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.
Nothing changed. There was no new information that was added to the story and I quit it with an hour left. Very sorry that I purchased this.
It was a good story the first time that I read it....
Yes, but it would have to be a great plot.
Save a credit and look for another series until there are more positive reviews.
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.
A concentration on anecdote and situation including cause and effect, rather than depicting every character as uber religious and ultimately righteous.
The most interesting is the second half, with actual story and conflict. Least would be the background of every characters ultimately Christian religion.
All lengthy depictions of religious background, it can play a part but not over power the story.
If an author would like to further their religious agenda, it should be done subtly and without the sacrifice of their product. This piece seems as it is trying to play the evangelicalist.