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.
I had hoped for more from the author. The first novel, "Patriots," was a stellar performance, in my opinion. This one is definitely worth a listen, but not quite what I had expected. Even when engrossed in the book and making my way to the end looking for the big climax, the confrontation that seemed to have been preluded throughout the entire book was just left out. All in, I will listen to it again (probably several times), but it certainly won't get the "wear" of the first.
Unlike Patriots that I listen to three times, I am probably good listening to Survivors once. It is slow getting started and bounces back and forth between characters way too much. I did like the additional background information on some of the characters from the Patriots book, but some just seem to be boring background filler. Still entertaining enough for a credit.
My family was featured on National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers, and I'm an avid reader of Mr. Rawles' SurvivialBlog, so I think I can safely say we are about as perfect an audience for this book as you can get. And the information in this book is interesting, though some of it is a bit of a re-hash from Rawles' Patriots and How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It. That being said, there's enough new information in here to make it a worthwhile read. But the story and characters could be better.
Like other's have said, my biggest complaint about Mr. Rawles works are his insistance that only Christians are truly moral people. As an secular humanist/agnostic/atheist, I take a bit of offense from this. In my experience, the most moral people I know are my atheist friends and colleagues. And the statistics on crime and prison populations agree.
Nevertheless, if you can get past the occasional preachiness of his writings, the information contained within are well worth it.
Yes, good story, if you are in to the prepper thing.
No, wish I had that kind of time though.....
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.
I love listening in the car on the way to work. I like history and stuff.
This was really enthralling...
It certainly did...
The attack on the gang
As the book, I guess.
A very good listen and I loved the the voice and dramatisation.
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.
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.
Dick Hill is good for these types of books however he does come across a bit arrogant which actually fits the story well.
It reads like that is the plan. We only know what happened to one set of characters.
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.
the fact that it was somehting that could happen someday if inflation continues and the economy keeps going the way it is.
andy because he never quit trying.
hard to choose
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
Get a good voice and actor behind it. It was smarmy.
Scrap them all and start over.
Sorry to be so harsh, but this was horrible.
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!
Patriots is another great novel by Rawles, essentially a book of other people dealing with the same
The romance between Laine and his bride was very engaging and touching.
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