Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe
Assassins: Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye, January 3—11, 2013
My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊
This is by far the best instalment yet of the apocalyptic drama Left Behind. Where recent instalments have been somewhat lacklustre, Assassins is fast-paced, constantly changing and contains substantial plot developments.
Talking plot, the “due time” constantly referred to be Eli and Moishe and the Wailing Wall (christened the Jerusalem Twosome by Carpathia) finally arrives with serious consequences for the two witnesses, Peter the Second and Carpathia himself. The novel makes no secret about what all these characters have in common, even before it happens.
In the Trib Force, there’s character arrivals and departures that are dealt with in a mature way. Leah Rose joins the team and has a bizarre clash with Rayford, showing it’s not all roses in Team Trib.
Speaking of Rayford, his continuing journey reaches new levels as the exploration of his tortured mind and broken heart carries on. His persona and demeanour change rapidly, leading to friction within the group that is believable and powerful. The effect which the balance of the Tribulation will have on him will be interesting to see.
The second woe is unleashed and the horses get a better outing than the darkness did in Apollyon but still seemed to be window dressing.
The challenge for Jenkins & LaHaye is to keep fresh the torment that repeats itself and surprising the plot that is foretold in the Bible. They rise to it very well by injecting character-centric plots around the titular assassinations.
Besides Rayford, who is the star of this instalment, Hattie and Chaim have good storylines. Once again, Carpathia is weak and second fiddle for much of the book to Leon, who gets much more airtime. The GC top brass remain inconsistent and verging on parody.
As we race towards a thrilling cliff-hanger, it’s undeniable that Assassins has been the most exciting, gripping, fast-paced episode yet, and Part 7 looks no different.