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In his best-selling novels, The Borrowed World and Ashes of the Unspeakable, Franklin Horton showed us a nation facing societal collapse from a coordinated ISIS attack on the American infrastructure. Most of the country is without power, communication, and fuel. As a result of the attack, a group of business travelers in Virginia found themselves among the millions stranded on the highways with no idea how they would be getting home.

In this third installment, Legion of Despair, the country is teetering on the brink of anarchy. While one of the stranded travelers, Jim Powell, made it home and is working to establish a safe, sustainable enclave for his family, his co-workers Gary and Alice are not faring as well. After spending hundreds of painful miles dreaming of his reunion with his family, Gary arrives home only to find his family under attack. Now he must face the painful decision as to whether his family's plan to bug-in is viable or whether they may need greater numbers and a better location to survive in this collapsing nation.

While Gary's homecoming is bittersweet, he has at least found his way into the arms of his family. His co-worker, Alice, has awakened on the cold, concrete floor of a basement in Bluefield, Virginia. She is bound and chained to a support column. She doesn't know if she will ever see her son or husband again. All she knows for certain is that the man in front of her has already brutally killed her friend, Rebecca, and unless she finds a way out, he will kill her, too.

©2016 Franklin Horton (P)2016 Franklin Horton

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IT'S A SELFISH WORLD

A HOUSE COULD BE REBUILT, A FAMILY COULD NOT
I have touted Horton's talent in several reviews and refer to him as the go to apocalypse (without zombies) writer. This is a good book and is better than the best of others, but I will admit I did not enjoy this book as much as the first two. Part of that is because the main character is Gary, not Jim. Gary is just not as interesting. It also took a long time for me to get invested in this story. The action scenes, just did not seem as intense as in the first two books. It is still worth four stars and I will continue the series.

THE TRAIL LED TO THE PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
Horton is political, but no where near as strong as other authors in this field. His political tidbits are few and far between, but they are still there. In previous books, he has belittled those who live in trailer houses. In this book, the trouble makers come from Public Housing and apartments. We are told that all moped drivers are people who lost their license, due to DUI's. Maybe true, I don't know. I found it ironic that we are told only druggies, break into buildings and steal. We are told this as Gary is using a stolen key to break into a building and steal a government owned box truck. In the process, they tare the place up when they steal a fork lift they don't know how to operate. I find this a constant in these books, it is always awful when others break into houses, steal cars, steal food, steal gas, but when the main character does these things, that is Okie Dokie.

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Pierce has an authoritative voice which demands respect. He is the king of these type of books, because he is the best..

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book 3

I'm living these books, I was a little hard on the very first book in the beginning, just because it seemed as if the women in this story were depicted as helpless, and beyond naïve, but through the rest of the book, and the following two, it got a lot better!! I've been a Tom boy my whole life, I've taken self defense classes, I own a lot of guns, and I've been nick named anne because I'm a very good shot. So I appreciate it when woman in books are not afraid to fight back!! and not just be victims. These are good and very realistic I feel, on how bad things would get if our infrastructure collapsed. I also found it interesting because the story start off with the main characters being far away from their home when S.H.T.F
I have often thought about that very same scenario because I am a long haul truck driver. I live on the west coast but drive to the east coast every week. This book series has given me a lot more to think about. You won't be disappointed.

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Very good

I thoroughly enjoyed the Legion of Despair, I believe it to be entertaining and a fairly accurate description of what life would be like after a collapse event.

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The Borrowed World series.

Had me so engaged, couldn't stop listening. well written... should be made into a movie! At times I thought narrator might've represented characters differently than I thought they should've, a little less enthusiastic and more brooding & somber would've been my take. But, incredible story!

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Great book series!

Kept me engaged and wanting more through all three books. Keep up the good work Franklin (and Kevin) !

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great book

I really enjoyed this book and this series. can't wait for more. Thanks Franklin Horton

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thoroughly enjoyed this book.

can't wait to read /hear book 4. good job Mr horton. narrator nailed it

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Exceptional storytelling!

Top notch series, look forward to more from this author. Narration is exceptional and brought the story to life - thank you.

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  • Neva
  • Kingston, TN, United States
  • 06-24-16

Now I'm Hooked

Somewhere along the line you get hooked into waiting to find out what is going to happen next. I think this would be pretty much true to life (hope we never have to find out.) Characters are believable and events take a progression that seems logical. In the middle of all this is a great story-line of regular people trying to survive the impossible. Regardless of how much you think you are prepared for the end of modern day world, would you really be? No electricity, food getting harder to find and people wanting to take away what you have including killing you for it. Each character has their own story and their own family. This is continuation of a business meeting gone bad, the journey home and then fighting for your life once you get there. Would you be willing to kill for your family when push comes to shove? These people have to.

Definitely getting the next one.

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Picks up where book two left off.

Not a bad story, the survival saga continues. This story began with what is easily my favorite and believable EMP attacks. The survival was ok and was just enough to keep me listening, but only when I had time, I didn't make time for the story.

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  • Thj Williamson
  • 12-04-17

Real need to survive

loved it leaves you waiting wanting to k ow what happens next a real clifhanger

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  • Brian Watts
  • 01-19-17

Great story

A story well worth listingto, It has the finess and quality to portray the type of person we all would like to be placed in the same circumstances.

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  • sarah
  • 08-12-16

awesome as expected. but . . . .

now I got to wait for next book to see what happened to Alice! I don't enjoy the recap at the start but that's cos I read them all back to back so didn't need it but I guess I will now I gotta wait. the narrator needs to be careful not to use the same voice he did for women to then use on the hero min character making him sound puny. loved the book and the characters! ! eagerly await book 4.