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Patriots Audiobook

Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

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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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    Christopher Union, NJ, United States 11-15-11
    Christopher Union, NJ, United States 11-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A Survivalist How-To Manual told as a story"

    I love apocalyptic fiction, and I found this book to be an interesting off-shoot of that genre. It's all post apocalypse - after a complete economic collapse and complete breakdown of law and order. But the cause of the collapse is not really relevant, it could have happened for any reason. The book is quite literally a survivalist's how-to manual with copious detail as to supplies, weapons (mostly guns!) planning, logistics, storage, preparation, and all things strategic and tactical. It is not a great literary work, nor does it claim to be. There is very little character development, and the plot is a straight-forward telling of the sequence of events, with a few flashbacks in the form of characters simply relaying their own experiences after the collapse. There a LOT of gun talk. Gun enthusiasts will like it, I presume. The narrator is good, speaks slowly and clearly, but I give only four stars because he reads all the characters in such similar voices that they all sound the same. Since the characters aren't especially well-developed, and therefore similar to begin with, the voice in which they are read doesn't really make a difference. If you like end-of-civilization stories and want to know what it will be like, read this book. If you want to know why you'll be one of the first to die, read this book!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 02-07-13
    Jan 02-07-13 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Not literature... 21 hours of prepper idealism"

    I have loved end of the world lit... "The Road," "One Second After," and "Alas Babylon" are some of my favorites. Wanting something similar I tried Patriots, not even close. No kidding this reads like a survivalist catalog down to and including the model numbers, pros and cons of purchase and would have, should have. It is violent, improbable, self righteous and includes a war senario with Idaho prepper groups fighting the UN take-over tanks and soldiers. So when you are prepping be sure and store hand granades and extra long fuses. It does have an unusual start and end of the Apocalyse and will teach you how to deliver a baby.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela M. Southern California 11-14-12
    Pamela M. Southern California 11-14-12 Member Since 2012

    A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.

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    "A Real Stinker!"

    This book was a real stinker! It was supposed to be a novel of survival in the coming collapse but it read like a Preppers catalog of supplies. The book had more data on equipment model numbers and prices then an actual storyline. It went something like this “Todd looked through his binoculars which were Steiner’s Model TA6456, he bought them from Sears four years ago at a price of $64.99. He didn’t go with Steiner’s Model TA6488 because there was a glare to the lens when looking at long distance”. Kid you not this is how this book reads. The storyline (what little there was of it) got all muddled up with all the data on items. It was like having someone read you the Sears catalog. The editing on this book was awful as was the narration.

    I’m embarrassed I wasted 21 hours of my life on this book. I kept thinking its has to get better it can’t be like this all the way through, YES IT CAN! The only reason why I am posting a review is because I don’t want someone else to waste 21 hours.

    If you like hoards of details on items, how much they cost, where to get it and why you should have it then this book is for you. If you want a good storyline to follow go with Alas Babylon it’s a collapse novel with a great storyline and wonderful characters.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mark United States 05-02-10
    Mark United States 05-02-10 Member Since 2017
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    "This audiobook almost killed me......."

    I listen to audiobooks to stay awake when I go on long drives. I can tell you that I have listened to dozens of audio books and this is by far in a class all by itself. SNOOZER! I almost fell asleep and drove off the road!

    The writing is so poor and flat with a total lack of character development and insane amount of details in all the wrong places. Not to mention tiresome speeches on gun laws, the Oklahoma Murrow Building conspiracy and your right to drive a car.

    "Don pulled the chrome plated colt commander 45acp built by colts custom pistol division with the green trijicon night sights, an extended mag and slide release from his black bianchi balistic nylon shoulder holster and pointed it the guy sporting a early issue M65 olive drab field jacket...blah...blah....!"

    24 of 25 hours of this book sounded like that. Details stacked on details that simply don't tell a story. The book sounds like an infomercial for the authors favorite gun and gear collection.

    The narration is whiney and difficult to listen to.

    Save your credits.




    34 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    Adam 09-09-12
    Adam 09-09-12
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    "Great "preppers" book"

    Before I get into the story, the first thing you have to understand is what kind of book this is. First and foremost this is a "preppers" book. Once you understand that, the style of the book and the amazing amount of detail make sense. The author is a survival expert with many years of experience in military and civilian tactical methods as well as a respected prepper who lives how he preaches. This book is the 4th edition of a story that has been revised and expanded over two decades.

    Story:
    The narrative of this novel serves to bring a context to the vast amount of technical detail. It is set in the mid-west and the author uses first-hand knowledge of the region to bring the characters and places to life. I found that the story kept me very interested throughout the book, only lagging in a couple of small places. This books is filled with scenes of violence and harsh imagery. For that reason, I would caution anyone below the age of 15 to read it. The author however does skillfully weave these violent themes into the story with tact and a respect for life.

    Survival information:
    I feel that the main point of this novel is to provide a feasible scenario in which survival preparedness would not only be useful, but essential. The author uses an extreme level of detail in describing the weapons, food-stores, logistical material, vehicles, medical supplies, armor, and housing. At first, if you do not accept this book for what it is--a recipe on how to setup and maintain a survival retreat--you will be overwhelmed. If you are listening to the book because you are wanting a guide on survival preparedness, this is your book. If you are not and are just looking for a book to entertain, this can still be your book, but you may be better off with something like One Second After by William R. Forstchen.

    More information can be found at the authors blog (survivalblog [dot] com)

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book both from an entertainment and informational perspective. Although I was already of the survival mindset, this book has given me a new understanding of the level of preparation that is truly needed to survive "dooms-day" scenarios like the one in this novel.

    I would recommend this book to anyone (over the age of 15).

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    Survivalist, preppers, Christian fundamentalism, states-rights, guns rights, family values, logistics, weapons, explosives, military tactics / strategy, small-scale farming, apocalyptic, disaster, anti-U.N..

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't like this one."

    Much of the writing and how the characters interacted with each other was just not realistic. For example, if my friend was telling me what type of gas we had he wouldn't then devolve into a 6 min PowerPoint on how the gasses break down. If letting me know what kind of guns someone had he wouldn't sound like Ralphy from the Christmas Story and describe every gun down to the color. People just don't talk to each other like that. Half of the book is literally describing what type of guns people had.
    If there is ever a societal collapse and I was bugged out with any of these characters, I wouldn't have to worry about looters or marauders. I would put a bullet in my own head because talking to these people would drive me to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I may not finish this book"

    I'm about 6 hours in so far. There's just not a lot here to offer.
    The narrator sounds like Paul Harvey but not at good. The story so far is dry and uninteresting.
    It reads like a mix of a bibliography, non-fiction documentary, and law book.
    It did not even have a catch to pull me in. Ugh, I'll read more reviews next time.
    I'll update this if it gets better but for now, I'm moving to a new book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 04-19-17
    Lisa 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Generally entertaining despite absurd premise"

    I have to say is a prepper I enjoyed most of this book. However, The ridiculous premise for the economic collapse is pure nonsense. And the tired old argument that simply making government smaller is better is also demonstrated nonsense. But if you can forgive the ignorance on economics and politics, the struggles and relationships provide an entertaining backdrop to a story that most preppers will probably appreciate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Baja Pops San Diego 01-23-16
    Baja Pops San Diego 01-23-16
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    "Very well done"

    Takes forever to finish but well worth it . Very enjoyable and the narrator did a good job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    miguel m gaeta 01-06-16 Member Since 2012
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    "NH listener"

    Definitely heavy on technical detail and survival recs. But isn't that the purpose we sought this book. The performance can be trying, but the storyline that exist does serve a purpose. Additionally this book does potray probably one of the more realistic sequences of events for the demise of this country. And if nothing else it is interesting to review and consider.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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