Thursday, September 6, 2012

What If Your Child Was Kidnapped? The Breakthrough ~ A Book Review

Have you ever wondered what you would do if your child was kidnapped? Probably most mothers (and fathers) have imagined, in far too vivid detail, that nightmare. I certainly have.

Jerry Jenkins, the bestselling author of the Left Behind series, has written the spine-tingling, edge-of-your-seat conclusion to his Precinct 11 series. The Breakthrough (Precinct 11) is, quite simply, the story of the kidnapping of a police officer’s little boy by those involved in a human trafficking ring from China.

Author: Jerry B. Jenkins
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Genre: Christian Fiction
Date Available: September 5, 2012

But there isn’t anything simple about the emotions involved. Boone Drake has already survived the unimaginable – the loss of his first wife and son. (I won’t tell how. That’s in the first book, The Brotherhood (Precinct 11).) Now, he has remarried and adopted his step-son, Max. Happy days are here again, right? Only until an accident puts his wife into a coma. At the same time as that accident, his son is being wooed away from a babysitter by someone who seems to be close to the family but is actually involved in human trafficking that could take Max, and Boone, halfway around the world.

Even though the story is fiction, Mr. Jenkins’s real life had some influence. His son and daughter-in-law adopted a four-year-old boy from Thailand. That boy’s name is Max. Before the son and daughter-in-law were able to bring him home, Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins traveled to Bangkok to meet him. About that same time, Mr. Jenkins posted (either on his blog or on Facebook, I can’t remember which) that he had read a news article about human trafficking. He commented that that article might influence the plot of his next book.

This is one of Jerry Jenkins’s best novels yet. He skillfully blends descriptive action with emotion in a way that made me feel as if I had lived the book. I particularly appreciated the spiritual growth of Boone over the course of the series and the bits of Scripture woven into the story through texts to Boone from his pastor. It’s clear that Jerry Jenkins knows his Bible. The characters were real, and the action moved at a rapid clip but not so quickly that I couldn’t keep up.

So make a cup of coffee, cuddle up in your comfy chair, and settle in for an exciting afternoon with Boone, Max, and Jerry.

Jerry Jenkins has provided me with a complimentary copy for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Hey! Found and followed you through Mom's Library Blog Hop. I just love your blog!

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  2. Great review - so well put together.

    thanks for linking up with Cozy book hop!


    1. Thanks for the link-up, Marissa. I love reading your reviews of all you are reading!


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