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E211: Surviving a Terrorist Attack in The Borrowed World

E211 - Surviving a Terrorist Attack in The Borrowed World

In this episode, we sit down with author Franklin Horton to discuss his book series The Borrowed World. It’s a story about an everyday non-super-ninja guy who finds himself far from home and surviving a terrorist attack, and it’s crippling effects. And the book wrestles with something many of us worry about: What if SHTF while I’m traveling?

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What would you do if you were hundreds of miles from home and a terrorist attack crippled the nation? If you had to walk home, could you make the arduous trek on foot?

These questions often weigh on my mind when traveling. Thoughts of how to get home and what would happen to loved ones during that period run wild through my mind.

Your thoughts turn to where and how to procure improvised survival tools, obtaining firearms, and how crazy would people be along the way. There are a lot of variables. And most of the outcomes are harsh at best.

Fortunately, Horton shared the same thoughts and wrote a whole series of prepper fiction around this idea.

Topics from The Borrowed World Discussed:

  • Who is author Franklin Horton
  • How he got into writing
  • How he got into prepping
  • What he does in his day job and how it played a role in crafting the Borrowed World Series
  • How surviving a terrorist attack sets the state for the series
  • How a love backpacking can inform a prepper’s gear decisions
  • What’s the best $100 he ever spent on prepp and the piece of gear he feels is most important
  • How he wove practical survival information into the story without making it a technical manual
  • The biggest takeaway he wants readers to get from these books
  • What are his EDC essential items
  • Which authors inspire Franklin Horton
  • His prepper pet peeves
  • His go to apocalypse rifle


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In his free time, he enjoys hogging the remote, surfing, scotch, mental masturbation and debate over philosophical topics, and shooting stuff--usually not all at the same time.

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