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  • Series: 299 Days
  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: PrepperPress.com (August 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615680682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615680682
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (535 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glen Tate has led an amazing life - and one that took a surprising turn. He grew up poor in the rural logging town of Forks, Washington. He worked hard to become a successful professional with a job in the political arena. Thinking he'd finally made it and everything was great, he was stunned to see how corrupt government is. From his observations at his job, he realized that America is collapsing and bad things are coming. Very soon. He began to prepare for him and his family to make it through the civil unrest of the coming collapse. That meant he had to return to his rural roots - quite a shock to his family and friends. Even more amazing was that he wrote down what he foresees happening during the collapse and it became a ten-book novel series published by Prepper Press.

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186 of 197 people found the following review helpful By J Marko on September 1, 2012
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Reading this review you are probably wondering - is this book worth buying? My short answer is absolutely. There is only one possible reason why I'd suggest certain types of people to avoid purchasing it. I'll get to that at the end.

First, it's a great read. The prose is straightforward and quick. It reminded me quite a bit of another favorite of mine - The Mitzvah by Aaron Zelman. The story is interesting and well thought out. Sometimes I prefer books with a more complex syntax and more twists, but in this case, Glen Tate's approach works well.

Second, it has a realistic premise. Unlike some disaster books - Lucifer's Hammer comes to mind, the disaster premise seems very real and plausible. Odds of a comet hitting the earth are quite remote. An economic collapse brought on slowly by continued U.S., state and local government overspending doesn't seem out of the realm of plausible. In particular, I like that the 'event' is not an instant on thing - one day everything is fine, the next it's Mad Max / Road Warrior. The gradual devolution of the situation and the societal norms give it an air of realism.

Third, the book shows preparing for bad things in a positive light. It presents the crisis from the point of view of a person preparing for the disaster. Did you notice the title of this book was "The Preparation"? So the book helps present an understanding of the types of 'Prepping' that might be helpful in a disaster scenario.
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354 of 412 people found the following review helpful By Mike Herum on November 1, 2012
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This is my first review of any literature but wanted to let everyone know that this "book" was worth the read. It was written in much better prose than most of the 5 other "prepper" novels I have already read. But as you could see, I titled my review "Excellent Capitalistic Marketing" because as you will find, it appears that the author had written an excellent full length novel only to have the publisher chop the novel into at least 10 mini unfinished "books" in order to sell them like a weekly tv series. I have paid for the first two "books" but now know that this was only the first portions of the original novel. The 2nd "book" shamelessly starts with the chapters numbered continuing from the first "book" which was an obvious clue of the chopping of the original novel. I have finished the first two "books" only to find that I am still in the middle of the novel the author wrote. I have put other novels down mid-stream and might do that with this novel because I don't want to pay for another "book" only to find out that it isn't the end. The other shameless tactic was that nearly all the chapters start on the right side of the book which calls for the left side to remain blank thereby making the "books" appear to be much longer than they really are. I like the "books" but am giving it a poor rating for feeling cheated and the deceit I feel the publisher exhibited. By the time you finish all the books you will have paid $140 for the original novel...you ask yourself when the last time was that you paid nearly $150 for single novel (in paperback).
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Nicksdad on September 1, 2012
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I appreciate how the main character's life experiences are explained. Too many books start out with the protagonist an assumed bad-ass tactical hero, and you've got no back story to validate it. On the other extreme, some books feature Joe Sixpack who magically rises to the challenge just because the plot needed an underdog hero. Neither is easy to relate to, and neither is instructional for the reader.

I feel Grant Matson is a legitimate character. Even someone from the opposite political spectrum should be able to at least understand how/why he became the man he is. I'm guessing this is deliberate by the author to give credibility to this bigger mission these books are focused on.

What's possibly disturbing is not knowing how much of this book is based on actual events. As a Washington State resident, a lot of the inside details of state and local politics were unsettling, to put it mildly.

This was a fast read that was hard to put down. Not only was it an engaging plot, but it's filled with practical "teachable moments" about preparedness and self-sufficiency.
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151 of 185 people found the following review helpful By Degas on October 2, 2012
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EDIT (after reading the latest 2 releases): First, I would like to apologize to any reader who bought one or more of these books based on my initial review. I did not understand that the author has decided to release TEN of these things. And, apparently, each sequel (they've been shrinking in size) is going to cost $10. This is egregious. The dialogue has gotten even simpler, and now he's started using cliff-hangers at the end. If you pay him for all 10 chapters, you will be paying $100 for this nonsense. After 4 books of dialogue that appears geared to 7 year olds, I have to believe that he is actually of the opinion that those who will be reading his books are morons who can only understand baby-talk.

Once again, my apologies.
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