Boone Drake is an idealistic young cop, a justice freak, as he thinks of himself, who wants to take the flight of the gangs of Chicago rather than passively wait and react only after they have committed their crimes. As The Brotherhood begins, he's living the American dream, married to the love of his life, raising a young son, participating in a caring church, and thriving in the job he trained for. When tragedy sweeps away his wife and child, grief threatens to overwhelm Boone. In the face of such loss, he wonders, how can he hold onto his faith in a God who would allow such a thing to happen? What impact will his grief and anger have on his ability to function as a policeman? And how soon will he be allowed back on the job anyway? One of the most memorable aspects of this novel is the way it shows a man working through soul-shattering grief, while at the same time trying to carry out the daily routines of life. Some of the simplest activities are the ones he dreads the most, such as going to dinner with his parents, with their well-meaning-but-off-target advice. Spiritual mentoring from his wise pastor and stead friendship from his police partner help keep Boone from the brink of despair, but his wounds are deep. This is also a gripping police story that includes Boone's undercover partnership against Chicago's deadliest organized crime gangs. This book delivers the kind of hard-hitting, well-told story that fans expect from this best-selling author. Reviewed by Joseph Bentz
This book was a real thriller, I just could not put it down each time I stopped, I began to wonder what will be Boone's next move, is he going to ever give God a second chance, love, will he be careful on the job the detail in this book leads me to believe Jerry either did a lot of research or has a background in the field. It is definetly a must read book with lots of bumps in the road of life.
THE BROTHERHOOD is bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins' latest in Christian fiction, scheduled to be published in February 2011. I was fortunate to receive an advance reader's copy. Boone Drake is a young police officer on his way up in Precinct 11 of the Chicago Police Department. With a beautiful wife and young son, a nice home, a great partner, and a career plan that should land him in the Organized Crime Division in five years the reason he wanted to be a policeman in the first place he has it made. Suddenly, he finds himself at sea when tragedy strikes, and he loses the beautiful wife and young son he holds most dear. With his personal life nearly destroyed, his career and future are suddenly in jeopardy. Boone is mired in guilt and bitterness as his life spirals out of control. A Christian, he finds it difficult to understand why God would allow such tragedy, and for a while questions his faith, neglecting prayer and devotion. His personal life is nearly destroyed, and his career and future are now in jeopardy. But when he comes face-to-face with the most vicious gang leader Chicago has seen in decades, he learns that God is a God of second chances and can change the hardest heart and forgive the worst of crimes. I enjoyed this fast-paced crime novel with its theme of hope and redemption when all seems to be lost. Jenkins tells the story in such a manner that Boone's pain and suffering becomes so real that the reader not only empathizes with him but feels every bit his pain throughout his ordeal. In addition, the reader becomes enamored of such very human and likeable characters as his partner Jack Kelly, and his pastor and friend Francisco Sosa, both of whom stand by him while he regains his footing and gets on with his life and career. I am happy to recommend this novel.
A thought-provoking police thriller. Now there are two concepts you don't see shouldering each other often thought provoking and police thriller. And yet The Brotherhood by Jerry B. Jenkins succeeds on both levels. Boone Drake wants what we all want to achieve happiness, and the American Dream, to have a successful and meaningful career and family life. He has no reason to believe it can't happen for him. Until. Although I am not a police officer, I was sucked into the story and the culture within. But I wondered what would a real cop think about this book? So I asked my brother-in-law, Tom Kirchmeyer, a longtime detective with the Santa Ana Police Department who is both a reader and a writer, for his thoughts. He said, Boone Drake's gut wrenching loss slowly and cautiously turned to hope as God worked in his life. The inner workings of the Chicago PD showed the dedication and passion of every good cop across the country. A police officer's desire is to protect the innocent and stop violence and injustice. This played out well in the book. I love, too, the double entendre of the title, The Brotherhood, for Christian readers. Tyndale House, which published the book, describes it like this. Boone Drake has it made. He's a young cop rising rapidly through the ranks of the Chicago Police Department. He has a beautiful wife and a young son, a nice starter house, a great partner, and a career plan that should land him in the Organized Crime Division within five years. Everything is going right. Until everything goes horribly, terribly wrong. His personal life destroyed and his career and future in jeopardy, Boone buries himself in guilt and bitterness as his life spirals out of control. But when he comes face-to-face with the most vicious gang leader Chicago has seen in decades, he begins to realize that God is a God of second chances and can change the hardest heart . . . and forgive the worst of crimes. Looking for a way to reward yourself this weekend? Run out and pick up this compelling read for insight into the hearts, minds, and lives of those who are sworn to protect us. It has a satisfying romance thread, too!