- Series: The Survivalist
- Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 18, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 148274631X
- ISBN-13: 978-1482746310
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,262 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Survivalist (Frontier Justice)
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Series Order: Frontier Justice, Anarchy Rising, Judgment Day, Madness Rules, Battle Lines, Finest Hour, Last Stand, Dark Days, Freedom Lost -- Ride along with Deputy Marshal Raines and his faithful Irish wolfhound, Bowie, as they enforce their own brand of frontier justice. The story is fast-paced and filled with all kinds of interesting survival/preparedness tips. I hope you'll join me on this apocalyptic adventure!
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The marshal soon comes upon a biker gang who quickly overpower him in their clubhouse and tie up his unconscious body for a planned execution later that day. A nearby town is under the gangs control, the inhabitants cower in fear as gang members do as they please in the absence of law and order. The marshal finally learns that he may be the only representative of the law - maybe even in the entire United States - and decides it's up to him to tame this frontier. When he escapes, the bodies begin to pile up. He will be the law of the land and bring a stop to the pillaging...or die trying. Readers will also learn some tricks from The Survivalist that might save them in the event of a real catastrophe.
Even though there are 10 books in the series, this book can stand on it's own without leaving a cliff hanger at the end. Nice job Mr. Bradley!
John Podlaski, author
"Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel" and "When Can I Stop Running?"
Then there are the redundancies. For one example: "...when pushed, he could become as violent and unpredicable as a loan shark collecting unpaid debts." A debt is unpaid, that's why it's called a debt. The shark would be collecting a debt, the used of "unpaid" is redundant.
Then there are a number of oddly structured sentences which could be read in any number of confusing ways. For one example: "The Marshals, along with other law enforcement agencies, were surely n need of good now more than ever." Does the author intend to mean that the Marshals were ever in need of bad men??
Then there is the completely unbelievable bit about Tanner (our hero's father) who was doing a fifteen year prison term for killing a couple of men, but who is teaching the prison guards Kenpo Karate. Prisoners do not teach the guards, and never, ever, would a guard put himself in a position to allow a prisoner even the possibility of doing the guard bodily injury or death.
Enter now Father Paul, a very odd sort of "man of God". I assume he's a Catholic priest because 1. he calls himself "Father" (although there maybe other cults or denominations who also use the applet, I'm not aware of them), and 2. he, at one point, performs the sign of the cross on himself. He's rather odd as his views on killing seems conflicted. At one point in the story, he says, "The hand of righteousness must sometimes be called to strike down evil. I have no illusions about that." And who could be more "righteous" than a priest? But then, later when things are going quite badly for our group of heroes and he's asked to step up and put actions to his words ("Ever fire a gun, Father?"), the good Father replies, "Christ reminded us to abandon that way of thinking and to love and forgive our enemies. I'm sorry, my friends, but I cannot take another man's life." He has no problem with loading the guns, and no problem with the rest of the men killing, but, somehow, he thinks so long as he does not actually pull the trigger, he's not part of the killing. The author (Bradley) did nothing to clarify, or to solve this conflict. A very odd priest who says you can kill, I can help, but I can't do the shooting. Perhaps, in later books, this conflict is solved.
And what can we do with "Bowie" the dog; a dog so smart even Lassie can't compete (remember Lassie? Who, when told by little Timmy, "Lassie, go get Gramps and bring the hundred foot climbing rope, and two lanters so we can get these trapped miners out of the hole." And in the next scene, here comes Gramps, with all the equipment...how did Lassie do that? Truly a wonder dog).
But Bowie! Now here's a dog that Mason has never seen before, has no idea what sort of training the dog has (if any), and yet, well, here's an example: ' "Mason leaned over to Bowie and said, "Announce yourself." ' Bowie looked at him, and then back at the large audience. When Mason continued to stare at him, the dog finally let out a loud woof!' " There is no way Mason could have known what the dog would do, and yet, Bowie did exactly the right thing. And he always knows just what to do, even when given long and somewhat complex commands (after all he is a dog). For example: our heroes are bunched up in the church waiting for the bad guys to attack, and Mason is giving everyone an assignment. To Bowie he says, "You're in this too, boy. Your job is to make it unpleasant for anyone trying to breach the windows or doors. Can you do that for me?" Then "Bowie's eyes narrowed and he gave a short bark." A dog that can understand "breach" is even beyond Rin Tin Tin. But he did, and he can through do exactly what he was told. That is ridiculous. But there's more: during the battle, a hole was blown through the back wall and a some baddies tried to crawl through. Bowie jumped the first, pulled him all the way through, and shook him till the bad guy's neck snapped. A moment later, Mason simply nods at Bowie and Bowie released the dead man: just from a nod. And that nod to a dog that Mason knows nothing about. Amazing. Also, totally unbelievable. And, for my last example: the back door gets shot through and Mason tells Bowie, "Wait 'till they come through..." and, apparently, Bowie did just that. There are quite a number of such ridiculous scenes in the book. All of which I found to be insulting to my intelligence.
There are a number of problems with logic in the book. For exampe: when the Father rang the bell at the church to have everyone come to hear with Mason had to say, almost every one showed up. Well, almost. None of the baddies showed up. And yet, they were holed up at the Walmart which was only two miles away. To believe they could not hear the bell (when everyone else did), and not go to investigate, is never explained in the book...but really neede to be.
All in all, this novel fails on too many levels to be worth recommending.
I enjoyed this book, but have two complaints. One, it felt a bit short, and second the (woman) President of the US is unnecessarily portrayed as a weak gender stereotype.