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Who Will Teach The Children?

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Viral Misery

Arthur and Wendy Steele have established themselves by pretty much living off their land. They feel that they are prepared for most anything that life can throw at them. All their skills will be put to the test when Wendy finds herself stranded on a cruise ship while Arthur is at home tending the farm as the world struggles with a flu pandemic.

The Watson’s first co-authored novel, Viral Misery: Book One, takes the reader from the very beginning of the flu and shows how quickly and quietly it is spread throughout the world. It then goes from the worldview to following Author’s and Wendy’s plight. It’s a slow read at first but picks up speed quickly about a third of the way through.

At first, I did not like the Steeles. Something about their personalities rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe I was a little jealous of their lifestyle and a bit insulted by their crudeness. But, once the flu filtered into their lives I came to like them both very much.

The subject matter is rather grim and the scenarios presented are for the most part feasible. I did find some of the interactions too good to be true. The most telling being that a sizeable group of children was always well behaved and disciplined.

What I appreciated the most was levity interjected to break up the tension of the subject matter. I will forever have pictured in my mind a two-year-old running around in pink cowboy boots after she has stripped off all her clothes with others chasing after trying to redress her. And, I can still hear the others gagging as a stinky diaper was being changed in the close quarters of a closed vehicle. Too funny!

All in all, it is a good read. I look forward to book two.

4 out of 5 stars due to typos.

Home, But At What Cost?

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Nathan Owens and his ragtag group of children continue their hazardous trip across the US trying desperately to get to Nathan’s Idaho redoubt. As they come across others with the same determination to survive without giving in to the control of the government they glean disturbing information regarding the state of the nation. Their only hope is that patriots will be able to destroy the oppressors and take back the country under the doctrine of the Constitution.

Watson’s third novel in the Dark Titan Journey series, Finally Home, takes Nathan and his group through some of the harsher areas of the country both geographically and politically. Evading capture or death has become their norm and keeps the group constantly stressed. As the title suggests they do make it to Nathan’s camp but not before facing some of the worst situations yet. Not everyone will come out unscathed.

Again, Watson brings out my emotions. I genuinely felt their terror. He had my heart in my throat and almost had me in tears.

I’m not sure what it is lately about books later in series. But, the proofreading is sorely lacking. There are way too many typos for this to have been published. And, while I truly loved this book and the entire series I cannot give it 5 stars because of the need of editing.

4 out of 5 stars.

A Peirlous Journey At Best

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Nathan Owens, at almost 40 years of age and single, has taken every opportunity to be trained in survival. In addition to those skills, he is an ER nurse and a reserve sheriff’s deputy. And, it is taking all of that combined to get him home alive. During his trek across the country, he has managed to become responsible for several children. Teaching them as many survival skills as he can, they constantly fight off those that would kill them or worse and try to avoid being found by government troops rounding up citizens into FEMA camps.

Watson’s second novel in the Dark Titan Journey series, Wilderness Travel, chronicles the day-to-day activities of Nathan and his group as they walk across the country. It’s a constant battle to stay alive. And, the good guys don’t always win.

The first book in this series made me mad. This book made me cry. It takes a talented author to bring out my emotions. Watson’s writing skills really do bloom here. This story while harsh and gritty also has some tender moments. And, that makes it feel more real.

5 out of 5 stars.

A Prepper In Action

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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.

Take the fight to the enemy

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Nelson, his family, and friends continue to be ever vigilant against roving gangs and the corrupt federal government. As often as possible they seek those groups out far away from their home in hopes of destroying members of those groups and warding off those that would replace them. Being caught in a state that has yet to surrender to the feds or be claimed by the new Republic Nelson’s clan is trying not to attract the attentions of either group.

Watson’s third novel in the Forgotten Forbidden America series, Storm Front, is fast-paced and gritty. The need to be prepared to survive in the upcoming winter has everyone mindful of their resources. They can’t help everyone and expect to have what they need for their group. Nelson’s group reaches out to their neighbors to pull together and increase security. On their patrols away from the farm they find that the war between the feds and the Republic are closer to home than they had expected.

As with the second book in the series I again ended up hating Nelson. He is an egotistical, moody ass. He is smart and understands what is needed keep everyone safe and alive. But, he is often ruled by his emotions that are on the level of a hormonal teenager. Thankfully, the rest of the characters are more level-headed and counter his instability.

4 out of 5 stars. I look forward the next installment.

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.

An Angry Patriot

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Nelson, his family, and his friends have all made it to the farm where they start fortifying the defenses. Ever watchful for pillaging gangs and those in government seeking to detain them in FEMA camps, they take the fight away from the farm to help others as well as themselves. Are others willing to stand up for freedom?

Watson’s second novel in the Forgotten Forbidden America series, Patriots Reborn, the non-stop action returns. It is as well written as the first book and really moves the story along. All of the major characters and the supporting personalities are back.

I did not like this book as well as the first for a couple of reasons. Mostly, it made me hate Nelson. He is a total jerk in this book. I despise him so much I’d be happy if he gets killed off in the next book. He was mean to everyone and constantly in a bad mood. I do not understand the point of ruining the main character unless you plan to kill him off. And, it had some very long drawn out descriptions that were just plain boring. If I ever want to build a power plant on a creek for my house, I know what book to read.

Please make the next book in the series better.

3 out of 5 stars.

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.

Nearly Perfect Prepper Fiction

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Nelson Jackson and his family are prepared to bugout to a farm where like-minded individuals have setup to live long term in the event of a disaster. When the Asian markets collapse they put their plan to evacuate into action. The federal government acts quickly to restrict travel and what a family is allowed to have in their possession. Will the Jackson family and their friends make it to their safe haven before the government takes them into custody?

Watson’s first novel in the Forgotten Forbidden America series, Rise of Tyranny is exactly what I look for in a post-apocalyptic, prepper story. It is fast paced, has a great group of believable characters that are well developed, has a realistic storyline, and is hard to put down.

There were only a couple of possible typos, but the author was a bit redundant in the use of some of his phrases. Otherwise, I loved this book! It was freaking awesome! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

5 out of 5 stars.

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.