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on 20 May 2009
There's just too many plot flaws and glearing inaccuracies for this book to draw you in. The author seemingly knows about guns, triage, military strategy etc. but falls down spectacularly in other areas such as economics and geopolitics. Essentially it's just one long pro-gun advert which asserts that a fair, democratic state cannot exist without the right to bare arms. Righto. His other book is probably a better bet for straight tactical advice although his credibility is somewhat diminished in my eyes having read this novel.
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on 8 October 2009
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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on 29 December 1998
This is a novel of the breakdown of society. While the focus of this book is an economic meltdown, the information portrayed could equally be applied to wide scale natural disaster, y2k woes, etc.
While there are guns in the book, the main emphasis is more on preparing with simple things such as food and medical supplies. A strong humanitarian influence can be felt in the novel, as those characters that prepared in advance for adversity were able to share some of their bounty with the less fortunate.
Whether you agree with the author's feelings or not, you can easily see that this "fictional" story is something of a "how to survive" manual portrayed as a fictional story to make it more enjoyable to the average reader.
One way or another, a memorable book that will leave you a bit breathless and much more informed.
Best regards, John.
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on 8 April 1999
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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on 7 January 1999
A chilling and thought provoking account of the coming collapse of society as we now know it. The author has remarkably included good information from good sources. It is refreshing to read for this reason alone. While I am an agnostic the references to religon are more than palpable and don't take away from the story. Rather they enhance the story and explain some of the motivations of the characters. Additionally the author refers to suppliers that exist and can be contacted if certain items refered to are of interest to the reader. All in all this is a good read that will keep your attention. Tom P.
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on 21 January 1999
If you are a fan of paramilitary, survivalism, or the self-sufficiency movement you will love this book. A realistic view of one groups realization and preparation for what could and may happen as we as world citizens continue to live as though nothing really bad could happen.
The plot is skillfully woven with useful, and thought provoking details. I have marked many pages for future reference.
This is obviously a reflection of the author's own lifestyle and preparations for what might come.
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on 26 October 2012
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 saints. They're not impossible characters, just very unlikely. It is an image of the perfect prepper situation in the worst case scenario. Personally I think he goes on a bit detailing guns and such, but I'm sure many of his readers will appreciate it. Over all I thought I was a great read, it captured me from the beginning and gave me some real good ideas and stuff to think about. I'd recommend it to all!
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on 17 April 2010
Very detailed book and highly entertaining. I wish I could be as prepared as the guys in this book.
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on 24 June 1999
Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse".
Rawles has crafted a thriller around the idea of a collapsed American civilization.
"Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse" serves as both a wake up call and a field guide to the issues and dangers of life without our technetronic infrastructure to support ourselves. He discusses basic survival, teamwork, leadership, and the role of ethics and morality in physical isolation.
Is he preaching "Doom and Gloom"? Hardly. Not long ago, everyone knew how to survive out of necessity. Well, the necessity is no lesser today than it was. unless you are either supremely self-confident or already a skilled outdoorsman, you would do well to obtain your own copy of "Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse".
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on 6 May 1999
This is an excellent book. It is about standing up for what you believe in, having control over your life, and upholding America. This novel describes bad stuff in the near future, but in such a way that you can prepare for it now. You will probably find yourself writing things down or dog-earing many pages. If you don't want to have to go spend the night in a high school auditorium waiting in line for your spoonful of soup along with everyone else after a disaster, then read this book! It will give you a great start in preparing and acheiving the attitude to survive major disasters.
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