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“Rawles is an amazingly gifted author who has singlehandedly reignited the post-apocalyptic thriller. Survivors is an instant classic.” --Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Full Black

"An incredible tale."

"’Survivors’, painting a realistic picture of life with no plan to survive the harsh realities of a crash, has given me a glimpse into how the other half lives, and how I can further prepare to help my fellow man." --Paratus Familia Blog

“It's 370 pages of adventure, excitement, and page-turning thrills.” --If it Hits the Fan

“It embodies the American spirit of independence and survival.”

“Rawles' Survivors is well worth reading. . . well-written and informative, and speaks with an honesty and bluntness often missing from the policy prognotications of the political elite.” --The New American

About the Author

Former U.S. Army intelligence officer and survivalist James Wesley, Rawles is a well-known survival lecturer and author. Rawles is the editor of—the nation’s most popular blogs on family preparedness. He lives in an undisclosed location west of the Rockies. He is the author of the bestselling Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse and a nonfiction survival guide, How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; English Language edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439172803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439172803
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (795 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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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303 of 331 people found the following review helpful By Caliyanks on October 18, 2011
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As a huge fan of the author and his blog, I was highly disappointed in this book. In fact I am only thru 50% of it on my Kindle. I had to come back and read the reviews to see if I was missing something. From what I see, I hadn't. I agree with a previous "posters" in that this book is a confusing read (and I have 22yrs in the Army-Retired)and left way to many things open for my liking. It is way to preachy for my taste, and yes, even creepy at times. Too many things were wrapped up in a convieninet little box, so to speak. I loved "Patriots" and it is what got me into prepping. However, "Survivors" comes off as a book designed to take advantage of fans loyalty's. I'm sorry, but thats how I feel. I hope the next book gets back on course. Was not worth the hype and I felt taken advantage of with all the hype on the Blog. This being my first review, is an indication to myself, how strongly disappointed I am with this novel.
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331 of 372 people found the following review helpful By Browning on October 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book isn't very good.

Not exactly the nicest thing to say about a book that someone's spent alot of time and effort on, but in some cases it's the truth...this is definitely one of those cases.

The only actual reason that I can see for buying this book is if you have a library dedicated to 'Survival Fiction' and you simply have to buy one of every book in this genre that comes out or else your book collection will be incomplete.

Other than that I'd avoid it like the plague.

His first book 'Patriots' was decent simply because it was part fiction and partly a how-to book and I hadn't run across that idea very often. Plus in the general Survival/Zombies/SHTF/Apocalypse Genre there's not a whole bunch of books to choose from to begin with (which sometimes means that mediocre authors can end up having their books sell like hotcakes just because people like the subject matter).

There were a few things that I didn't care for in 'Patriots', but all in all it was an okay book. With this novel however you can't really say a whole lot that's positive. It's story-line is horrible and it's equally as bad as a 'How-to' book.

For Survival Fiction and Non-Fiction books that provide a much better story-line or that provide much more useful information from a How-To perspective see the books I've listed below.

***Survival Fiction***
- One Second After by William R. Forstchen
- Enemies Foreign and Domestic by Matthew Bracken
- Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista by Matthew Bracken
- Foreign Enemies And Traitors by Matthew Bracken
- The Road by McCarthy
- Lights Out by David Crawford
- Molon Labe! by Kenneth W. Royce
- Lucifer's Hammer by Niven and Pournelle
- Day by Day Armageddon by J. L.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By brian on November 10, 2011
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I too was disappointed in this book. I have never written review before, but I felt compelled to write about this book. I LOVED Patriots, but this seemed like an attempt to take advantage of those fans.

Patriots was full of various stories, lot of details about battles, politics, towns and groups of people surviving.....this however was a couple of stories that never developed into anything interesting, a LOOOOONG and BOOOORING chapter in the middle about how a character met his wife which made me wonder if I somehow picked up the wrong book, and a final "showdown" with the bad guys that lasted only a few pages. We spend more time reading about a flashback of a guy flying around with his future wife than we did about people battling it out to survive. I was getting closer to the end and wondering how the heck there was going to be any exciting conclusion since I was running out of pages.

VERY DISAPPOINTING! I am now VERY skeptical about purchasing the next one as I am convinced that he took a Patriots length book and split it into 2 books to double his profits. I read his blog and am a fan, but I can't help but think we all got suckered into helping buy some more acreage for his personal retreat. Maybe his publisher suggested it? He should fire his editor too as the book was full of typos. His veiled attacks on catholicism didn't impress me either.

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120 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Brane Frees on October 24, 2011
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Having read and enjoyed Patriots - as soon as it was available to do so - I put my Pre-Order in for this one.

Won't make that mistake ever again for one of Rawles' books. Blah!

This thing felt like someone started a half dozen loosely connected novels and never bothered to finish ANY of them, then packed them all together in the same binding just to get it sold.

I visit and enjoy Rawles' website daily but I'd rather just donate money in appreciation for his work there than chance laboring through another unfinished, tediously preachy and shallow series of storylines like this one. You can bet the survivalist farm that I'm going to be waiting to read the reviews here before giving another one a chance.

My copy is for sale on Amazon - competing with a lot of others.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful By rainmaker49 on October 19, 2011
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I have read Patriots several times, own multiple copies and have gifted copies to several friends. My disappointment with this book cannot be overstated. I just read a sampling of the reviews and will not take much of my time or yours now to restate the facts.

I looked forward to reading this book and purchased it the first day that it was available. After a few chapters it became obvious that I was in for a struggle.

I am a supporter of Rawles and his blog. It is truly disappointing (I will try not to use that word again) that the effort that went into hyping this book far exceeded the effort to pen it. To read this book, especially following all of the fanfare, makes me feel duped. I have de-promoted this book with every bit the same zeal that I once promoted Patriots.

Just to touch on a few things that I am certain have already been said:

No development of characters (they were uninteresting to start with)...except for Andy and the eternal courtship which was beyond stupid and the very definition of lame (how often do two people decide to get married after the second time they have touched one another on the shoulder/arm) and had no bearing on anything...countless inconsistencies (if Andy would have just sat still for a while he would have had enough gold coins (Eagles or Krugerrands? depends upon which chapter you read) to buy the world..they must have been breeding in his pocket. Please follow up on how Andy got his gun and other stuff back from the guy he stored it with at the dock..after a 6 month absence.? That would have been interesting reading...but he just all of a sudden had it and later the rest magically appeared. I could go on..............He was one heck of a shot though...
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