A review of "The Breakthrough" by Jerry Jenkins

The Breakthrough: A Precinct 11 Novel
By Jerry B. Jenkins
Rating: 4 Stars
Review:The Breakthrough, the third in a series of Precinct 11 novels by Jerry Jenkins, is an excellent story that will keep readers engrossed to the end. Jenkins, already a respected author, outdid himself with this mystery and suspense novel, creating characters with authentic voices addressing themes, such as human trafficking and international adoption, that are both relevant and timely.
I particularly enjoyed the gritty, down-to-earth Boone Drake and the way in which this hard-core cop struggles with the harsh realities of a fallen world alongside the deep truths of the faith. His is no namby-pamby superficial walk, and throughout the book, he encounters situations that would cause even the strongest to waver. Yet, in helping Boone address these issues, the characters that provide spiritual guidance do not offer tired clichés or easy answers. Instead, they come alongside simply to offer their presence and a shoulder to lean on. Theirs is true community.
I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes, and I highly recommend Breakthrough, both for its Christian value and its excellent storytelling. If you are interested in a well-written, fast-paced suspense story, this novel is definitely for you.   


Product Description from the Publisher: As the youngest bureau chief and head of the Chicago Police Department’s Major Case Squad, Boone Drake seems to have it all under control. Only those closest to him know that just a few short years ago, he lost everything that mattered to him in a tragic accident. After years of healing, his life is back on track. He recently married a wonderful woman named Haeley, adopted her son, bought a beautiful home, and rediscovered his faith. But Boone can’t fight the feeling that something is about to go terribly wrong . . . again.

When an all-too-personal case takes Boone to Beijing at a time when Haeley can least afford to let him go, Boone is forced to make a difficult choice. There he becomes enmeshed in a dangerous human-trafficking ring that takes him through the famed Hutong District’s narrow streets, alleys, and hovels. Teamed with a former Liberation Army officer, Boone has one chance to pull off an elaborate sting and rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.


Category: Christian, Fiction, Mystery
Publisher: Tyndale
Pub Date: Sept 2012

Hardcover:  400pages

Kindle edition: $9.68
Hardcover: $24.99
Paperback: $14.99

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