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Review: Survivors

Two things you should know about Jim Rawles (creator of is this:

  • Jim Rawles loves him some Jesus.
  • Jim Rawles loves to imagine whacking folks with weapons of exotic caliber.

Let’s get it out of the way… his latest work, Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse, about the ultimate TEOTOEWWKKIO (or whatever) scenario totally sucks.  I choked it down just to write this review, but otherwise would not have wasted my time after page 20 or so. 

I think this is Rawles’ attempt at perhaps softening his fiction which makes the tempo of the novel disjointed, incongruous, and simply laced with preachy nonsense that left me gasping for air in the WTF mineshaft.  But, let’s face it — we don’t read Rawles’ novels for their fictional character.  We want to envision what he sees as the ultimate prepper wet dream.  With Survivors, we dont’ really get that.

As a survivalist, Rawles is kingpin, and has created a hardcore following (I’m one of them).  As a novelist, Rawles sucks wind like a 4th chair trombonist in grammar school.  Pass the inhaler.

I would take a pass on his latest work of fiction, but highly recommend his other books, Patriots and How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times. And, if you’ve got the extra $500,000 to spend on preps, check out survivalblog and get crackin’ for when the Schimano Hits the Fan.


2 Responses to “Review: Survivors”

  1. b says:

    I really wish Rawles would make Cliffs Notes for his novels given how utterly painful they are to read.

    Rawles novels do survival noobs a disservice since they are more likely to give the books the tl;dr treatment.

    • Patrick says:

      Ha! yeah right? It’s not like it’s worthless, but “painful” in the correct word for the novels. He’s great at what he does and has provided a lot of intense information, so I can’t beat him up too bad. Plus – it’s not like I’ve ever written a novel.


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