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.
Yes, i might, it has TONS of useful information and tips in actual survival situations involving a societal collapse.
I like TK best.
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.
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.
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.
The detail in the story was great, I've never read a book so well researched.
When the M1 Ambrams tank was described it felt like you where sitting inside of it looking around.
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.
I'll try anything from Rawles now. I'm hooked
Being able to become a part of the lives of the characters was very easy and fun to do.
There is never a dull moment in the book, something is always going on st all times.
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.
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.
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.
I figure there's only room for improvement in the genre.
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.
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.
Very good book! When action in this book picks up, it's really good. There is a lot of detail to get through though.
I enjoy his voice inflection and the way that he is able to showcase the characters.
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.
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.....
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"
Nothing. He did a fine job.
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.
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.
I would recommend this for the information in it. I believe that is why people normally buy it, not for the story itself.
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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