Fans of survivalist novels differ widely in their reactions to John Wesley, Rawles novel "Survivors."
The author's premise is to ask who will be ready when the stock market has a total crash, inflation skyrockets and dollars and paper money become useless.
Once super inflation takes hold, rioting and looting begin and only those who prepared in advance will be able to survive. The infrastructure of society is dissolved, gas stations run out of gas and the high tech gadgets that are so much a part of people's lives, become useless without electricity. Those who can trade food or materials such as lumber or gold, are able to purchase necessary items. Others resort to force or theft.
Andy Laine and his family are in the group which seems to be made up of current and former military people with a strong sense of Faith. In their case, they have stockpiled canned goods, weapons and live in an area in New Mexico with water and a source of energy.
The reader witnesses the agony of families who are effected by the rioting as it begins in many cities in the U.S. and elsewhere. In this instance, I would have liked to see more of the emotions of the characters such as when one character is told something about his daughter.
One difficulty I had with the novel is that the survivor group seemed too fortunate in their planning as one character finds a hidden room with certain essential elements. They also seem unwilling to share their idea of planning with neighbors and friends and I thought this was very unchristian and selfish but maybe they felt that was necessary for survival.
With the dregs of society such as paroled convicts and gang members joining the looters, I was reminded of "The Stand," by Steven King which pitted a force of good and honorable people against those who preyed on the less fortunate in the battle to see who would dominate the world.
The story moves between the different groups and suspense builds up, but some of the concepts were too extreme for me to accept. However, I was mildly interested in the story and wanted to see how it would develop.
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