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Overview A dramatic discovery sends Michael Murphy, a field archaeologist and scholar of biblical prophecy, on a perilous quest away from his secure world to a deadly confrontation with the forces of evil. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
Publishers Description Tim LaHaye created the Left Behind Series, which has become one of the most popular fiction series of all time. Those novels, with more that 50 million copies sold, presented a unique combination of suspense and substance drawn from his lifelong study of Biblical prophecy. Now Tim LaHaye has created a new series that begins with Babylon Rising. The novels in this new series are even faster-paced thrillers based on prophecies that are not covered in the Left Behind books and that have great relevance to the events of today. Babylon Rising""introduces a terrific new hero for our time. Michael Murphy is a scholar of Biblical prophecy, but not the sedate and tweedy kind. Murphy is a field archaeologist who defies danger to fearlessly hunt down and authenticate ancient artifacts from Biblical times. His latest discovery is his most amazing--but it will send him hurtling from a life of excavation and revelations to a confrontation with the forces of the greatest evil. For the latest secret uncovered by Michael Murphy accelerates the countdown to the time of the end for all mankind.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Jun 28, 2005
Series Babylon Rising
ISBN 0553383493 ISBN13 9780553383492
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More About Tim LaHaye & Greg Dinallo
Dr. Tim LaHaye is a renowned prophecy scholar, minister, and author. His Left Behind(R) series is the bestselling Christian fiction series of all time. He and his wife, Beverly, live in southern California. They have four children and nine grandchildren. Greg Dinallo is a veteran suspense novelist. He lives with his wife, Gloria, in New York City.
From the Hardcover edition.
Tim LaHaye currently resides in the state of California. Tim LaHaye was born in 1926.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Babylon Rising?
Silly... Mar 21, 2007
I bought this book after hearing all the great things about the Left Behind series (which I have not read). I am fascinated by Biblical archaeology, and thought this would be a great read.
My mistake. Lahaye is trying much, much too hard write Indiana Jones. The characters are flat, and I didn't care about Murphy right from the start. He was just not engaging. The plotlines are implausible yes, but I don't view that as a fault in and of itself - that kind of implausibility, in a plucky, believable, FUN character is a joy to read. In Murphy's case, I couldn't have cared less whether LaHaye killed him off and gave his long-suffering wife a break.
The enjoyable part about characters like Indiana Jones is that the reader understands that it's all in good fun. This book contains the same type of events and situations, but without any of the tongue-in-cheek insanity. Instead, LaHaye tries deperately to force us to believe that things like that actually happen.
For example - in one scene, Murphy's wife is startled by something in a small cave, stumbles backward, and manages to fall directly into a narrow, vertical crevice that neither of them had noticed before. Sound familiar?! It's Dr. Jones all over again.
My main mistake was buying this book along with the sequel assuming that I would love it.
Babylon Rising Series Feb 27, 2007
I am quite surprise by the many negative reviews of this series. I just completed the fourth book and have found the series highly enjoyable. Reviewers discount the storyline as unplausable. Well, no kidding. This is a fiction series written for entertainment. Perhaps, those reviewers are the type of people who will criticize every little detail in an action movie. Get over it and enjoy the story. I find the series very entertaining, filled with action and adventure and sprinkled with accurate biblical doctrine. Sure, it's frustrating to see Dr. Murphy's archaeological "prizes" being snatched from his grasp time and time again but this is the direction the authors chose to go. I find no "filler" pages boring nor uninspired. I applaud the series and look forward to future installments. Bravo for a job well done!
Disappointing Beginning to LaHaye's New Series Jan 15, 2007
Babylon Rising is Tim LaHaye's first post-Left Behind fiction venture. Itself the start of a new series also called Babylon Rising, this book is the beginning of what Dr. LaHaye hopes will be another Left Behind-like phenomenon. In the introductory author's note, he writes, "I am more excited about Babylon Rising than any of my previous books. My prayer is that it will have the same effect on the lives of readers as have the Left Behind books." Unfortunately, he's not off to a very good start.
Babylon Rising is an adventure book featuring Michael Murphy, an Indiana Jones-like hero who is part archaeologist, part Bible scholar, part professor, and all man's man. The author is enamored enough of his character to write that he is "one of the real appeals of this series for me. I like Murphy so much, I named him after my son-in-law." Like an Indiana Jones movie, the story begins with Murphy engaged in an impossibly unlikely scenario involving a life-and-death struggle to obtain an archaeological artifact. Unlike an Indiana Jones movie, Murphy is not struggling against the elements or ancient tribes in a distant jungle or international terrorists; he is risking life and limb in a challenge issed by a mysterious and unlikely figure who is evidently intent on killing Murphy using the archaeologist's own desire to unearth prizes that help prove the truth of the Bible. As the story unfolds, Murphy, first accompanied by his amazingly gorgeous (of course) wife and later by an amazingly gorgeous female colleague, travels to Israel, Egypt, Iraq, and back again in his quest to discover an item of incredible power.
As an adventure story, Babylon Rising is reasonably acceptable, even though the writing by "co-author" Greg Dinallo (Tim LaHaye doesn't do any of the actual writing) is less than first rate. The story, though less than credible in the real world, is not beyond the bounds of what could fit within the world LaHaye has created for his characters. The real problems arise when one remembers that this is not just an adventure tale but an end-times prophecy story. The authors are not just writing down a plot created in their imaginations but presenting a scenario they feel could realistically become reality in the near future. Where the book nominally succeeds as an adventure fantasy, it fails miserably as a story of prophetic intrigue.
Probably the main reason the book doesn't work as a prophecy story is the lack of clear biblical foundation. In the Left Behind books, even if one disagrees with Dr. LaHaye's interpretation of the scriptural accounts, no question is left as to the specific passages from which the authors derived their timeline. In Babylon Rising, on the other hand, hardly any mention of specific Scripture passages can be found, except as they relate to the artifacts Murphy is searching for.
Another weakness of the book as a prophecy story has to do with the object of Murphy's quest. This particular artifact is mentioned only twice in the Bible and once in an apocryphal book, and it is never referred to as having any apocalyptic significance. Again, the lack of sound biblical foundation severely undermines the story's prophetic intent.
Yet another problem is LaHaye's evident subsciption to what I think of as alarmist, reactionary Evangelicalism. His premise that world events and the media are controlled by a shadowy, all-powerful group of throwbacks to ancient Babylon called "The Seven" is not an unfamiliar theme in stories like this. I was reminded of last year's movie Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, in which an archaeologist hero thwarts the evil plans for world domination of the mysterious Illuminati. But this book supposedly takes place in present-day reality, not a video-game world like Tomb Raider.
It is inevitable that many people will compare Babylon Rising to Left Behind co-author Jerry Jenkins's latest release, Soon. Both are apocalyptic; both are set prior to the Rapture; both involve a Christian hero fighting against evil forces in the world. One important difference is that Babylon Rising is supposed to take place today, while Soon is set in the near but decidedly different future. To me this gives LaHaye's book a degree of extra excitement and plausibility lacking in Soon. The irony is that while the present-day setting of the book works for the excitement level, the LaHaye's overactive conspiracy-theory imagination and underactive biblical storyline detract from that effectiveness.
Another way that Babylon Rising reminds me of Left Behind are some of the practical difficulties in the plot. For example, Murphy and his wife have no trouble getting to Israel and then into the Palestinian-controlled West Bank for an archeological dig. Later, Murphy is able to get into Iraq without trouble, even recruiting a group of U.S. soldiers to assist them with their work. Murphy also travels throughout the Middle East with another scholar named Isis McDonald, an apparent future love interest, who also is unsurprisingly beautiful. There is no concern that a Christian man traveling with a beautiful non-Christian woman might pose any potential problems. Media tycoon Shane Barrington is tough enough to build a corporate empire but somehow submits without a fight to the devilish will of The Seven when they threaten to expose his underhanded financial dealings. Murphy never asks anyone to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding his incredible discoveries and even sends a priceless treasure to a colleague in the mail. These and other lapses in plausibility give the writing a feeling of carelessness that is devastating to a prophetic fiction book.
In spite of its weaknesses, this book does have several strong areas. I really enjoyed the author's back-story device of retelling parts of the biblical story of Daniel. These sections are effective without being overdone, and I only wish they could have been expanded and better connected with the present-day action. I was also very surprised by the skill with which co-author Greg Dinallo treats human tragedy. The emotion is real and does not seem concocted. One particuarly horrific scene actually brought tears to my eyes.
Overall, the book is weak with moments of strength. It is a formulaic adventure tale forced into an apocalyptic mold. The characters are mainly uninspiring; Murphy is likeable mainly because he is so unreal. The desperation of the publisher to sell enough copies of this book to justify their reportedly apocalyptic advance is evident in the rather unprofessional but commercially effective packaging; the dust jacket is designed like a soft-cover, complete with an author message from Dr. LaHaye on the back cover. If I had to guess, I'd say this book might do better in the long run than Jerry Jenkins's Soon, partly because Tim LaHaye is a more recognizable name and partly because the archaeological intrigue is more exciting than Jenkins's futuristic police state. Babylon Rising is enough of a departure from Left Behind that readers may put up with the problems of this book and future books in the series.
The author writes in his introduction, "I have tried to make this a gripping, page-turning novel, a great big adventure filled with important revelations." As an adventure story, this book is less than great but probably still better than average, and certainly interesting and even fun to read. But as a prophecy story, Babylon Rising lacks the revelations the author intended to include and falls far short of the standard that readers of this genre have come to expect.
Babylon Rising Nov 26, 2006
"Babylon Rising" is a Christian adventure novel about a "biblical arhaeologist". Most of the characters are laughable stereotypes. They move from one implausible situation to the next, with a lot of slow, dull filler in between. And the subplot about a conspiracy against all evangelical Chrsitians is perhaps the most ridiculous story ever. I lost interest in the story after about one third of the book.
All of this is written in the style of a story from a cheap adventure magazine. Perhaps the author is trying desperately to appeal to a young audience (but fails) or he's just a talentless hack (and after having read the first two Left Behind novels, that seems very likely).
Don't waste your money or time on this one. It's badly written and dull, with a completely uninteresting story. As if that's not bad enough, it's also preachy.
A Good and Interesting Book Sep 1, 2006
This first book of the Babylon Rising series, like the author's other books in the Left Behind Series, was very informative, very interesting, very thought provoking, and overall a good book. This book was also a little less "preachy/didactic) then those in the Left Behind series. Why, then, do I say good and not great? Well, it is the authors craft, or lack thereof, as a developer of characters. His character development is weak, stereotypichal, and often cliched. Did I still enjoy the book? Yes. Will I read the others in the story? Yes. I just wish he would spend a little more time making us care about his characters.