If you are a fan of the television show "24", then
August 15, 2012
The Final Hour was a deviation for me. I do like suspense books, like Dee Henderson, but I usually stray towards the solid stories with romance, but I ignored the fact that I don't usually read action-thriller books and jumped right in to review it.
I did discover one problem. This was the fourth and final book in the Homelander Series. Whoops! That didn't stop me, though, and I actually found, with all the remembering that was done in the book, it filled in the gaps for me and made me want to go back and read the first three books. In fact, I recently purchased them, and they are in my TBR (To Be Read) pile.
I will admit, I read this book a little like I watch 24 (which I am currently in the process of watching because I've only seen the last 2 seasons), through my fingers at some of the gruesome parts. There are also some parts, much like 24, that seemed a little far-fetched, but in some ways that just adds to the story. It is fiction after all.
All-in-all, I thought it was well-written, and have actually recommended this series to my 15-year-old, who loves this sort of thing. The fact that the main character is relatively young, I thought would be a plus for her.
I think the moral of this review would be to jump outside your comfort zone and take chance. It's like the commercial said, "Try it. You'll like it." :-)
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When I ordered the first book in the series, I was unaware it was about a teenage boy. (I am 76 years old and a Grandmother )However, from the opening pages of the first book, I was hooked! I immediately ordered the rest of the series with the last book "The Final Hour" and read all 4 books within a week! I didn't see how the author could explain all the conflicting problems that Charlie West was having but the author, Andrew Klaven wrapped it all up perfectly. An exciting series of books and I highly recommend them to everyone (even 76 year old readers)
Charlie West is in prison, and not just some juvenile detentions center. He's in Abingdon State Prison, a high security prison for the vilest offenders. And between the prisoners and the brutal guards, it looks like Charlie might be someone's next victim.
But his memories are slowly coming back, and Charlie learns that a terrorist strike is coming soon. He has to do something, but what? No one will listen to a convict, all his allys are gone, and time is ticking away. But Charlie can't give up. Not when lives are at stake.
Loved it! And I closed this book with a smile on my face, because these four novels really felt like one big story, and it was tough to wait for each next one. I loved the way Andrew Klavan told this tale, how he weaved it backwards and forwards with action and memories and mystery. It was very cleverly done. This is a GREAT series for boy readers. So if you love action and adventure novels, or if you're looking for some books for a young man, look no further. This is the series. I highly recommend all four Homelander books.
In the final book in â€˜The Homelanders Series' of four action-packed novels, the main character, teenager Charlie West awakens to find himself in the maximum security prison of Angola. As his memory of the past, which had previously been wiped out, and his recent experiences training in a terrorist camp, resurface, Charlie realizes that he must do whatever it takes to prevent the United States from becoming a victim of an even great terrorist attack, an attack using biological warfare, even if that means he has to break the law, aiding hardened criminals and breaking out of jail. As the count-down to pending terror begins, Charlie joins several old friends to combat the evil of organized hate.
Though I personally was not overly impressed with â€˜level' of this book, I'm positive that the series delivers the storyline quite effectively to the intended target audience -teenagers. Klavan employs a great technique in allowing the reader to â€˜revisit' all the other books of the series through the returning memories dramatically impressed on Charlie's mind. This book is an action-packed, page turning, nail-biting read! As it is becoming increasingly difficult to find good, â€˜clean' books for young people, I would definitely recommend The Final Hour_in fact, I already loaned out my hardback copy (received free from Booksneeze.com!) to one of my MK students. :)
The last book in the Homelander Series lived up to all our expectations. It kept you hanging on until the very last minute. This is a great series for young people. It has all the action and adventure young people love in addition to patriotism and heroism and a spiritual lesson in holding on to God during the most difficult circumstances. Our whole family has enjoyed reading these books.