Tim LaHaye is back with another End Times series. This time he's teaming up with Craig Parshall. This new series is cleverly called, The End Series. The first book is Edge of Apocalypse.
Set in the "near future" we are introduced to series hero: Joshua Jordan. Former spy plane pilot, he is now designing weapons and weapons defense systems.
The book opens with a missile attack on New York City by an angry North Korean Admiral. Jordan's laser missile defense systems thwarts the attack and saves the city.
Congress, however, is not happy that Jordan will not hand over the details of his defense system. They feel that the United States government should own that kind of technology and not some private company.
Jordan is chairman of a secret group bent on revealing the shady government secrets. And there is a secret group of Christians who call themselves "The Patriots" who come out of nowhere to aid Jordan in his fight against Congress.
These two authors do not shy away from how they feel about the current administration and The United Nations. As in Left Behind, The United Nations are seen as an evil entity. Liberals are viewed as wanting to destroy American sovereignty and, in this book, the Vice President is a Feminist bent on leading the nation down a dark path.
There isn't much religious talk or preaching in this first novel so I'm not really sure what Tim LaHaye did for this book. I suppose it's setting the stage for another long series that is bent on proclaiming the end of the world in pop-culture form.
Outside of the religious bent, the story is full of political intrigue and sneaky assassins. You'll read scenes of Congressional hearings, behind-the-scenes in the White House and political maneuvering, plus you'll get to read about a kidnapping on the campus of Liberty University. (These guys aren't afraid of blatant plugs for their establishment buddies.)
All in all, I'd say to stay away from this series unless you are a die hard LaHaye fan and/or love the concept of Rapture End Times fiction.
This book was provided for review by Zondervan Publishing.