Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Homelanders 1: The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan

This book is the first in a series, and I gave it a rating of four out of five. Charlie West wakes up strapped to a chair in a room and has no idea why he's there. The last things he remembers are performing a karate routine at an assembly, asking a girl he likes on a date, and talking to his former best friend. Now, his captors want to kill him, and he doesn't know why. Charlie starts to piece together some comments he overheard with the news that the head of Homeland Security will be visiting the area soon. How can Charlie stop a terrorist attack when the police think he's an escaped murderer? What happened during the time that he lost his memory, and how much time has he lost? His problems seemed to be coming from a group called The Homelanders.

The conflict of this story is interesting, because the main character is in trouble and can't get help from the police. The secret group is trying to kill Charlie, and the police would like to put him back in prison unless they're forced to kill him first. He's earned a black belt in karate, so that gives him some physical skills to deal with his enemies. He doesn't know the truth about his life, so he starts to believe that his own memories may be lies. Charlie seems to be helpless and doesn't know whom to trust. The truth starts to unfold near the plot's climax, but it just leads into the sequel, The Long Way Home.

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