Review of “The Betrayal” by Jerry B. Jenkins

It feels like the end of the world for Chicago cop Boone Drake. The last year of Boone’s life has been hell. In “The Brotherhood” (book one of the Precinct 11 series by Jerry B. Jenkins) Boone is a rising star in Precinct 11. He has a satisfying home life, having just bought a house with his beautiful wife and young son. But an unspeakable accident costs Boone his family and house and nearly his sanity and his career.  The loss brings the cop to his knees, to the bottom of a bottle and eventually to the God whom he’d only given cursory lip service in the past.

In the opening pages of “The Betrayal” (book two) Boone is clawing his way out of the fog of grief. His career is on the rise after he and his partner Jack lead a bust to topple a gang syndicate. He has a burgeoning (if reluctant) relationship with God. And he’s found new love with his girlfriend Haley, a single mother and civilian employee for Precinct 11.

But life soon kicks the feet out from under Boone.

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Boone is gunned down on the job, the bullet nearly ending his life and his career. Before Boone is even out of the hospital bed he’s dealt another devastating blow-someone he trusts is responsible for his shooting.

Haley is arrested, accused of betraying Boone and their coworkers. Boone’s trust in Haley doesn’t waiver. With the help of a street wise lawyer, Boone embarks on the most important case of his life.

A lot of books claim to be page turners. “The Betrayal” is absolutely a can’t put down read. I opened “The Betrayal” one morning when I had a few minutes free before I headed to work and wound up being late because I kept saying “one more page,” wanting to find out what happened next, yet not wanting to miss a word by speed reading through.

Jenkins is best known for co-authoring the apocalyptic Left Behind series. But the Precinct 11 trilogy solidifies his places as a suspense author. I  admire Jenkins’ ability to blur the line between genres and appeal to both men and women, regardless of the reader’s faith. Jenkins inserts unassuming romance and a genuine exploration of faith into the pages of a suspense story.

Boone is a throwback and what I’ve come to expect from Jenkins. The gritty cop is a masculine, never say quit, realist.

The characters are believable. And Jenkins certainly knows his way around Chicago. His vivid descriptions will have you craving a Chicago deep dish pizza.

Even though “The Betrayal” is the second book in the Precinct 11 series, readers who haven’t read book one will quickly become absorbed into Boone’s gritty world.

“The Betrayal” will make an excellent stocking stuffer for your favorite reader and is available in paperback and ebook for around $10.

Before you go, check out my post on some of my favorite books by Jerry B. Jenkins.

Visit my blog Dec. 12-23, 2011 for a 12 Days of Christmas giveaway featuring interviews and free books from best-selling authors Irene Hannon, Loree Lough, Gail Gaymer Martin, Camy Tang and more!

Jenkins is the author of 175+ books, a husband, father, grandfather, owner of ChristianWritersGuild.com & Jenkins-Entertainment.com. Find Jerry B. Jenkins on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. For a list of  Mr. Jenkins books visit his website.

I was provided with a free Advance Review Copy of “The Betrayal.” 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patience Prence Author
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 00:03:17

    Wow! What a nice review for Jerry Jenkins! He is such a talented man of God.

    I was wondering if you’d be interested in reviewing SCARS: An End-Times Novel for your blog?

    It is currently a bestseller in Christian Fiction. Here’s a short blurb;

    Revelation comes to life in this mesmerizing apocalyptic thriller of the end- times. A heart-wrenching story of a young girl, SCARS chronicles the beginning of the End of the World, as earth-shattering events lead up to the Apocalypse as foretold in the Bible.

    Thanks and God bless!

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