If the world as we know it ended tomorrow, would you survive? When the United States suffers a major socioeconomic collapse, a power vacuum sweeps the globe. A newly radicalized Islamic government rises to power in Indonesia, invading the Philippines, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, and finally Northern Australia. No longer protected by American military interests, Australia must repel this invasion alone. In the thick of these political maneuvers, Peter and Rhiannon Jeffords, American Christian missionaries living in the Philippines, and Chuck Nolan, a Texas petroleum engineer working in Australia, must face the fear of being strangers in a world in flux.
Meanwhile, the Jeffords' relatives back in Florida struggle to defend themselves against the widespread looting and destruction left in the wake of the US government's collapse. As news spreads of Indonesia's merciless advances, Peter and Rhiannon must abandon their home and missionary post to avoid certain death, turning to their neighbors Paul Navarro and his teenage grandson, Joseph, to help them make the perilous 1,700-mile journey to Australia in a small boat.
But with much of Australia's navy and air force destroyed, a desperate ground war against Indonesia begins, pulling the Jeffords, the Navarros, and Chuck Nolan into a struggle that will determine the safety of their homes, livelihoods, and families.
Featuring brand-new characters, story lines that span the globe, and the authentic survivalist skills and unwavering faith needed to survive a global socioeconomic meltdown, Expatriates cements James Wesley Rawles's reputation as a leading expert and writer in the genre.
©2013 James Wesley Rawles (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Another one on the good side of this up and down series. Expatriates looks at life after an economic collapse from outside of the US (vs the previous ones which were more US centric). This follows the same template as his other books with mixing in some action, military tactics, useful prepping information and religion to tell the story of what might happen after a worldwide economic collapse. This installment is a bit lacking in action (otherwise it would have easily been a 4-5 star book in my opinion) but also includes much less religion than some of this other books (it’s there but doesn’t go on for chapters as it did in Founders). If you want some real world ideas with your post-apocalyptic adventure this is a good choice.
The Performance was excellent. Not only did the narrator have to deal with all the voices (which he did very well) he had to deal with the many accents. Just wonderful!
I love me some audiobooks
I didn't listen to Founders since it got such poor reviews, but I did listen to Patriots (thrice) and Survivors (twice) and found this book to be equal to the latter in action, suspense, drama and practical information. The characters and locations are new and much of the book is spent developing their backgrounds and interrelations. Some of that got a little tedious for me but it did help with remembering characters as the story threaded between subplots. I thought the characters were just as developed and likable as in the other novels mentioned above. Unlike those novels this book isn't primarily set in America and therefore isn't as useful as a preppers guide, unless perhaps you're in missions. Even then, the book doesn't offer much more than the authors other books.
These books are sources of practical information wrapped in fiction. There are nuggets of good info found in each, however, Patriots contained more than the others combined. I'm not saying this isn't a worthy addition to your library though. You can get all the prepping info you'll want by scouring JWR's survivalblog site but that can get tedious and time consuming. These books tend to put that kind of information into a useful academic exercise with mostly entertaining and provocative results.
I started to just skip this novel, since it was centered on overseas characters. Glad that I went ahead and picked it up. I really enjoyed it almost as much as Rawles' other books. Technical novels require that you listen more than once and take notes, but I really do enjoy them.
Loved Patriots and Survivors and was looking forward to thoroughly enjoying this based on the reviews since I did not read Founders based on negative reviews.
The characters were all over the place and I was not drawn into the story and characters as I was with Patriots and Survivors.
I did enjoy the storyline on the trip to Australia on the boat.
Narrator was adequate.
The book was already short and I have too many scenes to list that it would have turned into a shorter story.
JWR...you rocked me with the USA storyline and characters in Patriots and Survivors. I would choose another part of the country...South? with a new story and weave it into the provisional government war on people who believe in the Constitution with no characters relating to the books listed above other than political figures.
I loved the detail of "Patriots" and appreciated the contrast between it and "Survivors". By the time I listened to "Founders" I felt like Mr. Rawles was squeezing the last little bit of life out of that particular strand of characters and circumstances; disappointing. "Expatriates" is a fresh set of characters in different circumstances and places. Much happier with this installment.
A great addition
A combination of all of them, great story arcs!
A true professinal who pulls you into the story.
if you're complaining about the story being "slow" then you don't understand what JWR is doing. his intent is education and informing us of history and what could possibly happen, and to help us prepare
The story is in a mock historical fiction of an economic collapse. The author spends more time on the countries motivations and actions then on character development. Although this is typical of Rawles, and usually enjoyable, it's a bit over the top and takes away from the story. In short, it comes across as a long Wikipedia entry. I am usually a big fan of Rawles, but he really doesn't deliver in this novel.
The narrator was a bit off at times. On a couple of occasions he would mispronounce words. The narrator does an OK job but obviously does not have a weapons background.
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