The characters in this novel who resort to violence against law enforcement are appalling in their actions. The authors inference that violence is an appropriate manner of civil disobedience is contrary to actions that define a civil society. Our country might need change in the view of many or of a few .... the only path that sustains our civil society is that which is systemic to civil change. Violence, as depicted herein, is neither acceptable nor to be tolerated as long as our society remains civilly intact. Had this been the first Rawles book I read, it would have been my last.
This was a tough listen, I literally had to force myself into it. From the very beginning it was like I was listening to advertisements for one product after another.
I enjoyed the detail. Yes, sometimes it was way over the top but it was wonderfully informative while still being pretty entertaining. I was even able to be tolerant of the extreme Christian perspectives peppered throughout the book because, frankly, it worked. That's exactly what I was expecting. I also really enjoy literature that gets into HOW someone survives without getting so far into it that I'm pulling out fried potato recipes (A.American anyone?). This book seemed to fall somewhere in the middle.
What I liked least was the good/bad line being drawn so heavily between Christians/non-Christians and that a citizens patriotism was somehow commensurate to their Christian belief system. This didn't stop me from moving on since I don't feel the need to toss a book just because I disagree with the primary character/s representation of the author's own perspective, I just "liked it least" and thought it was a sad perspective on the author's part.
I also sometimes felt that the lack of any imperfections in the main characters could make them a little too single dimensional, but I'm picky like that.
I don't know about "edge of my seat" but there were certainly points in the book where I was very drawn in.
For the most part, yes. The narration was very "dry" but so was much of the story so it kind of worked. Dick Hill sounded a lot like Paul Harvey to me which actually hit a positive subconscious note somehow.
It definitely made me think a lot more about my own preparedness, maybe not to the extreme level of government paranoia-driven compound building militia leader, but at least as a home owner, parent, husband, co-worker, etc. It's not the big financial crash causing global collapse I need to prepare for, it's things like breaking down on the side of a rural road in winter with kids in the car or simply losing power for a few days in an ice storm.
From our fearless leaders screwing up our country (Washington Dumb Criminals ) to the Agenda 21 U.N. The NAZI-Commie jerks invasion of our beloved Country to our renewed U.S.A. . To a savage Civil War that we payed in blood. This novel has it all.
This is what it well be like if we go into a Civil war.
But to do nothing is just as worst.
if anything this masterpiece should be a handbook for restoring our freedom! For freedom loving Americans this is a book for you.
P.S. Let's get rid of the Commies and Nationless parties plus the U.N., and replace it with a Republic like our founding fathers design and have world freedom base on our Constitution. Gods gift to man women and children! Any one who doesn't want freedom you DUMB!
I wasn't expecting a technical manual. It could have been a good story, but the author kept getting off track having to explain every last detail of every piece of equipment. The conversations between characters seemed unrealistic constantly describing to one another the technical details of everything, it was hard to relate to them. this book is more for the hard core religious "sovereign citizen" survivalist, not so much for an average prepper who just wants to hear an interesting story.
Life is way to important to take seriously
There is a clear agenda on the part of the author. If you can put u with the born again Christian and " smaller is always better" political bias, the story is okay.
Some have heralded this as a "how to" manual of sorts. All I can say is that if the medical information is representative of the rest of the semi-instructional information presented, anyone who relies on the information in the book is going to die when the SHTF.
I assume the narrator is a decent fellow. However, he was a poor choice for the narration of this book. Odd pauses during ... reading aside, it's his voice that gets in the way of making this an enjoyable read. Why? Every character sounds like an 80 year old man. Every one. It is impossible sometimes to tell one character from another. Listening just makes me think this book is a sequel to Grumpy Old Men: "Grumpy Old Men: The Grumpy Apocalypse". So, read this one and pass on the audio book format.