The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse, Volume 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In a night of devastating terror, ISIS operatives have unleashed a coordinated attack on America's infrastructure. Life as we know it in America grinds to a halt as the electrical grid collapses, communication networks are damaged, critical bridges and dams are destroyed, and major fuel refineries go up in massive fiery clouds. When the government responds by immediately halting fuel sales to the public, Jim Powell finds himself in a terrifying predicament - trapped five hundred miles from home with a group of coworkers.
With thousands of trapped travelers and scarce law enforcement, the miles between Jim and his family become a brutal gauntlet where the rules of civilized society no longer apply. As Jim puts his years of preparation and planning to the test, he is forced to ask himself if he has what it takes to make it home. Does he have the strength - the brutality - required to meet this new world toe-to-toe?
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 54 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 02, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #16,427 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#117 in Dystopian Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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#510 in Dystopian Fiction
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Our group, including two men that had seen this, or the like, coming, had been more prepared than others, knew they'd have to do whatever it took to complete their mission - getting home to their families.
A little more gory than I like, the book is nonetheless a great read. Moving eagerly on to the next installment! Join 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.