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Ashes of the Unspeakable

The Borrowed World Series, Book Two
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)
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Summary

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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loved it.

If you like disaster and survivalist book's this is one for you. buying next now.

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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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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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awesome

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

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Good listen.

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

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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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  • Mitchell
  • 16-12-16

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.

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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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  • Amy J
  • 07-01-16

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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  • Craig
  • 06-04-16

Excellent!

Must read for peppers and regular folk so you can harden yourself for a societal breakdown. Well read.

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  • Jason Aragon
  • 16-11-15

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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  • Nadia
  • 15-11-16

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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  • Mindjacked
  • 10-11-16

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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  • Lori
  • 27-09-16

Worth The Credit!!

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Very entertaining and enjoyable. Great sequel. Just as good as the first book. Definitely worth your time if you enjoy this genre of stories. Now off to listen to the next installment.

Kevin Pierce does another fantastic job of narrating. He has the perfect voice for this type of story. It's always a pleasure listening to him narrate a book.

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  • An American living in Riyadh
  • 30-08-16

great series

great series especially for young people who don't understand the potential consequences of even minor catastrophic events

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  • Kevin (Slingshot)
  • 18-08-16

Highly recommend it !!

The author definitely touched on all mans fears of not being available (home) to protect his family in a time of crisis. With the history of chaos that came from Katrina it's definitely believable that humanity can crumble so quickly back into animalistic behavior.
The narrator Kevin Pierce does a wonderful job as always. His subtle voice changes per each character is delightful and his style of pacing the story kept me gripped.
Any prepper should definitely give this series a read or listen.

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  • I need
  • 04-04-16

Thrilling

This is a very exciting series. Almost can't wait to start the next book in the series.

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