Narrator: Kevin Pierce
Series: The Borrowed World Series #2
on 19 October 2015
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
Genres: Post Apocalyptic
Source: Author, Submitted
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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Ashes of the Unspeakable is a great and wonderfully continued second book in The Borrowed World series, the stories get better and better with more thrill and horror. As its set in the post apocalyptic world, the conditions seem to be getting worse as much as it gets difficult to find people to help you. The second book gives you more perspective in of the growing horrors of the world that’d make you pray to not see yourself in such a mess.
“Get Home” is the only mantra that is helping Jim to continue his journey from his friend’s place back to his home, along with him Gary and Randy are on their way hoping to reach to their families safely. This time there are more than two stories interspersed, each one equally terrifying. Ellen, Jim’s wife, is going through immense pressure to keep her kids safe with the help of Pops and Nana (Jim’s parents), with this comes an additional burden on her shoulders when she sees each of her neighbors houses being burned down. The world is in so much chaos with hardly any food supplies that the local jail releases its inmates, one of whom, happens to reside beside Ellen’s house. On the other hand, from the previous book in the series, Alice and Rebecca have realized brutal truth while waiting in the FEMA camps and face a terrible journey on their own.
The second book tries to summarize or gives you bits and pieces of information from the first book in the very beginning, but to enjoy this to the fullest, to understand the intensity of the situation and the nature of the people involved, it would be highly recommended to go through the first book. Although the structure and stories would grow independent of each other after a couples of hours into the book, they’d keep you engaged and at times make you stare in thrill, to wonder where this story will take you.
The narration by Kevin Pierce was like the previous book was excellent, there wasn’t much variation in the voices but it didn’t feel missing. The narrative style was clear enough to know who’s talking and besides there were adequate characters to avoid any confusion, yet spice up the story with each one’s unique behavior. Production had no issues.