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Product Details

  • Series: The Homelanders (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (July 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781595547156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595547156
  • ASIN: 1595547150
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The most original novelist of crime and suspense since Cornell Woolrich' Stephen King 'Action sequences that never let up...wrung for every possible drop of nervous sweat.' Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Andrew Klavan is a best-selling, award-winning thriller novelist whose books have been made into major motion pictures. He broke into the YA scene with the bestselling Homelanders series, starting with The Last Thing I Remember. He is also a screenwriter and scripted the innovative movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa. Twitter: @andrewklavan Facebook: aklavan


More About the Author

Andrew Klavan has been nominated for the Mystery Writer of America's Edgar award five times and won twice. He is the author of several bestselling novels, including Don't Say A Word, filmed starring Michael Douglas, True Crime, filmed by Clint Eastwood, and Empire of Lies. He is currently writing a series of thrillers for young adults called The Homelanders. The first two novels in the series are The Last Thing I Remember and The Long Way Home. Klavan is a contributing editor to City Journal and his essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among other places. His satiric video commentaries can be seen on PJTV.com.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book, not only for teens, but for anyone who enjoys a great read!
Nancy Famolari
I've really enjoyed Klavan's Homelanders Series and this final book is an excellent end to a suspenseful and action-packed story.
theresa
Although I'm disappointed this series is over, I look forward to reading future books by Andrew Klavan.
Alyce

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cson on July 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Charlie West woke up one morning to find himself being tortured by terrorists with absolutely no memory of what happened during the last year of his life. And, to make it worse, he's wanted by the police for the murder of his best friend. Over the next couple of months, Charlie is faced with a ridiculous amount of misfortune on his quest to clear his name and expose his would-be murderers.

I'm actually starting to think Andrew Klavan is incapable of writing a boring scene. Practically every sentence is packed to bursting with suspense. From a dogfight through the streets of New York to dodging subway trains in a shootout with the Homelanders, Klavan never lets up on the thrills.

And now, it's finally over. The final hour has come and gone, answering every question; revealing every mystery. Every fan of the previous books will need to get their hands on this truly satisfying conclusion to the insanely epic series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By theresa on July 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've really enjoyed Klavan's Homelanders Series and this final book is an excellent end to a suspenseful and action-packed story. Teen super-hero Charlie West is in one of the most dangerous prisons in the country for a crime he didn't commit. And amidst his struggle to stay alive in prison, he is also one of the only people left with knowledge of an upcoming terrorist attack on America. He struggles through his fear and circumstances in order to save the people in this creative and fantastic adventure.

Each book in this series brings a piece of the mystery and character of Charlie West. It's not a "deep" story so much as it is action-packed, but many important issues are brought up in the realms of faith, politics, violence, war and terrorism, patriotism, good versus evil, and even identity. As a mother, this is the kind of story I'd want to discuss with my teenagers after each book, and I am pleased that The Final Hour does have a Reading Group Guide for further reflection.

I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogging Program through booksneeze.com.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wrenn on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Final Hour by Andrew Klavan was a novel filled with action packed adventure and deep despair. The Final Hour is the fourth and final book in the Homelander Series. As the novel unfolds, Charlie West finds himself locked away in the worst prison in the United States for a crime he did not commit. He feels abandoned by the only agent left who knows the truth, and he is barely able to fend for himself against the Islamist prisoners, the White Supremist criminals, and the corrupt, bloodthirsty guards. He suddenly finds himself in the midst of a frightening situation: the Homelander group has planned one final strike, and Charlie is the only one who knows where, how, and when. Can he reach his friends in time and save America?

The Final Hour is loaded with action and suspense. It is a quick and exciting read. The first part of the book deals with Charlie's despair and loneliness in jail and his struggles with his faith. I liked that the author mentioned Charlie's belief and faith even during his hardships, but I wished he had mentioned Jesus and God more. God was only brought up a couple times, and Christ and His work on the cross were never talked about. The book was a satisfying ending to the Homelander series, and I really enjoyed the entire series. I cannot wait to read the next book by Andrew Klavan; I just hope he talks more about Jesus.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Becker on August 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Final Hour: Book 4 of the Homelanders Series is not what I expected. This is supposed to be about a teenager named Charlie West who gets unintentionally drawn into a shadow group called the Homelanders. In previous books Charlie has lost his memory and has one person called Waterman to help him, but Waterman can not help Charlie now. The Final Hour starts out with Charlie in jail trying to recall why he is there and who is trying to kill him.

I find it extraordinary that a teenager has the mental and physical strength and endurance in a situation such as West finds himself in. The book can be violent at times, sometimes too violent. Charlie is beaten regularly by a prison guard as well as other inmates. I find it a bit over the top and pushing the boundaries of believability with the amount of violence in the prison and out a teenager must endure. At times I had a hard time reading this action-packed story. I needed time to adjust to the story but more violence and action kept being piled on. I found what Charlie had to endure hopeless and depressing. I just wanted something less dark to read.

Later as Charlie remembers more about the Homelanders the story seems to bounce around from the prison to a creepy mansion the Homelanders use as a base. It would take me a bit to figure out what was going on. Klavan is able to create a prison environment that is so real it is scary and also a terrorist threat outside the prison. It seems no one is safe or to be trusted. This fast paced mind bending story may be something others may enjoy but I do not, however, my dislike is not from the author's writing style. I received this book from Thomas Nelson Press through a reader's program called Book Sneeze and am not required to give a positive review.
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