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Jill JonesOpelika, ALAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 18, 2010Jill JonesOpelika, ALAge: 45-54Gender: femaleJerry 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.
karen4 Stars Out Of 5July 18, 2010karenJordan Kirkwood has been faithfully working for the NSA for 20 years and finally felt like it was time to settle down. He is finishing up one small mission before he plans to meet his wife in London for a much needed time of rest and reconnecting. But just before he finishes his mission he receives intel of a serious terrorist threat to the US and he can't trust anyone - someone is working from inside the NSA itself!When an attempt on his life is made, Jordan is forced to face secrets from his past in order to stop the threat in the future. He has to find whoever is involved inside the NSA without them knowing, while stopping a terrible attack from happening with very few people to help. Will he be able to figure it out on time?This book was a nice change of pace for me. I enjoyed the fact the the protagonist was older and very human - the down sides of working in intelligence are well portrayed. It had a good bit of excitement but the details were not too gorey which I appreciated. The only disappointment for me was that the climax seemed to happen all at once and very quickly. I liked the general idea of the ending but it too seemed to be a bit short and choppy. Still it was a good read - I'll probably read it some time again in the future. Thanks to Tyndale Publishers for a free copy of this book to review.
Vicky3 Stars Out Of 5July 17, 2010VickyThe Last OperativeWhen I received this book from Tyndale Publishing I thought I was getting a new book by Jerry Jenkins. I found out this was a retelling of his standalone book. I did go in with an open mind and what I found in reading this book went from intiguing to boring back to intriguing and back to wanting to skim the pages to get to the end but I actually did finish it. The story deals with Jordan Kirkwood as an NSA inteleligence operative. He is an absentee dad and husband but that is about to change. He is meeting his wife in London for a time away when the stakes have changed. The threat to the USA is grave and who can Jordan trust since someone seems to a mole in this mission. He is on his own to try and find out who and what is behind the terrorism. Tack on a love interest from his earlier carreer who he never got over and still wants to find her and can she even be trusted.It is one of those books that I enjoyed, but didn't, if that makes sense. I usually love the endings especially of suspense books but this one left me thinking it was just finally over and that made me glad. Suspense is my favorite and this did not live up to a page turner and can't wait to read. Not what I expected from a well know author.
Tamera Lynn Kraft5 Stars Out Of 5July 8, 2010Tamera Lynn KraftI have always loved spy novels. The suspense, the adventure, the danger, and stakes that involve the survival of civilization make them exciting reads. This novel by the Left Behind Series author has all that and more. This operative is a Christian. And that changes the dynamics in a good way. Jordan Kirkwood is not as close to God as he once was. He loves his wife and adult children but knows he has not given them the time they deserve because of his job as a NSA operative. He also knows he's allowed his job to affect his relationship with God and caused him to become cynical. But everything is about to be challenged in a new way when he discovers a plot by terrorists that will make 9/11 look tame in comparison. And someone in the NSA is involved. While he tries to make amends with his family and sort out mistakes of his past, he must contend with the greatest threat he has ever faced as an NSA operative. But he doesn't know who he can trust. I highly recommend this novel. I hope there's a sequel.
Stephanie Post5 Stars Out Of 5June 29, 2010Stephanie PostI was kind of leery about opening the cover of the novel "The Last Operative" by Jerry Jenkins. I am not your typical fan of any kind of spy type or mystery story or even movie for that matter. But I figured that I would give it a chance, after all the author is Jerry Jenkins, surely he would not disappoint!Soon after I read the first chapter of this book, I found myself wrapped up in traveling the world with character Jordan Kirkwood on a mission to save his country, while he healed the deep pain within his own heart. Jerry Jenkins did a splendid job on keeping me on the edge of my seat as to the mystery of who Jordan could trust ultimately with his life, and the life of his family.This is a fabulous summer read. I highly recommend this book as a sit out on your front porch kick back and relax kind of novel. I would love to see even more of the life of Jordan Kirkwood and other character's of this novel come alive in future novels. Any plans for that in the future Jerry? Hint, hint.Splendid job Jerry Jenkins, you changed my outlook on this genre on writing! Fantastic!