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Patriots [Paperback]

Rawles James Wesley
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Book Description

2 July 2009
Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse is a thinking man's action-adventure novel set in the near future, as America is torn by a full scale socio-economic collapse. Todd Gray, an accountant, and his wife Mary, a nurse, live on a ranch in northern Idaho that was established several years before, as a safe haven for a select group of friends, most of whom live in Chicago. When the stock market collapses and hyperinflation sets in, civilization falls apart practically overnight. Wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city. Communication, commerce, transportation, and law enforcement disappear. Hordes of refugees and looters pour out of the cities and into the countryside. Its the end of the world as we know it. The novel is an highly unusual blend of fiction and fact. While and exciting read, it is essentially a survival manual dressed as fiction. Most readers find themselves taking notes, as they read it. It is so packed with useful survival information that it even has a glossary and an index.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; Original edition (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156975599X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569755990
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Wesley, Rawles has been an enthusiastic survivalist since his teenage years. He is now a survivalist author and lecturer and the editor of www.SurvivalBlog.com. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University with minor degrees in military science, history, and military history. A former U.S. Army intelligence officer who held a Top Secret security clearance (with Special Background Investigation) and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), he was awarded Officer specialty 35A (tactical all-source intelligence officer), and the additional skill identifier 5M (electronic warfare officer). He achieved the rank of Captain, attended the Army NBC defense officer's course, as well as Northern Warfare School at Fort Greeley, Alaska.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts with a bang, ends with a whimper. 11 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Rawles starts us out on an interesting, if somewhat unrealistic, end of the world survivalist concept, and this provides the real strength of the book. If one can put aside the fact that to prepare for the end of the world like Rawles "Group" is far beyond the financial means of most folks, the preparation material is quite good, providing fairly detailed information in an entertaining manner. For this reason alone I recommend the text. It is later in the book, when Rawles begins pandering to every known New World Order/anti-government conspiracy theory that the book begins to lose its appeal, along with a somewhat over-moralistic tone that is grating at times. For example, the author continually talks about individual freedom, but seems to think it OK for his "Group" members to stop and search anybody that passes along the roadway close to their retreat, engaging in summary executions of other survivors without trials, and so on. And one must question the true survivalist mindset in many of the scenarios, where ammunition is wasted to no gain, shooting dozens of rounds into one person, for example. Patriots is worth a reading, but take it with a rather large grain of salt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This book is actually two books in one. It is an adventure novel about how one group managed to survive in a "worst case" senario. It is also a fairly complete survival guide for the informed. I do NOT think it should be considered as a "first book to get" to educate yourself about "the Y2K fiasco" but it would be an excellent read for those who are already somewhat informed about the upcoming events and need some extra tips. Wesley-Rawles "waxes" a bit about his ideas and religious beliefs, sometimes somewhat humorously even if unintended. One of his characters is quite religious, or we are led to believe, but seems to have no qualms about leading the "team" to a bloody offensive assault (read slaughter) on some shady "biker thugs", and we see a side that is almost "vengeful". Where's the "Christian attitude" there? I don't know... The book sometimes gets a little far-fetched, the characters all seem a bit too cheerful, unreal at times; a main character slices a nice chunk of tissue from her arm and all she can muster is "fiddlesticks! I wanted to finish my canning.." Come on John, a little too watered down, huh? Oh well, just my opinion. Some more examples can be found but I think I would just be nit-picking... In all, I felt it was a good read, my wife enjoyed it too, though both felt it got a bit too descriptive at times for the "uninitiated". It gave us both a lot to think about, helped us "prepare for the worst but hope for the best"... I give it 4 stars!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Ekij
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'Patriots' is supposed to be a classic of survivalist literature. It's also been described as a `survival manual disguised as a book'. I found it to be neither.

The story is about a group that had set up a retreat so survive a `the end of the world as we know it' scenario. For the purposes of the book `the crunch' comes as an economic collapse of the US and much of the remainder of the civilised world. The book has a strong anti-socialism theme; the author explains that the collapse of the US was caused by the government running up a huge debt by allowing members of society to free-load. According to the author everyone should work or starve.

The first half of the book covers the members of `the group' making their way to the retreat, how they adjust to a more primitive lifestyle and defend themselves from aggressors. While the author goes into a little more detail on some of the survival aspects than might be strictly necessary I didn't feel it was a `manual for survival'.

Some areas are unrealistic, the group has been preparing for years and has hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition stored but didn't see a need to ensure there were sufficient sleeping quarters for everyone! Given that before the crunch they all spent a few weeks a year at the retreat preparing, training and storing equipment I fail to see how the sleeping arrangements couldn't have been already sorted!

The author is clearly a `gun nut'. No one simply "carries a gun", we have to hear what type of gun, length of barrel, type of clip, number of rounds, what sort of ammunition it's loaded with, type of gun sight and holster. Unless you're also obsessed with guns this gets a little boring after a while.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars patriots 8 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
good book, slow to start with but picks up pace and is hard to put down once started.
pretty indepth with very good detail on all subjects....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Patriots - a review 2 Mar 2009
By Y1b
Format:Paperback
A US centric view of a post financial crash survivor situation, following the popular survivalist "bullets, beans and band-aid" approach. Full of thought provoking scenarios and well developed characters working through a variety of problems. Some dated content and unrepresentative of a UK situation, but all in all a good read. If you enjoyed other US based survival fiction such as "Lights Out" or "Pax Americana" you will almost certainly enjoy "Patriots".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great story but ...
I love the story behind this book, I've read it several times now and bought 2 copies, one paperback and one Kindle. Read more
Published 1 month ago by wayne priestley
2.0 out of 5 stars Dully Written Day Dreams (Very Minor Spoilers)
This book is billed as a novel, or so it says on the cover, yet instead reads as half history book, half how-to manual. Read more
Published 5 months ago by daniel lawman
3.0 out of 5 stars Random
I did enjoy this book and the first half of the book contains a lot of information for self efficiency survivalist types. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MR LDC
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
this book makes you wonder if the US Economy did collapse would this happen
it is a very interesting read also making you think if you where in a situation like that what... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alex mcmahon
4.0 out of 5 stars Patriots
This is a great book well thought out and researched, my only problem and the reason I'm only giving it 4 stars is
all the religious mumbo jumbo. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Martin Carver
5.0 out of 5 stars Patriots get yourselves ready
Great tips to get ready for when the black stuff runs out, and our tech word as we know it ends.
Published 14 months ago by Johnny
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard-core Christian fundamental dirge...
I like a good post-apocalyptic romp, escapism & if I'm honest...something that will teach me how to make my own chances of survival improve, should the worst happen. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Hippy_chap
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny book
Technical detail is outstanding and the build-up and scenario are well thought out and set up. However after a while the smug, sanctimonious main characters started to grate on me... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anekin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, informative and captures you from the start!
Brilliant novel and in a way a guide book about surviving the coming collapse. It is clear Rawles isn't a novelist, the characters are all god fearing, law abiding, kind, giving... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kirsten
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking P.A. novel
This is the first TEOTWAWKI book that I have read. Having read some of the other reviews of the book I do agreed with some of the comments but although I thought of these points... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Elizabeth Marshall
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