This book is the first in a series of books by Jerry Jenkins. Jerry Jenkins is one of my favorite authors. His books always keep my attention and this one is no different. I couldn't put this book down...it's a must read!
After reading some of the reviews, I must state that I think it is totally inappropriate for people to basically tell everyone what the book is about! My REVIEW is that it is a very emotional book with a terrific lesson about about God's purpose in our lives, especially in difficult times. Don't read in public, ladies!!! I had tears streaming down my face during certain parts of the book.
Jerry B. Jenkins has started a new police thriller series in the Precinct 11 novels. The first installment, The Brotherhood, introduces us to Boone Drake as a young go-getter cop who wants to impede gang activities on his beat. He and his partner, Jack Keller, work the night shift and put their lives on the line each and every night. When he's moved to the day shift, he's not home when a tragic accident hits his family.
Fast forward to a year later__Boone's partner is up for promotion in the Organized Crime Unit and Boone wants to follow him to bring down the gangs, drug lords, and the "mob". Why should these lowlifes live to kill while his faithful family is destroyed? Why should these criminals be rewarded for their evil ways? Again, Jenkins allows the reader to dig deep and reflect on their own beliefs without providing a pat answer.
The Brotherhood dives right in to gang and mob activities that are probably more real-life than we care to admit. Boone works with one of the high ranking gangbangers who has turned his life over to God and wants to atone for his sins. Seeing the change in this criminal helps lead Boone back to the Father he once knew. Although Boone is skeptical about God's plans, he realizes there's a reason for those plans and a reason that certain people come into your life. A second lesson I learned is that God knows what he's doing and it's not our job to question His plans for us.
The book has an interesting plot and Christian theme. I've never read any of Jenkins' other works (Leave Behind series in particular) so I didn't quite know what to expect. I liked the way he integrated Christian beliefs without being cheesy or preachy. It was also kind of an eye-opener to frightening organized crime activities that are out there.
That said, I did have a couple issues with the book. Not that I want to discount the tragedy with Boone's family, but it took up the first 200 pages of the book. Personally I thought the organized crime case should have been more developed. Also, there was a jump in the time line that I thought should have been includedâ€”the year between the tragedy and the beginning of Boone's move to the organized crime division is pretty well glossed over. However, even with those issues, the book was still interesting and unexpected (no spoiler here!). I couldn't wait to get through the last few chapters just to see how it all ended!
I received this book free from Tyndale Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
At times, I can play "hard-to-get" with a book, daring it to suck me in after only the first few pages. The Brotherhood succeeded. Before I knew it, I was on page 50.
Set in modern Chicago, The Brotherhood follows the career of a young, idealistic, talented cop named Drake Boone.
At first, I thought that the title of the book referred to the espirit de corps among police officers; then when the author introduced the gang subplot, I began to see "the brotherhood" in a new light. But it wasn't until the midway through the book when the real meaning came to light: the bond that Christian brothers have through their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. What else could so tightly yoke a cop and a gang lord?
The book is well-paced with alternating moments of tension and release. You almost get the feeling that you are riding along in the patrol car with some of our fine men in uniform.
The romantic subplot was a little predictable (this tongue-in-cheek criticism from a typical, romantically-challenged male).
God's grace shines brightest in our darkest times. Initially, I was upset with the author for introducing tragedy as soon as he had endeared the reader to his protagonist. I almost felt as if I were moving through denial, anger, depression, and acceptance along with Boone.
Boone is your Everyman. No, we don't all have his six-pack or chiseled face, but we all ultimately struggle with realizing how little control we actually have over our lives, and how dependent we are on God every moment of life.
If I can be reminded of that truth from a book, then it is a good read.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their blogger review program. 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."
Jerry Jenkins is one of my favorite authors, and he's written some really great books. If you're a fan of his books, then The Brotherhood will be a great addition to add to your collection. On the upside, it teaches us that God is not the author of death, but does allow people to die to bring glory to himself. Also, there's some great action scenes if you like those types of books. On the downside, there are a number of references to mature themes that some parents may not want their younger children to see. There's nothing explicit though. And if you don't like reading sad things, you may not want to buy it. (SPOILER: Boone's son in killed in a tragic fire and his wife dies later from severe burns. Boone struggles with their death and resorts to wine to help him sleep, but after a while he resolves to stay away from it.) Out of five stars, I'll give this book 3Â½.