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The last time Boone Drake felt so sunny about life, storm clouds beyond the horizon unleashed a torrent that washed away everything he loved.
His passion for police work.
His reason for being.
That in just a few years he was back on top left him reeling. If Boone could only take credit for doing more than merely hanging on while his world slowly rebuilt itself ...
Now he enjoyed a new wife, a new son, a new home, a renewed faith, and an even deeper passion for his work. And all, it seemed, in spite of himself.
Grateful didn't begin to describe how Boone felt about everyone and everything that coalesced to salve his raw existence, to restore him. Obligated was more like it. At his most despairing, people who cared about him had seemed to conspire to force him to hang on until the arduous healing could begin.
Why was it, then, that being back to a pinnacle in his personal and professional and spiritual lives left Boone wary? Was it all too good to be true? Surely there was no guarantee that a guy could be metaphorically stomped to within an inch of death only once in his life.
What might be looming?
Was Boone's unease a character flaw, a chink in the armor of his faith? Didn't he deserve success and happiness?
Well, of course he didn't. He knew what he deserved. When he had gotten serious about his spiritual life, he had come to understand where he stood with God. He had deserved all the bad stuff. This abundance was grace, pure and simple.
It was not a wise man, Boone knew, who looked for trouble. One in his profession, however, had to be ever vigilant. With that alertness came intuition, street smarts. And Boone's were telling him he might be luxuriating in the tranquility before a tempest.
Even his pastor, a master of texting just the right Scripture reference at just the right time, had appeared to drop the ball today, the first day of summer. Boone's phone chirped a little after 8 p.m., just as he was preparing to leave his Major Case Squad office for home. He gathered his stuff with one hand and thumbed the tiny screen with the other. The note from Francisco Sosa read: Job 5:7ff.
Normally Boone waited till he had a moment to look up the references, but this he had to see. Sosa had found some nugget of encouragement for him in Job, really?
On the elevator at the Area 4, District 11 stationhouse on West Harrison Street, with everything else tucked under his arm, Boone accessed his mobile Bible and brought up:
People are born for trouble as readily as sparks fly up from a fire.
On that cheery note, the youngest bureau chief in the history of the Chicago Police Department headed wearily to his car. The thermometer had hit triple digits that afternoon—which rarely, if ever, happened before late July in the Windy City—and Boone had had to endure a rare day in uniform.
He preferred a suit and tie, as did most detectives, but when Downtown decreed a uniform for some official to-do, even chiefs obeyed. Boone had wanted to decline, but he had to pick his battles. He had endured enough politics in his new role. The chiefs of four of the other five major bureaus within the department—Patrol, Detectives, Organizational Development, and Administration—didn't see the need for another. The fifth happened to be Jack Keller, chief of the Organized Crime Division (OCD), and critics said he backed Boone only because he had been his partner, then his boss and mentor.
Keller, steely gray and pushing a taut sixty, advised Boone to stay above the fray. "It's not your fight," he said as they worked out together one day. "It's what the super wants, and it's been approved by the city council's subcommittee, so it's gonna happen, end of story."
Boone put his uniform cap on the backseat, removed the leather Sam Browne belt that carried his handcuffs, ammunition, and service sidearm, and placed it on the floor. He hung his coat near the rear passenger door to keep it from blocking his vision when he drove. As he slid in and checked his mirrors, he was stunned afresh to see the single star on his collar. It likely hardly registered to anyone not on the job, but Chicago coppers knew what it meant. He was one of six chiefs, making him one of the nine top cops of more than thirteen thousand in the city.
The temperature was still in the nineties, though the sun had begun to sink, and Boone felt fortunate the AC kicked in fast in his brand-new BMW 760Li—a sedan he wouldn't have sprung for if not for his wife. Not to mention he was also driving to a house he would not have enjoyed but for her.
It wasn't that Boone had married into money. Well, he had, but he hadn't meant to. The former Haeley Lamonica's seven-figure settlement from the City of Chicago for false arrest had actually been won late in their courtship and paid early in their marriage.
Neither Boone nor Haeley had ever been people of means. She had been a single mother, struggling to get by. He had been well compensated for his age but certainly was not wealthy. His new role paid in the neighborhood of ten thousand dollars a month, but that was nothing compared to Haeley's windfall. It had resulted from a sordid case that had exposed corruption at the highest levels of the CPD. What to do with the money became a dilemma.
Boone had wanted nothing to do with it. "It's yours alone to do with what you want."
"I don't want it at all," Haeley had said. She took seriously the admonition that it was harder for a rich person to get into heaven than for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle. "I mean, who wouldn't want to be rich?" she said. "But it's not what we're about, and it terrifies me."
Yet Boone, along with Haeley's attorney—who was entitled to a third of the money—had persuaded her to take it. And they had all celebrated one warm spring evening the previous year on The Settlement, newly anchored at Belmont Harbor. "You can give your two-thirds away for all I care," Friedrich Zappolo, Esquire, told her. "My third went for—"
"This boat, I know," she said.
Haeley told Boone she had finally concluded that she would accept the money because, for one thing, she was entitled to it. And she had caveats. "First, I want to give you a gift."
"No need," Boone said. "You and Max are all I want, and—"
"Don't deny me. When else in my life would I ever be able to give you anything really worth something?"
He had acquiesced, and she had bought him the car of his dreams—but one that wouldn't raise too many eyebrows at the department.
The second condition was that she wanted a nice, big home with a fireplace in a safe neighborhood. In Chicago that hardly meant ostentatious, but it did mean a place beyond the reach of even a bureau chief.
Zappolo, who had helped with tax ramifications, told her, "You know, even after the house and the car, you still have well over a million left. You talked before about investing in a side fund to put your kid through college."
"Makes sense, Hael," Boone said. "Put a chunk away; let it grow for Max."
Zappolo had referred them to a lawyer experienced in family law, who had accomplished Boone's adoption of the beautiful blond boy.
"A college fund is nonnegotiable, Fritz," Haeley said, running both hands through her long, dark hair. "But it might not be just for Max."
Zappolo showed her on paper how she could ensure three kids would go to college and still have more than a million dollars left. "Plenty to treat yourself with."
"The rest goes to charity," she said.
"You heard me, Mr. Zappolo."
"I know I did. I just didn't want to. It's nice to be generous and all, but ..."
"The balance," she said, "all of it, goes to our churches."
"Plural?" Zappolo said.
"Well, we're going to Community Life now, but I used to go to North Beach, and they're struggling."
"That so?" the lawyer said. "I advise you to be careful how much you give to a small nonprofit."
"How big is this church? What's their budget?"
She shrugged and looked at Boone. "Less than fifty people, a pastor who also works on the side. Maybe fifty thousand a year for everything?"
"Well, you know I'm not a church guy, but I've worked with a lot of nonprofits, and I'm just sayin', you give a place like this more'n, say, double their annual budget, and you're gonna have problems. I've seen little outfits go under because they just can't handle it. All of a sudden the director—in your case, the pastor—gets a new car or spruces up his office or quits his other job, and people start talking; you know how it goes."
"A hundred thousand would be wonderful for them," Haeley said.
"Okay, now you're down to about one and a quarter mil. Me, I'd be buying a place on the Continent. You?"
"Community Life. They have a multimillion-dollar budget and ministries all over the city. They'd know what to do with it, and they'd do it right."
"You're a bigger woman than I am," Fritz said. "I mean ... you know what I mean."
So Haeley had been both generous and sacrificial. The only hard part for her in having married and relocated, she told Boone, had been giving up going to her own little church. He offered to go to hers instead, but she insisted. "Community is where you need to be—where we need to be. And I don't feel so bad about leaving North Beach now that I can give them a gift like this."
Haeley added one more condition. "The gifts are anonymous, Fritz. Nothing named after me or us, no announcements, no thank-yous. Can you make that happen?"
"You think these pastors live under rocks, girl? They watch the news. They know I defended you against the city. Everybody in town knows of the settlement. You're going to be hearing from friends you never knew you had."
"I can just say it's already all accounted for. I'm not a bank."
"That's the right line," Fritz said, "but I all of a sudden show up with big checks, and you don't think these pastors are going to put two and two together? There's no way around that they're going to know. Let's do this: I'll let the pastors know it came from you but tell them that if anyone else finds out, it's revocable."
Haeley held a hand over her rumbling abdomen as she closed the drapes for the evening. A small foreign car in the culdesac didn't look like any of the neighbors', and they never parked in the street anyway.
It hadn't been that long ago that she had seen another strange car, twice the same day. She had taken Max back to their old church because Boone had had to work one Sunday. Max had been excited to see Aunt Flo, the black lady from North Beach Fellowship who had stayed with him often before Boone and Haeley married. They had spent the afternoon at Florence's apartment, where Haeley noticed the same car on the street outside the building that she had noticed in the strip mall parking lot after church—a dark-blue vintage four-door Buick with Illinois plates.
Haeley told herself she had become overly suspicious as the wife of a cop and decided not to mention it to Boone. But this one? Maybe she should.
Boone merged onto the Eisenhower Expressway as remnants of an orange sun played peekaboo between buildings. He was glad rush-hour traffic had largely dissipated, but that reminded him he would get home after Max was in bed. He hated that, as did Max and Haeley. Fortunately, it was rare with his new role. There were still occasional cases that saw him work into the night, but the hours were nothing like they had been in Organized Crime.
He looked forward to getting out of uniform, settling on the couch with Haeley, and enjoying the spacious house. Could life be better? Even his generous salary was not exorbitant these days, but without a mortgage, they were comfortable.
And that troubled Boone. He'd never done well with comfort. He should be on top of the world—and in many ways he was. But could it last? According to Job 5:7, maybe not.
Boone slipped his cell phone from his shirt pocket and inserted it into a docking station installed under the dash. At the last bureau chiefs' meeting, the head of Patrol had reported that the prohibition against texting and using other than hands-free phones while driving had reduced cell phone involvement in crashes. "But," the Patrol chief said, "to our embarrassment, our own employees remain chronic offenders."
It's hard to get the public to obey laws that you yourself flout.
Boone hit a speed-dial button and turned on his radio, set to an FM frequency that, in essence, broadcast his phone in the car.
"Hey, babe," Haeley said. "You close? Keeping your plate warm."
"A few minutes. Max down?"
"Yeah, and he wasn't too happy to miss you."
"Me either, but I can run him to school in the morning on the way in."
"How're you doing on your letter to him?"
"Still working on it. I'll get back to it. What's up, Hael?"
"You sound different. Anything wrong?"
"You're good, Chief. I've felt a little punky all day. Not hungry. And there's a car I don't recognize in the cul-de-sac."
"Anybody in it?"
"I think so. Hard to see."
"Can you see a plate number?"
He heard the rustle of a curtain. "Can't make it out, but it doesn't look like an Illinois tag. Dark background."
"Can't tell from here."
"What kind of car?"
"Foreign. Compact. Old, shabby."
"Hon, my binoculars are on the shelf in the front closet. See if you can give me a tag number."
He heard her set the phone down and rummage. She called out, "Found 'em!"
A few seconds later she was back on the phone. "Solid background, maybe a little lighter than navy, three white numbers and three white letters, can't make out the state."
"Indiana," Boone said. "Read 'em off to me."
"You won't be able to write them down."
"C'mon, Hael. Memorizing plate numbers is a hobby of old street cops."
She recited the numbers and letters.
"I'll run it, but don't open the door to anyone you don't recognize."
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Posted July 29, 2013
I have really enjoyed all three books in this series. Exciting and great story. Keeps you entertained and not bored. While giving you a clean and Godly book. Well done Mr. Jenkins, I hope you do more in this series. Love these characters.
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Posted August 31, 2013
Suspenseful, Full of Action and Danger. It took some time for me to get involved in the plot at first, because the main character seemed to have a vague background. However, his current plight soon seemed to override his past and I did care about him and his family. I was glad it was noted up front that this is the third in a series. I should have read books one and two first, because I would have known more about his past and been connected sooner. The suspense was done quite well. There was tragedy, hope, intrigue, and crime drama, but I do not wish to spoil the story for anyone by being specific. I was worried for the characters and wanted to cheer them on. The secondary characters were very supportive, admirable for any church family. Even though I felt for a few moments that the book was a platform for the author’s views, he did effectively give a view of the very devastating possibilities in crimes against children. I wondered if the plot was just a bit too full of dramatic turns, but in all, it really got me involved and it was a satisfying read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2013
I loved this book and look forward to going back and reading the first two books in the Precinct 11 series.
Boone's perfectly put back together life takes a horrible twist when his wife has a horrific accident and then when things can't get any worse they do only he doesn't know it all yet. His adopted son is kidnapped and by the time all the puzzle pieces are put back together he has been taken out of the country.
Posted August 5, 2013
What a riveting novel! The book starts with an abduction, but quickly turns into a human trafficking nightmare. this book was a little hard to get into at the beginning because it is assumed that one has read the previous novels, which I hadn't. But after the first chapter I found it impossible to put it down until the last page.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2013
Read as part of the Tyndale House Summer Reading program. The book caught my attention right off but at the same time I felt it was silly to create so many problems at the same time. Overall I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 16, 2013
Meh... Honestly, that's what comes to mind as I write this review. Its not that "The Breakthrough" is a horrible book by any means, its just that its very "middling." Unlike the previous books in the "Precinct 11" series, I found this to be very slow paced and predictable. There's really not much I can offer that other reviewers haven't mentioned, so I won't bore you with details other than do NOT read the synopsis on the back, it gives away the only "twist" in the book and comes just a few chapters before the end. So if you, like me, read that, there was not one surprise to be had in the book. :/
However, I know there's definitely a market for this kind of story, and I know there will be those who will enjoy it. And, if you've been following the story of Boone Drake and want to know how he's doing, you probably do want to read "The Breakthrough" just to stay up to date. ;-)
All in all, not my favorite book of Jerry Jenkins, but not a bad way to pass a few hours. :)
Posted July 13, 2013
My wife introduced me to Jerry B. Jenkins books and I can’t put them down. I read the Precinct 11 Novels like they were short stories.
The Breakthrough is the final book of the series and it did not fail to deliver!! The story kept me wanting to read more when my body said to sleep. The twists and turns of the story kept me trying to figure out what’s going to happen before I would read it.
Boone Drake’s personal story throughout the books is heart wrenching!! At least in the end his life finally resembles some sense of normalcy again. Even though Boone Drake is fictional, it gives the reader a sense of ‘keeping the faith’ with all that he has been through. I don’t know if I would have been as strong as Boone if this would have been my life, but I pray for that strength and thank Mr. Jenkins for presenting such a strong character in this book.
I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Posted July 9, 2013
I’ve been reading books on Tyndale’s Summer Reading Program list. The Breakthrough had such great reviews I decided to try it, even though it isn’t normally my kind of book. But I just couldn’t get into it. It has so much dialog, and I found the dialog uninteresting. The beginning was so predictable. He has a feeling life is going to get bad, his wife feels ill, she falls and get hurts, his son gets kidnapped…the author throws it all to you at once. I tried skimming a few chapters to see if I could get into the story later on, but I just never could. I didn’t read the whole book, but from what I tried to read, this book was very disappointing to me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2013
I got this book to read because it was on a reading list and I am familiar with Jenkins from some of his other book series. I didn't realize it was a crime/police novel until I read the jacket and I thought I would never be able to finish the book because I don't particularly enjoy that genre of fiction. Furthermore, I had not read the first two books in the series, so I wasn't familiar with the characters or their pasts. So it was with a great deal of reluctance that I began the book.
I'm happy to report that halfway through the first chapter I was interested in the characters and the plot and knew I would have no trouble finishing the book. Jenkins has such a clever way of making characters real to the reader and using descriptive elements to pull readers into the story. I really should have had no doubts because Jenkins has never failed to provide a great story, using the truth and inspiration of the scriptures. He is a great writer and has hit another home run with this book. Now, I will go back and read the first two books in this series!
This book is great for a variety of audiences such as, Christians, parents, police officers, and many others. Give this book a try and halfway through the first chapter, you will probably be hooked. I know I was!
Posted June 14, 2013
Boone Drake is back, and is now a bureau chief in the Chicago Police Department. His life is going well at work and home. But then tragedy strikes and he must decide between taking care of his wife or working a personal case.
I thought this book was great. The story moved at a good pace and kept the reader wanting to know what would happen next. I felt sorry for Boone and his constant troubles, but all was well in the end. I hope there will be a sequel.
Posted June 11, 2013
I really like the book, Jerry Jenkins is one of my favorite authors. This book was the third in the trilogy so I am going to read the first 2.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 5, 2013
How many bad things can happen to Boone?
This is the third and final book in a cop-based series by Jerry B. Jenkins, a writer whose books I typically enjoy tremendously. I did actually appreciate this book...but have some questions....isn't enough ever just plain enough? How many actual truly serious life-shattering traumas can one person stand?? (and what are the odds?!?)
Boone Drake is now married to Haeley and has adopted her son. He is working for the Major Case Squad of the Chicago Police Department and is the youngest Bureau Chief when yet another tragedy occurs -several, actually - and Boone's faith as well as his strength is greatly challenged.
In reading this novel, I felt like tragedy number one (Haeley) was primarily there to get her "out of the way" so her presence wouldn't be distracting from the crux of the story. I'm not sure how else to explain it...that was confusing to me. However, tragedy number two (Max) is so timely, and I applaud Mr. Jenkins for including such an important subject matter in this book. Lastly, if I were to be picky :) I also thought the ending was a tiny bit anti-climactic. All of that said, I do recommend this entire series.....I just can't rave about this last one.
Posted January 22, 2013
Posted November 6, 2012
Jerry Jenkins earned acclaim for the success of his blockbuster “Left Behind” series, I consider his more recent novels—particularly Riven—much better. With The Breakthrough, he rang the bell twice. Not only is this a fitting climax to the “Precinct 11” triology, a reader can pick up the third book in the series and find it enjoyable as a stand-alone story. Of course, as with any series, reading the earlier entries will increase one’s appreciation of the characters, their backgrounds and other, subtle nuances of the final novel. Boone Drake is a down-to-earth, square-shooting, self-sacrificing figure that will inspire readers while prompting a longing for more of these kinds of heroes in real life. The scary element behind this story is its striking parallels to real life. Not long before its release, I saw a news story about producer Christopher Besette’s movie, Trade of Innocents, releasing at a film festival. The movie relates the evils of sex trafficking in Cambodia, while The Breakthrough is about kidnappers’ attempt to sell a boy to an adoptive couple in China. Still, this comparable buying and selling of human beings should sicken anyone. Slavery may have been outlawed in the 1800s, but the greed that drove that practice lives on.
I received this book free from Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
Posted September 19, 2012
When I got this book I expected a good story and I got one. I had only intended to read a page or three a day so that I wouldn't finish it too early since I was instructed to wait to post my review until September 19th. Well, that didn't work. Once I started reading it I devoured it in 2 days. I could not put it down and was constantly on the edge of my seat.
So here I sit 3 weeks after finishing the book, finally posting my review. It was good. It is part of a series and I felt a tad lost when it would reference his past stories but, that did not detract from the story.
Boone Drake is the main character and a newly appointed bureau chief. After a series of unfortunate accidents (may have to read the first books to get the background and for more reading enjoyment) he is finally getting his life back on track. He is newly married to Haeley, adopted her son and most importantly rediscovered his faith.
But as in all good stories the poor hero must go through more trials. A kidnapping brings Boone to Beijing and into the world of human trafficking at a time when Haeley needs him the most. Boone relies on his skills and those of his fellow officers to remedy this situation before it's too late for the child.
Jerry B. Jenkins is a good story teller. He keeps you rivited from page to page. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action stories.
I received a complimentary copy through the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for a review. I was not required to provide a positive review and all opinions are my own.
Posted September 13, 2012
Jerry B. Jenkins in his new book “The Breakthrough” Book Three in the Precinct 11 series published by Tyndale House Publishers takes us back into the life of Boone Drake and the Chicago Police Department.
From the back cover: After years of turmoil, Boone Drake seems to be back on track. He is the youngest bureau chief in Chicago Police Department history, he heads the city’s Major Case Squad, he has a new family, and his relationship with God has never been better. Still, Boone can’t fight the feeling that something is about to go terribly wrong . . . again.
When disaster strikes, it seems Boone is destined to repeat the past, as tragedy threatens those closest to him. And when his own family’s safety is at stake, Boone is forced to make a difficult choice: stay with his wife, Haeley, who desperately needs him, or pursue a human trafficking ring from the narrow streets, alleys, and hovels of the famed hutong district in Beijing, China, to the ancient city of Tianjin. The stakes have never been higher for Boone as the all-too-personal case grows increasingly dangerous . . . and time is running out.
The action doesn’t stop as Boone Drake travels from Chicago to China dealing with a human trafficking ring. “The Breakthrough” is a page-flipping thriller where not only is his life in danger but the lives of his new family as well. Mr. Jenkins great skill is not only in creating suspenseful plots but in his marvelous characterizations. From Boone all the way down to minor characters they all come to life and we sit on the edge of our seats and we root for them to succeed in the face of what seems like overwhelming odds. “The Breakthrough” is a great read with Mr. Jenkins making us flip the pages as fast as we can because we want to know what happens with Boone and see if he survive and put the bad guys out of business. I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down. Mr. Jenkins is an excellent writer and knows how to twist your nerve endings as he tightens the suspense. I am looking forward to, hopefully, more books in this series.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Posted September 5, 2012
Posted September 4, 2012
If you’re looking for a police novel filled with the typical high speed chases and gun shots around every corner, don’t buy this book. If, however, you are looking for a good read with moments of danger and suspense, characters you can relate to and God’s hand at work in every moment of their lives, then this is one you have to pick up.
You will be pulled into Boone Drake’s world from the first chapter when he senses something dark threatening to disrupt his world and shatter the peace he was finally experiencing with his new family. Drake’s sense of dread proves accurate as he faces double-tragedy when his wife and son are plunged into separate perils, forcing Drake to choose between standing vigil beside his wife and racing across the world to save his new son. As the moments tick by and saving Max becomes more and more difficult, Drake must again cling to God and His divine mercy to carry him through.
God doesn’t disappoint and neither does Jerry! Definitely a novel to put on your reading list!
Thanks to Tyndale house for providing me with an ARC of this novel. No payment was received in exchange for this review.
-Eileen K Parsons, author of The First Rose of Summer
Posted September 2, 2012
Synopsis: Boone Drake is the youngest bureau chief in the history of the Chicago PD.
Boone now has a new wife (Haeley) and a stepson named Max. Boone's life is finally settled, and his faith is steadfast, but he seems to continually peer around the corner, waiting for something bad to happen. He has already experienced more tragedy than most, and, with his faith sorely tested, I can almost understand how and why he finds himself unable to simply accept the good turn his life has taken.
Trouble once again strikes close to home, and Boone is drawn to China in the hopes of untangling one small boy from a band of human traffickers.
Opinion: "The Breakthrough" is the last in the Precinct 11 trilogy. I somehow missed "The Betrayal" (the second in the series), but DID read and review "The Brotherhood", the opening book of the series. I wish I HAD read the second book, because I definitely felt its lack while I was reading this novel. It would have been nice to have more background written into this one, especially since many of us find ourselves picking up a title out-of-sequence, and knowing what happened before is always helpful. In my case, knowing what happened before usually makes me want to go out and buy the previous title(s).
I enjoyed the action in this one once Boone was in China, but felt that the China adventure was ended rather abruptly.
I was slightly disappointed in this one - other than the action scenes, it felt rather flat and one-dimensional. For a reader new to the series, the characters would also likely fall flat, as we don't get a rounded look at them in this novel. I can't be certain, but I think that my experience with "The Brotherhood" is likely the only thing that kept me reading "The Breakthrough".
Writing: 3 out of 5 stars
Plot: 3 out of 5 stars
Characters: 3 out of 5 stars
Reading Immersion: 3.5 out 5 stars
BOOK RATING: 3.25 out of 5 stars
Sensitive Reader: No problems with this one
Book Clubs: Iffy; I always think that the best books for book clubs are ones that provide lines of discussion not just about the book itself, but about themes within the book as well. Some of the themes that I think this book might open up: How does a Christian maintain a relationship with a non-Christian without stepping away from the tenets of their faith? The age-old: Why DOES God allow bad things to happen to good people? Maybe even a discussion about human trafficking.
Posted August 28, 2012
The Breakthrough by Jerry Jenkins is a worthy addition to his series
that includes The Brotherhood and The Betrayal and features Chicago
Police Department officer Boone Drake .Here is a Boone who has now
matured spiritually, evidenced in his deft dealing with unbelievable
personal and professional challenges. I felt a particular kinship to
Boone's investigations into human trafficking through my own ministry
involvement with trafficking survivors. There are definitely some
intense scenes that leave you with a choice of continuing reading to see
what happens or taking a breath! As in his Soon trilogy, Jenkins
challenges with anagrams, and as is typical, he shows his understanding
and respect for regional and international culture and traditions, only
adding to the reader's enjoyment. Note: I was provided with an Advance
Reader Copy of this book.