I have never met a Jerry Jenkins book I didnt like. I normally prefer a happy, family, everythings merry kind of Christian novel, but when I read his books, I get excited. The Last Operative was no different. Jordan Kirkwood is an NSA intelligence operative who is entrusted with very secretive information that he is uncertain what to do with. The book takes an early and shocking turn as a traumatic event happens in Jordans immediate family. Feeling that someone with whom he works may be behind this huge threat to not only his family, but also the United States, he becomes even more unsure about whom to trust. I so enjoyed reading this book. Jerry Jenkins has a way of making his reader feel involved in the story and rooting for the good guys, even if its not easy figuring out who the good guys are! I heartily recommend this book (or any Jenkins book) with two thumbs up!Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions are all mine.
Rosemary and Uncle Dex had been the only people outside the NSA who even knew the name of the agency for which Jordan worked. And not even Rosemary (Jordans wife) knew precisely what he did, except that he used disguises. She had never known about Cydya either. Dex Lee had. (p. 168)This spy thriller has a strong main characterJordan Kirkwood, an intelligence operative. I was riveted by the dynamics of his life: having to constantly keep his head together when one wrong move or misjudgment could be fatal while, at the same time, regrets, conflicts, and secrets churned relentlessly in his soul. His job demanded he trust no one, which ultimately took a toll on his family and his faith in God. His real-life struggles are deep and honest, drawing in the reader. Jenkins used his imagination and did his research to make this a plausible scenario in our post 9/11 world. The page-turner chapter endings and startling twists made me want to jump to the last page more than once, but I resisted. Instead, I let the story take me there and I am glad I waited. Men and women readers will enjoy the action and mystery, relationships and love. From a writers point of view, the book has strong narrative. The characters are recognizable without having to say Jordan said The narrative makes it an easy read and one that the author shows not tells. Rather than Jenkins telling the story, he moves out of the way to let the characters develop the plot themselves. This is such a well-written book that it should be used as a model in Jenkins Writers Guild courses. My only criticism is that it ended rather abruptly the climactic threat to the world was resolved quickly and with little detail. The loose ends in the personal relationships were tied together in a way that lent itself to a they lived happily ever after end. I closed the book wanting more, which is good if a sequel is in the works.