The Visitors, the fifth book in the 299 Days series, follows Grant Matson, the Team, and other Pierce Point residents as they adjust to a rapidly changing post-Collapse reality. When the Team is summoned to bust a meth lab and protect their neighbors, they find themselves in an intense crime scene that results in the community having to decide innocence, guilt, and punishment. Adjusting to this “new normal” is a challenge to Grant and others as they navigate a world where Pop-Tarts cost $45 a box, neighbors die from easily preventable conditions, and what remains of the former U.S. Government is deliberately choosing who they will and will not help.
As tensions grow in Pierce Point and the Team begins to face organized opposition, they are presented with an incredible opportunity by the arrival of Special Forces Ted and his game-changing proposal. Grant finds himself at a crossroads as he must decide whether he and the Team will formally join the Patriots and train to become guerilla fighters against the growing forces of the Loyalists or standby and watch events unfold. Grant knows one decision could risk his marriage and family, while another would mean letting others decide their fate.
©2013 Glen Tate (P)2014 Sellerman and Sweeney, LLC
The story is interesting, but has been broken down into many dime store novels. I would like to hear the rest, but I have already payed more than double what I have paid for other books, many in the 30 hour range.
Consistently good reads
The narrator is great,no criticism
The first 5 books should have told the whole story,I have chosen to depart and search for new series.
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.
As a tech person in the military I’ve read nothing but IT and text-type books for the past couple decades. I tried reading a couple novels, but found them boring and dumped them after a couple chapters. One day at church a member was talking about 299 Days and recommended it so I decided to check it out. 299 Days was definitely different from other books - it drew me in very early on and led me to read the entire series. What a great story with a highly plausible scenario. Glen Tate writes on an everyday level, making it easy to follow along. Although it is not a “religious” series, Glen does a pretty masterful job of weaving Christian themes into the story which I appreciate. I also appreciate how he obviously researched the military so that he uses correct terminology and makes the characters “real”. His brings Civil Affairs into the picture, which as any military person knows is a very critical part of any military engagement.
When I heard the series was coming out on audio book I thought “cool” and decided to give it a try also. I decided to start out with Book 5 as that is the transition from just building the community to military involvement (taking down the drug house, and the Special Forces “visitors”). WOW! The narrator (Kevin Price) really brings the characters to life. Glen did a great job in picking this guy. After hearing this one, I’m going to go back and listen to it all again as the voices n my head when reading aren’t anywhere near as good as Kevin’s reading.
With Christmas coming up, I’m picking up a couple copies of the series on audio book to give out as gifts.
Don't know any comparable books.
Kevin does a much better job of bringing the story to life. His voice fits the story line well.
Getting ready for the war.
Many parts and times I wish he wouldn't be so repetitive and dramatic about things over and over again, but the storyline is entertaining and you want to keep listening.
The story has been dragged out from book 4. Could of really made it a 4 book series
Don't know...his voice got annoying after awhile...reminded me of a lame Wilford Brimley
The first 4 books hooked you in, but then it started getting repetitive. How many times do I have to hear about pancakes for breakfast?? Oh and the nagging wife! And going on about the team did this, the team did that, we have special forces Ted, how great a shot Glen and the team are, and how much they look like military contractors and the whole community feels safe with the team and how cool they are doing press checks on their ARs...come on, man
Not buying anymore fictional prepper books...Most of these preppers turned fiction writers aren't that great. I get that one should be prepared, but these guys should be prepared on how to write. It's not all about guns, 5.11 pants and pancake mixes
I think this is one of Tate's better books. You hear the words 'normalcy bias' and 'sheep dogs' a lot less.
No sure I like his kangaroo court, and pretty sure a hanging don't work like that
That said it's maybe the best of the series so far
"sounds like padding"
Story has slowed down considerably.
If the next book in the series is the same caliber your author will be black listed. I actually fell asleep listening to this ? thriller ?
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