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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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?
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.
Same, perhaps a bit better.
Yes after the first chapter or two.
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.
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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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.
I was pleased with the ending. I like books where the good guys seem to win out in the end.
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.
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.
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.
I'm still reading it. Had to stop because the narrator is really bad.
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.
Do over. Get another narrator. Sorry.
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.
not one of Mr. Rawles
I do not fault Mr. Hill's reading of the book he is an enjoyable listen.
I agree with the characters reaction to the new "American Government"
I should look up the background of the authors before I by the book.
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
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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