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The Indwelling: The Beast Takes Possession (Left Behind Book 7)
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The Indwelling: The Beast Takes Possession (Left Behind Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Tim LaHaye , Jerry B. Jenkins
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The Antichrist is dead... or is he? The city of Chicago lies in ruins, the safe house is blown, and the Global Community police are hot on the heels of the Tribulation Force. And who assassinated Nicolae Carpathia?

It's a formidable challenge to keep the attention of an audience midway through a projected 12-volume series, but with their trademark blend of humor and gripping suspense, authors Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye continue to captivate readers with The Indwelling, the seventh installment of the Left Behind series.

Carpathia's funeral takes a hair-raising turn for the 4 million people who attend. Over the crowd looms the centerpiece of a new world religion, a 24-foot bronze statue of Carpathia, belching black smoke and demanding obedience. Woven through the fast-paced drama are the ongoing stories of people struggling amid the end-times mayhem: Chloe Williams wrestles with the moral implications of killing her toddler Kenny to avoid having him fall into enemy hands; her father Rayford Steele is brought face-to-face with the consequences of his pride. Dr. Chaim Rosenzweig, a prominent Jewish Israeli statesman, ponders a conversion to Christianity.

The strength of the series comes from Jenkins's ability to keep the action moving and readers caring about the characters. And there's a hook: The end of The Indwelling promises, "If the last three and a half years are your idea of tribulation, wait until you endure the Great Tribulation." The bad news is just beginning. But, the Tribulation Force believes, good news is also on the way. --Cindy Crosby

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The members of the Tribulation Force face their most dangerous challenges. Following the assassination of the Antichrist, some are murder suspects; others test the precarious line between subversion and being revealed. All over the news, reporters announce that Rayford Steele is Nicolae Carpathia’s assassin, but Buck soon learns the truth. The world mourns the loss of a world leader until events at Nicolae’s funeral bring all mourning to an end. A repackage of the seventh book in the New York Times best-selling Left Behind series.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than people give it credit for July 9 2004
By Jeff
A lot of the reviews I have read of these books tend to put it down by comparing it to other end of the world books. And while I will admit that these are not as smart or engaging as some of the the better books that cover the same topic like Fire of Heaven or We All Fall Down, I still really enjoyed them. A friend introduced me to the first book and I cut through all 12 books over the past two months. In a way, it's not really fair to compare them to some of the other books because they are trying to do different things. Left Behind seems to me to try to simply tell a great story about the end of the world. It's light, but what's wrong with that? I really felt like I NEEDED to know what was going to happen next when I finished a book and the very next day would order the next one. I call that a success. A book like We All Fall Down is obviously much more intense and thoughtful, the characters seem much more like real people, and it gives you more to think about, but why does that make Left Behind bad? Can't The Ten Commandments and The Passion both be good movies?
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2.0 out of 5 stars A failure July 8 2004
By Karen
I am an ardent believer in Christ, but that does not mean that anything written about Christianity should be endorsed and embraced regardless of its quality. I have read all 12 of these novels and they simply aren't very good. The writing is poor, the plot unimaginative, and there certainly isn't anything in these books that will cause a Christian to re-examine and thus more fully embrace our beliefs. Look, I don't doubt that the authors had the best intentions with these books, but quality has to count for something. There are better alternatives out there. Try We All Fall Down by Caldwell. It's well-written and extreimly intelligent. If you're going to read about Christianity, read something that is worth your time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Revelation March 16 2004
By A Customer
All the "Left Behind" books are clumsy attempts to transpose the Book of Revelation of John into our times. Revelation was ridiculouss at the time it was written, and it is much more so today. The dragon, the first beast and the second beast, the 4 riders of the Apocalypse etc. were creatures invented by the author of Revelation to cow a superstitious and credulous audience into submission. The goal hasn't changed, only the audience. Common people today know much less about religion than they did in the 2nd C AD, and are therefore easier to manipulate.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Series as a whole has too much filler time March 13 2004
By A Customer
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I started with the movie and decided to see what all the hype was about. But I'm kind of insulted to see that these books have taken something spiritual and made it commercial. These books have an obvious formula. Keep you waiting for the next big climax by having Tsion predict it through out the book only to have it come at the end and kinda leave you hanging. Then recap during the next book and go through a bunch of stupid stuff till the next climax at the end of that book. The religious moments would be much better if these guys put more effort into character development. But since they don't I'm at the 8th book and I still don't feel connected to the characters or care too much about their salvation. A lot of stuff is implausible and since I don't want to ruin someone else's reading I won't explain. I have given the story 3 stars just because I am at the 8th book and I guess there's something that keeps me reading. Hopefully the ending will be worth it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling Waste of Trees Feb. 24 2004
This series started strongly enough to get me hooked, but since then it's gotten worse and worse. Or maybe it's just that it keeps doing the same things over and over.
This is the second half of what should have been a single volume. (The other half is Assassins). Each book spends hundreds of pages building up to an event that any reader of the series knows will occur-events that the book titles themselves telegraph. In Assassins, it's the assassination of the Antichrist. Here, it's his resurrection and overt possession by Satan. The authors attempt to build suspense by making us wait and wait for the prophesied events to occur. What they actually build is frustration. The Left Behind series is built around the premise that everything John of Patmos saw in the vision recorded in Revelation will come true exactly as he saw it. Therefore, all I have to do is remember a few verses of Revelation to know EXACTLY where these two books are headed.
In the hands of a more skillful author, that might not matter. But Assassins and the first 100 pages of this book assume you've never read a mystery novel or watched an episode of, say, Murder She Wrote. A huge chunk of the plot of both books centers around who kills the Antichrist. Assassins gave us two obvious suspects and a face glimpsed in a crowd, who looked like another suspect who is actually miles away. Dorothy Sayers (a fine, Christian mystery writer) would never resort to such an unfair plot trick. Worse, anyone who's ever read a whodunit knows the answer 150 pages before the assassination occurs, and is ready to climb the walls by the time that obvious suspect is confirmed.
Somewhere, someone decided that this was to be a 12-volume series. Presumably that was because 12 is a nice, Biblical number.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Woulda coulda shoulda...
I know about eight hundred other people have said this, but there is no reason whatsoever that this book couldn't have been combined with Assassins. Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by Researchette
3.0 out of 5 stars Only Two Fall Short; And This Is One Of Them
I wanted to love this book as much as the rest of the series. But the truth is, this one and Assassins really let me down. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2004 by Dan Blankenship
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Great Book!
I thought that this book was an excelent example of what is going to happen! It gives such vivid discriptions of everything. It's just incredible! I definitly give it a 5!
Published on Aug. 11 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Danger Surmounts for Our Tribulation Force Heros
'The Indwelling,' book #7 of the 'Left Behind series' is set just midway through the seven-year Tribulation. The whole world mourns the death of the renowned man. Read more
Published on June 17 2003 by shoutgrace
5.0 out of 5 stars The continuing story of those Left Behind...
After reading "Conquest of Paradise" by Britt Gillette, I was instantly turned on to biblical end times literature, and I quickly began reading the Left Behind series... Read more
Published on June 2 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Giving up...
"The Indwelling" will be the last of the Left Behind series that I read. I am not a practicing Christian, so I have read the series for entertainment only, and enjoyed the first... Read more
Published on May 6 2003 by Alex Nichols, author of Shadow Rock
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a perfect series but better than some give it credit for
So far, I've read all eleven Left Behind novels, and while they are not perfect, I think that some people don't give it enough credit because of unfair comparisons. Read more
Published on April 29 2003 by Jack O. Shafer
5.0 out of 5 stars The beast is in the house...
Nicolae Carpathia is dead. Unfortunately, Satan is not done with the body. Maybe next time around they will cremate the body. Read more
Published on March 26 2003 by Alan Attebery
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