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The Borrowed World

(The Borrowed World #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,859 ratings  ·  188 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 Ni…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: apocalyptic
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
* A Reader Obsessed *
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2016, 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
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I think this is an extreme example of things that could happen. That said, the story itself is interesting and, if you're open to it, informative.

However. There is some very loaded language and a lot of "preaching to the choir" here. I found it hard not to get my defensive hackles up. Look, not everyone interested in planning for a catastrophic event (doesn't have to be a nationwide terrorist attack, could just be an unexpected layoff. Or a global pandemic requiring shelter in place for a while)
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
Brandi D'angelo
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
"This was not a group of coworkers coming home from a business trip anymore. This was war, and getting home was our mission." This quote pretty much sums up this story that takes place after several terrorist attacks on American soil. Oil refineries, bridges, dams, and power plants have been destroyed. Daily life has morphed from subsistence to survival now. Follow the parallel stories of Jim and his wife and kids as they prepare for the onslaught. And while you're at it, you might want to start ...more
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.
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: format-audiobook

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
Richard Torres
Apr 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't typically give negative book reviews, but this was pretty awful. I read this because I'm a sucker for apocalyptic fiction, but this book turned out to be a preppers fantasy novel. Save your time and read One Second After which does a better job of balancing prepper fantasy with realistic and complex characters and apocalyptic scenarios.

The author uses every opportunity to push his believe that poor people are ravenous criminals that will use any excuse to steal and attack "good country
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
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review by 2shay……….

During the years prior to the possible meltdown of services at the millennium, we were preppers, as were many others. We did many of the things described by the main character, Jim, in this story. Unlike Jim, our preparations were unnecessary. Thank God!

Jim finds himself in the worst scenario, far from home and no good way to get back. He was ready. Not only was he well stocked with a good supply of all the things he needed to get him all the way across the state on foot, more
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
Melissa Bennett
I had mixed feelings on this book. On one part, I really liked it. It told a believable and scary apocalyptic story. I was reading this during the Covid-19 situation and even though it is not the same, it still was scary enough to make you do an about face. I also liked a lot of the information and tips the book gave you about being prepared. I feel those things can always come in handy. I felt the situation that the characters were in was also believable.
What I didn't care for was the main char
Terri Pray
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
First book in the series. I'll admit, at first the style was a little difficult for me to get into, but once I pushed past that (and it's a personal reaction, no reflection on the author), I enjoyed the book.

'Seeing' through the eyes of the terrorists at one point, gives the reader an insight into what's going on, and why. The story would have worked without those few chapters, but I liked the additional information.

Once you're introduced to the main characters, the story begins in earnest. Her
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
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
A pretty good post-disaster novel. (Aftermath of a coordinated terrorist attack to bring down America's infrastructure. Believable potentiality.) Just what I need right now during the COVID-19 crisis, right? lol Anyway, not bad, but it gets very exposition heavy at times (explaining all the prep that preppers need in case disaster strikes). Still, fairly engaging. Not sure why it's called Borrowed World - but I borrowed it via Amazon Prime for free and worth the time reading it. It's book one, h ...more
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
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Franklin Horton lives and writes in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. He attended Virginia Intermont College and Virginia Commonwealth University. In his spare time he pursues outdoor adventures with his wife and two children. His interests include camping, kayaking, backpacking, mountain biking, and shooting.

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