It is easy to point out flaws, it is harder to do something constructive about them. Imagine for a moment that you were Jenkins/La Haye at the time Left behind was conceived. What would you have done differently? 1. I wouldn't have raptured the kids below age 12. Children make up something like 1/3 of the world's population. Realistically speaking, the impact of their disappearance would overshadow everything else throughout the first half of books so completely that talking about anything else comes across forced. 2. More lowtech solutions to problems. At times it seems that every obstacle is solved either by a miracle, or by some piece of machinery (hotwiring it is optional). 3. Some better research into customs of the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinals are adressed as your eminence and not as your Excellency. Most of the other gaffes committed by Jenkins/La Haye are worse than this one. 4. Some more varied and colourfull protagonists. Instead of Rayford Steele, Buck Williams, Bruce Barnes and Chloe Steele. A nicely decadent Italian cardinal steeped in deceit (the type who joined the priesthood to get an cosy job that doesn't involve any heavy lifting), who realizes all of the good guys amongst his colleagues have disappeared and who is envious of the new pope. That job should have been his! Everybody with any sense of Tradition knows that the last pope on earth must be Peter the Roman and not Peter the Yankee! A Belgian nun who has possibly something of a martyrcomplex. She was Raptured but asked to be returned to earth and got her wish. Ofcourse this bit of information is only revealed suitably late in the series. An inquisitive (and rather loose) moslim girl from Mali who is trying to figure out where that charming baptist missionary has gone. A very normal American highschool graduate who has a vacation job on a Kibbuts in Israel prior to going to college. As the story builds, the everyman American falls for the in our eyes a-typical moslim girl, who ofcourse converts to Christianity about halfway through book 3.