In The Last Operative, Jordan Kirkwood is the last field agent of the NSA. He is considering retiring to spend more time with his wife and kids (whom he barely knows). However, he is approached by a fellow agent who has a tip. Islamic terrorists are planning to sneak nuclear warheads into the United States and use stolen Russian aircraft to do drop them.
Before Jordan can get more answers, his colleague is killed in a firefight, but more tragedy strikes as Jordan’s wife is killed in the attack too. Now, he must press old allies and even a few enemies in order to avenge his wife while also preventing the greatest tragedy since September 11th, 2001 from happening.
Jerry B. Jenkins is a master storyteller. If you don’t believe me, consider the Left Behind series and the Precinct 11 trilogy as a start. If series do not interest you, then this stand alone novel will. It is entertaining, suspenseful, and contemplative. Politically correct crowds will hate it for some of its content, but other than that, it’s a great spy and espionage novel. I found out it is actually an updated edition of a book he in the 1980s (titled simply The Operative).
My only complaint is I wanted more from the ending. While the plot is resolved, I wished that some of the personal aspects of Kirkwood’s family had been explored in more detailed at the end of the book. Other than that, I would highly recommend this book and hope it will be a film someday.