Day: October 28, 2020

Book Review: Home Front, by Chuck Logan

Book Review: Home Front, by Chuck Logan

They aren’t your average married couple. Phil Broker is an ex-cop, undercover and special assignments. His wife, Major Nina Pryce, is on disabled status from the United States Army. They live with their eight year-old daughter Kit in Glacier Falls, Minnesota, moving there after Broker found his wife with a loaded gun.

Griffith is an old army buddy, special ops, and has a house in the tiny hamlet that he has let Broker bring his family to, isolation for Nina, who has gone into a complete breakdown of depression. Her right shoulder is “mending” after a shoot out on assignment that cost the life of Nina’s partner and another soldier.

Broker insists on taking care of Nina, which is a rough time of juggling Kit and school and making sure Nina is safe. The town gossips have already labeled them as weird. Why do they not see Kit’s mother? Why does the father drop the child off and pick her up after school?

It is all manageable until one day fate decides to play dirty. On the playground, Teddy Klumpe is the son of the garbage man and a nasty little bully. His mother, Cassie Bodine is part of the notorious Bodine clan that ride roughshod over the barrens outside of town, back in the big woods.

If you like mysteries and thrillers, this Chuck Logan novel will keep you riveted to your bed all through the night. Kit is bullied by Teddy, who throws her gloves on top of a shed at the back of the school. He then physically pushes Kit hard. But Kit is no Stepford Kid, she decks the obnoxious Teddy, giving him a nosebleed.

Parents are called to school and Cassie Bodine isn’t about to let any kid hit her Teddy. She gets her brother, “Gator” involved. Morgun Bodine, alias Gator is a prison-hard lowlife who works with the sheriff by giving names of small-time dope dealers. Gator confiscates the cooking ingredients and takes them home with him. It covers his own
meth cooking. He is smart enough that the sheriff and local authorities have let Gator own a firearm and hunt
out in the big woods.

Gator has a real final way of dealing with those he finds a nuisance, and the burned out wreck of his cousin’s home in the barrens is testimony. Now Cassie puts her brother on Broker’s tail. There is more to the situation than meets the eye, and soon Broker, Nina and Kit are in a dangerous situation. Nina has come of her depression and they plan to move back home when the whole thing goes out of control. Add a vicious killer-for-hire to the mix and things spiral into a bloody chase.

The excitement is intoxicating. Logan is a writer of brittle verse and strong actions, a writer who compromises nothing. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants a riveting read by a terrifically talented writer.…