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Book Review: The Breakthrough by Jerry Jenkins

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1414335849
ISBN-13: 978-1414335841
Price: $14.99
Purchase: Amazon | BN | CBD








After years of turmoil, Boone Drake seems to be back on track. He is the youngest bureau chief in Chicago Police Department history, he heads up the city’s Major Case Squad, he has a new family, and his relationship with God has never been better. Still, Boone can’t fight the feeling that something is about to go terribly wrong . . . again.

When disaster strikes, it seems Boone is destined to repeat the past, as tragedy threatens those closest to him. And when his own family’s safety is at stake, Boone is forced to make a difficult choice–stay with his wife, Haeley, who desperately needs him, or pursue a human trafficking ring from the narrow streets, alleys and hovels of the famed hutong district in Beijing, China, to the ancient city of Tianjin. The stakes have never been higher for Boone as the all-too-personal case grows increasingly dangerous . . . and time is running out.


I believe the last book I read by Jerry Jenkins was Left Behind, which I enjoyed immensely.  This was a different kind of story, but had the same element of having you at the edge of your seat.
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 B. Jenkins is the author of more than 175 books. His books can be found regularly on the New York Times Best Sellers List. He and his wife, Dianna, live in Colorado Springs.
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