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Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival Paperback – November 18, 2011
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Holding Their Own is a great story for any Prepper that wants to take a break from non-fiction "how to" books in favor of easy, fun entertainment. The book is so good I added it to the List of 70 Great SHTF Fiction Books...shtfblog.com
For our descriptive (versus qualitative) ratings (1 to 7 with 7 being highest)...I will give it a reluctant 7. For readability... I am going to say that it is a 6....reflexionesfinales.blogspot.com
Holding Their Own is a keeper and I highly recommend the book...Apartmentprepper.com
It is definitely as good or better than any of the post-apocalyptic books that I've read. I plan to give copies to a couple of my prepper friends, and as soon as I finished reading it I ordered the sequel, Holding Their Own II: The Independents...tracemypreps.com
From the Author
At one point my editor even suggested we consider accelerating the timeline in the book.
All the while, Holding Your Ground(my first book) was climbing in sales, eventually making the top 100 Best Sellers on Amazon. The emails, letters, and customer reviews all relayed the same basic message: Thank you for writing the book. It helped. People are concerned, some even frightened, and the book made them feel like they can have some control, regardless of future events.
I pray the remainder of my work remains purely fictional.
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So from that perspective, realizing that Joe Nobody is NOT Ernest Hemingway, I greatly enjoyed the book. The plot line is not excessively unrealistic. For example, when I read Rawles' "Patriots", I asked myself how many individuals would be able to buy a piece of land, complete with a house, IN CASH, in Idaho, and then stock it with hundreds of thousands of dollars of survival gear? By comparison, this story is far more realistic; a prepared and skilled man and his tough wife struggle to make it to a very humble retreat. The most elaborate piece of equipment they have is the rifle (fairly commonplace) and the night vision scope/monocle (not nearly as commonly owned, as they are expensive). But a man making a living from security just might actually own those.
I'd have to give this an overall thumb-up. Definitely caught my attention and held it. yes, sometimes the dialog is corny, but I have to admit, as a married man--the conversation between my wife and me also gets a bit corny and sometimes ribald. That's just life.Read more ›
I'll start with what worked for me:
-Pace: This was action packed. I couldn't put it down and finished it one day. The action was non-stop and compelling. There were just enough breaks in it to keep me from getting burned out on it.
-Setting: Everything happening around the characters was believable. The poor economy, the terrorist attacks, society's reaction to these, government reaction to these.
-Funny: A few of the things that Bishop (the main character) says made me laugh out loud. It's rare that a character can be funny enough that I'll actually laugh. (Although, a lot of his attempts at humor made me roll my eyes and were way overboard.)
Character Knowledge: Bishop had a lot of knowledge about weapons and survival. I have zero and it was all easily explained here, not much of it threw me off which is good. Having everything be easily understandable without talking down to a reader is difficult and this novel does it well. There is also a lot of reasons for Bishop to have this knowledge so it doesn't come across as forced to advance the plot.
-Point of View: The main POV was Bishop but there were several others sprinkled throughout. This allowed me to see what was going on that caused Bishop's conflicts. However, this also made some of the conflicts very predictable and there was a lot of flipping around to keep up with who was doing what.
Somethings that didn't work:
-Technical Errors: The book was riddled with punctuation and grammar errors.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far it is all talk.....waiting to see if there is a better story...taking too long to set up the story......hohum...if it improves will leave another reviewPublished 10 days ago by Janncy
A more realistic scenario of the collapse of America than most stories in this theme. I chose this series because it is about a husband and wife team which is a different twist. Read morePublished 11 days ago by George E Turner
Was hard to put down, lots of action. Easy decision to read the next book in series.Published 11 days ago by Bill K
Ehhhh.... The idea of the book was descent I just didn't really care for itPublished 16 days ago by Richmond
Another dystopian story, but seems fairly realistic. I like the main character, his wife and the others in these stories.Published 28 days ago by lisa Jerome
Story idea and two main characters were good but we're trashed by poor storytelling. Full chapters were passive and seemed to be written for fourth graders. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer