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

Mel Odom
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Book Description

July 25 2003 Apocalypse Dawn (Book 1)
From the decks of U.S. Navy carriers patrolling the Mediterranean to Fort Benning, Georgia, and the dusty sands of the Turkish-Syrian border, this new suspense thriller runs side by side with the phenomenal series that has sold more than 50 million copies.

New characters and situations are added to those from the already explosive Left Behind series to raise the tension to a fever pitch. With technical accuracy from the same people who create best-selling military thrillers, this new series will satisfy the fans of the original Left Behind series who are looking for more.

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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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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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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 charging one woman with kidnapping a single child?) While I agree that a lot of professing Christians are just following tradition and have never really accepted Christ as Saviour, I had problems with the way a couple of the characters were represented. If you accept that those who accept Christ have eternal life (security if the believer) then you may find yourself wondering if the writer agrees with this important point of faith. One such character is the former pastor that loses his family and joins the service. He is left behind and then refinds his faith after the rapture. Was he never really saved or did he lose his salvation? If that doesn't bother you, or you are mature in your Christian walk, then this is a good read. I wouldn't recommend it to younger Christians that might be confused, however.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great "military culture" angle on Rapture Feb. 9 2004
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. Mel Odom's Apocalypse Dawn does the same for the military. How will a doubting chaplain grapple with true believers disappearing? How about young enlisted types? A veteran first sergeant (the story's protaganist)? High ranking generals? Then, of course, the families left back at the base? All these angles are explored. Odom throws in the normal crises that plague some military (and civilian) families: child abuse, alcoholism, sibling rivalry. Odom packs so much observation into his novel, all while staying true to the military culture.
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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars great read
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 more
Published on July 2 2004 by Corey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for Soldiers, and their Families.
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 more
Published on June 14 2004 by Rick L. Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Eccellent book!
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 more
Published on May 21 2004 by Jacob Willis
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
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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