Book Review: “Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse”

James Wesley Rawles

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On September 19, 2012
Last modified:September 19, 2012


A good book, this is not as horrible written as what the critics would have you believe. Pick this book up and check it out.

A book cover with "James Wesley, Rawles" in white letters, "Survivors" in large black letters, and a black bar with letters in white reading "A Novel Of The Coming Collapse", the cover art appears to be either a HDR photograph or a panting, the colors of the foreground is a sepia grey scale, while the background is orange clouds that appear to be clouds of smoke. The road has many potholes, and there is what appears to be a church toward the middle of the picture, and a broken down VW bus on the right hand side of the picture, the vehicle has a flat tire, white paint, and all windows blown out. There is a man on a horse with two saddle bags a boonie hat on, and rifle slung over his back.

The cover of the Survivors novel.

Survivors” by James Wesley Rawles gets a really bad rap, looking at the reviews out on Amazon.com for this book people state that they have a hard time following the book, and they say that the book jumps around too much; I found while the book jumps around a-lot, it is not hard to follow.

Where Patriots, read almost as a instructional book for forming your own retreat, stocking up, and setting policies & procedures. Survivors reads like a number of mini novels that are occurring during the same timeline as the other book in the series.

This book primarily covers the journey that a man needs to take to get back from an overseas war theater to the United States, after the economic collapse occurs.

Certainly check this book out, it is a great example of the survival genre of books. I would suggest reading Patriots before reading Survivors, and likely it will make sense to lead read Founders after the Survivors book.

There will also be another book by JWR to come out in October 2014, that will add to this series called “Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Collapse“.

The description of the book published by amazon is:


The America we are accustomed to is no more. Practically overnight the stock market has plummeted, hyperinflation has crippled commerce, and the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure have fallen. The power grids are down. Brutal rioting and looting grip every major city. The volatile era known as “the Crunch” has begun, and this new period in our history will leave no one untouched. In this unfamiliar environment, only a handful of individuals are equipped to survive.

Andrew Laine, a resourceful young U.S. Army officer stationed overseas in Afghanistan, wants nothing more than to return home to Bloomfield, New Mexico. With the world in turmoil and all air and sea traffic to America suspended, Laine must rely on his own ingenuity and the help of good Samaritans to reach his family. Andrew will do whatever it takes to make it home to his fiancée, no matter how difficult the circumstances.

Major Ian Doyle is a U.S. Air Force pilot sta-tioned in Arizona with his wife, Blanca. Their young daughter, Linda, is trapped in the North- eastern riots. Three teenage orphans, Shadrach, Reuben, and Matthew Phelps, have no choice but to set out on their own when their orphanage closes at the beginning of the Crunch. Then there is Ignacio Garcia, the ruthless leader of the criminal gang called La Fuerza, who will stop at nothing to amass an army capable of razing the countryside. And over everything looms the threat of a provisional government, determined to take over America and destroy the freedoms upon which it was built. The world of Survivors is a terrifyingly familiar one. Rawles has written a novel so close to the truth, readers will forget it’s fiction. If everything you thought you knew suddenly fell apart, would you survive?


A good book, this is not as horrible written as what the critics would have you believe. Pick this book up and check it out.

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