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Learn How To Prepare

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Countdown To Preparedness

This is a work of nonfiction, a departure to what I normally review, but within the same realm. Preparedness or homesteading or prepping or whatever you want to call it is only the smart thing to do. Heck, even FEMA advises you to prepare for potential disasters coming your way. And, families, especially those in rural farm areas pass down from generation to generation ways of growing and storing their own food for the cold, harsh winters. By following the plan in this book, you should be well on your way to being prepared for any event that leaves you stranded without power and/or water for the short-term.

Cobb’s book, Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness, is a compilation of articles he had written for a SurvivalWeekly.com. His fans asked that he put the lessons altogether in a book and here it is. It is well thought out and written so that anyone unfamiliar with preparedness can jump right in there with no trouble at all. And, even the seasoned prepper can learn something.

It is recommended that you read from the very beginning covering The Basics before going to other sections. After that, you may want to head over to whatever season of the year happens to be going on right then. Don’t worry if you must stop and start again. You need to do what’s best for you and your family. Shoot, you may want to read it all the way through and then decide on your plan of action. Either way you do it, you will be better off because of it.

For a step-by-step guide to surviving through most catastrophes, you can’t get a better reference book. I highly recommend reading it and following its advice.

5 out of 5 stars.

 

Let the Moon Shine Down on Me

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Blackout

Westley Flagg has grown up in poverty on his grandparents’ farm. His Grandpa’s moonshining barely kept the family going. It is what nurtured Wes’ interest in chemistry to wit he garnered a college degree. After a solar storm takes down most of the grid will any of it matter for them to survive?

Craven’s first novel in the Still Surviving series, Blackout provides an in-depth look into the underworld of moonshining. With what Wes has learned in college he has been able to streamline and much improve the distilling process. To Wes, this is mostly a hobby. But, when he cuts off one of his more questionable customers he finds himself up against the worst of mankind.

It was difficult for me to get into this book as it spent the better portion of the first third explaining the process of moonshining. Once past that the pace picked up and the story started developing. Wes’ character is fully developed and quite interesting. He is always skirting the edge of the law but not in areas that are harmful to others.

There are several typos and contextual errors that I hope are cleaned up by the time you read the book. It is not a stand-alone book and ends with a heart-wrenching cliffhanger.

4 out of 5 stars.

A Prepper In Action

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Dark Titan 1

Nathan Owens is on his way back to Idaho from Atlanta when a super coronal mass ejection hit the Earth and multiple orbital satellites with nuclear warheads exploded in the upper atmosphere. He and his friends in Idaho have been preparing for a disaster for years and have a bugout compound. Nathan’s survival skills with be put to the test repeatedly as he readies himself for the long journey home.

Watson’s first novel in the Dark Titan Journey series, Sanctioned Catastrophe, showcases the knowledge Nathan has acquired over the years. He does everything in his power to help those around him before he takes off. Civilization devolves into chaos quickly and it’s either kill or be killed.

I enjoyed this book and learned a lot I needed to know and practice to help survive any type of disaster. Situational awareness is critical to keeping others from taking what is yours. Knowing how to survive off the land when food becomes scarce ranks right up there too. But, one of the most important bits of information I gathered is that if you can’t protect it and yourself you will perish. This book is very well written and edited.

The blurb “Soon the radioactive fallout from space would spread death and disease across the globe.” was never discussed or addressed throughout the series. So, I’m not sure why it is mentioned.

If there is anything to dislike about this book it is the following exchange:

“I can never repay you for what you’ve done for me and my family,” Brad told him.

Looking over at Abigail, Nathan said, trying not to blush, “We’re even, trust me.”

“I know about it and no, we’re not,” Brad said, smiling.

The reference here is that Nathan has had sex with Brad’s wife Abigail. Nathan reduces Abigail to nothing more than a commodity to be traded. And, Brad reduces her even more by saying she wasn’t worth enough. There are plenty of horrific things that happen in this book due to the depravity of mankind. But, this made me mad.

That being said, I highly recommend this book. It is useful not only as a great story but as a beginner’s guide to prepping.

5 out of 5 stars.

A Brief Study in Prepping

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Opus cover

Rick Carpenter is a paranormal romance author who loves the outdoors and camping. He is a loner by choice until Tina and her German shepherd, Opus, find their way into his life. With all the unrest in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election Rick feels more now than ever that he needs to establish a bug out location and seriously start prepping. The small town he chooses has its own set of problems that somehow seem to spill over onto Rick.

Craven’s novel, One Man’s Opus: A Survival and Preparedness Story, is told from Rick’s point of view. The tale is of one man’s journey into the world of prepping mixed with a romance. It is a sweet story with some tense moments.

The reason I cannot give this a 5-star review is that it is listed as post-apocalyptic and I never read anything that indicated that the SHTF. Sure, rioting and other bad things were happening near where he lived but nothing on an apocalyptic scale. They were all short-lived and faded quickly into the background. I’m not even sure I’d call it a survival story – maybe, a true crime story mixed in to give it a life-threatening appeal.

It is still a good read and I would recommend it.

4 out of 5 stars.