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4.5 out of 5 stars
I should know the end is coming from the three other series that I've read by Akart, but man - he gets me every time. Right when I think there is going to be more, boom! Much like the EMP he writes about - the story is over. Darkness. I have to wait another month until the third book is released. Upon finishing, I tweeted this:
"Just finished Beyond Borders by @BobbyAkart and all I can say is... (insert picture of Hank Hill from King of the Hill saying "Dangit Bobby!""
Beyond Borders is the continued story of a family trying to survive amidst a changing world. Living home on the ranch - trying to protect its massive grounds. Or trying to get home - thousands of miles away only on horseback. It also tells of an American, trapped in North Korea who is helped by an unlikely friend.
Easily my favorite storyline in Beyond Borders was the one featuring Duncan and Sook. It felt a little different for an Akart book and I can't help but feel like there will be more here (I have some thoughts and curiosities, but I won't air them here in case they are right). But their story felt like it was leading up to something. I can't tell what yet. I know that in the Pandemic series there was an overarching love story at play but in Beyond Borders it felt like Akart was going to give us a little more emotion. Open his heart up a little. Now that I'm writing this I'm extremely scared of what will happen with Duncan and/or Sook. (Akart is no George R.R. Martin, but I can't help feeling like not everyone is safe).
I follow Akart's Facebook page - and he mentioned that we would have an appearance of Red Rover in this book. But it was even more enjoyable than I expected. I wasn't sure how he was going to weave his baby into it, but he did it and it was in a way that made me smile. I'm also pretty sure that he even brought a version of his pup into the story.
But, back to my title for this review. Man, if this isn't a love letter (or a letter of longing?) to Texas, I don't know what it is. I know I'm reading a series called The Lone Star Series but most of Beyond Borders focuses on Texas and the fact that they have prepared for this for a long time. Akart is a prepper and I think that the fact that Texas has taken a prepper-mindset to the way they run their state really resonated with him. As with pretty much every Akart book I've read, I learned a lot of things (and looked a lot more up) that were factual inside of it. Akart has a way of teaching me something while entertaining the heck out of me at the same time. It's hard to do without boring the user or making it glaringly obvious that someone is trying to do it, but Akart pulls it off with ease.
Beyond Borders might be Akart's most-cliffhanger-esque book to date, but wow was it a blast to read from beginning to end. I sat here, listening to 50mph winds, watching it snow, then get sunny, then snow (in April), and get sunny with the wind howling and the power flickering on and off wondering... has he taught me enough? Am I prepared? I know I'm not, but I think I might start.
Overall, a great story with interesting story arc's inside of it. If you enjoyed book one and wanted a little more action (and a lot more EMP) - Beyond Borders will satisfy that. Just be warned - the ending will leave you begging Audible and Akart to release book three early.
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