Being a fan of Joe Nobody's other two books, Holding Your Ground and TEOTWAWKI
Tuxedo, I picked this book up as well. It looks like "Joe" partnered with a few
others to take the non-fictional Holding Your Ground and wrote a fictional piece
that incorporates some of the Holding Your Ground elements. The book really
stands on its own, though. If you're a fan of apocalypse and post-apocalypse
fictional novels, you should read this book. A series of events happen that
creates a perfect storm for widespread pandemonium. Set in Texas, a man and a
woman set to "bug out" to their retreat, but have to do so post-event,
navigating dangerous terrain and encountering interesting scenarios along the
way. It reads fast. Usually non-fiction writers have a hard time moving to
fiction, but this book didn't let me down.
From the Author
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 were 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.
Holding Your Ground played a greater role in this book than one
might think. More than anything else, I consider myself a problem solver and
teacher. My experience as an instructor has proven that some people learn well
using an instructional guide like Holding,
while others do better with a scenario, or story based environment.
This led to my desire to write a novel (or story) that utilized the
methods described in Holding while
using "real life" situations.