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Patriots Audiobook

Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

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Publisher's Summary

America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

As hordes of refugees and looters pour out of the cities, a small group of friends living in the Midwest desperately try to make their way to a safe-haven ranch in northern Idaho. The journey requires all their skill and training since communication, commerce, transportation and law enforcement have all disappeared. Once at the ranch, the group fends off vicious attacks from outsiders and then looks to join other groups that are trying to restore true Constitutional law to the country.

Patriots is a thrilling narrative depicting fictional characters using authentic survivalist techniques to endure the collapse of American civilization. Listening to this compelling, fast-paced novel could one day mean the difference between life and death.

©2009 James Wesley Rawles; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Lady Pamela New Mexico 04-29-15
    Lady Pamela New Mexico 04-29-15

    And Buffalo George

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    "Not for Everyone"

    I assume that you've read the publisher's summary, so here's my take. This is 21+ hours about small unit army tactics, stuff you need should the USA ever collapse and a few tips on living without electricity. Great stuff for a long drive across "Texas?" So it's a fun, thought-provoking read, but not for everyone. If you are interested in guns, "this Bud's for you." If you voted for Obama and still like him, you'll probably toss this book after the first few pages. It was centered on Boville, Idaho...a site near the U of Idaho in Moscow...that made it interesting for me, but it could have been anywhere in the USA. I guess the author lives near Boville? Most of the Indian heritage that form the derivation of local names were pronounced correctly. One could interpret this book as a diatribe about survivalists and I think that it is. But, it's my first and as such, is interesting...some Christian and no Aryan nation stuff. It's 21+ hours contain research details that could be omitted and still have a cogent novel. As always, the tactical interactions are less of interest than the author's opinion about strategy, politics and outcome. It has an ending and that's not obvious until some new characters are dragged out and used in the last half hour--surprise! I wonder what's in the second book?

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    Richard 04-22-15
    Richard 04-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Guns and God forever"

    As other reviewers have said this is a good resource for a Prepper. Lots of useful information given. The novel portion and yes, it is a novel, speaks to every Christian fundamentalist, anti- government, gun-nut's dream. I think Hugh's review from 6/5/12 says it all.

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    malcolm 04-21-15
    malcolm 04-21-15
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    "LOOK UP GARBAGE IN A THESAURUS"

    PLEASE Do not spend your hard earned money on this book. It is a waste.

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    Michele 04-18-15
    Michele 04-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fiction yes, truth very much so."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Patriots to be better than the print version?

    Same, perhaps a bit better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Patriots?

    Situational awareness.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Pretty good.


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

    Yes after the first chapter or two.


    Any additional comments?

    Opens your eyes to real possibilities you never want to happen. If the story is not for you, then there is a good bit of knowledge and ideas for your brain to process.

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    Cinda 04-15-15
    Cinda 04-15-15
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    "TOO MUCH DETAIL!"

    The dialogue was extremely stilted due to the excessive and unnecessary amount of detail. The premise of the story was interesting but I struggled to get through it. I would be afraid to try anything else from this author.

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    Michael Wolsey Syracuse, UT USA 04-15-15
    Michael Wolsey Syracuse, UT USA 04-15-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent Survival Information but Mixed Messages"
    What did you love best about Patriots?

    I loved this book because of the way the people in the book used survival skills in a true to life crisis situation. Rawles is obviously a survivalist and prepper to the nth degree. But when I bought the book I bought it for this reason. It is invaluable to those people trying to prepare for a crisis.


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

    I was pleased with the ending. I like books where the good guys seem to win out in the end.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I was enthralled with the many voices of Dick Hill including different accents and tones for both men and women. Really quite a stunning performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes I got emotional during a couple of situations in the book. I don't recall laughing much if any. The whole book was pretty intense and really got me thinking a lot about what Brigands or the State might do in a crisis situation. It was very scary.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I liked Rawles book for the survivalist information imbedded as part of the storyline. I thought he went overboard describing all the different guns and ammunition and weapons. There were some things that really bothered me in the book. Rawles seems to characterize the main characters as lovers of the Constitution but yet they don't seem to think much of the 4th amendment. They seem fine with interrogating, and searching people at gunpoint without their permission. This seems like a conflicting message.

    I know the book is fiction but I didn't like the way the police and the Federal government were portrayed before the collapse. Obviously Rawles can create any type of fictional stories or characters he chooses. It just when something is so completely opposite of what me and most of the rational God-Fearing Christians that I know believe it was a little hard to swallow.

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    Sea Gal Hermosa Beach, CA 04-13-15
    Sea Gal Hermosa Beach, CA 04-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Read by a Robot"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm still reading it. Had to stop because the narrator is really bad.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This reader was almost "unlistenable". Several times I considered turning it off and buying the paperback. He sounds like a geriatric robot and he shouts a lot. The voices he gives to the characters makes them sound like uneducated rednecks. The voices he gives to the women are almost offensive. This should have been read by someone younger and with much better cadence. I think the choppiness of the reading is from lack of oxygen.


    Any additional comments?

    Do over. Get another narrator. Sorry.

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    William Palmyra, VA, United States 04-08-15
    William Palmyra, VA, United States 04-08-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Propagandist guidebook"
    Would you try another book from James Wesley Rawles and/or Dick Hill?

    No wish I had know about Mr. Rawles before I got the book. This is mostly a guide book for how to do a retreat for survivalists. There is not much story to it and what story there is becomes propaganda for the Constitutionalist Christian Libertarian agenda. He ends with these United States existing as a confederation with a federal government weaker than the one we had in 1776. I would like to see an actual sequel about 20 years written by a realist.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not one of Mr. Rawles


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    I do not fault Mr. Hill's reading of the book he is an enjoyable listen.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I agree with the characters reaction to the new "American Government"


    Any additional comments?

    I should look up the background of the authors before I by the book.

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    Lafe 04-01-15
    Lafe 04-01-15
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    "Be Prepared"

    Although this book is currently fiction. It does follow what many of us believe is in our future. The information and scenarios included give you reason to be better prepared for societal breakdown. Very enjoyable

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    Alan F. 04-01-15
    Alan F. 04-01-15
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    "Very detailed book"

    This is not for the average fiction lover. This book is for preparedness readers only. Lots of detail. Almost too much detail! But it's a good story and contains information that preparedness folks would want to know.

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