Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"There are no winners, only survivors." Frank Gifford


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.


To be entered in the giveaway of this novel, use above link to see the Amazon review and indicate 'YES' helpful.

-leave message in the comments section with email address, that you have indicated "YES" and want to be included in the giveaway.
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Hope you can join in.


Mary said...

Very good review, I clicked 'yes' and would love to be entered in this giveaway.


Patricia said...

Mike, only you could post a negative review on a book, and still get people to want to win it in a Giveaway!!

Please toss my name in the hat!

madley (AT) cogeco (DOT) ca

Thank you!

Patricia said...

You are kidding me!!!
If 285 have posted a review, can you imagine how many people have read the book!!!

Julie said...

I clicked yes on your review, and I still want to read the book!!! Thanks for the giveaway:)

jwitt33 at live dot com

mamabunny13 said...

I have indicated "YES" and want to be included in the giveaway.
mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

kimyunalesca said...

clicked "Yes" & I agree a very suspicious group they seem so prepared for such tragic event :|


Anonymous said...

I indicated "YES" on your Amazon review.

Stories with this plot line make me very uncomfortable. Back in college (in the '60s) we got on this topic of discussion in a class. I came away very upset and depressed. The thought that we would basically be prey to the thugs of the world. Looking at what has happened in some parts of the world lately, we know just how bad it can be. This will be a slightly different look at a post-apocalyptic America.

librarypat AT comcast DOT net

IdentitySeeker said...

I have clicked "yes" and would love to be entered into the giveaway.

Sarah Bibi Setar


mike draper said...
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Marjorie/cenya2 said...

I clicked yes on amazon and I thought the book has a good storyline.
I follow by google reader and would like to read this book.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Holly said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to be entered!

Indicated yes.

GFC- Holly

fullmoonbites [at] gmail [dot] com

Leslie said...

Hey Mike, great to hear from you, just wanted to stop by and see how you were doing, but do not need to be entered. I have books coming out my ears. Hmmm. Say hi to Diana and have a wonderful Turkey day.

kayla said...

I clicked yes and would like to be entered for this great book.


mike draper said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Thanks for being a part of this giveaway.

Tore said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest and I clicked yes. Tore923@aol.com

Jonathan Wilhoit said...

Excellent review. I always appreciate a reviewer who will provide honest feedback! I also clicked yes and would like to be included in the giveaway.


mike draper said...

Congratulations to Julie Witt as the winner of "Survivors"
when this book is worth hundreds of dollars, think of me.

PS: Enjoy the book.

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