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Publisher's Summary

If you're looking for information on how to prepare for a short-term natural disaster, this is not the book for you.

Best-selling author Jonathan Hollerman will present evidence that America as we know it could be destroyed in the near future from the loss of America's electric grid or other societal collapse scenarios. Many preparedness "experts" severely underestimate the threat posed by millions of starving, desperate people and offer dangerous advice because of it.

This preparedness guide will help you develop a plan to escape the deadly rioting and looting, showing you where you can take your family to keep them safe, even if you can't afford a fully-stocked survival retreat. Hollerman's in-depth expertise and recommendations will cover many topics including bug-out bags, SHTF Weapons, tactical gear, survival tools, knives, long-term food storage, livestock, bug-out locations, survival retreat recommendations, and much more.

©2016 Jonathan Hollerman (P)2016 Jonathan Hollerman

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Got me moving!

I found this book to be very well researched and full of useful information. It's not always easy finding a prepping book that doesn't go a bit over the top and make you question your own sanity. Hollerman is practical and level headed in his approach to prepping, he's also a veteran which also make me tend to trust his research and experience...but make no mistake, he's not pulling any punches either. I especially appreciated his opinion on "tacticool" gear. It made me laugh and increased my opinion of the authors legitimacy.

All that being said...

I could have done without the bible thumping bit at the end. It's a good thing he didn't put it at the beginning or laced it throughout the book because I would have never made it past the first couple of chapters.

What matters most is that this book got me moving on my food preps again. It helped me asses my bug out gear and even gave me the final push towards taking a hard look at my beloved 1911 and switching it out for a Glock as my go to SHTF pistol. Now to just find my "retreat"...

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Literally a half decent book.

About half of this guide is useful prep/survival info, half personal politics and pushing Christianity. Religion as means to stave off depression is a good point to make, but the rambling chapters about biblical text is not helpful. Similarly, the nearly first half of this book is on politics and personal worries of the author. Yes, it's good to have an understanding if the world and be able to identify real fears vs paranoid ones, but again, this is covered well beyond what is useful as a guide.

Overall, worth the listen, but expect 1/2 of the advertised run-time.

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Skip to Chapter 11

Let me save you from wasting your time. You can either do one of three things:

1. Do a quick Google search for EMPs, cyber attacks, and national power loss. Then skip to Chapter 11 and begin sifting through the macho bullshit and sexism for any useful information this book might possess.

2. Start from the beginning and muscle through ten chapters of the author telling you how smart he is and how dumb other people (including yourself) are about survival. He also dedicates an impressive amount of time to the sole purpose of telling you that learning survival skills is so super-duper important and totally, definitely does not make you crazy (or at least not as crazy as those OTHER survivalist nutjobs). You know, just in case you accidentally viewed, purchased, and began reading/listening to this book thinking it was a romance novel.

3. Do what I'm about to do: Find a better book.

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Great book

I really enjoyed this book. The information is straight forward and validated by the author's training and experience, not to mention the heavy research he did to complete this project.

I highly recommend it to everyone who has concerns about the future of our country and the safety of our families.

My 27 years of federal law enforcement and 22 years of military service tells me he is right on point!


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Good listen!

Has good ideas as well as solid suggestions for gear selection. If you are a prepper or know someone that is this book is worth it.

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HAVE TO READ THIS....A++

very surprised how interesting this book was....learned more then I would have imagined. Was very impressed at the detail he goes into for all the gear, where to get it, and his own review of the items.

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Interesting And Straight-Forward

So...that was fascinating. Look I enjoyed the data driven by facts and not opinion. I already knew the straight numbers on worse case survival are bleak because civil society is fragile and most people are woefully unprepared. This is something I learned at the graduate level...and I still feel unprepared! Better off than most (statistically), but still under prepared. Everyone has to start somewhere and I am glad the author reiterated that point several times throughout the book. I urge people to listen to or read this book, take heed, and begin to take action or stay in action if already only prepared to the post local (short-term) disaster level.

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Good stuff

This was a departure from my normal read. However, it was very informative. The first part of the book really helped me with what I refer to as preparedness fatigue. It helped me know that my mindset is not illogical or crazy and that there is a good reason for this effort to prepare.

The information he lays out in the following section is all sound, but it is his advice/theory. I have a few different opinions on a couple of items but the differences are based on my experiences and in no way invalidate the authors.

If you are new to preparedness, this information is invaluable. It will save you a ton of time with trial and error. If you've been at it for a long time, as I have, it is still chock full of tips and ideas that you can learn from. No one is ever fully prepared. It is a journey, a marathon really, and this book has tons of useful information to help you on your way.

If you are wanting to prepare and don't know if you should prepare, wondering why you should prepare in the first place, or have preparedness fatigue like I did, this book can be a big help.

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Great App Around Beginner and Advanced Info

I really appreciate the author's ability to address so many subjects in such a reasonable timeframe. This is an excellent book to help guide and further define one's goals.

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Good read.

Good information and a great deal of solutions for various problems. I didn't agree with his thoughts on "local police officers" but hey the guy was in the air force so whatever.

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