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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, but has a couple of issues, 7 April 2011
This review is from: Patriots (Paperback)
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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