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Against the Grain Paperback – March 27, 2013
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About the Author
Ian Daniels is the author of the fiction thrillers Against the Grain, its prequel, Pillars in the Fall, and sequel Crossing Blurred Lines A private man by heart and by trade, Ian grew up in the woods, hills, valleys and waters, and anywhere else where there wasn't other people around. An avid backpacker, kayaker, shooter, and general outdoors man. Instead of choosing one of the theoretical or philosophical pieces he had written over the years, he decided to release a guilty pleasure type book to keep you company in the bathroom, perhaps a view into the way he sees the world.
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The reason for the apocalypse situation is just a general decline of the economy to a point of no return. The hero guy is antisocial but realizes he won't make it completely alone and anyway, he does care about these people he's grown up with. The hero's a hunter and outdoors guy with a good head and a some paramilitary experience. There are some great small team tactics explained in this book. I have to agree with another reviewer: it is kind of a thinking man's apocalypse book.
The story is told in first person but it's told well. The author really has ability, the characters seem real and we feel like we know them. There are very few grammar or spelling mistakes. Maybe about a dozen altogether. There's no religion. Thankfully. What can I say? I admire the Amish who quietly practice their beliefs. There's NO cliffhanger at the end. The author is working on both a prequel (scheduled for a mid 2013 release date) and a sequel, but this story is finished and stands on it's own.
In summary, I'd buy another book from this author in a heartbeat.
The protagonist had worked to develop certain skill sets prior to society falling apart which have stood him in good stead, along with improving on them through constant and careful practice and use. In addition, he is possessed of a goodly amount of common sense that has helped him and his friends weather a good deal of the worst that has come their way.
The characters are well developed and in the first person telling of the story, you get a feel for them that mirrors the feelings of the main character. They tend to react like normal people when confronted with dangerous situations, and there is enough action to keep the story moving along without being constantly in armed conflict.
All in all, this is a good read with few of the editing errors one often finds in this genre. I would reccomend it and eagerly await the promised prequel and sequel.
I read Pilliars of the Fall before Against the Grain. Pilliars was written after Grain; however, it is a prequel to it. I'm not sure it matters which one is read first - I liked having some background on The Guy (my referral to the lead guy because we never learn his name) and Pilliars provided a lot of that information. Both books are well written, easy to follow, and interesting. I was not ready for the story to end when I finished the Against the Grain book.
The author has done a good job with both books. He's laid out a good story-line and decently developed the characters. There is some insight into the "event" in Grains without pages and pages of political rhetoric that wind up boring most readers. As a side note - I thoroughly enjoyed reading the comments about the author in the front of the book.
As with Pilliars, the book is written in first person and it's easy for the reader to become that person. The Guy is a skilled outdoorsman who is a loner although he has deep friendships with about a dozen people. He's become the de facto, albeit reluctant, leader of an extended family who live in three houses on adjacent land. These are regular people who were thrown into a situation to learn a new lifestyle because the life they knew is long gone and it's imperative they learn to adapt to the new environment. One strong point with this author is the women in his books have strength of character and work side by side with the men instead of whining and being inept as portrayed in some books. Another good point, with a couple of exceptions, the characters in both books do not have potty mouths. That is a huge turnoff for me.
A lot of survival-type books spend time on the "who, what, where, and why" with very little on the "how". Daniels has gently woven a lot of the "how" into both books. How they get by day-to-day. How they are positioning themselves for the next year. How they are protecting people and property. The Guy is doing everything he can to support and teach this group of people and the reader gets some benefit of that knowledge. I liked how The Guy matched each person with a specific gun with an explanation of choosing that specific gun and then educated the group on how the different types of weapons compliment each other without coming across as a boring lecture. I suppose that's what makes this book a good read - the author isn't lecturing. He's taking us on a journey of how one person can make the difference.
This story is about survival, from the point of view of a young man who knows about guns and its use for protection to himself and his beloved ones.
The people in a base community after the break down, which lives together as an alternative for longer survival, is confronted with other humans being that also wants to survive but at the expense of taking away from other their belongings and even their lives.
To some point of the book, if you are not a guns lover, you might feel tired of always reading about the function of a gun and different brands of guns. However, if you are a guns lover and like a good story this one is for you completely.
Any way, the story is entertained and makes us reflect on how it will be ones life if the system where we live on collapses.
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