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Land of Hope and Thorns

Posted by heyrandy on August 5, 2017

Land of PromiseJames Wesley Rawles, 2015 Kindle Edition.

The world now has what it fears or needs, depending upon your presuppositions. An Islamic Caliphate has been established. Don’t worry, we have hope in a libertarian/Christian country established in the middle of a desert. The land is ceded by the countries of Sudan and Kenya.

Rawles has stated that he is finished with the previous series and has started a new series concerning the nation of Ilemi. The plot is the same as Rawles’ earlier novels: the crash has occurred, but there is a plucky band of… (readers of my reviews of Rawles’s other novels will be able to fill in the rest.) While there is the usual technical details about guns (guns, guys, guns!), the real issue raised is how does one start a country? The most recent attempt to do so without violence has been the Republic of Minerva. Bad location. But is the new location in the African desert any better?

The major presupposition of the novel is that such a thing can occur. Can land be acquired from countries without using guns or funds? What country gives away land? It is unusual, but not impossible. If we can have a Caliphate, why not? The Berlin wall did fall.

Rawles has asked the readers of his blog (www.survivalblog.com) for help in drafting the new republic’s constitution. Give him some ideas. We have a lot of experience with one that did not work. While you are there, thank him for the technical information on the US-built 4.2-inch mortar. Apparently the Israelis have a lot of these that they will sell on the cheap. Just the thing to practice with until he finishes the sequel.




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Posted by heyrandy on January 2, 2016

Liberators, John Wesley,Rawles. 2014.

He has done it. A new tale of a plucky band of the well-armed expel first the French then the Chinese. This time the action takes place in British Columbia. It is the Canadians’ turn to be brave, resourceful, and victorious. Fans of Rawles will like the book. I give it a C. Post-apocalyptic novels usually follow the same formula: crash, improvising survivors, victory. This is the case with Rawles’ latest. The details are there to give technical information to the readers. I did not find anything new.

One thing that I did find odd was Rawles’ description of the French occupiers as “Frogs.” He did not refer to the Chinese as anything other the Chinese.

The book does end on a positive note. Twenty-two years after the crash, a war story is corrected with a bloody nose. Last time it was ice cream. I guess the Canadians are different.

Rawles has a new book out. It is about a plucky band who are building a libertarian-cum- state in the no man’s between Sudan and Kenya. Review to soon follow.

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Foreigners and Domestics

Posted by heyrandy on January 11, 2014

Expatriates, James Wesley-Rawles, 2013

As he predicted the author has written another novel in his series about survivors of the financial collapse. This time the locales are the Philippines, central Florida, and Australia.The events are much the same. Plucky folk do what they have to do to stay alive. The same plucky one drive out the UN’s occupation force in America and a combined Indonesian and Malaysian army in Australia. Rawles did not explain how rival factions within Indonesia and Malaysia over came language and cultural barriers to make an effective combined fighting force. Minor omission.

I found the novel a little dull. The genre is limited. What can you really say? His characters are all thin. Every thing is too neat. Providence is always providing. The boat did not even run out of coconut oil fuel for its diesel engine until safely docked in Australia. They even had ammunition left over.

The book contains the usual technical details about firearms (.25-06? “Next time buy a .308.”), the admonition to have you supplies ready, and how to set a simple tactical ambush (it helps if your enemy is stupid and the defenders are so disciplined the no one fires prematurely, tipping off the attackers.)

In a recent interview the author has stated that he is in the process of writing another novel. I shall lie in wait, imaginary .308 at the ready.

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Posted by heyrandy on July 17, 2013

Founders A Novel of the Coming Collapse, James Wesley,Rawles, 2012

The is the third in the author’s series of post-apocalyptic novels. (A fourth volume is due in October, 2013.) This volume expands on some of the characters mentioned in his previous works. The book centers on a couple who leave Chicago, Illinois and travel to safe-house retreat in Idaho. The couple does not get out of Chicago before their vehicles are stopped and captured by rioters. The couple then proceeds on foot.

Along the way we meet other characters and are treated to discussions of their religion, gun calibers, and how people who survived did so. For the combat partial there a several shootouts.

I found the book trite. It is almost unbelievable that two people could make it as far as they were supposed to with as little difficulty as they encounter. It is almost a isn’t-it-wonderful-that-the-world-has-ended situation.

The book ends 178 years after “the collapse” with someone using a metal detector to find scrap metal. It is a great day when he finds seventeen old, rusty fence posts. If the situation is this bad, where did he get the metal detector? The man does find the pirate treasure. This lets him take his child helper out for ice cream. The best idea in the book.

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