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  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
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  • Publication Date: August 9, 2012
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  • Language: English
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I was a military brat and then joined the Army myself in 1971. I was one of the seemingly few volunteer soldiers of the era, both of my brothers also went into the military after high school; it was a family tradition. After the Army I went to college and then launched a successful 30 year career in construction as a Project Manager. I managed multiple large projects, including several multi-million dollar water treatment plants across the country. This career path drove into me a pragmatic nature. You can't successfully manage construction without getting practical.

I began writing at an early age but did not begin publishing until two years ago. My web page has several of my short stories available for free reading. They range from humorous supernatural, experimental, to humorous slice of life stories. These stories are still in the rough stage, they all need to be edited. One day I will put them all together in one book; including several stories not on the web page, but before I do, they will be revised and edited.

A Distant Eden is my first book. The second in the series is being written now and should be available soon.

I also blog daily on fishing related matters at

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I gave a rather poor review for the first in this series for several reasons. Even allowing for it's stated purpose of being a how to book wrapped up in a story, it gave the wrong how-to's. The story was morally repugnant in many ways and well...I didn't like it. But, during the comments section of my review I got asked if I had read the second. So, I took the gauntlet up and got this one, the second in the series to see how it stacked up.

Improvements have been made, I'll be the first to admit it. But I think some of that may be simply because my paleolithic skill-set is not the same as my more modern skill-set when it comes to surviving adversity. My knowledge there is rudimentary and this book is divided fairly cleanly between use of paleolithic skills and battle tactics. Therefore, it could very well be completely out to lunch and I wouldn't be able to parse that out.

As the forward of the book states, this is a how-to introduction with a thin skin of story. Oh boy, is it a thin skin. And a lot of it makes zero sense too. For example, why in the world would anyone go paleolithic in the first place? In a survival situation, would you toss your gun and start looking for reeds to make weak arrows? You might make the weak but quiet arrows, but would you completely dump your gun? So, we're given the pretext that Adrian was sort of on a death wish type of march. Yet people with death wishes don't do that much work. It just sort of didn't add up very well.

Then there is the whole one man war thing. Oiy. Adrian goes insane and then kills, via torturous poison arrows dipped in bear poo, whole slews of folks. They are bad folks and need killing, sure. No problem there. But why in the world does one hang around for months playing "catch me" with these doofuses?
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I bought this book because I had read the first book by this author, "A Distant Eden." That book was informative and fairly realistic. Reading the author's second book, "Adrian's War" was disappointing.

At the beginning of the book I started making notes about things I found to be realistic as opposed to implausible. Adrian is a former special forces guy and after his wife dies he goes off on a solo trek into the wilderness. What? In the military you are taught to work as a team, not solo.

He meets a small group of starving folks and spends a few days showing them various plants and their uses. He also teaches them some basic survival techniques. The plants he spoke of are regional and specific to the desert southwest (for the most part). Adrian explains that wild onion and camas are not the same: one you can eat and the other can kill you (this is true). I do not think it was made clear enough that you should never, ever eat wild plants unless you know what they are and how to prepare them. (Given that in the news this week--11/12/12--there were 6 people sickened by soup made with wild mushrooms that turned out to be poisonous proves my point in a real manner: two people who ate the soup died, four are sick and in the hospital as I write this review). Update: four of the six folks that ate those mushrooms have died. I cannot tell people enough: KNOW YOUR LOCAL PLANTS. Know how to do a visual ID. PERIOD. 11/29/2012

Further into this book, due to grief, Adrian goes "primitive." Builds a hut, kills game, knaps the bottoms of glass bottles and then pieces of flint to make arrow heads. Sure you can try these techniques but why? Yes I have seen this done on a certain TV show, and this is the point where this book went off the rails, for me.
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I loved the first book in this series so I was excited to hear that Adrian was getting his own book this time. Much like A Distant Eden, this book is part survival guide and part novel and I thought the parts fit together even better this time around. There are some great tips in here to research further on how to live off the land and survive in even the harshest of environments as well as educating readers about the cultural blinders that prevent us from maximizing nutrition when our lives are on the line. I found the information about the proper way to eat rabbits particularly intriguing since the well documented cases of hunters "starving" to death with bellies full of rabbit meat.

From these lessons, we transition over to the guerilla warefare portion of the book and I won't spoil anything when I write that the action and tension found here make the book worth the price of admission. If you like the first book, you will love this one as Adrian is finally unleashed.
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I really enjoyed A distant Eden and was keen to read the follow up and this didn't disappoint. My only criticism is that there was only one storyline.

The book is about Roman and Sarah's nephew Adrian (the soldier from the last book) and his grief at losing his wife and the journey he undertakes to get away from his heartache. Adrian travels to the mountains and comes across a group of escaped prisoners who are terrorising the locals and have turned cannibal. He decides to exterminate them and uses all sorts of clever tricks to do so.

This book is well written, it held my interest from start to finish (and I'm not military minded). It also ends on a real cliff hanger with Adrian going back to the homestead where Roman and Sarah live to help them with some major threat that is heading their way (but we don't know what that is) and so now I'm looking forward to the next story.

I like this authors style, it's easy to read and neither too wordy or overly edited. I particularly like the lack of preaching and moralizing that so often is found in post apocalyptic fiction. I enjoyed this book. I've given it 4 stars because I would have liked it to be longer and to involve the original characters more. Enjoy!
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