The World at War (not to be confused with 40-years old BBC Series) is the second book in the Four Horsemen Series by Pam Funke. I didn’t read the first book, so I jumped in this end times story right away. Former allies are tricked into World War III (happening only 4 years from now). Both conventional as well as ABC weapons of mass destruction are being used, triggered by a mysterious series of signals. The Chinese eventually attack Israel, earthquakes occur more frequently, miracles happen as well. A strange lonely man could appear anywhere, help or prophecy and just disappear. Amidst of all these worldwide disasters Funke chose to tell the story by switching every few pages to other characters on another place, without losing chrononology and her readers. Pity, these characters don’t really develop, so it’s fiction without being a novel. The establishment of a new United World Religion by the Italian president Nicolaitanes Balac and the disappearance of all faithful Christians from the Earth are the main events, somehow pushing World War III to a background story, not getting that much attention in the second half.
Strong’s the confusion about the sudden missing fellow earthlings and the why behind the global war. Strong’s the uncertainty that comes along with the world religion’s first movements. Weak are the lengthy sermons in the first part of the book, the numerous quotes from the Bible, without application. Altar calls and one liners are abundant. Practice what you preach is what I missed. Writing a tract is different from fiction. The characters’ names like president Chuck Obama (USA), Olmert (Israel), Kim Il Sung (North Korea), let alone Leonardo Winslet (UK) are too cheesy. We don’t need a Titanic rip-off. Spelling errors like Nentaya instead of Netanya confused. The narrowing of the story to tens of individuals able to travel around and somehow manage to survive, whereas 25% of Earth’s population appeared to be Christian and zapped away, 75% of the Israeli army is killed and numerous cities are destroyed by a relatively small number of missiles, is questionable. And the new world religion doesn’t touch a single topic upon agreement exists or should exist by the actual members. So, I had mixed feelings after this 525 pages faith meets end times story.
About the author
Pam Funke is the grand-daughter of a pastor and was brought up in the church. Her love of reading and writing led her to write for the enjoyment of others. She is the author of the popular ―The Apocalypse‖ series and lives in Georgia with her son and daughter.
The author sent me a free PDF of this book for this review. I have tried to be as honest as I could be in this review.