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Apocalypse Dawn: The Earth's Last Days: The Battle Begins [Paperback]

Mel "Odom "
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July 25 2003 Apocalypse Dawn (Book 1)
"A new parallel series to Left Behind! With events escalating in the Middle East, U.S. First Sgt. Samuel Adams ""Goose"" Gander is in a vulnerable situation at the Syrian/Turkish border---and in his faith. The odds are against him and his men---and God seems strangely silent. But the real action begins when the rapture occurs!"

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4.0 out of 5 stars great read July 2 2004
By Corey
Apocalypse Dawn makes a great edition to the Left Behind series. There are a lot of similarities in the struggle to grasp what has happened. Left Behind covers a vast period of time and briefly goes over the major events whereas Apocalypse Dawn covers roughly 48 hours and only a few events. The shorter time period and less events creates a deeper and darker focus on the rapture. Also with the short time period, there is less turning to God. You do get a better feel of the questions those left behind are asking themselves and how they are dealing with the shock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for Soldiers, and their Families. June 14 2004
I found this book a wonderful read for Soldiers, or any military person, whom is also a Believer. Its thrilling chapters, involving 3 seperate, but connected characters, seemed as if you were almost reading different stories, intertwined within 1 book. I found a truly awesome array of emotions when reading that books rarely give me. Today's Soldiers and yesterday's veterans will be able to smell the gunpowder and hear the voices of the hurt and dying. You will be able to remember a 1st Sergeant just like "Goose" who led you during your tour of duty. Military wives will be able to find themselves in the shoes of Goose's wife Maggie as she struggles with the deployment of her husband and the daily challenges of raising 2 boys, of very different ages. I HIGHLY recommend this book as the Gospel message is clear and concise and will both touch and break your heart. Makes you want to stand up and cheer, and fall to your knees and rejoice the Saviour.
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1.0 out of 5 stars needs more research into comand structure June 6 2004
By josh
While I like the concept of the Military view of the Tribulation. I would like a little more accuracy in the command structure. ie
1st SGT Gander should be CSM Gander as it apears the he is a ranking battalion sargent. plus 1stSGT's are not referred to as "sarge" it is "!st SGT" or "TOP"
CPT Remmington should be a LTC or MAJ at Minimum as he appears to be a Battalion commander.
here is the basic command structure
troop: individual soldier Enlisted pvt - spc
team: 5 to 20 troops size may very lead by CPL or SGT
squad: generally 2 teams could be more depending on unit lead SGT-SSGT
Platoon: 7 to 8 squads size varies depending on unit type and mission lead by platoon sgt SSGT - SFC and Platoon leader 1st or 2nd leutenet
Company: 3 to 4 platoons lead by 1st SGT and Company commander CPT
Batallion: 3 to 4 companies lead by CSM and Batallion commander LTC, Majors generally hold the position of batallion XO
Brigade:3 to 4 Battallions commanded by a COL and a CSM
Division: 3 to 4 Brigades generally commanded by a Major (2 star) General and a CSM.
Corp: three or more Divisions and supporting commands. Lt(3 star)General.
Just venting for those of us former Army guys. other wise a good story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eccellent book! May 21 2004
I just want to say, I am sick of people comparing this to the left behind series.If you want it to be the same then go read the Left Behind books and stop complaining about this one!
Anyway,I must say this is shaping up to be a great series.I loved this book;It has great action that is vividly detailed so you can easily picture it.I know the jargon is hard to understand
but believe it or not it makes the book easier to read.Mel Odom spends just the right amount of time developing characters so you can picture them more clearly.Like one of the other reveiwers said,some of the subplots aren't really that interesting but I realized they are nessesary to develop those characters so in later books the author doesn't have to waste time explaining them.I am about halfway through Apocalypse Crucible and can't wait for the next book in the series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars W.E.B. Griffin at the Rapture? April 1 2004
This is a very good military-style thriller tied to the LEFT-BEHIND series. Odom writes very convincingly about the U. S. military, and his heroic protagonist, Ranger First Sergeant Sam Adams "Goose" Gander, is an outstanding character.
There are several other characters introduced, along with separate sub-plots, and these show lots of potential for the series. The one about the doubt-filled Navy Chaplain plagued by demons as he tried to spread the word about the Rapture is especially intense. The one about Goose's wife, a Fort Benning social worker, has potential, but is not well-realized -- every child in the world is raptured away, and they're pressing kidnapping charges about one kid? Come on.
To me, one of the weaknesses of the LEFT BEHIND series is that not enough attention was paid to the Rapture. And they we see most of it through the eyes of an airline pilot and a newspaper reporter.
The best thing about APOCALYPSE DAWN is that is shows the responses from many different types of ordinary people to this extraordinary event.
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A serious fan of Techno-war books (Tom Clancy, Harold Coyle, Dale Brown, Larry Brown, Ian Slater, etc.), I jumped at the chance to read something in that catagory that was related to the Left-Behind series, which is a very good Christian fiction series (If you haven't heard of it by now ;p). Now that it's been a few months since I've read it (Twice), I think I should comment. First, if you consider this book as the same level of depth as a Clancy or Larry Brown, I just didn't get that feeling. However, by the end of the book you do care for the characters, but somehow for some of them you don't really care one way or another about what happens to them. Of course the main characters are fleshed out and you do wonder about them, and at times you really connect. The over-all story is pretty interesting, although some of the side stories don't really matter, unless of course they'll be used to set up further plotlines in sequels. Overall, though, it's a solid book, and able to stand on its' own. I'm glad I got it, and I think if you're a military spiel nut like me, you'll like it too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline, but a couple of things hard to swallow
As a Navy person I loved the idea of this book and I did really enjoy the storyline. A couple of things were a bit hard to swallow (all the kids in the world disappear and they're... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I havent read the regular Left Behind books but I read this new book in the hit military series and loved it. I recommend it to everyone.
Published on Feb. 14 2004 by Josh Turpin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great "military culture" angle on Rapture
Left Behind and others in the apocalyptic fiction genre give us interesting speculations on how biblical end times events might play out in the lives of civilians. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by TOMMY C ELLIS
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Military
I'm in the military and thoght the book was great. I know the lingo is hard to understand, but it help add to the book. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by jeep044
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you on your toes!!!!
Another series of books that I think will be up there with the Left Behind series.
Published on Jan. 7 2004 by Sharon Yoakum
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame Born-again Clancy Wannabe
This is the kind of book Tom Clancy would write if he were a born again Christian, or, alternately, the kind of book Jerry Jenkins would write if he were a military hardware buff. Read more
Published on Dec 21 2003 by Suzanne G. Bowles
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book. Not Left Behind,
I got this book a few days ago, and frankly, I was expecting more of it. Overall it's great read (I couldn't put it down), but there are a few things I have to point out. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003 by Angeldude98
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