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The Indwelling
The Beast Takes Possession
By Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

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The Indwelling: The Beast Takes Possession
Large Print Edition
The Left Behind Series - Book 7
By Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Thorndike Press, (2001)
ISBN: 0-7862-2904-7
Genre: Mystery - Suspense

Reviewed by Sheldon Ztvordokov - October 11, 2001

The Indwelling is an extremely pivotal volume in the Left Behind Series. It begins by recounting the murder of Nicolae Carpathia, the man whom everyone in the Tribulation Force thought was the Antichrist. If he is, in truth, the Antichrist, he will be resurrected. When and if this occurs, the 'new' Carpathia will be imbued with the essence of Satan, hence the title of this book. The indwelling is meant to represent the indwelling of Satan within the human body of the Antichrist.

From the outset we do not know who killed Carpathia. Rayford Steele had intended to kill him while he was giving a speech in Jerusalem. Rayford even had a gun with which to do the deed. The gun was fired, but even Rayford is not sure if he actually shot him or not. It is only later that we find out that Carpathia was not killed with a bullet. Meanwhile, the Global Community Forces has identified Rayford as the possible murder, and he must flee for his life. Rayford's is not the only escape made from Israel is this volume. Buck Williams and Chaim Rosenzweig must also flee from the country. With unrelenting regularity, the members of the Tribulation Force keep going back to Israel, and just as regularly, they must flee the country with the enemy in hot pursuit. This is becoming a way too predicable component of the Left Behind novels.

The main focus of this novel is, of course, the murder and anticipated resurrection of Carpathia. However, as time progresses, the Tribulation Force members begin to wonder if Carpathia was indeed the Antichrist. By the end of the book you will know the answer to this puzzle. Besides the main plot line, this novel also contains several subplots that continue the threads begun in previous books, and those directly to the main plot. These subplots include Rayford's adventures as he flees Israel, Buck's discovery of who actually killed Carpathia, David Hassid's romantic involvement with Annie Christopher, Tsion Ben-Judah's out of body excursion in which he gets to talk to the Archangel Michael, and the need for the Tribulation Force to find a new safe house. As expected, Hattie Durham has once again fallen into the clutches of the Global Community Forces. This time the task of trying to rescue her falls upon Leah Rose, one of the newer members of the Tribulation Force.

The Indwelling does not have the same excitement as does the volumes that concentrate on the tribulations. Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins are most effective when they are exploring the mythical side of their story line, the fire breathing horses and large mouthed locust have more depth and vibrancy than do many of the human characters that people these stories. For example, many of the characters, such as Tsion, are merely mouth pieces that the authors use to express their personal opinions as what they expect will happen when the apocalypse occurs.

Many readers may find my take on these books to be a bit critical. But, if you'll go back and read my review of the book Left Behind, the first book in this series, you will see that I am not reading these books to validate my belief or disbelief in the End Times. For me, these books are pure fiction - including the prophecies that the books are based upon. From a stylistic perspective, the stories are simplistic and the dialog is often constrained. Most important, the stories, which are generally fast paced, tend to get bogged down in repetitive explanations of the various prophecies and their 'proofs' that they have interpreted them correctly. Overall, I am finding these books extremely interesting and at times even entertaining, unfortunately the authors tendencies to be overly repetitive with their story lines greatly reduces the effectiveness of these stories.

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