Code of Honor (2015) by Alan Gratz is about a senior in high school, Kamran, who is about to take the journey of his life, when his brother was being accused of being a terrorist. He went on this long and hard trip to save him, but not everyone is who he thinks they are.
Kamran was living life to the fullest, he had tickets to the Superbowl, a girlfriend, and he's the best on his football team. Suddenly, his life takes a huge turn in the opposite direction. His brother Darius, who was in the US army, has been accused of being a terrorist. He was seen on a security camera bombing a US Embassy. This event causes Kamran's friend to all turn on him.
Kamran's family is being searched. Right then, I didn't matter whether they were US citizens or not; they were searched for every little piece of evidence to prove that his brother was guilty. Kamran didn't know this, but they were also searching for evidence that Kamran was a terrorist and they treated him like one too.
Kamran is confused and angry. Darius was a person that you could look up to and admire; there’s no way that Darius would have turned into a terrorist. After all, they had a Code of Honor, a code that protects the innocent. Then Kamran is taken as a prisoner to the US government. Then he must question the innocence of his brother.
Kamran later tries to escape the prison, he dresses up like a mailman and goes into the elevator. He goes all the way to the bottom floor when he is met by security guards that prompt him to go back to the mail room. There he plans to escape by shooting the fire extinguisher and fleeing into a truck. Kamran shoots multiple time to try to hit the fire extinguisher. He misses numerous times until he gets it and runs
He is then met by four people in the truck, one a CIA agent, another army officer, a hacker, and a woman. They talk about the plan in secret until they make it to a city.
The agent pulls out a gun, and the officer fakes shooting him, then they speed off trying to make it to Arizona. Later, they realize that the real terrorist was trying to bomb the Super Bowl.
They stop some of the bombs from getting there but ultimately, they fail. The terrorist still manages to plant bombs in the stadium and before that his brother and Kamran are captured and sent to watch it explode and die with it.
His brother tries to defuse it while the bomb squad comes in, they tell Kamran to get out of the stadium. He later meets and fights the terrorist mastermind, and wins with the help of his brother.
All in all, the novel is a swift and enjoyable read. Gratz cuts right to the action: he goes into the middle of the work quickly, and once in the middle of it he doesn’t distract from his story with extraneous romance, exposition or literary frills. This makes CODE OF HONOR a great read.