Picking up where The Preparation ended, the collapse begins to unfold in this second book of the 299 Days series. In The Collapse, the government stops working, guns and ammo are in high demand, and a trip to the gas station has become a mission rather than an errand. Grant and the Team see these warning signs and know it is only the beginning, so they begin taking action to protect themselves and their loved ones. As they prepare to get out of dodge after a deadly incident in Grant's neighborhood, they will soon learn whether the preparations they made in Book One will be enough to survive the breakdown of society, or if they don't stand a chance against greed and violence in the face of a collapse. The resulting chaos and fear that begins to envelop the country will strip all of the characters of what they know to normal, and will require them to question what they will stand for, what they will stand up against, and, most importantly, who they will stand with.
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I finished book 9 a couple of weeks ago. I've listened to a couple of more books by my favorite author to find a comparison to what I like. This is my complete review of the entire series.
The first book was good, it was about prepping. The detail seemed well thought out and planned. Told a good story and the reader I think was the perfect voice for the main character "Grant Matson".
The book has a very distinct line drawn in the sand between the two political parties. Liberals and Conservatives, and for general purposes that is fine. This is suppose to be about people and the author even says that he wanted to write a book about a true depiction of what a partial collapse would be like. The author did a state that there are more people who tend to just fall in line with what ever is popular in the political sense, but it stops there and puts most people in the dumb and liberal category.
An example of this is gun control. You will always have the hardliners of either side that will probably represent about 20% of the population will be very liberal, and 20% of the population will be very conservative about gun control. Where as 60% of the population will more or less be swayed one way or the other based on their own personal experience with the issue, but are not hard lined based on principles.
The author takes a stance that the majority of the population are under the impression that a gun will just go off by looking at it. Maybe that is the way that it is in the state of Washington, but I've lived in a multitude of states and haven't found that to be the case in the general public.
The first book was good enough that it kept me interested, but that is all it really did. I spend a lot of time traveling across my state and it gives me a lot of time to listen to books. So when I finished the first book it was pretty well written and thought I'll keep listening.
Well, that is about as good as it gets being a prepping book. The story was more about a list of coincidences that really played a bigger roll in his survival more than the prepping he actually did himself, and I found a lot of holes in his prepping. The story was tidy and neat and doesn't represent what a normal person is going to go through in a time of a partial collapse.
The author starts off with a prologue that essentially gives away the whole story, but you don't know that you got the whole basis of the story till you get to the 9th book, and you are left wondering wtf.
The author also starts off saying that a lot of mistakes where made by Grant. Where? I didn't see a single mistake that almost killed him and his family. Like I said this was a neat little tidy story that Grant is given every ounce of possible coincidence to survive that really no one would be that lucky.
Characters like "Special Forces Fred", and terms like the "Rental Team" are names of characters and references of certain industries that really make no sense. No special forces guy that I know would ever want to be called special forces anything. They don't want the recognition like that. Most of them won't even come out and tell that they are special forces, and the people who do know are generally close and would never nick name their friend Special Forces Fred, or Navy Seal Timmy, or Green Beret Scotty, ect. It silly, and so is the name "Rental Team". It is a true reflection of the books 2-9 that show that there is a lack of solid development, and instead I know nothing about this topic and will just throw in a name that sounds cool to me, but really gives the author no credibility on the topic. The term the author should have used was a security team for hire. But the author did use that to describe another group in the book, but why it didn't translate to other parts of the book are beyond me.
The National Guard. The Author really fouled this up. The picture is painted that the National Guard is a bunch of unskilled, pussies that have never seen combat. In truth, most of the wars being fought in the middle east in the last 14 years has been done by...the National Guard. To say that your only good forces are going to come from the real army is yet another indication that the author took no time to really research his idea, and again shows that he wrote his book behind closed doors. This is either because he has no idea how it really works, or because he has some military friends that really don't acknowledged the how big a roll that the National Guard, Army Reserves, and just military reserve forces have played in this war over the last decade and a half. It is baloney.
If you like the word Ah-May-Zing, then you will love this book. The Author must have a very small vocabulary if the only way he can describe something is amazing, or a few "it was perfect" then he had no business writing a book. BUT, he did write a book, and he did a pretty good job in terms or putting a story on paper, but he took no time to find different ways to tell me that it surprised him, it horrified him, it was Ah-May-Zing that the reader didn't throw this job out the window and ask the editor to give him something better to perform.
As the story continued I felt like I was listening to my Grandpa tell me a story. Kind of watered down, not to violent to make me (his child of a grandson) to have nightmares.
This whole series could have been written in about 4 books, that would give each of the following books after the first a lot more substance, and I wouldn't have to waste money, or credits to finish the series.
There was very few life or death conflicts, there was not a lot of drama. There was not a lot of story that played against the prepping that was so heavily centered on the first book. In fact the main character ate a lot, and never really seemed to have gone hungry at any point, and that wasn't because he prepped, it was because the author tied the whole story in a nice little bow that didn't require him to create too much of a complex story.
The series of books gives me the idea that this was one man's fantasy of being the hero in an impending collapse, doesn't give any kind of a guide of how to prep.
If you want to hear a good story, read "The Grey Man" that is a story that is well thought out, well told, and leave you wanting more. It took that author 15 years to write that book, and it shows with how well it written.
This was garbage, written by an amateur...that had me yelling at the book after the 100th time the word "Ah-May-Zing" was used.
If you find this book to be as good as the stars indicate you are as delusional as the guy who wrote it.
I thought the story from Book One couldn't get any better... I was wrong.
Wow! Book One set up this book perfectly! I like how the series flows and caries from one to the next. I like the narrator they chose as well, I can picture Grant better with a voice attached...
I originally had books 1-3 bought for me in paperback and read the rest of the series on Kindle but the audio books definitely add another dimension to the story. I'm picking up all kinds of detail listening to the story after reading it. AND I can listen to them as I drive from place to place- really convenient!
This book has an incredible(and plausible) description of how things can fall apart in the US - but it doesn't come across as political or preachy. Just stories about people and how they react to things. Brilliant!
it sounds kinda corny, but I thought about this before I typed this: My life is better from listening to this series. I see and hear the news and events differently now. I know more about myself, people around me, and what's coming- and I was already "awake", others will definitely benefit. Pretty cool little audio book series!
OK, I'm officially addicted to 299 Days - so glad I am!
This Book is okay as long as you do not have high expectations for adjectives beyond words like awesome cool neat. Also expect to hear the phrase that really sucked a lot. Really is poorly written but the story does keep you intrigued. Lastly it is a good snapshot of a mindset that is a little disturbing.
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
This series is a winner.
Certainly am going to get the rest of them.
Fine author, great narrator.
Much more realistic and lends to commons sense events worth every credit I've given and will continue to listen to this author as he writes more.
Very much looking forward to hearing all the rest; this is an exciting book in the series and if the rest of the series is like this one, I simply can't wait.
Really .... what more can I say!?
The author has a biased agenda that detracts from the story. If he had focused less on his biases, it would have been more enjoyable. Too much focus on guns - does he represent the NRA? Appears that way. A very disappointing story and waste of my listening time.
The author has a biased agenda that detracts from the story. He posits that it is only the 'left' leaning politicians who damaged the US.
The premise of the story is good....
When the profile of the book is written - it should be more clearly stated that the author has a very strong and biased agenda. I would not have purchased the books if I had known that. As I mentioned, it was a waste of my listening time.
An eclectic mess: bibliophile, bushcrafter, archer, former infantryman, loather of statism and stupidity, not to be trusted around chocolate
it is a new take on the potential collapse story in that it is not total. It seems more plausible than most other "fiction" of like kind out there today.
Grant and "the outside thought".
I'm pretty hardened, I don't have extreme reactions but throughout this series I've found my self nodding my head in agreement or shouting out loud "exactly!".
buy them, listen, learn, enjoy
While the story was plausible, most of the tactical information was vague, at best. But the political hyperbole was sheer nonsense--pathetic misrepresentations, so historically and factually incorrect, I could not tell if they were attempts at comedic relief or due to shear ignorance.
Right up there with my favorites: One Second After and The Martian
the continual info on food storage
I like the story but would have him speed up his vocals
Having to hide what he was doing from his wife
The vocals were hard to get use to...a little monotonous.
Too bloody short!
Yes and no. Its a good installment of the story and I enjoy the series but I am getting sick of being short chanaged by authors writing "filler" installments in book series.
Was almost short enough to do so.
I enjoy the series and the 5 hours ish that you get here is a good listen.
"hoping for a better continuation with 3."
heavy going at times
narrator wrong age group,pity
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