Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The Betrayal by Jerry B. Jenkins

If you like books with lots of dialogue and action, you'll enjoy The Betrayal. In Jenkins' usual style, he builds his story, the second in the Precinct 11 Series, through the dialogue and actions of his characters. We are introduced to them in quick succession as the main character, Boone Drake, a detective in the Gang Enforcement Section of the Chicago Police Department, is shot while escorting a witness. His one-time partner, now boss, Jack Keller, is immediately on the scene and the two begin to speculate on how it was possible for a man with a gun to be there, and how he knew where the witness would be.

Acknowledging that it had to have been an inside job, the two detectives have to face the fact that someone they work with, someone they know well, perhaps even someone they care deeply about is a betrayer. The emotional stakes are raised as Boone's new love interest is accused and the race is on to prove her innocent and find the real culprit.

The Betrayal's weakness is that it is lacking in narrative. The story is almost entirely told through the dialogue and action, so there is no room to go deeper. There are no great themes here, no stunning insights, no moments when you want to pause and think.

But it is a fast and enjoyable read. The book is available through all the usual sources and at any Christian bookstore across the country.

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