The Survival Mom » Books/Resources http://thesurvivalmom.com Helping moms worry less & enjoy life! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 “No Normal Day” – a Dystopian novel for “normal” people http://thesurvivalmom.com/no-normal-day-dystopian-novel-normal-people/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/no-normal-day-dystopian-novel-normal-people/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 07:00:50 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=19703 A retired couple wakes up on a normal day where she cleans the house and he makes the monthly liquor store run 20 miles away. While he’s gone, the power goes out – and stays out. Cars stop working. Cell Read More

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No Normal Day

A retired couple wakes up on a normal day where she cleans the house and he makes the monthly liquor store run 20 miles away. While he’s gone, the power goes out – and stays out. Cars stop working. Cell phones screens go blank. It’s a scenario we all need to prepare for, but many do not.

I found this series through an ad on The Survival Mom Web site. J. Richardson is on her ninth self-published book.

The Good

I enjoyed the plot of No Normal Day because it was different from other Dystopian novels. The characters are pretty much normal people who have prepared for a rainy day, but not necessarily for an EMP. There is scavenging and rummaging by all. There is death and disease. A few vehicles work and people utilize those to get supplies and family members. The military does show up eventually to gather dead bodies, find supplies, and take survivors away to camps. The exact cause isn’t revealed, even at the end of the book. Solar flare is their best guess.

Jack and Beth live in Texas. She had started stocking up on supplies and water, mainly for a rainy day with a bad economy. After the “event,” they work alongside a man with military experience and his nephew to gather their family from what used to be nearby neighborhoods. Once the family and supplies are gathered, they work together to create a compound and survive on what supplies they have and can gather. No one is a sniper or expert survivalist. No one has a HAM radio or faraday cage. This novel is about normal people and how they survive after the world completely changes.

The Not As Good

While I enjoyed reading this and would recommend it for the plot, there are several grammatical errors in regard to punctuation and its/it’s. The author also chooses to block out some letters of certain curse words when she uses them.

“I have to admit that I wasn’t prepared for the very critical reviews. I was always very good at English, etc., and never really thought I would not be able to produce a readable book,” Richardson said. “Silly of me. The amazing thing was … I was selling books but it was important to me to feel like they were grammatically correct. I wasn’t longing to be a million bestseller; still my pride insisted that I not appear to be ignorant. Once I got past the sting of criticism and really began to study and learn a little more about writing fiction, the next books improved. I realize that my view is rather optimistic about survival in such a situation. Some readers seem to enjoy no zombies and the low violence and bad language.”

This author has great potential and I look forward to reading more of her novels as her writing gets better and better.

You can order the books online, or visit the author’s website.

 

 

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Book Review – “Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon” by Lynda King http://thesurvivalmom.com/book-review-preppers-history-cultural-phenomenon-lynda-king/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/book-review-preppers-history-cultural-phenomenon-lynda-king/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:00:27 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18881 Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon is a non-fiction book written by Lynda King, a freelance writer and community preparedness educator. The book was published in 2014 by Prepper Press and is available in paperback and e-book formats. OVERVIEW: The Read More

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Prepper book review postPreppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon is a non-fiction book written by Lynda King, a freelance writer and community preparedness educator. The book was published in 2014 by Prepper Press and is available in paperback and e-book formats.

OVERVIEW:

The book begins with a quote by General George S. Patton: “Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.” This is exactly what Part One of the book accomplishes as it provides a history lesson of US and world events (weather, political, cultural, economic) that give the reader an understanding that “preppers” are not a new phenomenon in our culture.

Part Two is titled “A Look at Modern Preppers.” Several chapters include topics such as how technology (like internet access) has influenced preparedness, a look at different events that people are prepping for, how people prepare, and the booming preparedness business marketplace.

The book is 306 pages long, but the last 50 pages make up the extensive list of references, a complete index, a basic prepper jargon glossary, a list of related websites, and information on prepper expos and conferences held around the country.

COMMENTARY:

Many people think that “prepping” is a new thing, brought about in 1999 with the Y2K scare. The history as presented in this book shows that people have been preppers since at least Biblical days. Though I found the history presented fascinating, the direct link between the historical events and prepping were not directly made.

For example, the discussions of the Victory Gardens or the creation of the Civil Defense Councils were informative, but it is up to the reader to make the connection that these people should be considered early preppers. A few times, Ms. King mentions that those who were already living self-reliant lifestyles faired better than their less prepared counterparts, but I would have preferred a more specific link to be made in the text.

What Part One does very nicely is show the reader that our history is full of proof that bad things can and do happen, with alarming regularity. If someone ever asks why you are preparing for bad times, you’ll be armed with myriad historical facts to show that it’s not a possibility, but an inevitability that bad times will happen again.

The content of Part Two that discusses multiple aspects of the modern prepper was mostly filled with information that I, as an experienced prepper, felt like I already “knew” in my head, but hadn’t necessarily seen presented all in one place before. Fully understanding this content will make the reader more able to have articulate and intelligent discussions about the prepper movement.

BOTTOM LINE:

This book reads like a textbook. That’s not to say it is boring or dry at all, but with the amount of historical content, inserted quotes and references, a lot of statistics, and a huge range of sources, I found it to be a much more intellectual read than the vast majority of other non-fiction preparedness books.

I recommend this book to the following people…

  • To the reluctant newbie who would benefit from the historical content as proof that the world is predictably unpredictable and being prepared for hard times is essential.
  • To the prepper-curious who wants to learn more about the subculture and motivations of the prepper community
  • To the left-brained preppers who enjoy scholarly reads and want an excellent reference book on their shelf.
  • To any preppers who are looking for a high quality book that is truly different than all the others in the non-fiction preparedness genre that seem to get churned out by the hour.

 

 

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Halloween Book GIVEAWAY: Zombie and Dystopian Books http://thesurvivalmom.com/giveaway-zombie-book-giveaway/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/giveaway-zombie-book-giveaway/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18016 I have never been a fan of horror in any form. But somehow, like so many other people, The Walking Dead drew me in, and I became of fan of zombies. Well, zombie books and movies, at least. I’d rather Read More

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I have never been a fan of horror in any form. But somehow, like so many other people, The Walking Dead drew me in, and I became of fan of zombies. Well, zombie books and movies, at least. I’d rather not have any actual zombies show up in my life! And the dystopian books followed naturally behind the downturn in the economy.

In celebration of Halloween, The Survival Mom is doing two book giveaways, one with zombie books and one with dystopian books. As an indie author, I love helping to promote other indie authors, but really the best thing about them (in my honest opinion) is that indie authors bring a lot of different points of view.

In addition, the winner of each giveaway will receive a copy of the book The Survival Mom by Lisa Bedford, the Survival Mom herself.

Zombies

Like any genre, the books can start to run together when you’ve read a lot. These books are particular favorites of mine in the zombie because they each have a unique take on the zombie apocalypse, making them memorable. One features a virus that doesn’t turn everyone into a zombie. One is about a group of survivors in, of all places, Manhattan. And one shows us exactly how the whole virus spirals out of control, starting with where and how the very first patient became infected.

All three zombie authors will sign their books for the winners. The giveaway includes Slow Burn Volumes 1 – 5, volumes 1 and 2 of Zombie Killing Stoners, and OMG! Not the Zombies! and a proof copy of the short stories in Swept Away, as well as The Survival Mom.

slow burnThe Slow Burn series by Bobby Adair features a zombie virus that doesn’t turn every single person who catches it into a zombie. This isn’t about immunity per se, it’s about how severely the virus infects each person. Just as one person can catch the flu and not much symptom-wise other than the sniffles, there is a continuum of how badly infected people are by the zombie virus. Main character Zed Zane (yes it’s his name; no he’s not a zed) is one of the lucky ones who didn’t turn. The series follows him and his fellow survivors on their adventures throughout the Austin area and beyond.

As a reader, one of my favorite things about this series is that Bobby Adair doesn’t keep you waiting for new books. This Giveaway is for books one through five (five was released in July) and the next one is in the final editing stages – but that doesn’t mean he skimps on editing to ensure a professional final product!

The first two books in the Zombie Killing Stoners series by C. Che Bhalin and B.T. Mienoré, Rescuing the Samoan Princess and The Coming Storm, are definitely not for kids, but they have a wicked sense of humor. What other zombie book features a Samoan drag queen? None, but the ZomPoc has hit New York City and all her very varied citizens, including a Samoan drag queen and pot-smoking stoners, “like the ‘A’ train plowing into a baby stroller.”

A high rise at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in Lower Manhattan has become the center of the universe for a group of survivors who think outside the box. Everyone understands the smoke signals from inside the bowl. These two books pack in: Lots of Zombies (it’s the Big Apple, after all). Explosions. Awesome Views. Big Guns. Big Samoan Drag Queens. Kind Bud. Hot Babes. Mormons. More Zombies. Laughs. Musicians. Thespians. Millionaires. Dogs. Anyone and anything is fair game for us to poke fun at; absolutely nothing is sacred. So sit back, relax, and don’t take this too seriously!

OMG!_Not_the_Zombies_Cover_for_KindleOMG! Not the Zombies! is by me, Liz Long, and is a YA book (no scary or gross descriptions of death and dismemberment). Unlike most zombie books, it tells you exactly where and how the outbreak takes place and really focuses on how it takes hold in one town and spreads, starting with Patient Zero. The group of teens who accidentally start the Zombie Apocalypse use the preparedness skills they learned in Scouts to save as many as they can, including their own families. After setting up an expanding community in an Arizona cliff house, they start looking for a way to find the CDC and make a real difference in ending the ZomPoc. It’s not easy being a teenager in the zombie apocalypse, especially when you and your friends accidentally started the whole disaster.

Undead Swept Away includes three short stories set in the same universe as OMG! but focuses on how natural disasters – a lava flow, a sandstorm, and a hurricane – affect both the living and the undead in the zombie apocalypse.

Dystopian Books

Both Bobby Adair and Steven Konkoly will autograph their books. This giveaway includes all three books in the Perseid Collapse series by Steven Konkoly, the first two books in the Coming Global Collapse series by John Wesley Rawles, and Ebola K, the first book in a new series by Bobby Adair, as well as The Survival Mom.

ebola kBobby Adair wrote most of Ebola K before the current outbreak and based parts of it on his son’s recent experiences in Africa. When the current outbreak became big news, he updated his book to reflect current events. It is the first book in a trilogy and the descriptions of the diseases effects are extremely detailed. Of course, no one would enjoy reading a book that simply chronicled the effects of such a horrifying disease, so it’s a great thing the story is so compelling.

n 1989 the Ebola virus mutated to into an airborne strain that infected humans for the first time on American soil in Reston, Virginia. Through belated containment efforts and luck, nobody died. Now, in the remote East African village of Kapchorwa, the Ebola virus has mutated into another airborne strain without losing any of its deadly potency. In this thriller, terrorists stumble across this new, fully lethal strain and while the world fearfully watches the growing epidemic in West Africa as Sierra Leone goes into country-wide lockdown, only a few Americans are aware of Ebola K and the danger it poses—to be the deadliest pandemic in the history of mankind. Can they do anything to protect themselves from this killer disease? Can they stop the terrorists?

expatriatesLiberators and Expatriates by John Wesley Rawles are novels about the coming global collapse. After the United States suffers a major socio-economic meltdown, a power vacuum sweeps the globe. A newly-radicalized Islamic government has risen in Indonesia and—after invading the Philippines, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea—sets its sights on Australia. No longer protected by American military interests, Australia must repel an invasion alone.

In the thick of it all, Peter and Rhiannon Jeffords, American Christian missionaries in the Philippines, and Chuck Nolan, a Texan petroleum engineer in Australia, find themselves adrift in a world in flux. Chronicling the Jeffords’ and Nolan’s fight against Indonesia’s merciless advances, Expatriates is a riveting thriller and a powerful depiction of the authentic skills and techniques needed to survive the collapse of modern civilization.Perseid Collapse

Author Steven Konkoly of Jakarta Pandemic fame has donated a set of his series, The Perseid Collapse. The Perseid Collapse chronicles the first 48 hours “post-event,” as the characters navigate a hostile landscape to reach their destinations. Event Horizon, book two in the series, picks up where book one ends, completing their arduous trek and unveiling a harsh, new reality for Alex Fletcher.  Point of Crisis, the final book in the trilogy, shows Alex face his most difficult decisions ever as the world unravels in the aftermath of the “event.”

This series is getting rave reviews on Amazon and with good reason. All of Steven’s books are well-researched, fast paced, and realistic. After you enjoy these, don’t forget to pick up Jakarta Pandemic, which introduces the courageous and long-suffering Fletcher family featured in this series.

These giveaways are open to all legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age and older at the time of entry. The giveaway starts October 28th 2014 at 2:00 pm (CDT) and ends on November 2nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm(CDT). We will choose a winner randomly for each giveaway at the end of the giveaway and that person will be notified by email.  They will have 48 hours to respond. If they do not respond we will choose another winner.  Good luck to everyone and here’s to enjoying a great bunch of books!
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The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook: Review & Giveaway http://thesurvivalmom.com/ultimate-dehydrator-cookbook/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/ultimate-dehydrator-cookbook/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:00:02 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18710 This giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to our lucky winners, Beki and Karen! IMAGINE being able to preserve your own food at home safely, economically, conveniently, and with no harmful additives. EVEN BETTER, your food storage will take up very Read More

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ultimate dehydrator cookbookThis giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to our lucky winners, Beki and Karen!

IMAGINE being able to preserve your own food at home safely, economically, conveniently, and with no harmful additives. EVEN BETTER, your food storage will take up very little space, and will last you for years to come!

Whether you are an avid gardener or you bring your produce home from the grocery store, The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook by Tammy Gangloff will inspire and motivate you!

indexI was a skeptic at first. I purchased a dehydrator over a year ago and dried some fruit. After the first batch of strawberries and banana’s were dried and immediately eaten by my family, I boxed up the dehydrator and tucked it away on a shelf. I am almost certain that if I had read the Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook in the beginning, I would probably be the proud owner today of not one, but two dehydrating machines!

Convincing a Skeptic (me!)

I was originally unenthusiastic about dehydrating because I’m a home canner. Dehydrating food is far different from home canning fruit, vegetables and meat, because canning is preserving with water. With dehydration, the goal is to eliminate water. After reading the book, I was very surprised at the amount of nutrients that are lost when it comes to preserving food by freezing, canning and dehydrating. And you guessed it, dehydrating is the best option for preserving those nutrients!

Although I do think it’s important to can my own meat, and will continue to do so, I now find that dehydrating my fruits and vegetables makes a lot of sense. Not only will this take up less space in my food storage, but most important, it takes less time! For example, when I’m canning, it takes me at least 3-4 hours from start to finish.

With dehydrating, I just plug it in, fill the trays, and go to bed!

More Uses: Drying Herbs

THIS IS THE PART where I want to jump up and down. The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook has shown me the ease in drying my own herbs for tea and medicine!

In the past, I have spent a small fortune buying commercial herbal teas. I stock up like crazy for sick days. After reading this book, I am more inspired than ever to grow my own, dry my own, and create my own herbal tea remedies! I can only imagine how much money I will save, not to mention the joy and peace of mind in knowing exactly what my family is consuming.

Not only will the book inspire you to dehydrate more, but the wonderful recipe section will have you dreaming up all kinds of meals and desserts for your family.

From dehydrating your own baby food, to crackers, or for creating unique holiday gifts, I have discovered that this book truly is THE Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook!

The Giveaway

We have so many awesome items from Dehydrate 2 Sell that we made it into two different giveaways, and EACH ONE INCLUDES A COPY OF HER BOOK!

The first, larger, also includes a Dutch baby pan, a coffee / tea press, a mesh tea infuser, an herb mill, an herb chopper, a pie lattice, a mini pie mold, an egg beater, silicone oven mitts, a set of three scoops, and a bucket / barrel opener.

The smaller prize package focuses on canning and adds a cherry pitter, apple peeler / corer, 6 piece canning set, canning lid holder, and a bucket / barrel opener to her book.

Feel free to enter both contests! Contest ends on October 21, 2014, and winners are selected at random. Winners will be notified the following day and have 48 hours to respond or prizes will be forfeited and a new winner selected.

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Get YOUR copy of Survival Mom ebook for just $1.99! http://thesurvivalmom.com/survival-mom-ebook/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/survival-mom-ebook/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:15:43 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18694 Pin this to share with your friends on Pinterest! When my Facebook page reached 100,000 Likes a few days ago, I contacted my publisher, Harper Collins, to find out if they could lower the ebook price to celebrate such a Read More

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When my Facebook page reached 100,000 Likes a few days ago, I contacted my publisher, Harper Collins, to find out if they could lower the ebook price to celebrate such a nice, big number.

Well, they exceeded my expectations and until October 20, you can get the ebook version for just $1.99!

The ebook version is super handy to have on an ebook reader or your smartphone. You can even save it directly to your computer and access it any time you’re working on your computer. You’ll be able to quickly search for whatever information you need with the ebook.

Some of my favorite Amazon reviews:

Are you confused with all the “prepping” or “survival” info out there? Wonder who or what to believe? Do you wonder why, how and where to start, or how to assess and beef up your prepping efforts? Do you want the hype-free message with no sale pressure? If so, you will love this book, Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios by Lisa Bedford.

Since I have been an avid reader of Lisa’s website for years, I doubted this book would have much new information-but I was so wrong. If you’ve been to her website, you’ll notice that she’s covered so many topics that you may think there isn’t much left to talk about (at least that’s what I thought). I was so wrong! I can’t believe how much practical information she has gathered, all in one place, to help the average mom, dad, or even a single person survive anything and everything, from every day emergencies on up to more extreme emergencies.

I can hardly wait for the next one. I have spent quite a bit of time reading and rereading. I want more.

This is one of the most amazing books I have ever purchased. It is clear and effective without scaring the mess out of you (like some prepping / survival books). It is written by and from the standpoint of a modern mom prepper, this the title. It has checklists that are easy to follow and customize included in each chapter as well as a plethora of information that would take substantial time to gather yourself online.

Writing this book was one of the most enjoyable chapters of my life and knowing it has helped families around the country is a great feeling.

You can’t beat $1.99 for this 300+ page book, but the sale price ends October 20. Click here!

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“Outage” by Ellisa Barr: Book Review http://thesurvivalmom.com/outage-ellisa-barr-book-review/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/outage-ellisa-barr-book-review/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 06:00:46 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18067 As you turn the opening pages of Outage, the parents of 15 year old Dee, our self-absorbed and somewhat reluctant teenage heroine from the city, are leaving her with her grandfather. He runs a veterinary service on a small farm Read More

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Outage by Ellisa BarrAs you turn the opening pages of Outage, the parents of 15 year old Dee, our self-absorbed and somewhat reluctant teenage heroine from the city, are leaving her with her grandfather. He runs a veterinary service on a small farm near the town of Lookout Falls in Washington State.

After Dee’s mom and dad depart for a vacation cruise to Alaska, she is hit with the realization that there is no cell phone or internet service, let alone a mall or nearby shopping center to hang out at, meet boys and socialize. This is completely untenable and unacceptable to her. Dee is determined to run at the earliest opportunity, by any means possible.

This beginning sets the stage for what turns into an action-packed, non-stop apocalyptic novel for young adults. First time author Ellisa Barr created an exciting story centered on an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event which grips the nation, Dee’s family, and her newly made friends.

While interviewing Ms. Barr for this book review, she shared with me a bit of her personal history and experiences growing up in a small town in rural Idaho. It quickly became apparent that Barr pulled from her life experiences, faith, and wonderful imagination to create highly engaging prose and dialog that draws readers into the story and the main character’s life. Dee’s trials and triumphs unfold as the post EMP world churns.

I felt like I was right in the midst of events as Dee soon finds her high tech world of texting, tweeting, and Facebook gone, replaced by her struggle to keep the family farm going with her ailing grandfather. A rapidly maturing Dee helps family, friends and neighbors as they band together to survive and create community not experienced in the United States since the 1800’s, and deal with a ruthless local sheriff.

This 233 page book has all the hallmarks of an engaging Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew mystery set to a modern day apocalyptic theme. There is action, adventure and even a bit of romance to entice the reader as you delve into the pages of this entertaining work.

I unintentionally read late into the night engrossed in Outage, book one of the Powerless Nation series. And I will happily burn the midnight oil reading Ms. Barr’s upcoming tome, Voyage, book two in the series.

I highly recommend Outage to anyone interested in an engaging and fast-paced apocalyptic read. It’s great!

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Check Out Our Lists! http://thesurvivalmom.com/check-lists-survival-mom/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/check-lists-survival-mom/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18341 You’ll want to pin this for future reference! You may have noticed the “List of Lists” in the top nav for this site. 120+ is A LOT of lists to scroll through! But there is some great stuff in there. Read More

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You’ll want to pin this for future reference!survivalmom-lists

You may have noticed the “List of Lists” in the top nav for this site. 120+ is A LOT of lists to scroll through! But there is some great stuff in there.

Have you looked at 5 Survival Skills I Learned in Scouts or 8 Vital Skills to Teach Your Children that Will Trump an Ivy League Education? Both of those are in the new Family, Parenting, and Kid List.

Are you more interested in First Aid /Healthcare Lists? You can read How to Create and Use an Herbal Home Medicine Chest or one of many lists related to essential oils.

The Fun Lists include You Might Be a Survivalist If and 10 Questions I’d Ask Ma Ingalls.

You get the idea. There are so many great articles, you just can’t help but find a few great ones you have missed along the way. And even if you are a long-time reader who has read every single article on here, you just might find an old favorite you had forgotten about.

Once you take some time to look through, come back and post your new favorites you found there!

 

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BOOK REVIEW: “Day of Wrath’ by William Forstchen (Author of “One Second After”) http://thesurvivalmom.com/book-review-day-wrath-william-forstchen/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/book-review-day-wrath-william-forstchen/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 06:00:46 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=17907 “I did not want to write this [book], but, as I expressed to friends, I feared that if I did not write it, and this nightmare happened, which it really can, I would be responsible in some way for remaining Read More

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days of wrath“I did not want to write this [book], but, as I expressed to friends, I feared that if I did not write it, and this nightmare happened, which it really can, I would be responsible in some way for remaining silent. If you read on from here, it will not be an enjoyable experience.”

~ William Forstchen in the “Day of Wrath” introduction.

I have written several book reviews. Part way through each book, I would already know what “angle” I would take in my review. By the time I finished reading, the words of the review came easily. I either liked the book or didn’t, had some words of wisdom to share about the contents, and a recommendation to buy it or skip it.

This book is very different.

The Day of Wrath was an excellent read.

It was not an enjoyable experience.

OVERVIEW

Day of Wrath is the story of a coordinated multiple target terrorist attack in the United States by ISIS. It’s told through the eyes of several different people, including victims and terrorists. The main character, a teacher at the middle school his daughter attends, seems to clearly express the author’s point of view on the current state of the world.

The story goes into fairly specific detail of how the jihadists come into the country, wait for their signal, and then attack in several locations at the same time. The terrorists expect a certain response, and Americans do not disappoint them, falling right into their plans.

The chapters that put us in the mind of the bad guys run consistent with my own study of Islam and are a good representation of a jihadist’s motivations, based on what their spiritual leaders and the Koran tell them.

Please remember: this is a review of a book  – a work of fiction, albeit one inspired by and incorporating real events – based on my personal experiences, and nothing more. It it not a historical or political analysis. It is simply a review of a novel by a popular dystopian author.

COMMENTARY

I read the entire 144 page novella in one sitting. It was an engaging read that kept me turning the pages. It also made me sick to my stomach. So I can’t say I “liked” the book, but I am glad I read it.

When speaking to a friend about this book she asked, “Why would the author give the bad guys this terrible plan for an attack?” That’s an extremely naive question. Terrorists don’t need our help to come up with ways to attack us. They have been working on it themselves for a long time.

It is believed that ISIS has already crossed, or has plans to cross, into the United States along our southern border. ISIS is in many ways a bigger threat to us than Al Qaeda because they are more barbaric, better funded, and have greater resources.

The book was just released in the middle of August. It includes factual events perpetrated by ISIS over the last several months, as well as references to previous real terrorist events, woven into the fictional storyline.

That is what makes reading this so disconcerting: The reader doesn’t have to suspend belief in order to believe the story being told.

The ending was not where I expected the story to go. It was still shocking because its believability might have made it the scariest part of the entire book. I will leave it at that so as not to have any spoilers, but be prepared not to be “satisfied” with how it all unfolds.

One thing I enjoyed about Mr. Forstchen’s previous novel, One Second After, is that it gave the reader excellent information, throughout the storyline, about how to prepare for an EMP and its aftermath. I didn’t find the same subtle instruction in this novel. With the exception of carrying a firearm at all times and homeschooling your children, I’m not sure there was much practical learning value to this story.

BOTTOM LINE

I recommend reading this book, but with a clear warning that some parts are difficult to read. This is not a “feel good” story where everything works out in the end and folks ride off into the sunset. People die, children are tortured and murdered, and schools are involved.

The whole story, but especially the ending, may make you mad. It will remind you that the issue with our porous borders isn’t just about Mexicans and Central Americans looking for a better life. It will also give you a clearer understanding of what an ISIS attack on the US might look like and reinforce the reality that ISIS is a threat to this country.

I hope that it makes you more focused on the threat of terrorism that our country still faces, even though we have gone 13 years without a large scale, coordinated attack. That focus should not manifest as fear, but rather as vigilance, both to what is happening around us and in our personal preparedness for potentially terrible times.

If you’ve already read the book, or decide to read it, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Review and Giveaway: “Forsaking Home” by A. American http://thesurvivalmom.com/review-giveaway-forsaking-home-american/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/review-giveaway-forsaking-home-american/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=15478 This contest has ended. Congratulations to our winner – LeAnn! When I had first agreed to review FORSAKING HOME, I didn’t realize I was picking up on book four of a survivalist series. The first sentence of, FORSAKING HOME, took Read More

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Forsaking HomeThis contest has ended. Congratulations to our winner – LeAnn!

When I had first agreed to review FORSAKING HOME, I didn’t realize I was picking up on book four of a survivalist series.

The first sentence of, FORSAKING HOME, took me immediately into a prison camp. Like the female detainees in the book, I felt chained and immersed in total darkness.  I wanted to know who these characters were and why they were being harshly treated. As it came to light that they were in the detention center of the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) I wanted to understand from the very beginning what brought them to this point.

As a newcomer to the series, I at first struggled with the introduction. Fortunately, the dialog between the inmates filled me in on many points and before I knew it, I was on chapter three. Then something magical happened.

Things started to click.

Lessons from the series

The author, A. American, has been involved in the prepping and survivalist movement for more than 20 years. As I turned each page, I realized his work of fiction was loaded with useful information.

FORSAKING HOME is the glimpse of an American family surviving the aftermaths of a collapsed society that has been thrust into the dark ages. With no electricity, no running water, and very little food, the characters are forced to make do with what they have.

Fortunately, for the reader, they can learn along with the characters on what foods are edible, how to live off the grid, and practical skills like making soap.

For procrastinators who want to put off learning survival skills in real life, we’re taught in the book, “Sometimes tomorrow doesn’t come.”

A reality check is also pointed out with the statement, “Food is Freedom.”

Some characters in FORSAKING HOME are prime examples of what could happen in real life when an unprepared society is faced with the options of going hungry, or handing over their freedoms in exchange for food.

“Control the food, you control the people,” is not fiction.

Read the whole series!

GOING HOME, the first book of the series, takes you on a harrowing journey with Morgan Carter. He’s a husband and father, stranded on a highway 250 miles away from home.

In the second book, SURVIVING HOME, Morgan who has already reunited with his family, is dealing with the collapse of his community.

Struggling for survival in the third book, ESCAPING HOME, Morgan and his family are on the defensive with Martial Law.

FORSAKING HOME, brings us back to the prison camp, and some “payback” action. Weaving actual survival skills and knowledge into a work of fiction is nothing short of genius.

I won’t post any spoilers here, but highly encourage you to read the entire series. It may not be the first thing you think of For a beach read, but this is a great series to enjoy this summer, especially if you are the lucky one who wins a free copy!

Win the entire series!

This giveaway is open to all legal residents of the 48 continental United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age and older at the time of entry. The giveaway starts July 10th, 2014 at 5:00 am (CDT) and ends on July 15th, 2014 at 5:00 pm (CDT). We will choose a winner at the end of the giveaway and that person will be notified by email.  They will have 48 hours to respond. If they do not respond we will choose another winner.  Good luck to everyone and here’s to enjoying a great book series!

 

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Are books on your emergency checklist? http://thesurvivalmom.com/books-checklist/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/books-checklist/#comments Sun, 06 Jul 2014 10:00:39 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=15818 “So many books, so little time.” I love books. One of my favorite places growing up, besides the library, was my grandmother’s basement. Her walls were lined with bookshelves and there were so many books. Books are an important part Read More

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“So many books, so little time.”

I love books. One of my favorite places growing up, besides the library, was my grandmother’s basement. Her walls were lined with bookshelves and there were so many books. Books are an important part of our preparedness, for many reasons

Homeschooling

There may be a day you need to teach your children at home. It could be for prolonged snow days or for a long period of power loss, or simply because their school doesn’t cover an important (to you) topic.

Having books on hand about history, math, biology, literature, and science gives you the ability to teach your child. If you can find a complete encyclopedia set, you have found a highly sought after item. These kinds of books can also be helpful for research when a report is due, but the Internet connection is down.

For some subjects, really old used books can be a great resource. Arithmetic doesn’t change, so an 1870s book will be just as good as a brand new one at a fraction of the cost, and may bring up some interesting lessons on its own through the word problems. (A train goes…before stopping for water. How much water does it need?. A horse travels…distance in….)

Reference

First aid, gardening, woodworking, sewing, cooking – these topics and instructions can easily be found online. If the power is out and you need information on one of these topics, you should have books about these on hand. As with math, some subjects don’t really change and antique books can be the best reference for some of them.

Power Outages/Pleasure

Books also give you something to do in case the normal life pleasures aren’t available. Reading out loud to kids can be calming in emergency situations. Stocking up on classic literature is one way to ensure your family is not bored, even with a prolonged power outage. Consider tucking a family favorite in a bug out bag, too.

And about those classics, such as Peter Pan, Oliver Twist, and Robin Hood, somehow along the way of our public system evolving, it was deemed that these were too difficult for American kids to understand. Not so! Homeschooled kids read these books all the time, along with countless other classics and do just fine.

Remember that while Kindles are great, they do need to be charged, unlike physical copies of books.

Journal

Book margins have been used in history as a place for people to journal and write their thoughts. During the Holocaust, one person used the margins for a personal diary. When paper is scarce, books can give you a place to write things down.

Fuel/fire

It would be a hard thing to do, but if it came down to it, books can be a way to feed a fire in desperate times. (Some folks have stocked up on old phone books just for this purpose.)

Preservation

What books would you want to have around just to pass on to future generations? If a day ever came where you could not travel far to a library, your library would consist of the books in your home and the homes around you.

Where to put them?

Books do take up a lot of space, but they can be tucked away in unused storage locations, like under the bed or in closets. But, one nice thing about books is that they can be used as decorations on top of furniture or even as furniture. Have you seen the coffee table made out of books on Pinterest?

If you have a large number of books, be careful if you put several full bookcases in a row that they need to be on a load-bearing wall. They really can get quite heavy, but this is usually only a problem if you have several bookcases together.

Where to find them?

If you need ideas of where to find books inexpensively, read some tips here in another Survival Mom article. I tend to find mine in used bookstores, library book sales, thrift stores, and garage sales.

Why do you think books should be a part of prepping? What kinds of books are best to have on hand?

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