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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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    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 10 people found this review helpful
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    james p weiss 02-22-15
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    "Another great book from the Master Survivalist"

    Looses a little momentum in the details at times. I've been to Belize and I wouldn't count on it as a safe haven. Enjoyed the presentation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Soze 02-14-15
    K. Soze 02-14-15
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    "I had trouble following the timeline/characters"
    Would you try another book from James Wesley, Rawles and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes. I enjoyed Patriots as well as other books read by Dick Hill.


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

    He is usually able to differentiate the characters better than in this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration. Halfway through the book I still couldn't visualize the characters and their relationships. It may have made it worse since I had already read Patriots and some of the characters who died in that book had roles in this one. I am a fan of Quentin Tarantino, and generally appreciate when a story strays from a linear timeline, but it didn't work well in this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Or maybe I am just dense...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Audible-Training 02-10-15
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    "OK, I'm gonna say it!!!!!!....Awesomeeeee!!!!!!!!!"

    I've never listened to books from this author but this rocks!!! Love Love Love It.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Australia 02-05-15
    Carolyn Australia 02-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Unless you are a Christian gun enthusiast....."
    Any additional comments?

    ...parts of this novel may annoy you. I haven't written a novel, however, so my hat is still off to you Mr. Rawles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ??? Kyle, TX 01-15-15
    ??? Kyle, TX 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "OK Story - Too Much Scripture For My Liking"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If the friend was a strong Christian, I would recommend it.


    What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

    When he is portraying the Native Americans he should not make them pronounce the word "pickup" as "pea-cup" I honestly did not grasp what he was saying the first few times the characters said it.


    Was Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse worth the listening time?

    It made the drive go by OK, too much scripture for my taste.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that is written from a very heavy Christian perspective. Even the Jews mentioned in the book believe in and prayed to Jesus. It's not a bad story, and there is definitely a market out there for "Conservative Christian Survivalist" I just don't read them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    paul melbourne, Australia 01-07-15
    paul melbourne, Australia 01-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "very dull"

    this is not really a piece of fiction but rather a "prepper how to" set of instructions delivered in a very dull manner.
    There is zero drama or meaningful character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence San Francisco, USA 01-02-15
    Lawrence San Francisco, USA 01-02-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Right wing how-to manual dressed up as a story"

    Far right ideology rolled into a novel. Less subtle and literary than Ayn Rand. ("There's no government like no government.")

    What is good
    You will learn how to prepare for a societal collapse: what to buy, what to learn, where to make your stand etc.

    What is bad
    This book is horribly racist. The only black character winds up dead with his fingers chopped off after a few paragraphs. Hispanic women might be alright but the men are brutal, dissipated savages, raping and looting and too drunk to fight.
    In order to qualify as a hero, you gotta be 6'2", blond, ex military and a strong believer in Jesus. (The only Jews that get a mention are the kind that believe in Jesus!! The only Muslims are suicide bombers. Israel and Utah collapse, etc.)

    Not particularly well written either.

    But judge it for what it is: a pretty comprehensive how-to manual that won't put you to sleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    vjoejo1 12-15-14
    vjoejo1 12-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book"

    Really enjoyed this audio book. New to the audio book club offered by Amazon but very pleased with the program and this book. Story keeps you interested and gets you thinking about the what if '. My wife loves to read books and wished that text came along with this audio book but that is what the Kindle is for. Thank you Audible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George BrooklyN, NY United States 12-11-14
    George BrooklyN, NY United States 12-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "More libertarian dribble - hatred for anything els"
    Would you try another book from James Wesley, Rawles and/or Dick Hill?

    Never - Ted Nuggent, the s..t on his pants to get out of Vietnam quote?

    what a hero???


    How could the performance have been better?

    not write the book


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse?

    the whole book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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