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Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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“Rawles is an amazingly gifted author who has singlehandedly reignited the post-apocalyptic thriller. Survivors is an instant classic.” --Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Full Black
"An incredible tale." --AmongTheLeaves.com
"’Survivors’, painting a realistic picture of life with no plan to survive the harsh realities of a crash, has given me a glimpse into how the other half lives, and how I can further prepare to help my fellow man." --Paratus Familia Blog
“It's 370 pages of adventure, excitement, and page-turning thrills.” --If it Hits the Fan
“It embodies the American spirit of independence and survival.” --NoisyRoom.net
“Rawles' Survivors is well worth reading. . . well-written and informative, and speaks with an honesty and bluntness often missing from the policy prognotications of the political elite.” --The New American
About the Author
Former US Army intelligence officer and survivalist James Wesley Rawles is a well-known survival lecturer and author. Rawles is the editor of SurvivalBlog.com—the nation’s most popular blogs on family preparedness. He lives in an undisclosed location west of the Rockies. He is the author of the bestselling Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse and a nonfiction survival guide, How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It.
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JRW's first book Patriots was filled with useful information and thought provoking insights. His book "How to survive the end of the world as we know it." is considered by many to be a useful manual for the begining prepper. It is this information that I believe people were looking for in Survivors that was simply not there to any great extent. He did mention Ham operations as well as how to make poor man's Napalm but outside of that not much goodies were given by the former military man. I don't know if is because he has received pressure from our government or his publishers due to liability issues, but this book was missing the mark in my opinion on what the masses wanted and expected. I think most people who are fans will not rush out to buy the next book until reading the reviews. So James if you do read the reviews of your fans as painful as that may be get back on target with usefull information and all will be forgiven, by the way your writing style has inproved greatly over the Patriots book and Survival blog is great. Survivors lacks the overall information that I enjoyed in his other books and this book had way too many side stories and lack of action. I think he was too focused on story line to focus on character development. He left out the items his fans liked about his books and wrote more like a novelist trying to become like Steven King. I would not recommed this book but would the first two.
I've enjoyed Mr. Rawles' previous books, so I was having a hard time judging this one so harshly. Then I read Founders and decided that these last two books are his attempt to ride the wave of Prepper and New World Order fear mongering. Having provided a lot of useful information in How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It, and put that information into a scenario (although highly unlikely in my opinion) in Patriots, this book just doesn't offer much. The characters were poorly developed. The storyline was jumbled. The only nugget was using a sailboat to escape a degrading situation - a topic the Prepper community always handles abysmally (look to the Cruiser community for info on that topic).
If you are interested in becoming more self-reliant then buy a good book on gardening and go plant one. Learn some useful skills, like how to repair things or how to make things. Put together a good first aid kit, store some food and drinking water. Take a look at what emergencies might actually affect you and what you can do to prepare for them. Don't waste your time reading this book.