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Homefront Hardcover – June 28, 2005

4.2 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
Book 6 of 6 in the Phil Broker Series

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Nina Pryce, one of a select few women attached to the Army's elite Delta Force, is on an extended medical leave, recovering from a firefight with a terrorist that claimed the lives of two teammates and left her badly injured. While her body has begun to heal, her psychic wounds are still raw; unable to care for her daughter, repair the damage to her marriage, or face the fact that her military career is over, she and her family take refuge in a remote Minnesota town. But trouble seems to follow in her wake, and what begins as a schoolyard fight between her daughter and a bullying classmate soon escalates into a terrifying standoff with a clan of backwoods methamphetamine "cookers" and a hitman bent on revenge against Nina's husband Phil Broker, a former undercover cop. Logan expertly balances the tough and the tender, as Broker attempts to nurse his wife back to health, protect eight-year-old Kit from the effects of her mother's post-traumatic depression, and guard those he loves from the legacy of his own violent past. Logan's solid pacing, strong narrative drive, and expert rendering of two complex characters whose unusual relationship is as fascinting as they are make this sixth title in an excellent series a standout guaranteed to keep the reader's attention riveted until the last page. --Jane Adams

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U.S. Army Maj. Nina Pryce and ex-undercover detective Phil Broker return from Logan's After the Rain in this follow-up thriller. After Pryce endures a debilitating psychological and physical breakdown from a nasty tangle with a psychopath, the estranged spouses reunite. Eager for a fresh start, Broker, Pryce and plucky young daughter Karson ("Kit") move from St. Paul to bucolic, frosty Glacier Falls, Minn., home to howling wolves and an elementary school mixed in with "all the special-ed students in the county." When Kit gives playground bully Teddy—scion of the town's notoriously disruptive, methamphetamine-cooking Klumpe family—a black eye, a blood feud is ignited that accelerates with increasing menace. A slashed tire, a stolen cat and a housebreak all lead up to Broker being outed as a former cop—the very same cop who was involved in the death of Jojo, the son of Danny Turrie, Klumpe compadre and imprisoned murderer. Revenge plots boil as Turrie looks for a way to get at Broker—and his family. Logan is terrific on the particular ex-army, ex-cop tension between Pryce and Broker, and gives his bleak rural setting real menace. With a special low "summer price," Logan's latest should easily cool numerous beachgoers with icy thrills.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (June 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060570202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060570200
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,422,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nina Pryce and Phil Broker and their daughter, Kit, retreat to the northern reaches of Minnesota to help Nina recover from injuries received on her latest mission. Nina damaged her shoulder and the realization is dawning that she will have to quit the military work she loves so much.

As Nina plunges into a deep depression, Phil is left to care for her, raise Kit, deal with the school, housework-and in his free time, help out friend Harry Griffin with his landscape business. Harry and Phil go way back to their days in the military. Phil and his family are staying in a remote lake house that Griffin owns. The hope is that the isolated spot will help Nina heal.

Kit begins having problems with the school bully, Teddy Klumpe, and ends up punching Teddy in the nose, humiliating him. His parents react with unreasonable anger and Phil doesn't help the situation when he violently confronts Teddy's father at the school. It seems Phil and his family have made some terrifying enemies. Teddy's mother, Cassie, is strange and violent, and is not beyond reaching out to her brother, ex-con Gator Bodine for help. Gator, who has some dangerous connections, discovers Phil's past as an undercover cop.

Homefront is non-stop nail-biting suspense, filled with evil villains, and a sense of atmosphere (the cold and dark north woods filled with howling wolves, and abandoned farms used as meth labs).

This is the seventh in the Nina Pryce/Phil Broker series. Logan is known for his strong female characters, accurate portrayal of police procedure (even though his main character is retired from the police, he still has dealings with them), and his strong sense of place.

Armchair Interviews says: Don't read this on a dark, dreary, cold winter night alone in an isolated northern Minnesota cabin. You'll scare yourself to death! Logan has done it again! Homefront is a superb page-turner.
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I almost didn't finish HOMEFRONT. It begins with a school playground argument wherein a bully named Terry Klumpe gets a swift comeuppance administered by eight-year-old Kit Broker. Kit's mother and father --- Nina Pryce and Phil Broker --- aren't your garden-variety PTA parents. They've relocated to Glacier Falls, MN, so that Pryce, a Delta Force Army marksman, can recuperate from the aftereffects of a mission that has left her physically and psychologically devastated. Broker is a retired --- and legendary --- law enforcement officer. Kit, who was only defending herself in the dustup, gets blamed for it, and Broker kind of wimps out over it. Add to this Broker's gratuitous yada-yada about the Iraqi War, and I was almost ready to add HOMEFRONT to the reject pile. I was extremely glad I didn't, because it turns out that this is one of the best novels I've read this year.

Chuck Logan has been building the Phil Broker/Nina Pryce series for a while now; HOMEFRONT is the fifth installment, and by far the best. The little playground drama I mentioned above is a catalyst for a whole bunch of things. Little Mr. Klumpe comes by his beetle brow honestly; he is the child of Jimmy Klumpe and Cassie Bodine, both of whom have family trees that fork instead of branch. Klumpe, who owns the local waste disposal business, has a good portion of the town intimidated, while Bodine has a crystal meth addiction that rides her like a cowboy.

Klumpe escalates the situation by bringing Gator Bodine, his brother-in-law, into the mix. Gator at first seems to be a good ol' boy with a very warped sense of humor, but Logan, with almost agonizing patience, peels back the fragile, deceptive layers of normality that permit Gator to apparently co-exist with those around him.
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Nina Pryce is on medical leave from the army after a military operation left her shoulder torn up. She and her husband Phil Broker, former cop and undercover agent, along with their young daughter Kit try to put their family back together following the strain of too many deployments. As they celebrate their first relaxed Christmas in four years, Nina plunges in a deep depression. Phil takes her up to a remote home in Glacier Falls, Minnesota to recover.

Kit gets into a fight with the schoolyard bully Teddy Clump and his father tries to beat up Broker who takes him down. Cassie Clump demands an apology and a new shirt for Teddy; she has her brother Gator break into the Pryce home where he finds out that Broker was the undercover agent who fingered JoJo for running drugs. He was killed in a shootout and his father has a contract out for the agent. Gator and his girlfriend willing to turn Broker over to a hit man in the hopes that will help them gain a piece of the biggest meth factory running. A showdown is looming and it is almost a certainly that blood will flow on the streets.

When it comes to action thrillers, Chuck Logan is one of the best writes on the market today. His strength lies in his ability to create characters readers like and even more so he crafts villains the audience loves to hate. HOMEFRONT is a dark, gritty and suspense laden work that is reminiscent of the works of Jack Higgins and Les Sandiford with protagonists worthy of their own series.

Harriet Klausner
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