This was a very good book. I was looking for an explaination to the events that led to the rise of these terrorists. This book was a very good, unbiased account of those events. Like most history, it does not judge, it only explains. It does so in great detail that is sometimes hard to follow, but it is well worth the effort. It also relates the truth of this situation, in no uncertain terms: This is a far more compli
cated issue than it appears. Those countries who we have been led to believe are our allies have a strange conection to this land and its troubles. Very well worth it.
There is nothing wrong with this story. Its just not my type of book. About halfway through it, it became evident that this was a book that had a strong political message. That's fine, but it is not what I am interested in reading.
I LOVE books about men and women in survival situations of all types. And I enjoy both fiction and non-fiction in this class of books.
I loathe books about politics.
So, if you are interested in reading about how private citizens may have to reform the United States government, you may enjoy this book.
If you are looking for a survival story that truly focuses on the types of problems that people in difficult positions may or have faced, and leaves the politics out of it, you might want to look elsewhere.....
Again, there is nothing wrong with this book. It was just not a book I enjoyed.
Its not for me to tell Mr. Rawles how to write a book. Its obviously a very popular one. That is actually why I purchased it. I figured I would give it a shot.
What would have made me enjoy it more?
Probably cutting out a lot or all of the items about the UN, the Kehoe brothers, the problems with the government, etc and focusing more on problems encountered by the people trying to survive.
While I understand that proficiency with weapons and tactics is an important component of any survival strategy, I also understand that it is probably the easiest to master. It was for me.
Learning to deal with a person who might need surgery, how to handle the outbreak of a fire in a home, farming, gardening, etc. would have been a lot more interesting to read about.
To compare and contrast, I REALLY enjoyed the book "One Second After"
Nothing. He did a fine job.
The reference to the Kehoe brothers is pretty obvious. I could have done without that. I could have done without a lot of the references to unconstitutional governing, the UN, etc....
Like I said, I have found that I do not enjoy books about politics in most cases. And I certainly do not enjoy them in a fictional setting.
As a bit of background info in a novel where the plot focuses on something else, its fine.
But, I do not enjoy books where it is the bread and butter of the story line.
It might be better to point out on the Audible website that the last line of the description is really about half of the book.
This was a good book. Not great, but good. I have not seen the movie, and I am glad I waited to read the book first. From the ads alone, I see major differences. It is an interesting account of a young man facing the event that he had prepared for, but secretly hoped he would never see.
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