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Brink of Chaos



Title:  Brink of Chaos (Book 3 of The End Series)
Author:  Tim LaHaye & Craig Parshall                                                                                        
Pages:  368
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Zondervan
        Brink of Chaos is a well-written novel filled with action as well as suspense.  There are characters who are protagonists, but not all are believers in Jesus Christ as the Messiah.  Antagonists are present as well, but are not necessarily opposed to the Messiah coming again.  In the story, as in real life, some of the characters represent seekers, others represent doubters, and some want proof before they believe.  It was somewhat eerie reading this as a novel because the political, economic, and spiritual climate portrayed is somewhat a mirror of how life is today.
        This is the third and most likely the last installment in this series entitled “The End”.  There are previous installments that a reader might want to read before reading Brink of Chaos.  The theme of Christ’s second return is most prominent as the different plots are all aligning to converge on that occurrence.   Author Tim LaHaye places weight upon another theme running through the story, which is the event known as the rapture.  I personally don’t hold to this belief of the believers escaping the Tribulation, but the novels are enjoyable nonetheless.
        The Jordan family is prominent in this book as they are in the first two novels.  Joshua is a former Air Force pilot who happens to also have exceptional engineering knowledge which he uses to protect America from her enemies.  The group which Joshua and his wife Abigail have started is called the Roundtable and is instrumental in a host of ways in the fight against evil.
        Abigail was a lawyer who had spent more time until recently working with the Roundtable, but now finds herself thrust center stage in the fight.  What areas does she fight in?  Be careful not to assume before reading the book!  Abigail is a strong believer who is vocal and active in presenting the gospel of Christ to whomever she crosses paths with.  Her other love, of course, is her husband Joshua and two grown children.
        There is corruption deep within the framework of the government in the United States.  Just how far will someone go to attain power anyway?  The current President is sidelined due to his health so the Vice President is sworn in.  As far as society knows it is all clean and part of what occurs, but is it really and who is behind all of it anyway?
        The action, murder, intrigue, and more take the characters, and therefore the reader too, to various places around the globe.  Israel wants to keep Joshua Jordan safe and use his RTs, return to sender, system to help avoid nuclear missiles from exploding and killing the innocent.  America wants to try Jordan for treason because of allegations that he wants to usurp the government.  The various enemies of God and His followers try to short circuit anyone’s attempt to uncover and expose the deception.
        As an avid reader I can tell you this is a novel that is worth taking the time to read and enjoy.  It is captivating.  Only one chapter towards the end of the novel was not believable or even necessary to the story.  Enclosed between the covers of this novel is a good story.  Just remember it is fiction and not the Bible or the infallible Word of God.
        My rating is 3 ½ stars.            
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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