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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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    Marc 03-02-14
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    "Very good information, average story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this for the information in it. I believe that is why people normally buy it, not for the story itself.


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

    First I would say the book was very enjoyable overall. I think the story itself could have been improved a bit.


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    Cori 02-02-14
    Cori 02-02-14
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    "Da Bears - Like a bad SNL skit."
    What disappointed you about Patriots?

    Worst narration ever, it was like a Saturday Night Live Mike Ditka skit with over the top Chicago accents, where were the "Johnsonville Brats"?
    Story had useful information but the characters come off as loud, obnoxious bible thumping busy bodies.
    I know it was fiction but some of the first people they meet in the early stages of the crisis performed child cannibalism, really? Ridiculous. Waste of money.


    Has Patriots turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


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

    Anyone


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. N. Meads Bella Vista, Arkansas United States 01-31-14
    D. N. Meads Bella Vista, Arkansas United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2008
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    "This is a triumphant story of survival..."
    Where does Patriots rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd rank this as a top 20% book on my list of "reads". Any book that I listened to daily whenever I'd get the chance, and finish in less then a week's time, is a great read as far as I'm concerned.


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

    There were times that this book keep on the edge of my seat. I found myself not wanting to pull the ear bud out of my ear when real life needed tending to, that's for sure.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick gives the characters personality, and easily leads you from one harrowing scene to another.


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

    The Second American Civil War, Are You Prepared?


    Any additional comments?

    This book presents us with a possible look at the not to distant future of the United States and how a band of friends who had the for site to prepare in advance for such a future, and how doing so gave them an edge when dealing with this new terrifying world they found themselves in.

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    J. S. King 01-23-14
    J. S. King 01-23-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm the author of The Home Distiller's Workbook. I'm a geek-prepper-shiner. Currently into Urban Fantasy, Biz and Post Apocalyptic

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    "Infotainment for Preppers"
    Would you listen to Patriots again? Why?

    Yes, because it is more a How To manual then a real novel


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The inventory of things you need for your prepping.


    Any additional comments?

    Patriots is one of the prime examples of Infotainment. The author took what was supposed to be a dry manual on how to prep for an economic collapse and wrapped it loosely in an fairly entertaining story line.

    People who criticize the story are mistaking the purpose of this novel. It's number one intent is to educate. But instead of dryly listing the What's followed by the Whys, it lists the Whats, almost shopping list style (You should take notes while listening to this) and then follows the Whats' with a story explaining the Why. It's not meant as great fiction, it's meant as a learning tool. Focus on that and enjoy the story. You are getting a great education AND being entertained.

    A must read for any prepper.

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    Matthew lakeville, MN, USA 01-23-14
    Matthew lakeville, MN, USA 01-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "for field manual reads"
    Would you listen to Patriots again? Why?

    yes, interesting


    Would you recommend Patriots to your friends? Why or why not?

    only those who might be peepers or people interested in field manuals


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    solid steady porformance


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    if you have an interest in prepping or are the type the would read an army field manual then this is a very good way to present the information. If not then you will be bored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. schmitt United States 01-21-14
    E. schmitt United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not impressed"
    What would have made Patriots better?

    The story was boring


    Has Patriots turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    No One, he had nothing to work with


    What character would you cut from Patriots?

    None, not worth the time


    Any additional comments?

    None

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George United States 01-11-14
    George United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Such a good book."

    I read the series of books backward, because they were on sale in that order. They were all great books. Had strong Christian overtones, but really didn't diminish the story at all. This book makes you think about the direction of the country, and society. Enjoy.

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    Dan Madison, OH, United States 12-31-13
    Dan Madison, OH, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Right wing wacko fest. I loved it."

    Sounded like it was written by Ann Coulter in the middle of a paranoid delusion. I still haven't decided if it was serious or satire. The details on supplies and equipment were excruciating and endless. The political diatribes were long winded and pointless. The characters were one dimensional. The author tried to add some political correctness by including a Jewish and Asian characters. This made the book seem less authentic, the author should have kept with the Right wing Christian, White supremacist theme. Still I enjoyed this look at a world and way of thinking I am so unfamiliar with and I think I may even have a better understanding of both Survivalist and right wing religious extremists. The narration was actually pretty good. Though whether intentional or not, the narrators voice acting made many of the characters sound like dim witted jocks, but it seemed to fit and worked for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    badgerfan 11-27-13
    badgerfan 11-27-13
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    "ARGH! Only for the testosterone junkies and vets"
    Would you try another book from James Wesley Rawles and/or Dick Hill?

    Probably not. Waaaaay too much detail about guns, ammo, tanks how to make bombs etc. This is Timothy McVey's dream book! As a woman who likes the genre, I found this lacked story and was heavy on the weaponry details.

    And don't get me started on the "Christians who kill" idea....(Does the name Jesus mean anything to you? We are not living in Old Testament times! But that is a whole 'nother topic)

    On the other hand, Rawles' book, How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It is excellent in it's details about prepping for SHTF scenarios. I just didn't care for all the weaponry and obsession with guns and killing in this story.


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

    More story, less getting bogged down in the details of guns, ammo, etc. Jakarta Epidemic, Alas Babylon, Night Light and other books in this genre have much better/developed story lines. Like I said earlier, I love the genre and I put up with a lot of guns and killing to listen to it but OY VEY! Too much testosterone-laced stuff for this woman.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Basic, okay, poor female voices.


    Any additional comments?

    There are much better books in this vein than this one (as I listed above). However, the TEOTWATKI one that Rawles wrote is good to have in hard copy. Fiction is not his strength.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Herb N. Charleston, SC USA 11-10-13
    Herb N. Charleston, SC USA 11-10-13 Member Since 2001
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    "My first technical drama"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book, can't recommend it highly enough, although I would recommend that you listen to it with a notepad handy so that you can jot down notes.

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