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Gene Skellig's "Winter Kill" describes World War Three on two levels - one from a global perspective, when a power-hungry Chinese general takes control and sends the missiles flying. The other perspective is that of a Canadian ex-military officer and his painstaking preparations in western Canada for such a world cataclysm.

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Winter Kill was inspired by my long term planning for my upcoming retirement - with four children to raise. Perhaps I am a bit of a misanthrope, as I am not happy with the way humanity is headed. However, by making adjustments in our personal lives - moving out of the cities and doing some gardening - it is the small things that we can do that will make a big difference overall. The future could be brighter than I portrayed in Winter Kill, but it think that it is prudent to prepare for the worst possible scenario that humankind or nature could bring down upon us. In this way, Winter Kill may be of interest to the prepper as much as to any parents who are concerned for the world their children will inherit. My plan is to pass on something of a sustainable legacy in a rural setting.

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  • File Size: 1335 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Flea Circus Books; 2 edition (May 7, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050D7E06
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Gene Skellig grew up in Vancouver before moving on to a career as an Air Force pilot. His career has taken him around the world with his more memorable deployments including Russia, the Persian Gulf, England, Australia, Greenland, various locations in the US and the Canadian Arctic. As a civilian, he has worked as a carpenter, an ESL English teacher in Vancouver and in Japan and as a commercial & medevac pilot in northern Alberta. With a degree in philosophy and a few years of engineering school and other disciplines, Gene has a wide range of academic and real-life experiences. Now, on the verge of retirement and transition to a semi-retired lifestyle of writing and publishing books, Gene can finally put on paper some of the more memorable and inspirational experiences and people he has encountered in his adventures. What motivates Gene most, however, is his profound belief that embracing and exploring the universe - celebrating life and the people he encounters - is the true meaning of life. When he is not busy with his wife and kids, Gene pursues his many interests, including: Climate Science, Ecology, Economics, Alternative Land-use Planning, Architecture, Geopolitics, Military History, Aviation, Geology and Gold Mining.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By gmsmith on September 2, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Gene Skellig's "Winter Kill" describes World War Three on two levels - one from a global perspective, when a power-hungry Chinese general takes control and sends the missiles flying. The other perspective is that of a Canadian ex-military officer and his painstaking preparations in western Canada for such a world cataclysm.
"Winter Kill" recalls General Sir John Hackett's 1985 book "The Third World War," in which a limited nuclear war scenario results in the bombing of Birmingham and Minsk before the cessation of hostilities. In Skellig's update, the huge nuclear arsenals of the West, China, Russia and India combine to make the Cold War threat of Hackett's book seem comparatively benign. When war starts, it is as if the genie is let out of the bottle and an orgy of nuclear destruction is unleashed upon the earth.
The parallel story of "Winter Kill" chronicles the efforts of a prescient Casey Callaghan who, fully anticipating such a war, builds a complex on Vancouver Island strong enough to protect himself, his family and friends from a nuclear war. Callaghan's preparations are minutely detailed, from the financing and planning to the construction and arming of his stronghold. He brings his family and other members of his group into his building not a moment too soon, as a nuclear attack takes place on Vancouver and the West Coast - and is chillingly chronicled. There is suspense and action as his group, surviving the initial attack, carries on to battle marauders in the British Columbia forest, and struggles to maintain morale with the oncoming of nuclear winter. Meanwhile, the surviving forces of the world strive to locate the Chinese madman, and to save what is left of civilization.
Throughout the book I was impressed with the level of Skellig's research.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. Kelly on April 20, 2012
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I was sort of expecting a much broader description of the geo-political build up to a nuclear war and rather more military content but this is no Red Storm Rising.

Instead the author really tightly focuses on how the main character spotted the war coming, by analysing loads of stuff in infinite detail, then executing this survival plan.

The book is heavy on financial and organisational detail but lacking in action. When the action does come along, its not terribly well described and all too short.

I suppose I should have had ample warning when at the start of the book the author advises people that they may want to skip a bunch of chapters a third into the book because it might be tedious. Well, I skipped a load more than that in order to survive my own personal nuclear winter of boredom. Thanks to the power of Kindle I skip read through huge swathes of it looking for something to peak my interest.

Lastly, its very Canadian centric and name drops products left right and centre, which makes it hard for anyone not au fait with Canada to really understand it. I know you could say that about any other country, but for me, as a Brit, the USA is very familiar due to popular culture, Canada is not which made this extra hard going for me.

Oh and lastly, if this is what it will take to survive a nuclear war, I'm making every attempt to die - daily powerpoint presentations to your family in the bunker? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.... talk about a vision of hell!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ian Jose on December 11, 2011
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The main character is an ex-army who never makes any mistakes, invests wisely and chooses friends perfectly. Its all a little too contrived. It would have been a more interesting read if the main character had been more familiar instead of becoming fabulously rich and then buying space age products. Reads like so many modern novels; intended for a movie plot instead of educational. More adversity and adaptation would have been a more convincing story and also more informative to reader. Knowledge of gun laws in Canada is clearly lacking. There are many appropriate firearms that can be purchased legally and are unrestricted. Subject matter though is quite interesting and the basis for site selection fascinating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2012
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I never read novels, I am non-fiction type. "Winter Kill: War with China Has Already Begun" was recommended to me among my Amazon Kindle suggestions. Excellent!

The book is a very well written and researched book for a new author. I found the start of the book a bit low, it could have been made more compelling. However tying fiscal deficits, dollar debasement, return of gold standards with plausible military scenarios and survivalism was brilliantly done. The book is fun to read, intense and once you get engaged almost impossible not to finish it. I highly recommend this book for action book fans everywhere. It is intense, realistic, exciting and well researched.

While studying nuclear engineering, I used to do all kind of calculations for radiation shielding and shelter design. This book is quite close to the real situation as far as nuclear shielding and construction of fallout shelters concerns. I suspect it is also quite correct as far as survivalism techniques. I also know that the analysis of the debasement of the US dollar, and its implications on global inflation and monetary instabilities are also quite correct. I do not know about the nuclear winter recovery scenario, I never studied the matter; although I am curious to do some reading now to validate the atmosphere recovery outcome the books suggests.

I liked the book very much and I'll be looking for the coming one.
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Global war inevitable?
A need for a zero growth economy?? Don't follow you there. Also I think your fear of a global war, at least of the nuclear variety as described in Winter Kill, is off-base. The real threat is a financial war with China. I read a new book, The Chinese Bankerby Dustin Hill that... Read More
Jul 21, 2012 by Dustin Hill |  See all 2 posts
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