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Death Strike
Book SeriesLeft Behind:The Kids
AuthorTim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
Release DateMarch 1st, 2000
Preceded ByBusted!
Followed ByThe Search

"Death Strike" is the 8th book of the Left Behind: The Kids series. It's release date was March 1st, 2000. It was written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

Book Synopsis

Synopsis retrieved from back of the book.

A horrifying future awaits the Young Trib Force. As Vicki fights for her life in a detention center, Judd sets a new goal that could put the group in the greatest danger yet.

With conflict arising, Judd faces a decision that will affect the rest of his life. The rise of a rebel group, a global catastrophe, a disappearance, and the death of a friend give the kids a heartbreaking challenge.

Notable Characters

Original Members of The Young Tribulation Force:

  • Judd Thompson Jr.
  • Vicki Byrne
  • Lionel Washington
  • Ryan Daley

Other Members of The Young Tribulation Force:

  • Chaya Stein
  • Mark Eisman
  • John Preston
  • Shelly

Other believers:

  • Bruce Barnes(death)
  • Chloe Steele Williams
  • Loretta
  • Rayford Steele
  • Amanda White Steele
  • Cameron "Buck" Williams
  • Coach Handlesman
  • Nina Ben-Judah
  • Dan Ben-Judah
  • Mrs. Waltonen(becomes a believer)
  • Judith Stein(becomes a believer, death)

Global Community:

  • Nicolae Carpathia
  • Leon Fortunato


  • Janie McCanyon
  • Darla(only appearance)
  • Alice Weems
  • Marjorie Amherst(first appearance)
  • Mr. Syncrete(only appearance)
  • Laverne Jenness
  • Major Evers(only appearance)
  • Mitchell Stein


  • The death of Bruce Barnes and World War III takes place.
  • Judd Thompson Jr., John Preston, and Mark Eisman are at the graduation ceremony at Nicolae High, but Judd gets expelled for his speech.
  • Sam Goldberg and his father are mentioned by Nina Ben-Judah, but not by name.
  • One of the only two books where John Preston and Chaya Stein were seen interacting. The other book was book 11.
  • Lionel graduated from Global Community Middle School after book 7 and started attending Nicolae High in this book.
  • Ryan is the last remaining member of The Young Tribulation Force attending Global Community Middle School.
  • Ryan is in seventh grade at Global Community Middle School.
  • Janie is sent away from Nicolae High and The Young Tribulation Force. She returns in book 18 when Mark Eisman and Melinda Bentley find her.
  • Ryan is confirmed to be 13 years old.
  • It is revealed that hackers stole money from Judd Thompson Sr.'s bank account.
  • Ryan's secret place under New Hope Village Church.
  • The last appearance of Coach Handlesman.
  • Last appearance of Mrs. Waltonen.
  • Vicki, Chaya, and Janie start living together at Bruce's house.
  • Leon Fortunato was at Judd's graduation.


  • Bruce Barnes
  • Judith Stein