Boone Drake has spent most of his life working toward the goal of the Organized Crime Division for the Chicago Police Department. He is a young police officer who is working hard and plays it by the books. He is happy with his beautiful wife and adorable. Everything seems to be going according to plan until one day when Drake loses everything he loves the most and his career is now in jeopardy. He is not sure how to recover or he ever will. But a path that brings him face to face with the most dangerous gang leader also brings him face to face with a faith that he now questions and must redefine.
I was given the second book in this series to review, so I had to go out and get the first one. I enjoyed this book, there were parts that I felt could have gone deeper or have been less predictable. But it was still good writing. I think that Drake has a faith but like most people there are other things that he has to focus on so it's not a priority. The event that emphasizes is devastating, but I am not sure if anyone -regardless of the strength of their faith-could recover so quickly from. I guess that's what's disappointing- time does pass to show the process of grieving and healing but it still felt like it was happening too fast.
But that's really all of my complaints for this book. I like the struggle with faith and questioning God. I like the fact that, though it is mild, Drake turns to drinking. It's not something common that you see in Christian fiction; alternative methods of dealing with stress and unwanted tragedies. But it's a real response. So I appreciate that. I like the connection that develops between Drake and the gang leader. There is even the fluttering of a romance that is nicely done.
The ending was a lot less predictable than Drake's faith struggle. And though I wasn't gung-ho over this book, I am glad that I read it and I am looking forward to reading the next one. This was a different glance at cops behind the scenes and it was believable and refreshing.
Recommendation: Fans of Jerry Jenkins, police drama, adult fiction
I started this book and could not put it down until I was finished. It draws you in with the story of a successful young man who is living the life he's always planned -the career, the wife, the kid, the house_until tragedy strikes. I've read some of Jerry B. Jenkins other books, but it was something about this one that reverberated deep in my soul.
Now, I'm not usually an emotional person, but the climax of the book made me flat out heave with sobs. You might not think that's a good thing, but not only is it good to cry, but it lets you know some things about yourself that you may not have realized. The life lessons for me was three-fold.
1. Life is precious, so value every moment spent with your loved ones, especially those you live with.
2. Success in our own eyes pales in comparison to that of the Father. (He knows the thoughts He thinks towards you, thoughts of good, not of evil, to bring you to an expected end ~Jeremiah 29:11)
3. We can have no other gods before Him, so be careful who you give your worship and adoration. Our spouse and children can quickly become idols IF we are not committed to Christ. This is true whether you are a new believer or have been going to church since you were a child.
We never know when tragedy is going to strike in our lives, but regardless what we go through, God can turn it around for our good. I want to emphasize that God is not the author of confusion, but He does allow our choices to ultimately bring us closer to Him.
Restoration is the underlying theme in this book. Whether you are familiar with law enforcement, gang wars, or any other type of criminal activity, this novel offers a refreshing look at God revealing Himself to His children. As the end draws near, you begin to see that God really does offer us second chances to get it right. In all truth, it's a fulfillment of Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it".
You may know the author from the famous Left Behind series novels. This book is the first in Jerry B. Jenkins new police trilogy. It's a great reminder of the cost of sin, but the greater cost that Christ paid to take away our sins. I can't wait to read the next in the series from this very gifted evangelistic novelist.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Tyndale House. A positive review was not required and the opinions expressed here is strictly my own views of the book. Please visit www.tyndale.com for more information on this book or author.
The novel revolves around the lives of Boone Drake a young officer and wife Nikki with their son Josh and Jack Keller senior officer. Both officers in the Chicago beat partners on 2nd watch. Tragedy struck the life of Boone leaving him with his thoughts and struggles. Upon his return to the police force he aquired arother partner, Garrett Fox and life seemed to become better for Boone as he focused his attention on his job and not on his personal life. But when he got the assignment of a lifetime he found himself staring at the most dangerous face he has ever encountered in his career. But what happens when the fright becomes reality? Novel does drag a little in certain parts but overall an entertaining, enlightening and suspenseful read! Satisfying plot would recommend this book to others.