Patriots

Patriots

A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

Book - 2009
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America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. 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.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Ulysses Press, c2009
ISBN: 9781569755990
156975599X
9781612431666
1612431666
Characteristics: vii, 400 p. ; 23 cm

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vaughtg
Apr 18, 2019

I enjoyed this book. I've read it multiple times as it came to me as a work of fiction with some "prepper" teaching involved (hence the details that some disparage). I didn't feel like I needed to incorporate the characters and their beliefs/lifestyle into the very being of my soul. I just enjoyed the tale and the character development. Open minded individuals who are truly looking for this genre of fiction will find it entertaining. Those who are looking for a reason to be offended will not. I don't see an option to actually rate the book, but I'd give it 5 of 5 stars.

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bkevin
Jul 04, 2015

Right-wing survivalist porn. Ewwwwwwwww. So why did I read it? Well, I am a sucker for end-of-the-world stories. This had an interesting twist - civilization lapses into chaos after the economy collapses. First 26 pages. The rest consists of loving discussions of the merits of one way of killing people over another, long term food storage, and right-wing propaganda. Oh, and don't forget -- Drop to your knees and praise Yahweh each time you kill someone. Now I need to go shower.

LRS1969 Jun 05, 2015

The book that started all the nonsense and propaganda by this particular author (unfortunately the current authors of this genre so frequently fit THIS mold to One degree or another! Something not seen in the post apocalyptic classics!)

It is: Anti (liberal) government, anti (somehow subverted military), anti UN, and homophobic! Anti anything not ultra rightwing and ultra fundamentalist.

The Library Journal review raised the some excellent points as to what all made this book so terrible.

This is not just Armageddon Porn, but excessive Gun Porn (how many details of weaponry specifics are really needed?), and it is just loaded with myth after myth after major myth of the fundamentalist Christian Right Wing!

Obviously the author does NOTunderstands that a "crunch" (conveniently unexplained, but presumed economic meltdown) that is big enough to tumble the United States this completely will do the same WORLDWIDE! That's just the way that the international financial setup works.... it is ALL interconnected (but why let facts interfere with a point, no matter how fictitious and silly, that Liberal equals Evil).

As disturbing was the intimate involvement with the violence and killings done by self-proclaimed "Christian" fundamentalists. (That is the TRUE evil!).

Obviously more oriented towards worshippers of the Hebrew Bible's "YHWH" versus that of Yeshua (Jesus).

Pretty much something that I could not recommend in good conscience.

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MintyFreeze
Feb 18, 2015

A look at how life would change in the event of disruption to our economy. Provides meaty food-for-thought on just how prepared one might have to be to face the demands of a new society. Take notes if you are of a "prepper" mentality.

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Argavius117
May 04, 2014

Even though I have read all the previous comments and the description makes it sound boring (I'm more of a zombie person) I will still read it. Mostly because I like the author and I liked his first book, How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It
Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times. Anyway, I'll give the series a try and see what happens. Hopefully it's not too disappointing! :)

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wind2448
Aug 11, 2013

Amazing how a lot of the commenting idiots don't understand that the author wrote this book this way on purpose--to give survival info within a fictional story rather than making yet another dry survival manual.

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debilly
Jul 09, 2013

Truth be told, I would rather have this under my belt than something lofty and "Miss Mannerly"; if and when the you know what hits the fan.
For me it was a eye opener, a must read. I totally enjoyed the 18 disk CD set. If you are serious about survival, read it, listen to it... learn it. If you want to bury your head in the sand, by all means, read something else.

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bobbarnetson
Nov 25, 2012

What a dreadful book. Definitely one of the five worst books I have ever read. This book had it all: tea-party paranoia, sexism, born-again hypocrisy, zero character develop, and a lame plot. It should have been subtitled The Book of Lists because every ten pages we are subjected to an overly detailed recounting of the contents of something (backpack, truck, basement). Honestly, this is not worth you time. Try A World Made by Hand or Still Dies the Fire.

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mapledeb
Jun 04, 2012

I would have to agree with the previous reviewers. This book was awful! There were long descriptions about the types of weapons but no real character development. Also I didn't get how he spoke at length about a character and then you didn't hear anything else about them except for a minor paragraph at the end of the book - very odd!
Give it a miss!

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terrymccuaig
May 30, 2011

Very disappointing. I was surprised at how amateurish Patriots is in comparison to Rawles' great manual, How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times. Rawles is a talented manual writer but has no aptitude for fiction. There is no character development or suspense. He goes off on bizarre jags for many pages about how drivers' licenses are illegal. Fiendish stereotypes abound, e.g., the heroes mow down two Communist cannibals, Untouchables style, when they find children's limbs in the perps' bundle buggy food cache. Most of the tremendously boring descriptive passages involve weapons and plumbing. Unless you find egregiously BAD writing uproariously funny, give this stinker a miss.

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