By James W Rawles
It’s highly detailed about the prepping aspect of the focal group’s lives, mentioning specifics about their equipment, upgrades, methodology, and even differences in opinion between group members. It also raised a couple of issues which most people (myself included) wouldn’t think of when prepping, such as the need for contraception, as well as the advantages of pets.
Further to this, the main story is split by accounts of the actions of several groups, and progresses nicely through stages of reliance, first on the groups stored food, then later on their abilities to hunt and farm, and finally reliance on a more militaristic model of society, and a focus on interdependence between various groups and retreats.
I would have liked to see more accounts of less prepared characters. I feel a lot could have been done exploring the trials faced by those without the extensive preparations available to the Group/the Templars. Several small groups were encountered, but not interacted with for long.
Another detracting factor was that, whilst the detail of the book lends well to it, and provides useful (and usable) information, it is possible to get bogged-down in it in parts, and I ended up skipping almost the entire section on the minutiae of radio-operation SOPs.
Finally, it was interesting to see some of the subtle parallels to American history scattered throughout the book, specifically the War of Independence, and the American Civil War.
All-in-all though, this is an excellent book, and a highly recommended read, both for experienced preppers and those just starting out (as is Mr. Rawles blog at http://www.survivalblog.com), although for non-Americans some additional research will be necessary if you’re unfamiliar with the Constitution and/or American history.