In the beginning of this story, I thought it was another same ol' ,same ol' of this genre. I was mistaken. As I kept reading I realized that the writer was relating into words, his experience over many,many years of doing exactly as the titled suggest. The emotional toll, anxiety, the seemingly never ending scenarios bombarding his thoughts, an the financial drain of just achieving the basic minimum of of resources to weather whatever comes down the pike. I think the resources, verifiable "concotions", an library he leads his readers to are top notch an not so well known. In the end I also got the feeling he tried to express the importance of keeping a sense of humor to alleviate the strain an stress of "catastrophes" through his buddy. Also I see the importance of a group instead of lonewolfing when things do go down,as the various opinions, strengths, skills, an morality will always be an added asset to overall health long term. Job well well done Foster
I liked it but it scares the hek out of me. EMP is not a funny matter and it could sneak up on us without warning. I thought it was neat the way the author interspersed formulas and survival food recipes. There were a few cliffhangers here and there that should have been resolved. OK Ron, wait4ing on your next one!
This book contains 40% novel and 60% technical aspects of every single device and/or items the characters use (down to certain types of nails and why they're the best for task X, recipes for each plant species encountered in the story, etc.) If it were two different books or a novel followed by some type of data section it would be better. Intertwining the two from one paragraph to the next (literally) just doesn't come close to a flowing storyline. I found myself skipping several pages of technical jargon just to get back to the characters and the storyline. After roughly halfway through I just stopped because of the constant interruptions of analysis on tools, food, plants, mammals, economics, etc..
Perhaps it is time for Foster to slow down a tad and to edit or at least flesh out the details in his books. This one would have made a nice first draft for review and further editing, but it is patently obvious that it was just slammed out there right off the keyboard for sale. I know this author can do better as I've read everything he has written. He is knowledgeable and loves to share what he knows with the prepper world, but there were simply too many loose ends in this particular work to recommend it to others.
I read the reviews and most said it was more like how-to book. \ I would partially agree with those reviews. To be a true how-to publication, the information would have to be considerably more detailed and researched. There would also have to have a source list, as well. I might, only might read it again.
I should have read all the reviews before buying this. Way too much "detailed how to" and not enough story. But if you want detailed info on how to set up your own bug out farm this is the book for you.
If you are expecting a novel, this book is not for you. Out of the 150 pages I managed to read of the 350 in the book, there are probably only 20 pages of story. The rest is pages of recipes and many pages of speculation of what might happen. A fiction novel should show what happens with perhaps some commentary. The recipes could be referenced in the book, and put in an appendix or on a web site.
The formatting is also very amateurish and makes what is there much harder to read. An editor is sorely needed, but then not much of the book would remain!