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This book came highly recomended and the premise and story line made my understand th reason for the high recommendations. Unfortunately the author believes his way is the only way and that is played out in the character development as characters who don't live by his views are killed off and the characters who do just survive with no issues.
Also, product placement is worse in this book than most hollywood blockbusters. I was surprised hyperlinks weren't part of the reading experience.
In a true TEOTWAWI scenario, there are going to be situations that no one thought of and I wish the storyline told that has well.
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.
The characters, while somewhat well developed, are merely narrators dedicated to describing their preparations for surviving the collapse of American society, and their day-to-day activities while doing so. Throw in some religion, politics and an evil Federal Government bent on reasserting control, and you have summed this book up nicely.
While I find James Wesley Rawles to be extremely knowledgeable in the area of prepping and survival, he would, in my opinion, be better off writing this material as non-fiction.
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.
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I have read it 5 times, and my son has read it 3 times. It shows its wear too, it has some serious miles on this book!