the last thing Charlie West remembers when he wakes up in a torture chamber is going to bed after a normal day. Karate, girls, annoying history teachers, normal stuff. He escapes the terrorist torture chamber, but what was he doing there in the first place? Then the police want to arrest him! Who can Charlie trust? Is Charlie the good guy he thought he was? Knowing how to make the right choices, good vs. evil, and patriotism are major themes and Charlie (aside from almost unbelievably awesome karate skills) deals with them like any other kid. Amazing series from Andrew Klavan!