No on both counts. Mr. Rawles seems to know his stuff when it comes to prepper info., but although the larger story is plausible, the day-to-day events are just plain ridiculous and the character development non-existent. 8+ adults living together in a single family home for several years and the only internal strife is one of the women gets cranky once a month??? Cannibal commies after 2 months? C'mon! Every character is either 100% noble, or 100% pure concentrated evil, there is no gray area ever. If that wasn't bad enough the "I'll survive because I know better than you" smugness comes through page after page after page.
All of it was made worse by narration that was perhaps the worst read I have ever listened to. Out of 50+ books this is the first one I EVER put on faster than 1.0 read rate. Frankly, I'm not sure why I finished, but I guess it goes back to the fact that the larger story is plausible and interesting.
Overall, Mr. Rawles should've been a technical consultant to a decent fictional writer, and Mr. Hill should've stuck to his day-job, whatever that may be.
No, some of my favorite books are of the post-apocalypse genre, although this was my first prepper book.
BAD, JUST BAD
I would've kept the overall theme of the book, but scrapped most of the rest of it.
I will not read another Rawles, nor listen to another Hill, period.
Could be the scenario we face here in the future, and if not, still a great story. Maybe too much detail on some of the guns, radios, etc., but it's also very good information if you want to prepare.
Sure makes you think about what you would need in order to survive during an economic collapse.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
I have loved end of the world lit... "The Road," "One Second After," and "Alas Babylon" are some of my favorites. Wanting something similar I tried Patriots, not even close. No kidding this reads like a survivalist catalog down to and including the model numbers, pros and cons of purchase and would have, should have. It is violent, improbable, self righteous and includes a war senario with Idaho prepper groups fighting the UN take-over tanks and soldiers. So when you are prepping be sure and store hand granades and extra long fuses. It does have an unusual start and end of the Apocalyse and will teach you how to deliver a baby.
A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
This book was a real stinker! It was supposed to be a novel of survival in the coming collapse but it read like a Preppers catalog of supplies. The book had more data on equipment model numbers and prices then an actual storyline. It went something like this “Todd looked through his binoculars which were Steiner’s Model TA6456, he bought them from Sears four years ago at a price of $64.99. He didn’t go with Steiner’s Model TA6488 because there was a glare to the lens when looking at long distance”. Kid you not this is how this book reads. The storyline (what little there was of it) got all muddled up with all the data on items. It was like having someone read you the Sears catalog. The editing on this book was awful as was the narration.
I’m embarrassed I wasted 21 hours of my life on this book. I kept thinking its has to get better it can’t be like this all the way through, YES IT CAN! The only reason why I am posting a review is because I don’t want someone else to waste 21 hours.
If you like hoards of details on items, how much they cost, where to get it and why you should have it then this book is for you. If you want a good storyline to follow go with Alas Babylon it’s a collapse novel with a great storyline and wonderful characters.
I listen to audiobooks to stay awake when I go on long drives. I can tell you that I have listened to dozens of audio books and this is by far in a class all by itself. SNOOZER! I almost fell asleep and drove off the road!
The writing is so poor and flat with a total lack of character development and insane amount of details in all the wrong places. Not to mention tiresome speeches on gun laws, the Oklahoma Murrow Building conspiracy and your right to drive a car.
"Don pulled the chrome plated colt commander 45acp built by colts custom pistol division with the green trijicon night sights, an extended mag and slide release from his black bianchi balistic nylon shoulder holster and pointed it the guy sporting a early issue M65 olive drab field jacket...blah...blah....!"
24 of 25 hours of this book sounded like that. Details stacked on details that simply don't tell a story. The book sounds like an infomercial for the authors favorite gun and gear collection.
The narration is whiney and difficult to listen to.
Save your credits.
Before I get into the story, the first thing you have to understand is what kind of book this is. First and foremost this is a "preppers" book. Once you understand that, the style of the book and the amazing amount of detail make sense. The author is a survival expert with many years of experience in military and civilian tactical methods as well as a respected prepper who lives how he preaches. This book is the 4th edition of a story that has been revised and expanded over two decades.
The narrative of this novel serves to bring a context to the vast amount of technical detail. It is set in the mid-west and the author uses first-hand knowledge of the region to bring the characters and places to life. I found that the story kept me very interested throughout the book, only lagging in a couple of small places. This books is filled with scenes of violence and harsh imagery. For that reason, I would caution anyone below the age of 15 to read it. The author however does skillfully weave these violent themes into the story with tact and a respect for life.
I feel that the main point of this novel is to provide a feasible scenario in which survival preparedness would not only be useful, but essential. The author uses an extreme level of detail in describing the weapons, food-stores, logistical material, vehicles, medical supplies, armor, and housing. At first, if you do not accept this book for what it is--a recipe on how to setup and maintain a survival retreat--you will be overwhelmed. If you are listening to the book because you are wanting a guide on survival preparedness, this is your book. If you are not and are just looking for a book to entertain, this can still be your book, but you may be better off with something like One Second After by William R. Forstchen.
More information can be found at the authors blog (survivalblog [dot] com)
Overall, I really enjoyed this book both from an entertainment and informational perspective. Although I was already of the survival mindset, this book has given me a new understanding of the level of preparation that is truly needed to survive "dooms-day" scenarios like the one in this novel.
I would recommend this book to anyone (over the age of 15).
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Definitely heavy on technical detail and survival recs. But isn't that the purpose we sought this book. The performance can be trying, but the storyline that exist does serve a purpose. Additionally this book does potray probably one of the more realistic sequences of events for the demise of this country. And if nothing else it is interesting to review and consider.
I commute 2 hours a day, the story filled a lot of dead time that I have.
I liked the narrator, but I am sure he had a hard time reading this also.
This book droned on and on for hours. I even tried to put myself in the mindset of a beginner prepper in the chance I could learn some basic prep ideas. But jezz the story beat to death in gory detail the name and capability of every kind of gun and caliber, or piece of equipment the characters used or ran across.
In the later chapters a radio operator was briefing to a patriot XO, about radio capabilities. I thought I was going to blow my brains out in the car while driving 75 mph! If I sat through a brief like that in real life I would have walked out. Who gives a crap about an old CB radio that has been out of production for 20 yrs at the time this book was written?
Character development was lacking on many levels. I just cannot believe that these people all bonded and stuck to a plan for that many years. Example: they all bought and rebuilt trucks of the same kind. Obviously they had to much money and time on their hands.
I only finished the book because of the monetary investment I already had into it. I just didn't find parts of the story believable on any level. Other parts? I could say ok, maybe.
I live in Illinois and can't stand the Chicago accent, the narration could have done away with that part. At times it was like listening to a Saturday Night Live skit with Da' Bears being said every 2 minutes. In defense of Dick Hill I think he did this to help himself get through reading this book.
It never sucked me in like I wanted it too. If you are a prepper you may enjoy it though. It did not have enough character development for you to get attached to the characters nor did it have enough scope to pull you in like an epic. It straddled that line in between. Never really committing to either. Ok story though and Dick Hill is always an amazing narrator.