Thursday, June 30, 2011
Review of The Final Hour
Nonstop action from the very first book. You can see my reviews for the second and third books if you click on the links. As I've said in my reviews of past books, this series is definitely what I call a "guy read", but the author also caters to the gal readers. Charlie West is an outright comic book hero. He puts others before himself, he has a strong sense of patriotism, he can kick tail with his mad karate skills, yet he still says soft for his girl and parents. As the plot thickens in this book and all of the strange memory attacks Charlie has experienced suddenly begin to make sense, readers will be on the edge of their seats the whole time.
There's some violence in this book, but nothing I found too gory or objectionable. My plot element complaint is that the book gets really unbelievable towards the end. Charlie is just able to do things that normal high schoolers wouldn't be able to do. Granted, Charlie West is not your normal teen-now-adult, but I was a little thrown off with some of the fantastic elements of this story. Also, this series must be read in succession (the first book could probably be skipped without getting lost, though) to understand the whole story. I can't imagine just picking the last book up and understanding what's going on at all.
All in all, I rate this book three stars out of five stars.
Specifics (from amazon.com):
~ Hardcover: 352 pages
~ Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 19, 2011)
~ Author website: http://www.andrewklavan.com/
Note: Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book for reviewing purposes.