The Breakthrough by Jerry Jenkins is a worthy addition to the 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.
Jerry Jenkins is a great writer and develops stories which are suspenseful and entertaining. He hooks you into the story from page one.
The development of characters were believable. He writes so well, I was able to see and feel everything.
Personally, I had difficulty with the main theme of the story, the harsh reality of human trafficking. I had to put the book down a few times because it was causing me anxiety.
The Breakthrough also touches on faith in a real way.
The main character Boone Drake is a Christian. Everything seems to be going well in his life. Until he gets a text out of the blue from his pastor which says, "Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward." Job 5:7
Suddenly, everything starts to turn upside down in his life in a major way; from his wife Haeley to her abducted son. Boone is faced with some very difficult situations and decisions to make.
Thankfully, this book has a happy ending.
If you love suspense, I highly recommend this book. The Breakthrough does not disappoint.
In conclusion, I want to thank Tyndale Publishers for an advanced complimentary copy of this book.
Jerry Jenkin's third "Precinct 11" story, The Breakthrough begins with Boone Drake reflecting on the "success" of his life. Despite a Job-like experience in the past, where he lost his wife, son, home and all he held dear, he's now at the "top of the pile." Four years later, he's married to Haeley and adoptive father to her adorable young son Max, he's the youngest bureau chief (of the newly formed Major Case Squad) of the Chicago PD, and thanks to a huge legal settlement granted to his wife, he's living in a nice neighborhood and driving a nice car. He adds to those blessings, a close walk with God, a healthier spiritual life than he's ever experienced. And Boone wonders when/if testing will come. The testing does come and it looks as if history may be repeating itself, as Haley suffers a serious accident and his son is kidnapped.
The Breakthrough is a fast-paced suspense story that is hard to put down and certainly not predictable. The characters are well defined - a close-knit cop brotherhood, one extremely dumb crook, a personable con man who rarely makes mistakes, and a smart mastermind whom no one would suspect. Add in a sprinkling of average citizens who were drawn into the intrigue, some surprises along the way, and you have a recipe for a great read. Although apparently part of a series, The Breakthrough is excellent as a stand-along novel.
This was fortunately not one of those suspense stories that makes you afraid to turn out the light at night. I enjoyed the way the story builds, at first allowing you to draw conclusions as to what will happen, only to realize that your assumptions will be challenged. The totally stupid actions of one crook provide some light relief along the way of what could have been a very heavy story about a difficult topic. And while the wrap at the end was neatly done, a few untied strings possibly allow an opening for a future book? I anticipate reading more in the Precinct 11 series!
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest review.
If you like getting lost in a book, this is another book and series that will do that. It is full of suspense, twist and turns, real life emotions that pull at your heart. This book made me feel like this was or could be playing out in real life, not some far fetched plot that all or parts of it just couldn't happen in real life. Weaving in how some of the characters went to the Lord for help, or how others were learning about a faith in Christ, etc. was great. Love reading Jerry's books.
Boone Drake, once again facing unfathomable suffering from a complex series of events, proves himself to be a faithful hero in this third book in the Precinct 11 series by Jerry Jenkins. Drake is seemingly content and resting in the goodness of God's provision while at the same time feeling like there is a new storm brewing just over the horizon. His calm is once again shattered in a moment. His new wife becomes deathly ill, unconscious and determined to be pregnant while another disaster is happening over at the sitter's home. Their son, Max, is being stolen away by those who deal in finding children fitting a desired profile for wealthy clients.
Human trafficking is a tough subject to address in a fiction book. It has only been in the last ten years or so that the subject has received wide attention in the media. Just as Boone Drake has shown courage in his rescue of his son, Max, in The Breakthrough, so Jerry Jenkins has shown courage in bringing this facet of human trafficking to light. The story is thoroughly engaging and down to earth. Before reading this novel I was totally unaware of the high priced "elite" trafficking portrayed. It was an eyeopener. Mr. Jenkins must have done thorough research to do justice for portrayal of the characters with evil intent and the schemes and settings in which they operate. Deception is clearly the vehicle that enables the initial success of the kidnapping scheme.
My husband and I have been reading this book together as we commute from work. We are about three quarters of the way into it. To add a male perspective to this review, my husband who is an avid reader of secular suspence novels finds The Breakthrough to have quite an interesting plot.
For those who do not typically read "Christian" fiction, you will find an intriguing plot and characters who are like real people you might meet in your neighborhood or at work. This book is a wake-up call for parents and other authority figures in childrens' lives to be diligent in awareness of the people who have access to them.
A complimentary Advance Reader Copy of this book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers and the author. I was not in any way persuaded to give a favorable opinion.