Rainer Maria Rilke

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Man's Book

Survivors:  A Novel of the Coming Collapse by James Wesley, Rawls
(Manly Survival Novel)

The author is a famed survivalist blogger and his passion is quite evident in this book, a follow up to Patriots:  A Novel of Survival of the Coming Collapse.

After a financial, social and political collapse that changes the culture of America, a small group of survivors live off their wits in a new world with no rules. The characters:   Andy Laine, a soldier from Iraq who has to make his way home to the US after the military goes defunct; Shelia, whose husband is killed for his wedding band and who has to start a new business in a small Kentucky town with a young son and aging mother.

This is an extremely male book--I don't really know how else to put it.  It is heavy on weapons and military lingo and is extremely realistic.  While some might think another novel of a coming apocalypse is overdone, this one is written in a way that is not hyped up but explained in a way that makes the end of the American Reign very plausible. The author's style is very direct.  There is little emotion displayed, even in terse scenes.  The descriptions of terrain and weapons are the longest paragraphs in the book and I felt like maybe I should be taking notes, just in case.

I didn't enjoy the book at all.  It was very much  like a lesson on survival and I walked away feeling woefully unprepared and mildly disturbed.  This isn't an author I would choose again but if you're a guy into really guy things like.....guns and surviving and stuff, it might be for you.

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