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  • Posted August 5, 2010

    The Last Operative

    The Last Operative

    By Jerry B. Jenkins

    This book was about a man, Jordan Kirkwood, who works as an undercover operative with the NSA. He has been kept away from his family his whole career because of his job. When he finally gets the opportunity to take a break and go on a vacation with his wife, something terrible happens. I'll let you read it and find out what happens. In the aftermath, Jordan finds out that there are fighter planes hiding out in a bunker in the U.S. Problem is, they aren't American planes. They belong to an Islam extremist group. And someone within the NSA is somehow involved. So the book is about Jordan trying to figure out who he can trust, trying to stop these planes from being unleashed on U.S. soil, all while trying to repair his relationship with his basically estranged children.

    The plot itself was a good plot. It is similar to a Clancy-Grisham-Cussler political thriller type novel. One thing I did like about it is that you can tell it was written by a Christian. In the book, Jordan and several other characters are professed Christians. Jordan turns to his faith when dealing with the tragedy that he experiences. It is a topic that is brought up frequently in the dialogues. Because of this, there is no language or explicit or suggestive content. Which is more than I can say for the Clancy-Grisham-Cussler that I've read.

    One thing I didn't like was that parts of the plot were not as developed as they should have been. You never find out the details about what happened or why it happened or who was involved how. Another thing was that the climax of the book wasn't very climactic. Like, they're in the middle of a stand-off with 4 bad guys against 2 good guys. Then, you turn the page and the bad guys have surrendered their weapons. What just happened? I remember turning back to make sure I hadn't skipped a page. In other books I've read, the main fight scene, which in real time lasts about 10 minutes, is drawn out over like, 50 pages. This one happened in like, 2. I felt a little gipped (sp?) Also, at the very end, you think that another plot line is about to start up in like, the last 50 pages. The plot line had the potential to be good, but it was at the very end and so it just kinda fizzled out into nothing. I thought it was pointless to even go there. If the author was just looking to fill pages, he could have developed the main plot a lot more. Then he could have taken that second plot and done a sequel.

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