Friday, September 24, 2010

The Last Operative by Jerry B. Jenkins

Summary: Jordan Kirkwood wants to go quietly into the sunset. His career as an NSA intelligence officer has taken a significant toll. His two adult children are little more than distant acquaintances. His wife has been patient and supportive, but he knows she has deserved better. That was part of the reason they were going to London. He wanted her to see Europe like a tourist. But that was before he was given intelligence information during the recent mission to Germany. The threat is grave—bigger than 9/11. And the risk is compounded by the fact that someone inside the NSA is involved. The most hidden place in Kirkwood’s past will have to be unmasked in order to meet the challenges of this mission.

My Thoughts: Jenkins is a familiar and beloved author.  I enjoyed his Left Behind series and found them fast paced, easy to read, and genuinely entertaining.  Someday, I would love to take a course through his Christian Writer's Guild.  When The Last Operative, a re-write of his first novel, came up for review this past summer, I was thrilled to have the chance to read what I expected to be another fast-based, exciting novel.  Unfortunately, I have struggled through this book all summer and into the fall.  I kept picking it up and setting it aside and picking it up and setting it aside and picking it up . . .you get the idea.  For a spy thriller, it was much too low on action and much too heavy on talking.  I just could not get into it.  This bothers me to say, as I am a fan of the author, but it's just not a book I can recommend.


*Disclosure: This book was provided at no cost through Tyndale, for review purposes.*

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