The Valley of the Dry Bones is a novel written by Jerry B. Jenkins. The story is set in the future and takes place in California. After a 17 year drought, California is evacuated with the exception of small groups who chose to stay behind. Of them is a group of 16 Christians who witness to others. This group is called the Holdouts.
The pastor’s wife, Jenne, has found out she has advanced cancer and the pastor, Bob, decides to step down. A new pastor has to be chosen and it comes down to either the leader of the group, Zeke, or the doctor, Doc. Doc feels he is best for the group while Zeke is putting it all in God’s hands.
One of the groups the Holdouts visits is a group of Native Americans. While on one of their visits they get a chance to speak with one of the elderly ladies. She also is a Christian. She dies shortly after their visit and a member of her group goes to Arizona with the story she is going to notify family that left California. What she actually does is give false information to the authorities about the Holdouts.
The FBI and government get involved and start Operation Dry Bones. They are searching for Doc for supposedly killing members and committing mass murder on the Indian Tribes. Resources also say that Zeke escaped from custody and now heads up a warren of underground bunkers full of hundred of armed combatants. The pastor’s son in law is also quoted for saying he always knew the pastor would murder his wife.
This is a very suspenseful book with a lot of action. A lot of different things are going on at the same time but it is written in such a way it is easy to follow. I like the Christian aspect of the story. Several of the members are very strong Christians who use the Bible as a guide to live their lives, but it is not a preachy book. I also like that is it a story of family and community with everyone working for survival and the good of the group. This is not the type of story that I typically read but with all the action and suspense, I found it to be a very good book. The end did move along really fast and I appreciate the author finished up the book with a summary of what happened following Operations Dry Bones.
I received a copy of the book from Worthy Publishing and First Look Blog Tour for an honest review.
Series: End Times
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
You can learn more about the author at: http://www.jerryjenkins.com/
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