The Homelanders series by Andrew Klavan

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The Author

Andrew Klavan is a mystery novel American writer also known as Keith Peterson because of his pen name. He was born in 1954 in New York City. His writing mainly includes mystery films for “tough-guy” roles and psychological thrillers. He has won Edgar Award twice for Mrs. White and for The Rain in the category of ” Best Paperback Original ” and was nominated four times for the same award. Laurence Klavan, a novelist and playwright is his brother. He has written columns for publications like PJ Media and City Journal. His parents were Gene and Phyllis Klavan, who were the one-half owner of the ” Klavan and Finch ” radio show and a New York City disk jockey. He has three brothers and grew with them on the Long Island and he studied at the University of California, Berkeley in the Business category. Klavan was raised as a Jewish and has a wife named Ellen and two children. After Bar Mitzvah he became agnostic and later converted to Christianity.

He worked in a local radio news and for this he temporarily dropped out of his school. In the same year 1977, he wrote ” Face of the Earth”, his first novel. After this he worked for a local newspaper as a reporter in Putnam County, New York. The basis of his novel Corruption came after he experienced covering local crimes. Later Klavan worked for ABC Radio Network, WOR Radio as a news writer and as a script reader for Columbia Pictures. During this the pseudonym ” Keith Peterson ” came up and this appeared in novels like The Rain, Rough Justice, The Trapdoor, The Scarred Man and Don’t Say a Word. After this he moved to London with his family and there he wrote Three novels including True Crime. He moved back to the United States after seven years and settled in Santa Barbara, California. Here he completed his novel Man and Wife. He also wrote the trilogy known as Weiss/Bishop. This trilogy includes Dynamite road, Shotgun Alley and Damnation Street. He released Empire of Lies in 2008 which is based on terrorism- themed politics. A thriller aimed at young adults known as The Last Thing I Remember was published by him in the year 2009. He started appearing as a host of ” Very Serious Commentary “segment on Glenn Beck’s network GBTV. He received Anthony Awards nomination for Rough Justice and for True Crime. Andrew Klavan referred himself as ” libertarian ” in December 2011. He endorsed by Mitt Romney in the year 2012 for President.

He wrote several books in his long career and has made great achievements in his life. The first two books he wrote were Face of the Earth (1977) and Agnes Mallory (1985).

The Books

Action & Adventure, Adventure and Adventurers, Juvenile Fiction, ebook, General, book, Fugitives From Justice, Terrorism, Fiction, Amnesia

Charlie West just woke up in someone else’s nightmare. He’s strapped to a chair. He’s covered in blood and bruises. He hurts all over. And a strange voice outside the door just ordered his death. The last thing he can remember, he was a normal high-school kid doing normal things–working on his homework, practicing karate, daydreaming of becoming an air force pilot, writing a pretty girl’s number on his hand. How long ago was that? Where is he now? Who is he really? And more to the point . . . how is he going to get out of this room alive? **

From School Library Journal

Grade 7–10—Charlie West lived the life of an ordinary teenager—good student, black belt in karate, motivated—until he wakes up strapped in a chair next to a table of blood-splattered instruments of torture. He manages to escape from his unknown captors only to discover that an entire year has passed, of which he remembers nothing. Finding himself pursued by those he perceived as the “good guys,” he must run to save himself and to discover the truth. Yet when Charlie learns of a plot to assassinate a government official, he risks all to save a stranger. This first book in the series may lack cohesiveness, but it remains a compelling thriller. The first half unfolds in painstaking, if not excruciating, detail, while the second half speeds to an ending with no real resolution. Readers presumably will have to hope that the sequel will explain more fully this tightly wound mystery. Klavan spends a good deal of time aptly portraying Charlie and other key figures, but some patriotic characters may come across as overzealous and off-putting.— Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
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From Booklist

Charlie is a squeaky-clean high-schooler who gets good grades, dreams about joining the Air Force, and loves practicing his karate—and it’s this last skill that comes in especially handy when he wakes up tied to a chair next to a tableau of torture instruments. In an attempt to understand how he landed in such dire straits, he flashes back to the last thing he remembers: a seemingly typical day at school. So begins the fantastic first half of this post-9/11 thriller in which each bit of recovered memory directly informs how Charlie deals with his mysterious captors. The excitement plateaus once Charlie escapes and realizes that he’s wanted by more than just a band of terrorists, but the chase scenes, gunfire, and fistfights never let up. The rah-rah patriotism may put off some readers, particularly given Charlie’s apparent unwillingness to moderate his black-and-white views. On the other hand, this is just the first book in the Homelanders series, so there is still plenty of time for Charlie to develop shades of gray. Grades 8-11. –Daniel Kraus

The books in suggested reading order:

The Last Thing I Remember
The Long Way Home
The Truth of the Matter
The Final Hour