Tim LaHaye is the creator of the best selling Left Behind series. This is another book (the first in a series) that is based on biblical prophecy. The Left Behind books were based on the prophecies of Revelation. Babylon Rising is based on the prophecies found in the book of Daniel. The other main difference is that Babylon Rising takes place before the Rapture (the starting even of Left Behind). In the introduction to this book, Tim LaHaye writes that he is more excited about this book (and the coming series) than he has been about any other project that he has worked on. He is teaming with Greg Dinallo to write a fast paced, biblical based, adventure/thriller. LaHaye feels that the hero of this story, Michael Murphy is a fantastic protagonist, one who we should be excited to read about.
Michael Murphy is a biblical archaeologist. That means that he finds ancient artifacts and uses them to authenticate the Bible. For some time now, he has been given tips by a man who calls himself Methuselah . Methuselah gives Murphy a tip on how to find an artifact, but at the same time he sets traps around this artifact that could easily kill Murphy. Michael accepts this and goes along with it because every biblical artifact has turned out to be genuine. Michael Murphy seems to be cut out of the Indiana Jones mold, only with a strong Christian morality.
When Murphy finds the latest artifact that Methuselah lays before him, it sets him on a path to confront a great Evil (with a capital E). We are also introduced to the other side, an organization known as the Seven, and their murderous henchman named Talon. As Murphy searches for a biblical artifact known as the Brazen Serpent, an endtime prophecy of Daniel begins to unfold.
As LaHaye wrote in the introduction, this is a fast paced adventure book. It is based on biblical prophecy, but unlike Left Behind, this one didn t hook me. I was able to read the book quite quickly, but I wasn t too interested in what happened to any of the characters (except for one minor character). Rather than be the great Christian hero that LaHaye had hoped for, Michael Murphy is a caricature. He is so idealized that he isn t believable as a character or as a person. That might be part of the problem with the entire book. While it is written with the best of intentions, the dialogue is horrible, the writing a step below that of Left Behind, and riddled with clich . There is no sense that the dialogue between characters could possibly be a real conversation. It felt phony and forced.
With all that said, if you loved the Left Behind books, you may enjoy Babylon Rising. It is similar to that series, and has the same basis in Biblical Prophecy. I didn t find Babylon Rising to be very engaging at all. It is a fast reading book, so you won t waste too much time reading it, but I feel that your time would be better spent elsewhere.