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The Borrowed World

(The Borrowed World #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,529 ratings  ·  150 reviews
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 h ...more
Kindle Edition, 221 pages
Published May 1st 2015
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N.W. Wisniewski Yes we now have three sequels with a fourth coming soon. Locker Nine is the same world but from the points of different groups. A squeal for Locker…moreYes we now have three sequels with a fourth coming soon. Locker Nine is the same world but from the points of different groups. A squeal for Locker Nine is in the works as well. All this is according to the author himself. (less)

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Andrew Smith
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalypse
I’m in full apocalypse mode at the moment and this book provides a new wrinkle: not an epidemic killing everyone off and not an inter-planetary collision causing a hard rain either, instead we have terrorists destroying the power infrastructure of America. I know this doesn’t necessarily sound like an apocalyptic scenario but trust me, it’s quite convincing!

Power stations are blown up, fuel lines are collapsed and dams are destroyed all in one night of attacks by ISIS operatives. It was quick an
R * A Reader Obsessed *
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-mm, audio
4 Stars

If you want a realistic post apocalyptic story, then this is it. Harsh, brutal, never sugarcoating the new reality the US finds itself in, as multiple terrorist attacks destroy what’s important to keep it going - electricity and fuel.

This story follows prepper Jim, and how that very preparedness tries to get him home to his family. What many may call paranoia, his outlook just may save his life and those he loves. Jim truly encounters the depravity and desperation of humanity, testing t
Holly Booms Walsh
This tale of post-apocalyptic events is nothing original (it feels a lot like 'One Second After' and several other PA tales I've read). It's not a story that explains the event that causes the devastation as much as it centers on a few people and their reaction to the effects in a very small geographic and rural area. That part I very much enjoyed: the immediate and visceral description of what life would be like at a Richmond hotel, nearby highway travel center, and most strikingingly, a sectio ...more
Jim and Gary are dedicated preppers, away from home at a work meeting when ISIS decide to attack the US, blowing up dams, bridges, oil refineries and electrical supplies, leaving the country suddenly crippled. The men realise that without fuel, they face walking 500 miles home through areas populated by people who will attack them for their supplies. And back home, Jim's wife Ellen turns to Jim's emergency manual, advising her on supply runs, home defence and trying to keep the family safe until ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I've read many 'end of the world' books. Some supernatural ends, some aliens, some invasion stories, some nuclear... this book treads many of the well worn paths of those stories, but it takes a somewhat different tact to most of what I have read.

Most stories like this fall into the "end of the world only just happened" or "it happened ages ago and we are just surviving" stories. This is the former, yet other than an opening chapter/prologue that goes into a bit of the events leading up to the a
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books where it could happen and it makes the story that much creepier and scarier.

When an attack on a lot of the main systems in the USA happens, the country is thrown into chaos. With no heat, no phones, no electricity and a ration on petrol etc, people don't know what to do. Most are just trying to make good of a bad situation, but there is always the bad seeds. This story follows Jim, a prepper of sorts, and his journey home. He is stranded hundreds of miles from there w
Amie's Book Reviews

Author: Franklin Horton

Type of Book: Audiobook - Unabridged

Narrator: Kevin Pierce

Length: 7 hours and 55 minutes

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Release Date: July 2, 2015

Publisher: Franklin Horton

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook through Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review.

ISIS is a terrorist organization that everyone has heard of. A group that only a year ago no regular US or Canadian citizen had ever heard of, is now extre
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is reminding me of The Survivalist series by A. American, and that's a compliment. I'm looking forward to seeing how the series progresses.
Sarah (A Weebish Book Blog)

This review was originally posted on One Curvy Blogger

The Borrowed World is an audiobook that called to the post-apocalypse junkie in me. The end-of-the-world scenario in this book is startlingly realistic and one that could happen at any moment and there would be nothing we could do to stop it, except try to survive. It was chilling and adventurous, and ultimately, I enjoyed it.

The book starts as ISIS terror cells destroy oil refineries across the globe, damage major bridges, etc. and start a
Stuart Whitmore
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
There were some good aspects of this book. For example, there were parts of the story where the tension was ramped up and I was fully wrapped up in the story. Also, the inciting event was plausible enough.

There was much about the book that I did not like, however, and I would not read any more in the series. Despite a reasonably realistic cause of the ensuing mayhem, there were far too many "that's ridiculous" moments regarding the main character's preparations and ideas. There were too many log
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a very good SHTF/EOTWAWKI novel. It was very similar to Going Home and others of the genre, but this one was better than most of the slackers in the pack. Horton not only writes in a manner that keeps you following as though any thought of stopping is unthinkable. It certainly feels as though Horton himself actually knows and understands prepping and survivalism, unlike many who attempt to write these kinds of stories. I also loved that his main character is a no-nonsense intellige ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It could be that I have misjudged this volume and that it is some kind of satire of a book with stilted, circular writing about a two-dimensional sociopath who leads a gang of blockheads into the woods, where he will eventually kill them. (In volume two.) I doubt it, but to think is it actually a such tediously preachy book about a hothead prepper who kills a lot of people and, in all of his life experience and prepping studies, has never heard of the 10 SPEED BICYCLE(!!!!!!!!), it it too much t ...more
® Andy
Oct 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Oh my! Bought based on positive reviews and the broad genre, but from the first chapter was thinking WTF! How many times could the word Muslim be used to make it clear who was responsible for terrorist attacks? How many times could the right of "concealed carry" be referenced as being a key to ultimate survival? If you've not prepped for such an event, trained your family for the day, and practiced plenty on the range you're done for! Found the writing style secondary school level too. It's exce ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
An intriguing story that reads like NRA porn or a preppers how-to in many places. Definitely not one of the best written stories I've read- there are a couple of passages that are repeated unnecessarily but the concept and story made it something I wanted to finish.
Jun 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Reads like a prepper's wet dream

This book was bad. You'll love it if you are an end of days prepper or member of some militia, otherwise, move along. There's nothing to see here.
Jul 23, 2015 marked it as abandoned
Simply put, this is about the worst attempt at writing a novel I've ever seen in my life. Not even a decent amateur attempt--not even a bad amateur attempt. Just truly awful.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an engaging and realistic post-apocalyptic story. My rating 4.25.

A coordinated terrorist attack strikes at the infrastructure of America, taking down bridges and dams and enough of the electrical grid to shut down much of the food delivery and communications systems. Jim Powell and several co-workers are five hundred miles away from home attending a work conference. Jim and his friend, Gary, are preppers who have been expecting trouble and are prepared. The four ladies with them are skep
N.W. Wisniewski
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All around the U.S. calculated and meticulously planned strikes hit oil refineries, dams, power plants, and nuclear sites. This resulted in massive power outages and a crippled emergency response system. The Government is scrabbling to try and fix everything find who did it and help the citizens.
Insert Jim one of our main characters. He and several of his coworkers are on a business trip miles away from home. All is not lost though. Jim and Gary (another man in his group) are preppers. They hav
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this because my Trump-supporting father recommended it to me. As a bleeding-heart, extremely progressive millennial, I did find parts of this eye-roll inducing, especially when he goes on about "not trusting the government" and basically uses every stereotype of everyone who isn't a white male that you could think of.

But... Horton tells a good story, and I did find it thoroughly entertaining. Horton is probably a Gary Johnson voting "libertarian," (which I used to be, before I realized t
James Maxon
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Loosely reminded me of The Walking Dead without zombies; survivalist meets a plausible real-world scenario. While I felt the speculative pace at which things fell apart and people turned on one another happened a bit too quickly, it made sense for the sake of story progression. Brings up some good ethical questions of doing what it takes to stay alive in a dystopian setting. Interesting and practical things to consider of preparedness, and the gray line between it and ...more
Mrs LB
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shtf
I was only introduced to this genre of books a couple of years ago and have been fascinated ever since. What I really like about Mr Horton's books in particular is the vast amount of information provided. I've read enough books to know about bug-out bags and the basics of what to stock up on, but I found this book to be a bit more detailed. I listened to the audiobook version but plan on going to purchase a physical copy for the sheer amount of info/suggestions provided. Now, I'm no prepper (yet ...more
Collin Yah-Mez Smith
The Borrowed World, by Franklin Horton, is a great example of what you can create using modern day occurrences in realistic fiction. It makes you question yourself about terroristic violence a lot. You ask yourself, what if this happened in our world, because it really could! Jim, a doomsday prepper, is 500 miles away from his family when ISIS explodes gas facilities all around the United States. Without gas, he knows that he is going to have a rough ride back home. This story follows him on his ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have read several dystopian novels. Some were good and others simply wanted to pose a philosophy towards government and social order. This book falls into the latter category. The main character (also the narrator) is completely misogynistic and considers the government (which he works for by the way) totally incapable of solving any crisis. This story sets the stage for a multiple volume narrative. I won't be reading other parts to this story.

To be fair, we don't really know how folks will a
Sharon L. S. Cook
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
The first two chapters were so full of stereotypes, xenophobia, and misogyny, I nearly quit reading. Ugh. But I decided to allow that the author was writing from his perspective and try to learn that how the world really looks to him. At times scenes get contrived and overly-macho/violent, but within the author's perspective, it's all consistent.

The plot is engaging, as long as you can live in the head of a disaster-prepped who assumes that the world is clearly divided into a few good people an
Shawn Miles
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
to be clear these books aren't for preppers, these books are about fiction and what if.

What if all of a sudden something happened and you weren't home?
What if you were home?

How would you protect what's yours?
How ugly is society really?

These books had me on the edge of my seat almost the whole time. and I wanted the main characters to succeed even if they had to do unspeakable acts to survive. I recommend the series if you can stomach dystopia in your face that isn't fantasy like the hunger g
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From page 1 this story drags you into it's pages and won't let you go until the end. Hopefully you are smart and have the next book waiting for you, because you will NOT want to let these characters go! A fast paced story that gives you a glimpse into how things can change in an instant, and the value of being prepared for you and your loved ones all wrapped within an intriguing world with characters you will quickly learn to love (and others you will love to hate). Don't miss this series!
Michael L. Hooley
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have a plan when things go sideways!

Frank Horton weaves a tail of survival by a group of friends when the U.S. is bright to its knees. It shows what planning and preparation can do when things do go sideways. The preparations two men have made stand them well when they have to try to travel hundreds of miles to get home to their families. The story also shows what value mindset has when you are trying to survive the chaos around you. Their journey is only beginning.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
The usual suspects.
fast paced at times but predictable.
I usually like survival stories and don't mind some violence but this is a bit over the top.
It finishes in a cliff hanger, and Would not be hones if I say Idon not care what happens next.
Again what I really dislike is not necessary violence but this is just too much at least for me.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
On book 5 of 6 so far. I liked this story, as it stands aside from the typical S.H.T.F. genre. For the most part, this is a plausible story with no zombies where catastrophic events lead to the decline of humanity. A little over the top, but enjoyable.
Audiobook. The narrator was good.

Overall, 3.5-4 of 5
Paige Doty
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
if you don't already have a survival will now!

As you read this book you begin to realize how vulnerable are and you begin to think what would you do without the basic necessities. The book is realistic enough to have you second guessing how you may handle a disastrous situation. Great read.
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