The Jerusalem Protocol
The second novel from new author David Orlo continues the Regan Hart series. While it's not necessary for the reader to have read the first book, it would be helpful. The three main characters in the book are continued from The Cloud Strike Prophecy and while there are retrospective narratives that provide some insight into how the story developed, first time readers may wonder how and why this team is together. Readers can always go back and read the first book to fill in the blanks after completing the current story.
The main trio of Ty, Solly, and of course Regan Hart are back and involved in an international incident that could have been ripped from the pages of any current newspaper. The only negative about the plot line is that with a little more effort it could have been split into at least two books. There are several sub plots and twists that are really solved a little too easily to be truly believable. I wish Orlo had taken a bit more time to develop these stories and inserted a little more tension for the characters by not having all of them work out in favor of the good guys. That is something that seasoned writers include to build intrigue and identification with the characters. As an avid reader of fiction that is what really separates the good from the great authors.
Knowing the author personally I can see where his desire to have the message of Jesus be the focus of the book caused the story to flatten out a little. This makes sense given the nature of the book in some ways as a part of the series, but might cause some new readers to scratch their head as to why it becomes the central theme in a book centered on the rebuilding of the Jewish temple. The story is a bit too neat and tidy for me. I would have preferred a little more left unfinished to adequately mirror real life and help me stay connected to the story and characters.
With that being said, the book is a great read. The story is interesting in its scope and implications. It's based on good research and many trips by the author to the places included in the book. With more experience writing the development of the back story of the characters will improve but it is adequate now. The plot has enough twists to keep you engaged. You will want to keep reading until you get to the end. I was intrigued by the weaving together of the stories concerning ISIS, the Jews, intelligence agencies, and Christian concerns. It makes perfect sense and while it may be too simplified the reader can imagine the outcome actually happening sometime in our near future.
I highly recommend the book and I look forward to future installments from Orlo and the Regan Hart Series or other stories. This book will be appreciated by anyone, but for those interested in Christian or Jewish Prophecy, it will be a thought provoking masterpiece. It might even get them to ask, "Is this fiction or a not yet fulfilled reality?"
I received a complimentary copy of the book for my review and honest commentary.