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.
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).
Survivalist, preppers, Christian fundamentalism, states-rights, guns rights, family values, logistics, weapons, explosives, military tactics / strategy, small-scale farming, apocalyptic, disaster, anti-U.N..
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.
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.
I have to give credit to the author for his pragmatic views on survival in case of economic collapse. What I can't stand--just my personal opinion here--is the angle from which the author writes. No offense to any Christians who may read this--to each his own--but to me this book should be titled "Ultra-conservative Christians: A Novel of survival in the coming Communist Cannibal apocalypse."
I am a huge fan of survival novels, and bought this book pretty much along that premise. "Earth Abides" by George R. Stuart, as well as "Alas, Babylon" by Pat Frank are two of my favorites. "One Second After" by William Forstchen, and "Lucifer's Hammer" by Larry Niven are pretty good as well, not to mention "The Stand" by Stephen King (horror/fantasy survival scenario!) and "Robopacolypse" by Daniel H. Wilson (killer AI robots/tech survival novel).
I have no special aversion to highly-religious authors, but in this case, I freely admit that I was disgusted by the overt political/religious views of the author. I could deal with the characters' constant need to "reflect with prayer", but when the first two "villains" show up carrying cannibalized body parts and communist manifestos in their shopping cart--Yes folks, COMMUNIST CANNIBALS are the enemy here--I felt like vomiting all over my iPod. Someone should have told the author that the Cold War is over and that the Soviet Union collapsed back in 1991.
I mean no offense to conservatives out there, or religious fundamentalists who believe that the earth is only a few thousand years old. If that's you, then buy this book! You will love it!
However, if you are not a card-carrying Tea Party'er, and don't believe that all liberals--let alone hippies--are communists, then I would suggest your credit might be better spent elsewhere. Now I need to go wash...
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.
This book kept my interest, but somehow I felt it was too "wordy". Too much emphasis on descriptions of the equipment and things the characters were using.
Have not listened to this author before.
This is my second book narrated by Dick Hill. Dick Hill should just read in his natural voice. Attempts to imitate characters voice or accents leave much to be desired. - especially women. This characterization was distracting to me.
The content is part end - of - usa tale and part survivalist primer. The story part is fine. The survivalist part is VERY detailed and boring though I'm sure I learned something.
Dick Hill narration is ok. he's a good "narrator" but not so great actor. Characters sound alike and speak with a similar cadence. All women sound like my 75 year old grandma regardless of the characters age.
Note there is no swearing or sex but there is violence - bad guys do bad things and good guys do bad things to the bad guys.
The narration was ok but everyone did sound a bit like Dr Zoidberg from Futurama.
I love the survival fiction genre. It has a lot of potential to explore but I have a hard time finding really good books in the genre.
20 years ago I read nearly the entire "The Survivalist" series by Jerry Ahern and loved them. They were less informational than this book but more entertaining. More gun oriented as the protagonists guns were fully described every time they were mentioned which was about every half page or so.
This book is about a survivalist group self described militia who all wear matching uniforms and love ambushing people walking down the road to question them in the name of justice. I found the characters to be pretty much pretentious self righteous pricks. That being said they would almost certainly be the people who would actually survive a global meltdown so I have to give them that.
I enjoyed the book even if I loved to hate the protagonists.