Apocalypse Dawn: The Earth's Last Days, The Battle Begins Paperback – Jul 25 2003
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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
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.
The aspect that seems to lower the ratings on Odom's approach is the heavy use of technical description. I am not fond of lengthy descriptions of any type. However, once I became accustomed to it, it did add flavor and depth to the story.
Character development was subtle and effective. Being the adult child of an alcoholic father might be common enough, but Odom helped us understand what was going through Jenny's head as she battled life. Joey's seemingly silly competition with a brother 12 years his junior looks foolish and selfish at first, but we do come to understand his dilemma. I could continue, but suffice to say that each character develops well. Perhaps some readers are looking for unusual tweaks...but Odom is communicating what ordinary people will experience during the end times.
Bottom-line: Odom details with frightening realism how ordinary military people could struggle through something as horrific as the Rapture and Tribulation, and perceive events as life being crazy as usual...only more so. Odom's done an outstanding job of presenting a plausible end times scenario from an accurate military angle. Bravo!
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Corey
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... Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by Rick L. Austin
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... Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by Jacob Willis
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
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 morePublished on Feb. 6 2004 by jeep044
Another series of books that I think will be up there with the Left Behind series.Published on Jan. 7 2004 by Sharon Yoakum
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 morePublished on Dec 21 2003 by Suzanne G. Bowles
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