Friday, January 09, 2009

Book review - Breath of Rapture

Breath of Rapture by Polly McBee Hutchison was a disappointing book. I read the old 1977 version; the newer one boasts on the back cover that if you liked the Left Behind series then you will like this book. I found it frankly dated (the gas rationing of the 70s) and hopelessly unbelievable. Why they re-released it I can't imagine. About the only good thing I can say is that it's a fast read.

I wanted more detail, the way the Left Behind books went into detail and drew you into the characters' lives. I just couldn't care about these characters. It was too short to go into much detail and is only from the main character's point of view, which is of course limited. It's written in a journal style - a personal diary the character keeps.

Since when is the Antichrist going to have the last name of "Frank"? I thought the Antichrist was going to come from the Middle East. And why does Mr. Frank first appear on an American college campus? That makes no sense. He would be more concerned with international politics, not some nameless American campus.

The gas crisis is mentioned repeatedly as a sign of the end times. The book was written in the 1970s, but the gas crisis dates the book and we all know how that ended - we got through it and the world hasn't ended yet.

Without going into too much detail the author makes her personal beliefs known, and one of them is that God desires all Christians to be healed. And she never tries to deal with how Paul had a thorn in the flesh that God refused to remove (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).

I can't mention more unbelievable things without giving away the plot, but there are a few and the last few chapters were the worst. Save your money and your time on a more believable fiction book.

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