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I recently finished Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse
and thought I’d give a review as I believe it has a very valuable message.

It is basically a “survival manual” in novel form. The storyline follows a group of people who commit to helping each other in any future crisis in which survival becomes paramount in the event of disrupted “systems” our world is so dependent on – electrical, phone, emergency, food, etc. While characterization is weak, that’s not as important as the basic day-to-day survival living skills that are described. What tools, weapons, supplies, home “improvement” projects, etc. that the author considers basic and necessary are laid out in the narrative in an interesting and compelling way. Fair warning: there is description of some of the sinister and gory events that inevitably would result from a break down of our society although not in overly graphic ways. Also, there is a passage that discusses very basic preparations for, and working your way through, a home birth which is, again, not overly graphic.

Patriots certainly left me convicted about how unprepared most of us really are! Despite growing up fishing, hunting (ie – using firearms), raising small livestock and horses, supplying ourselves with firewood to heat our homes and living a general rural lifestyle including gardening and wildcrafting, there is still so.much.more to *survival* in a world that is hostile, violent and so far removed from the peace and plenty most of us enjoy in the modern industrial United States. Think about it. Even those striving to live a more simple agrarian based life still have comfortable amenities that are taken for granted. Unless you have purposefully chosen to live “off-grid”, you are still tied to certain grids that would make life uncomfortable in the least and down-right life threatening at the most. So while I know how to rough it – build lean-tos, hunt/fish and process the kill, haul water, fell a tree, and an endless list of things that would help me and my family should we be without electricity or gas heat, there is also an endless (seemingly) list of things I/we don’t know or have that would still make life extremely difficult or put us in a vulnerable position. I don’t like that last thought *at all.* I wouldn’t say it was an “eye-opening” read…our eyes have been open to these things for a long time (since childhood?)…it was an urgent shove toward fixing/aquiring/learning those things that are still lacking in our lives.

One other fact I did appreciate was that the author is a Christian (of the same theological bent even!) and wove faith and dependence on God throughout the novel. Nice! You really don’t find that often in a book of this sort.

Get it. Read it. Act on it. I don’t think you’ll be sorry you did. Unless, you are looking for a light adventure story to veg out with. It’s anything but. 🙂

‘Til next time,
Tamara

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