WOW!!! I have read book 1 and 2 of the Precinct 11 series but this one is by far my favorite!!! This book keeps you on the edge of your seat and you will be sneaking in reading time anytime you can just so you can read this book! I loved it so much, I love all of Precinct 11 books by Jerry Jenkins but this one was truly nail biting. The theme of the book is sad and heartbreaking: Human Trafficking but unfortunately one that is true and is happening in this day in age.
Boone is a man on a mission and nothing will stop him from completing what he has set out to do. Will he succeed? Will he complete what he needs to do?
thank you Jerry Jenkins for creating a wonderful trilogy and thank you tyndale for allowing me to read and review Breakthrough.
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.