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Product Details

  • Series: The Homelanders (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140168520X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401685201
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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


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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

My Review: I have only read this current book which is the third book so far in The Homelanders series.
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It was easy to read and very interesting; I finished quickly and would like to get the rest of the books in the series to find out what happens.
bbbreid
I would highly recommend all four of the homelander series books for any teen or young adult that likes action packed reads!
Shiloh Smith

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By book_anaconda on October 26, 2010
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I've read "The Last Thing I Remember", "The Long Way Home", and now, "The Truth of the Matter" and I can honestly say that I read this book in one hour and it was the most emotional, exciting, thrilling, confusing, patriotic, thoughtful, christian, funny, suspenseful, and surprising hour I have EVER had!!! This book deserves more than 5 stars!!! 20 stars!!! Charlie West has such...deep thoughts yet Andrew Klavan words them so beautifully I understand perfectly. An epic adventure than DESERVES as much admiration as you have!!!
I am fourteen years old and I reccomend this book to everyone! I told one guy (he was/is 24 years old) and he loved it! Now we're both hooked on this series and I can't believe Andrew Klavan is tormenting us by making us wait for August 2011 for "The Final Hour" book four!!! I can't wait!!!
*****
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cson on December 9, 2010
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Charlie West has a problem. The bad guys are trying to get him--and so are the good guys. But sometimes, when you need it the most, allies can come from the strangest places. And with his memories finally coming back to him bit by bit, Charlie is beginning to understand the truth of the matter.

From book one, chapter one, sentence one, the Homelanders series has never let up on the action. Everything that happens in these books is drained for every possible drop of suspense. But somehow, in the midst of the constant car chases, fist fights and gun fire, you get to know Charlie. And you can't help but root for him as he goes up against impossible odds for what he believes in.

Finally, all the pieces of Charlie's past are beginning to come together for what is sure to be one of the most suspenseful books of all time. My only complaint is that we'll have to wait till August for The Final Hour.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on December 9, 2010
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HE TRUTH OF THE MATTER is Andrew Klavan's third book in the young adult Homelanders series. This book is released by a Christian publisher. Klavan also writes books for adults that, while they contain moral and Christian values, are full of bad language and adult situations. With that disclaimer out of the way, I have to say THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER is the best in the series.

In book one, high schooler Charlie West woke up to find him self strapped to a table. He had no memory of the last year and a half. He escaped from his captors and spent the rest of the novel trying to find out what had happened to him. He discovers he'd been arrested for the murder of his best friend Alex Hauser. He'd been convicted and sent to prison. He escaped and joined a group called the Homelanders, an Islamic terrorist group based in the USA .

In book two, Charlie makes contact with some of his old buddies, plus girlfriend Beth. His friends all still believe in him, but Charlie can't stay with them. The cops are after him for escaping prison and the Homelanders want him dead for betraying their cause.

Book three opens with Charlie looking for a man called Waterman, a man who could supposedly tell Charlie what in the world is going on. Once Charlie finds Waterman, the action picks up. Charlie never knows who to trust and the Homelanders are always on his tail.

I liked this book because, through flashbacks, we learn along with Charlie what exactly happened. He remembers what really happened to friend Alex. He relives what it was like to fall in love with Beth. He discovers how he became involved with the Homelanders. Some might complain of too much backstory or rehashing the past. But, I think Klavan does it in a way that makes in interesting and fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on January 9, 2013
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The Truth of the Matter was a thrilling ride! I loved it! It was very interesting to learn more about what was really going on in Charlie's life and, I have to say, I was surprised by some of the things revealed!

There was so much action in The Truth of the Matter that it held my attention throughout! I don't think there was anything I didn't like about this book... it's my favorite of the Homelanders series so far! The ending left me itching to pick up The Final Hour (book four) as soon as possible!

I recommend The Truth of the Matter if you enjoy YA action novels - it was fantastic! I think you should probably read books one and two first, though, so things will make sense.

I borrowed this book from the library. I was not required to write a review, but chose to. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bbbreid on December 8, 2010
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The Truth of the Matter by Andrew Klavan is a novel for young adults and was really a pleasant and exciting read. This is the third in a series of four books, The Homelanders series, and even though I have not read the preceding books, I was able to follow along. If I had read the other books, I don't think I would have been bored with the explanation section because the writer didn't spend too much time on this. I was able to get the needed information in order to catch up without boring other readers.

Charlie West is a typical high school senior, worried only about spending time with his girlfriend and trying to get into a good college. However everything changes one day when Charlie wakes up with a year of his memory erased and strange people who seem to be trying to kill him. Throughout the course of the book, Charlie works to find out exactly what happened to him while narrowly evading those who want him dead.

This book series has a very similar plot to the Bourne Ultimatum series. In fact, having read the first of that series recently, I can pick out numerous similarities. The Homelanders series is just like that, but for a younger audience. In both series, the main character has for some reason lost his memory and spends the majority of the series trying to figure out why. They both also have some moment where they think they are part of a certain organization, but find out there is som twist that makes their original thoughts untrue. Really, if you enjoy the Bourne series, you will most likely enjoy this.

I found that there was also a very pro-America message. The main character states many times that he would do anything for the country, wants to join the Army, wants to protect our freedoms, etc.
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