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Blood Bought: Book Four in The Locker Nine Series
by Franklin Horton
Published by Independent on August 9, 2019
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic & Dystopian
Narrator: Kevin Pierce
Length: 7 hours and 50 minutes
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Grace and Tom are safe at home. Robert and Sonyea are going to be home in minutes. This exciting and emotional time is only clouded by one thing - there's a group of highly trained and well-equipped people on their way to take everything Robert holds dear. His family, friends and farm are in the sights of Congressman Honaker who's out of options and desperate to take the farm and resources he hopes wait without a fight. He couldn't be more wrong.
Blood Bought Book Synopsis / Plot Intro
Blood Bought, book four of The locker Nine series, picks up after Robert and Sonyea barely survive the showdown with the congressman’s son, Jeff.
Robert, Sonyea and Brandon are on a helicopter heading to the Hardwick farm after Arthur Bridges paid for and arranged a flight home by Chuck.
They landed and made it home to find everyone alive and well but with the haunting understanding, a devasting danger looms close by and is more than likely barreling its way to take the Hardwick farm.
The same group of armed men with Congressman Honaker that was repelled by Arthur Bridges’ men are en route to take the Hardwick farm.
A band of armed hikers have taken over the town of Damascus, Virginia where Robert and Grace live. The hikers are out of food and resources and becoming desperate.
Leslie Brown’s daughter, Debby, comes back to bite the family in the rear. Grace should have taken her out when she had the chance.
There’s a fight. More fights. Some backstabbing. More killing. Deception. It’s a good book!
Brian’s Overall Book Rating
Okay, I’ve been critical of Franklin Horton’s books when it comes to ending without any kind of closure at all. Most of his books should have been consolidated into a single volume. Horton redeemed himself with Blood Bought. This is the fourth book and I’m not sure if it will be the final book in the Locker Nine series but the ending does bring some closure and satisfaction to the series. For that, I thank the author.
With the absence of that one little issue, Franklin Horton is one of the finest authors of post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction you’ll find. I absolutely love his work and Blood Bought is no exception.
Have I mentioned that I have listened to every single book in the Locker Nine and the Borrowed World series multiple times? That’s how much I love these books and now I have my sights on the Mad Mick series.
Blood Bought gets a solid four and a half stars. It is an exciting book and has a lot of heart. The story is believable, at least in my world of prepping and survival, and is structured for an easy listen.
The character development in this book, and the entire series, is solid and exactly what you’d expect from an author of Horton’s caliber.
Why not five stars? We’re back to audiobook length, my pet peeve. Even though I love the ending of this book, we’re still looking at a book under eight hours. To me, that’s a little short to ask for a full Audible credit, although at the time I didn’t think with about the purchase. I feel this way about most books under ten hours.
Tip: Many of my Audible purchases were purchased rather than using an Audible credit. Before using that credit, it might be worth looking at the value of a straight-up purchase.
Blood Bought Roll Your Eyes Moments
I don’t believe I rolled my eyes a single time with this book. Excellent.
A series of terrorist attack throughout the United States leaves society desperate and dangerous. Grace is stuck in collage with her Friend Zoe six hundred miles from home. They need to get home before everything comes apart at the seams.
Grace’s dad, Robert, is a prepper and has already planned for and made preparations of just this type of event. He had a cache of guns, gear, supplies and instruction to help Grace get home safely.
The girls find trouble around every corner and Zoe doesn’t make it.
After several overnight stops with pre-arranged and vetted “prepper friends“, Grace makes it home with one of those friend’s son, Tom Brady.
They have a battle the moment they get home to the Hardwick farm with invaders that have taken over the home.
After a lot of fighting and turmoil, Robert and Sonyea Brady, along with one of Arthur Bridges’ men, Brandon Barton, make it to the Hardwick farm.
Now they are in store for another battle to keep the farm – and their lives.
Mature Subject Matter:
Violence: Oh yeah, a bunch.
Alcohol/drugs: Not really.
Blood Bought Main Characters
- Robert Hardwick – Grace’s father
- Grace Hardwick (Little Bug) – Robert’s daughter
- Teresa – Robert’s wife
- Blake – Robert & Teresa’s son
- Sonyea Brady – Gold star friend in Sand Rock, Alabama -horse breeder
- Tom Brady – Sonyea’s son
- Brandon Barton – went home to help Robert
- Leslie Brown – Low-income grandma working for the Hardwicks
- Debbie – Leslie’ daughter
- Dylan – Debbie’s son living with Leslie
- Arthur Bridges – Robert’s prepper friend with his own survival compound.
- Bradshaw – Congressman’s recon team that goes with Robert and Sonyea to fight of the congressman’s possie.
- Congressman Honaker – Leading the group en route to take over the Hardwick farm.
Other names and mentions
- Chuck – Helicopter pilot
- Donny – Old neighbor that Grace got a wheelchair from.
- Karen – The Hardwick’s neighbor behind their property.
- Muncie – former Capitol Police officer who went on recon for the congressman. Fingers cut off.
- Asbury – former Capitol Police officer who went on recon for the congressman
- Johnson – Member of the Congressman’s security detail
- Jacobs – One of the congressman’s people. Tasked to kill off one of his men.
- Miller – In charge of the hiker camp in town.
- Cummings – Congressman’s recon team scouting the Hardwick farm.
- Stevens – Congressman’s recon team scouting the Hardwick farm.
Blood Bought Author: Franklin Horton
Blood Bought Audible Narration by Kevin Pierce
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