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John Rourke is a husband and father living in the southeastern United States. Working a full time job, he prepares for an uncertain future by stockpiling beans, bullets, and bandaids. John Rourke became interested in survival and preparedness in the mid-80's as a teenager. Rourke maintains several websites including ModernSurvivalOnline.com, BestPreparednessDeals.com, and SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com.
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I read Rourke's "A Survival Story" as published daily on his blog site. It was a fun daily read and had some interesting perspectives to a TEOTWAKI/WROL scenario. If you like these kinds of stories, you'll probably enjoy this. Particularly unique is how the author deals with racism and stereotypes in a survival situation. With that said, I give it three stars because it is a begining author's first real work. The story line has a lot of gaps in it and the organization is not too fluid -- especially considering a daily journal format for somebody looking to record life after a massive terrorist attack on the USA. In reuniting with his school sweetheart, do you really think that not using birth control would be so taken lightly by a man recording his personal thoughts and feelings in a journal - especially a fairly dedicated prepper? And do you think his love wouldn't have been more proactive or assertive? I spent 27 years as a sailor, and I never had a partner in ANY port that didn't have that as a serious consideration before being intimate. And after being married for a few years, the potential to have a child was a deliberate decision. When the world is crumbling, do you think a woman caught up in an upheaval doesn't consider it first? If this were a Kindle book priced at $2.99, I'd say it would be worth the small price. But the current $12.95 is much too high for the quality and length of writing. I look forward to Rourke starting his second Survival Story series on his blog. I would even be willing to subscribe for a small/nominal fee as I did when Adrian's Undead Diary was publishing, just to show appreciation for the regular effort of writing. Please consider the price point a little more - you'll likely get more to pay and end up making a greater amount over all.
Just finished Survival Story and I really enjoyed the book. I could see myself standing in Jed's shoes since I prep for disasters myself. I liked how much detail was given even though the book was written like a daily journal. Look forward to reading the journal entries online and buying the 2nd book when it comes out.
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Boring, trite, formulaic. There are better books out there. Grammatical issues (losing business, not loosing; chicken coop, not coupe; punctuation marks outside of quotation marks at end of sentence). Only got halfway through before I gave up so don't know if it got better. Author puts many spaces between chapters to make book seem longer. Basically, guy prepares, even gets old high school girl at reunion, before end of the world. Lots of lists of things to buy, so useful for that purpose.
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