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?
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.
Now that Grace and Tom are safely home and Conner is headed back to his own daughter, Robert is stuck back at the ranch, literally. On two separate attempts at leaving Author Bridges' compound, Robert and Sonyea took fire and had to scoot back into the safety of Arthur's perimeter and men guarding the compound. Robert just wants to get home to his family. After a lot of foot in the mouth moments, Robert realizes he needs to help his friends keep Congressman Honaker from overtaking the survival school/survivalist compound. Robert Hardwick and Sonyea Brady end up leaving on a mission and as Murphy would always have it, things don't go as planned.
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.
It seems everyone is frantically converging on Robert Hardwick's house except Robert Hardwick. Grace and Tom are dropped via a Blackhawk on the outskirts of home. They're running into some serious obstacles. A man they've never met is riding a power-assisted bicycle over seventy miles to rescue them from... what? A drug addict and her nasty boyfriend want the place for their own and don't care who it hurts. As long as they can get high. Another group of low-lives, only armed, decide they want the place. Grace gets there somewhere in the middle and has one job - protect her family and hold their home. Grace intends to do just that. Even if she has to kill some people. It wouldn't be the first time. She's hardened now. Skilled, hardened and desperate. That's a dangerous combination.
Grace goes off to college six hundred miles away from home. Since her prepper dad can't be there with her he gives clear instructions as when and how to get back home in the event there's a SHTF scenario. The best part? He gives her the tools to do it. Stuff does hit the fan. Big time. Grace and her best friend Zoe now have a 600-mile trip home as America collapses all around them. There's a lot of serious and dangerous obstacles in their way with no electricity, no fuel sales, very limited law enforcement and the freeways closed. Normally once law-abiding people are becoming desperate enough to kill and the criminals are operating like there wasn't a soul to stop them - because there isn't. Can the girls make it home in one piece?
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.
48 Hours by New York Times bestselling author William R. Forstchen is the fourth of his books I have reviewed in less than a month. Keep in mind, I get to choose which books I read, listen to and review. That alone should speak volumes on how much I enjoy Forstchen's books. 48 Hours, unlike the John Matherson series, is a stand-alone novel. While they're all post-apocalyptic stories, 48 Hours bears little resemblance to that three-book series about an EMP attack. No, 48 Hours imagines something much more devastating than what mere mortal man can conjure up. Imagine our sun, after giving life for millions of years, suddenly turns against every living thing on the planet and threatens all of humanity with an extinction-level event. No, she's not blowing up, just sort of spitting fire at us in the form of a CME and CPE.