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Another Excellent Addtion to the Series!
on August 6, 2014
Joe has been my favorite author for about a year now, and shows no signs of stopping. The Directives is full of twists that I wouldn't have expected, and also does more to address the political challenges of government than any other survival novel I've read. Bishop, Terri, Hunter, and the rest of the main characters all face the dilemma that has always plagued those who govern the United States at all its levels: How do we get people to cooperate without forcing them to surrender their freedom? I think that they're answering the question better at this point than many people in Washington (the fictional one in the book, and the real DC).
Again, Joe includes more useful survival tips and insights on how to handle a post-collapse situation, and I found myself using my highlighter quite a bit. This is still my favorite series, and I get the sense that it is as of yet unfinished. The Alliance is making excellent progress, but there's still more to be done. I'm wondering if there will be any confrontation with the federal government though. It seemed as though there was going to be earlier in the series, but that never materialized. I doubt a government would be happy that a separate entity is forming that could challenge its power...that certainly was the case with the Independents. I can't wait to see what's in store for Book 9. Keep it up, Joe!