenex moments)I would highly recommend this insightful and thought-provoking novel. I appreciate that the author discusses the importance, of family, friendship, forgiveness, second-chances, communication, love and hope.
I absolutely loved “The Street She Left Behind” by Christine Nolfi. I did not wish to place this book down once I started reading. This is a heartwarming story of guilt, secrets, family, betrayal, resentment and forgiveness. The characters are relatable and well defined. Each hero has their own special personality. I laughed and cried and chuckled out loud, and did not wish this book to end. The descriptions created you feel like you were there living with the characters, you could smell the turkey cooking, taste the cookies, feel the rain on your face Nolfi is a gifted writer, I am so glad I read this book. You will be touched by all the emotions in this book. It is wonderfully written and a delight to read. I highly recommend this novel to readers that have fun Women’s Fiction. Christine Nolfi is a must read author.
The street she left behind is a story of loss, secrets, misconceptions, guilt & forgiveness. One fateful night changed a family forever. Darcy Goodridge leaves Ohio & for eight years kept to herself, moving from Job to Job sealing with grief. All is about to change for everyone with the support of two boys, misconceptions, hurts and relationships will start to heal. Christine Nolfi pulls at your heart, her stories capture you in the first sentence you can’t place the book down nor do you wish the story to end. You definitely feel like you could fit in the towns she writes about & be mates with the character. The Street she left behind will change you. You will wish to place this on your TBR list.
A better, smarter book than Hillbilly Elegy. Although, as the author has pointed out, the population he writes about can be more accurately described as those who refused to hold up. "Left Behind" implies being victims of external forces, when much of the anger is driven by a changing globe and manipulation by provocateurs. Amazing sociology like this is painstaking, but ultimately full of insights that created me sad.
The 2016 election brought to the forefront a long simmering anger in rural America. Unfortunately, most of the analysis of that underlying rage has been overly simplistic and dismissive. This is an exception to that trend. This is one of the few pieces I’ve read that doesn’t summarily dismiss the point of view of rural America as bigoted and uneducated. I highly recommend this book especially for those liberals (like myself) who have struggled to understand the rationale that lead so a lot of of our fellow citizens to vote for a demagogue. By the end of the book, while I vehemently disagree with the end results, I can honestly say that I better comprehend the fundamental problems at play. If there is to be a method forward collectively beyond the ultra-partisan divide, surely it must start with a better understanding of the core problems that are dividing us. This book is a useful tool towards a better understanding.
This is a nice book that draws on interviews and polling of little city residents to paint a picture of their views of hot button issues--abortion, gays, morality, and bigotry among other topics. It is well written, engaging and somewhat thought-provoking, but I found that most of the reported attitudes and perspectives were not surprising. I think most of us already knew that attitudes about and immigrants, for instance, are a reflection of both some degree of group opinions forged in church services and private experience with people or relatives in their communities. Hard line positions come with lack of knowing people who are practicing Muslims, for instance, or the unwillingness of neighbors to openly admit that they have had an abortion or see value in State-sponsored help networks. Little towns breed a bit of conformity that is seen in conservative politics. As others have noted, the author sort of dumps the reader at the end, without summing up how those of us on the political left might approach the obvious rural-urban divide that has grown in the US and other countries. There is small analysis of the attitudes that are expressed by the people interviewed. The author tries to be open-minded about the perspectives of little city residents (and mostly succeeds) but one is left with the feeling that the huge problems are the uniformity of thinking that comes with trying to obtain along with neighbors, the central role of churches with conservative politics that shape the majority opinion that residents are expected to hold, and a desire to avoid controversies that will split the community. My son, for instance, visited his then-girlfriend in little city Missouri, and reported later that the family went out of its method to change the topic every time some controversial subject came up. The family also was not interested in seeking info through the web that might respond primary questions that came up around the dinner table. There are no solutions here.....
We were not "left behind" however. Most of the problems raised in this book are valid. I can relate to a lot of of the writer's conclusions. I feel that a follow up analysis would be very helpful.I believe that there exist some geographic differences that drive little city personalities in various directions. The book seemed to focus its conclusions on communities with an agriculture background mainly in the south. My experience is based on little towns in Appalachia whose existence was based on mining, railroads, and wartime manufacturing.
I was disappointed in this book, although, upon finishing it, I couldn't exactly place my finger on what I had expected from it that it did not deliver. I learned very small from it -- I live in a little city in the West and have lived in little towns most of my life. Most of the people in my city are reflected, in one method or another in this book. The book is quite fair, maybe too fair, to them. The author interviewed a lot of people and tried to sort out what is behind their political feelings. It is massive on narrative and anecdote and light on statistics -- which I am certain is by design. I have no doubt the author had statistics available that he chose not to thing he did not provide is much analysis as to the cause of the disparity between small-town and larger-city "values." I believe there is a lot of self-sorting that goes on in these communities, that is, people of certain political persuasions and personalities leave little towns on purpose, whereas people of opposing personalities do not. And you end up with a more homogeneous little town. I also believe that there is a certain degree of bullying -- that's a bit too powerful of a word but it's mostly real -- that silences people who may have more moderate political views and who do not answer to bullying by bullying back. He only touched on the end, it was for me a book full of anecdotes, and I didn't learn anything I couldn't have learned by listening carefully to Country Western melody for an afternoon.
I agree with a few readers who have posted a review with 2 stars; the book is quite various from Howard's previous books. The begin was promising and the grit and determination of the heroine created the plot enjoyable, for a time. Unfortunately, the book dragged interminably, almost to the point that it seemed the author was trying to meet a minimum number of pages and recycled research material. The book's description and the title alerted the reader the main hero was left behind during a mission; however, the scenario that became the focus of the book's description took barely a chapter to accomplish and resolve. The book, in its entirety could have been written well in fewer than 100 pages. It was quite disappointing after the wait.
Wow! Been reading LH since the beginning & haunting used bookstores to search all of her books. This book was a throwback to some of her best original titles--emotionally raw with a strong punch. Sex scenes are some of her best. The hero detail & development was rich. One of her best works.
This is my first experience with JoJo Moyes, the famous British author who just burst onto the literary stage with books I would characterize as Nicholas Sparks meets historical fiction. I kept hearing amazing things about the Globe Battle I setting of Girl and finally gave in and was pleasantly surprised by the 1915 storyline that vividly depicted the experiences of French villagers living under German occupation. I can't think of another novel that covers this terrain. Moyes engages all the senses in showing the hunger, anger and fear of civilians caught up in the Amazing War. In dual timeline novels, I usually dread reaching the modern storyline. I was engaged this time around but winced at some of the outlandish coincidences. Girl is a thoroughly enjoyable novel with a crisp, cinematic style that reads like the inevitable film it could inspire.
After reading the previous nine installments of this series, I was really torn on how to review this one. By giving it only two stars I may invoke a negative reaction, however, I couldn't shake the feeling that the first 100 plus pages was a very drawn out and boring filler material until the book picks up in the second ter the cliffhanger in 9, I expected to delve right into action that wouldn't stop with only a few years left of the tribulation. Sadly, only the first few pages with the cliffhanger in Petra as we left the Antichrist Carpathia making a strike versus those believers under God's protection.Unfortunately, after this is quickly resolved the reader embarks on a very lengthy and unexciting rescue attempt of a hero George who is being held by the GC. Chloe, Mac and one other Trib force member decide to rescue him and while everything is under God's plan, it just seemed to me that there was so much fake dialogue and convenient holes in the rescue attempt I often fought the urge to skip ahead. It was this tangent created me feel that this was a separate novel altogether.With that said, fortunately, the story does pick up, though time advances quite a bit. The sides are beautiful much drawn up at this point, those believers who evangelize for God, and those that are loyal supporters of the Antichrist. While Carpathia has a smaller role in this book, his madness and evils become more apparent. He can't grasp that the 'curses' that are opened up on the earth are the judgments of God and tries to convince the populace that these things will pass, that his scientists are working on cures. Water is in short supply, and after another year into the tribulation so-called GC loyalists are starting to have second thoughts about Carpathia. There is even rumor that certain regions want to defect as the globe plunges into further e Tribulation force on the other hand keep some assurances from the Lord. They seem to be protected from certain earthly ailments and judgments, and are provided for in miraculous ways. There are more sightings of angels and miracles, however, God is indeed allowing the balancing of the scales. Carpathia, not to be outdone sends out his own 'cultists' who perform 'miracles' in his name, however, with a hidden agenda...a fast slaying of those that have yet to wards the tail end of the novel there are some interesting and frightful descriptions of happenings that are unfolding, and I personally think this is the meat and potatoes of this novel, not the filler material mnant ends with the Lord plunging the globe into darkness and it's just about 6 years into the tribulation.
The series has a amazing plot/storyline, however the writing isn't that great. And it can have overbearing Christian tones to it at times. Overall, the series is okay - nothing amazing not the worst. This book was filler -- but necessary. It was painfully obvious that the happenings in this book had to happen to fulfill the 12 book quota. With that being said, it's worth it to obtain to the end.
If you like suspense thrillers that hold you on the edge of your seat and you just can't place down; you MUST read the "Left Behind Series" by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins!When I began reading this series my life was changed...I never could read a book and [email protected]#$%! before. However, Book 1, "Left Behind," started me on a street to reading. Unbelievable! I could not place the books down; and then I couldn't wait to obtain to the next book (you do need to read them in so you don't obtain confused or e first book in the series moved a small slow for me; but after that BAM! The following books moved quickly. In fact, I was reading a book a week and that was a miracle for me because prior to starting this series I had only read one other book straight through in my lifetime.I think what created these books even more thrilling than most is that this series is based on the truths of the Scriptures and the prophecy of the Bible. The writers, Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins, took the prophecies that point to the time we are living in now and what is to come. They layed them out in a method so that you can envision the days ahead for the planet Earth and it's people. So exciting!I FIRST READ THESE IN THE 90'S and WOW! It's awesome to watch these prophecies unfolding in the everyday happenings in the Globe around us. The reality of the media news fills our days with tradgedies and violence beyond our imaginations. The amazing news is that in the midst of it all, after reading these books, we can see the method to hope for a better day. I know you will not be disapointed in these e MOVIE versions did not do the books justice and were a huge disapointment. Too much was changed and left out.*Complete Series 16 Volume Left Behind Set: The Rising, Regime, Rapture, Left Behind, Tribulation Force, Nicolae, Soul Harvest, Apollyon, Assassins, The Indwelling, The Mark, Desecration, The Remnant, Armageddon, Glorious Appearing, Kingdom Come (Left Be...
By using the word DRAMA I do not mean for anyone to deny the authenticity of this engaging text. The two men responsible for these books are inspired by GOD. Truly they take some of the most confusing scripture in the Bible and create it not only understandable but also fascinating engaging and provocative- not in an immoral sense but in a sense of giving us an inspirational incentive to see all we know saved. With the salvation of all we know becoming our basic goal, we will be more prepared than ever after reading this book and the rest in the series as well as the Left Behind series which maintains the same integrity with a various point of view and extra details.
If you believe in Christ our Lord and have fun reading the Bible then you will have fun reading all the books in these segments. Written by Christian writers helping us through the Bible. We actually don't know all that God has planned for us but these tales are very interesting and enjoyable to read. We do know that what is written in the Bible is real and all words were inspired by the Lord. Please do have fun reading all these books written for any ages. God Bless
Two parallel stories set approximately 100 years apart. Sophie in 1916 in the french village of St Peronne where she is running the local pub with her sister while her husband Eduard, an artist of some note, is away at the war. The village has been taken over by the Germans and supplies are very short. When the Kommandant requisitions the pub to provide evening meals for his men an unwilling relationship develops between Sophie and the Kommandant. He takes a fancy to the painting of Sophie, “The Girl You Left Behind”, done by her husband and she makes a bargain with him to exchange the painting for the return of her husband. Liv in London in 2006 is a young widow whose architect husband, David had purchased “The Girl You Left Behind” during their honeymoon in Paris 4 years before. She meets and falls in love with Paul whose company is in the business of restoring works of art stolen by the Nazis during the war. When he realises that Liv has one of the works that his company is looking for a court case ensues. It is a heart-breaking story but never crass or sentimental. Beautifully handled but with some beautiful horrific descriptions of the treatment of prisoners of battle during WW1.
Laugh out loud, over the top hero named Jina Modell makes this story a winner! This author, Linda Howard, creates characters who stay with you long after the book is read. Jina is amazing, a heroine that any woman would love to emulate. She is snarky, funny, courageous, mouthy, tough, and couldn’t quit something if her life depended on it. Until it does? Working for a paramilitary group in D.C., Jina is promoted to working on one of the “Go-Teams” as a drone operator, communication specialist. Unfortunately for her, this means she has to obtain in e squad Jina is assigned to are a amazing bunch of guys, lead by Levi (Ace) e suspenseful part of the storyline is kind of weak, but it ties the story together, and brings the characters where they need to be. “The Woman Left Behind” is an emotional, highly entertaining read!
Waiting for this series to unfold is giving fresh meaning to the word "eternity".If you've read books 1 through 9, it's unlikely this review will sway you. You're hooked. Gotta read the latest. Like mber 10 was a small slower than the best of the series. I'm spoiled. I wish more dramatic miracles. More action! More angels vs. poor guys!! More drama!On page 221, Remnant reads, " There were victims to grieve, martyrs to parise, and much work ahead...He was willing to hang in and work in his office during the day, doing his true work after hours, for as long as God chose to protect him." This beautiful much sums up the content and the pace of this owing how the story ends, there is a lot more ahead. I'm ready for the end; of the globe and of this series.
This review covers books 1-10 in the Left Behind series . . .Since this is a fiction series I am leaving the argument over Scriptural consistency, interpretation, and/or literalism out of this, and focusing on actual content e Global Community is generally characterized as a worldwide aggregate of bumbling fools (a la the Germans in Hogan's Heroes) who are always outwitted by the Tribulation Force (Hogan and the gang). I can't even count how a lot of times a Trib Force member talked his/her method past a checkpoint, acquired this or that vehicle, landed or took off from a GC-controlled airstrip, escaped traps, or rescued a prisoner. Maybe the authors attribute this to the providential hand of God, but after a few times there was no suspense left as each fresh difficult situation came up and was overcome. Well, with the theme of "We win," it would be difficult for anyone to write much suspense into the e truly interesting reading came with each fresh trumpet or plague sent upon the earth. But in-between each fresh catastrophe, time dragged.Few of the male characters, in my opinion, were interesting, with notable exceptions being David Hassid, Chaim, Chang, and Zeke. Rayford just never seems to obtain a personality after the first book. Tsion is predictable, pious, and boring. The figure of the antichrist is mostly that of a scheming CEO with occasional outbursts of a murdering st of the female characters seemed photocopied from the same template, and after a few books it was hard to distinguish the personalities of Chloe, Hannah, and Leah. Their characters seemed pushed to the back to the story line due to lack of interest. Too poor David's fiancée couldn't have been developed e continued use of the word "said" to describe individuals talking to one another was maddening, especially noting the impressive number of books that each co-author has published. He said, she said, they said, said, said, said, said! One `said' for each of the 144,000 probably. We learned in English or Writing class that any substitution is usually more descriptive. How about a few more replied, remarked, grumbled, laughed, mumbled, cried, agreed, etc., etc., etc.? This alone would have added one notch to the rating.On a positive note, I thought the authors absolutely shined with Tsion's messages; the hero showed genuine warmth and concern for this billion-member internet flock. It was also extremely gratifying to see the characters constantly pray for God's will and guidance in both amazing and poor gardless of whether you believe the series is Biblically accurate or not, the Left Behind series is a mediocre read. I am a Christian and really wanted this series to be spectacular, but I must rate it honestly. If you wish some light reading to temporarily escape into the opinions of two individuals on how the End Times might play out, then by all means consider these books. But if you are looking for brilliant writing, I suggest looking elsewhere.And if you are interested in more End-Times literature, the Bible itself wouldn't be a poor put to start.
The books in this series just obtain better and better. I found myself actually frightened at moments and so disturbed by what I read that I had to step back for a bit. That's a sign of perfect writing! The poor guys are so terribly poor and the evil is not candy coated. That's why it was hard for me because things said and done by the characters were very offensive. Now that is not a poor thing considering who the characters are and if this is to be real to life, then yes that evil would prevail to the point that very offensive behavior and talk would take place. One thing is clear in these books, the war between amazing and evil won't be watered down in true life and it isn't here. But it is still respectful and sympathetic to the reader so no worries. All these qualities create a very exciting story. I search myself reading the books so quick I have to create myself slow down and pace myself. No point rushing a amazing thing. If you are thinking about reading the Left Behind Series, begin at the beginning and obtain ready for the ride of your life.
I said I wouldn't write another review, but I guess I opened my mouth only to change feet. I'll be up front and say this is a biased review. This is because I'm a born-again Christian that believes in a dispensational interpretation of the Bible. This means the Bible needs to be interpreted literally unless it clearly says otherwise. Why would God, the creator of the universe, leave confusing figurative directions to eternity? That said, you'll like the book if your beliefs are down this alley. If you're hard-core atheist, you won't like it. If you don't like literal Biblical interpretations of Revelation, you could go either way. The writing isn't great, but it keeps the story moving (slowly at times) and I admire an author who is willing to mostly stay within literal Biblical parameters and who gives a CLEAR picture of Biblical salvation. But for me, the downside is how wonderful the characters have become. Yes, with God all things are possible, but you'd think they live in between a Boeing jet factory and a used vehicle dealership. As more characters are followed, the scenes tend to shift more abruptly, hurting the flow. And I have to agree with others that more and more time in each book is spent in review, which draws out the series. Still, with my biases, I enjoyed it, my son enjoyed it, and it makes for interesting discussion among people of diverse backgrounds. Also, these later books in the series still beat the film by a wide margin.
"It seemed the cruelest thing a person could do--to invent hope where there was none." (Location 5832-5833)In The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon, Reggie Dufrane is a cutting edge green architect, but back in 1985 her only friends, Charlie and Tara, were two other social outcasts in Brighton Falls, Connecticut. 1985 was the year her mother, Vera, was abducted by the serial assassin called "Neptune." Neptune would kidnap the woman and then leave her severed right hand in a milk carton on the steps of the police department. Five days later the woman's body would be discovered, nude, in some public place. Vera's hand was left by the killer, but her body was never found. Reggie grew up living with her aunt Lorraine, and left Brighton Falls right after high school, never apters alternate between Reggie Dufrane in 1985, at age 13, and in 2010, 25 years ggie's relationship with her mother was complex and Reggie may not remember everything exactly as it was. Her "earliest memory of her mother began with her mother balancing an egg on its end and ended with Reggie losing her left ear. (Location 318-319) Vera was likely an alcoholic, but most certainly she wasn't able to provide a stable home for her daughter without living at the family home with her sister. Reggie feels alienated and unloved, which is part of being 13, but certainly losing her mother at such a vulnerable time further influenced her ggie "didn't believe in clutter or in holding on to things that didn't have significant meaning, so her bookcase held only the books that she referred to again and again, the ones that had influenced her: The Poetics of Space, A Pattern Language, The Timeless Method of Building, Design with Nature, Notes on the Synthesis of Form, as well as a little collection of nature guides. Tucked here and there among the books were Reggie's other amazing source of inspiration: bird nests, shells, pinecones, interestingly shaped stones, a round paper wasp nest, milkweed pods, acorns, and beechnuts." (Location 260-265)"Reggie had always been a quiet kid, even with her own family, and part of the reason for this was that she never knew the right thing to say. Words didn't come easily to her, they were stumbling blocks rather than lines of connection. And only later, after the fact, when she was replaying conversations in her head late at night, did the right words come--a cruel joke, too little, too late." (Location 1923-1926)Reggie had been getting phone calls for years that she attributed to e'd been getting the calls for years, first at home, then college, then in every apartment and house she'd ever lived in. He never said a word. But she could hear him breathing, could almost feel the puffs of fetid moisture touch her amazing ear as he inhaled, then exhaled, each breath mocking her, saying, I know how to search you. And somehow, she knew, she just knew, that it was Neptune. And one of these days, he might actually begin his mouth and speak. She allow herself imagine it: his voice rushing through the phone like water, washing over her, through her. Maybe he'd tell her the one thing she'd always wanted to know: what he'd done with her mother, why she was the only victim whose body was never found. The others had been displayed so publicly, but all they ever found of Vera was her right hand. (Location 270-276)In spite of the harassing calls, Reggie is thriving in her show day orderly life until she receives a phone call in 2010. Her mother, Vera, has been found alive in Massachusetts. She's been in a homeless shelter for the past couple of years under an assumed name, but now she is dying and she has finally admitted her true name."No, Regina. It seems they've found your mother. Alive." Reggie spat out the coffee, dropped the cup onto the floor, watching it fall in slow motion, dark espresso splattering the sustainably harvested floorboards. It wasn't possible. Her mother was dead. They all knew it. They'd had a memorial service twenty-five years ago. Reggie could still remember the hordes of reporters outside; the method the preacher smelled of booze; and how Lorraine's voice shook when she read the Dickinson poem "Because I Could Not Stop for Death." (Location 291-296)"Reggie wondered if she and her mother would even recognize each other. She tried to picture the stump where her mother's right hand had been--the hand that had once tapped out the rhythm of every song on the radio; the hand that held hers ice-skating on Ricker's Pond. Reggie pushed her hair back, fingers finding the little crescent moon of scars behind her prosthetic ear. Maybe, she thought, feeling her own scar tissue, they'd know each other by what was missing." (Location 599-604)Reggie finally returns to Brighton Falls after her 25 year absence, but her attempts to explore Neptune's identity are amounting to nothing, since Vera seems mentally incapable of remembering anything. Vera and Reggie's return also heralds the more sinister return of e One I Left Behind is a complex novel with the kind of phenomenal hero development that helps drive the plot and allows suspense to build gradually as the happenings in 1985 and 2010 are played out in the alternating chapters. I was doubly impressed with the plot and the hero development. McMahon does an exemplary job of keeping the action and tension building while exhibiting an astute ability to capture the voice of Reggie at both 13 and 38 in a believable way. Clues to Neptune's identity are slowly revealed, moving the plot forward as the darker aspects of all the personalities involved are also ry Highly RecommendedAfter very highly recommending Jennifer McMahon's Don't Breathe a Word, and now The One I Left Behind, I believe McMahon has just elevated herself into the position of an author I will endeavor to always read.
This was mot a poor book, but I had a hard time getting through it. It seemed too long and repetitive. The jumping back and forth between 1985 and 2011 didn't work as well in this book for me as others have. The characters were interesting, but I found myself getting bored with their actions and decisions. It also seemed to "drag" on with too much detail. I would read other books by this author because I search a lot of times I can be influenced merely by my own problems This experience was just ok and I was glad to move on.
I confess, I like anything written by Linda Howard, she has long been my favorite author. BUT I will say, some of her books are better than others. This book was one of the better ones and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were engaging and the story moved at a amazing pace. I do want we had learned more about Levi's private life though. Most of the story was from Jina's perspective, with a few from Levi's, but in his scenes, it was all about Jina or the team, never about him. Even with that, I still was invested in his hero and really liked him. I'd definitely recommend this read.
The Girl You Left Behind is a story of the German occupation in France during the first Globe War, and reminds us that that time was quite soon after French artists like Monet, Manet and Cezanne revolutionized modern painting. There is also the lesser story of the modern-day owner's war to hold her heirloom painting. While I enjoyed the novel, it feels not quite believable. While Sophie and her family act naturally, the Kommandant is unbelievably decent; something modern readers can't quite swallow, from our knowledge of the second Globe War. Also, there is somehow an Englishness and optimism about that overpowers the French section's attempt at genuineness. That said, it's an enjoyable read. I had fun trying to imagine Edouard's style; I see him as midway between Manet and Roualt.
This was a compelling read, but I must admit that I was more drawn in by Sophie's story than by Liv's. Sophie's story had depth, and the characters were more engaging. The historical part of the story was actually reminiscent of The Nightingale. However, the modern-day story was unimaginative and implausible. The novel in its entirety reminded me of the same premise as The Lady in Gold. Therefore, much of the time, I found myself comparing the novel to those I've read in the past, which is never a amazing method to have fun a fresh novel.
.The safety once found in the town of Chicago is lost, and the groups must divide and test to obtain to build fresh safe communities. I want I had some of the technological devices that the Tribulation Force did. The techie in me loved the descriptions and wanted more. These tools allowed Chloe to manage her international conglomerate of Christian traders without slowing. Now, some of the shippers who supported the trading cause have been caught and killed. This is a time when only those with the tag of Carpathia can buy, sell, obtain medical aid, or go out without expecting to be is book is powerfully visual, but I would still like to know more about Petra, and if it does fit the Biblical put of refuge. It probably does since LaHaye and Jenkins have obviously done extensive Biblical research to place the series together. More descriptions, I think, would be lions of Judeo-Christians are living in this arid put where there is no source of water or food. However, just as God provided for the Israelites as they spent forty years wandering the deserts in the Old Testament, God provides manna and a continuous fountain. If it seems that the authors have used a deus ex machine process for the miracles, remember this is a series about God protecting his own and showing His miraculous pathia sees millions of people in Petra, so he must test to destroy the city. A target so ready that how can he resist? But, just as he was unable to slay the two prophets in the roads of Jerusalem until their time was fulfilled, he is stopped by God's power. Frustrated, the antichrist's forces work to lure the undecided who reside in Petra into their re characters become primary, and I found a lot of of them special and fascinating. Intrigue and action are still the driving force for this book as Christians test to save other believers and those who have not yet taken the mark, which was needed in book eight of the series. With millions of people still on earth, Carpathia's forces have not been able to compel everyone to keep the tag or die. It is still gory, and there are a lot of believers who are captured and killed. The antichrist's soldiers were hampered by the boils and sores, and perhaps this was God's method of giving aid to His rry I need the next book. As I have stated previously, I am a captive audience; therefore, it is five stars for me. That is just my ctoria Tarrani
Most of the people I talk to about the Left Behind series have the same response, "It started off good, but the latest few books have been really bad." I can't disagree, the previous books have lagged badly. Desecration was better than most. But The Remnant, really restored my hope that this series would end well. The writers seem to have gotten back on pace with the first couple of books. This book moves the action along, reveals the gospel notice clearly several times, and ends with an appropriate cliffhanger. (It didn't just stop in the middle of the action.) I REALLY enjoyed this book. If you have been reading the series, you will too. You might even have your hope restored!
Love this series. One thing I would like is to be able to the book in either paperback or hard cover and also be able to to my kindle. That method I have the hard copy for my library and yet still be able to read it on my tablet. Right now I'm having to create two purchases, one for the hardcopy and another for the kindle download.
I had read Winter People by the same author and quickly ordered this as a followup. It wasn't as amazing as the former novel; however it still was a decent read. The author does throw us a lot of red herrings. But I would think that considering the main hero has trust problems already and hasn't been around the other people in the story for years (in fact purposefully distanced herself from them); that created sense that she would be suspicious of everyone in her life.I will say the final "killer" did surprise me. As that hero had been largely secondary throughout the book. I felt the author married the past and the show to each other well. Not spending too much time in either time period and keeping the reader guessing.
The plot involves a thirteen-year-old who becomes mixed up with the school outcasts in 1985. That summer, a serial assassin called Neptune begins kidnapping women. First, he leaves their severed hands on the police department steps. Five days later, he displays their bodies around town. Reggie's mother, Vera, is the latest victim, but her body was never found and then Neptune 2010, Reggie is a successful architect who has left her hometown. Then she gets a call saying that her mother has been found alive and Reggie must confront her past and search Neptune before he kills again. The story alternates between the happenings of 1985 and the "present" (2010).This book is as much a psychological thriller as a mystery. It shows how family and group dynamics affect the lives of family and friends. Reggie's hero is well developed and I felt for her even when I disagreed with her is was a page turner, a excellent read on my vacation.
Another unbelievable novel from a unbelievable writer. I have yet to read a book by Jennifer McMahon that doesn’t deserve 5 stars, and this is the fourth novel of hers I’ve nnifer always tells a amazing tale with suspense, mystery, and fascinating characters. What I like best is how she moves the story back and forth between various time frames, allowing the reader to experience both the past and the present, then skillfully tying all those plot threads together at the end.I won’t reiterate the plot here, but I will tell you that I found this book impossible to place down. Recommended
A Fascinating book merging WWI w/ Contemporary Life, this plot is enthralling & believable. Centering on a picture & its topic drawn from WWI in occupied France, this novel ads to the reader's knowledge of the time & its tribulations. When the novel transitions smoothly to contemporary London, the reader is kept guessing as to the outcome. Jojo Moyes' characterizations & plot development present finesse & bring the reader into the action & moral complexities of the outcome of wars-even those long since ceased. I recommend this for book clubs for discussion of moral issues, hero life choices, & discussion of the horror of battle on citizens who must prevail.
I loved the author's best-selling Me Before You, so decided to test this one, and I appreciated it just as much, although it is a very various novel. This one toggles between Liv, a young, reclusive widow in contemporary London, and Sophie, a young wife struggling to survive in a little French city occupied by the Germans during WWI while her husband wars in the war. They are linked through a painting of Sophie that Liv now owns, painted by Sophie's husband, who was a student of Matisse before the war. I don't often like books that toggle between the past and the present, as they seem too disjointed, but I got pulled into both stories, and love the method it all came together. It was also well-written but very accessible - not self-consciously literary, just readable and well done. Even though there are tragic components, I found it ultimately heart-warming.
I like Jojo Moyes' writing style. She has the ability to give you a clear perception of people, locations & surroundings without being laboriously descriptive, so the story moves along at a amazing pace. I enjoyed the movement between WWI France & modern day London & the evolving mystery of how the Girl You Left Behind fell into the hands of an American journalist in WWII before ending up with Liv, the main hero of this story.I have always had some sympathy for the families that had artworks & other treasures purloined by the Germans during the war, but this story created me equally sympathetic to those who end up with such treasures through genuine & honest means. The twist at the end was unexpected - The Girl You Left Behind ended up with the right person!
Jina Modell likes leading the geek and nerd life and has proven she is 100% adapt at her indoor computer skill set. She is excellent at besting the boys as she grew up with enough brothers to not only understand the android game but how to victory it. So when she is thrown out into the true globe of belonging to an extraction squad her life goes from controlled to chaos knowing she could very well be called in to do some very nasty places. Working alongside 6 testosterone driven males is the least of her worries and they are a large concern. What has the newly named ‘Babe’ of the group shaking in her ill-fitting boots is the squad leader Ace because he is problem for her life and her e latest thing Levi Butcher aka ‘Ace’ ever wanted to have on his squad was a spit woman who has no ability to not say what she is thinking and looks like working out meant slings back caffeinated drinks to stay awake and finish programming. But Jina is the ticket his squad needs because she has super skills with the drone technology and that is the missing piece he and his men need to stay alive in the world’s worst conditions. They are not part of the military and completed unsanctioned by any government yet completed employed by them and recruited to do the jobs no one else can touch. Ace and his squad are determined to obtain her into shape, train her to be with the program, and jump out of a plane without passing out. Jina has a competitive backbone that shows even though her blisters may have their own blisters she is never going to give up or throw in the towel, just what Ace needs but does not e attraction between the two of them has to be controlled because not one amazing thing would come from a relationship between them. It is an daily struggle for Ace not to wish to kiss the sass out of her and never stop, but he as squad leader knows more than anyone that cannot happen. When the time comes and they are called on one mission after another Jina shows she is up for the contact sport they are playing but when one call out goes south she has the not good thought she may be the only person she can count on. Yet when the dust settles and she knows the calling she has been hearing is to go in another direction it turns out Ace not only has her back but basically her entire body covered, perhaps for t ready for the read of a lifetime with Linda Howard writing characters that will have every reader flipping pages at a rapid fire pace to see what is going to happen next.
I’ve been a fan of Linda Howard for a long time. I reread my favorites quite often. I want I had stuck with them this time and saved myself 12.99. While the relationship aspect of this book was enjoyable and I liked the main characters, the villain was so under developed and laughable. The entire ending felt rushed and disconnected from the rest of the story. The latest chapter or two ruined what was an enjoyable read up to that point. This is subpar writing from an author I used to enjoy. I will stick with my old classics and not be purchasing any fresh works for a while.
Now that I've finished "The Remnant" there are only two books left. What will I do then?!? Although the Left Behind series is far from what I would normally read, I have enjoyed it immensely. I still believe that you don't have to be religious to have fun the series (I know I never have been), but it should be pointed out that the further you obtain into it the more the talk and focus is on the Bible and the prophecies within. It has actually given me a lot to think about. I know that the storyline is fictional; but the information, quotes, and prophecies are directly from the Bible and the future that it has foretold for us. I like the "prophecies IQ questions" and the "truth behind the stories" sections they have at the end of each book too. They respond some beautiful interesting questions and facts."The Remnant" takes put in years 4(maybe 4 1/2)-6 of the 7 year tribulation. It seemed to be like the calm before storm, or in this case the amazing battle of amazing versus evil. Most of the time at this point the poor guys have been nearly out of commission due to one judgement after another being sent down from the wrath of God. So the Tribulation Force and the co-op have had a possibility to obtain ahead and prepare for the final terrifying year before Armageddon; especially since the tag of the Antichrist has become a requirement to basically live, trade, and breathe. I'm beautiful sure the calm won't latest much longer, though, since the next book is "Armageddon." I can't wait to obtain back into the middle of the action!All-in-all "The Remnant" is simply a amazing read, just like every book before it, and I'm sure that "Armageddon" will be just as addicting! It is definitely worth taking the time to read.
Sometimes the narrator can create or break a story. For the most part the Left Behind Series has been narrated by Richard Ferrone and Frank Muller.I almost stopped listening to this series because Jack Sondericker's voice inflections created listening to the story quite intolerable. More so one you are spoiled with the likes of Richard Ferrone and Frank Muller you feel that the characters in the story are different, they're not "real".I realize not every narrator can be a Scott Brick, @#$% Hill or Jim Dale but once you are accustomed to Muller or Ferrone it is almost impossible to accept Sondericker. Sorry but its true.
Things are really coming to a head. I am having a hard time putting the books in the Left Behind series down at this point. The Tag turned out to be very touching towards the end. I couldn't imagine having to witness the beheadings of innocent Christians dying simply for what they believe. Though the description in the book was so touching it gave me chills!I only have one complaint concerning the Left Behind series...it has already cost me over a hundred dollars and it would be more if I had purchased the books in paperback or hardcover form. . This is a minor issue, though.
I have read the first 8 books of this series but will probably stop there. The story crawls along at a glacial pace and the author contains some things (advanced technology, for example) that are brushed over very quickly and leave the reader having to imagine that it simply "exists" when there is no illustration about how these things came to be. In addition, the members of the tribulation force seem to be a rather unlikely group in my opinion. Every time a fresh hero gets introduced, it seems like 2 out of 3 are pilots! They all seem to have unlimited access to multi-million dollar aircraft, unlimited fuel, and to cover the upkeep of these jets. And they all have cell phones that are super secure and work on the GC network, yet the GC can never seem to figure out where they are? And the GC guards that trib force encounters are all bumbling Barney Fife types that are ignorant, stupid, and gullible. They beautiful much fall for every trick and deception thrown at them by the trib force. Too much of this is seen in the latest couple of books and it becomes annoying to be reminded that it is all fiction. I want they would have kept the focus, pace, and reality found in the first few books into which I became so engrossed.
I've read every mystery published by McMahon. Promise Not to Tell had been my favorite and I kept hoping to read another one as amazing as it but until I read The One I Left Behind I hadn't found one. (I was not a fan of Island of Lost Girls and even less of Dismantled and Don't Breathe a Word left me with mixed feelings). That's why I was pleasantly surprised to rediscover just what it is I love about this author when she really has a powerful plot. This book was very difficult for me to place down. It sucked me in from the beginning and kept me interested. There are a whole host of possible suspects who are also necessary to the story and I changed my mind several times throughout the book about who I thought the assassin was, which is always a amazing sign. McMahon is unbelievable at dropping all kinds of tips but not being too massive handed about any of them. Yes, the book alternates between the past and show and sections of a fictional real crime book about the murders, but the main hero is the same and both the past and show are so jam-packed with tension and interesting things event that I found it an effective and creepy method to tell the story. Each chapter starts with the date as well so its never confusing to the reader. Is the plot realistic? Not really, but thrillers rarely are and it was so much fun to read that I'm going to chop it some slack there. This book was at least much less far fetched than Don't Breathe a Word even if not entirely realistic and the tension was palpable as I had no idea who it was safe for the main hero to trust. McMahon does a unbelievable job of creating a creepy atmosphere where everything feels dangerous.
I love discovering fresh mystery/thriller writers to add to my list, and after reading The One I left Behind Jennifer McMahon is going on is is a solid mystery with amazing hero development and just enough twists and turns to hold me guessing and hold it e book is the story of Neptune a assassin in Brighton Falls, who is noted for removing one hand of his victim and leaving it on the steps of the police station. The women's bodies are then found four days later. All except for one, Vera e main hero of the story is Reggie, Vera's daughter. When she receives a call, some twenty five years later, that her mother has been found alive - she returns to her hometown to face her past and her e story switches very successfully between current day and the past when the killings occurred. It is also supplemented with excerpts from a book, "Neptune's Hands: The Real Story of the Unsolved Brighton Falls Slayings" which adds another dimension to it.With some books, I am drawn in immediately by the first few sentences, The One I Left Behind was one of those books:"It began with the hands. Right hands, severed neatly at the wrist."
This was my first JoJo Moyes read. It won't be my last. I loved EVERYTHING about this novel, not a moment's hesitation giving it a 5 Star Rating. I was hooked from the get-go - and stayed that method till the end. I had to FORCE myself to close my Kindle after reading till I was bleary-eyed till all hours in bed each night. I've come to love books that switch back and forth between Past and Show - Moyes did this beautifully. I love books that build the suspense of wondering just how the lead characters could possibly be connected - especially over such a long period of time (in this case, 100 years). I really don't know if I ever answered the question "What would I do if I were in Liv's position?". My favorite chapters were those devoted to the past - and the suspense builds even more as you search yourself wondering not only what happened to Sophie, but HOW it all happened. Moyes is my kind of writer: I FELT Sophie's anguish, her bottomless love for her husband, her unwavering stamina. I SAW her facial expressions vividly, her clothing, her movements. I FELT the God-awful transportation later in the book. I was completely blown away by the very end, I actually heard the exhalation of my breath - I rested my head back, closed my eyes, and thought "brilliant". Just when you think OK, so THAT's how it all turns out, Moyes takes it one additional notch higher - leaving you wanting MORE. This is truly one of the best novels I've ever experienced.
This story is sweet in the method it ties in a story from WWI and the show day through a work of art. The people who populated WWI France in this book were wonderfully drawn, the 21st century characters -- not so much. The heroine was beautiful unlikeable and the people she interacts with throughout the story are beautiful one-dimensional. I love Jojo Moyes, so will always have one of her books on my "to-read" list, but this one was a disappointment. A small too convenient ending as well -- don't wish to give away how the story ends, but it feels contrived and silly.
Jojo Moyes has just been added to my favourite authors list! She captures the essence of German occupied France during WWI, draws the reader into the passions and terror of war, and paints an intriguing picture of "the girl you left behind." After setting the scene she quick forwards the reader into the life of Liv, another girl who has been "left behind" in a various sense. The reader will be compelled to turn the pages to learn how Sophie & Lib's stories become is book is historical fiction, a mystery to be unraveled, and a story of love. The two stories, 1914 & 2006, could stand alone; not until the conclusion does the reader see the similarities & the connections that a mysterious painting will reveal.
FINAL DECISION: A amazing private story about Jina that is miscast as both a romance and a type of action/suspense/thriller. There seems to be an perfect book about Jina's journey that is joined awkwardly with a villain E STORY: Jina Modell works for a secret paramilitary organization working with computers. When it is determined that the ops squads need communications and drone operators with each team, Jina is reassigned versus her preferences to be an active part of a team. That means that Jina has to undergo intense physical training. But Jina finds hidden strength in herself that changes everything she knew about herself and also her life.OPINION: This could have been a amazing book, but it really wasn't the book I expected. The book ended up reading more like a women's fiction story. Now the story of Jina was really, really good. I loved watching her struggle with her inclusion in the active team. She is a woman who finds out what she is created of and that she can do whatever she puts her mind to. What I really liked about this book is that Jina's journey is neither simple nor perfect. She doesn't become a super-soldier but rather a powerful and capable woman. Even better, she becomes so powerful that she makes a decision towards the end of the book that feels incredibly right and mature.Jina is really the focus of the book. Her nominal romance partner feels less developed and their romance is really secondary to Jina's story. This book is likely to disappoint a lot of who are looking for a romance, but I still enjoyed the romance as a part of Jina's e negative portion of this book is the whole villain story which flows from TROUBLEMAKER. The storyline is somewhat confusing and is really unnecessary to the story. I feel the book would have been much better without bringing the villain into the story at all. The entirety of the plot device that the villain serves could have accomplished in a method that kept the emphasis on Jina.Ultimately, I found this to be a amazing story contained in a flawed book. I probably would not think to return to this book again even though I really loved Jina who I found to be a compelling character.WORTH MENTIONING: The blurb and title for this book are beautiful misleading. The incident referred to in the blurb happens at almost the end of the NNECTED BOOKS: This book is connected to TROUBLEMAKER but can be read as a standalone except that the motivations for some of the characters come from the happenings in RATING: I give this book 3 TE: I received an ARC of this book via Edelweiss in to prepare this review. I was not needed to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
Full disclosure, I am a large Linda Howard Fan. She is an automatic pre-order that I usually read the night of release. I really enjoyed Ms. Howard's recent book. There wasn't as much romance as some of her earlier books, but I felt she really achieved the slow burn of the relationship of the main characters. I really liked Jina as a character. She was a fish out of water for parts of the story, but I did not search her whiny or helpless. She was tough and capable, but without being unrealistic. I appreciated that she wasn't perfect at everything, her strength came from her grit and determination. I did not search her to be a stereotypical Mary Sue type character. I really liked Levi too. He was a typical alpha male character, but he was never a jerk or over the top. Levi was written in a method that created him sexy without being immature, with a few moments that were enough to create this reader swoon. However, the focus of the story was about Jina's latively Vague Spoilers:At the climax of the story, I understood Levi's actions and motivations completely and he created the correct call even though it was the hard call. I also completely understood Jina's heartache concerning his decision, even when she acknowledged that it was the right call. Knowing that it logically was the correct call does not mean that a person's emotions are ready to accept that logic. Overall, it was a really fast read that I finished in one ose who are fans of ard's earlier books may be a bit disappointed that it is not more of a straight romance novel like her earlier books (Mackenize's Mountain, Shades of Twilight, Sarah's Child, Now You See Her), but this book follows her more latest offerings (All the Queen's Men, Troublemaker, Shadow Women, Cover of Night). So while her writing style has changed over the years, Ms. Howard still remains an automatic for this reader and I will impatiently be waiting for her next offering.
After reading Desecraton, I was so disappointed that I was ready to hang up the series. Books 1-6 had been enjoyable and what I would consider 'really good' books for all. By books 7&8 things were beginning to decline. However, when I read book 9 I was certain that the only reason it was published was because of the author's names and the attention they had drawn from the previous books in the series. What a total disappointment it was. I came close to not continuing with the series. However, I am very glad I was stuborn and proceeded to do so. The Remnant is truly worthy of putting them back into favor with e Remnant is quick moving, and detailed. We are seeing happenings event and unfolding as we would imagine they will be. You will see action that contains nearly all of the characters being involved, without staying on one hero or series of happenings that lasts too long. The pace is set just right. It is not going too quickly that it is skipping info that are important, and yet it is not slowing down and describing every minor and boring detail that we surely are not interested is annoying, and although her desire to 'be in the action' obviously shows us that she is better off working on the Coop project, she proves she is not amazing when it comes to common sense in a crisis. Sabastian's section of his capture and exciting escape is detailed and truly a worthy adventure in itself. The rather silly appearance of Michael as co-pilot was somewhat goofy, but humourous in a way. (While at the same time, we can only admit that God works in mysterious ways and He can do anything) And, the awesome happenings at Petra will only confirm how the Lord does protect His ing this can only bring comfort to those who fear death. That is..........if you know the truth. Although none of us wish to leave our loved ones. And, I know that I am a sinner and it will be hard for me when I have to look Jesus in the eyes and respond for what I've done here. I surely have not used all that He has given me and done my best. It is still exciting, to us who know Christ. And, to those who do not, I pray it will create them wish to. That it will create them find and search the is book is fiction, we all know that. But, only God knows exactly when and where and how these happenings will take place. The stories from this series bring out our imagination to think and comprehend what is totally uncomprehensible. A lot of things are quoted from scripture and will occur. The hows,whens, wheres - we have yet to search out. But, if you are not a believer,you surely will search some parts that cause you to wish to find further and learn more. I pray that you do. If for no other reason than to just learn more. If you are a believer, then you can have fun these, knowing that although they are fictional writing, they are inspired by truth.I definitly recommend this book. And, although you may have been dissappointed with 9, don't give up and stop there. Read on.
I am not usually a huge fan of reading but for some reason I picked up the first "Left Behind" book and started reading it. I haven't been able to place any of the books down (I stay up late reading and don't obtain anything else done until I finish one of the books). Along with the amazing story line, the reader is able to learn about things from the book of Revelation in the Bible. I went to a Revelation Bible study a few years ago, and didn't learn as much as I have reading these books. What a amazing thing these authors have done for those of us who don't have a amazing understanding of Bible prophecies. I actually borrowed the first eight books and required to search the rest of the series so I went online and I was able to search and the rest of them from Amazon. The books all arrived without delay and they are in excellent condition. I was able to the hardbacks for less than the paperbacks.
This book is about number 8 in a series of about 13 books. You need to read all of them. They are awesome. Christian based on the bible's book of revelations, they tell the story of several main characters, later added groups of people and the experiences they have during all the biblical e fears a lot of of us have of a one globe and how that might unfold. My husband and I are not bible readers or church goers, we are of native heritage and follow our old traditional teachings but these books, all of them are hard to place ese are all written in realistic possible scenarios and will hold you interested throughout the whole series which ends with the coming of Christ and the thousand year peace. The Tag concerns the Tag of the beast and how it might be forced on people or people tricked to take it and those who don't wish it war to hide and prepare to survive without it.
Very well done. I tried not to read these books when my husband told me I really had to that they were so amazing and would explain the End Times of the Bible. But I thought I had the Bible itself. I didn't need these books. Well yes, I did. Even though I had read Revelations and the whole Bible and was rereading and studying, this book was a blessing, and I intend to read them all. Christians need to know where we came from, how Jesus came to earth and how he will return. Our job is to encourage one another in our walk with the Lord and to lead others to the truth. These books support us grow in the knowledge of what is coming. Amazing book.
Depending on how you look at it, Left Behind is the first or fourth book in the series. For me it's the fourth. I noticed quite a few comments stating that they didn't feel true close to the characters or they would have liked to have had more of a background for certain key characters. I would suggest reading "The Rising," "The Regime," and "The Rapture" before you go any further. Then you will feel like you've known Rayford, Chloe, Buck, etc their whole for more on "Left Behind," the book I should be talking about. I really enjoyed it. People are starting to take sides. Some of them have realized the truth that their loved ones were sent to heaven and they were left behind; while others have been slowly falling for the false promises and lies of the Antichrist. By the end of the book the Antichrist's powers have already grown substantially. Things really started to pick up at the end of the book. I was left with an excited on the edge of my seat need to continue on to "Tribulation Force" right away.I would refer this series to anyone...whether they are religious or not. It's a terrifying adventure anyone could enjoy; and I'm beautiful sure the best (or worst) is yet to come!!!
Naughty Dog gave me another vision of videogames, since Crash Bandicoot nothing is the same, when they released Uncharted I though nothing will be better BUT then The Latest of Us were bornThis DLC explains some items that was skipped in the same story, Ellie is a fighter, amazing hero that created me think that she is realSome people say that is very short, come on, is a DLC! not a full gamePlatinum trophy for TLOU, in every single way
I actually own the PS4 ver of this, and was amazed at how much I liked it. It really gave their globe that additional bump that really created it come full circle for me. I then bought the PS3 ver for my brother's Bday. I think it's totally worth playing, at 15$… not totally sure, I kind of hate DLC, but this was one that really might change my mind, at least a small bit.
I have always found the book of Revelations to be a hard read, confusing, but the series really helped shed light on the end times. This second time around being more firmly set in my faith it just created me truly yearn for my everlasting home and to be with my father in heaven. This is one I would recommend to anyone who has questions about this time. Take advantage of the given scriptures throughout the story and look them up and study them to determine for yourself what is to come.
Not as exciting as the previous books but you have to consider that everyone is living in a Utopian society of sorts. No one writes about the millennial kingdom, though, and it was a amazing method to finish out the story. I am very glad they wrote this so we could see what happened to these characters that become like family you know them so well. I also thought they did a amazing job of building drama and a story given that it could have dragged due to the excellent globe that people perceive it will be. If you have read the Left Behind series you should read this to finish out the story of these characters and obtain a special view of a rarely discussed promise of the bible.
The 5th trumpet judgment, the demonic locusts are very interesting. Though the previous book is the one where it starts, this is the one where it really takes place. The demonic locusts are around almost the entire time which often makes things quite interesting and exciting. The authors are very creative at utilizing this, and other plagues, and making interesting stories.
Im am reading this series for the second time and I love them! The first time through though I compared the bible verses to what said in the book to create sure the authors weren't just making items up. These books are very incitefull as to what is coming when Jesus raptures his church. Very scary stuff. This series is a must read for everyone Christian and nonchristian alike.
This book is not my favourite book in the world, but I gave it five stars because you have to read this book to understand the rest of the series, and the rest of the series is AMAZING! Would recommend this series. If this review was helpful then please tag as helpful. Thanks.
amazing story ,great hero development my only problem in today's android games is that everything is dlc's even majority of the better weapons all taunts and finisher that should already be included has been taken out of this android game i really don't dlc's and don't help that business practice but its sad that's where we are in today's android games just to reach a android game highest potential
For some reason I can't really place my finger on, I found this book far less interesting than I thought it would be. I didn't [email protected]#$%!. I created it about 1/3 of the method through. Than it got to be like walking through mud.
Hmmm.....where to start? The idea was amazing and the plot wasn't bad, either. It's the characters that were just "eh" for me. Especially the main guy (the pilot). I really can't explain it, but I can say this: I would recommend it to pass the time if you haven't got anything else around to read, but I would never say to anyone, "Hey, this is a really amazing book. You should read it." Of course, that's only my opinion....Keep in mind that the book "Flowers in the Attic" was a best seller; I thought it was one of worst books of all time. If your taste tends to agree with the "masses", then you might like this one.
After reading through some comments on Left Behind's final novel "Kingdom Come" I seriously considered stopping at "Glorious Appearing." (Don't forget books 14-16 - "The Rising," "The Regime," and "The Rapture" - of course; though I liked them better as books 1-3, leaving "Left Behind" as #4) "Glorious Appearing," after all, did come together enough at the end to be a nice conclusion all on its own. But WOW am I glad I talked myself into finishing the series off the method the authors intended! I really enjoyed "Kingdom Come."In "Kingdom Come" we actually obtain the opportunity to know Kenney and others from his generation; and we obtain to see the troubles they have to face, even during Jesus' 1,000 year reign on earth. About 100 years into Jesus' reign a fresh defiant group of non-believers are popping up everywhere called "The Other Light" (TOL), or in some particularly extreme locations "The Only Light." (How anyone would not accept Jesus as our Lord and savior at that point in history is beyond me!) All of the fresh found chaos has caused a need for a whole fresh group of believers related to the Tribulation Force to emerge, and their goal is to infiltrate the "TOL," and create any possible attempts to save young souls before it is too late for them.I don't wish to give anything away, so the only other thing I wish to stress is the fact that once I started reading "Kingdom Come" I could not place it down! It could have easily been a begin to a whole fresh side series focusing on Jesus' 1,000 year reign. I have a feeling Kenney and his mates could have had plenty of adventures left yet to a person who had very small knowledge of religion and the Bible before reading the Left Behind series I am now full of questions I simply have to search the answers to. I have a fresh found desperate urge to absorb as much info as I can package into my brain, and I'm really enjoying it!I would most definitely suggest reading this final novel in the Left Behind series! In my opinion it was one of the best.
I liked or loved all of the other books in the Left Behind series so I was looking forward to this one. It does have some interesting portions. The differences between those who survived the Tribulation and those who have already received their "heavenly bodies" and the challenges for those who are born after the Glorious Appearing create amazing story lines. The original characters are all still here but the emphasis is on the younger people, which makes it a fresh story line. All that said I was disappointed because I was looking forward to reading about life during the 1000 years and the book didn't really go into that. I wanted to know about the challenges of rebuilding, how knowledge was obtained, how the population spread, etc. and what result the presence of Our Lord and the angels and the Saints had on all of this. Instead I got lengthy dissertations on well-known Old Testament heroes as they visited a day care/school. Not that I don't appreciate these stories but they just seemed redundant in this book. And Jesus seemd to be in the background, as did the angels, all of which I really enjoyed in the previous books. The original characters seemed stuck in their previous incarnations rather than having been affected by this totally changed world.I realize it's difficult to cover 1000 years in a book but I think more could have been done with the theme. As for those who sided with/revered Lucifer, they seemed more like characters out of the film The Lost Boys. I would have thought that more of them would have been seeking power and control.I gave it 3 stars but I was very disappointed.
Im am reading this series for the second time and I love them! The first time through though I compared the bible verses to what said in the book to create sure the authors weren't just making items up. These books are very incitefull as to what is coming when Jesus raptures his church. Very scary stuff. This series is a must read for everyone Christian and nonchristian alike.