Franklin Horton takes us on the second stage of our quest to get home in Ashes Of The Unspeakable, book two of The Borrowed World series. We walk along with the trio of co-workers, watching and feeling every kind of adventure one could imagine in a world flushed with desperation and despair. You'll see the regret of Alice and Rebecca's decision to put their fate into the hand's of the government's FEMA camp - and their plan to escape and find their families before it's too late. If things weren't already bad enough, with no electricity, gas or fuel to be found and desperate people doing violent things - the prisons end up releasing criminals into the streets because they have no way to feed or care for them. That creates a deadly situation in Jim and Ellen's valley. People will burn. Will Jim make it home in time? Will Jim's family be able to survive those that want everything Jim had spent years building in preparation for a SHTF event just like this? Will Gary and Randi make it home to find their families safe?
You remember 9/11, I'm sure. If you're old enough. Imagine that devastating attack on America all across the nation. An entire city, Nashville, completely destroyed by a flood from the attack. No fuel, gas or food to be had anywhere. Transportation has came to a screaming halt. Everyone is in a pure state of panic. The majority of people begin to run out of food almost immediately. Desperation outways rational thought and neighbors steal from neighbor. Sometimes to the point of killing. The one place everyone could feel safe just days before becomes a potential target by anyone that thinks they have food or resources. I am, of course, referring to their homes. The more they have, the more at risk they are. Now consider the danger of being hundreds of miles away from your family with little hope of getting to them alive. That is where Jim Powell and five of his coworkers are - three hundred miles from home. How will they make it to their families? Will their families remain safe and sound if they can somehow survive the trip?
The Survivalist Series starts out with one man, Morgan Carter forced to walk home after an EMP strike. His walk of 250 miles takes his through a series of challenges and he meets a few new friends along the way. The series wraps around the community Morgan built, including his family, friends, soldiers and even outsiders. The DHS is cast as an evil entity in the story and much of the fighting is between Morgan and the DHS and The military against DHS. There are raiders in cahoots with the DHS as well as many desperate and hungry people willing to kill for a meal.
I really liked "Home Coming" and thought it a fitting end to an excellent book series. I noticed on Good Reads that many readers were disappointed to see The Survivalist Series come to a close but I think it was time. It has been close to a year since Morgan's 250-mile hike home after the EMP strike and a lifetime of things happened in that year but they've come a long way. Finally, after book ten, we can imagine a somewhat peaceful life for Morgan and the community. Without giving away the story, the end of the book really brings things home. Almost like a homecoming. ;)
Before they can even bring an end to the DHS threat, Morgan, Sarge and the rest have to come to terms with a new enemy - or enemies. The Russians. The Chinese. The Cubans. The Chinese hit Mac Dill Air Force base with a nuclear strike. Is there a chance of nuclear fallout? With Russian pathfinder units and Cuban soldiers on American soil, Sarge understands they're going to need more firepower to survive, especially after the run-in with armored attack vehicles. Sarge and Morgan will need to make a trip to get some well-needed supplies, food and guns from General Faucett. They come back with a lot of food and gear but also find some tragic fighting shortly after their arrival - with deadly results.
In 'Home Invasion', book eight, things are looking up in the small central Florida community. The DHS and the local thugs are gone. The farm is proving to truly be a community affair and the market is active with traders every day. There may even be the possibility of power in the near future if those engineers don't find too many problems at the power plant. Is the worst now behind them? Maybe, but what about the Russians? The Chinese? Could Cuban troops be invading Florida? So many questions, so much danger. You know Morgan is up for the challenge. Especially with friends like Sarge that has his back.
In Avenging Home, Morgan and his group have a lot of work ahead of them just to assist everyone in staying alive and now the DHS is a problem again. Not only that but a local band of misfits are still muddying the waters and have to be taken out soon. As if this weren't enough for everyone to come to terms with and risk everything in the fight of their lives, Morgan learns it will be child's play compared to what is looming over the entire country. How on Earth will they carry on and will any of them ever see peace again?
Morgan is no stranger to adversity, it is the before that truly disturbs him. Enforcing Home is about today, the hard life of attacking, being attacked, building bunkers, community gardening and infectious disease. Everyone cannot live in a world like this, some people just need killing. Who will survive?
The Final Day is the last of the three-book John Matherson series. In this final installment, in the form of a twelve+ hour audiobook (349 pages on Kindle), the author expertly unwinds everything that has happened up until to reveal a clear and shockingly corrupt picture.
Resurrecting Home takes us into the halfway point of The Survivalist Series. Book five of a ten book series, A. American understood the dangers of the story losing traction and becoming stale. It seems he took great care in keeping the story moving at an interesting pace while staying true to relationships built and introducing new people and challenges into the mix.