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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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    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 10-26-14
    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 10-26-14 Member Since 2016
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    ""Good Christian" survivalists."

    Religious agenda. Other than that, a doomsday prepper scenario. Surprising that I didn't like Dick Hill's performance. He uses too many pauses.

    The book does have some great information and tips as far as 'prepping' goes, I just don't like religion mixed in with my reads. It's a downer.

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    Alexander 09-17-14
    Alexander 09-17-14
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    "ok, but spoiled due to false facts"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Well the guy starts of quiet well but what's with all this "if god will" and "so god help us" ??
    Besides that I really liked the booked. Good researched, nice Tips,... But when he mentioned the German Army ... I tell you the author has no idea what he is writing about:
    1. NVA BMPs? If the Plot was 20 years ago ... maybe even a few 19 years ago. Even the Marder is being replacmed by the Boxer.
    2. Once he usea the Term Bundeswehr (Correct) and then Wehrmacht. The Wehrmacht is the term that was used for German Army Troops during WWII.
    3. the author Show remarkable Knowledge of weapons bi the has no idea what the German Army uses: the UZI is outdated for atleast 10 years. It is replaced by the MP7 (by the way One of the weapons the US Seals are using) and the MG21 is not the actuall model. As a machine gun the Army is using the MG3 at the Moment and slowly the MG4 is being introduced to the troops.

    That really disapointed me.
    And by the way:
    The German Army does not use the AK... That was used by the former East-German Army which does not exsist since 1989.

    There fore only One Star. Pittily I can not give it minus Stars.


    What could James Wesley Rawles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He should have researched his facts better
    Althoug he wirtes a great story regarding the Prepper/Survivalist part of the book I was really disapointed when he introdced out of date vehicles that can not even be found in Museums.
    Although I found it a bit of sterotypical that "the bad soldiers" were Germans this did not offended me as much as the false use of weapons and vehicles.
    To me it seemed that the author learned a couple of German sentences in High School and combine them with the "bad Nazi German image".
    By the way sicne I happen to work in Germany I can add that if there really would be a colapse of the US econemy which would last 4 years than not only the US but the rest of the world would be effected in one way or the other. Due to the worlds linked bank systems I am sure that the same would happen on this side of the pond and Germans are not as much into Prepping as Americans.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Did a good job


    Do you think Patriots needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I am not finished with the book so far therefore I won't say anything about this point. But I am not planing to buy any others of his books.


    Any additional comments?

    If you introduce aspects that are outside your normal comfort zone (in this case the US) pls research the facts.

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    Chris 08-25-14
    Chris 08-25-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't make it halfway."
    What disappointed you about Patriots?

    I am writing this review from a HP Elitebook laptop connected to two 27" HP Elite Display E231 monitors sitting atop of Fellowes Smart Suites Corner Monitor Riser Model: 8020101 and a Logitech K350 Wireless Bluetooth keyboard.... Snore... This is what the whole book sounds like after the first 2 hours. I can't tell if this is a survival story or a survival catalog filled with plugs for the author's favorite gear.


    Any additional comments?

    Want a real story about survival, check out One Second After by William R. Forstchen. Now that's a book on survival. Just my 2 cents.

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    Amazon Customer 08-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Truly awful."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Good luck, not much to work with here.


    What could James Wesley Rawles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Actually writing a book instead of a badly illustrated survival manual. Not reading the specs of every object mentioned in the book. I imagine the ebook version has links to amazon.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    Most anyone, he had two voices, goomba and goombette.


    What character would you cut from Patriots?

    Do I get to kill them myself?


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    David Fall Branch, TN, United States 08-02-14
    David Fall Branch, TN, United States 08-02-14
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    "Cound not Finish..."

    I was initially intrigued by the author's approach of combining a survivalist manual with a fictional story. But it did not work for me in practice. The detail weaved into the book was just too much, and way too often the author would drone on and on about a subject which really detracted from the story. I ultimately had enough and turned it off after just a few hours of listening.

    A few other nagging issues.....The characters and their behaviors were just too cheesy for my tastes. The way they interacted was just too contrived and I never could relate. I also really became annoyed with the accent and cadence of the narrator, particularly when trying to portray certain voices. Many times during the book I kept thinking he was going to shout out "Da Bears" in a manner similar to the old SNL skits.

    I liked the story concept in general, and was really hoping it would pick up and get interesting. But it didn't happen (at least within the first 3 hrs) and that was all I could stand.

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    J. Stewart 06-15-14
    J. Stewart 06-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Save your credit."
    Has Patriots turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Another one like this, maybe.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance. Tedious story


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

    Has some good ideas, buried in tedium


    Any additional comments?

    Laborious listen.

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    Matt D Gieseke 06-13-14
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    "Excellent book! Narrated very well."
    What made the experience of listening to Patriots the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this entire book.
    The narrator was enjoyable to listen to. The narrator would raise his voice or whisper to go along with the tone of the passage. This was good, but frustrating when the narrator would whisper and I could not understand what he was saying because it was so quiet.
    The narrator would change his voice for different characters in an impressive way also.
    The book itself was fantastic. I would rate the delivery just one notch below the best quality because of the difficulty that I had with hearing what the narrator was saying while whispering.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes!


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

    No.


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

    Yes. I listened to it in many small sessions though and enjoyed every one.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it.

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    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 06-05-14
    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 06-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Poor investment"

    I'm surprised that a reader with the reputation of Dick Hill would take on a project like this. Good narrator but crappy material. If you're a prepper buy a paper copy. It's a manual, not a story.

    There are two or possibly three types of readers or listeners for books about disaster scenarios. I'm an ordinary guy who enjoys apocalyptic stories where your average Joe tries to make his way through very challenging circumstances. This isn't written by your average Joe and neither are the characters created by Mr. Rawles in any way average. It's not written for normal people. It's a manual for people who will take care of number 1 in hard times and are willing to kill to do just that.

    That's where I get off the bus. Some of the gun toting anti-government types in this book are portrayed as Christian! The Bible teaches followers of Christ to pray for and obey the government of the land in which they live and the example of Jesus was to lay down his life for others, not blow them to Hell.

    I woke up this morning to see on the news a pseudo military fruitcake murdering police in New Brunswick and that was the final straw that has me deciding not to continue with this book. I'm maybe one sixth of the way through and it's far enough to know that this is a poor investment of my time. I believe I'll learn from Jesus rather than J.W. Rawles.

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    Brian Mills 06-03-14
    Brian Mills 06-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very detailed, good story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the book outlined a very possible event and outcome. More people need to get prepared, whether it be for job loss, weather event, economic collapse, solar storm, EMP, or zombies. Our grandparents were prepared but as things became more convenient we became more dependent on a very fragile on demand supply chain.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's detail, sometimes it was almost too much detail but not often. I will have to buy the hard copy of the book and a pack of highlighters.


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

    I don't believe so.


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

    It made me think. There are thousands of possibilities but I got several very good ideas from this book.


    Any additional comments?

    It's worth a read/listen.

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    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 05-24-14
    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 05-24-14
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    "Brilliantly Done"
    Would you listen to Patriots again? Why?

    Yes, i might, it has TONS of useful information and tips in actual survival situations involving a societal collapse.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like TK best.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Great for this type of book, he performed shootout/action scenes like a true professional, adding suspense and rapidity to his voice. it was a pleasure to listen to. very engrossing.


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

    Yes and no. one its long, so that would be absurd, but the story flows well enough that it could keep your attention probably the entire time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is perfect for what it was intended to be. The applaud the author, it has all the right buzz words and references that people of the liberty/constitutional movement will appreciate and relate too. almost like inside jokes, the author does a brilliant job of marrying practical knowledge, fanatical patriot themes, and a thoroughly enjoyable story. With plot twists and character development, fantastic action scenes and a wealth of practical knowledge this book is A+ it's everything it should be and the writer should be extremely proud of it. check this out if you enjoy subjects of economics, survival, weaponry, tactics, sovereignty, liberty, patriotism, objectivity, constitutionalism, conservatism .. you will love it.

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