- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Ulysses Press; Original edition (2 July 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 156975599X
- ISBN-13: 978-1569755990
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Patriots Paperback – 2 Jul 2009
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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 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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I originally bought this book for my Kindle some time ago and recently bought the paperback for a friends birthday, and while I loved parts of this book, others just brought it down.
Based in the Northwestern US during a socialeconomic collapse of society, a group of friends who met mostly in University come together at a survival retreat in Idaho to ride it out. The first half of the book covers what led to the collapse, the groups travels from their mostly Chicago based homes to the homestead and their actions in dealing with looters, refugees and other scenarios that might occur, such as a blocked septic tank and medical emergencies. Rawls has done well in a lot of area with plenty of details on numerous topics from weapons and tactics, healthcare and emergency first aid, communications, vehicle mechanics and domestic security. But some areas aren't quite so interesting, some are plain boring and others outright confusing.
Some of the issues include the massive array of detail he puts into discussing firearms, some details fine but he went somewhat overboard at places, how the first contact with communists includes them being cannibals, how someone who wasn't a health care professional was able to perform, in effect, complicated surgery and able to safely medicate patients. There's the constant mention of the groups mostly Christian belief (we don't need to be reminded every 10-15 minutes), and even when an agnostic is introduced, he's converted to Christianity following his wife's deaf (guess their God didn't see that coming).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good read, especially when combined with the others in the set, American survivalist fiction at its best possibly.Published 11 months ago by david graeme smith
I bought this having looked for books similar to The Mountain Man series. It is not as good. Can't say anymore to recommend it.Published 17 months ago by blimey is that the time?
Not really written like a proper novel, but more like an instruction manual. The level of detail is amazing and to some extent amusing, but for some strange reason this book is... Read morePublished 21 months ago by G S.
I was surprised about how much I enjoyed this book. Its a curious hybrid of novel and instruction manual and the thing I took from this book was that I quite sympathised with a lot... Read morePublished 23 months ago by A. J. Sudworth
Too many characters that I just don't care about...if they all died in the first chapter I could have read something else....I only made it to chapter four I think... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Jedidiah
Great read. Could not put it down however a little bit of bible thumping but not too muchPublished on 21 Nov. 2014 by Joe