The Brotherhood Paperback – Large Print, Mar 16 2011
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About the Author
Jerry B. Jenkins is the author of more than 180 books, including the 63,000,000-selling Left Behind series. His non-fiction books include many as-told-to autobiographies, including those of Hank Aaron, Bill Gaither, Orel Hershiser, Luis Palau, Walter Payton, Meadowlark Lemon, Nolan Ryan, and Mike Singletary. Jenkins also assisted Dr. Billy Graham with his memoirs, Just As I Am. He also owns the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild, which aims to train tomorrow s professional Christian writers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I'm the kind of person who likes variety in what I read. I can go to Amish fiction to science fiction without problems. This particular book from Jerry B. Jenkins would go in my suspense/police category. And it will indeed entertain you and keep you on the edge of your seat.
A dramatic even will change the life of the main character. Change that will be so drastic and emotional that he will fall into the pit of bitterness. Will he be able to see the God of forgiveness and trust him completely? This is what you will have to discover while you read this amazing story. You will be transported in the Chicago Police Department and you will witness how the life of a cop can be hard. He is drawn to study the organized crime in his city and is interested in being part of the unit dealing with this. This makes me wonder if he is not borderline suicidal because the organized crime unit is a though assignment. I sense that part of his decision is made because he wants to fill the whole in his life and maybe join his family where they are. Amidst of his pain and his struggle with God, Boone Drake will get back on his feet and become the cop that he is intended to be and re-establish his relationship with God.
It made me wonder what I would do if something so dramatic would happen in my life. How would I deal with my pain? Would I trust God with everything? Would I blame Him? Would I let others reach out to me? Even with all this questions coming to me as I read through the book, I am enjoying the story. Having a novel that has a bit more action in it is nice once in a while.Read more ›
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It's also a book that doesn't shy away from a true-to-life crisis of faith. Jenkins explores the hard questions. Why does God allow tragedy? How much control do we have over our lives? Why aren't good people rewarded for doing good while bad people seem to be rewarded for evil? Can God forgive those who have committed the most heinous crimes? And why would He bother?
I appreciated the way Jenkins answers these tough questions. They aren't answered with neat, tidy platitudes. They are wrestled with by characters grasping at faith when life has thrown them to the ground. These characters-and their faith or lack thereof-are real.
The plot follows Boone Drake as he deals with his own personal trauma while planning a dangerous operation that could cripple organized crime in Chicago. The tension and suspense escalate to a satisfying conclusion - with plenty of room to continue the story into book two of the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel for my review from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a postive review.
It didn't take long for The Brotherhood to grab my attention. Jerry Jenkins' writing style is flawless and easy to read, yet compelling. The moral lesson that stood out to me most was the theme about the importance of valuing a relationship with God in both the good and the bad times. We are not guaranteed tomorrow. Any one of us could experience an unexpected tragedy. The important thing is to recognize that God is with us whether life is going great or if things are tough.
I found the plot unique. It's not everyday that you read about a gang leader, repentance, and forgiveness all together. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fiction. People who are affiliated with law enforcement or enjoy law enforcement novels will especially enjoy this book. Although the book is good as a stand alone, I look forward to the next book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
The Brotherhood tells the story of Boone Drake, the man who has everything: he's a respected cop and has a beautiful wife and a baby boy. His partner at the police force is one of his closest friends, and Boone aspires to get on the OCD (Organized Crime Department). But a terrible tragedy sends his life spiraling downward and he doesn't know if he'll ever pull through. He has to, however, because his help is needed in dealing with one of the largest Mob bosses in Chicago. Will Boone be able to overcome the tragedy he suffered, or will he turn his back on his dream?
The hook for the books was good, straightforward and intriguing. Also, Jerry B. Jenkins has a distinct way of creating characters. Early last year I read his novel Riven, which I thought was a solid story about a prison chaplain. When I started The Brotherhood I instantly was able to see the similarities in how Jenkins creates characters. If you love Jenkin's character's you may very well want to read this book.
However, I found the story often clichéd, and at times a bit long. A couple chapters into the book is when the tragedy happens (which I will not spoil for you), and then the Mob Boss isn't introduced until well past page 200. And, despite the suffering and pain Boone goes through, many other things happen that seem too good to be true. At one point he is accused of brutality after accidentally injuring a criminal. Instead of seeing the case all the way through, the criminal drops the charge because he has a guilty conscious and knows Boone didn't mean to hurt him. In the end none of it seemed believable - I wasn't drawn into the story.
That said, it is still impressive that Jenkins decided to tackle the theme of suffering. It is something many authors, fiction and non-fiction have tried to do and it is not always done well. Though clichéd and cheesy in a way that only Christian fiction can be, Jenkins still has a well thought out approach. Suffering is not a sensible things and it when it hits it is never pretty. However, suffering need not be the end all, and strength can be found in friends and in faith.
Jerry B. Jenkins co-authored the wildly bestselling series Left Behind as well as the aforementioned Riven. He purchased and owns the Christian Writers Guild, an organization which has the goal of improving the quality of Christian Fiction.
I received this book free from Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
The Verdict: The novel in no way passes the test as police thriller or procedural. However, it is a solid and entertaining drama about Boone Drake, a cop who faces tragedy, and with God's help, rebounds to overcome it.
Boone Drake is an idealistic cop with a great family. When tragedy strikes, he doesn't know how he will cope. He loses everything. His pastor is there to guide him through the rough times, as is his partner Jack Keller. Over the years, Boone grows closer to God and finally gets his chance to tackle the gang problem in Chicago.
Why this isn't a police thriller: Readers looking for a good Christian police novel where the primary focus is police work and cases should look elsewhere. It's hard for the novel to be a procedural when the action lasts over several years. Boone is interested in fighting the gangs, that is mentioned early on. But, the actual case, and only case, that he works on in the novel, doesn't begin until you are 2/3 through the novel. The case he works on includes getting to know a gangster personally and talking about their faith for several chapters, so little "policing" occurs there either.
Everything involving the police, from the characters, to the situations, to the chronic use of the word "gangbangers" seems both amateurish and clichéd. I don't know Jenkins' background in police work, or how much research he did, but to me as a reader, it doesn't seem like he did much. An example of a great police thriller for the Christian market would be J. Mark Bertrand's BACK ON MURDER. From page one, I felt like Bertrand knew and understood everything about police work. In THE BROTHERHOOD, Boone spends weeks and months researching the gang scene in Chicago, but that's all we learn. We learn nothing about what this research involved, or what Boone figured out.
Why I'm recommending this novel: Jenkins is at his best when he is writing about the suffering that Boone Drake goes through and the steps he takes to reclaim his life and relationship with God. Even though this book threw me off by not being a police thriller, I still found it to be an enjoyable and rewarding book because of the message.
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