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Battling the Commander
Book SeriesLeft Behind:The Kids
AuthorTim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
Release DateJune 1st, 2001
Preceded ByJudgment Day
Followed ByFire from Heaven

"Battling the Commander" is the 15th book of the Left Behind: The Kids series. It's release date was June 1st, 2001. It was written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

Book Synopsis

Synopsis retrieved from back of the book.

Hiding from Commander Blanka, the kids pray for their friends who remain in the clutches of the Global Community. Lionel tries to convince the Morale Monitors that he is loyal while at the same time helping his friends to escape. Judd and the others hide from their enemies until they must take a stand.

Notable Characters

Original Members of The Young Tribulation Force:

  • Judd Thompson Jr.
  • Vicki Byrne
  • Lionel Washington

Other Members of The Young Tribulation Force:

  • Conrad Graham
  • Mark Eisman
  • Darrion Stahley
  • Shelly
  • John Preston(voice)

Other believers:

  • Mitchell Stein(becomes a believer)
  • Boyd Walker
  • Pete Davidson
  • Sally(first appearance)
  • Pavel Rudja
  • Hank(confirmed death, no physical appearance)
  • Judy(confirmed death, no physical appearance)

Global Community:

  • Melinda Bentley
  • Felicia
  • Terell Blancka(last appearance)
  • Ferguson(only appearance)
  • Larry Wilcox(only appearance)
  • Nicolae Carpathia


  • Taylor Graham
  • Hattie Durham


  • This is the last appearance of Commander Terell Blancka.
  • This is the first book to start with the POV of a non-original Young Trib Force member, namely, Conrad Graham.
  • The name of the owner of the gas station Pete and Judd defended is revealed: Boyd Walker. Boyd also became a believer.
  • It is revealed that John Preston was drafted and forced into service by the Global Community Navy after the earthquake.
  • John's fate after the earthquake and what happened at his college is finally revealed.
  • Hank and Judy are executed by the Global Community for taking in believers.
  • There is an error in the synopsis. It says Lionel is trying to convince the Morale Monitors that he is loyal, when it is actually Conrad who is trying to convince the Morale Monitors that he is loyal, since Lionel's true loyalties were already exposed.