Jordynn Darling | 2/16/2014
" This is one of my all time favorite books, by one of my all time favorite authors. If you have not read this book yet, you should. "
Brian Schwantes | 2/11/2014
" This is a great book about a group of young men and women caught in a country fighting against itself. This book super action packed and you will not be able to out is down. I would highly recommend this book to other and I would also reading more novels by Andrew Klavan the author. "
Michael | 2/2/2014
" They are just kids from a church group, spending their vacation on a mission to build a school in a poor Central American country. But when a revolution happens around them, they find a lethal jungle and an entire rebel army between them and home. Good thing they are a church group, because it doesn't look like they have a prayer of getting out alive. "
Karen Yingling | 1/31/2014
" Will is in a small, South American country helping to rebuild a school through a combined school/church group. Just as he and his coworkers are getting ready to leave, Mendoza, head of the local rebel group, bursts into the cantina where the group has met, and shoots the owner dead. Pastor Ron advises praying, Palmer (a former Marine and local pilot) seems to be about to abandon the group, Nikki screams annoyingly, Jim thinks that Mendoza is in the right, and Meredith is oddly quiet and controlled. When Pastor Ron is taken off and killed, the group realizes they have to escape. Palmer does first, and, surprisingly, comes back with a van to rescue the others. They can only take the van so far, and when they realize that Palmer's plane has been destroyed, they take to the woods and attempt to reach the border to escape. This isn't easy, and it's necessary to do things to survive that Will would not normally consider. However, his faith and his desire to see his parents again keep him strong, and he tries to learn from the members of his group how to survive in tense situations.
Strengths: Klavan's The Last Thing I Remember (Homelanders) series is very popular in my library, and for good reason. There is nonstop action, lots of suspense, and a teenage boy who is determined to do what's right. I appreciated that Will was excited at first, but once he kills a man, he feels remorse.
Weaknesses: Thomas Nelson is a religiously affiliated publisher, and sometimes this makes parts of their books a bit of a slog. Doesn't matter what a student's religion is-- when an action book stops to philosophize and religion, it makes the book less popular. To Klavan's credit, he has a much lighter philosophic touch with this than he did in the Homelanders series, which did get rather bogged down with agenda. "
Teresa Bateman | 1/22/2014
" Wow! I'd never read anything by Andrew Klavan before and now I'm anxious to see what else he's written. 16-year-old Will is with a small team of teens in Central America on a mission to rebuild a school wall. He'll earn some service points and he can put up with the other kids--Nicky and Jim--who are almost stereotypes of the "cheerleader" and the "nerd." Then there's Pastor Ron, and Meredith. It was supposed to be a simple act of charity, then a revolution swept through the country. Now they're on the run with an ex-Marine whose sardonic attitude and humor remind me of Han Solo. There are guys with guns after them, and not everyone is going to make it out alive and unscathed. Once the author sets the scene--pastoral and serene--the action begins. And it never lets up. There's hardly time to take a breath. Told from Will's viewpoint, this is a story of survival and maturing. What I liked best, however, is that it's a book I can recommend to my whole family. Unless you count the bullets flying every which way, there's nothing inappropriate here. Indeed, there is thin thread of faith during adversity in the book that, nevertheless, has an incredible tensile strength. Fabulous book. After reading so many YA dystopia novels this was a refreshing change. "
Sannasue | 1/14/2014
" Eh, couldn't get into it "
Jesse Krokis | 1/11/2014
" it was good and i like how it was christian based "
Jane Marie | 1/9/2014
" I really liked this book. Lots of violence, but not the really graphic stuff. No swear words. Only some kissing at the end. Good for the young adult library. "
Bob | 12/26/2013
" Fast moving read lots of thrills and quick pace in a realistic setting for anyone who has gone on a mission trip. "
Anne Wallraff | 12/5/2013
" Good story... lots of action... written from the perspective of a high school student but... it reads like it was written by a student. "
Shara Weiss | 12/5/2013
" A very suspenseful read. I've read other books by Klavan but this one ranks at the top. I will be recommending this to my student patrons. "
Sandi | 10/3/2013
" I enjoyed reading this action packed, fast moving story. "
Amanda | 9/27/2013
" I am not really into suspense. This is written too conversationally and I don't care for the style of the narrator...just flat-out TELLING who the cast of characters are, instead of SHOWING it to us through interactions. "
Jim | 4/18/2013
" Just about a perfect Young Adult novel. "
Lisa C | 4/11/2013
" Action-packed story of three teens, a young adult and an ex-marine when they get stuck in Costa Verdes during an uprising. Good book for teens and young adults for stimulating thought about certain ideas such as courage and freedom and what's right. "
Ruth Ann | 12/14/2012
" The writing is a little dry, but the story moves along at a fast pace once the characters are introduced. Will, the main character, grows up quickly and he realizes that the people in his mission group are different than they first appeared. "