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.
Jerry B. Jenkins new novel, The Last Operative is a spy-thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. A re-write of his first novel, The Operative, the new novel tells the story of NSA intelligence operative Jordan Kirkwood, a man with deep secrets even from his own family.Filled with intrigue, excitement and romance, The Last Operative will introduce you to our new world of terrorism. You will hang on every word until the very end. In addition, Jenkins proves that writers can write up-to-date thrillers without using profanity and sex in order to gain interest. In the Authors Note, Jenkins explains a new technique in his attribution of dialogue. Even though there were several occasions where I had to re-read a section to find out who was speaking, the new technique was well employed with little confusion. The almost 400-page book looks daunting, but its a quick read and highly recommended.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., as part of their Book Review Blogger 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.