I like J W Rawles stuff - I know it's not exactly great literature but I enjoy it.
This book recycles some of his other stuff and doesn't really flow in with much new stuff. It's a bit all over the place. If you've read either of his other books this one is only so so.
There is a bit of good Christian witness in.
Not a bad book but not very good either.
I am a religious person, born again christian who has alot of the same views on a coming collapse as mister Rawles... however, that being said. this is without a doubt the worst book i have ever listened to/read. i have noticed in this post apocalypse/emp/societal colapse/zombie genre, some of the authors are using the books to play out their own little fantasies about what a bad ass they wish they had been in real life, kinda got that impression from Rawles in his first book where the lead protagonist is some super bad ass soldier (oh wait he's a accounting analyst before the crunch? yet he tells a former force recon marine "good job that's how a recon should be done" no kidding geek boy, that's what he was TRAINED TO DO... like a pencil pushing computer geek would have a clue to be able to say good job).... how believeble is that. go on your little security patrol trips with your "group" all you want, if your a computer geek, TSHTF doesnt make you rambo all of a sudden... back to founders, the story on this is absolutely incredibly indescribably horrible, almost to the point of painful, i had read all the bad reviews but told myself that many of them had to do with the religon and alot of people probably are not christians that read it so that is how i explained it away.
Big mistake.... please read the reviews, even if you are a fan of Rawles, wait till his next book. maybe it will be better, don't waste your money!
i would honestly like to have an open line of communication with mister Rawles as some of the things he mentions in his book and seems to endorse are pretty much directly against the christian faith to the point i wonder if he really is a christian or just playing one for the sales?
And no i am not talking about the action and violence i am no pacifist, in fact this book was sorely lacking on the action side.
And as far as the religion goes, it was well sprinkled in Patriots and Survivors. but DRENCHED in Founders. i feel more books should be written like Patriots putting a positive light on christians since society in general tends to beat us up on a regular basis, but come on Rawles, if you want to write a book on your view and studies of differing religious doctrine, please do so, i may even read it, as i enjoy studying many different views. but just spouting random thoughts and excerpts from your own studies and trying to form a story that fits around them does not a good book make. Based on your charecters in the books interaction with each, other one has to wonder if you have ever even met and listened to people before. people dont talk that way! period..... and oh ya by the way not everyone with a tattoo is a gang banging criminal rapist......... and not only super pious uber religious people will survive the collapse to be "the good guys" so when it comes don't just randomly shoot people who arent carrying a King James please...
P.S mister Rawles..... write a book detailing the keen brothers adventure from Patriots..... but do better than you did with this one.
Although I'd still read future works from this author, I felt that he copied and pasted much of his story from his first books. I was really put off by this, as well as the narrator's voice. 3 of Rawle's previous books have the same narrator, it's a shame that he switched on the final one.
I normally like post apocalyptic fiction but I just couldn't get past the first chapter of this book. I don't object to authors injecting their political and religious beliefs in their work but Rawls does it to the point of distraction. From glorifying the Latin mass to the condescending tone toward all things associated with modern banking, the author comes across as a wing-nut.
I suspect that those who agree with Mr. Rawls politics and religious views will find the book enjoyable. If the book weren't so political and religious it would probably have been an interesting read. I have since read that this is the third in a series and the first two got better reviews.
Back off the politics and religion and just tell the story. Label the book as Christian fiction so the reader won't be surprised at the content.
He didn't have much to work with. Given that he probably did the best he could but the performance was over the top trying to inject drama where there wasn't any.
Disappointment. The subject of economic and social collapse could have been really interesting.
Make sure that you read all the reviews both here and at amazon to see if this book is for you.
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
If you've read the other 3 books you'll see several references to them in this final [I believe] book in the series. It was a nice cap to the series and I recommend it to everyone. It's an easy listen and the information is as always important to have.
This is a terrible book, religious propaganda plus long long long detailed descriptions that add nothing to the story line. Ughh
A very solid conclusion for the Patriot series. Rawles is a Prepper and blogger and he teaches as he tells his story.
He relies very much on world history to build his story. Consequently, his stories are plausible and motivating.
The story begun in Patriots continues in this parallel book. The story tracks alongside, filling in gaps and expanding on the information provided in Patriots. I thoroughly enjoyed the information provided, the narrative and the tale. Listened to the story twice, then bought the written book.
The performance was excellent with great sound quality.
He has a good steady voice, a true professional.
Phil Gigante is an awful narrator, and his voices for women are beyond atrocious. I hope his rates are reflective of his performance quality.
I was surprised that Rawles actually wasn't negative regarding the farm family that was "moral but not religious". He does love to witness in his books and is clearly biased against those who are not Catholics or Christians. Still, he does now how to weave practical advice in with the story line.