Monthly Archives: March 2017

Time to Cut Your Losses


Escaping Home

Morgan Carter feels that he has done what was needed to survive in an economic collapse such as the one the country Is now in. As more of his neighbors either flee to the FEMA camps or die due to starvation or suicide, he finds him and his allies are under constant attack by raiders and sniper fire. None of them want to leave, but what is the price that they will pay if they stay? And, with the rumors that the FEMA camps are more like prison camps, what are their bug out options?

American’s third novel in The Survivalist Series, Escaping Home, showcases the struggles that Morgan faces with trying to balance staying at their home and keeping his family safe. Can he convince his family to relocate if the time comes they can no longer sustain their home? This book also picks back up the story of Jess and what has happened with her and her family since Morgan got her safely to her parents.

Another well written, well edited story in the series. The characters are very diverse and quite complex. The tale is every bit as gritty as those before. I really love this series.

5 out of 5 stars.

Justice For All


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Blake Jackson and his wife, Sandra, are arrested for treason, murder, and other crimes against the state. They are taken to an underground bunker where they find out that the government has been regrouping. With the reemergence of the president, the United States if finally acting to thwart those that would seek to destroy it.

Craven’s seventh novella in The World Burns series, The World Cowers: A Post-Apocalyptic Story, is the beginning of the recovery on a nationwide scale using Kentucky as the model to follow. It follows the battle of the homestead against an old nemesis and the rest of the Rebel Radio alliance.

This story only keeps getting better and better. With each victory also comes sorrow. Such is the way of the new reality.

5 out of 5 stars

What’s Mine is Mine


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Morgan Carter and his traveling companions have each made it to their respective homes throughout Florida after walking home due to an EMP event basically stranding travelers everywhere. With Morgan being an avid prepper his family is better off than most of his neighbors. As things continue to get worse and his neighbors are waiting for the lights to come back on starvation and the need for clean water start to bring out the worst in society. The new government has setup FEMA camps and is strong arming folks into relocating to them.

American’s second novel in The Survivalist Series, Surviving Home: A Novel, pits the prepared against those that are not but think they are owed what others have. The FEMA camps are little more than concentration camps where you check in but you cannot check out.

This is a well written and edited book with strong characters. It is written in such a way as to be totally believable and very scary. I’m looking forward to then next installment.

5 out of 5 stars.

Leave Us Alone


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Blake Jackson’s homestead has grown into a self-reliant community and continues to grow as more survivors join them. A man stating that he is the interim governor of Kentucky comes to the homestead to take inventory and redistribute the food, supplies, and manpower. Meanwhile, Michael has helped liberate the FEMA camp in Alabama and is headed for Louisiana to find his mother. Having lost his father during the liberation his mom is all he has left of his family.

Craven’s sixth novella in The World Burns series, Cries Of The World: A Post-Apocalyptic Story, has folks coming together to survive without the forced ‘help’ of the new government. Many of those liberated from the FEMA camps have chosen to stay put and continue the work on a voluntary basis. NATO forces are deserting in droves as they find the camps not to be as originally presented.

It will be interesting to see where Craven is going with the reconstruction of a new government around those that do not want it to intervene.

5 out of 5 stars.

Even Government Supplies are Limited


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Blake Jackson has decided to take his former blog to the radio. Folks around the country start sharing their experiences to help one another live in this new reality without power. At the same time Michael, John, and the kids leave their mountain hideaway only to be captured by NATO forces and placed in a FEMA camp. Life there is barely scraping by with a shortage of supplies.

Craven’s fifth novella in The World Burns series, The World Bleeds: A Post-Apocalyptic Story, continues the struggles of the Jackson homestead. The homestead is adding survivors and has become a regular community of like-minded individuals that are self-reliant. The FEMA camps being run by NATO forces are little more than internment camps with forced labor. Conditions there are bad even for those that ended up there voluntarily.

These stories can serve as learning opportunities as well as a good read. They make me think about what we would need to know to survive a catastrophe. I am enjoying this series.

5 out of 5 stars.

Trust Must be Earned


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Blake Jackson and his extended family must decide whether they can trust David to help them wipe out a gang of marauding cannibals. David’s former military unit has gone rogue and now that he is a prisoner of the Jackson homestead he wants to redeem himself. Meanwhile, teenaged Michael has gone on a camping trip while his parents go on a cruise when the event happened. He and his best friend’s dad are trying to survive in the mountains when they pick up radio transmissions from around the homestead.

Craven’s fourth novella in The World Burns series, Tears Of The World: A Post-Apocalyptic Story, continues the story of the homestead while introducing new characters. This helps keep me interested in the story.

5 out of 5 stars.

Are You Prepared for a Disaster?


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Morgan Carter is 250 miles from home when and EMP-like event strikes the United States. Everything electronic suddenly no longer works. As a prepper, he carries with him at all times a Go Bag with the necessary tools and supplies to help him stay alive. Determined to get home no matter what Morgan starts walking. Society quickly devolves with the grid down, no running water, and no way to definitively disseminate news.

American’s first novel in The Survivalist Series, Going Home, follows Morgan as he faces the evil of man and nature’s wrath on his trek home. This well written book is full of challenges for Morgan and those he encounters. Morgan is lucky in the fact he is well prepared and that makes him a target from those that are not.

There is a lot that can be learned from this story. While you may not have the means to be as prepared for a disaster as Morgan, every little bit you can do will help you in the long run.

5 out of 5 stars.

Who Am I?


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The International Space Station discovers a suitcase-like object adhered to the outside. After recovering it they sending it back to Earth for further analysis. Once opened the suitcase infects those nearby with a highly infectious amnesia virus. Ryder Nape, a news reporter with contacts inside NASA, figures out what is going on and tries to save his friends.

Nelder’s novel, ARIA: Left Luggage, is a true medical science fiction tale. The concept of an Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia possibly destroying mankind is unique. The story is told in such a way that you are rapidly turning the pages to know more. As more and more folks are infected and forget where they work the world plunges quickly into an apocalyptic state.

What do the aliens want? What is the purpose of the virus? How long before mankind is unable to recover from the shutdown of all services? To find the answers to those and many other questions, you will need to read the other books in the series.

4 out of 5 stars due to the lack of depth in the characters. Otherwise, it is a well edited, captivating tale.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Be Careful Not To Outsmart Yourself


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Blake Jackson and several of his new extended family take off to acquire livestock and supplies from nearby farms that have been deserted or the owners killed. On their way back they come under attack and discovery more atrocities being committed. Will they be able keep their homestead a secret or end up fighting for their own survival again?

Craven’s 3rd installment in The World Burns series, The World Hungers, introduces new characters, Neal and Patty, as they escape Ann Arbor. Neal is a high functioning autistic who is a computer specialist. Patty is his neighbor. Together they flee the city only to run into the worst of mankind.

The novella shows that no matter how well prepared you are there is always someone out there who can try and take it all away from you. Oh, and, there is another wedding.

5 out of 5 stars.

Stay Focused, Stay Vigilant


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Grace Hardwick is away at college in Oxford, MS when the unthinkable happens – coordinated terrorist attacks throughout the USA. Her college campus is the scene of one such attack. Thankfully, her father has groomed her to be a survivor and has left her with a plan to get home. Grace leaves Oxford with her best friend and put her survival skills to the test.

Horton’s novel, Locker Nine: A Novel of Societal Collapse, tells the story of Grace’s adventure as she tries to reunite with her family in Virginia. Society collapses faster than anyone had expected and every mile is treacherous. It is fast paced and full of heart stopping moments.

This well written tale is one of my favorites so far.

5 out of 5 stars.