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Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse | [James Wesley, Rawles]

Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

America is in the thrall of a full-scale socioeconomic breakdown. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation destroys the value of the dollar, and the population, unprepared for hardship, panics. Practically overnight, the high technology infrastructure and chains of supply collapse and wholesale rioting and looting grip every city. Law enforcement, transportation, electricity, fuel, and medical supplies are all in the past now, as the country staggers beneath its own weight.
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Publisher's Summary

America is in the thrall of a full-scale socioeconomic breakdown. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation destroys the value of the dollar, and the population, unprepared for hardship, panics. Practically overnight, the high-technology infrastructure and chains of supply collapse, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every city. Law enforcement, transportation, electricity, fuel, and medical supplies are all in the past now, as the country staggers beneath its own weight. Lawless bands of killers roam the countryside, leaving devastation in their wake and now that the government is gone, the Constitution is at stake. Who will carry on?

In this chaotic and dangerous environment, a few families and individuals, bound together by their faith, skills, and foresight, must struggle not only to survive day by day but defend themselves against a new and vicious predator - their fellow man.

Survivors is a shockingly realistic and lightening fast thriller about the coming implosion of America as we know it. Renowned survivalist expert James Wesley, Rawles has packed this story with the cold hard facts about how to stay alive in the face of mass riots, starvation, and anarchy. His expertise lends unforgettable, authentic detail to this season's most chilling novel. Listeners will not only be entralled, they will learn invaluable lessons on how to survive the coming collapse.

©2011 James Wesley Rawles (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Glenn PINEHURST, NC, United States 10-17-11
    Glenn PINEHURST, NC, United States 10-17-11

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    "Good Story Line"

    The book was good, similar story line as Patriots. The author spends to much time conveying his christian beliefs into the book. Really boring when he was describing morse code meanings. Other than that, I thought the book was good. I plan to read his others as they are released.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Salinas, CA, United States 10-17-11
    Kyle Salinas, CA, United States 10-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Not very good"

    I hate to have to write this, cause i LOVED patriots.

    This just wasnt very good.

    I get it that James Wesley values faith very very highly, and Patriots made that clear. But all his heroes have to spend as much time praying, as 'doing'.

    Also, in Patriots, you really liked the attention to detail that Wesley gave to his survivors.

    The attention to detail Wesley gives to his characters in Survivors is painful. He seems to need to use as many words as possible to create length, and not to move the story.

    Also, he bounces around between his survivors but never really has any of them do much.

    In short, again, sorry to say...Survivors is boring.

    24 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Garth garberville, CA, United States 02-08-12
    Garth garberville, CA, United States 02-08-12

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    "Good end of the world book"
    Any additional comments?

    Little to heavy on the religious under tones for my taste - but a fairly realistic look on what might happen... I'd recommend it to others.
    The story line does just kind of trail off... no real ending... maybe a series of books?

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Alan ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 01-24-12
    Alan ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.

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    "Highly interesting story."

    Great story but still liked the Patriots more.
    It does take you through what could possibly become real.
    Ideas were good and I'll listen to it again in the future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 10-22-11
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Are you a Prepper?"

    This book starts out extreamly well, I enjoyed the travel and struggles of the characters, but as the day to day life is developed the story seems to have a hard time of finding its footing. That said I enjoyed the book and especially in the beginning had a hard time dragging myself away from it. I felt that reviews that are overly sensitive to the fact that some of the characters are Christians were weird as this fact does not overwhealm the story but just pops up here and there in a totally natural way, there is no preaching or overarching nature to this, it is just the background of a few of the characters and it is expressed in the common fashion it should be. I felt that the ending was sudden, I was looking for more story when things seemed to just, well, end.
    If you like to dabble in the Prepper world and have an affinity for that kind of news and information then you will love this book, if you like a good "what if" story from time to time you will like this book. If you read mostly self help books then this might be a dud for you.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Radkiewicz Oswego, IL, US 10-11-11
    Jacob Radkiewicz Oswego, IL, US 10-11-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic story, hit another one out of the park"
    What made the experience of listening to Survivors the most enjoyable?

    The plot line is fantastic, the story always keeps moving, and it is narrated very well.


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

    The suspense is great the detail is realistic and there are always a few turns you don't see coming.


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

    Can't beat Dick Hill, his voice is the perfect narration for JWR's story


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

    This book is a special treat and I would listen to it again all in one sitting. I usually listen on my way to and from work. Must admit I may have taken a little longer lunch last week while listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    pay attention to the details, this is the whole point of the book.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Alan st george, UT, United States 10-05-11
    Alan st george, UT, United States 10-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "like the story line"

    While one second after is non-christian friendly the same can not be said for Survivors. The story is good the performance of the book is good, but i have to give the overall a three star rating because of the blatant and over the top christian propaganda.

    While some may say the book would be better if JW Rawles went back and deleted all christian references to the book, I would say that the quality of the book would be doubled or tripled if he removed half the reference to Christianity. Frankly as a non-christian it is insulting to have the subtext of the book be "If your not a christian your not a good person and cannot be a good person.". The author would be much better served to follow the C.S. Lewis approach to writing and be more subtle about his flag waving for Christianity.

    In comparison One Second after while it has a great story is heavy on trivial facts, and is much more subtly Christian so that it can be read without you feeling the author is trying to shove Christ down your throat. While Survivor has a lot of great practical knowledge a good story but is constantly shoving Christianity in your face. It would be nice if these two authors could find a middle ground.

    45 of 63 people found this review helpful
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    J Price Cochrane, Alberta, Canada 11-09-11
    J Price Cochrane, Alberta, Canada 11-09-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Information"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Survivors to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I enjoy audio books better. This was an interesting story and almost potentially believable. I wouldn't necessary call it a Thriller.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist Andres was a neat dude.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    monitone


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

    It made me concerned of our future as a society.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    lee syracuse, NY, United States 11-04-11
    lee syracuse, NY, United States 11-04-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Book But Reader's Be Warned!"

    This Book should be listed under horror. For it scared the “you know what” right out of me. Every time I plugged in my head phones for a listen, I had an almost uncontrollable need to go by a shotgun and MRE’s. As far as the book it self, it starts off slow and you get the “hurry up and connect things together” moments. Also there are parts where the author goes on a “military or economic” rant but other then that the book was one of the better “ends of world” books I have listen to. It was a really nice change to an “end of the world” type book to not have Asteroid, virus, Zombies, or aliens the cause of the end. The cause is our own doing and the scary part is you can see where the author got the idea from the issues we have today. We all need to work together to avoid just this sort of thing from occurring. So listen to this book and start planning a head.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 10-14-11
    Wayne Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 10-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A hard look at a real possibility"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely, but it's not for those who imagine that civilization and social stability come from government.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Survivors?

    The confrontation with the prissy, upper-class woman on the sailboat who hates guns, but just had her life saved by a guy who knows how to use one, and did.


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

    This is the best of his that I have heard.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The cop in England who befriends the main character out of simple Christian charity.


    Any additional comments?

    For me, Survivors was a very interesting read, even if it wasn't Hemingway or Faulkner.
    Rawles may not be exactly right about future events, but if things do go South socio-economically in a big way, his scenarios would likely not be too far off the mark. The story is believable in many respects, and the author is at his best when describing scenes of a tactical/military nature. It is obvious that he has done his homework in this regard, and lots of it. As for Christianity in the novel, some might view it as too strong, but I would wager that in an apocalyptic event, all of the chic atheists and pagans out there would find that their ersatz morality was as dust in a windstorm. Rawles is something of a cross between the admonition of George Washington, si vis pacem, para bellum (If you wish for peace, prepare for war), and John Adams refrain that,

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • G.Russell
    Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
    11/3/11
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    "Gun obsessed"

    There are only 2 reasons I'd bother to write a review. Either a book is excellent or sadly as in this case utter rubbish. I am not a religious person, but for the sake of a narrative, I'm prepared to cut some slack for the story. The main objection in this story is Bible and guns. The obsession with weapons is raised to the level of porn. Save your credit and buy a different book. Also listen out for the author’s name the next time there is another Waco!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    7/13/12
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    "Room for improvement"

    Being a fan of the genre I am supposed to like this book but as much as I’d like I can’t give it a great review. There is too much weapons detail in this book which does become tedious as does its put your trust in the Lord message. I have no problem with this as it’s refreshing to hear something other than liberal white male bashing feminist claptrap that had my eyes rolling after enduring the girl with dragon tattoo books. This though is too nice and Christian, having all the lead good characters constantly putting their faith in the Lord to assist them started to test mine. There are multiple storylines in this book from a variety of different viewpoints and situations which I liked and as it’s written by a survival expert it had such potential to instruct and entertain but it does neither very well. It does have useful information but it’s mainly overshadowed by an excessive focus on guns and bullion for survival.
    Some of the storylines were quite good and it has not bored me like other notable best sellers but I must admit I was very disappointed by the end, there are positively fistfuls of loose strings, it felt like half the book was missing. Rawles should have perhaps focused on fewer characters and given a more detailed account of their survival. I would have given the book an automatic 4 stars if no mention of sexual violence was used either but alas the author couldn’t help himself, absolutely no bad language in the whole book and sickly moral but references to rape had to be included even though brief and non descript, I can’t remember the last book I heard without any.
    Rawles is not a bad fiction writer and is clearly very successful at his survival blog but he has failed to join the two together here, hopefully audible will include his first book Patriots which I hear is better. I think this book is average but I suspect if I was not a fan of the genre I'd probably hate it. It might though show people the fragility of our system and make them think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    6/6/12
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    "If you like John Ringo you will love this"

    If you enjoy John Ringo books like the last Centurion or books by Robert A Heinlin, you will enjoy this a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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