02 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

The Long Way Home by Andrew Klavan

This book continues the saga of the “typical American boy” who is being hunted down as a murderer. Ok, typical if you don’t consider the fact that he unbelievable karate skills and is also be hunted by a radical Islamic terrorist group set on destroying the United States.

Overall, it was a fun read. I could have asked for a little more “closure” at the end of the 2nd book. But once again, it is a typical 2nd book in a trilogy. They can’t give away too many answers or no one would come back for book 3.

This series is a good read, don’t get me wrong. I would definitely recommend it to a middle school aged boy. There are just a few too many religious references for my taste. Also, the “patriotic” viewpoint of the main character is very naive. The “radical Islamic” terrorists are very two dimension and not very fleshed out. Maybe if a little time given to “previous life” flashbacks could have been devoted instead to a little insight into whats really going on throughout the whole storyline.

Once again, good read. I will definitely read the 3rd book when it comes out sometime at the end of this year if for no reason but to give myself some closure.

Description:
Sometimes you have to go home to find out who you really are

Charlie West went to bed one night an ordinary high school student. He woke up a hunted man. Terrorists are trying to kill him. The police want to arrest him for the stabbing death of his best friend. He doesn’t know whose side he’s one or who he can trust. With his pursuers closing in on every side, Charlie makes his way back to his hometown to find some answers. There, holed up in an abandoned mansion, he’s joined by his friends in a desperate attempt to discover the truth about a murder he can’t remember-and the love he can never forget.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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