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The Long Way Home

(The Homelanders #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  3,034 ratings  ·  304 reviews
Sometimes you have to go home to find out who you really are.

Charlie West went to bed one night an ordinary high-school student. He woke up a hunted man. Terrorists are trying to kill him. The police want to arrest him for the stabbing death of his best friend. He doesn't know whose side he's on or who he can trust. With his pursuers closing in on every side, Charlie makes
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Thomas Nelson Inc (first published December 1st 2009)
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Ava ummmm, yes of course, if you wanted to know this, read it? k, like any logical person would, I am sooo sorry, that sounded really rude, im in a…moreummmm, yes of course, if you wanted to know this, read it? k, like any logical person would, I am sooo sorry, that sounded really rude, im in a rush... bye(less)
Jack Speake Charlie west is the main character his best friend is Alex he has a girlfriend and blew up a bridge in the last book so thats why hes on the run

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Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The action and suspense continues in this second volume...where things get even crazier! Can't wait to read the next one!
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was somewhat delightful and most definitely suspenseful and intriguing. Way better than book one! It blew my low-expectations away! 😉 I'm so reading the last two books now...
m a r y l i z
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, that was fun!

Ironically enough, I read this book on the long way home from our road trip. *chuckles* I swear I didn't plan that at all!

It was fun, and I enjoyed the characters (mostly Charlie's friends) more in the sequel. Still not an instant favorite, but it left me on a cliffhanger and now I DESPERATELY NEED BOOK THREE. Gahhh. It was the first time in a while that I read an entire book in a day. So I guess that means something. ;)

3.5 stars!
Jesseca Wheaton
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm so enjoying re-reading these. <3
Angela R. Watts
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wooo. Man, I'm enjoying Klavan's works so far. This book was a fun ride. Plus, it was amusing to see the karate stuff.
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Andrew Klavan doesn't waste a second before propelling us back into the tense storyline of the Homelanders series. On the run from the police as an escaped murderer, and from a terrorist group that considers him a turncoatneither offense of which eighteen-year-old Charlie West has any memoryCharlie has stayed ahead of his pursuers until page one of The Long Way Home. It's in a public library bathroom that the assassin attacks, a mercenary whose deadly skill neutralizes Charlie's karate ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great continuation of the story. I am so glad we're finally figuring some stuff out. I loved the fact that the author gave me enough information that sometimes I figured things out just before Charlie did. A lot of suspense novels don't want you to figure it out, so it just feels to out of the blue. His friends were great. Also, I really want to read the next two books soon.
Kelly Hager
May 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is the sequel to The Last Thing I Remember. And like The Last Thing I Remember, I spent the first two-thirds completely annoyed by the character and the last third unable to put the book down. (Book 3 is out in November; odds are good I will end up buying it.)

Charlie is still on the run from various agencies, both good (police) and bad (scary terrorist cell). He's starting to piece together exactly what's happened and why he came to in a scary room with bloodstained tools. He's also got a
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is possible for a book to make you stop breathing. This one did. The way he writes makes you feel like you're there in the tense moments.
Hannah Rodriguez
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Feb 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Reluctant readers; Boys
Shelves: young-adult
The Long Way Home is the second installment in the Homelanders series by Andrew Klavan. In this action-packed sequel, Charlie West struggles to overcome the numerous obstacles in his path - his amnesia, his difficulty proving himself innocent in the face of a terrible crime, and the chagrin he suffers from pulling his former friends into the mess with him.

A lot of thought went into my rating for this book, and in the end three stars prevailed. There were things I really liked about The Long Way
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
4.5 stars

"The Long Way Home" was a great read! At first I only liked the story, but towards the end I loved it!

I found it really interesting to see where Charlie's story went and who was responsible for the murder. The ending was great and leaves me anticipating the next book!

If you enjoy YA action books, you should check "The Long Way Home" out, but you might want to read the first book in this series, The Last Thing I Remember, first.

*I borrowed this book from the library. I was not required
Hannah K
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Awesome! Definitely better than the first. SUSPENSE! I should not be reading this alone in my bedroom by flashlight at night.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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McKenzie Dean
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
The second book in this series is, unfortunately, looooong. Too long, in fact. I knew it when I first read it six years ago and I knew it when I reread it this week. I flew through the pages and the story but it could have easily been condensed and fit into the first or third book, saving everyone a lot of time.

The plot itself is fast-paced and fun but when you've come to the end of the book and look back, you realize not a lot has actually happened. The main character, Charlie West, is
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Name: Muluken Rucks

Book title: The Long Way Home

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I loved this book. It was one of those books where you dont want to stop turning the pages. The author leaves some very interesting cliffhangers and I cant wait for the next book.


In this book, Charlie takes on a new adventure. It is quite the adventure because the police and the Homelanders are still after him. He is nearly captured many times and some would be surprised that he is still alive. Charlie takes a variety of
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a lot better than the first in my opinion because it answered more questions and I feel like we got further along in the plot than the first book.
Still packed with action and adrenaline, Charlie discovers who killed Alex and what his next step is.
Calvin Edwards
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The second half of this was sooo exciting! Two down, two more to go!
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good. It wasn't as excited as the first one, but it was still good and exciting. And I'm going to read the next one. 😁
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Action, adventure, mystery, romance, and comedy normally don't blend well together, but Andrew Klavan blends them so perfectly in the book The Long Way Home.

Like all of Andrew Klavan's books he leaves you hanging at the end of each chapter. You never want to put the book down. The book picks up at the end of the first one in the series with Charlie West running from the police and a terrorist group, the Homelanders. Charlie gets himself into a fight at the library and it carries on throughout
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Second novel in the Homelander series, The Long Way Home is just as intense and suspensful as the initial title in the series. Charlie West must use all his ingenuity and courage to avoid the terrorists who believe he has betrayed them, and the police who know him as an escaped convicted killer. He has come to believe that he is most likely to find answers if he returns to his hometown.

Of course that is exactly where those who are chasing him expect him to go. Though he would love to involve his
Doreen Fritz
A thrill a minute, this book reads like a pitch for an action movie. I can see it now -- all the narrow escapes, high speed chases, and the scene where our hero just HAS to go into that dangerous place to get the clue he needs to clear his name. It's all in here. If you like that type of movie, you'll enjoy this book about Charlie, who is on the run, trying to avoid both the police, who want him for murdering his best friend, and the Homelanders, a group of terrorists out to destroy America. ...more
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In The Long Way Home, Charlie West is trying to search for answers about what happened to him and why he cant remember the past year of his life. He cant even remember falling in love with his crush, Beth Summers. The police are after West trying to capture him and put him back in jail for the murder of his best friend, Alex. An undercover Islam group called the Homelanders is also trying to hunt down West and have him killed. He has to be constantly on the run from the police and the ...more
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you woke up one morning and couldnt remember anything that happened to you in the past year? What if you realized you were wanted for murder and for being part of a terrorist group? What if that terrorist group wanted you dead? This is what has happened to Charlie. Having nowhere else to turn up clues to his mysterious lost year, Charlie returns to the most dangerous place for him, his hometown where it all started. There, the girlfriend he doesnt remember and his friends ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, adventure
First let me say that the writing just isn't very good. There are so many short sentences over and over again. He really needs to mix it up, make it less monotonous. The characters themselves aren't super realistic and all just kind of fall into their stereotype, while Charlie and Beth conveniently find one true love without having to actually work for it.

And then there's like, the actual plot.

Now, even allowing that this was written several years ago, Charlie's constant extreme patriotism is
Seth S
Dec 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Long Way Home
By Andrew Klavan

Charlie West cant remember anything that happened in the last year. He was framed for killing his best friend. But he knows that he couldnt have. Hes just not that type of person. But in the last few weeks hes escaped prison twice and escaped from a terrorist camp where they were torturing him. He was a black belt in karate and that helps him a lot as he runs from the cops. He was convicted by a grand jury that he killed his friend. So he goes home to find out
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
When we left Charlie at the end of book one, he was on the run from a band of terrorists and the police and unable to remember anything from the last year of his life. As book two opens, Charlie is in a library researching why the police believe that he killed his friend Alex. The group of terrorists known as the Homelanders (who may have brainwashed Charlie) shows up and tries to kill him again, but he escapes. From the library, Charlie returns to his hometown where his three best friends and ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was a little unsure about reading this book, purely because it had been years since I read the first one. At the time, I had no idea it would be a series and then I forgot about it. I have to say, it didn't matter that I didn't QUITE remember everything from the first book but I would definitely recommend reading them in order. I was a little torn between a 4 and a 5, but I decided on a 5 because I got SO into it. I plan on getting the third book as soon as possible so I can find out what ...more
Grant Fitzgerald
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think that The Long Way Home is a very good book in my opinion. Charlie West is a very good main character. He is smart and he reacts very well to his enemies. The beginning of the book is very fast paced. Charlie is approached by a man with a knife. He has to use his karate skills to get away from the man. And this is all in the first chapter. Each chapter brings something new.
The setting in this book is in a small town by the east coast. It isn't a big town, yet it isn't a small town
It wasn't as good as The Last Thing I Remember, but it was still really good. I really enjoyed it. :) I ended up buying it right away off amazon for 1 cent (plus $3.99 tax) in hardcover. It took a while to get here, and the whole time I was waiting in anticipation. Or maybe it just seemed long cause I was dying to read it. Let me just pause a moment and say that Charlie is just AWESOME!!!!! He is like a crazy good fighter! Anyways I really loved this book and can't wait to read the next one. :D
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