The Home Front by David Wickenden is a masterful thriller that follows the courageous journey of 95-year-old Donald Wilson. Facing a terminal pancreatic cancer diagnosis and given a mere six months to live, Donald springs into action after neo-Nazis bomb synagogues in his hometown of Pennsylvania and promise further attacks. Through his tireless internet research, Donald discovers the existence of Antifa, a group dedicated to fighting hate ideology and racism.
Despite his physical limitations, Donald sets out on a mission to support Antifa’s cause and bring down the neo-Nazi group. The Home Front is an engrossing page-turner that expertly weaves together themes of racism, aging, terminal illness, action, loss, politics, history, and the media. Throughout the book, the reader gains intimate access to Donald’s innermost thoughts and feelings through a compelling first-person narrative.
David Wickenden has created a complex and captivating story that balances intense action sequences with quiet moments of family conversations and media interviews. The book’s central dilemma of fighting against violent extremism while witnessing the suffering of those closest to us is both thought-provoking and heart-wrenching. The Home Front serves as a reminder that no age is too old to make a positive contribution to society.
Thriller enthusiasts who enjoy plots involving terrorism and strategic attacks will be thoroughly entertained by The Home Front. As the story progresses, the suspenseful plot becomes increasingly intricate and engrossing as elaborate preparations are complicated by surprise attacks and unforeseen events. Readers should be warned that once they pick up this book, they will be unable to put it down until the very end.
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This sounds like an engrossing read. I’m adding it to my TBR. I just saw on Goodreads that Mr. Wickenden’s earlier thriller, Mad Dog, has received very good reviews as well.