Tag Archives: Franklin Horton

Reality Is Harsh

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Reality Is Harsh

Jim Powell is convinced that his presence in the valley is causing his family harm. His best friend Lloyd accompanies him as he leaves on a soul-searching journey. In his absence, Charlie feels that he should step up and take on some of Jim’s responsibilities.

Horton’s eighth installment in the Borrowed World series, Blood and Banjos has got to be one of the saddest books that I have ever read. The transformations of Lloyd and Charlie are heartbreaking. The pace is steady but has plenty of action.

This reads as though it could be the end of the series. But I am hoping that more books are coming.

5 out of 5 stars.

Don’t Mess With Dan

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Don’t Mess With Dan

Dan Slaughter’s best friend has passed away, and his friend’s mother has asked him to assist her with the estate in Boise, Idaho. After much trepidation, Dan finally arrives only to be caught up in an EMP or coronal mass ejection type event. Several odd occurrences lead Dan to believe that his friend did not die a natural death. This Tennessee boy is determined to avenge his friend’s death and to figure out a way to get back home.

Horton’s first book in the Way of Dan series, Burning Down Boise combines a murder mystery with an apocalyptic event. Dan’s life in Tennessee had become careless and boring. He does a total 180 in Idaho. The new Dan is calculating and determined.

I have read every Horton book. He consistently delivers.

5 out of 5 stars.

Here Comes Trouble

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Brutal Business cover     Conor Maguire has earned the reputation as The Mad Mick within the community he lives in the mountains of West Virginia. It’s a moniker that’s been with him for as long as he can remember and before relocating to the area. He will do whatever it takes to keep this family and friends safe. Now, there is a gang a former military known as The Bond wreaking havoc throughout the north and heading south towards his neck of the woods.

Horton’s third novel in The Mad Mick Series, Brutal Business is every bit as exciting as the previous two. It is also a coming of age story for Conor’s daughter Barb. She has no choice but to find out who she is and what she is made of separate from her father.

The Bond represents a unique challenge in such that The Mad Mick can take the fight away from home. It is always better to fight an enemy on your own terms.

5 out of five stars.

Trust Your Gut

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Hard Trauma cover     Tyler Stone is a soldier through and through. His career ends after a disastrous mission. Now, living near his sister and niece, he is working as a security guard at a truck stop. A young girl is kidnapped on his watch. He believes the investigators are following the wrong trail. His gut instincts lead him on a cross-country journey.

Horton’s first novel in the Ty Stone Thriller series, Hard Trauma focuses on the hardships veterans face while trying to adjust to civilian life. Ty constantly battles demons that no one else sees. The world-building is great, and the character development is superb.

This is a very good introduction to the Ty Stone Thriller series. The reader gets a good background on Ty as he struggles with what he is going to do with his life. He approaches the kidnapping as if he were on a military mission. Saving the girl at all costs is something he must try to do.

5 out of 5 stars.

Is Revenge Really Worth It?

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The Ungovernable Cover     Jim Powell wants to get as many crops in the ground as possible to help him, his family, and his friends make it through the next winter. Boss, aka Captain Ballou, has other plans for Jim. After losing his hand and all his team during the attack at the power plant, he has nothing but revenge on his mind. Now, Jim is a wanted man.

Horton’s seventh novel in The Borrowed World Series, The Ungovernable keeps those in the valley with Jim on their toes as folks from town and neighboring communities attempt to collect the reward for bringing Jim to Boss. Boss is relentless in his pursuit even though he has been ordered to stand down. He covertly gains assistance from those around him. His rage is palatable.

Many in town feel anger toward Jim for taking the opportunity for electricity from them. So when Boss’s flyers show up with Jim’s photo, they are more than happy to try and turn him in. There is more than one trick up Jim’s sleeve. And, things aren’t as they seem.

5 out of 5 stars.

A Shift In Power

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Blood Bought Cover     Robert Hardwick is finally on his way home. Once there his family will finally be all together again. In this new post-apocalyptic world, they must work harder than ever to stay together and to stay alive. Some would do anything to take away everything.

Horton’s fourth book in The Locker Nine series, Blood Bought is a contrast in emotions. There is the joy Robert and his family experience once they are reunited. Then there is the grim reality of the outside threats they continue to face. They can never let their guard down as if things were back to normal.

Congressman Honaker failed in his attempt to overtake the compound he had scoped out for years in northern Georgia. He believes that since Robert is friends with the owner and writes post-apocalyptic novels for a living, that Robert must have a similar compound in Virginia. Never one to be denied, the congressman sets his caravan off to confront the Hardwicks.

Reminiscent of the David and Goliath story, Honaker is confident that he has the numbers on his side. Robert and his family know they will be overwhelmed if they don’t place some outlying deterrents in hopes of buying them time and element of surprise.

I read this book in one sitting on a Friday afternoon/early evening. It’s a fast read, enjoyable read.

5 out of 5 stars.

Evil From Within

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Compound Fracture    Robert Hardwick feels like a caged animal waiting to go home from his friend’s compound in north Georgia. A greedy congressman has waged war against the compound with the intent of overtaking it and occupying it. During the current stalemate, Robert has an idea that might get the congressman to leave them alone. But, at what cost to Robert and his friends?

Horton’s third novel in The Locker Nine series, Compound Fracture see Grace and her friend, Tom have made it to Robert’s compound where they are awaiting his return. Robert declined to leave with Grace so that Sonyea had time to heal enough to travel. Now, with Author’s compound in lockdown, there seem to be limited options for them to leave.

This fast-paced book is full of surprises. There’s betrayal and new found resolve. The true meaning of friendship is tested. Family dynamics are examined. There’s a little bit of something for everyone.

5 out of 5 stars.

Revenge Is Not Always So Sweet

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Conor Maguire, aka the Mad Mick, has decided that the community needs to come together and help watch out for one another. While he is rallying the locals the boss of his daughter’s kidnappers is hunting him down. Seems he is none too happy about Conor killing his men. Will the folks around the mountain agree to ally with each other in time to stop this growing army?

Horton’s second novel in The Mad Mick Series, Masters of Mayhem is his best work thus far. It is so well written that it was able to bring out almost all my emotions. The pacing of the action is perfect. It’s a fast read and very hard to put down.

With the addition of some new characters that seem like that will be hanging around for a while I can see this series going for several more books. I am looking forward to the next installment.

5 out of 5 stars.

Don’t Mess With My Family

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Conor Maguire built a secure compound in the mountains of Virginia before the world changed and has only recently sought out his remote neighbors to establish trade and exchange information. His only daughter, Barb has been kidnapped by slavers. Little do they know that Conor is known as “The Mad Mick” due to his IRA family background and training. He’s gained that reputation while producing weapons for the government for special purposes abroad. Barb’s mother died when she was a toddler, and Conor has raised her to be as deadly as him. These kidnappers have no idea what Hell on Earth they have unleashed upon themselves.

Horton’s first novel in The Mad Mick Series, The Mad Mick is a spinoff from his The Borrowed World series. It is everything you’ve come to expect in the post-apocalyptic world that Horton has designed. He brings the main characters, Conor, Barb, and Ragus to life in a way that there is no doubt in your mind who they are and what they can do.

Kudos to the editing team. I noticed no typos, contextual errors, or plot holes. Fair warning though, this story is not for the faint of heart. The violence is vividly described.

I am looking forward to more from The Mad Mick.

5 out of 5 stars.

Would You Chose Power?

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Jim Powell and his extended family of friends throughout the valley are anxious for the power to be restored. Lights have flickered a few times and there seems to be activity at the nearest power plant. The government has sent out several messages about bringing the power back and what it would take for citizens to reap the benefits. The cost is something that Jim and his friends may not be willing to pay.

Horton’s sixth novel in The Borrowed World Series, Switched On is his best one yet. When I started reading it I had the feeling of sitting down to catch up with an old friend. No matter what, I didn’t want to stop reading. The heartbreaking loss had me grabbing a tissue. To me, if there is an emotional response from me then that is a sign of a talented writer.

As good as the story was there were numerous errors that should have been caught prior to publication. For that reason alone, I cannot give it five stars.

4 out of 5 stars.