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The Search
Book SeriesLeft Behind:The Kids
AuthorTim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
Release DateJuly, 2000
Preceded ByDeath Strike
Followed ByOn the Run

"The Search" is the 9th book of the Left Behind: The Kids series. It's release date was in July of 2000. It was written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

Book Synopsis

Synopsis retrieved from back of the book.

As World War III erupts, the young Trib Force loses one of the most important people to them in the world. Also, Judd, Vicki, Lionel, and their friends set on a desperate search for Ryan.

The book continues as the Young Tribulation Force attempts a rescue before another air attack by the Global Community. In the process the kids face new dangers and encounter a top Global Community official.

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:

  • John Preston(voice)
  • Chaya Stein
  • Darrion Stahley(first appearance, becomes a believer)

Other believers:

  • Maxwell Stahley(becomes a believer, first appearance, death)
  • Nina Ben-Judah(voice)
  • Louise Stahley(becomes a believer, first appearance)
  • Buck Williams
  • Bruce Barnes(flashback)

Global Community:

  • Cornelius "Corny" Van Waylin(only appearance, death)
  • Unnamed gunman beneath the L tracks
  • Nicolae Carpathia


  • Carl(death, only appearance)
  • Unnamed short kidnapper(death, only appearance)


  • Death of Maxwell Stahley
  • First appearance of Darrion Stahley. She becomes a believer and joins The Young Tribulation Force.
  • First appearance of Louise Stahley.
  • Only appearance of Cornelius Van Waylin.


  • Carl
  • Unnamed short kidnapper
  • Gerald Fitzhugh(confirmed)
  • Maxwell Stahley
  • Cornelius "Corny" Van Waylin