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I was compelled to stay up all night, mesmerized by the story line. I was absolutely absorbed by the plot. Can the author who writes instruction guides possess the skills necessary to tell a story and hold a reader? The answer is an emphatic, "Yes, he does."

Holding Their Own is a great story for any Prepper that wants to take a break from non-fiction "how to" books in favor of easy, fun entertainment. The book is so good I added it to the List of 70 Great SHTF Fiction Books...shtfblog.com

For our descriptive (versus qualitative) ratings (1 to 7 with 7 being highest)...I will give it a reluctant 7. For readability... I am going to say that it is a 6....reflexionesfinales.blogspot.com

Holding Their Own is a keeper and I highly recommend the book...Apartmentprepper.com

It is definitely as good or better than any of the post-apocalyptic books that I've read. I plan to give copies to a couple of my prepper friends, and as soon as I finished reading it I ordered the sequel, Holding Their Own II: The Independents...tracemypreps.com

From the Author

As I conceived this story, one of my biggest challenges was to create a fictional, economic collapse that would seem realistic to the reader. When I actually began writing, I couldn't help but notice how disconcerting economic news seemed to dominate the headlines with increasing frequency. Things got a little surreal as I would write fiction and then watch similar real-life events unfold on the nightly newscast. The riots in Greece and France, economic protest in London, and budget gridlock in Washington, D.C. all seemed to coincide with the pretend world being created inside my word processor. The Texas wildfires of 2011 added another example. It was a little uncanny at times how I would finish a section and then watch it being played out in real life. Honestly, I wasn't trying to write a script for cable news. As we were finishing the final edits, economic protests led to fires and violence in Oakland.

At one point my editor even suggested we consider accelerating the timeline in the book.
All the while, Holding Your Ground(my first book) was climbing in sales, eventually making the top 100 Best Sellers on Amazon. The emails, letters, and customer reviews all relayed the same basic message: Thank you for writing the book. It helped. People are concerned, some even frightened, and the book made them feel like they can have some control, regardless of future events.

I pray the remainder of my work remains purely fictional.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: PrepperPress.com (November 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061556965X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615569659
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

With over 2 million words in publication, author Joe Nobody has long been a readers' favorite. His adventure novels thrill with stories that might have been ripped from the morning's headlines with protagonists who resonate with the average Joe... all the while sparking creative thought about social issues.

The Joe Nobody library of books includes apocalyptic novels, science fiction, political thrillers, children's books, and instruction manuals. While each installment is completely different from the rest, they all follow a common pattern... hooking the reader with a compelling story, exposing all sides of the issue at hand and then exercising problem-solving skills to find creative resolution to the conflict.

His academic pursuits included Systems Engineering and Accounting. Accumulating over three decades of government service with a variety of agencies and departments, Joe is still professionally active and wishes to keep his identity and background confidential for the security and privacy of his family.

He has over 30 years of competitive shooting experience, including IPSC, NRA, and other related organizations. He has been a firearms instructor and consultant and holds the rights to a United States patent for a firearms modification.

Residing in Texas, Joe's private life is spent enjoying a variety of outdoor activates with his family.

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As a college graduate with a literary degree, I can understand why some people would critique the literary aspect of the book, IE; the dialog, or certain aspects of the plot line etc. But it seems pretty silly to do so. This genre of writing is not Haute couture, folks, it's a folksy genre about survival, for God's sake, can you imagine how lousy a survivalist book would be if written by Emily Bronte! Get over it. It's just the survivalist version of pulp fiction. The value is not in the use of metaphors, similes, imagery and symbolism, or any other clever literary ploys. The value comes from causing us to think about surviving after an "Event" and what we need to do to prepare--and having fun in the meantime.

So from that perspective, realizing that Joe Nobody is NOT Ernest Hemingway, I greatly enjoyed the book. The plot line is not excessively unrealistic. For example, when I read Rawles' "Patriots", I asked myself how many individuals would be able to buy a piece of land, complete with a house, IN CASH, in Idaho, and then stock it with hundreds of thousands of dollars of survival gear? By comparison, this story is far more realistic; a prepared and skilled man and his tough wife struggle to make it to a very humble retreat. The most elaborate piece of equipment they have is the rifle (fairly commonplace) and the night vision scope/monocle (not nearly as commonly owned, as they are expensive). But a man making a living from security just might actually own those.

I'd have to give this an overall thumb-up. Definitely caught my attention and held it. yes, sometimes the dialog is corny, but I have to admit, as a married man--the conversation between my wife and me also gets a bit corny and sometimes ribald. That's just life.
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By gunnut on December 12, 2011
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This is one of those "can't-put-it-down" books. The plot is fast moving and exciting yet has splashes of very romantic writing laced through out. It mostly takes place in Houston, and is about a devoted couple that decides to "bug out" after a government collapse. They are a team and there's nothing chicken about either one. They work their way through the adventures of trying to reach their ranch in West Texas, without getting robbed, killed or tortured by the looters and other bad guys, yet they need supplies to keep them going, and will do almost anything to get gas and food. The author incorporates many serious ideas and methods for survival and yet the main characters keep their sense of humor and devotion to each other. Again, it is fast moving. I laughed out loud a few times, and teared up once. Is this author entertaining? Yes, yes, yes.
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I've been studying a lot about the art of writing so this review may seem a bit overly critical. I do a lot of reading to see what works and what doesn't.

I'll start with what worked for me:
-Pace: This was action packed. I couldn't put it down and finished it one day. The action was non-stop and compelling. There were just enough breaks in it to keep me from getting burned out on it.
-Setting: Everything happening around the characters was believable. The poor economy, the terrorist attacks, society's reaction to these, government reaction to these.
-Funny: A few of the things that Bishop (the main character) says made me laugh out loud. It's rare that a character can be funny enough that I'll actually laugh. (Although, a lot of his attempts at humor made me roll my eyes and were way overboard.)
Character Knowledge: Bishop had a lot of knowledge about weapons and survival. I have zero and it was all easily explained here, not much of it threw me off which is good. Having everything be easily understandable without talking down to a reader is difficult and this novel does it well. There is also a lot of reasons for Bishop to have this knowledge so it doesn't come across as forced to advance the plot.
-Point of View: The main POV was Bishop but there were several others sprinkled throughout. This allowed me to see what was going on that caused Bishop's conflicts. However, this also made some of the conflicts very predictable and there was a lot of flipping around to keep up with who was doing what.

Somethings that didn't work:
-Technical Errors: The book was riddled with punctuation and grammar errors.
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Character development is excellent and it has a good story line. I found the explanation of how society breaks down and falls apart to be very realistic. Then ending will leave you wanting a sequel.
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I like this genre of books; but in this case the story is a bit weak and I walked away from it thinking to myself that it offered nothing to the genre as a whole. It's an easy read and there was just enough (although entirely predictable) suspense to keep me from putting it down: but if I were pressed I wouldn't recommend it as a read for a survivalist/prepper that reads this genre frequently. The protagonist (Bishop) is apparently the luckiest man alive; everything seems to work out for him every time. I can only hope that the post-SHTF world will be this kind to me.
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