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I received a complimentary copy of the Holding Your Ground - Total Defense ebook to review. My first thought was "why has it taken so long for someone to write this?"

"I loved the part about facades. Who would have thought of that? We are talking about it every day now and trying to decide on how we want to hide our house."....Cindy, New Mexico

Joe Nobody, steps through both options, from equipping your home, to personal equipment selection, and building and placement of firing positions and over-watch locations...  It makes an excellent companion to the Army Combat Engineers manual and the Ranger

I would say it is the "go-to" book on defensive

"Holding Your Ground" is an indispensable tool for your preparedness arsenal. It comes very highly

From the Author

HOLDING YOUR GROUND is written for people who prepare for a time when two critical situations become reality:

1. The Government no longer provides security, such as the police, either locally or nationally.

2. There is a disruption in the food supply.

The reason or cause really doesn't matter. It could be natural disasters, economic collapse, social upheaval, EMP attack, pandemic, or any other doomsday scenario you can think of. If Law Enforcement is no longer there and people are hungry, ugly things can happen.

We Preppers are normally peaceful people who simply want to grow our food, raise our children and perhaps contribute to the re-building of our society should such events occur. Unfortunately, not everyone prepares, and that means there may be haves and have not's.

Every society has some economic division of its people and for the most part, they co-exist without issue. When it comes to FOOD, the chances of a peaceful existence between those who have and those who don't is low. We live in a free, well-armed society, and that means if trouble does erupt - it will probably be violent.
HOLDING uses several military terms and concepts and these can be intimidating for some people. Fortunately for our society, our military and law enforcement have handled the "dirty work" of protecting us for hundreds of years. Since we are planning for a world where they will no longer provide that security, we need to learn some of their skills. They have established a very specific terminology to teach these skills, and it works. While I could not justify reinventing their "educational wheel," a serious attempt is made to communicate in "laymen's" terms wherever practical. All of us may need to think a little more than like a soldier or policeman.
If you are "a little past your prime," HOLDING can help you "hide in plain sight" and avoid trouble whenever possible. I, personally, fall into this category and while I could still put up a good fight, combat is for younger men. HOLDING can teach you how to set up your location (Bug Out or In) so that you can have the best chance of surviving even the worst situations.
If you are part of a "young family," HOLDING will provide you with several ideas to assist you with your plan and the options available to you. A TEOTEAWKI life with younger children is a completely different situation than an all-adult group. The potential issues regarding those precious young ones are considered throughout.
If you are part of a large, geographically close family or group, HOLDING will provide valuable information on how to utilize your team's size and capabilities. Regardless of your age, the size of your group, where you are located and what your physical capabilities are - HOLDING can teach you certain basics that may make the difference if it all falls apart.
Joe Nobody

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: (June 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615497551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615497556
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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201 of 211 people found the following review helpful By 122333 on June 23, 2011
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My husband and I are preparing..... preparing for a natural disaster, or other "event." We literally read this book from cover-to-cover and took notes the whole way through. Who knew there are inexpensive, practical, uncomplicated ways to protect your home/emergency supplies from looters? My husband and I both have read several book about emergency supplies, food storage, etc. But, this book is vital in that it details how to protect those very supplies! Each of us came away so many no-nonsense ways to protect our home. As I drive into our driveway, I have a new outlook on our property.....would a looter be able to hear our generator from here? Would our mowed lawn indicate presence of a well fed, warm family behind our front door? This book details how to disguise/protect and generally defend the preparations you have made. There are details for urban and rural etc. so everyone benefits from the concepts and practical advice. Certainly the discussions of weapons/ammo etc. are worth a positive review according to my husband. I have to admit...I left that for him to absorb, and as a wife, I focused on the matter-of-fact ways to discourage looters and home invasions. This book has changed my way of thinking about what to do after my emergency checklist has been completed. You will write in the margins of this book!
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"Holding Your Ground" is a well written, generally clear, straight-forward, and useful survey of a primarily defensive/passive strategies and techniques that could well save your life, if things should all fall apart; a formerly unthinkable scenario that is, in my opinion, becoming less "unthinkable" by the day. Moreover, many of the steps "Joe Nobody" recommends could be relatively easily accomplished and are not very expensive.

Written from an obvious military prospective, this book covers many fundamental considerations, starting with not only a systematic survey of the strengths and weaknesses of the place to be defended, but also with an honest appraisal of the attitudes potential defenders would bring to this dire situation i.e. at its most basic level, could you pick up a gun and shoot someone who was intent on robbing or killing you and yours. It then proceeds to very systematically outline various defensive strategies, techniques, and in the smaller offensive section, to list a few of the types of weapons and the basic equipment that would help you to "hold your ground."

I particularly liked his ideas for "hiding in plain sight," camouflaging your location and/or making it appear to be burnt out, abandoned, and/or already looted, and several creative ideas for using camouflage netting inside a structure, including hanging it across windows and tightly covering doors with it to make any attempted entry by attackers much more difficult, thus giving defenders much more time to react.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Woodlandtrails on October 23, 2011
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This book made me reevaluate how I look at my home and I WISH I had read it BEFORE my home was renovated.

A planned bedroom move at the front of the house to the back of the house is still on but after reading this book, the new windows at the front of the house will no longer be large white casement windows. Instead, they will be two rows of NARROW HIGH DARK windows running across the front which OPEN IN (so people outside cannot tell the windows are open from the outside) to let in ventilation/breeze but are also too small and high for someone to climb in. On the house plans, they look quite modern and leave a lot of wall space in the new living room area which is great. I plan to build a bookcase against that wall seen in a magazine that is also a ladder but doesn't look like one so if someone wants to look outside, go for it. I found venting round windows (any size I want or color or heat/cold value, whatever) on a Chinese website and I was thinking of buying a few very small round peep hole windows which open by turning(They don't open inside or outside) but actually spin open so half the window is venting when open so people can look out.

I had french doors put in before I read this book and they are being removed now. Too easy to break into and in storms, to easy to blow in.

The checklist is great also. Worth the cost of the book by itself.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Seely on November 9, 2011
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The author here has a very good command of the subject matter and he approaches the "issues" which an individual might face in a very realistic fashion. Thought provoking. I am a former member of a very busy major city SWAT team and so much of what I read in this subject area is much too strongly influenced by common perceptions and television drama which are inaccurate and unfortunately can get some well intentioned (and even well prepared) person killed--typically at the hands of someone not so well intentioned. You may need to be prepared to make quick decisions in situations most of you have never faced, this book provides real world guidance for what to do before you have to make those decisions and how to realistically analyze those situations when they arise. If bad things happen in society and you have to resort to a firearm to defend yourself and your family against an armed attacker somebody is most likely going to end up slowly and painfully dying--accept this and you increase the chances that you or your family member won't be the one on the ground gasping and feeling their life slip away. Hope for the best, be prepared for the worst!
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