I made it to chapter 2 before I had to put this down. I put up with a lengthy description of a financial collapse only to realize that the main character and his wife are completely uninteresting. When I found myself wishing someone would kill them, I turned the book off. I was hoping for something gritty and desperate, but that didn't happen. It's a shame really, because I was interested in the premise.
Note: Dick Hill does a reasonable job, but his narration isn't well suited to the tale.
There is nothing wrong with this story. Its just not my type of book. About halfway through it, it became evident that this was a book that had a strong political message. That's fine, but it is not what I am interested in reading.
I LOVE books about men and women in survival situations of all types. And I enjoy both fiction and non-fiction in this class of books.
I loathe books about politics.
So, if you are interested in reading about how private citizens may have to reform the United States government, you may enjoy this book.
If you are looking for a survival story that truly focuses on the types of problems that people in difficult positions may or have faced, and leaves the politics out of it, you might want to look elsewhere.....
Again, there is nothing wrong with this book. It was just not a book I enjoyed.
Its not for me to tell Mr. Rawles how to write a book. Its obviously a very popular one. That is actually why I purchased it. I figured I would give it a shot.
What would have made me enjoy it more?
Probably cutting out a lot or all of the items about the UN, the Kehoe brothers, the problems with the government, etc and focusing more on problems encountered by the people trying to survive.
While I understand that proficiency with weapons and tactics is an important component of any survival strategy, I also understand that it is probably the easiest to master. It was for me.
Learning to deal with a person who might need surgery, how to handle the outbreak of a fire in a home, farming, gardening, etc. would have been a lot more interesting to read about.
To compare and contrast, I REALLY enjoyed the book "One Second After"
Nothing. He did a fine job.
The reference to the Kehoe brothers is pretty obvious. I could have done without that. I could have done without a lot of the references to unconstitutional governing, the UN, etc....
Like I said, I have found that I do not enjoy books about politics in most cases. And I certainly do not enjoy them in a fictional setting.
As a bit of background info in a novel where the plot focuses on something else, its fine.
But, I do not enjoy books where it is the bread and butter of the story line.
It might be better to point out on the Audible website that the last line of the description is really about half of the book.
I would recommend this for the information in it. I believe that is why people normally buy it, not for the story itself.
First I would say the book was very enjoyable overall. I think the story itself could have been improved a bit.
Worst narration ever, it was like a Saturday Night Live Mike Ditka skit with over the top Chicago accents, where were the "Johnsonville Brats"?
Story had useful information but the characters come off as loud, obnoxious bible thumping busy bodies.
I know it was fiction but some of the first people they meet in the early stages of the crisis performed child cannibalism, really? Ridiculous. Waste of money.
What can I say? I love books. Used to read them to distraction and now I listen the same. At least by listening I can some things done.
I'd rank this as a top 20% book on my list of "reads". Any book that I listened to daily whenever I'd get the chance, and finish in less then a week's time, is a great read as far as I'm concerned.
There were times that this book keep on the edge of my seat. I found myself not wanting to pull the ear bud out of my ear when real life needed tending to, that's for sure.
Dick gives the characters personality, and easily leads you from one harrowing scene to another.
The Second American Civil War, Are You Prepared?
This book presents us with a possible look at the not to distant future of the United States and how a band of friends who had the for site to prepare in advance for such a future, and how doing so gave them an edge when dealing with this new terrifying world they found themselves in.
I'm the author of The Home Distiller's Workbook. I'm a geek-prepper-shiner. Currently into Urban Fantasy, Biz and Post Apocalyptic
Yes, because it is more a How To manual then a real novel
The inventory of things you need for your prepping.
Patriots is one of the prime examples of Infotainment. The author took what was supposed to be a dry manual on how to prep for an economic collapse and wrapped it loosely in an fairly entertaining story line.
People who criticize the story are mistaking the purpose of this novel. It's number one intent is to educate. But instead of dryly listing the What's followed by the Whys, it lists the Whats, almost shopping list style (You should take notes while listening to this) and then follows the Whats' with a story explaining the Why. It's not meant as great fiction, it's meant as a learning tool. Focus on that and enjoy the story. You are getting a great education AND being entertained.
A must read for any prepper.
only those who might be peepers or people interested in field manuals
solid steady porformance
if you have an interest in prepping or are the type the would read an army field manual then this is a very good way to present the information. If not then you will be bored.
The story was boring
No One, he had nothing to work with
None, not worth the time
I read the series of books backward, because they were on sale in that order. They were all great books. Had strong Christian overtones, but really didn't diminish the story at all. This book makes you think about the direction of the country, and society. Enjoy.
Sounded like it was written by Ann Coulter in the middle of a paranoid delusion. I still haven't decided if it was serious or satire. The details on supplies and equipment were excruciating and endless. The political diatribes were long winded and pointless. The characters were one dimensional. The author tried to add some political correctness by including a Jewish and Asian characters. This made the book seem less authentic, the author should have kept with the Right wing Christian, White supremacist theme. Still I enjoyed this look at a world and way of thinking I am so unfamiliar with and I think I may even have a better understanding of both Survivalist and right wing religious extremists. The narration was actually pretty good. Though whether intentional or not, the narrators voice acting made many of the characters sound like dim witted jocks, but it seemed to fit and worked for me.