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|| #11,592 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#84 in Dystopian Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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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.
This one starts with Imran ul-Haq. He's from Syria and he lives in the US where he has an extremely lucrative business as a plastic surgeon. Haq is watching the History Channel. A program about the failing infrastructure of America.
Haq buys six DVD of the program and sends them to his brother who's a jihadist in Syria. The DVD's that give his jihadist brother and idea that takes six months to bring to fruition.
Haq gets a coded message from his brother, pulls up stakes and heads back to Syria. Haq just brought about the ruination of America with the help of the History Channel and jihadist cells that have been in America for decades.
Jim Powell and his co-workers are at a meeting in Richmond, Va. Its a drive he's made many times in his twenty year career with his Govt job.
Powell wakes up in the morning to find the power is out in his hotel. Doesn't take long to figure out something has happened. After looking out his window he sees that traffic lights aren't working. In fact it looks like nothing electrical is working at all.
Powell checks his iPod to find that America is under attack. Seems fuel refineries, a dam and electrical transformers have been attacked and blown up all over America. The infrastructure is down all across America.
Powell tries to call his wife at home but the call won't go through. He texted her and gets an answer that they still have power but she doesn't know whats going on. Powell sends her instruction on what to do.
Powell is a prepper and he has his go bag with him. A go bag that's designed to save his life and he decides he needs to go home now.
The others in his group agree after a shootout at the Hotel where one of his co-workers is killed after a round his her in the head. He and the others make it to one of their vehicles and head for home. Home which is 500 miles away. Powell has to shoot a guy with a lug wrench who tries to get into the car with them.
His coworkers, Gary, Alice, Rebecca and Randi are appalled at what Powell did. Powell could care less. If he needs to kill to get home then that's exactly what he will do.
On the Powell home front, Ellen, Powell's wife, gets out the red folder and reads Jim's instructions. She and her two kids Pete and Alia do exactly what the instructions in the folder say.
The Powell home is almost a fortress with loads of food, a generator and loads of ways to beef up security. Security they will need when other try to take what they have.
So begins a damned fine read.
This one has Jim, Ellen, Pete who grows up in one big hurry, Alia, Gary, Randi, an Alice and Rebecca who decide to wait for the FEMA bus to take them to a camp, Jims mother and Father, a group of losers in a trailer park who want what others have, and Ellen who has no problem killing to protect her home and kids, a hike on the Appalacian Trail after the vehicle runs out of gas, gas that's impossible to beg, borrow or steal, a meeting with hikers who have no idea what's happened, two hikers Katie and her boyfriend who decide to accompany Jim and his group, to men on ATV' s who have robbed and killed other hikers, two men who try the same with Jim and his group, two men who have no idea that Jim, Gary and Randi are armed, the family out for revenge, death, murder, a Town called Crawfish and Jim Powell doing his best to stay alive get home.
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!
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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.