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Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse

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11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Intriguing look ahead at the possible not too distant future.

This is an excellent effort from a first time author. Realism rules the day in terms of all the technical and practical terminology, but sometimes gets a little overboard with detail. Rather than a tightly wound dramatic novel, it occasionally veers off into a survival ...
This is an excellent effort from a first time author. Realism rules the day in terms of all the technical and practical terminology, but sometimes gets a little overboard with detail. Rather than a tightly wound dramatic novel, it occasionally veers off into a survival manual. None the less, it does present a chilling vision of what could be in America, and even for the most optimistic, gives you pause and makes you think, "wow, what if something like that really happens?". What would I do? Worthwhile for anyone who pays more attention to American Idol and Dancing With the Stars than what's going on in the world around them.

posted by JohnGaltLives on June 7, 2009

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28 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

Horrible.

All I can say is:

DON'T WASTE YOUR BLOODY TIME!!!

Wow. That was one of those rare books that makes me feel less intelligent by the end. I am now dumber for having read that book.

It is sooo dis-jointed, it really feels like he was sitting around thinking up sc...
All I can say is:

DON'T WASTE YOUR BLOODY TIME!!!

Wow. That was one of those rare books that makes me feel less intelligent by the end. I am now dumber for having read that book.

It is sooo dis-jointed, it really feels like he was sitting around thinking up scenarios, and when he thought of one he liked, he'd jump up and write a chapter. There is almost no attempt made at making a cohesive story-line, it really just boils down to a bunch of scenarios strung together; they are all sort of interchangable up until 3/4 of the way through the book.

In the last quarter of the book, we finally begin to see a plot line, but then it is largely abandoned, forsaken as just an excuse to introduce more unrelated scenarios, this time focused largely upon guerilla warfare.

There are also a number of timeline glitches and contradictory elements. A woman winds up with a new-born who had just been on a raid the month before . . . huh? Not likely. There are suddenly three babies when it was only mentioned that one person was pregant. Early on, it is established that the country fell apart in the fall of '08 and the elections were post-poned and then never happened. But then several chapters later, Obama is blamed for his policies. I don't like the guy at all, but how did he get into office if not elected? Not by his "charm"!!!

The character development is largely non-existent. Almost all of the main male characters are interchangable, and after their introductions, most of the women are as well. It will be noticed early on that anyone who carries a Bible is going to be a good guy. Which leads me to my next gripe.

I am a Christian. Catholic, in fact, so if you believe the Pope (which is happening a lot less with ol' Benny than with JPII), the only "real" Christian. I've read the Bible, front to back, several times. I've read different versions of the Bible. My wife teaches high school religion at a Catholic school, and I often help her in preparing classroom discussions. I've spent most of my life in Catholic schools, I've researched a lot of different religions, spent time with all sorts of different faiths (Protestants, Baptists, Lutherans, Jews, Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Wiccans, Buddhists, even a bunch of Witness nutjobs.) so please believe that I love studying religion and it's effects upon people. But, holy crap!!! Every time someone sneezes or stubs a toe in this book, "Oh, you have survived stubbing your toe! Let's all pray and recite Psalms!" It gets more than a little tiresome. As I said earlier, it is made pretty clear early on in the book, that if you carry a Bible and have accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ, as your personal saviour . . . you must be a good guy. "Oh, you just wandered into our compound? We don't trust you . . . oh, you have a Bible? Praise! C'mon in! You MUST a good person!"

Now, it must be said that there is a lot of good information in this book. Just not a good story. There is actually an index in the back of the book to direct you to where in the book various things are discussed, which makes it a fine reference book. But it is valuable only as that.

I regret not just buying Rawles' how-to book, as he obviously knows what he is talking about; the subject matter is very solid. Unfortunately, he does not excel at turning facts and knowledge into a good story.

Bottom line Skip the novel, buy the how-to book.

posted by Edwin_Munro on January 4, 2010

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  • Posted May 4, 2012

    Good Planner

    I expected more of a story....this seemed more like a how too book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Wassssssssssssssuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuppppppppppppppppp

    DO NOT WASET YOUR TIME IN LIFE THIS SUCKS THE GIANTS BOOKS ARE BETTER THAN THIS THOUGH UP IN A SAKE

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Jumps all over, hard to read, doesn't draw you in

    There is not a very cohesive plot line. I felt like it was jumping all over the place. There was also way too much detail on things that just weren't that interesting so it lost me. I had heard good reviews so bought this book but honestly, I only made it through maybe 2 chapters. There wasn't very much chartacter development and it felt disjointed and chaotic. So many had said it was such a great book and valuable information but I just could not get into it :(

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    So-so

    Over the top for most people.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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