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Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse [Kindle Edition]

James Wesley Rawles
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America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse—the stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

As hordes of refugees and looters pour out of the cities, a small group of friends living in the Midwest desperately tries to make their way to a safe-haven ranch in northern Idaho. The journey requires all their skill and training since communication, commerce, transportation and law enforcement have all disappeared. Once at the ranch, the group fends off vicious attacks from outsiders and then looks to join other groups that are trying to restore true Constitutional law to the country.

Patriots is a thrilling narrative depicting fictional characters using authentic survivalist techniques to endure the collapse of the American civilization. Reading this compelling, fast-paced novel could one day mean the difference between life and death.


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America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city

As hordes of refugees and looters pour out of the cities, a small group of friends living in the Midwest desperately tries to make their way to a safe-haven ranch in northern Idaho. The journey requires all their skill and training since communication, commerce, transportation and law enforcement have all disappeared. Once at the ranch, the group fends off vicious attacks from outsiders and then looks to join other groups that are trying to restore true Constitutional law to the country.

Patriots is a thrilling narrative depicting fictional characters using authentic survivalist techniques to endure the collapse of the American civilization. Reading this compelling, fast-paced novel could one day mean the difference between life and death.

About the Author

James Wesley, Rawles has been an enthusiastic survivalist since his teenage years. He is now a survivalist author and lecturer and the editor of www.SurvivalBlog.com. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University with minor degrees in military science, history, and military history. A former U.S. Army intelligence officer who held a Top Secret security clearance (with Special Background Investigation) and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), he was awarded Officer specialty 35A (tactical all-source intelligence officer), and the additional skill identifier 5M (electronic warfare officer). He achieved the rank of Captain, attended the Army NBC defense officer's course, as well as Northern Warfare School at Fort Greeley, Alaska.

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  • File Size: 1341 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 156975599X
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; 4th Expanded edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ODHO8G
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517 of 587 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Patriots is a TEOWAWKI , militia-style survivalist novel packed with information. While Patriots does mention stockpiling food and the use of non-hybrid seeds this is not a book about self-sufficiency. The premise of the novel is that an economic depression spirals out of control. The economy completely collapses, money becomes worthless, the mail stops, the power grid and phone system shuts down and the government at all levels disappears. In the story this period is understatedly called the Crunch, but no depression in the history of the United States has been nearly so severe. Even church services appear to stop for several years.

With the United States in turmoil and collapse, the United Nations and at least some international banks have survived. Together they become the catalyst behind a provisional federal government that seeks to exert near dictatorial control over America. Frankly, I believe there is much more strength in the institutions of the United States than there ever was in the United Nations and so this plot scenario strained believability for me. However, when asked, James Rawles stated, "I made the scenario in the novel a near `worst case' in order to make it more interesting reading, and as an opportunity to show the need for planning and preparedness in a variety of areas..."

Using the Crunch as a literary device Rawles packs the novel with data about guns, medicine, fuels, equipment and tactics. The book has been described in several online reviews as a "survival manual fairly neatly dressed as fiction." Indeed it is much more entertaining than reading the facts in a reference book or manual. But this is also the greatest weakness. It is hard to pack facts into a novel without the author intruding into the story.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A shopping list and nothing more August 30, 2011
By Nunya
Format:Paperback
This book should be titled "What to buy for the End of the World if you are Filthy Rich". That is the only thing this would be good for.

I had heard so much about this book that I finally broke down and bought a copy.

Most of the pages are nothing but filler in between very poor story telling. Spelling mistakes I can get over, getting a little off base with the story I can handle that but this has to be , hands down the worst piece of SHTF fiction I have ever read.

Hypocrites abound in this book. They have no problem stopping people on a public road at gun point yet further in the book when they are travelling its a different story when it happens to them. They expect everyone to follow the law except them. They never make mistakes etc.

The part where one of them manages somehow to go through every Spec Ops school this country has... Sounds like a 13 year old wrote that part right after he spent a day playing Call of Duty.

An army invades most of the U.S. with ease yet a handful of people turns the tide then the rest of the people are so grateful they pledge themselves to them and to fight under their "Flag"?

Yes folks, it is that bad...
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323 of 393 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put it Down! March 27, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Excellent work by Mr. Rawles. In it he explores the possibilities and what ifs of a total collapse of the civilized world that we have come to know and upon which we depend. Imagine, if you will, that the economy spins out of control and takes civilized society with it. Imagine this event making the Great Depression look like a walk in the park. How would one survive or thrive during such a chaotic experience? Can it be done alone? What are the real problems and issues that might need to be overcome? Mr. Rawles novel explores those possibilites. His information is well presented. Obviously a lot of thought and research went into this novel. It reads more like a contingency plan and less like some escapist fantasy. It beats any sci-fi novel hands down. I strongly recommend "Patriots" to anyone who's ever wondered what would happen should the day come when they dialed 911 and nobody answered.(Remember Hurricane Andrew and the LA Riots?) Read "Patriots" and find out. It is definitely time well spent. However, let me offer a word of warning. Pick up "Patriots" and you won't want to put it down until its finished!
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350 of 438 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars **UPDATED** Fire the editor! June 1, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This has to be one of the worst edited books I have ever seen. You can tell it was written in the 1990s and updated recently; they mention the election of Barack Obama. But they did a lousy job of updating the text. The time lines, ages and historic events are screwed up. For example on page 22, it says that Todd and Mary found the ranch on vacation trips to Idaho in 2001 (happily married at the time). On the same page it states the idea for a group retreat was formed in 2006, while Todd and T.K. were in college. Later, it says that Todd started working from home in 2008, using a PC with a 20 gig hard drive and a dial-up modem. Dial-up in 2008? Especially for a corporate sanctioned telecommuter? That may have been the standard in 1988! On page 35, Kevin graduates college in 2007 and starts as a junior programmer. Next paragraph Kevin is starting SECOND career as freelance programmer in 2002. I guess he started his freelance in high school? Also, Doug states his age as 22, but he was born a year after his parent got married, soon after his fathers return from Vietnam. Let's see...The Crunch hits in 2009, so that means Doug was born in 1987, that means his father got home from Vietnam around 1986 or so. Delayed demobilization? POW release? These are just a few of the examples of bad editing and updating.

Come on, the use of a simple whiteboard with a timeline drawn on it and used to update the text would have made this a much more enjoyable read. Any decent editor should have caught these errors and had them corrected before sending it to the printers.

Plus, as another reviewer stated, recent college grads paying cash in the hundred thousand dollar range for ranches in Idaho is a bit ridiculous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A need to read book
Love this book and listen to the audio all the time.
Published 2 days ago by Bruce M
1.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the worst book I've ever purchased.
I hate not finishing a book. I will never buy a book online and not check the reviews more thourghly.
Published 2 days ago by Cj Landry
5.0 out of 5 stars Patriots
I read a lot of "coming collapse" books. I put this one at or near the top. Patriots gives a different view of the "crunch" before, during, and after the stock market collapse. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mary Huls
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative read! Bravo Zulu!
Awesome read. Very informative.
Published 3 days ago by Ricardo Hermida
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment
I don't read a lot of fiction, but this book grabbed me in the first chapter and I couldn't put it down. Great story with a lesson. Read more
Published 4 days ago by dc3humi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book though
This was abridged. It's the book pared down in half... literally. Great book though!
Published 4 days ago by James & Shelby
2.0 out of 5 stars Much of the same, again and again...
Well, what can I say but don't buy the series at one fell swoop as what you will get is basically one story line being told over 5 novels. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jon A. Barrow
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James Wesley Rawles has been an enthusiastic survivalist since his teenage years. He is now a survivalist author and lecturer and the editor of www.SurvivalBlog.com. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University with minor degrees in military science, history, and military history. A former U.S. Army intelligence officer who held a Top Secret security clearance (with Special Background Investigation) and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), he was awarded Officer specialty 35A (tactical all-source intelligence officer), and the additional skill identifier 5M (electronic warfare officer). He achieved the rank of Captain, attended the Army NBC defense officer's course, as well as Northern Warfare School at Fort Greeley, Alaska.

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