Tim LaHaye, Greg Dinallo
Well, sorry Jerry, but thanks to Greg, Tim's got a better book here. Richer vocabulary, and better descriptions, narration, action... People are described, not characterized vaguely. Theologically... well it is aimed at a very specific pre-trib dispensationalistic reading of the Bible, i.e. not the historic teaching of the Church in general, nor the faith of most Christians currently. But popular enough to sell books.
Much more realistic Christians, who don't bad mouth the UN wholesale, who do good works and seem pretty normal.
Very Indiana Jones - nice action scenes and all. Egyptian digs, and a colorful Salah-esque sidekick, Jassim.
But I'm happy to go back to space opera... now back to The Mote in God's Eye.