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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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Motivational

GET HOME BAG
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.

MOVIE AWARD SHOWS
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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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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A prophetic tale...

This book is fast -paced, exciting and vividly descriptive. I enjoyed the narration. It is a wonderful tale; hopefully not a prophetic tale.

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On par with Home Series

What made the experience of listening to Ashes of the Unspeakable the most enjoyable?

Realistic...believable...great story...will be a classic

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ashes of the Unspeakable?

Too many to list...the whole journey

Have you listened to any of Kevin Pierce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Fantastic...

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Too many to list

Any additional comments?

Cannot wait until the next book!

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Awesome book

This is a great series. The characters the story and the narration. I hope the series continues soon

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Enlightening

By far, the most realistic EMP/Preppers novel to date. For a female (ME) it has opened my eyes to areas I haven't thought of as an early preppar. Can't wait for next volume.

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Great series! Resonated with my and the world I once knew

I'll have my 14 year old listen to this book. I'm an average mom with a background similar to the main character "descended from a line of hillbillies". On both sides of my family I have been warned to always be able to grow my own food. While I am a lousy gardener I have learned to raise rabbits for food.
In life we woman often depend on men to defend us but may not be supportive of the actions they need to take to do so. The author describes the male thinking surrounding defense and preparation for disaster.
I grew up in a trailer and as a child the people around me knew how to garden and can. I know what that world was like. My grandmother used to say about the younger generation "if you tried to give them a mess of beans you'd have to pick them from your garden, she'll them, and drive them to their house".

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Much Better

Would you try another book from Franklin Horton and/or Kevin Pierce?

Yes, I am planning on finishing this story.

If you’ve listened to books by Franklin Horton before, how does this one compare?

This is the best writing Horton has done so far.

What does Kevin Pierce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Pierce's voice is comforting and brings an "every-man" quality to the story.

Did Ashes of the Unspeakable inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to finish the story and to read book 3. I really wasn't giving much hope to this story after book 1 but thought I would at lease try book 2 and I am glad I did.

Any additional comments?

I was pleasantly surprised with this book and am really looking forward to finishing book 3. As with my first review on Horton's books though he still needs to work on his timing doing more storytelling and less cataloging. Some of the best disaster books I have read (Alas, Babylon, One Second After, etc.) don't get lost on who is carrying what. For example if you are talking about a generator call it a "portable gas powered generator" and move on instead of calling it a "Honda EU2000I 2000 Watt Inverter Generator with a modified steel beam welded cage surrounding the housing preventing it from electrostatic discharge..blah, blah, blah".

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a great book!

this was a great book. good characters with not too much useless character building. a real page turner!

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Can't Help but Become Entranced

Jim and his friends are still trying to get home, the women that chose the FEMA camp are now understanding what Jim was talking about and wish they had gone with him. Jim's family are also realizing Jim's views were not so far off and are toughening up, but do they actually see the real danger before their eyes, will Jim make it home in time to help them?

This book is so suspenseful and action packed you can't help but become entranced. I had the audio and with the awesome narrator Kevin Pierce saying the ongoing mantra of "I've got to get home" throughout the book, so what is not to love. Mr. Pierce does a great job voicing all of the characters, but with Jim all I picture is a teddy bear of a man that will do anything for his friends, but will also do anything to get home to his family, so you better not stand in his way. This was such a wonderful listen I can't wait to hear what happens next to Jim, his family and the gang.

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  • Thj Williamson
  • 11-27-17

preppers

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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  • Alexander Long
  • 06-07-17

A very immersive series!

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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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  • sarah MacHattie
  • 08-11-16

awesome

couldn't put it down l. on the edge of my seat. so in love with all the characters

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  • James
  • 03-15-16

Good listen.

Will definitely get the next instalment of this series. Enjoyed this as much as the first book.

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  • Ray Zamfir
  • 02-26-16

The best peppers story

Love it. A preper going through the apocalypse :)
A bit cheese with the little boy killing people left and right :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-18

CAPTIVATING

Loved it as much as book one. The dog got longer walks so that I could keep listening.

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