Book Review – The Betrayal by Jerry B. Jenkins

1 09 2011

The Betrayal

By Jerry B. Jenkins

Tyndale House Publishers

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Much of the world knows author Jerry B. Jenkins because he co-authored the best-selling Left Behind series with Tim LaHaye. However, Jenkins has authored dozens of other books, many of which have also topped sales charts. His newest book is likely to chart a similar course.

“The Betrayal” is the second book in the Precinct 11 trilogy. The story picks up immediately following the events of the first book in the series, 2010’s “The Brotherhood.” Hero police officer, Chicago Police Detective Boone Drake, is in the hospital after being injured in a shootout while transferring a witness who is key to the department’s case against one of the city’s biggest street gangs and crime syndicate. As Boone struggles with his physical injury, he also has to struggle with a difficult truth – someone in the department must have leaked information to the shooter. As he drifts in and out of the haze caused by his pain medication, he quickly realizes that someone very close to him is the suspected leak. Unable to believe that this person could be involved, Boone sets out to discover the truth, with the help of the few people he knows he can trust. Jenkins takes the reader and Boone down a twisted path as Boone investigates the leak and discovers things are not always as they appear.

“The Betrayal” is a suspenseful mystery built on interesting characters and an intriguing plot. Jenkins obviously has done a load of research into police lingo and procedures, and it pays off in a story that feels real. It also was interesting to see the characters grow spiritually and deal with spiritual and moral debates. That touch definitely makes Jenkins’ books stand out from your run-of-the-mill police books.

“The Betrayal” was a very quick read, as I couldn’t put the book down. I was invested in the story and the characters and needed to see how the story played out. Unfortunately, I now have to wait until next year to read part three.

Fans of suspense, mystery and police novels will love “The Betrayal.”

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give “The Betrayal” a 4.

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