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The Truth of the Matter

(The Homelanders #3)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  2,574 ratings  ·  210 reviews
"Never give in."

Ever since he woke up in a terrorist torture chamber--with a year of his life erased from his mind--Charlie West has been on the run. He has one desperate hope of getting his life back: track down the mysterious agent named Waterman. But in fact, reaching Waterman--and recovering the secrets lost in his own memory--will only increase his danger. Because a t
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published October 31st 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published September 1st 2010)
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m a r y l i z
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it

All you need to know about this book is that it will 1) dramatically speed up your heart rate, 2) make you freak out for the character's life at least 1,734 times, and 3) cause you to get NOTHING DONE BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

Ahem. Yes. I need book four right now, please. xD

4 stars!
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Andrew Klavan only gets better the deeper we go into the Homelanders series. By the time The Truth of the Matter rolls around, the occasional awkward passages in The Last Thing I Remember and The Long Way Home are nearly gone, replaced by deft, forceful writing almost any author would be proud to create. After saving his girlfriend Beth's life from Mr. Sherman and the terrorist Homelanders at the end of the last book, eighteen-year-old Charlie West vacates the scene just in time to avoid Detecti ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very exciting! Can't wait to read the conclusion! ...more
serena482* WAY......better.....than......The Last Thing I Remember. Like WHAT!!!! How is that even possible?????? But it is, and it's true!! I LOVED this book!! It is completely and unbelievably awesome!! And Charlie is like, the awesome-st person ever!!! I NEED THE LAST BOOK NOW!!!!!!!!! I have a feeling this whole review is going to be about how I loved this book. The Truth of the Matter is like my favorite book of all books!! Well it is tied for first! :) ;) But I'm serious ever ...more
Kaitlyn Krispense
*deep breath*


That is all.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
More tension. More memory's. More running. This kept me flipping the pages so fast.
A few things about character got a little repetitive. Like I'm pretty sure he just copy and pasted the description of some people. But, other then that we were good.
It had a strangely satisfying ending. But I'm looking forward to reading book four!
Melanie Kilsby
AMAZING, as always. Love the ending and of course, can't wait to read the final book :D ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's absolutely impossible to stop reading these books! ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was awesome. It's my favorite book in the series so far. I recommend them. ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
BEST HOMELANDER BOOK SO FAR! Explained sooo much!! Also really appreciated how much more it spoke of God and how God was Charlies strength. love love love!
Calvin Edwards
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I did not like this book very well. But near the end was good, so I rated it two and a half stars.
Calvin Pomeroy
Dec 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Wow I didn't think it could get worse, but this topped it. The operatives for the terrorist group are, of-course, Saudi Arabian people who like to "torture and kill people, and send the videos to their families". Of course this book wouldn't be complete without war-mongering in the Middle East. Of course, this book includes more nationalism and religion intertwinement (of course Protestant only). And apparently this whole series' theme is that all angry white guys should dream of being hot guys ...more
Courtney Vail
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
Charlie West is a feisty protagonist, who's missing a year of his life and running from mystery killers--a group of terrorists he just escaped from. He can't recall what's happened in the last year, so he's on a hunt to fill in the memory gap. When he tracks down the only clue he can remember, a guy named Waterman, he begins to get some answers, but the closer he gets to uncovering the truth, the more danger he finds himself in. And when Waterman dies with questions still unanswered, he's left i ...more
Emma Ksiazak
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Truth of the Matter is about a young man, Charlie West trying to stop the mysterious terrorist group called the Homelanders, and find out what happened to his memories. Desperate for answers, he finds a man who he has heard could help him, and he goes by the name of Waterman. Waterman begins to help Charlie get his memories back, but before he can help him anymore, he is killed and Charlie once again is left to fend for himself. Charlie eventually finds himself running for his life again, an ...more
Oct 15, 2011 rated it liked it
More like 3.5 stars. This was my least favorite of the series so far. Not because it wasn't a quick and interesting read, but I just found it kind of frustrating. Plus, this was the first time I really felt the "young adult" aspect, which I never really dwelled upon before. All of the missing time is explained, but at least for me, there weren't really many surprises there. I would have rather gotten all that out at once at the start of the book and then moved on with the story, but instead the ...more
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
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The Truth of the Matter was a thrilling ride! I loved it! It was very interesting to learn more about what was really going on in Charlie's life and, I have to say, I was surprised by some of the things revealed!

There was so much action in The Truth of the Matter that it held my attention throughout! I don't think there was anything I didn't like about this book... it's my favorite of the Homelanders series so far! The ending left me itch
Jack S
Mar 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Honestly, This installment in the Homelanders series was quite bad. It always seemed to go slow, too many boring past times and not enough action like the books before hand basically promised. Just all I have to say is that I didn't enjoy the book, and will put down the books ahead of me. ...more
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fun book but the story has a whale of a cliffhanger. I cannot wait until August when the final book in this series is released!
Bernie Gale
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
A struggle to get to book 3 but one has to get the answers

Yes its a good romp typical of a tv drama series and readable
Scott Marks
Jan 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Terrible writing, clunky and childish. Plus the writer is a misogynist, anti-feminist and it comes across quite strongly in how he writes about women.
Red flags guys, avoid this novelists books.
Aubrey Benisch
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charlie West begins to follow the person he has just learned is Waterman. He’s the man who can give him his memory back and clear his name and get him out of trouble with the cops and the Homelanders(the terrorists). He followed Waterman into an alley and confronted him and found out that Waterman can give him all the answers he wants. But before he can get answers out of him, he feels someone come behind him and then hears Waterman say, “Shoot him.” Charlie blacks out but wakes up in the trunk ...more
Ryan Triplett-Watson
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
As I've said before if you haven't read this series, you should! In the third book of the series Charlie continues his journey. When I first started the series I didn’t think I would like it, but it really keeps you on the edge of your seat. Klavan really knows how to create a character and build a relationship with the reader and main character. Charlie has been on his journey for a while now. I enjoy reading this series, because the author can throw in so many different things, that it makes y ...more
Destini Venghaus
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Readers will be at the edge of their seats with the action packed and suspenseful book, “The Truth of the Matter” by Andrew Klavan.

Charlie West’s life on the run began when he woke in a terrorist torture chamber with the past year erased from his mind. Now he's on the run from the police, who thinks he killed his friend, and the terrorist group. He seeks a mysterious agent named Waterman to uncover the secrets of his past, but finding him may lead him to greater danger than he thinks. Will he un
Steven Doctor
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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McKenzie Dean
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Truth of the Matter is by far my favorite of the four books in the Homelanders series. We finally understand the mess that Charlie West is in and why he can't remember the last year of his life. It had none of the slow scenes that the previous two books sometimes had a problem with and it had far more character growth, which I enjoyed. Andrew Klavan really stepped up his game with this one, though I still think it would have saved everyone a lot of time by combining the first two (or even ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charlie West goes to bed one night a normal high school kid and wakes up a year later, not remembering any of that year, in the hands of a terrorist organization called the Homelanders. He then goes on a suspenseful journey running from not only the terrorists, but also the police. He searches for a man by the name of Waterman to help him to hopefully remember the past year of his life. This book is basically Charlie remembering the past year of his life and connecting all of the pieces that wer ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
charlie West found watterman the person that supposedly has all the answers and when he does they take him back to an abandoned building deep in the woods to a facility for the top secret organization where he finally gets his memories back.when he does he finds out that he's the one who actually wanted to do and infiltration and get framed for Alex's knowing that he is the one responsible for all of his pain and suffering he sets out to take down the organization called the homelande ...more
Jack Palen
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this 3rd book of the Homelanders series was very good and cleared up a lot of grey area information. It did not suffer from middle book syndrome as there was a lot of action and adventure with Charlie. Klavan continues to impress me with his suspenseful endings as I find myself breezing through the last 3 chapters of each book much quicker as I am eager to see what happens. I will definitely be reading the 4th and final book of the Homelanders series. Would highly recommend to readers ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charlie is still on the run. In this book, he is desperate to track down a secret agent named Waterman in hopes of finding out details about the year of his life that he cannot remember. However, the closer he gets to the truth the more danger he finds himself in. This is the third book in the series and it was just as thrilling as the others. The pieces to the puzzle are finally coming together.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is definitely the best one in the series so far! The story really picks up in this one and a lot of questions are finally answered. This book was much more gripping than the first two and highly entertaining. This is turning out to be a fun series and I'm excited to read the fourth and final book now. ...more
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