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
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.
The book was okay, but I expected more for the money. This book is nearly two times the cost of other books of this type. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Security isa Myth
It's a fantastic book. As far as I am concerned, the author is keeping it real!Published 2 months ago by KrisR
A great book in Prepper Fiction, it is easy to follow and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. I would not rank Joe Nobody with Hemingway but it is a good read and I will happily... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andy-nTami Outdoors
I really enjoyed the book. Bought the second in the series immediately after finishing the first one.Published 2 months ago by Bonchia
If you like the apocalyptic genre, you'll probally like this book. It is fast paced, and hard to put down. I finished this book in three days. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joseph
Great start to the series. I've read them all and this is the start. Highly recommendPublished 3 months ago by Peter Griffin