Yes, definitely, but it's not for those who imagine that civilization and social stability come from government.
The confrontation with the prissy, upper-class woman on the sailboat who hates guns, but just had her life saved by a guy who knows how to use one, and did.
This is the best of his that I have heard.
The cop in England who befriends the main character out of simple Christian charity.
For me, Survivors was a very interesting read, even if it wasn't Hemingway or Faulkner.
Rawles may not be exactly right about future events, but if things do go South socio-economically in a big way, his scenarios would likely not be too far off the mark. The story is believable in many respects, and the author is at his best when describing scenes of a tactical/military nature. It is obvious that he has done his homework in this regard, and lots of it. As for Christianity in the novel, some might view it as too strong, but I would wager that in an apocalyptic event, all of the chic atheists and pagans out there would find that their ersatz morality was as dust in a windstorm. Rawles is something of a cross between the admonition of George Washington, si vis pacem, para bellum (If you wish for peace, prepare for war), and John Adams refrain that,
This turned out to be much better that I originally thought it would be, especially given the pseudonym of "A. American" (though given the topic, I can understand the need/desire for anonymity). Having read quite a few post-apocalyptic works, this is definitely one of the most engaging.
It was more of a down-in-the-trenches look at such a scenario, concerned with the day-to-day living. Other books of the genre focus more on the various constitutional or philosophical implications of such a circumstance, whereas this was more about the relationships of regular folks trying to survive under tremendous pressure. The main character's heroism was reluctant and born of a practicality to do the best he could for his family and friends.
The comeuppance of the homeland security guards at the camp having the tables turned on them. Gotta love Sarge, Jeff, -well drawn characters.
In general, the relationships among the characters were realistically drawn...I've known people like several of these characters.
I suppose when Thad's mother passed away...the generosity of the preacher and other friends. Very touching.
I listened to all 4 books in record time...Duke Fontaine did a great job of reading, really great...good accents without overdoing it...resonant voice, good pacing. Nice job, Duke.
Yes, and I probably will, simply because it is an interesting look at war from the inside.
The main character, Jack.
Drop the accent.
An inside look at war where life and death are decided between heartbeats.
The US is lucky to have patriots like Jack Coughlin. So many liberals think that Marines and other US military personnel are just unfeeling, unthinking automatons to be pushed around on a world chess board to accomplish a stated mission. That's not the case. These are honorable citizen-soldiers with hearts and minds who, like Jack Coughlin, will do what is necessary to protect the people of United States.
As someone who did a fair amount of shooting in the Marine Corps, I can attest to how difficult really good shooting is at great distances. Coughlin is like a major-league perfect-game pitcher compared to most of us sand--lot players.
As for the reader, he has a good voice, but should not have attempted the Bostonian accent. It sounded a bit pretentious and was distracting. If Jack Coughlin had read it with his own accent, that would have been fine, because that's who he is.
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