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Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival Paperback – November 18, 2011
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I was compelled to stay up all night, mesmerized by the story line. I was absolutely absorbed by the plot. Can the author who writes instruction guides possess the skills necessary to tell a story and hold a reader? The answer is an emphatic, "Yes, he does."
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
As I conceived this story, one of my biggest challenges was to create a fictional, economic collapse that would seem realistic to the reader. When I actually began writing, I couldn't help but notice how disconcerting economic news seemed to dominate the headlines with increasing frequency. Things got a little surreal as I would write fiction and then watch similar real-life events unfold on the nightly newscast. The riots in Greece and France, economic protest in London, and budget gridlock in Washington, D.C. all seemed to coincide with the pretend world being created inside my word processor. The Texas wildfires of 2011 added another example. It was a little uncanny at times how I would finish a section and then watch it being played out in real life. Honestly, I wasn't trying to write a script for cable news. As we were finishing the final edits, economic protests led to fires and violence in Oakland.
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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However — CLOSE UP, the portrayal of his main characters was a bit superficial and shallow. (I don't even think we ever learn Bishop & Terri's surname.) The dialogue was stunted, almost cartoonish. Bishop goes to visit Terri's dying mom at the hospital as it's being shut down and the city starts to implode; he and the old woman are essentially BLOWN UP, which Terri sees on a news broadcast. The mother, to whom Terri is "devoted," is killed; and Terri believes for half a day that her husband is dead too. Yet a day later she's making cutesy sex-talk with her hubby? As civilization falls? ... C'mon, really?
I had a hard time finding a balance here. In one place, the author is perceptive and far-seeing; in too many others, he's writing simpleminded dialogue out of a penny western. It was as though there were actually TWO writers involved, not one.
The story did carry me right along to the end... but I feel no compulsion to go on to the next part of the story.
The book could use a polish by an experienced copy editor, especially since the author is charging a professional rate for the books. Still, the prose is clean and smooth and Nobody keeps the story charging along at a pace that will keep the reader turning pages until the very end.
And I learned some stuff from the book, I'm now reading the authors non-fiction was has impressed me right from page one.
People talk about grammatical errors but I didn't notice them myself as I'm such a good speeler.
Umm, this book was published in 2011 just as the shale oil and gas boom was really getting cranked up. The book has crude oil at $350/barrel and gasoline at $6/gallon in 2015. Not gonna happen so the major driver of economic collapse in the USA is invalid for the book.
That said, the book is a good story about the collapse and failure of the government in the USA. The writing is a little flat and I hope it gets better in subsequent books. The book is centered in Texas which makes it very interesting to me since I am a Texas resident. I have ordered two of the subsequent books.
He does a great job of building a believable scenario that actually scared me. I could see that happening today.
I liked the characters and the story moves fast so I really enjoyed this book.
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Close, but not quite.
Plot is ok, dialog is weak.
Hope the next book gets better.