Wow! This was another great novel from Jerry Jenkins. This novel had me hooked from the very beginning. This novel continues with Drake Boone and his new family. I don't want to give it away but there is an incident that happens within the family that he must try to solve. It really keeps your attention. Jerry Jenkins is a very gifted author and I have never read a book by him that I didn't love! I would definitely recommend this book to everyone out there!
This is book 3 in the Precinct 11 Trilogy. Even though it stands alone well, reading the first 2 books (The Brotherhood and The Betrayal) will enhance the reading of this one. Like the first two, this was a page-turner. I did not understand the why of what happened to Haeley (you have to read to find out), and thought it could have been left out. The tension and suspense builds up and then is tied up a bit too quickly for me. I really like Boone and hope he makes a return appearance. The character's faith is explored but it not too preachy. Overall I enjoyed this book despite a couple of issues I had with it.
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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Boone Drake is on top of the world. After suffering the loss a few years ago of pretty much everything that mattered in his life -- including his wife and son -- he is enjoying life much more than he ever expected. He has married again, has gained an adopted son, is chief of the Chicago Police Department Major Case Squad, has the car and house of his dreams, and has found his way back to a faith in God that had gone missing after so much tragedy in his life. So why does he have the feeling that his world is about to fall apart again?
And fall apart it does! Boone suffers not one, but two tragedies. He feels a desperate need to stay with his wife Haeley after she suffers a serious accident. But another case hits too close to home and pulls him into a dangerous situation in a far away location. Boone is not sure if his skills and his faith will be enough to get him through these latest challenges.
In The Breakthrough, the third novel in his Precinct 11 series, Jerry Jenkins continues the stories of Boone and Haeley Drake, Jack Keller, and other characters introduced in The Brotherhood and The Betrayal. As in the previous books, the characters are faced with major crises that test their faith.
I enjoyed The Breakthrough, but it was not my favorite Jerry Jenkins book. Even though the plot is full of suspense and includes many twists and turns that keep you guessing, I felt like it sometimes fell a little flat and some of the elements were resolved too abruptly. All in all, though, it was well worth the time I spent reading it. This book could work well as a stand-alone, but I think it is much better read after the first two in the series.
(I was provided a free copy of this book by Tyndale House in exchange for my honest review.)