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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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    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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    Brandon chesnee, SC, United States 10-17-11
    Brandon chesnee, SC, United States 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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    Christopher 10-06-11
    Christopher 10-06-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Not so good"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I have already recommended against it.


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

    The dialog between characters was horrible. More times than not the author tried to pack as much information into the conversations between his characters which made the dialog unrealistic and cheesy


    Did Survivors inspire you to do anything?

    There was some good information in it. The Author does have knowlege on the subject. It has inspired me to prepare better for potential problems we may face in the future.


    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    JerryL 10-05-11
    JerryL 10-05-11 Member Since 2013

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    "Exceptional Audiobook"

    Survivors is the perfect complement to Rawles' first novel. The book is exceptionally well written, the storyline is extremely well developed and unfortunately very plausible. As always Dick Hill manages to bring each character to life. I enjoyed every minute of listening.
    I’m looking forward to the next Rawles novel.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Seffner, FL, United States 10-11-11
    Tracy Seffner, FL, United States 10-11-11 Member Since 2009
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    "To much politics, not enough story line"

    if your a tea partier you might like this book otherwise most of the book is spent trying to convince readers that inflation is a hidden tax. If inflation is a hidden tax then wouldn't the government make money when inflation goes up? Inflation is a effect of supply and demand, governments try to fight high inflation by raising interest rates but they can't and don't control it!!!!

    7 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Terri B in ME United States 10-04-11
    Terri B in ME United States 10-04-11 Member Since 2009

    Terri B in ME

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    "Great for some, not so much for others."

    Although I haven't even finished the first half, I can already tell this wasn't the best choice for me. The author has a definate conservative and (christian) religious bent. As a liberal non-christian, I'm just glad that he's not as preachy as LeHaye.

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    Liam Parker , CO, United States 12-01-11
    Liam Parker , CO, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2007
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    "I'd Pass"

    The story is simple, the characters are bland and have no development. There is too much in this story that just happens to work out in favor of the characters, too much to the point that it becomes ridiculous. Apart from the blatant "religion down your throat" feel, and the simplistic ways in which the obstacles are overcome, this book has no suspense, no thrill and no reason to keep you reading. The only reason I finished it was because I didn't have any credits with which to get another book and I have an hour each way commute.
    I enjoyed the first of Rawles' books far more than this and was hoping for something similar. Needless to say that I was very disappointed and I will likely not purchase another of his books. There's much better out there and if I could get a do-over, I'd pass on this one.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James New Castle, DE, United States 11-28-11
    James New Castle, DE, United States 11-28-11
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    "Boring with bad narrator"

    I listened to this for about an hour and a half. I really have no desire to return to it. Dick hill, the narrator has hardly any emotion or inflection in his voice and makes the story probably worse than it is.
    The story itself is okay, but i found my mind wandering during the reading, and I'd go for a minute or two without even hearing what was being said.
    I blame this waste of $15.00 (something close to that, more or less) on myself. I will never buy another book without testing a sample first, and certainly none narrated by Dick Hill.
    Of course this is my opinion. Yours may differ.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nolan Ulen, MN, United States 11-15-11
    Nolan Ulen, MN, United States 11-15-11
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    "Slow story with political undertones"

    The short description of this novel caught my attention as it seemed like it would be an interesting book. About one-third through the book the right leaning politics and strong christian slant became obvious. I was hoping the author would have presented a work of fiction and left his political views and religious views out of the narrative. Had I known prior to purchase I probably wouldn't have bought this book.

    I like a good story, I don't want to be preached to.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gloria New Orleans, LA, United States 11-14-11
    Gloria New Orleans, LA, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Only for a certain demographic"

    I never write reviews. Call me selfish, but I generally enjoy and move on. I'm also incredibly busy.

    However, I was so disappointed with this book that I had to warn y'all. If you're not a Christian republican, you'll probably find this book irritating. I'm a Christian but this book was so over the top that even I couldn't get through it.

    I have always loved anything Ddick Hill narrates, but I can't take this one.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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