The Last Operative by Jerry B. Jenkins

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book, for which I’ve given an honest review, through a rewards program from the publisher. I received no monetary compensation.

the-last-operativeThe Last Operative by Jerry B. Jenkins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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While there were still exasperating puzzles, one thing was clear: this was more than espionage, more than politics. Millions, maybe tens of millions, of lives were at stake.

Working for the NSA as an intelligence operative has taken a major toll on Jordan Kirkwood and his family over the years. He’s toying with the idea of ending his career, but a new, deeply critical threat to the nation’s security might end Jordan’s life first in The Last Operative, a novel by Jerry B. Jenkins.

This book is as much about the hero’s trouble with his mental and emotional state, his past, and his family life as it is a novel of suspense and danger. Overall, I appreciated the balance between those two general sides of the story. It seemed the issue of vengeance was raised without reaching a real resolution, but I might have missed something there.

Still, I did wonder why the climax of Kirkwood’s NSA mission seemed to arrive and end as soon as it did. One of two things often happens when a novel reaches an early climax: either it idles around in what remaining material the story has left, or it introduces new material that it may not have enough time to develop well (or to leave the reader much time to care about the new stuff) before the book is over.

Either way, the climax usually signals to my senses that it’s time for the story to start wrapping up. So when a book carries on much longer, my interest begins to wane. This novel does introduce a new dilemma after the climax, and then it ends in a somewhat awkward spot, like, “Well, the story’s gotta stop sometime, so we’ll stop it here.”

Nevertheless, I found this to be an enjoyable Christian suspense read, and I certainly plan on checking out more from this author.


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