A Novel of the Coming Collapse
James Wesley Rawles
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WHAT IF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT ENDED TOMORROW?
The America we are accustomed to is no more. Practically overnight the stock market has plummeted, hyperinflation has crippled commerce, and the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure have fallen. The power grids are down. Brutal rioting and looting grip every major city. The volatile era known as “the Crunch” has begun, and this new period in our history will leave no one untouched. In this unfamiliar environment, only a handful of individuals are equipped to survive.
Andrew Laine, a resourceful young U.S. Army officer stationed overseas in Afghanistan, wants nothing more than to return home to Bloomfield, New Mexico. With the world in turmoil and all air and sea traffic to America suspended, Laine must rely on his own ingenuity and the help of good Samaritans to reach his family. Andrew will do whatever it takes to make it home to his fiancée, no matter how difficult the circumstances.
Major Ian Doyle is a U.S. Air Force pilot sta-tioned in Arizona with his wife, Blanca. Their young daughter, Linda, is trapped in the North- eastern riots. Three teenage orphans, Shadrach, Reuben, and Matthew Phelps, have no choice but to set out on their own when their orphanage closes at the beginning of the Crunch. Then there is Ignacio Garcia, the ruthless leader of the criminal gang called La Fuerza, who will stop at nothing to amass an army capable of razing the countryside. And over everything looms the threat of a provisional government, determined to take over America and destroy the freedoms upon which it was built. The world of Survivors is a terrifyingly familiar one. Rawles has written a novel so close to the truth, readers will forget it’s fiction. If everything you thought you knew suddenly fell apart, would you survive?
Great followup on Patriots
The book was true to form on details, with an almost field manual approach to bring true realism to the story. While not as much of a surprise on story line because I had already read "Patriots", the book is an excellent supplement and brings plenty of new information, suggestions, and story into a global situation, painting a broader canvas of a very complicated precept.
I really enjoyed the incorporation of livestock and more interaction with locals, trading bits on types of currency, and more on economic conditions of survivors. And the movement of the book is far more reaching, giving more of a glimpse of the entire world in crisis, instead of a smaller view.
It had much more of a sustainable feel than "Patriots". I am hoping for an arctic-terrain inclusion into the franchise next.
This 2nd book
After reading the 1st book, I was very excited to see a 2nd story coming out by this author. I pre-ordered it and waited the release.
The 1st book was extremely well written with a great story line and characters that truly came to life out of the pages. I had a difficult time putting it down and was sad when I reached the book's last pages.
The 1st book gave me great pause in my thinking of everyday life here in America. I've been lucky enough to live and travel in many of these areas that the books events take place.
This 2nd book of Survivors is no where near the quality or depth of story as was the first. This story line is interesting, but sections lack the follow through.
This book, unlike the 1st, is riddled beginning to end, with religious bible pounding. It forces the reader to endure the author's beliefs and practices almost on every page.
If I had known that this was a book about his religious beliefs and not the author's best "Survivors" follow-on effort, I would not have wasted my money.
I bought the book for another Crunch experience not a Sunday school lesson.
Two Stars, that's it. Re-read the 1st one.
Provides good backstory for previous book
Carries many themes from first work that work well if you haven't read it, but is overly repetitive if you have. Content and story development contain a lot of characters so pay attention or you could get lost.
A good read overall!