Book review: Patriots — Reviewed by Jeremy H.

I have not written a book report in some time, but I hate to pass up a chance for free gear. The book I would like to report on is “Patriots” by J.W. Rawles. When I was first introduced to the survivalist way of living a good friend of mine suggested this book to me. At the time I did not think that a fictional novel was going to be much help to me. I was wrong…very wrong! Since I have read it, I continually loan it out to people close to me in order to help them get on track when it comes to being prepared for a less than pleasant SHTF scenario. “Patriots” in all actuality is less of a novel and more of a “how to guide” on the subject of group survival. The book is filled with colorful characters and a great story line which makes for easy reading. This is one of the few books that I have read that I could not put down once I started reading it. If you feel like you have hit a wall in your personal training, have covered all your bases, or you are just getting started than this book is a must read for you. You will be able to learn about group development, barter and trade, communications, a little guerrilla warfare, and be entertained all at the same time. I don’t know how to stress enough how important this book is to anyone preparing for TEOTWAWKI!

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

37 thoughts on “Book review: Patriots — Reviewed by Jeremy H.”

  1. I have never really explored the “survivalist ways”, as I am sure I should. But when I decide to do so, I am sure that I will pick this book first based on this report. Sounds as if this would be more than a manual- which would probably put me to sleep in the first 5 minutes- and more of a how-to snuck into something very entertaining.

  2. I enjoyed the review. It has actually motivated me to begin a different Rawles selection I have borrowed 🙂

  3. Although I have yet to read this book, I have heard many good things about it. I am not much of a nonfiction reader, so a TEOTWAWKI informational book disguised as a fiction novel sounds right up my alley!

  4. Having known Jeremy for over 13 years through college and the military as well as a deployment to Iraq. I value and respect anything he has to offer. If he says read this book, then you better read this book.

  5. I read this book on your recommendation. It is even better than advertised. Now I am happily reading Rawles’ next book. Thank you, Jeremy.

  6. I thumbed through this book when my hubby borrowed it and it seemed very interesting. It seemed to stress the importance of being prepared for a disaster, whether natural or man-made, and who doesn’t want to survive! I would like to read it also.

  7. I did start reading this book, just couldn’t get into it at this point. I’m sure that at some point, I will read it since it is a regular topic around our homestead and seems to be a good way to read something instructive that isn’t a how-to manual.(ugh)

  8. I plan on reading this book after reading your review. The survivalist stuff is really beginning to grab my attention and making me aware of how important it could be.

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