Summary: The conclusion, this time, is real.
The end of The Truth of The Matter (book #3), felt like a conclusion. Because there is a book four, I knew it was not. But it appeared that the terrorist ring had been broken up. Charlie was found by the good guys and he would be heading home soon, cleared of murder and ready to enjoy his regular life.
It was not to be.
The mission that he was on, to infiltrate the Homelanders had not been authorized. Waterman was dead and higher-ups did not want to admit that there was a major terrorist cell on US soil. So Charlie is stilling sitting in jail, framed for murder that he did not commit. And between the neo-Nazis that have taken him under their wing, the Black Muslim gangs that are trying to kill him and the corrupt guards he is in real danger.
Another memory comes back and Charlie realizes that he has to get out of prison and stop Prince or else there will be millions dead.
This was a good conclusion to the series. Like any spy/terrorism thriller you have to suspend belief in reality a couple times. Charlie is good, but he is still a relatively untrained teenager, so some of the things he does cross the line of believability. But that can be forgiven.
This really is a well written series. Because it is young adult, I think I feel obliged to comment that while terrorism is real, reading books like this can produce a level of fear and paranoia that is unhealthy. But I think in reality, that teens are probably less tempted toward that type of paranoia than adults.
Spy fiction of the last decade or two has lost its good guys and bad guys. There is not a cold war any more. So the political actors are all about power, not doing the right thing. Klavan’s libertarian streak seems just as pointed toward the incompetence of the US as the fanaticism of the terrorists.
If this is being read by young adults, it would be a good series to have a discussion around issues of power, the role of patriotism, sacrifice for the greater good and security. Those are pretty heady issues for a discussion with teens, but they are issues that should be discussed, so this series is one way to bring them up for discussion.
The complete series as a single ebook, The Homelanders, is now available for $10.99.
Related Book Reviews
- The Last Thing I Remember (Homelanders #1) by Andrew Klavan
- The Long Way Home (Homelanders #2) by Andrew Klavan
- The Truth of the Matter (Homelanders #3) by Andrew Klavan
- Identity Man by Andrew Klavan (Standalone novel)