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Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse Audiobook

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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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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    Katherine Carmichael, CA, United States 04-25-12
    Katherine Carmichael, CA, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    What would have made Survivors better?

    I had two main problems with this book.
    First, the book is misrepresented as a fictional account of survival in the aftermath of a civilization ending economic crisis. Instead, it should be billed as a book about how Christian people who pray often have a better chance of survival when the stuff hits the fan.

    Second, the author did not seem to finish the book. One gets the impression that various story lines were thrown together from scraps the author had on his computer with no hint or resolution or explanation at the end.


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    Andrew Australia 04-23-12
    Andrew Australia 04-23-12 Member Since 2016

    I love listening in the car on the way to work. I like history and stuff.

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    What did you love best about Survivors?

    This was really enthralling...


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

    It certainly did...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The attack on the gang


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    As the book, I guess.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good listen and I loved the the voice and dramatisation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart Toano, VA, United States 03-21-12
    Stuart Toano, VA, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyed it but disappointed"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book however I felt like their was too much time spent on background and not enough spent on the the story. It was like there was this huge effort to describe the characters and a deadline came up and the book had to be finished quickly.


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

    Something other than the climax of hit and run then fly away. You have all this set up and character development then a quicky climax. Now I know how a teenage girl feels.


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

    Dick Hill is good for these types of books however he does come across a bit arrogant which actually fits the story well.


    Do you think Survivors needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It reads like that is the plan. We only know what happened to one set of characters.


    Any additional comments?

    It is not plausible to attack a large group without expecting a counter strike unless it is done with overwhelming force. It would be irresponsible to plan such an attack and bring it back to your home. I personally believe ex Military would know this. It is not plausible that a 13 year old kid would provide all the intelligence for such a mission. I did enjoy the story even though I was disappointed. This book was only half of what it should have been. I would have preferred that the art of great story telling had been more important than setting up for the next book as it appears. The authors' writing has improved over the previous book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Perry, MI, United States 01-07-12
    Amazon Customer Perry, MI, United States 01-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "something to think about"
    What did you love best about Survivors?

    the fact that it was somehting that could happen someday if inflation continues and the economy keeps going the way it is.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    andy because he never quit trying.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    hard to choose


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

    no


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Floyds Knobs, IN, United States 12-05-11
    Steve Floyds Knobs, IN, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2003

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    "Boring"
    What would have made Survivors better?

    Good character development is needed. Rather, we get a lot of military-insider acronyms and quip dialogue that isn't funny. Also, something needs to actually


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Wesley, Rawles again?

    No way.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a good voice and actor behind it. It was smarmy.


    What character would you cut from Survivors?

    Scrap them all and start over.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry to be so harsh, but this was horrible.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Somerset, CA, United States 12-04-11
    Eric Somerset, CA, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Rawles is a talented writer and story teller, weaving a wonderful tale. If one pays attention there is a lot of practical preparedness information woven through the whole novel!


    What other book might you compare Survivors to and why?

    Patriots is another great novel by Rawles, essentially a book of other people dealing with the same


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

    The romance between Laine and his bride was very engaging and touching.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Suwanee, GA, United States 11-08-11
    Paul Suwanee, GA, United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Survivors - Very disipointing"

    I enjoyed his first book "Patriots" but this book was filled with endless fillers with a very weak story line. I would not recommend purchasing this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas United States 10-27-11
    Douglas United States 10-27-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Rawles & Hill do it again."

    If you enjoyed Rawles Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse you will enjoy his latest edition to the story line. If I have one complaint it would be the books are too short! Loved them both and highly recommend them.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    0 10-20-11
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    Tell us about yourself! NO!

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    "big fan of Patriots but not this"

    I am a big fan o Patriots, I follow Mr. Rawles blog almost daily. And I highly recommend them. I was really looking forward to Survivors. I am very disappointed to say the least. I hate to repeat what so many others have said, but I just saw that Mr. Rawles requested readers of his blog to leave some reviews due too, racists bring down the rating. Posted from [...] " It is notable that there have been a few reviews posted by racists that have skewed downward the book's ratings average."

    I have read all the 1 star and about 20 of the 2 star reviews and have not seen any racist comments save maybe one guy that thinks the book is too politically correct. I am not a racist, I am a Christian, do my best to serve God and people of any and every race. To blame the poor reviews on some racist is just not the case. The poor reviews come directly from having read the book. A friend of mine asked me if I had read the book yet and it was all I could do to not kill it for him. I expressed much of the same sentiment so many others have mentioned here. Lack of plot characters the seem to just disappear, not to mention what must have been the longest seen in the book of the complete courtship of Blanka and her man. I must of missed how this was relevant to ANYTHING else in the book and did I mention it went on way too long. There where so many other threads that could have been expounded on that weren't. This was just annoying. And like I said I am a Christian so I don't mind some bible verses or other lingo or character or the lack of cussing I am grateful for it. I have even been known to evangelize and tell others about the Lord myself. But even I found some of the characters to be a bit unbelievable. Maybe in Mr. Rawles world people are like that but that is not how people behave, even Christian people that are dictated true servants of God. I don't mean all the characters should have been sleeping around and cussing but in particularly when the main character shoots the two Mexican gang members in the woods and then prays that God knows and receive His own if they where saved or something like that. That's just to far out. Its unbelievable, I can see a terrible moral struggle or something but as it stands I didn't buy the situation. Or the result. As well as the whole trip through Europe and Mexico. I would venture to say that this trip would be virtually imposable today let alone after TEOTWAWKI. I just found it found it unbelievable and very uneventful.
    I also fell for the book bomb day hype. Next time I will wait a few more weeks and read the reviews first, if its more like these than I will defiantly pass. Money is to scarce these days to waste it. I likely would not have left a review if Mr. Rawles had not suggested it, and blamed the bad reviews on racists. Racists suck and maybe there are some, but this was just not a good book. Sorry Jim, don't blame it on racists. I have read patriots three times the How to Survive book once visit survival blog daily was a big fan but I think I'm done with the Rawles novels. In fact I think I will write my own. Even I can start a bunch of characters and sub plots if I don't have ....

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steppone South Carolina 10-17-11
    Steppone South Carolina 10-17-11 Member Since 2013
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    "No where near as good as the Patriots"
    Would you try another book from James Wesley, Rawles and/or Dick Hill?

    I am still a Rawles fan, I have listened to Patriots more than once and continue to read his blog. I just wasn't impressed with this one and I hope he really steps it up for the next one.


    What could James Wesley, Rawles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I understand he is a Christian and I respect that, but I wish he didn't have to throw it in every chapter.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I am not at all a Dick Hill fan. He narrated Rawles' other two books and did a poor job on those also. His accents are terrible.


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

    This book didn't have anywhere near the information Patriots did.


    Any additional comments?

    There was very little action until the end. There were to many plots going on at the same time, and none were very interesting. Over all it was boring. I have turned of books of the same caliber

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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