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Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival Paperback – November 18, 2011
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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
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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't start reading if you have stuff to do that day! I couldn't put this book down!Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
I like the fact that the characters are trying to make it to west Texas. Town's names have been changed, but I know which towns the author meant by the descriptions he used. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Clayandjulie
I liked the story and I though the author's writing style was good. However paying $10 for 300+ pages was a little too much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arnold Jones
Simply awesome!!! Joe keeps you set up on the characters and is slightly longer getting the story line set up than the rest of the books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SKOOTER THE SHOOTER
I enjoyed the first installment in this series. I enjoyed the various scenarios. The main characters are likable and believablePublished 2 months ago by Leonard Ligon
I've read the entire series and REALLY enjoyed it. I'm writing the same review for all the books. If you enjoy the TEOTWAWKI genre you'll most likely enjoy this series.Published 3 months ago by book guy
I really enjoyed this book. It kept you on edge all the tlme. This author has a very different way of expressing himself. I can't wait to read book 2Published 4 months ago by shirley
It's OK is exactly how I would rate this book.
Several times I found myself asking why I had parted with $10 for this. $5 and I would not compain, but $10? Read more