Valley of Vengeance Interview With Franklin HortonIf there is anyone left out there who hasn’t read any of Franklin Hortons books, I highly suggest you do. If you are like me (and most preppers) you are always looking for movies to watch, and books to read that have something to do with why or how we prepare.

I’ll admit, I’m not a big reader. I think it’s because I can’t sit still long enough to finish a book. What’s great about Franklins books (and other top level prepper fiction authors) is that they are not only available at amazon, they are available at Audible as well. It’s much easier for me to listen to books while I’m working or driving.

In The Borrowed World, a series of terrorist attack has taken out fuel refineries, and wreaked all sorts of havoc in the United States. The book series chronicles the challenges and struggles the characters face on their way back home.

Valley of Vengeance is book 5 in The Borrowed World series, and the characters are reaching the end of their journey. Along the way, they have lost some friends, gained a few new ones, and found that they themselves have transformed into people they wouldn’t recognize a short while ago.

SPP213 Valley of Vengeance: Interview With Franklin Horton


Just like in our previous interview with Franklin, we didn’t want to make this podcast a book report. We decided to talk about how some of the situations in the books could apply to us, and give us an opportunity to ask ourselves “what would I do?”

If you have already read Franklins books, you will still love this podcast. And if you haven’t, this podcast will make you want to get a copy and start reading today.

Get a FREE Signed Copy!

At the end of the show Franklin mentioned that he would like to give away 2 signed copies of his books to a couple of our listeners. All you need to do is leave a comment below and tell us why you want one. Next week I will pick 2 random winners and send you an email.

Questions & Topics From the Show…

I half jokingly asked Franklin about if he had plans for taking his books to the big screen. His answer was “ABSOLUTELY”, nut the problem is getting it in front of the right eyeballs. I think the Borrowed World books would make a great mini series, ore even weekly TV show…but I would settle for a movie.

Valuable SHTF Skills

In any sort of post collapse or shtf scenario, skills are not only important for your survival, but they are also an important part of community. Even people that think they have nothing to offer could be a productive part of a community.

We talked about how everyone has something to add and how there are other factors than just skills like family, friendships, bonds.  A couple characters from the book are Alice’s mother who is a homesteader, and a HAM radio operator who found himself more useful than he thought he would be.

The Value of Community

This book series really shows how community and working together is important. From book 1 where everyone was trying to figure each other out, to this book, where everyone is settling in to their SHTF roles.

We talked about why community is so important and give some examples from the book. In a large scale disaster like this, having laborers, technicians, teachers, gardeners and security would all help to build a group that would better withstand the challenges you might face.

Operational Security

This book centers around the group having a fuel tanker, and people finding out they have it. In the book Jim’s father unwittingly spilled the beans, and started an unavoidable chain of events. In the book it was a fuel tanker, In the real world it could be anything that becomes more valuable than money.

We talked about how operational security, planning, and communication is so important. When something becomes a commodity, and people find out you have something they don’t, you become a target.

Preconceived Notions

In the book, there were good cops, and bad cops. The bad cops got away with stuff because of their uniforms. When we see people in uniform we make assumptions about them, and don’t think about the person behind the uniform.

We talked about how preconceived notions can be dangerous, and how people will make different decisions when there aren’t any rules or laws. We can’t afford to assume that just because someone looks like a professional, they are there to help us.


At this point in the series it’s interesting to see who everyone has become. Alice and Jim son are good examples. Everyone has gone from being that 9 to 5 worker, to embracing their SHTF personality. Even though none of this was by choice, it was necessary for their survival.

We talked about how a disaster might change you, how it changed them, and how (good or bad) we might be surprised with the choices we make. We might “miss the old days”, but if we don’t change and adapt to the new normal, we will get left behind.

Dealing with Death

One thing that doesn’t get talked about much in the preparedness community is how prevalent death will be. We tend to think about other dying, but not much about close family and friends, or being the one having to pull the trigger.

We talked about how we might find ourselves in this situation, and how we might react. It’s one thing to think about how everyone else might die, but it’s a totally different story when it hit’s close to home.

Franklin’s Future Plans

At the end of the show Franklin talked about his future plans. Right now he is working on a spin off series for Locker Nine which is book 4 in this series. He also mentioned how Valley of Vengeance is not the last book in the Borrowed World series…so stay tuned!


Survival and being prepared should not only be a passion, it should be a lifestyle. The definition of a prepper is "An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances, without substantial resources from outside sources" Like the Government, police etc. I don't believe that the end of the world will be the "end of the world" I believe it will be the end of the world as we know it now. You can also find me on Google Plus and Twitter

    12 replies to "Valley of Vengeance: Interview With Franklin Horton"

    • Patricia

      I wouldn’t mind a copy as I haven’t read it and at one point my husband said he would read prepper fiction to try to get a better idea of why I prepare. I just haven’t found something for him yet.

    • Roy Barnes

      Thank you for that interview. I felt it was well thought out and delivered. I’m a big fan of Franklin and his books and would LOVE an autographed copy, as my two favorite authors in this genre live on the far side of the country from me and I don’t get the chance to see them in person.
      Thanks again and I look forward to seeing what else you’re doing here in the future!

    • Justin

      Great interview! I’m about halfway through book one of the series and can’t put it down. Would love a chance to read locker nine. Keep up the great podcast.

    • Mark

      I really enjoy his books

    • Chris

      Great Interview Love the seies cant wait for more

    • Justin Davis

      Great interview! I would love a copy of Franklin’s book. Thanks.

    • Sean Higgins

      Thank you guys again for another great interview with Franklin!! You prompted me to download this latest installment and enjoy on my long drive this week! I would love a signed copy! Franklin, along with several other authors I’ve read, are on my short list of people I would like to meet. You guys always do such a great job! Thank you for always hitting a home run!! Stay prepared!!

    • Jorge

      Well, regardless if I am one of the lucky winners I’ll be purchasing the series. Most people don’t realize how close we are to life changing events. Keep up the good work.

    • Carla

      I would love a copy of either. Great author! Love his work.

    • Kerry Duran

      Just downloaded the first book this weekend and love it! It is exactly what I have been looking for as I am new to prepping and have always wondered if i truly understood what could happen in a dissaster scenario. Have already found several great ideas while listening. Gives good practical examples of the “why” something is needed. Wonderful podcast as well. You too remind me of my partner and I. I am the nurse and he is the tinfoil hat one 🙂

    • kidsnurse101

      After seeing the title of this podcast, it reminded me of the previous podcast with Franklin. I had been meaning to read his books before but never got around to it. Ya know, full time plus night Nurse mother of 3….kind of run out of time. Then I decided I would sign up for the free Amazon Audible. I downloaded the first book and was hooked from the first paragraph. Franklin’s writing is spectacular! I finished the Audible in no time commuting to work. I was so upset that I ran to the library and borrowed the second book. I stayed up way to late a few nights and devoered that one. Now I have book three and plan on finding time despite recently starting my BSN degree.
      I would recommend these books to anyone! Love the detail and the ideas 😉
      Keep up the good work Mr Horton and Dale and Lisa, love you guys too!

    • Brandon

      Probably late but would absolutely love to win a copy of The Borrowed World! Franklin is an amazing author. Hands down my favorite post apocalyptic series. Also a great podcast!!

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