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.
I'm a apocalyptic story fanatic...maybe that's why I prep. I've read to0 many end of the world as you know it books.
If Rawles would have continued writing based on his first two books it might have made a 4 or 5.
Rawles spends several chapters attempting to convert the reader into his idea of the appropriate way to practice religion. It's not a indirect approach either its an all out assault.It's no secret Rawles is a religious man. You could tell that from his first two books and how the characters were portrayed as practicing Christians.I didn't mind it at all in those books. However, this book goes well beyond that and provides you with the finer details. I honestly thought I was listening to a book on religious doctrine. It was absolutely unnecessary and served no real purpose in the story. Rawles also copies word for word sections out of his other books...it was very disappointing. You could have done so much better Rawles. If you had saved your religious teachings for a book specifically on that subject and took your time with this one. You could have created a great story based on the same events depicted in your other two books. If you had plans for any more books, you may find your sales disappointing. With this book you will have lost a lot of your dedicated readers such as myself.
The religious overtones were just got in the way of the story. Although the story itself was just a rehash of the first two books.
Religious right overtones too great.
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.
on the trail
This book parallels 'Patriots', but is told from the perspective of one of the other characters. It got me thinking about all the various aspects of preparedness: Proper location, communications , weaponry, food storage, bartering, fuel storage, i.e., pros and cons of gas vs.. diesel, photo voltaics, and the mental preparedness required to sustain oneself over a period of years.
I'm half way through this book and have to stop listening. It's such a wast of my time. I feel that the author needed to fill this book up in order to complete his trilogy and that's exactly what you get while reading, "filler". Patriots was a great book, but with the author reusing the exact same material I had to check and make sure I haven't already listened to this book.
If you buy it, you will receive the following:
-cut and past sentences/paragraphs and material from the 2 previous books (Patriots and Survivors)
-agonizingly long descriptions of people, places and objects that are unrelated to the plot. Was this to fill up space on the pages?
-an incredible amount of religious based text which for some reason was pushed into this book. Maybe the author found Jesus while writing it?
In conclusion, I'm wishing I had just spent my credit on a different book.