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A Story of Survival (Holding Their Own Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joe Nobody , E. T. Ivester , D. Allen
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This first book of the Holding Their Own series, A Story of Survival, is set in the year 2015, when the world is burdened by the second Great Depression. The United States, already weakened by internal strife, becomes the target of an international terror plot. A series of attacks results in thousands of casualties and disables the country's core infrastructure. The combination of economic hardship and the staggering blow of the terror attacks results in a collapse of the government.

This is a realistic story of how a, middle class couple survives the cascading events brought on by international politics, high tech military actions and the eventual downfall of society. All of their survival skills are tested during the action packed expedition in a world that resembles the American West of 200 years past.

As previewed in the Epilogue of book one, "Holding Their Own II: The Independents" continues the saga.

Editorial Reviews


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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1808 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Kemah Bay Marketing LLC; 1.0 edition (November 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066QVI6M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,002 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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170 of 177 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book in the Genre May 22, 2012
As a college graduate with a literary degree, I can understand why some people would critique the literary aspect of the book, IE; the dialog, or certain aspects of the plot line etc. But it seems pretty silly to do so. This genre of writing is not Haute couture, folks, it's a folksy genre about survival, for God's sake, can you imagine how lousy a survivalist book would be if written by Emily Bronte! Get over it. It's just the survivalist version of pulp fiction. The value is not in the use of metaphors, similes, imagery and symbolism, or any other clever literary ploys. The value comes from causing us to think about surviving after an "Event" and what we need to do to prepare--and having fun in the meantime.

So from that perspective, realizing that Joe Nobody is NOT Ernest Hemingway, I greatly enjoyed the book. The plot line is not excessively unrealistic. For example, when I read Rawles' "Patriots", I asked myself how many individuals would be able to buy a piece of land, complete with a house, IN CASH, in Idaho, and then stock it with hundreds of thousands of dollars of survival gear? By comparison, this story is far more realistic; a prepared and skilled man and his tough wife struggle to make it to a very humble retreat. The most elaborate piece of equipment they have is the rifle (fairly commonplace) and the night vision scope/monocle (not nearly as commonly owned, as they are expensive). But a man making a living from security just might actually own those.

I'd have to give this an overall thumb-up. Definitely caught my attention and held it. yes, sometimes the dialog is corny, but I have to admit, as a married man--the conversation between my wife and me also gets a bit corny and sometimes ribald. That's just life.
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88 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW !!!!!! December 12, 2011
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This is one of those "can't-put-it-down" books. The plot is fast moving and exciting yet has splashes of very romantic writing laced through out. It mostly takes place in Houston, and is about a devoted couple that decides to "bug out" after a government collapse. They are a team and there's nothing chicken about either one. They work their way through the adventures of trying to reach their ranch in West Texas, without getting robbed, killed or tortured by the looters and other bad guys, yet they need supplies to keep them going, and will do almost anything to get gas and food. The author incorporates many serious ideas and methods for survival and yet the main characters keep their sense of humor and devotion to each other. Again, it is fast moving. I laughed out loud a few times, and teared up once. Is this author entertaining? Yes, yes, yes.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting But Flawed September 22, 2012
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I've been studying a lot about the art of writing so this review may seem a bit overly critical. I do a lot of reading to see what works and what doesn't.

I'll start with what worked for me:
-Pace: This was action packed. I couldn't put it down and finished it one day. The action was non-stop and compelling. There were just enough breaks in it to keep me from getting burned out on it.
-Setting: Everything happening around the characters was believable. The poor economy, the terrorist attacks, society's reaction to these, government reaction to these.
-Funny: A few of the things that Bishop (the main character) says made me laugh out loud. It's rare that a character can be funny enough that I'll actually laugh. (Although, a lot of his attempts at humor made me roll my eyes and were way overboard.)
Character Knowledge: Bishop had a lot of knowledge about weapons and survival. I have zero and it was all easily explained here, not much of it threw me off which is good. Having everything be easily understandable without talking down to a reader is difficult and this novel does it well. There is also a lot of reasons for Bishop to have this knowledge so it doesn't come across as forced to advance the plot.
-Point of View: The main POV was Bishop but there were several others sprinkled throughout. This allowed me to see what was going on that caused Bishop's conflicts. However, this also made some of the conflicts very predictable and there was a lot of flipping around to keep up with who was doing what.

Somethings that didn't work:
-Technical Errors: The book was riddled with punctuation and grammar errors.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book January 20, 2012
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Character development is excellent and it has a good story line. I found the explanation of how society breaks down and falls apart to be very realistic. Then ending will leave you wanting a sequel.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Toward the weaker end of the survival fiction genre December 26, 2011
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I like this genre of books; but in this case the story is a bit weak and I walked away from it thinking to myself that it offered nothing to the genre as a whole. It's an easy read and there was just enough (although entirely predictable) suspense to keep me from putting it down: but if I were pressed I wouldn't recommend it as a read for a survivalist/prepper that reads this genre frequently. The protagonist (Bishop) is apparently the luckiest man alive; everything seems to work out for him every time. I can only hope that the post-SHTF world will be this kind to me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Audio book ruins the whole experience!
I will keep this short. I bought the book and I enjoyed it. I run a business now and do not have time to read now, so I buy audio books. Read more
Published 2 days ago by heyrob
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable.
I enjoyed this far more than I expected. After I finished, I immediately grabbed a copy of Vol. 2 and have been enjoying it just as much. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Chris Copeland
5.0 out of 5 stars Off I go to buy...
... the next book in the series! Very well written, lots of good info. At or near the top of the "Prepper fiction" genre. Recommended!
Published 20 days ago by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Lessons & Fun to read
The beginning and end were great! I think there were a couple extra "check-points" in the middle to add volume to the book, but overall it was enjoyable nonetheless. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Rex Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the first book in a long series. the action slows after a...
The story line caught my interest and held it sufficiently through the first eight books.. I no longer eagerly await the next book in this saga, but the author is easy to read and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roger Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars Has potential but....
The premise has plenty of potential just a dry read though
Published 1 month ago by Joe Valverde
4.0 out of 5 stars Holding their own Book 1
The story was good, the information seemed legit, but the audio book reader was terrible. Still it was a good story.
Published 1 month ago by Tom Rolen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Reading the whole series. Kinda hooked.
Published 1 month ago by Steven Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull moment in my opinion
Never a dull moment in my opinion. I ended up buying the whole series of which I'm currently reading. I like it when the good guy stands out and he wins. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James M. Wilson
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacked maturity, flow, and realism.
If you can get past the book's sexual innuendos and references (which are beyond lame) the book has a few good parts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by RayG
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More About the Author

Joe Nobody (pen name for the author who wishes to keep his identity confidential) has provided systems, consulting and training for the U.S. Army, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Naval Research, United States Border Patrol as well as several private firms and government agencies which cannot be disclosed.

He is currently active in this area and for the security of his family and ongoing business, wishes to remain anonymous.

He has over 30 years of competitive shooting experience, including IPSC, NRA, and other related organizations. He has been a firearms instructor and consultant for over 30 years and holds the rights to a United States Patent for a firearms modification.

Joe initially became involved in helping private citizens "prepare" at the request of his students and clients. A conscientious instructor, he would always inquire as to why they wanted to learn certain skills or techniques and often the response was to prepare for more than just simple home invasion or self-defense. If you ask Joe what his greatest attribute is, he will tell you he is a "problem solver" and uses his formal education in Systems Engineering to this end.

"As the economy worsens, world tensions rise, and the modern media propagates bad news faster than ever before, more and more people want to prepare. I wrote HOLDING because it allows me to reach more of the good folks who are concerned about their security. I want them to sleep better at night knowing they have a plan of defense should the 'Event' ever occur."

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