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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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    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 2008
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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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    Matt 10-19-14
    Matt 10-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Patriots was great...this was a let down to me."
    What would have made Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse better?

    Connecting the stories....too many characters doing different things.


    What was most disappointing about James Wesley, Rawles’s story?

    Connecting the stories....too many characters doing different things. Also, non-climactic.


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

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clara 09-05-14
    Clara 09-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "too many scenarios. Too separated"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes with a warning of how many characters and how the book jumped back and forth between them.


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

    Kept me interested


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    ok, ok, ok.


    Did Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse inspire you to do anything?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is two books in one. The jumping back and forth between characters made it difficult to keep up with the continuing story line of each scenario. By the time he would get back to the first story, (after telling two more), it was difficult to remember everything that had happen to that group of people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mike bremerton, WA, United States 07-27-14
    mike bremerton, WA, United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "POGs Airsofter and FPS gammers rejoice!"
    Would you try another book from James Wesley, Rawles and/or Dick Hill?

    no, I followed founders through the fist two books. the first one was so bad it was amusing kinda like a B horror movie, but after reading the second one I am starting to see that the author takes himself way to serious and has taken platitudes and cliches added a dash of Fobbit war stories and calls it a novel. I love TEOTWAWKI books, they can be a good adventure and a lot of fun, as I said earlier this guy is way to serious and is cramming his ideas (most of which are someone else good ideas, mixed in with some really bad ones that I assume he must of made up working in the TOC during his much touted military experience overseas.)


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A. American has a pretty entertaining series out 'the survivalist series." way more about storytelling than a would be survival guide disguised as a story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    This book wasn't any of dick hills fault... he just read it and tried as hard as he could to give the story some legs to keep it moving.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not a lot. Like I said the first book had that " so corny its kinda good factor" this one was just too over the top to even have that going for it.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book "the patriots" in one of its first action scenes had our heroes ambushing a pair of leftist collage kids that had a wagon of human body parts in it and copies of socialist books, just in case you didn't know that they were #1 cannibals and #2 commies. If you buy this book get ready for more of the same, except they really ring the bell for " anyone in government is only there to kill you and rob you." Oh, and Mexican gangs are going to raid north and kill everything in their path. I would say "strap in, this is going to get rough." But this book never gains enough speed to warrant and safety precautions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Mills 06-03-14
    Brian Mills 06-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The story has developed ADD."
    Would you try another book from James Wesley, Rawles and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes. Overall I think they are on the right track, the first book in the series was great, this one was lackluster. There was still a lot of details but they jumped around countless times. If you were not paying very close attention you easily got lost.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Focus, focus on a couple groups of characters and stay on a consistent timeline. This book jumped around A LOT.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator did fine.


    Could you see Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    IDK


    Any additional comments?

    It's still worth a listen/read but the first book it is not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 05-13-14
    Denis G. Dimick Los Alamos, NM USA 05-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Backend story to Patriots"

    While this is a backend story to Patriots, you don't need to listen to Patriots before this book - Rawles says this at the start of the book.

    Dick Hill did a much better job reading the book, no lame New York accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Perry Menifee, CA, United States 03-05-14
    Perry Menifee, CA, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Follow Up To The Author's 'Patriots'"

    Great story. The author makes the implausible seem quite reasonable. As always, he teaches as he goes and provides rich detail on why and how to prepare.

    Love the series, anxiously awaiting the next volume.

    Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George United States 12-09-13
    George United States 12-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I'm not a christian, but I wish I was."

    There are a lot of christian undertones in the novel, but you don't doubt the good men and women of faith. If you're a liberal, you'll probably hate it. If your a republican, you might not like it as you should. Federalists and libertarians, will love the book.

    I'm "reading" the novels backward in order, and it doesn't seem to matter. It's a great series so far, can't wait to read the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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