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Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises Paperback – January 8, 2013
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Max Velocity is a tactical self-defense trainer and the author of ‘Contact!: A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival.’ Website: maxvelocitytactical.com Blog: maxvelocitytactical.blogspot.com Max Velocity is the pen name of the author, who is a lifelong soldier with extensive military experience. He has served in both the British and US Armies. He served with British Special Operations Forces; The Parachute Regiment, which is Britain’s elite quick reaction force and which also provides support to the UK Tier 1 Special Forces, the Special Air Service. The author served on six operational deployments, including to Afghanistan immediately post-9/11, and also a tour training and selecting recruits for the Regiment. The author passed both Parachute Regiment selection and also UK Special Forces Aptitude Selection during his career. Following his British Army service, the author spent five years serving as a security contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan. This included three years in Iraq and two years in Afghanistan. These roles were operational security roles that included exposure to multiple different training methods and operational schools of thought, as well as both high profile and low profile mobile operations across Iraq and Afghanistan. This included exposure to, and operations with and for, US and Coalition forces. After settling in the US, the author then joined the U.S. Army and trained as a Combat Medic and Civil Affairs Specialist; he is a U.S. Citizen and lives in the United States.
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The actual battle scenes were full of action, descriptive and made for interesting reading, but the training and prepping seemed to bog the story down. I also thought the final battle would be much longer, instead, it was too short with more summary than detail. Same with the story ending - I've a handful of questions that remain unanswered.
After reading through the reviews- something I did not do prior to reading this book - it seems that readers of the author's earlier book, Contact, and Preppers alike, found this story extremely enjoyable; chock full of information and small unit tactical information for those preparing for a similar, real-life scenario sometime in the future.
I did finish the book and enjoyed the major characters, but would have liked to learn more about the daily life and hardships of those families living underground in the hidden base camp and about those resistance fighters positioned in the nearby triangle support bases. Recommended for all preppers, those wanting to learn about small unit tactics, and those readers of the author's prior book(s).
I enjoyed reading the first quarter of the way into the story. From that point on, however, it felt like a tactical infantry field manual in storybook form. And that is the problem with the story....not the writing, or the story line itself, but the sheer volume of technical detail. As a combat veteran with two tours in SE Asia a millennium ago who enjoys reading the type of themed storytelling that the title represents, I simply became fatigued by the halfway point in the book, and simply quit reading.
Patriot Dawn could be a really good and entertaining story if the writer STOPPED all of the technical and instructional military maneuver format, and simply told the story. There are any number of authors as well qualified, if not more so, in their military backgrounds as Mr. Velocity, and who are also successful authors in the apocalyptic/domestic enemies genres, and who tell great and exciting tales of a civilian military response to an oppressive enemy force: the Arisen series by Glynn James, the offerings of Joe Nobody, and A. American are another. I hope that Mr. Velocity gets out of the way of his own technical expertise for his next offering, and simply tells a story. There are plenty of ways to imbue a story-line with technical authenticity without that authenticity becoming an anchor, weighing down the flow and understanding of the story line to the casual reader who is simply looking for an entertaining story.
I look forward to Max Velocity's next book to see if readability improves.
Military terminology was a problem, solved with the help of DuckDuck.go. As it turned out, I could've saved myself a lot of time searching if I'd known there was a glossary at the end of the book. This should be made clear from the get-go.
Max's characters are quite believable. Anyone who doubts people like this exist should take a trip through the heartland.
I think what made the book work for me is that the author clearly trusts the reader to understand what he is saying. Respect for the reader comes through on every page.