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Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse Paperback – April 7, 2009
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America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city
As hordes of refugees and looters pour out of the cities, a small group of friends living in the Midwest desperately tries to make their way to a safe-haven ranch in northern Idaho. The journey requires all their skill and training since communication, commerce, transportation and law enforcement have all disappeared. Once at the ranch, the group fends off vicious attacks from outsiders and then looks to join other groups that are trying to restore true Constitutional law to the country.
Patriots is a thrilling narrative depicting fictional characters using authentic survivalist techniques to endure the collapse of the American civilization. Reading this compelling, fast-paced novel could one day mean the difference between life and death.
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The plot refers to a complete breakdown in society due to economic collapse and resulting social unrest, A large portion of the population is wiped out. If you have desk job, live a cosmopolitan life, and/or don't have a gun cache, you're dead. Without being too specific and spoiling anything, the novel focuses on preparedness, bugging out, survival, defense, and eventually rebellion against tyranny. It is hard to put this book down.
The characters are not complex, but this is is a plot driven story, not a character driven story.
Some things to note about the novel:
It is heavy on Christian faith as binding the characters together and differentiating them from the unholy bad guys. The religious element in the story is of the "give us strength" variety, not "smite the infidels." I personally don't believe faith is a necessary precondition to survival, but I did not find the author to be too heavy handed in this regard.
This book is designed for the Survivalist or Prepper who wants to endure TEOTWAWKI. (Look up the definition on internet). The book is excessively detailed and reads like a person describing their activities second by second. Likewise, the book becomes tiresome after the first three chapters.
The information presented in the book is detailed enough to allow readers to know what brand of Sleeping Bags to purchase and specific gun/ammunition (down to model numbers!) one should acquire before TEOTWAWKI. The book even reveals how law enforcement officers "cock" their front tires during a routine traffic stop to request backup help from any passing law enforcement officers from any jurisdiction. Information on how to remove fingerprints from surfaces using WD-40 lubricant spray is also interesting.
Numerous use of Biblical scripture is used by the Christian, Jewish, and Atheist characters of the book.
The book could be a lot better if there were less attention to the excessive equipment details.
On the negative side I found his scenario for the second half of the book unlikely. He seems to be writing the screen play for the movie Red Dawn, supposing the reconstituted US government is using foreign mercenaries to suppress the populace. This scenarios takes the story away from the collapse into guerrilla warfare.. In addition, in the first part of the book Rawls talks about setting up the retreat, like people who live and work elsewhere have an endless supply of money. Using this endlessly supply they buy all these wonderful and critical things. As someone who is going thru this process I think it misses the very human decisions that must be made in choosing the best versus what can be done in the face of competing resource needs.
In summary, this is an exciting, informative book with a few scenario weaknesses. I would recommend it as a great read!
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.