Ok, so if you’re going to get serious about having a survival mindset, it helps if you’re an avid reader. Wait.. come back… don’t go! Whew.. ok.. hang on just a sec! I didn’t mean how-to manuals. I meant good-ol’ action packed fiction, based on some real world events, or based on plausible scenarios. I’m going to point you in the direction of a few of my favorites, in descending order of greatness. (That means the best are first.)
The “Going Home” Series – by Angery American
First off, yes, he can spell. He meant it that way. Secondly, he writes an amazing series of books, based on a character named Morgan – who I can identify with personally. The character is literally “me” in a book… same gear I already carry, same kind of personality, just written by a guy that’s never met me. The series, all five books thus far, resonated with me in a way no other in the Survivalist genre has.
Note: I’ll go ahead and explain this for you now, so you’ll understand when you read it: this genre of literature is half how-to manual and half fiction plot. They’re all written that way. The author will often give you detailed stories of exactly HOW the character set up his hide, how he started a fire in rough conditions, why his character carries that particular brand of knife, etc. It’s designed that way because the author himself is a survivalist first, and a novelist second. The lessons you learn are both fascinating, and practical, all wrapped up in a candy-coated shell. Ok, except for Sarge… you’ll meet him halfway through the first book and come to love him.
I purchased the books on Audio, because I’m a huge audiophile, but they’re available on Amazon as well in various formats.
Here’s the series in order so far:
Book 1: Going Home
When Morgan Carter’s car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country’s power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored—if it ever will be. An avid survivalist, Morgan takes to the road with his prepper pack on his back.
Book 2: Surviving Home
Now reunited with his loving wife and daughters in this follow-up to Going Home, Morgan knows that their happiness is fleeting, as the worst is yet to come. Though for years Morgan has been diligently preparing for emergency situations, many of his neighbors are completely unready for life in this strange new world—and they’re starting to get restless.
With the help of his closest companions, Morgan fights to keeps his home secure—only to discover shocking information about the state of the nation in the process.
Book 3: Escaping Home
After the collapse of the nation’s power grid, America is under martial law—and safety is an illusion. As violence erupts around him, Morgan Carter faces one of his most difficult decisions yet: whether to stay and defend his home, or move to a more isolated area, away from the prying eyes of the government. He and his family are hesitant to leave their beloved Lake County, but with increasingly suspicious activities happening in a nearby refugee camp, all signs point towards defecting. Morgan and his friends aren’t going to leave without a fight, though—and they’ll do anything to protect their freedoms.
Book 4: Forsaking Home
Morgan Carter has weathered the weeks after the collapse of the nation’s power grid, reuniting with his family and ensuring their safety, but his struggle isn’t over yet. Carter must focus on survival in an increasingly unstable society—but the challenges he faces are beyond his wildest imagination.
Meanwhile, the enclosed quarters of the nearby government-run refugee camp make for an environment where injury, assault and murder are the norm. As Jess creates trouble within the camp, Sarge and his crew plot to take down the entire establishment.
Book 5: Resurrecting Home
Against all odds, Morgan Carter and his family have endured despite the deteriorating conditions surrounding them. Armed with survivalist tactics, Morgan’s crew, alongside their new friends from the recently-liberated DHS camp, have worked together to build a sustainable communuity. But not all situations can be prepared for. When a massive wildfire threatens their very existence, they must decide: fight or flight?
He’s currently working on Book 6 now, but I don’t know the title. All I know is I wish he’d write faster! I burned through the first five books in no time and I learned a lot of actual good lessons from them; things I didn’t already know that were surprising to find out.
Full Disclosure: It will eventually come out, so I’ll spill the beans here a little bit now… I actually know the author of this series. I didn’t know him when I started reading the series, but I learned some fascinating stuff along the course of the first book and it got me Googling some things. After researching one night I got a wild idea to Google the author himself and see what I could find out. Like most authors in the survivalist lifestyle, personal security is fairly important to him, so there isn’t a lot out there. Of course, becoming a successful author kind of ruined that for him. Getting a slot on the History Channel’s TV Series “Alone” completely ruined that. Yup.. he’s on the show this season, and no, I won’t tell you which character he is!
So I wrote him, basically as a fan, to introduce myself and thank him for a great series of books- something I rarely do, and I’ll get into the reasons in a later blog post if you really wanna know. Anyway, long story short… We chatted. We talked. And now I’m lucky enough to be doing some work with him on some upcoming projects (which we’re not unveiling yet) and have come to know him. He’s a down to earth guy who writes sincerely and his information is both grounded in practical knowledge you’ll find useful, and wrapped in a plot both men and women can enjoy.
You’ll find out in book 1, that Morgan has three kids. So does the author. The guy across the street? That’s actually the guy across the street in real life; just with a different name. The story is based on what it would be like if it were HIS life, so it’s full of fascinating self-evaluations you don’t often find in this genre. I’ll go out on a limb and say that I’ve NEVER seen this quality of writing in this genre. I have certainly seen the quality of work in fiction, sure, but not from an indie-author turned pro overnight.
Ok, that’s all I’m writing for now because I have to rack out before going on vacation tomorrow – where hopefully I’ll have time to devote to writing some this next week. I’ll complete my synopsis of great survivalist authors when I edit this post later in the week.
One Second After – William R Forstchen
To be written….
Alas Babylon – Pat Frank
To be written… (get it on audio. The narrator is fantastic and you’ll know his voice instantly.)
Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse – James Wesley Rawles
To be written…