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The characters are completely undeveloped. So far all they are is mannequins to perform functions of the survival compound. One knows medicine. That's all there is to her. She knows medicine. Another likes guns. He just talks about guns a lot. So on. The characters all seem to be 100% on the same page, nobody disagrees, nobody contributes any contrarian beliefs. Someone says "Lets go shoot those guys" and everyone else says "Okay" and grabs a gun and starts the truck. Completely unrealistic, even for people who have prepared for this specific scenario and are together because they are like-minded.
If you're interested in post-apocalyptic fiction or prepping there are very small parts of the book you might like. The thought the author put into some of the preps is one, the state of the US after-collapse is somewhat interesting.
The editing is pretty awful. This book was written in the 90's and then hastily updated for re-release in the late 2000's. This means that the dates don't line up and a lot of details don't make any sense. They talk about their amazing 1.5 Ghz processors and dial-up modems and 20GB hard drives in their computers but then the dates say that it is supposed to be 2008. A lot of the preps they bought came from magazine offers. Nobody has a cell-phone. These things are possible in the time-line, but combined with the other inaccuracies they just stick out as poor updating.
Everyone is a Christian. The author comes off as a bible-thumper due to the way he writes, as if everyone good is Christian and everyone else is terrible because they aren't.
The only people that would like this book are people who are exactly like the characters of the book: Militia-style preppers who are christian and don't like the government. Anyone who isn't exactly that will find many parts of this book to be ridiculous.
The whole senecio was very plausible given the current affairs around the country and world.
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!
The hard sell for me (in this instance) is the character development. It seems like every member of the "Group" is an overdeveloped Boy or Girl Scout. I mean, every single one is a"perfect" survivalist. No one curses ("... when the Schumer hit the fan..." Really? Who actually talks like that?), almost every single one is a Bible-reading, fundamental, God-fearing Christian individual (nothing wrong with those folks, but he lays religion on pretty thick). And they all seem to live in close quarters for years without internal bickering? Yeah, right. That takes away some of the authenticity and makes the characters seem more contrived, than gritty. Also, he tends to drone on with the minutiae of details in several chapters (I had to skip over pages of short-wave radio equipment explanation... several paragraphs would have been sufficient). Though I did enjoy his details re: IEDs. Very interesting and unnerving.
Overall, I enjoyed it... I probably would have enjoyed it more if there was a little more variety in the characterization and depth to each one. They all seemed the same, making them a bit one-dimensional. It was a tad annoying at times and I started to disengage from them midway through the book.
But still, pretty cool.