I thought the story started slow and progressed even slower. I don't usually write a very negative review but I got so bored I could not finish the book.
Post-apocalyptic literature is one of my guilty pleasures. I can put up with a lot of off-topic baggage in order to indulge myself. However, this author can't keep his religious right viewpoint out of it. He starts out by blaming the collapse of the U.S. totally on government spending and continues by characterizing good acts as Christian, even going so far as to have a Jewish character condoning this usage. The women in the story are strong, skillful and respected until there is a wedding ceremony where the bride's vow is basically just to obey. I listened to the entire first section and part of the second. There are plenty of books on politics that I would have purchased if that were my interest.
Please, NEVER recommend an abridged book for me. Really. I love to read and I've become really addicted to audios.
A better story line/better story telling would help. I like the subject as it's (as the cliche goes) as current as today's headlines. The problem is that the writer writes to and about one group. His characters are also the people who buy his nonfiction course stuff. Those who can and do spend hundreds of thousands of dollars ( literally) on survival gear and a bolt hole. The common folks, the great unwashed...the hoi polloi (most people) are the nameless mob who threaten the wise (financially well off) protagonists.
I really have trouble identifying with them as according to this story I won't last long anyway. M best survival in place plans anf efforts are (according to said story) pointless.
Didn't draw me in.
The narrator is Dick Hill and he does a good job.
Simply note what I have already said.
Yes Yes and most likely a third time.
The whole genre. The details Rawles goes into on the gear, provisions and preps will make the survivalist want to keep a notebook handy. Its like a story and manual all in one.
It would be too much of a spoiler.
Yes, again spoiler won't answer. Had shivers up my spine at some points.
I'm not a tinfoil hater, survivalist or prepper, but found this story to be very entertaining. If you grew up loving Red Dawn, this will blow you away. I usually listen to my stories in my long commute, but this was so good I would put in ear phones at home or often take the scenic route to get more listening time.
Of course this in itself says enough, but maybe I should also say, "annoy a liberal and buy this book" or even "annoy a lot of liberals and buy the hard bound addition to donate to your local library" and finally, "this book is so opposed by liberals that it most certainly will be banned from your local high school."
I would remove about half the references to god or prayer maybe more, there are so many its actually takes away from the story.
his speech patterns are odd and made it hard to get into.
yes but I took much longer that it should have, between to the god this god that and the odd speech patterns of the narrator I found myself taking frequent pauses.
I think an appropriately abridged version would be better, and I do not normally approve of editing out sections of books, but this one I think can be saved.
There is a boatload of information in this book that you can use for practical applications and planning.
When the group set out to scout out the new military and engaged them at a distance - right before the climax of the story.
Yes, but he really needs to work on his female voice mimickery.
Yes, when one of the founders was shot in a road side ambush.
This book is almost a bible for preppers. It goes hand in hand with James Wesley Rawles other book, How to survive the end of the world as we know it. If you were to read Patriots first, you would most likely be lost on his lengthy descriptions of equipment and terms. This book describes in detail all of the equipment, planning and utilization that that Patriots is based on. Read them both and get a full understanding of what to expect in a full blown bug out situation. Patriots and How to survive the end of the world as we know it should be basic homework for anyone who has even considered prepping.
I wanted to like this book, and some parts weren't bad, but... I was disappointed. I love his blog, so I was so excited and hopeful he would bring an amazing TEOTWAWKI scenario to fiction. I thought it would be similar to "One second after" (fantastic book!) except with more prepared characters. This was not the case. The book drags and drags with explanations of guns, weapons, gear etc. (I did a lot of fast forwarding)
His character development wasn't done through story-line character interaction, but through paragraphs of explanation. Therefore, I never got attached to any of the characters.
I'm christian but wow, he really lets his religious beliefs flare up like a bad case of shingles. It was even off putting for me.
His treatment of woman and "wives" in the book is borderline offensive, especially for the non-bible versed woman. I am well-versed in the bible so I understood where he was coming from, but strongly disagreed with his approach.
I did learn a lot about survivalist techniques, weapons, battle strategies, and a lot more.
Overall, I'm glad I bought the book and will probably refer to it many times in the future as a reference guide.
First the store was very well written. The reader's performance with the different voice inflections made it easier to know which charicter was talking. I listen to a lot of audio books, so when a great story is combined with a wonderful narrator, it will transcend reality and you will feel as if you are there.
W.E.B. Griffim the Corps serries. A great narrator and story.
No I have not.
This book provoked good conversations with my friend who recommended it.
Thanks for turning me on to another author that now I can't wait for his next book.