Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins is a novel of the earth’s last days. This multifaceted story is set in current time in America and Israel.. Captain Rayford Steele, an American 747 pilot is contemplating an affair with his blonde flight attendant Hattie because he has grown tired of his wife’s, preoccupation with religion and biblical prophecy. In mid-flight Hattie informs him that suddenly passengers have vanished from the plane. Spouses are frantically searching for their partners; parents for their children. Turning back to Chicago Steele discovers that everywhere people have disappeared. Drivers from cars, pilots from planes. Consequently accidents have caused incredible havoc but he manages to land the plane and finally makes his way home only to find his wife and young son have disappeared, too. Eventually he makes contacts with his daughter Chloe at college.
On the same flight the famous journalist Buck Williams just returned from interviewing the well-known Israeli Botanist and Nobel Prize winner Chaim Rosenzweig, who through his discovery of a certain fertilizer has helped Israel to become a wealthy nation.
Simultaneously, a hitherto unknown Romanian, Nicolae Carpathia is elected president of Romania and soon rises to be Head of the United Nation. Charming, handsome and capable, his darker, ruthless side remains hidden from the general public to whom he promises world peace under his government. Hattie becomes involved with him, unawares of the dangers lurking around her. Rosenzweig is also totally taken in by Carpathia’s persuasive manners and considers giving his services to the good of Carpathia’s world peace ambitions.
In the meantime Steele begins to study the Bible under the tutelage of his wife’s pastor and discovers that his wife, Irene was not mistaken in her beliefs. Things are happening as foretold in the Bible. The believers have been taken to heaven and now the great tribulation has begun. He also crosses path with Buck Williams, who has already come to belief in the hand of God during his military time in Israel. Buck and Chloe fall in love and marry.
This small group, Rayford Steele, his daughter and son-in-law and pastor Bruce Barnes become the core group of the ‘Tribulation Force’, fighting powerful Carpathia and his evil forces. Undergoing incredible adventures and overcoming heart rending losses.
This spellbinding bestseller, the first of a thirteen part series, is easy to read. It holds the reader’s attention because of its mix of present time occurrences, worldwide involvement and biblical forecast.