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The Road to War
Book SeriesLeft Behind: The Kids
AuthorTim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
Release DateOctober, 2004
Preceded ByThe Perils of Love
Followed ByTriumphant Return

"The Road to War" is the 39th book of the Left Behind: The Kids series. It's release date was in October of 2004. It was written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

Book Synopsis

Synopsis retrieved from back of the book.

A startling discovery sends the Young Trib Force scurrying for safety. Will Lionel and the others in Petra be able to help their friends escape a Global Community ambush?

In Wisconsin, a Young Trib Force member realizes the danger and tries to warn his friends. Will he escape capture?

Notable Characters

Original Members of The Young Tribulation Force:

  • Judd Thompson Jr.
  • Vicki Byrne
  • Lionel Washington

Other Members of The Young Tribulation Force:

  • Mark Eisman(death)
  • Conrad Graham
  • Sam Goldberg
  • Darrion Stahley
  • Melinda Bentley
  • Janie McCanyon
  • Tanya Spivey
  • Charlie
  • Shelly

Other Believers:

  • Tsion Ben-Judah
  • Steve(only appearance, death)
  • Five unnamed prisoners(only appearances, deaths)
  • Westin Jakes(last appearance)
  • Lev Taubman(last appearance)
  • Rayford Steele
  • Colin Dial(last appearance)
  • Marshall Jameson(last appearance)
  • Cameron "Buck" Williams
  • Chang Wong
  • Naomi Tiberius
  • Eleazar Tiberius
  • Maggie Carlson(final appearance)
  • Jamal
  • Lina

Global Community:

  • Nicolae Carpathia
  • Leon Fortunato
  • Kruno Fulcire
  • Cummings(only appearance)
  • Deputy Commander Lockerbie(only appearance)


  • LeRoy Banks(last appearance)
  • Shivte


  • This is Mark Eisman's final POV and death. He is the eighth and final member of The Young Tribulation Force to die.
  • LeRoy Banks makes a guest appearance. This is his first appearance since book 4 and first time he was written about since book 30. This is also his last appearance.
  • Caleb, the same angel who visited Chloe Williams before her death, visits Mark.
  • This is one of two POVs where heaven is briefly shown. When Mark dies in chapter 10, "The Blade", he appears in heaven. The only other time this happened was in book 16, when John Preston died.
  • The final appearance of Lev Taubman.
  • The Young Tribulation Force(except for Vicki and Mark) reunite with Lenore and Tolan.
  • Commander Kruno Fulcire discovers Mark Eisman's past at Nicolae Carpathia High School and with The Young Tribulation Force. He indirectly mentions Pete Davidson and shows Mark pictures of Natalie Bishop.
  • The final appearance of Marshall Jameson.
  • The final appearance of Maggie Carlson.
  • The only appearance of Deputy Commander Lockerbie, who shares facial similarities with John Preston.
  • The final appearance of Westin Jakes.
  • The only appearance of Cummings.
  • First appearance of Jamal since book 26.
  • First appearance of Lina since book 26.
  • The last name of Jamal, Lina, Nada, and Kasim is finally revealed: Ameer. This is not mentioned anywhere else in the series. However, it is possible that "Ameer" is a typo/error by Jenkins and LaHaye.
  • Vicki meets Jamal and Lina for the first time.
  • Lina shows Vicki pictures of Nada and Kasim.


  • Mark Eisman
  • Steve