Apollyon: The Destroyer Is Unleashed found willing buyers among a certain segment of American evangelicals, who took a break from filling jugs with water in preparation for the year 2000, to read it.
Apollyon’s plot pits good guys versus bad guys at some “near future” time identifiable to readers by the characters’ use of computerized technology that was emerging, but not yet ubiquitous, in 1999. The authors speculate and elaborate on what that conflict will be like based on descriptions in the book of Revelation and elsewhere in the Bible.
Before they finished their “Left Behind” series, Tim LeHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins churned out 16 novels. The Left Behind novels developed a “cult following” in the same sense that Star Wars and Harry Potter have cult followers.
Left Behind’s cult followers no doubt know all the characters and all the story backgrounds and don’t need reminding. But for the uninitiated, reading any but the first Left Behind book is nearly impossible.
Apollyon begins with a dialogue between people who the reader doesn’t know about other people the reader has never heard of. The authors don’t even attempt to provide context.
If you don’t want to read all six earlier novels in the Left Behind series, give this novel a miss.
Apollyon: The Destroyer Is Unleashed
[Left Behind Series]
by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Tyndale House. ©1999. 399 p.
1999 bestseller #7; my grade: D
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