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Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse [Kindle Edition]

James Rawles
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Book Description

America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse—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 tries 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 the American civilization. Reading this compelling, fast-paced novel could one day mean the difference between life and death.

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About the Author

James Wesley Rawles has been an enthusiastic survivalist since his teenage years. He is now a survivalist author and lecturer and the editor of 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1338 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; 4th Expanded edition (1 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ODHO8G
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #251,184 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts with a bang, ends with a whimper. 11 Jun. 1999
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of guns, very little insight. 11 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
It has taken me months to wade through this book - but I didn't think that I could legitimately review it without having completed the task. For me, the best part of the book was the description of the economic breakdown which leads to the post apocalyptic scenario. Whilst not wholly convincing, it has the merit of being topical and is thought provoking. From then on I felt that the book went downhill. If you are obsessed with guns and want a detailed list of armaments and ammunition, this is the book for you. However, as the sort of hording of guns which Rawles recommends is impossible in the UK it is not very relevant here. The irony of the book is that the protagonists seem to lack the essential personal traits which would probably mark out survivors in a real post-apocalypse scenario - for example, adaptability. The post-apocalypse is tailor-made for the survivalist who has amassed a barrow load of guns and is prepared to shoot first and think - well, never. Had there been plague-type PA scenario these people would have been at a loss as to how to deal with the need for flexibility and co-operation.
For me the weakest part of the book was the one dimensional and unrealistic depiction of people. The good guys are overwhelmingly Christian, the bad guys are cannibals, rapists, drunkards and, of course, poor soldiers. The depiction of the two men with communist sympathies (cannibals) verges on the comical. Somehow we are meant to accept the fact that, because only the select elite are good, it is all right for them to kill so many without any compunction and to relish the body-count.
In the end I was left with the feeling that this book is one man's personal fantasy of the world he would actually like to wake up to.
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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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but disappointing 23 May 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this book off Amazon after the Greek economy went belly up as I was interested in the implications on society after a country suffers financial meltdown. To be honest it is pitched more at the American market as it's impossible to buy a M16 assault rifle in the U.K. for self protection and I must say the author's attention to detail particulary in the military hardwear is second to none. However 2/3 of the way through the book it just was like reading an anarchists bible, maybe I am naive thinking in times of crisis I would like to be pulling together with people concentrating on getting back to normal where as this is aimed at people who are holed up in a remote place and prepared to shoot first and ask questions later. As I said previously the attention to detail is excellent so from that point of view it's a good read but it's not a "feel good" book !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, but has a couple of issues 7 April 2011
The novel is quoted as a classic in its genre in many lists, and I can see why some people might think that. It's a fictional story about a group of Americans surviving the aftermath of a financial crash, but it is written by a hardcore survivalist. As a piece of fiction it's an entertaining story, at least for the first half, as the various members of 'The Group' make their way to the pre-prepared stonghold and fend off various bandits.

However, the book contains A LOT of details about equipment (particularly guns), survival techniques and operating procedures for a militia. This is clearly intended to inform the reader about how to prepare for the inevitable collapse of society, but it is only partly applicable in the UK.

Both of these aspects of the book are handled reasonably well, and would have earned the book five stars in my review. However, the constant double standards exhibited by the group somehow rubs me up the wrong way. The characters are almost all deeply religious but gleefully kill people when they consider it to be 'right'. They insist on retaining their freedom and rights but stop and search passers by. On top of that, the attitudes of The Group when an attempt is made to restore order seems less than helpful, to say the least.

Finally, what is the point of the apparently unrelated sub-plot about the two gun dealers on the run from the law? Isn't it just a rant about gun control laws?

So, quite a good story, and not a bad source of survival tips, but the inconsistent attitudes of the characters (presumably reflecting the beliefs of the author) got on my nerves a bit.
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