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In The Borrowed World, Franklin Horton showed us an America brought to its knees by a nationwide terror attack. The target? The American infrastructure.
Cell phone connections were sporadic. Electrical power was failing. Mortar attacks on major fuel refineries had created a gas shortage, stranding travelers throughout the country. One of those stranded travelers, Jim Powell, and his group of coworkers were frantically trying to make their way home using the gear on their backs and whatever other means they found at their disposal. It was a journey racked with violent, deadly encounters and exhausting physical demands, pushing each of them to the brink of their abilities. Meanwhile, on the other side of Virginia, Jim's family was facing its own struggle as desperate neighbors began to turn against each other with increasing brutality.
In the second book in this series, Ashes of the Unspeakable, we find Jim and his group still struggling to reach home. While just a few days have passed since the initial attack, the group finds that its country is quickly descending into a vicious, chaotic landscape where nothing comes easy. While they fight to close the distance between them and their loved ones, they cannot avoid the steadily growing number of people who have realized that they can get away with whatever they want in a world where there are no longer any legal consequences for their actions.
At home, Jim's family is basically forced into lockdown after a local jail discharges its starving inmates, leading to the arrival of a new, extremely violent presence in their valley. The stranger sets his sights on driving other families from their homes and taking what they own. As Jim races home, his wife Ellen struggles to keep her family safe, while each night a neighbor's home is burned to the ground.
©2015 Franklin Horton (P)2015 Franklin Horton
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-12-16


This was an excellent book 2. I liked book one, a slight bit better. I am usually disappointed with the second book in most series, but not in this case. The professional writing and exciting story continues. Added are questions about what happens to prisoners and mental hospitals during times like these. How will groups like the Amish be affected? In this installment, Jim's boy Peter grows into a man. The prologue and chapter one, do an excellent job of covering the first book, so if for some reason you can't listen to book one first, you will not be lost.

The main character, Jim, is not the most politically correct. Like most books like these there is the very conservative, gun rights, anti-welfare comments. There are some conservative lectures, thinly disguised as discussions and there are plenty of I Told You So, incidents. He tries to cover his anti-trailer park remarks late in the book. The book is very entertaining with lots of information and has motivated me to get prepared for the next ice storm.

I will continue this series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jason Aragon on 11-16-15

The best

for me this is the best book on audible. especially because of kevin peirce. he does a wonderful job of narrating this book....hopefully there's a book 3 all the way to book 10.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Thj Williamson on 11-27-17


very good not realy a fictional story but what could very well happen be prepared for the isis attack it had happend but can be worse

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alexander Long on 06-07-17

A very immersive series!

Any additional comments?

Probably the only book to make me exclaim "What are you doing!" - the only problem being i was in the middle of Sainsbury's at the time.

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