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The Borrowed World: Book One of The Borrowed World Series (A Post-Apocalyptic Societal Collapse Thriller) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B00X1AQNKW
- Publisher : Horsemen Of The Apocalypse LLC (May 1, 2015)
- Publication date : May 1, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2154 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 260 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,931 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What I didn't care for was the main character, Jim. He was a jerk and even though he admitted to it, it doesn't make him any more readable. He might know a lot about survival but so did his buddy, Gary and yet Gary didn't act like a buffoon. I also didn't like how all the bad guys were so stereotypical. You had your gang mexicans and whites with their tattoos, or the trailer park people that looked like they didn't work a day in their life, or the rednecks with the wife-beater shirt and the sleeveless camo shirt. I mean... really?!? I had to laugh every time a new "bad guy" came into the picture. Sometimes the scariest people are the ones that don't look bad but are. Also, there was pages and pages describing guns, what each gun did, the ammo and how many of each and what each ammo did. That was just way too much info.
I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series. I might do one more book. If I find it still has all the parts that bother me, then there definitely won't be a book 3 for me.
All's I know is Franklin Horton can write the dickens out of a post-apocalyptic novel. It's even more gratifying that these books are set in the same world, and that characters from the three series bump into each other.
It's terribly ironic that Jim Powell, main protagonist of The Borrowed World series, works for a mental health agency, seeing as he can't stand people, so I assume his empathy holds at a low ebb. When simultaneous, coordinated terror attacks cripple the nation, Jim and his five co-workers, away on a work seminar in Richmond, begin their 300-mile journey home that's fraught with, well, if you're familiar with this genre, you can figure out the challenges our party is about to face.
It's not that Jim Powell is a prepper as much as a product of hillbilly upbringing, raised on the belief that the government cannot be trusted. He comes from hardy and independent stock. He's the driving force that galvanizes his co-workers into beating feet home. He may not win the blue ribbon for nice, but he's the sort of hombre you want around when America's infrastructure collapses. And who we kiddin'? Jim Powell IS a prepper.
Book alternates between Jim's first person narration to Jim's wife Ellen's third person perspective. We observe as Ellen holds down the fort back home as she and the kids, 13-year-old Pete and 11-year-old Ariel, attempt to follow Jim's intruction manual for emergencies. My personal approval rating for Ellen kept on skyrocketing as the book progressed. She knows how to handle her business.
Chaos and lawlessness. Supply runs. Leveling up with your guns and ammo. FEMA doing what FEMA does when TEOTWAWKI goes down, or, rather, what the post-apocalyptic survival authors posit FEMA would do when stuff goes down. It's said FEMA will confiscate your guns and supplies in the name of the greater good, that all gas and diesel will be comandeered for authorized emergency vehicles. FEMA inspires such paranoia in the prepper community, and I hope they're wrong, but I'm leaning towards making sure I got my sh-- squared away, just in case. Just once, for swerve's sake, it'd be nice to see FEMA portrayed as a benevolent and capable group. I think the only time FEMA's been written as more or less a neutral force - instead of as an actively malevolent entity - is in Doreen Stalter's Allison's Secret: Post Apocalyptic Woman.
I guess you should take time to get to know Jim's co-workers as some of them will feature heavily in later volumes. But only some of them. With these kinds of books, it's a game of Russian roulette as far as which characters survive. Try hard not to get attached. But I had a soft spot for two of the co-workers: Gary, an older fellow prepper, and Randi, a no-nonsense grandmother.
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I won't detail the storyline as other reviewers already have, safe to say if you want to read a PA story that is very thought provoking and outlines what would happen immediately after a collapse of society this is a book for you.