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Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse Paperback – April 7, 2009
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it is written about a beautiful part of the country, the Northern Idaho area, loaded with good folks, game, fish and areas for good survival.
This was book is a hard read, long on details short on necessary facts and action, it is too detailed to the point where you just turn pages, scanning them trying to tied the details in with the Story..
Some of the stuff they mention in the book is almost exactly like what is going on now in America, so it surprises you sometimes. I read the other 2 just to get the whole story, which were just like "Patriots" with a different group of people each book. That is why you can read them out of order. He doesn't go into any detail of the other characters from the other books in the book you are reading. They are a fast read and wished I had just rented it from the local library.
However, there is a distinction between "story" and "book" that can't be ignored. As a story, Patriots has the sort of ensemble cast you'd expect from a movie, where every character has a history or skill set that makes him or her crucial to a successful outcome. Each challenge is met, albeit with sacrifice or tragedy sprinkled in with the increasingly greater victories. This not necessarily a bad thing, as it really illustrates that survival is a group effort and a struggle. Unfortunately, the story is frequently interrupted by entire chapters that alternate between technical manual and product catalog. While I don't doubt that a certain segment of readers will appreciate learning product names, specs and where to acquire them, the storyline loses momentum when Mr. Rawles chooses to dedicate more than a paragraph or two to these laundry lists. Make no mistake, there is useful information to be found if you're interested in self-sufficiency, survival or military content, but this is supposed to be a novel.
I also noticed (as did other reviewers) that most of the characters seem to be almost universally well-off, college-educated conservative Christians. Were none of them slackers in school? Outspoken atheists? Gay? Addicts? Dare I say, average? That's where Patriots starts to get downright hard to believe, even before the action really starts.
Do I regret buying it, or taking the time to read it? No. It is, as I said, interesting up to a point. Whether or not you keep reading beyond that point will depend on what kind of book you are hoping it is, a novel or a manual.
Some of the politics in the novel are half-baked, such as the argument that the present Federal Government lacks the legal right to regulate firearms, and things of that nature. (I am a pro-Second Amendment guy and NRA member myself, by way of disclosure. But I am also a lawyer who knows the law in this area.) But all in all this is a readable novel with a legitimate point of view that many readers will enjoy reading more about, agree or disagree. One particularly interesting theme in the novel was how religion substituted for the rule of law in helping to maintain civility between people.
Enjoyable and interesting. Recommended. RJB.