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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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    Lynn KENNEWICK, WA, United States 01-20-12
    Lynn KENNEWICK, WA, United States 01-20-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Boring - Preachy - Weak Plot - Idiotic Premise"
    What was most disappointing about James Wesley, Rawles’s story?

    As a Christian and fan of post-apocalyptic literature I was looking forward to this book. I was greatly disappointed. The author uses what seems to be the entire book to preach his about his disapproval off being of the gold standard, his hatred of the U.N., his belief in owning lots of guns, and his preference for the King James Bible. His condescending and smug tone was only outdone by his flat characters and missing story arch. The book simply ends in mid sentence. This book would probably be enjoyed by skinheads or anyone living on a fenced compound in north Idaho.


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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Redmond, WA, United States 01-12-12
    Pam Redmond, WA, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Keep looking"
    Would you try another book from James Wesley, Rawles and/or Dick Hill?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I stopped listening in the first hour. I never finished the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ric WHITE LAKE, WI, United States 12-18-11
    ric WHITE LAKE, WI, United States 12-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Way Too Preachy"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Rawles needs to consider other faiths and not have all his


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Kind of flat, and if you have read the Patriots you know the rest.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    He tries but sounds too much like he is reading a text book.


    Could you see Survivors being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    A low budget TV at best. I mean how would a movie/ TV show be able to hold most people with all the good guy praying and quoting the bible all the time? On screen that would get old.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Rawles is using his fame to write books that if they where just how to books would be fine but and end of the world story fails. I wouldn't read this for the action, but the thoughts and the how to parts.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leo legian kaja, Indonesia 11-19-11
    Leo legian kaja, Indonesia 11-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "worst book ever"

    boring to death. no good story, no energy. the idea is good but writers interpretation is very shallow. not worth wasting time!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron DENVER, CO, United States 10-11-11
    Aaron DENVER, CO, United States 10-11-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Very disappointed"
    What would have made Survivors better?

    Remove all the christian


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

    Probably not.....


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounded like a 90 year old that was constantly drunk.... All the characters sounded the same, hard to tell them apart.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    it had NO redeeming qualities in it...


    Any additional comments?

    This sums up the book.......... blah blah bah, I'm a christian therfore I'm better than you....blah blah bah, I'm a christian therfore I'm better than you....blah blah bah, I'm a christian therfore I'm better than you.... YAWN.... No exciting fight or battle scenes. Not looking forward to the 3rd book.

    8 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Chad LUTHERVILLE TIMONIUM, MD, United States 02-01-12
    Chad LUTHERVILLE TIMONIUM, MD, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Mediocre, but thought provoking."
    What did you like best about Survivors? What did you like least?

    I liked the discussion of


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Wesley, Rawles? Why or why not?

    This is the third book by JWR that I have read. I honestly think he should stick to non-fiction rather than trying to turn a parts list into a novel.


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

    The part where it involved Dick Hill. He is incredibly mediocre in voice quality, clarity, and emotion. I got used to it eventually, but it was tedious.


    Could you see Survivors being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It could be a decent TV series if they pulled in some actual writing talent. However, I would be quite surprised if they did based on the story as it currently stands.


    Any additional comments?

    Have low expectations; it will be better for it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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