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America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

As hordes of refugees and looters pour out of the cities, a small group of friends living in the Midwest desperately try to make their way to a safe-haven ranch in northern Idaho. The journey requires all their skill and training since communication, commerce, transportation and law enforcement have all disappeared. Once at the ranch, the group fends off vicious attacks from outsiders and then looks to join other groups that are trying to restore true Constitutional law to the country.

Patriots is a thrilling narrative depicting fictional characters using authentic survivalist techniques to endure the collapse of American civilization. Listening to this compelling, fast-paced novel could one day mean the difference between life and death.

©2009 James Wesley Rawles; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Allison
  • Goldfield, IA, United States
  • 02-02-13

Thought provoking for preppers

This book does not focus on getting to know characters trying to survive. It is all about the technical aspects of items needed in an economic collapse and warfare tatics. If you are making a prepper list then this book is for you. If you are looking for a book to draw you into a story then you might want to keep looking.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good Info, poor story

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While I am somewhat like minded with some of the themes of the book, I think the info in the book would have been just as well printed as lists and instructions. The story line was very disjointed (in my opinion) and the characters were not very well developed. Although I am much a supporter of "bearing arms", the ENDLESS writing on guns, parts, ammo in every situation was just too much. If I had wanted a gun manual, I would have purchased one. As some reviewers have noted, this book really seems like an instruction manual with some people thrown in so it can be sold as a novel. I do applaud the author for all the information he is trying to share, but a prepper manual would have been cheaper, faster, and more use.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Get out of Dodge Account of "The Group"

Patriots (A novel of survival in the coming collapse) is is about a group of survivalists ("The Group") who plan ahead to meet at a well-stocked retreat in Idaho in the event of some event or disaster which causes the US government to fail. By the time they make the decision to Get Out of Dodge, money is worthless, gas is unavailable, food distribution has shut down and outlaw gangs rule. The military is nowhere to be found, nor are the police. The Group, later named the Northwest Militia, meets at their Idaho retreat and each relay their own stories of what it took for them to get there. While this is a novel, this book is written to be instructional in nature and offers many details for people who want to plan their future retreats. It is quite lengthy (3 7 hour parts) and every encounter is very detailed. Someone with an interest in different types of guns/ammo and survivalist living would enjoy this book. This book is somewhat instructional on how to live frugally and off the land. The Group started out with basic food supplies (unconstituted peanut butter, wheat flour, dried meat, so on) and other than hunting and gardening and minimal bartering lived off their initial stockpile for several years. While this book could be dry at times I still thought it was a good listen all in all.

40 of 46 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • Provo, UT, United States
  • 08-11-10

Fair at best. Choose your reason before you buy.

This is book is not a good choice if you are looking for an action novel. If you are interested in ideas for how to survive and End Of Days scenario, it is OK. The authors other book, How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It, Is a far better choice. Rawles may be a good survivalist, and manual writer, a novelist he is not. It does drag a bit....

25 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • COCOA, FL, United States
  • 09-04-10

Frightening scenario for the future of the US

Patriots is a political novel that promotes an agenda of states’ rights populism, right wing Christianity, pro-Second Amendment rights, anti-UN views, and survivalism that is cast in the near future amidst a financial collapse, the result of overwhelming national debt, hyperinflation, and a stock market crash.


This novel focuses on many technical and paramilitary topics that may not be enjoyable reading for many – even if they share the author’s politics. Perhaps there is no way to cover such topics in an “enjoyable” manner and that the point of this book is exactly that – life in a post-collapse America, reduced to a barter economy with massive civil unrest, will be difficult, reduced to a struggle to survive.

The author avoids the “UN helicopter” paranoia found in some contemporary literature of a similar genre and uses the format of a novel, tracing the lives of characters and their families as a vehicle to present its political message. However, if you do not have an interest in paramilitary subjects or don’t enjoy extended discussions of firearms, radio communications, survivalist medicine and other issues, which comprise a large portion of the dialog between the characters; then you may wish to use your Audible credits elsewhere.


Patriots references many useful materials on a wide variety of survivalist topics that can be used for further “study” if the reader is so inclined. In the print version these references may be easier to access.


The story line is entertaining with good, but predictable, characters that are used to deliver the political message. The author presents a frightening, but believable, scenario for the future. It should be well received by many who are in tune with its message, but unfortunately will most likely be dismissed by those who could benefit most from it – those who are in denial about the issues facing our nation and a “head in the sand” attitude that such a scenario as described in Patriots “could never happen here.”

40 of 48 people found this review helpful

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  • Lloyd
  • Waverly, Tennessee, United States
  • 12-26-11

Is it a story or a how to book..........you decide

Would you listen to Patriots again? Why?

Definitely I already have

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I don't know about the edge of my seat, but it was a very good listen.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

It was adequate, thats about it

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

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This is a good piece of fiction based upon reality. It needs to be heeded and acted upon to insure it does not actually happen.<br/><br/>Maybe a bit too much detail in some areas.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Accidentally Good

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This is a fascinating book, but not a good novel. It is worth reading for two reasons.<br/><br/>(1) This book is, first, a survivalist's handbook disguised (the disguise is very thin) as fiction. Thus it's obviously going to be bad fiction, but if you think of the book as a series of scenarios which the author explores from a survivalist point of view, it's really quite good. He's obviously been thinking about this for quite some time. (The author runs a survivalist blog.) If, like me, you ever wonder what you'd do if your civilization collapsed (they do that, after all) this book is interesting, and it's easier to read than a guide.<br/><br/>(2) The book is also an insight into the way some Americans see the world. And that too is interesting. The book contains long, rambling sections where the author attacks the US government. (Since this is supposed to be a novel, the good guys serve as mouthpieces for the author's views.)<br/><br/>And in general, this book is an unselfconscious revenge-on-society fantasy, set in a world where governments are bad, guns are good, but automatic ones are best, the constitution is good, gun licenses are bad, gun-seller licenses are bad, driver's licenses are bad (!), the Oklahoma bombing was a set-up, and so on, and on, and on. I've never truly understood the people (like the author) who want to see it all burn. This book helps.

22 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Found myself enjoying even the detail.

What did you like best about Patriots? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the detail. Yes, sometimes it was way over the top but it was wonderfully informative while still being pretty entertaining. I was even able to be tolerant of the extreme Christian perspectives peppered throughout the book because, frankly, it worked. That's exactly what I was expecting. I also really enjoy literature that gets into HOW someone survives without getting so far into it that I'm pulling out fried potato recipes (A.American anyone?). This book seemed to fall somewhere in the middle.<br/><br/>What I liked least was the good/bad line being drawn so heavily between Christians/non-Christians and that a citizens patriotism was somehow commensurate to their Christian belief system. This didn't stop me from moving on since I don't feel the need to toss a book just because I disagree with the primary character/s representation of the author's own perspective, I just "liked it least" and thought it was a sad perspective on the author's part. <br/><br/>I also sometimes felt that the lack of any imperfections in the main characters could make them a little too single dimensional, but I'm picky like that.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I don't know about "edge of my seat" but there were certainly points in the book where I was very drawn in.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

For the most part, yes. The narration was very "dry" but so was much of the story so it kind of worked. Dick Hill sounded a lot like Paul Harvey to me which actually hit a positive subconscious note somehow.

Did Patriots inspire you to do anything?

It definitely made me think a lot more about my own preparedness, maybe not to the extreme level of government paranoia-driven compound building militia leader, but at least as a home owner, parent, husband, co-worker, etc. It's not the big financial crash causing global collapse I need to prepare for, it's things like breaking down on the side of a rural road in winter with kids in the car or simply losing power for a few days in an ice storm.

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  • r
  • irving, TX, United States
  • 08-18-11

better than watching paint dry

the first part of this book i thought was way to preachy , and anti-government. i gave it a chance and the last two parts won me over . its a very good book if you like technical type writings , it goes super deep in some places .

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Interesting Story. Well worth the read.

I do have a few problems with the story. The author writes from a very narrow prospective. Near the end of the book he opens up some more, but the correlation of say cannibalism with communism as an example is kind of narrow minded and contrived. I don't like communism and I felt that was a little absurd.
There were points were the book got really technical, but based off of my understanding, it is a survival manual written in the from of a novel so the author won't get in trouble for teaching those things.
The over all plot was interesting enough and I do not regret getting the book. It is definitely worth the read and I would recommend it to others. I am interested to see what his other books are like.
It have me a lot of great food for thought. I am not a hard core survivalist by any means, but I do have emergency preparations in the event of natural disaster. Listening to this book helped me to prioritize my gear. Again, well worth the read and the credit for the book.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful