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Preview — Survivors by James Wesley Rawles
Survivors (The Coming Collapse)
The America we are accustomed to is no more. Practically overnight the stock market has plummeted, hyperinflation has crippled commerce, and the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure have fallen. The power grids are down. Brutal rioting and looting grip every major city. The volatile era known as "the Cr...more
Hey, I want a write a book about how America is going to fall apart because of the national debt, what should I include in it?
"All countries except America will ...more
Finished Survivors a couple of days ago. I definitely don't agree with the politics but the book is enjoyable to read. I recommend it to anyone but especially people with right leaning politics particularly if they think social collapse is in the works. The situations in th ...more
This warning should be in cover:
'Contains only good Christians characters and bad guys are just bad and non-Christians.'
I don't have anything against Christian characters if they have a good function within a story and are reasonably believable, recent good example doing this can be found in Great North Road. But if they ar ...more
Man, as a prepper I wanted so badly to like this book. JWR's is so smart and his website is truly fantastic, a treasure trove of prepper knowledge and techniques. But the man is not a novelist. Sorry, JWR...I still respect you, but your book just about killed me. I forced myself to finish it, but it was excruciatingly boring and disconnected. The characters are not very well fleshed out; mostly just a conglomerate of their laboriously listed actions ...more
To the people saying how it's not the kind of Post-Apocalyptic story they were expecting... I urge you to start being more intelligent, and actually read the description of the book, and a few pages of it, before purchasing and diving in just because you liked the cover.
I digress, on ...more
Andy Laine is in Afghanistan and sees how everything is working toward a crash. He gets himself some off base supplies and makes a plan to get back home to ...more
Hello, James, Thank you for taking time to read this. A quick review of SurvivalBlog shows how busy you are. Just finished Survivors and loved it. The ending makes me think there may be a sequel. Call me an emotional pushover (for a 64 year old straight and married guy) – I shed a tear when ["Spoiler" edited out]. Call me Pollyanna – my wife and I live near Boston and I continue to work as administrator of an urban library. Call me a poor prognost ...more
Well, except these survivors.
Survivors and characters who *overcome* problems are interesting. Survivors who do Everything Right and who Never Have Problems are, well, boring. Plus, this does not seem to be an author for whom writing an iota of emo ...more
And what's going to happen to the ProvGov, which is more like a dictatorship?
Doesn't get interesting towards the end of the book, then leaves you hanging. Not a must read. Only interesting in a few parts.
There were several errors about Belize and Mexico (both areas where I've spent a lot of time) that disappointed me. They could have been easily corrected by traveling there or talking to someone who has.
The biggest annoyance to me is the constant referencing of religious themes. I recognize ...more
A veteran Army officer, Rawles is today a New York Times best-sel ...more
First of all it is entirely United States - which is fine, but it would be interesting to know what is going on in the rest of the world.
Then - there is the obvious agenda of the author to the effect that all should be heavily armed with an array of battleground weapons - just in case.
Then come the tedious descriptions in minute detail of all the different weapons being deployed by the soon to be surviv ...more
"The government turns every contingency into an excuse for enhancing power in itself." - John Adams
"There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stage-coach, that it is often a c ...more
This book mostly made me roll my eyes. I get the idea of needing weapons and good infrastructure to survive a collapse. But heavens, I do not need to hear detailed descriptions of every kind of gun, every kind of ammo ... And silver and gold? Yeah ok I sorta get that but it seems far fetched to me that everyone suddenly agrees that silver coins are the way to trade and Daddy's hidden stash of coins saves the day.
And some real people in t ...more
I did not like the writing style of so many different main characters, and so many different time frames all jumbled together.
I also felt it was trying to hard to be to "jargony".
It also seemed like a Christian advertisement to me, there were so many bible references. Many times, it seems like they were just thrown in there, so we can tell the author is a believer. I felt like it was being forced into the book, ...more
Rawles worked as an Associate Editor and Regional Editor (for the Western U.S.) with Defense Electronics magazine in the late 1980 ...more