- Paperback: 342 pages
- Publisher: Huntington House Pub; 1st edition (January 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 156384155X
- ISBN-13: 978-1563841552
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,070 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,050,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse Paperback – January 1, 1999
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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.
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!
For example instead of writing. "T.K. heard a rustling noise outside the door. He grabbed his AR15 and creeped towards the door to see if it was an intruder..." he would write something like "T.K. heard a rustling noise outside the door which was now reinforced with double steel beams and 1/4 inch thick sheet metal around the frame as well as a double deadlock system and a one-way peep hole. He grabbed his AR which he recently painted in a green beret 1968 camouflage pattern. The gun had a collapsible stock and retrofitted with a 45 round magazine, and lazer viewfinder. The magazine was fully loaded and he set the safety to semi-automatic and started creeping towards the door in classic marine recon style...
Overall a pretty good book, but I would have saved the detailed technical stuff for his website that he mentions after the end of the story.
I re-read it every couple of years when I'm on vacation. I always get upset when the author kills off one of my favorite characters.
Overall, it is something of a prepper's masterpiece. I highly recommend it.
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