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Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

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Publisher's Summary

It’s the near future, and thanks to a perfect storm of reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, a stock market gone mad, and the negligence of our elected officials, the entire social, political, and economic infrastructure of America has collapsed. Chaos reigns in the streets, medical treatment is no longer available, and a silent coup has placed a dangerous group of men at the helm of a false government.

America’s fate is in the hands of those few individuals who have the survival skills, the faith, and the forethought to return this country to the state its founding fathers intended.

©2012 James Wesley, Rawles (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Rohann 10-25-12
    Rohann 10-25-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Skip this one if you have read other Rawles books."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you were a born-again Christian AND had not read Patriots (another book by Rawles), you might tolerate this story.


    What was most disappointing about James Wesley, Rawles’s story?

    This book was clearly cobbled together with little thought or creativity in a quick and desperate attempt to exploit the loyal readership base of Patriots and Survivors and Rawles.

    The Laytons' story has already been told and was better in the condensed version. The outcome of the "war" and the role of some of the characters directly involved in the fighting are old news. The cardboard characters from the Montana missile silo segments were simply implausible. Packaged together this portion of the book would have rated a solid D- in a freshman writing class.

    The two prior books contributed some useful prepper info along with the somewhat limited plot lines and weak character development. Perhaps because of the haste with which this book was slapped together, plot became plod and characters became stand-ins for Rawles' peculiar version of flat Christian stereotypes.

    Since Rawles purports to honor Christian values, he needs to be reminded that personal greed is a sin. Exploiting honest and loyal fans is even worse. His characters spend entirely too much time mouthing the words of Christian values costing the story momentum and credibility. But Rawles' exploitation of his readers speaks more about him and his real values than all the Christian piety in this slap-dash, second-hand, twice-told "story."


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was OK, but either the producer or narrator need to do some background checking. For example, the town of Belle Fourche is pronounced "bell foosh". Perhaps the nonsense in the narrative regarding the pronunciation is exactly what Rawles wrote. In that case, Rawles got suckered with a story by somebody playing a clever joke on a pompous guy.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Pure disappointment. Despite the lengthy didactic segments in Patriots, I liked the book. Founders was not an improvement but did have some bright spots. Speaking of Founders, it is unfortunate that Rawles knows very little about horses and less about riding. He should have had someone with real knowledge critique that part of the story.

    Founders is a misleading and deceptive name given the story. I listened all the way through hoping that at some point, the book would come to life. It never happened. This is a rare case, where I would return the book if I could.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money or credits for something else.

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    aaron gibbstown, NJ, United States 10-22-12
    aaron gibbstown, NJ, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2016
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    "im not saying this is a bad bad book ,but!"
    If you’ve listened to books by James Wesley, Rawles before, how does this one compare?

    not as good. a little heavy on the christian zionist message


    Have you listened to any of Phil Gigante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    just as good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    like all of the books in this series ,founders gives us great lessons on how to survive the COMMING ECONOMIC COLLAPSE AND WORLD WAR.rawles mixes survival tech with a great story. heres my problem with the book. in the previous books the zionist christian themes were there ,but not so pronounced.this book kinda made me feel like he possibly hung out with a few neo cons that still thought 19 men in caves made 3 buildings fall in their own foot print with only two air planes and that there was a massive islamic threat looming over the hill ready at any time to come steal our women and convert by the sword.this really got bad at the end of the book when you find out what the world looks like in 100 years .i first thought the revolution would be more libertarian ,less interventionalist .but the message i got at the end of the book was, the world went on the same way, only a little more earth friendly and monitarily sound.i suggest that rawles re reads the works of the founding fathers .im not saying this is a bad book, but i would of hoped it would of ended up a little more ron paul ,gary johnson and a little less rush limbaugh ,shaun hannity!

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    Gregory Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-18-12
    Gregory Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-18-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "My last book of that author"

    I think I've got a tap in to the whole "survivalist" mentality and don't like it at all. This last book is more of a missianik teaching then any survival suggestions. I think that was the purpose behind the book. Was sorry to WAST a credit. Worst of the trilogy.

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    Greg 10-18-12
    Greg 10-18-12
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    "Enjoyable but be sure to listen to Patriots first."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not a bad story, it kept my interest. There were a few parts I felt as though dragged on.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would not not have gone into some of the great detail of the characters faith. It seemed off topic after a while. I worried that rest of the story would go off topic as the first few chapters did, but luckily this wasn't the case.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't want to spoil it. I enjoyed the journey of the 2 main charters.


    Was Founders worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The deep background into the faith of the characters will detract from the story for many listeners in the early chapters. It really was a little too much detail, for instance, to know that a Catholic couple doesn't have children because they practice the rhythm method of birth control. It seemed to be an unnecessary justification. I would recommend Patriots over this first. Infact I think I'm going to re-listen to Patriots. But if you are like me and can't get enough of this story, you will be entertained by Founders.

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    Sandi 10-17-12
    Sandi 10-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book"
    If you could sum up Founders in three words, what would they be?

    Devastating, Surreal, Prepping


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They all did a good job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Prepare


    Any additional comments?

    I think that James Rawles writes very good books about what is going to happen if Obama gets into office again.

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    debra Pittsfield, NH, United States 10-15-12
    debra Pittsfield, NH, United States 10-15-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Too much Brand Details and WAY TOO MUCH RELIGION"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I guess the storyline was good but the brand names for everything just showed that the author was hell-bent on showing that he was well versed in names for everything instead of just saying "gun" he named all of them with what type of ammo they took.....who the heck cares. Not me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    was ok


    What three words best describe Phil Gigante’s voice?

    The reader was ok...shoukd leave out trying to do a female voice. It took away from it bigtime.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would cause the story line was good and Im sure hollywood would make sure that the religious in your face stuff was out as well as the brand names for everything prepper LOL


    Any additional comments?

    I would pass on this one.

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    justin OWATONNA, MN, United States 10-15-12
    justin OWATONNA, MN, United States 10-15-12
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    "Loved Patriots but please dont waste your credits"
    What disappointed you about Founders?

    Its feels like JWR wrote this book in 5 days, i swear 50%-75% is a recap from surviors and patriots so that was very frustrating. I kept thinking that it was going to get better, it had to get better but it didnt. The ending has horrible, it almost worth getting this book just to listen to how horrible this series ened. Please dont waste your hard earned money on this garbage. I loved patriots, thought survivors was pretty enjoyable but this is just garbage. Dont say your not warned.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Phil Gigante?

    yes


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    Dave Spokane, WA, United States 10-13-12
    Dave Spokane, WA, United States 10-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Patriots was his best work"

    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.

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    Jared Karshner 10-12-12
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    "Better than what I expected!"
    Would you listen to Founders again? Why?

    This is a great story. I agree I could have done without most of the overly religious parts, but it was part of the story. I don't think it was as distracting as some have stated. I really enjoyed this book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was not as good as the past two books. Dick Hill did a much better job for these books. Once you get over that and he stops speak in his women's voice it is not bad.


    Any additional comments?

    In summary if you have invested the time with the first two books you will want to listen to this one too. It is definitely worth it. It gives you just enough additional items to really finish up the story.

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    woods2210 Claymont, De United States 10-10-12
    woods2210 Claymont, De United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good start..."

    It starts out well but has a weak finish. Provide listener with food for thought and gives Americans plenty of reason to prepare.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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