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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470010445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470010447
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,465,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mcconnell A. Coakwell on November 2, 2012
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I just finished "Bugging Out To Nowhere" and really enjoyed it. It is really well thought out and written in a manner that makes it interesting. There is, however, one GLARING short coming: The author GROSSLY misrepresents the use of solar power in a grid down situation. The author repeatedly says that the characters were running many electrical appliances at once on solar power alone. At one point they were running an electric range plus the oven while running a dehydrater, dishwasher, large freezer, small freezer, refrigerator, another oven and lighting all at the same time. This would require a rack of solar panels the size of a Wal-Mart parking lot and a bank of batteries the size of the Wal-Mart store.

The book is an excellent primer for preppers who are planning a bug-out location IF they do not heed the writing about the solar power. Currently the best solar panels available are around 200 watt panels costing about $600 apiece. I recommed this book to serious preppers and beginners alike and would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for the power misrepresentation.
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There are enough reviews here already that point out the flaws I found in this work. However, as a first effort, the book is above average.

What I found worthwhile was the detail the author went into regarding self-sufficiency skills such as gardening and canning. The "drama" part was done pretty well, but most of the interpersonal relationships just didn't ring true somehow...most notably, the relationship between the husband and wife who are the main protagonists. It just didn't feel "real" to me.

In addition, and as others have mentioned, the dialogue for the character Rita was a real low point. This needs to be completely re-worked, with the awful attempts to duplicate a British accent and vocabulary yanked out completely. I've lived and worked with Brits a lot (overseas), and there is nothing realistic about the author's attempt to portray how they speak, or even their slang and colloquialisms.

If you're interested in the nuts and bolts of trying to survive, long-term, in a grid-down situation, this book has a lot to offer, and I recommend it. If you're an action junkie, pass it by.
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The plot line in the book is a potentially realistic scenario, and the way in which the main characters - who are hard-core "preppers" - prepare for the disaster and then react to and handle the post-disaster situation is very informative, from the standpoint of someone who is just beginning to take the first steps in prepping for a disaster. While sometimes overly specific for what is supposed to be a fiction novel (and not a how-to guide), it was interesting nonetheless.

However, the writing and grammer in this self-published novel is absolutely horrendous - to the point where I could rarely get through two sentences without being distracted by some major grammatical error (and I'm not the super picky type)! It is almost as if the author wrote the first draft and then published it as-is, without even doing a quick once-over - much less proofreading. The sentence structures are ridiculously elementary and the grammer is abhorrent. The author switches from past to present tense and then back to past tense again all within the same sentence - continuously - which is definitely annoying, as well as confusing. She (he?) constantly misuses the forms of "their", "there", and "they're" along with other commonly mistaken forms of certain words, places apostrophes in different positions every other sentence, repeats words in different places within the same sentence, and just has EXTREMELY poor grammer overall. Again, this was to the point where I literally could not get through even two sentenced without noticing some kind of very obvious mistakes - which made reading this book incredibly distracting and difficult.
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This book is about a couple who leave their home and make their way to their bug-out retreat. It's written in the first person and rambles quite a bit. The editing is mediocre, with numerous mis-spelled words and missing punctuation. It does provide many ideas that a prepper would want to consider in setting up their retreat, however. Maybe I've read too many of these books. This one is a similar story to others...but harder to stay interested in.
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A scary, paranoid vision of the future after the economy has imploded, this book is chock full of useful information and thought-provoking speculation about how survivors might fare. After a few anxious, violent chapters at the beginning, the author makes a point of describing just how exhausting and mind-numbing the everyday fight for survival can be when all of the support structure of our modern world are stripped away. Tom and Rachel are not rich and can't afford to build a fancy survival castle, but their dedicated approach and thrifty ways are encouraging, and readers find themselves hoping they were able to prepare enough to make it through the bad times. Help and threats come from unexpected directions and by the end, I found myself heavily invested in the day-to-day, seemingly mundane details of their farm, because they are living so close to the edge. A good, solid read without the sound and fury one usually finds in this genre, "Bugging Out to Nowhere" is the excelent first volume in what I hope is an ongoing series.
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