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.
I've read the whole series and it's interesting, sure. However, it is over-the-top with religious references and all the repetitive Christian stuff is distracting from what could be a great story. It's clear Rawles knows his guns and prepper material, but the lists are tedious. OK, I get it. Oil your H&K and fear god and you'll live. Non-christian folks can be moral, but they'll likely have no bullets, rusted weapons and die in their BMWs. Check. Next...
Gigante was alright. He's not Humphrey Bower, but he did what he had to do.
The military angles were interesting. The religious ones were annoying.
I'd rather have saved the time.
Rawles should cut the religious stuff in post-apocalyptic work. Jesus didn't save the world if everyone died horribly in the big crunch. Period. Mass death is not Jesus saving all the Christians. The whole concept of post-apocalyptic Christian compound gangs is, meh...
Less proselytizing, fresh material
Let me first say, I did not finish this book.
I really enjoyed Patriots by Rawles and the religious tones of the book didn't detract from the story for me at all, but right out of the gate, Founders felt more like Rawles was proselytizing than writing an interesting novel. With every paragraph, I felt less and less spiritually adequate compared to the righteous, teetotaling, Bible-Study obsessed characters in this book. Rawles is a good story teller and has a great deal of knowledge but apparently he was more interested in spreading the word with this book than continuing the great story he started with Patriots.
When the book wasn't illustrating the importance of Christ in the character's lives and discussing doctrine, it was telling a story from one of the previous books in the series, word for word, in some cases. Much of the story about getting out of Chicago was copied from Patriots wholesale. In many cases, I was able to finish sentences from memory before the narrator spoke them.
I have listened to Patriots twice and based on other's reviews, I was going to pass on Founders but in a moment of weakness, I caved in and purchased it. Overall, I was very disappointed to have used a credit on this book and ultimately I got so frustrated with it that I deleteted it before I finished the story.
This was my least favorite of the series but still enjoyable. Worth the time for sure
This is not a story about prepairedness or emergency planning, this is inane hyper-religious babble.... Don't believe me? The story ends 100 years in the future and the Christians are again, to the delight of the character at the time, waging crusades again. This is a waste of time and a credit, will be asking for a return.
i was not a hugh fan of this.. but it does help to complete the series.. Bring the all the players up to date. Not the best in the series but not horrible either. No where near as good as the others
I loved patriots. Its my favorite TEOTWAWKI book
a storm of swords
anger. I felt I had already read a good portion of the book
I know this book is closely tied to Patriots but there are many parts that seem identical. I have never liked reading books twice and thats what this felt like. It felt like a copy and paste job. It would be a good book if I had never read patriots.