Grace Hardwick's dad is a science fiction writer who makes his living destroying the world. When Grace decides to go away for her first year of college her dad, Robert, can't help but think of all of the potential ways that society could collapse and strand his daughter hundreds of miles from home. Then, near the end of her freshman year, it happens. Like a scene from one of Robert's books, coordinated terror attacks take place at dozens of locations around the country - including on the campus of Grace's university.
Grace and her father barely have time for a single rushed phone call before they lose signal. In that call, Robert reminds his daughter of the key he gave her when she left for school - the key that she constantly wears around her neck. She doesn't know what it opens. She doesn't know where the engraved numbers will lead her. All she knows is that her dad is not the type to let her go hundreds of miles from home with no backup plan.
With her roommate in tow, Grace embarks on a treacherous journey that may lead her home or may lead her right into the path of another stranded traveler - a disturbed gamer who sees nothing but opportunity in a world that now closely resembles that of his favorite video games.
©2016 Franklin Horton (P)2016 Franklin Horton
I enjoy listening to Kevin Pierce so would not choose to read Locker Nine over listening to it.
If you are a fan of Franklin Horton's "Borrowed World" series then you will likely enjoy this one as well. It is a typical "prepper (in this case, prepper's daughter) stranded away from home when the SHTF" story so it's similar to many books in this genre yet it is better written than some of the others I have listened to recently.
Kevin is enjoyable to listen to when reading this genre. Sometimes he makes all the characters sound smarter, or at least more thoughtful, than they really are and his reading of foreign characters can be choppy, but he is consistently in my top ten narrator list - maybe even top 5. He doesn't use annoying character voices or attempt a higher pitch when reading female characters, major pet-peeve's of mine, yet I never have issues following or knowing who is talking. This is how it's done!
This was a good book, I listened to it pretty quickly. This genre is not ever going to generate literature masterpieces but that's not what I'm looking for here; I'm just looking to scratch an itch and Franklin Horton partnered with Kevin Pierce consistently get the job done. I will definitely pick up book 2 if this becomes a series, I suspect it will.
I hope to see more from Franklin Horton in the near future - and, of course, he should stick with Kevin Pierce for the narration.
This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
Really enjoyed this book. This book takes a different view of getting home in the event of SHTF. Many of the books in this genre deal with a parent separated from the family and trying to get home. This story focuses on the daughter of a Prepper, who is away from home at collage when the U.S. suffers a terrorist attack.
Grace Hardwick is a no nonsense independent strong young woman and a great character. Even though she has been raised with or taught all her life what to do in this type of situation, it will take every skill and resource she has as well as a little luck to get back home after SHTF. Very entertaining and engaging listen.
This is the 4th book by Franklin Horton I have read, and I have enjoyed every one of them. He has definitely made a fan out of me.
Kevin Pierce does a another fantastic job with the narration. He has the perfect voice for this type of story. Great character voices. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. You are never disappointed when he is doing the narration.
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I love almost anything post-apocalyptic, zombie, scifi, ect. Always looking for some new earhole entertainment!
I chose this book mainly for the narrator. Kevin Pierce always does an excellent job! The book itself was great. Great prepper info as well as the reality of how being a "gamer" won't help you in the real world. I don't care how many shooter games you played, if you've never handled a gun in real life you're screwed.
I hope to read many more stories by this author. They have a keen insight into what would happen if there was societal collapse.
All incidents can be seen as practical and possible and at no point was I like no that wouldn't happen. I loved the feeling like this was a realistic yet fictional scenario.
I loved the book.
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This book hits close to home. The scenario set up by the author is so dead on and hard hitting it almost seems like a history book from the future. Action packed and thrilling it was one of those you listen to straight through.
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Absolutely! I didn't want to stop listening.
Interesting take on SHTF. I always enjoy his book and am listening to The Borrowed World again. Waiting for book 4 on that series, it's awesome!
Are your children prepared to deal with a disaster? Do they have the life skills to exist without the usual protections and conventions of society?
This explores the concept of such training and preparations following two young women as they attempt to get home after a crippling event hits their area.
Grace Hardwick's college life has changed when her school and other parts of the US are attacked. She gets a call through to her dad, Robert, who writes books about the apocalypse and prepping, he reminds her to use the key he gave her, Grace is confused but he just says use the key before being cut off. Once she follows the coordinates on the key and finds a fully stocked storage locker, locker number nine, of everything she will need to get home. This is the story of that trek home.
This is a exciting, action packed, suspense filled book. I really enjoyed it and think it would be really cool to have a dad like Grace's. You also get some glimpses into Grace's childhood which is really insightful and awesome. I had the audio version narrated by Kevin Pierce who did such a awesome job on this book I can't wait for more. Mr. Pierce really ahs a way with bringing these characters to life and giving you someone to root for in these tough times.
A real page turner from beginning to end! So refreshing compared to so many other authors who waste my time on useless character building (a.k.a. "filler").
"" By the rocket's red glare... ""
A series of numerous coordinated terrorist attacks across America causes widespread panic and social breakdown. One of there takes place on a college campus in Oxford, Mississippi. Two students, close friends from childhood, decide to head home. This story follows Grace and Zoe as they try to drive back the several hundred miles through the increasing chaos.
They are better prepared than the average teenager. Grace's father is an avid prepper and has not only given his daughter survival instructions since her childhood, he has also left her an emergency get-home-safe supply in locker number nine.
This is a terrific book and, even allowing for differences between England and the U.S.A. is one which everyone looking to get through a major, widespread disaster should read. So many aspects of security, personal and of property, are touched upon which would be invaluable to know should our small worlds fall apart. Not many people here in the U.K. are proper preppers, though I dare say many of us keep a few extra tins of food tucked away just in case, but Locker Nine brings home just how fragile is our civilised society and how easily people in fear can turn upon others. Following the story of two young people just trying to get back to their families in a time of emergency brings all of this into focus and makes for a thrilling, if chilling, book.
It takes a fine narrator to maintain a sense of reality, of ordinariness in a frightening scenario whist still conveying the fear and excitement of the journey. Kevin Pierce, with his steady, somewhat gravelly voice, does just that. Through him, the listener grows to know and empathise with the two young women, as well as getting to understand why some people go rogue, using the time of emergency to hurt not help.
The book has a slowly increasing tension as social cohesion continues to decay and it is obvious that the journey will not be an easy one no matter how well the travellers think themselves prepared. The ideas will stay with me into the future.
I received a complimentary copy of Locker Nine from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for this. I hope that the review I have written above conveys at least a small part of the pleasure I had in listening to it .
If your family like mine is not into prepping, give them this audiobook to listen to.
This is what I intend to do.
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