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About Franklin Horton
Franklin Horton lives and writes in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. He grew up an obsessive reader who dreamed of being an author since he was thirteen years old. He went on to get a totally useless degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. From there he went on to hold a diverse variety of jobs including radio announcer, hotel desk clerk, photo processor, delivery driver, substance abuse educator, retail store owner, carpenter, general contractor, project manager, maintenance director, and finally full-time author.
He's written over thirty science fiction and thriller novels and now lives a hermit’s life on a remote mountaintop along the Clinch Mountain chain, splitting his day between writing and tinkering in his shop like one of his characters. You can visit him on the web at www.franklinhorton.com. Please subscribe to his newsletter for updates, promotions, and giveaways.
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“Rock-solid characters, buzz-saw action and backstories deserving of books of their own. Amazing...”
For a hardened assassin and his snarky daughter, navigating the apocalypse is little more than business as usual. They have food, weapons, top-notch gear, and connections in the darkest holes of the special operations community. Just don't cross them because hell hath no fury like the Maguires.
Conor Maguire nearly lost his daughter when she was three years old, injured by the drunk driver who killed his wife. When the justice system failed him, Conor retaliated against the driver in dramatic and gruesome fashion.
An ironclad alibi prevented the police from pinning the murder on Conor. His actions didn't go unnoticed though. A covert agency within the US government recuited the talented young bomber and machinist. For over twenty-five years, Conor designed and built custom weapons of death and destruction at his secluded compound in the mountains of Virginia.
When a series of devastating terror attacks brought down the United States, Conor and Barb assumed they were safe in their compound. They had everything they needed. They were armed and highly-trained. Then Barb was kidnapped.
The kidnappers didn’t know why Conor was known as The Mad Mick. They didn’t know the fear and respect his name invoked in the shadowy underworld of covert operations. They didn’t know that when it came to protecting his family, he was without conscience, without compassion, and without equal.
But they would soon find out.
The struggle with guilt is over and the path forward is clear.
The Jim Powell who fought his way home in the days immediately after the disaster--who left a trail of blood and bodies across the state of Virginia--is back.
For a year now, Jim Powell has wrestled with his personal demons. As he watched people around him suffer and die, he harbored a secret guilt. He'd once wished for an event like the one America was now experiencing, dreaming of the great reset that would purge the nation of those who'd gone soft and weak.
As he discovered this past year, it was not only the weak that died, though. There was always collateral damage. Even the most prepared could die through random chance and bad luck. Each time a friend or loved one was lost, Jim felt a deep shame. Had his desire for a reset brought death and misery to his community? Had he manifested this?
Even if he couldn't accept blame for the state of the entire nation, there were other events that he was directly responsible for. He was prone to violent overreaction when he felt his freedom was being threatened. Unfortunately, his overreactions often made him and his family a target, such as when he destroyed a local power plant. In the aftermath, the government labeled him an insurgent and many in the community turned against him.
Hoping to keep his family safe, Jim faked his death and went into a period of self-exile. Traveling the mountains with his friend Lloyd, Jim got his head together. Now, he has a plan.
There will be no more living in the shadows and keeping a low profile. It's time to root out the people who threaten his family and attempt to turn his neighbors against him. This time he won't retaliate with words. Instead, he'll become the plague that scours his enemies from the face of the earth. He understands now that this is ultimately who he is and there is no option but to embrace it.
They had better work fast. Unknown to Conor, the kidnappers he killed had a boss and he’s none too happy about the loss of his men. He’s marching in their direction and building an army as he goes, determined to find this Mad Mick that everyone is talking about and hang his head from a stick.
This is the crossover book that readers have asked for—the two biggest characters in two powerful series meeting for the first time.
After his last mission collapsed into utter failure, Conor Maguire and his daughter Barb returned to the U.S. only to confirm their worst fears—Conor's friend and longtime handler, Ricardo, is presumed dead. Worse yet, Conor's new boss is none other than the man who ordered the hit, Billy Browning, and he's long held a grudge against Conor. Conor is given an ultimatum: work for Browning or lose his compound to a missile strike.
Seeing no other choice, Conor agrees to Browning's offer, figuring that will give him time to come up with a plan. For months, he carries the satellite phone that Browning gave him, waiting for the inevitable call. When it finally rings, Conor gets his first orders. He's to visit a nearby county and terminate an insurgent named Jim Powell, killing his entire family and his network of supporters.
Conor has killed a lot of men, but he struggles with these orders. He's working for a man he hates at the behest of a cabal of traitors now running the U.S. government. Yet the consequences for failure are the utter destruction of the compound that's kept his friends and family safe since the onset of the collapse. Barb is less uncertain, ready to pull the trigger on this insurgent who means nothing to her. Conor, however, cannot forget the old saying that the enemy of his enemy just might be his friend.
A new mission. An old rival. The powerful secret that binds them.
Since the U.S. collapsed into chaos, Conor Maguire has fought to keep his family and friends safe, turning away attackers who threatened their community, seeking to live off the spoils of theft and murder. Fortunately, Conor is no stranger to fighting. In fact it’s his job. He’s an old-school assassin with an arsenal of wicked tricks up his sleeve.
When Conor is called back to work for the first time since the terror attacks, he learns that business is good. With no media and no law, anyone with a score to settle is working hard to take out their enemies before order is restored. A high-end assassin with an impressive resume can set their own price.
When Conor and his partner reach their target they find that all is not as it seems. One small job, killing a shady financier, quickly becomes something larger. However, this discovery will pale in comparison to the biggest revelation of this mission—a secret that will change Conor’s life forever.
In his last mission, Conor Maguire was called back into action by his handler, Ricardo, to go after a man who helped facilitate the terror attacks that devastated America. The intelligence garnered in that operation exposed a network of traitors within the American government—officials who had advance warning of the attacks and did nothing to alert the American people. Worse yet, they sought to take advantage of the situation, seeing it as an opportunity to further their own vision of government.
When Ricardo next pays Conor a visit, it's at the behest of a shadowy collective of patriots determined to purge the government of those who sold out the nation. It should have been a simple mission, a short trip to "punch tickets" in the way that Conor had successfully done hundreds of times around the world.
But nothing in this mission will be simple. Conor and his team find themselves thwarted or compromised at every turn. They're pushed to the edge physically and emotionally. When the dust finally settles, their world will be entirely different, the path ahead more uncertain than ever.
When newcomers arrive in Conor Maguire's territory, they bring word of an enemy approaching from the north. They wear military uniforms, carry military weapons, and drive military trucks. Like a plague of locusts, they sweep through every town in their path and pick it clean. In their wake, they leave ashes and atrocity.
When it appears this enemy is on a collision course with their community, Conor must build an army to intercept them. This is no easy task since his daughter's abrasive manner has divided the community. Their hasty alliance will be tested. Roles and relationships will be challenged.
Against this larger, more highly-trained force, it falls on Conor to do what he does best. To rain chaos, savagery, and utter devastation upon his enemy. After all, there's a reason they call him The Mad Mick.
Two men. Two life-altering decisions. One epic journey.
In this eighth installment in the bestselling Borrowed World series, Jim Powell is convinced that his presence in the valley is putting his friends and family in danger. Hoping to buy them some time, he increases the security at his home, then sets off on a trip to allow the situation in his community to cool off. As much as he hates the idea, he also intends to scout out a location to fall back to if his people get driven from their homes.
Frustrated by the constant tension and violence, his best friend Lloyd joins him. Though Jim initially welcomes the company, Lloyd spends his day writing folk ballads about his friend’s body count and bad decisions.
Both men struggle with how best to confront their changing world. Both are desperate for a solution that will give them peace. Jim ultimately wants control of his surroundings, but doesn’t want the responsibility. Lloyd wants to lay down his gun and return to the life of a performing musician. In his own way, each man will find that some truths are inescapable. While their collapsed world still allows them free will, there will be no peace and there is no escape from the violence.
She finds that her peaceful farm community is experiencing the same strife as the rest of the nation. As her world is further shaken by a series of devastating occurrences, she comes to realize that she has been profoundly and irreversibly changed by her agonizing experiences on the road. She is both emotionally blunted and wickedly violent. She cannot feel love, nor does she feel the slightest remorse at taking someone’s life.
In an attempt to find safety for her family, she must reconnect with the former coworkers that she started this journey with. She discovers the group struggling with their own problems, finding that in this borrowed world there is no promise of safety, no peace, and no promise of tomorrow.
A genre-topping survival novel, The Borrowed World reached #1 in both Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction and Dystopian Fiction, spawning multiple tie-in series containing over a dozen books.
Like a lot of people, Jim Powell thought that the country was overdue for a reset. Some days he had to admit that he even longed for it, wanting nothing more than to be free of the news cycle, the noise, and politics of the day. He knew such an event could bring tough times but he thought he was ready.
As a prepper, he'd prepared his home to sustain his family in a world without power. He had stored sufficient supplies to last them for years. If the collapse happened to start when he was on the road for his job, he even had a "get home plan" and a pack full of gear to help him survive the journey.
But sudden change on a national level can mean chaos, violence, and death. In this case it came in the form of a coordinated nationwide terror attack against the infrastructure of the United States, leaving most of the country without access to power, fuel, communication, and life-sustaining supplies.
In his effort to survive the world he'd practically yearned for, Jim will be forced to stare down the barrel of a gun just as often as he wields one in self-defense. He will lose as many people as he saves. Every victory will come at a substantial cost. Even as he helps his friends and family survive, he will struggle with the nagging, persistent thought that in some ways he is responsible for their misery and suffering because he wanted this to happen.
While The Borrowed World and it's subsequent books include realistic, detailed survival information, this series isn't about glorifying the tools, gear, and guns that keep these people alive. It's about the complex emotional and social struggles faced by a group of people who continue to find ways to survive when the world around them becomes an ocean of grief, suffering, and death. There are characters you will learn to love like family and others who will make you want to crawl into the book and kill them yourself.
In his continual struggles with the moral issues of survival, Jim Powell comes to understand that people have to find happiness, humor, and purpose even in the bleakest of worlds in order to retain their humanity and thrive.