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American Exit Strategy (The Economic Collapse Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 8, 2013
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Mark Goodwin is a Christian author and host of the popular Prepper Recon Podcast which interviews patriots, preppers and economists to help people prepare for the uncertain times ahead. His fiction series, The Days of Noah, spent several months at #1 on the Amazon Best Sellers List for Christian Futuristic Fiction.
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Don't get me wrong, I read and enjoyed this book so this is simply constructive criticism. I can tell based upon the book that the author has an overall big picture mindset on this topic. He knows this stuff and if/when this occurred, I am sure would do quite well with his strong knowledge base. Let's face it however, we need characters who reach out and grab you with vivid detail while not losing the point of the message that is so well made in this book.
The author seems to struggle with getting bogged down in the details of opinion (some have said preachy), and does not seem to develop the action sequences that everyone comes to expect. You build up with detail to this big huge thing...and then you move right through it with important semi-developed characters expiring with little more than a page-turn. I would venture to guess that 99% of people who read this book are firmly entrenched in this particular subject matter, while a little more time spent investing in some of the characters and apex moments would probably reach out to fiction readers not so 'on board' with this scenario.
Great work Mark.
GREAT BOOK! GREAT BOOK!
Update 20140219: I never thought I would be mentioned during a podcast but I think Mark was referring to me in the 18 Feb podcast during another awesome interview with Mr. Tate. Hilarious. I guess I do owe you an update and you receive a much deserved 5-star rating!
I wanted to submit a comment prior to reading it because I thought it was interesting, at least to me, that you two authors are somewhat acquainted with one another a little bit beyond being in the same genre as far as authorship is concerned. Not only have I finished "American Exit Strategy", but as soon as you (Mark) mentioned last week that "American Meltdown" was out for purchase, I hit the Amazon Prime and got it ASAP. I'm about half-way through. I would give you a 5-star on that one too but I will wait to finish!
"American Exit Strategy" is another example of the ability of the author to develop the characters to such an extent that I feel like I know the people personally. Glen Tate does this masterfully. 299 Days is a little different because the depth of the main character is such we know his background and life going all the way back to conception really..."American Exit Strategy" doesn't really go back that far with individual development but nothing is lost because of it.
Another thing I enjoy about the writing style of these authors is they both paint a picture of what is going on all over the country with different people and demographics. It's all very holistic.
One thing you mentioned Mark about some reviews comment on the "preachiness" of your writing, I don't really see it, I like the quotes at the beginning of each chapter from Jefferson, Paine and the Bible, it kind of drives home our country was founded on Christian ideals and that the founding fathers specifically created the Constitution to guard against tyranny and the overreach of government which even to the layman appears to be coming to a head.
Mark, didn't you interview Joe Nobody too? Anyway, I started down the path of the "Apocalypse Law" series too, I think it's because I heard about him on one of your interviews. I enjoy your podcasts along with The Survival Podcast and anytime you have people on like Mr. Tate is even more enjoyable.
Anyway, great books, can't wait for #3, keep them coming, keep up with the tips and tricks you weave into the situations and I'll keep reading. Thanks for the shout out too!
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The well developed characters are very believable. Yes you find your self pulling for each one or them