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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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    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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    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 05-01-14
    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 05-01-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book - Best Survival Book I've seen"
    What did you love best about Patriots?

    The detail in the story was great, I've never read a book so well researched.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Patriots?

    When the M1 Ambrams tank was described it felt like you where sitting inside of it looking around.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    Sorry Dick Hill, but you almost ruined the story for me. I don't like to listen to a story about a bunch of people, and they all sound like they are from Upstate New York. Just like I wouldn't like to listen to a story and everyone in it sounded like they where Surfer Chicks - I almost stoped listening and returned the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll try anything from Rawles now. I'm hooked

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    Matthew 04-28-14
    Matthew 04-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "good book"
    What made the experience of listening to Patriots the most enjoyable?

    Being able to become a part of the lives of the characters was very easy and fun to do.


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

    There is never a dull moment in the book, something is always going on st all times.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    I can't pick just one since each one is good in there own respects. Each person bring different areas of experience to the table.


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

    I wish i could have but life get in the way of that, I found myself sitting in my car once I reacted my destination in order to finish the chapter.


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    Nicholas 04-25-14
    Nicholas 04-25-14
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    "lol just awful"
    Any additional comments?

    i spent a majority of the book hoping the shallow and overwhelmingly unlikable characters die. it's scary knowing that people like rawles really live in america today. the basis behind this fictional collapse is not economically credible.

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    John Stone 04-10-14
    John Stone 04-10-14
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    "Goes On Forever"
    Would you try another book from James Wesley Rawles and/or Dick Hill?

    No.


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

    I figure there's only room for improvement in the genre.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Patriots?

    The main problem with this book is that simple things were injected into the story without enhancing the story. Instead of just stating that the tvs went out and the radio was the new entertainment, he'd proceed to list the frequencies, all of them, that he found stations on. It becomes a long list, and for what point; and it doesn't stop there, any time he can give an example or a list, it's a long one.

    All I could think of was that he must have been paid by the word.


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    Amazon Customer 04-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "technical manual for survalists"

    Dick Hill makes the best out of an overly technical novel. If you are interseted in the specifications of weapons, how to fortify a house, specifications of a protected water supply, then this book is for you. I found the book more like a technical manual than a coherent story of societies collapse and a group of people surviving. The book is made up of individuals long winded stories of the equipment people had cached for the future.

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    Sarah Walters Denver, Co 04-05-14
    Sarah Walters Denver, Co 04-05-14 Member Since 2015

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    "When the action picks up its really good!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Patriots to be better than the print version?

    Very good book! When action in this book picks up, it's really good. There is a lot of detail to get through though.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy his voice inflection and the way that he is able to showcase the characters.


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    Thom 03-28-14
    Thom 03-28-14
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    "Kind of silly."

    I made it to chapter 2 before I had to put this down. I put up with a lengthy description of a financial collapse only to realize that the main character and his wife are completely uninteresting. When I found myself wishing someone would kill them, I turned the book off. I was hoping for something gritty and desperate, but that didn't happen. It's a shame really, because I was interested in the premise.

    Note: Dick Hill does a reasonable job, but his narration isn't well suited to the tale.

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    Peter 03-15-14
    Peter 03-15-14
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    "More about revolution than survival...."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There is nothing wrong with this story. Its just not my type of book. About halfway through it, it became evident that this was a book that had a strong political message. That's fine, but it is not what I am interested in reading.
    I LOVE books about men and women in survival situations of all types. And I enjoy both fiction and non-fiction in this class of books.
    I loathe books about politics.
    So, if you are interested in reading about how private citizens may have to reform the United States government, you may enjoy this book.
    If you are looking for a survival story that truly focuses on the types of problems that people in difficult positions may or have faced, and leaves the politics out of it, you might want to look elsewhere.....


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

    Again, there is nothing wrong with this book. It was just not a book I enjoyed.
    Its not for me to tell Mr. Rawles how to write a book. Its obviously a very popular one. That is actually why I purchased it. I figured I would give it a shot.
    What would have made me enjoy it more?
    Probably cutting out a lot or all of the items about the UN, the Kehoe brothers, the problems with the government, etc and focusing more on problems encountered by the people trying to survive.
    While I understand that proficiency with weapons and tactics is an important component of any survival strategy, I also understand that it is probably the easiest to master. It was for me.
    Learning to deal with a person who might need surgery, how to handle the outbreak of a fire in a home, farming, gardening, etc. would have been a lot more interesting to read about.
    To compare and contrast, I REALLY enjoyed the book "One Second After"


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing. He did a fine job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Patriots?

    The reference to the Kehoe brothers is pretty obvious. I could have done without that. I could have done without a lot of the references to unconstitutional governing, the UN, etc....
    Like I said, I have found that I do not enjoy books about politics in most cases. And I certainly do not enjoy them in a fictional setting.
    As a bit of background info in a novel where the plot focuses on something else, its fine.
    But, I do not enjoy books where it is the bread and butter of the story line.


    Any additional comments?

    It might be better to point out on the Audible website that the last line of the description is really about half of the book.

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    Marc 03-02-14
    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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