Up to this day, no one has dared to bring us what amounts to a complete fictional blueprint of the times leading to Christ's second coming. Not that it doesn't have its flaws, like its writing and some possible theological errors, but overall it brings the whole matter of the Tribulation down to a very personal level, concentrating mostly on its main character Rayford Steele as he goes through hell on earth after his wife and son are taken in the Rapture, and with the second main character Buck Williams trying to make sense of it all for more than just trying to get a good story to write about. Trying to connect the global and the cosmic to the personal is no easy task, and yet I get the sense that the local world of the heroes connects with everything else that's going on. As for calling the Tribulation Force The Pirates Who Dont Do Anything, I think it's doing them a major disservice if one doesn't take into account that as newly-born Christians, they have to take their orders from God and can't just do their own thing for La Resistance, although Rayford does try doing his own thing in regards to Nicolae Carpathia, the book's main villain.
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