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Product Details

  • Series: The Homelanders (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595547134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595547132
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7–10—In this fast-paced sequel to The Last Thing I Remember, Charlie West is a fugitive on a mission to discover the truth about the year he can't remember. He heads home to search for some answers after a harrowing escape from both the police, who believe he murdered his friend Alex, and a terrorist group known as the Homelanders, who believe he has betrayed them. While the book begins mid-action, his backstory is provided through flashbacks and first-person inner monologues, allowing the audience to be brought up to speed quickly. Covert interactions with his friends also offer glimpses into his lost year, providing both Charlie and the listeners with clues that could help solve the mystery of his past. While the intense, thrilling narrative will keep the audience on the edge of its seat, it's Charlie himself who propels the story. Passionate and loyal, he loves his country and God, and while his patriotism and religious conviction could have come across as over-the-top, they instead make him more realistic; his beliefs are a large part of who he is and what motivates him, yet they don't define him. Narrator Joshua Swanson's well-modulated voice perfectly conveys Charlie and his struggles as he fights to clear his name, and his youthful sound lends authenticity to the performance. Action-packed and suspenseful, the audiobook will have listeners eagerly anticipating the next installment.—Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From Booklist

Unfortunately for Charlie, little has changed since the climax of The Last Thing I Remember (2009). He is still on the run from both the cops (who think he killed his friend Alex) and a group of terrorists known as the Homelanders (who may have brainwashed Charlie during his yearlong fugue state). Eager to clear his name, Charlie heads back to the most dangerous spot of all, the hometown where it all happened, and takes up residence in an abandoned house. Soon his old buddies—as well as the girlfriend he doesn’t remember—are pledging to help him operate covertly. Some readers may chafe at Klavan’s apparent conservative leanings, which come off more strongly in this volume. Also stronger, however, is everything else: Charlie’s ache for a normal life, action sequences that never let up, and showy set pieces (escaping a library, investigating a haunted house, even downloading software) that are wrung for every possible drop of nervous sweat. Best of all, unlike many second chapters, this one pays off with some seriously heavy revelations. Grades 8-11. --Daniel Kraus

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.

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I recommend this book for teenagers and young adults.
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One downside, is these books end leaving you wanting more, but that can be a good thing too.
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I cannot wait for the next book in the series which will be coming out in November of 2010.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Unity Dienes on March 10, 2010
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Although it features a fugitive for a hero and the police are generally his adversaries, this book is very conservative. Other characters mockingly refer to Charlie's patriotism and his character as a "True Believer" in home, God, and Country, but the undercurrent of the book is that Charlie is absolutely right to be a True Believer and his faith is what gets him through the tough times. Charlie has no proof for his belief that he is innocent and that he is "the good guy," and his faith suffers sometimes. Ultimately, though, faith is what keeps him going. He believes that proof is out there, and the action-packed backdrop for this crisis of faith drives the narrative. Most readers will only notice the action--my son raved about certain fight scenes and another somewhat spooky scene--but I don't think it's a coincidence that this is published by Thomas Nelson, a traditionally Christian publisher. The moral absolutism behind this book clearly posits that good and evil exist as real entities, that faith is justified even in the absence of facts, and that moral relativism is a slippery slope to terrorism (at one point a character as much as states this as a tautology).

Conservative parents will probably applaud these underlying themes, but more liberal-minded folks may take offense. Parents trying to teach that right and wrong only make sense in context and that there are no "absolutely true" things in life may find that this book subverts their point of view. On the other hand, parents who are teaching that some things are just right and some are just wrong will find subtle moral support behind the 24-esque action of this adventure.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Kaye Oldner on March 13, 2010
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Excitement was what I felt when I saw the second installment of The Homelanders Series. In the last book, THE LAST THING I REMEMBER, readers were left with a lot of questions. Charlie West went to bed one night. When he awoke, he'd been captured by a group calling themselves the Homelanders and that wasn't the worse part. A year had gone by and he has no memory of it. If that wasn't bad enough, he's been found guilty of murdering his friend.

In book two, Charlie West is still on the run from the police and the Homelanders. He heads back to his hometown where he finds his friends, Miler, Josh, Rick, and his girlfriend, Beth. They believe he's innocent and help him find some answers as to who is behind the terrorist group. Beth fills him in on parts of the year he can't remember.

This series is written with a Christian slant. The preachiness seen in many of the Christian YA books is replaced with realistic values and Charlie West is very pro-America. Both this and the first book are packed with plenty of action that had me flying through the pages.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Van Zante on January 12, 2010
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The second book in the Homelanders series continues with the main character, Charlie West. Charlie woke up one day as a wanted man and he doesn't know why. Both terrorists and the police are trying to catch Charlie and all he wants are some answers. He goes home to try to find the reason behind the situation he has found himself in. His friends from home join Charlie and his quest for what has happened. The first book in this series was great and this book is a great continuation. It's a fast paced book leaving you wanting for more. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah Sue Harris VINE VOICE on March 17, 2010
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The Long Way Home (The Homelanders) picks up right where The Last Thing I Remember (The Homelanders) left off. Charlie West was a normal student, studying for school, studying karate, and finding young love, when he woke up - having lost a year of his life and having been tried and found guilty of murder. What happened in that lost year?

Running from both the police - the good guys? - and the Homelanders - madmen? - while trying to piece together what happened, Charlie was completely and utterly alone. Even his Sensei's dojo wouldn't be a safe haven. It took a surprise at the old haunted house for him to even begin to find out what happened during that lost year. It wasn't the ghosts that scared him; it was the reality that was terrifying.

This well-written book is nicely paced. When I put it down, I'd wonder what would happen next, and the book didn't stay down for long. Having read both The Long Way Home (The Homelanders) and The Last Thing I Remember (The Homelanders), I'll be looking forward to The Truth of the Matter (The Homelanders) in November 2010.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 29, 2010
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Oh, it's such a good hook. I guess nothing makes you appreciate the simpler things in life like being the subject of an intense manhunt. Teenaged high school student Charlie West wakes up one day and, just like that, a whole year has been wiped away. But that's not the worst of it. Charlie finds himself on the run, wanted by the police for the fatal stabbing of an old friend. But that's not the worst of it. He's also being sought by a rabid foreign terrorist group calling itself the Homelanders. And, no, that's not even the worst of it. What eats at Charlie is that he's not so certain that he's innocent. What if he really were guilty? What if he himself is a terrorist?

THE LONG WAY HOME is the taut sequel to THE LAST THING I REMEMBER in Andrew Klavan's THE HOMELANDERS series. I'm late to the party; someone else had already mentioned 24 and Jack Bauer when talking about this series, but I think this comparison is quite apt. This series is 24 for teens. The Homelanders, these are some implacable, seriously bad hombres chasing Charlie down, trying to murder him. And in trying to work himself out of this mess, Charlie ends up going back to his hometown, back to the site of the murder. Where his childhood friends await him, helping hands extended, no strings attached. Where the Ghost Mansion sits empty and desolate, the perfect hidey-hole for a young desperado like Charlie.

And, back home, Charlie West ends up unearthing key events which happened in that lost year. One revelation concerns the murder Charlie'd been accused of committing. Another eye-opening bit of news which had sucker-punched Charlie when he woke up with amnesia was that, sometime during that period, he and his friend Beth fell in love. And, yes, Beth was waiting for him at Ghost Mansion, too.
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