Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

by James Wesley Rawles
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Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
BLW10 More than 1 year ago
I loved the first two books in this series. This one however was a big let down. To start with, large sections are essays on religion passed off as character development. They take away from the story, bore those who share the same religious views and alienate those who do not. Religion is fine, just not subtly. If you have to read this book because it Rawle's or you want to continue the series, just be ready to skip several pages once in awhile. Second, this book jumps around terribly in timeline and characters. With no transition or reason, you cannot jump from several different parts in several different story lines in only a few pages. Also, one storyline is basically cut and pasted from book two. I finished it and it was "ehh". Kind of a lets finish it because I paid for it. I wouldn't buy again and I won't even look at a book four of this series. Go read Patriots and then Survivors by Rawles, but not this one.
drumguy49 More than 1 year ago
While I loved "Patriot's", and was eagerly awaiting "Founders", I have to admit to being really disappointed once it finally arrived. This book was short and basically appeared to be sections of the Patriot's that was edited out of the original. The story contained very little of the useful information included in the original. I'd recommend it to any James Wesley, Rawles fan; but just know that it's nothing like the original.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to this novel after reading Patriots. I even pre-ordered the book, but I wish I had read the reviews before I ordered the book. This book is a rehash of his earlier works including many sections which were either directly lifted from his previous two novels or were reworded slightly. The characters were one dimensional, the dialogue was stiff, the timeline constantly jumps back and forth, and the storyline was regurgitated. I've read books that were ten times better that were 1/4 the cost of this book. My suggestion - save your money...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His first book was excellent. The next was verry good. This was very bad! The first 110 pages are religious education. Next hatred of the UN. Next...never mind. Where did the author I liked go? Time frames out of order! Tirades against foul langage! List after detailed list of weapons and equipment! This was great review of famous writings: by other people! I cannot recomend this to anyone!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont waste your money on this one. I WAS a fan of his but this was bad enough that i could hardly finish it. He took bits and pieces from previous works and threw in a whole lot of garbage with it. Shame on you Mr. Rawles
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About 40% of each chapter was ramble - way to much description for the content offered. I caught myself skipping through whole pages to get to the story, then I just stopped...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book but not as good as the previous one in this series, Survivors. If you know the author you know there is a purpose to his preachy prose, he is spreading the prepper gospel just as LaHaye uses Left Behind to spread the pre-trib Rapture Bible prophecy gospel. Its the realism of Rawles' books and the authentic prepper advice that makes his work so compelling. If you aren't into that you will be disappointed. If you are then you will be very very pleased.
Cajn More than 1 year ago
Of the three in the series, this is my second favorite. Gives more background info on main characters in first book "Patriots". Better than "Survivors".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rawles needs to stick to what he knows best and give up writing altogether. This poorly written novel is a vain attempt at expanding on another bad book ( Patriots) with hopes it will generate enough revenue to continue to hiding out incognito in the hills of Idaho while other real survivalists are attacking the very problem he hides from. The are no morals or true Christian values to be had by isolating himself from those he claims he is helping. I'll take my money back......I got robbed!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the first two books in this series and enjoyed them; however, I found this one to be disappointing. Somewhere along the line, the story went completely off the tracks and devolved into a hyper-speculative future devoid of reason. Cue the tinfoil hat brigade! The storyline was muddled and out of order but was still somewhat enjoyable
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book.  I think it had too many characters, and the constant skipping around and going back in time became an  annoyance.  The religious fervor became a bit much as well.  I chose this book for the adventure, not the religious indoctrination.   I did appreciate the info. on some of the gear used.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun book, interesting concept. I didn't mind the religion in it. The information and action was good and I got into the characters quite early in the read. I have read the Patriots and enjoyed the back story of some central characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having not read the other books in this series I cannot judge the merit of the series. However, if this book represents the series, it is in trouble. it is a combination of ultra conservative political garbage and apocalyptic prophecy masquerading as a "prepper's" handbook. This has the effect of making the book an incredibly dull version of Ron Paul's worst political rabbit hole.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bit of a disappointment from previous books by the same author. Not an enjoyable read, tedious, excessive religious references, just not a real good "page turner".
Bigsteve113 More than 1 year ago
Mildly entertaining. Mostly scraps from "Survivors" and "Patriots", but does fill in some voids from those previous books. I would not have enjoyed this book near as much had I not read the previous ones.
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This is the forth book from James W Rawles that I've purchased, and the first review that I've written for any of them. On several of the online book purchase websites there are a good number of negative reviews. Most of these are around his open discussion on Christianity, lack of character development, or whatever. So let me sum it up for those of you that have his other books, and those that are interested if you should buy his first. In my opinion Rawles has a few themes throughout his books, and this one falls in line with them. First, is that faith, hope and charity are as important as bullets and beans. He talks about faith throughout the book, but goes into some specifics for about 12 total pages out of around 300. If you have his other books, it is about the same as far as the content ratio goes. Second, is that he tries to create a balance between practical planning and equipment usage, with the background of a storyline. I know of no other author that does this. Unlike many post-apocalyptic books, you can actually get product names and use this as a reference guide. Third, is that self-reliance and freedom go hand in hand. Those dependent on a government can not be free from it's dictates, and when that dependency is threatened those people tend to strike out in violence and desperation. If you already have one or two of his books, and liked them, then you will enjoy this one too. If you don't have one, and are concerned about the negative comments, don't be too concerned with them. If you aren't Christian, then there's only about 12 pages that go deep into the subject, but it's not Bible thumping.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Written very well. Could not put it down. Loved that the author in scriptures and christian themes. After all that is what our country was founded on. Will go back and purchase his previous titles.