Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

by James Wesley Rawles


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America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse—the stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

As hordes of refugees and looters pour out of the cities, a small group of friends living in the Midwest desperately tries to make their way to a safe-haven ranch in northern Idaho. The journey requires all their skill and training since communication, commerce, transportation and law enforcement have all disappeared. Once at the ranch, the group fends off vicious attacks from outsiders and then looks to join other groups that are trying to restore true Constitutional law to the country.

Patriots is a thrilling narrative depicting fictional characters using authentic survivalist techniques to endure the collapse of the American civilization. Reading this compelling, fast-paced novel could one day mean the difference between life and death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569755990
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Publication date: 04/07/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 174,020
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

James Wesley Rawles has been an enthusiastic survivalist since his teenage years. He is now a survivalist author and lecturer and the editor of He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University with minor degrees in military science, history, and military history. A former U.S. Army intelligence officer who held a Top Secret security clearance (with Special Background Investigation) and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), he was awarded Officer specialty 35A (tactical all-source intelligence officer), and the additional skill identifier 5M (electronic warfare officer). He achieved the rank of Captain, attended the Army NBC defense officer's course, as well as Northern Warfare School at Fort Greeley, Alaska.

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Patriots 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 239 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a progressive, anti gun,and or a conservative poser then you would not like this book and will find a small detail/details to obsess over. But if you belive in freedom and the bill rights then you will enjoy this story about a very possible future.
JohnGaltLives More than 1 year ago
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.
prjio More than 1 year ago
Although the writing style didn't always grab me, it was very well written on a subject that could very well come to pass. If you can't experience something by living it, then you should read about it in order to get some insight of the experience. Since this is written as a novel, I feel better prepared and have made some changes myself because of this book. I LOVED IT and am recommending it to anyone who will listen.
Edwin_Munro More than 1 year ago
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.
Rick_B More than 1 year ago
Patriots is a great book! I'll keep it in my library to use as a guide for the day it may be needed. Realistic to the point of nightmares! When I was on the second chapter, I purchased 3 more books for my brothers to read and comment on. I'll keep mine on my shelf next to my copies of the FoxFire books and my Boy Scout manual.
RAMAK More than 1 year ago
This is a compelling story out of today's headlines and tied to a worst case outcome of current events. It paints a picture of what responsible gun owners, patriots, and militia represent in America. You will find yourself rooting for the good guys.
BMiles More than 1 year ago
This book was an excellent read. I sped through it in about 2 days, I just couldn't put it down. The first few chapters are disturbing and creepy. It shows what could happen if America collapses after the economy takes a serious turn for the worst. The economic situation that is going on today makes it even more disturbing. The book is also filled with tips and tactics on how to survive an end of the world secnario, i found myself highliting and book marking certain pages like the earlier review. I highly recommend reading this book.......just in case.
veryconcerned More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed and learned from this book. I don't agree with the ending. But it wasn't too bad.With the Current, govt socialist/new world order, types in power we can expect a continual struggle for our rights & freedoms. o' & his kind, has already tried to take our guns. If they succeed, we will not only be unarmed,unable to protect our families from looters & thugs,but will not be able to resist Tyranny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a great deal; however, it was so much better than just reading a good piece of fiction. There was the added bonus of starting to really think about what things could come to given our country's current state of affairs. I found it to be thought provoking and learned many useful things about off the grid living. Thanks for a great read!
amante_seattle More than 1 year ago
A great book, full of detail & very accurate realistic scenarios based on the authors detailed study and preparations for this fiction novel. This novel depicts life changing events happening now & that are extremely likely to happen full blown in the very near future making it a must read novel. American readers can also learn from the experiences and hardships related in this book to benefit their own lives & plans, as although a novel, it incorporates true facts & current info thruout. The reader will come away with a sense of purpose and practical ideas on how to plan their future strategy to protect themselves and their families while being entertained by the books fascinating story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone, especially our politicians, should read Patriots. Too many Americans are not even prepared to spend a day without electricity let alone the many natural and man made challenges that could happen. The story of survival is fantastic. Boo to those who slammed the writer's style. He is a first time writer and had a different style than others. Sure there are a couple of places that might have errors to the "A" types but it is about the story. As readers we should embrace different writing styles. To those critics I simply say "get over yourself". Read this book. Be American and make sure something like this won't happen to these United States. Open your eyes and be more prepared after reading Patriots. This is a well though out story and I only wish it was imaginative but unfortunately it is an all too real possibility. I thought Patriots was great! I will be more prepared by reading this and am dedicated to preparing myself better and getting more engaged in the political process to avoid such a possibility.
WhiteyDB More than 1 year ago
Great insight to survival if and when life really changes due to nationwide or regional loss of essential services. Highly recommended reading for anyone really concerned for the protection of their loved ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that I'm very happy that I discovered this book. As I do with most books, I quickly tried to read it cover to cover scanning only the important parts. But I soon found out that it was ALL important, and interesting. I have since reread it several times...taking notes as I go. My original copy got so dog eared from being read by my sons and being loaned out, that I had to buy a second copy. (Now I am in the process of getting an autographed copy, to have hardbound.) Everyone I know, that has read this book, has loved it. BTW, I know enough about economics for the first chapter to keep me up in a fitful sleep after reading it. True, this book describes a "worst case" scenario, but that first chapter was a little unnerving. This book will help you hope for the best....and prepare for the worst.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A new genre and author that I have never read before. It has gripping plot and helpful survivalist tips for the average Joe/Jane.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great book and very informative. The book gives insight and tips for a SHTF type situation, and the story kept you from putting the book down. Really liked it.
TheM240gunner More than 1 year ago
Mr. Rawles is an extremely intelligent and gifted author. You would almost think you we reading a recent history only it's not a history any of us would want to experience. I would HIGHLY recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found it a little too "christian" if you will. Lots of right wing ideas here about the UN taking over the world / USA after a total collapse. All in all some great ideas for preppers in general, and also a good read if a little strained on the story line.
Solider68 More than 1 year ago
Thoughtl it is fiction, this book got me thinking real hard what if? Had start preparing for a real world problem. Has real relivent today things you can do to get ready for any disastor. A must read.
Guntruck More than 1 year ago
There is a wealth of information in this book. It is almost a survival guide, wrapped in a story. The conditions used by the author to depict the beginning of the fall is down right scary when you look at today's financial issues. Important to this book is the show of faith and belief that one's religion will help you through some of the worst of times. He even covers varied faiths, not just one. Organization is key to survival and he covers this very well. And addresses the issue of "when do I bug out", giving you an individual's view of those who wait too long and those who leave when the time is right. I have read this book about 5 times now and get something out of it every time I pick it up! I think it would make a very interesting movie.
CarlosAC More than 1 year ago
Very good post apocalyptic book. The battles are exciting and the information given is very fascinating. Once you can get past the religious components that are tossed in every once in a while along with the anti government propaganda, its just great. But of course if you're into that sort of thing; than its even better.
wastatesurvivalist More than 1 year ago
I would strongly recomend this book to anyone who is worried about the times we are living in or for the survivalist like myself, im reading this book for the third time and can probably quote most of the book
Moviemann2002 More than 1 year ago
Why is this book so bad? I am a conservative and it makes me gringe. I agree in the spirit of the book on gov't oppression etc but this is a por execution of those ideas. First: EDIT! I found so many mistakes, the biggest being near the end when the author explains the new Amendments to the Constitution and his first "new" Amendment is labeled the 27th - huh? There already is a 27th Amenement! The other is that his characters will often betray their own ideals but instead of deleting the scene the author has to justify it. Example - "goodguys" stop two guys, search them without a warrant, violate their constitutional rights - uh oh - remove this insignificant scene - no the author makes the two guys bad guys and cannibals covering the fact that the main characters just did what the author claims he doesn't like the gov't to do! This book is loaded with stuff like that. My Left-wing friends laugh at this one - I have to counter their laughter by pointing out SM Stirling's 'The Change" series - a Left-wing novel parallal to this one
Fanofthewrittenword More than 1 year ago
As the novel part of this book unfolds we have a group of friends who met in college, meeting up at a compound in Idaho after a world wide financial collapse. Having foreseen this or a similar disaster looming for years this group has planned and built a defendable compound for their survival. We learn about the group, their ideals and their goals while throughout we are given details of their guns, of which there are many, their equipment and what it takes to have the chance of survival. We learn what is important, what isn't and what the shortfalls were made in their planning. This is so much more than just a novel but it's still a fun and entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One star only and it is for technical knowledge. The author has no story telling skills. He can write "how to" very well but his plot lines are thin to non existent, his characters are just names to move around the paragraph and it's obvious he has a narrow view of women and their skills. He gave one or two women a few token things and then completely ignored them. He is the antithesis to Sam Sheridan. Mr. Rawles's Expatriot book is a better story so maybe there is hope for his story telling skill set.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Patriots is a great book, the latest release is great!