Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Long Way Home by Andrew Klavan - REVIEWED

Wrongly accused of murder, Charlie West is on the run and trying to prove his innocence. However, this task proves to be quite a challenge, because he is missing a year of his memory! Charlie awakes in jail and finds himself surrounded by radical Islamic terrorists who want to recruit him to help destroy America. Charlie realizes his only hope of survival is escape, and thus he begins trying to find ways to ask questions about what really happened when his friend was murdered. Aided by old friends and a long-ago love interest, Charlie begins to unravel the mystery of who is really responsible for the death that he is accused of.

There are lots of exciting action scenes and chases in this book. The fight scenes take place only when Charlie is left with no other option of escape, and as the plot progresses Charlie maintains his integrity as he pursues truth about all that has happened in his life. Pursued by the law and the terrorist group there are many plot twists and exciting moments in the story. This is also a patriotic tale with only a minimal faith element that will appeal to teens who like an action-packed fiction read.

This is the second book in The Homelanders series, (the first book is The Last Thing I Remember) and while The Long Way Home can be read as a stand-alone novel, the impact would be greater for the reader if the books were read in order.

*this review is a joint effort between me and my 16-year-old son. I bounced the book his way so you would know whether or not the target audience was reached....and it was!


Andrew Klavan was hailed by Stephen King as "the most original novelist of crime and suspense since Cornell Woolrich." He is the recipient of two Edgar Awards and the author of such bestsellers as True Crime and Don't Say a Word.

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