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Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises [Kindle Edition]

Max Velocity
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Book Description

*Updated Second Edition, February 2014: New battle maps/diagrams included.*
The United States has descended into Civil War.
The storm was rising for some time, a Resistance in the hearts of American Patriots to the strangulation of liberty by creeping authoritarianism.
The scene was set. It just took a little push. A terrorist attack on the United States leads to war with Iran, followed by collapse, as the economy goes over the cliff.
The final blow is a widespread opportunistic Chinese cyber attack, taking down the North American Power Grid.
From the ashes, the Regime emerges. Liberty is dead.
What remains of the United States of America is polarized.
The Resistance Rises.
Jack Berenger is a former Army Ranger Captain, living in northern Virginia with his family. Following the collapse, they fall foul of Regime violence and evacuate to the farm of an old Army friend. Jack is recruited into the resistance, to train the fledgling forces in the Shenandoah Valley.
The fight begins.
Live hard, Die Free.

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About the Author

Max Velocity is a tactical self-defense trainer and the author of ‘Contact!: A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival.’ Website: Blog: Max Velocity is the pen name of the author, who is a lifelong soldier with extensive military experience. He has served in both the British and US Armies. He served with British Special Operations Forces; The Parachute Regiment, which is Britain’s elite quick reaction force and which also provides support to the UK Tier 1 Special Forces, the Special Air Service. The author served on six operational deployments, including to Afghanistan immediately post-9/11, and also a tour training and selecting recruits for the Regiment. The author passed both Parachute Regiment selection and also UK Special Forces Aptitude Selection during his career. Following his British Army service, the author spent five years serving as a security contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan. This included three years in Iraq and two years in Afghanistan. These roles were operational security roles that included exposure to multiple different training methods and operational schools of thought, as well as both high profile and low profile mobile operations across Iraq and Afghanistan. This included exposure to, and operations with and for, US and Coalition forces. After settling in the US, the author then joined the U.S. Army and trained as a Combat Medic and Civil Affairs Specialist; he is a U.S. Citizen and lives in the United States.

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92 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patriot Dawn - The Resistance Rises January 18, 2013
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I am a a huge fan of the genre, having a large collection of same, and Max Velocity does not disappoint! It is obvious that he has deep knowledge of tactical aspects of dealing with a totalitarian government, as well as caring for people. The hero has a proper balance of loving his family, yet committed to fighting against the evil governmental factions. I am not the usual person that one would think would like TEOTWAWKI books, being an elderly woman who has never even hunted, though we all learned to shoot on our farm when growing up. I have had other adventures such as learning to fly small planes and receiving my Private and Commercial Licenses and Instrument Rating. However, I have always been a patriot and strict Constitutionalist and "onery" from childhood with being "told" what to do. I function much better when someone can offer a convincing reason why something is the truth, or that I should do something. I make up my own mind. Always have, always will. Molon Labe. I hope that there will be a sequel!
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Max Velocity's Book a Home Run January 14, 2013
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Ordered Max Velocity's newest book Patriot Dawn Friday and just finished it this afternoon. From the time I started reading the book till this afternoon it was hard to put down.

The book's storyline is relative to today's political scene which is great; however the biggest thing I took away from the story were some down to earth skills we might need in the future. Velocity has some extensive military experience however I never felt lost as he wove tactics and described battle scenes throughout the novel.

This one is a must for you prepper minded folks.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patriot Dawn: Great Infotainment January 18, 2013
I read something that Max Velocity wrote somewhere, that this book was supposed to be kind of an infantry tactics manual written out in a story format as opposed to a manual format. If that's what you want, then you should like Patriot Dawn. (I did). I had previously read Contact! and am still re-reading it and digesting it. Reading Patriot Dawn's story unfold is helping me better visualize the various tactical maneuvers, formations, etc.

Some will probably criticize the story for simplistic character development or other literary knocks. I thought the story was decent. I'm a technical and science writer, not a composer of prose, so I wouldn't knock Max's story for those kinds of things. You read a book like this for the information, just like most people read Rawles' "Patriots" for that reason too.

If you liked Patriots, I think you'll like Patriot Dawn, too. Patriot Dawn is kind of like Patriots, from the part where the UN comes to Bovil, Idaho onward. Patriot Dawn has less detail about some of the technical things, but much much greater detail in describing small unit tactics. Read this book to understand that stuff better.

Great job as far as I'm concerned, and I will be getting the 2nd book in the series whenever it comes out. (there is a bit of a cliffhanger ending)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By A Soldier Whos Been There March 18, 2013
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I'm a Threeper fan of military history. Loved Tom Clancy's early novels as they contained a good mix of story line and tech/tactics. Max Velocity's nove Patriot Dawn provides that same mix, but from a grunt's perspective in small unit operations and insurgency warfare. The overarching political scenario of progressively worsening government tyrrany and societal collapse is not all that far fetched when you look at what's coming down the pike in DC nowadays.
Thanks Max for a great read. Looking forward to the next supplement. Hope to meet you in training sometime.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
My husband wanted to read this book first and once he did, he could not stop talking about it (in a good way). Here is a synopses of his review.

"A major jihadist attack on Washington D.C. allows the administration to turn the U.S. into a police state by basically stripping the citizenry of their rights. The story follows one man and his family who has prepared for an event such as this. Using his skill as a former army ranger, he fights back. He also uses a former military contact to help him form and lead a patriot unit.

I won't say any more specifically regarding the novel, but want to let you know that Patriot Dawn opened my eyes to how unprepared I am. I thought I had planned fairly well but there are skills that I still need to learn and hone. Even more important, there is a mindset I need to develop in order to be prepared for a crisis event be it natural disaster, economic collapse or a synopsis of what I just described.

This not something you can do on your own, you need to form a community and to plan for any event. I thought I knew that before but now even more so.

This novel will open your eyes and while it is entertaining, it also will help you gain insight relative to what skills and what sustenance plans you need to make in order to survive."
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! November 23, 2013
Great read! A fictional story based on the concepts in his book Contact. Received this as a gift and not a direct purchase. Very captivating and does an excellent job of illustrating the basic techniques and skills of small unit tactics in a story line form. Read it all in one day. Couldn't put it down!

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Survival Porn, Here November 23, 2013
By James
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If you're looking for survival porn with clever dialogue, plot twists and a breathless romance between the ever-so-tough, yet ever-so-gentle hero and the beautiful long-legged double-breasted, yet ever-so capable and intelligent heroine don't buy this book.

if you're looking for a WROL instruction manual in a format that is easier to digest than a Field Manual format, then buy one.

Buy one for your friends and family, too.

Then take copious notes.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the sequel!!
Excellent read, pace was steady, the story went to Mach 1 right away. Cant wait for the sequel. I will purchase the next one.
Published 2 hours ago by CPO RET.
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok. Would not read again
Too much jargon.

Also the story line strains credibility. Our protagonist just happens to be able to wipe out baddies with ease and quickly falls into a nascent... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mark Twain
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Detailed and Motivating
This book was well thought-out and very detail-oriented in its writing. While sometimes the story gets a bit muddied up with an excess of details, the journey as a whole is very... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Tim Hartman
2.0 out of 5 stars More than enough violence
Unrealistic violence in most of the story, need to focus on more diplomacy and survival in off grid situaltions. Finished the story but too much military talk for most civilians. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Michael D. Lounsbury
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read
I thought it was pretty good. Disappointed with the end though. Seemed like it was cut short. Enjoyable enough though.
Published 12 days ago by Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing
The author has the technical details down, and creates a plausible scenario based on fears of government tyranny. Well Done!
Published 17 days ago by MikeS
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Good, fast read. With the politics of today, it gives you A LOT to think about in a well written fictional (for now) story that is easy to follow with good characters. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Charles Hajek
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Excellent read. Would have gotten five stars, but I found some grammatical errors. Overall a great story and very motivational to me.
Published 23 days ago by prophet
4.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Hope For Our Future
The story seemed creditable and realistic. Not being a combat veteran though, there were many detailed descriptions of scenarios and technicalities that were confusing and didn't... Read more
Published 26 days ago by GEM
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!
A cautionary tale of things to come in America. Prepare yourselves for the things that are mentioned in this "Manual" and you will find yourself less insecure about the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by FDM
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Max Velocity is a tactical self-defense trainer and author, a lifelong soldier with extensive military experience. He has served in both the British and US Armies. He served with British Special Operations Forces, with the Parachute Regiment which is Britain's elite quick reaction force and which also provides support to the UK Tier 1 Special Forces, the Special Air Service. He served on multiple operational deployments, including to Afghanistan immediately post-9/11, and also a tour training and selecting recruits for the Regiment.

He then spent five years serving as a security contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In Iraq, a year was based out of Fallujah, the rest variously based out of Baghdad and country-wide. Two years in Afghanistan were based in Helmand Province. These were operational security roles that included exposure to multiple different training methods and operational schools of thought, as well as both high profile and low profile mobile operations across Iraq and Afghanistan. He then joined the U.S. Army Reserves and has trained as both Combat Medic and Civil Affairs specialist.

Training Qualifications

I bring some diverse experience to the training game. I initially enlisted into the British Army (The Parachute Regiment) and then I went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to earn my commission. Sandhurst involves a lot of infantry tactics, but they are training officers for all branches so the tactics are used as a 'vehicle' for leadership training rather than the ultimate objective. I was selected and commissioned back into the Parachute Regiment. I left the British Army having attained the rank of Captain.

For those who don't know what the Parachute Regiment is, I often draw a parallel with the U.S. Army Rangers. The Paras are an elite, selected special operations force and the units do not exactly equate, but it gives you an idea. Of the three active duty Parachute Regiment battalions, the 1st Battalion (1 PARA) serves with UKSF directly alongside organizations such as the SAS and the SRR (Special Reconnaissance Regiment). 2 and 3 PARA serve in 16 Air Assault Brigade as the spearhead battalions. I served in both 1 and 2 PARA. The Paras are rated as Tier 2 Special Forces, the SAS being Tier 1.

As part of my time in the Parachute Regiment I was a rifle platoon commander, both for training and operations. Part of my responsibility was to train my platoon in between deployments. Part of my training to become a platoon commander in the Parachute Regiment involved attending the Infantry Platoon Commander's Battle Course (PCBC). This is an intense infantry school involving training in advanced infantry tactics and small arms. Part of the small arms training at PCBC involves qualifying to 'Stage 5 Field Firing' which allows you to plan and conduct ranges all the way up to full field firing exercises. That is how I know how to create and run realistic but safe live firing ranges for small unit tactics.

Following my initial stint as a rifle platoon commander, I was selected to be a training platoon commander at the Parachute Regiment training company (Para Company). I spent two years doing that; taking Parachute Regiment candidates through the 22 week long course. Unlike US Army training, where there is a drill sergeant per platoon, we ran things as a rifle platoon. The platoon commander is very much involved. Rather than a single drill sergeant for a platoon, each squad has a section commander (squad leader) who is a corporal, and there is a platoon sergeant, just like a rifle platoon. The platoon commander is responsible for running training with the section commander's, and the platoon sergeant supports with admin.

It was my responsibility to plan and conduct every single field exercise and the ranges, from basic marksmanship up to full field firing. For the live firing we would provide our own integral safety from within the platoon staff, until we got up to platoon level attacks, where we would bring in another set of platoon staff for safety and we would perform our roles within the platoon, play acting the pre-planned attacks for the benefit of the trainees. It is also a tradition within the British Army, and the Parachute Regiment in particular, to be involved as a leader and to lead from the front, which means being out there leading the trainees for PT and in particular the platoon tabs (ruck marches). You live with them in the field as if they are qualified paratroopers.

Following that job I returned to the Para Battalions for more command roles - my next job was as the anti-tank platoon commander in the fire support company - another platoon to train and lead. I spent the rest of my career doing similar jobs interspersed with deployments, also doing UKSF selection at one point.

Training Facility

When I decided to start Max Velocity Tactical and start running civilian training classes, I soon realized that to bring a professional standard of training that would equate to the standard I wanted to achieve I would need two things: 1) a suitable facility and 2) suitable targets.

It was because of this that I invested in the 100 acres of land in West Virginia, which I selected because it provides natural ranges with ridges that provide not only terrain to train on, but also natural backstops. I combined this with the purchase of suitable electronic pop-up targets that operate by remote control and will sense hits - they fall when hit. This allows me to bring the quality of training that I intend, and is the reason that I prefer to train at my facility, rather than travel where I am limited in what I can do with people.

After giving it much thought, I have gone heavily back to the 'old-school' ways of light infantry style training. I believe that this is exactly what is needed to prepare people for the kind of SHTF or resistance to 'enemies foreign or domestic' situation for which we are all training. I reject 'tacticool' in favor of battle tested light infantry team tactics. I am also influenced by my close protection background in order to bring an amalgamation of training and operational experience to give you what I sincerely consider is the best such training available in this field.

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