“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

J.W. Rawles' next novel due out in October of 2014. It's entitled Liberators


The next novel in the Rawles series takes place primarily in Canada.  It's due out in late December, 2014.  I've enjoyed all of his books, but the latest works have been much more professionally written than his earlier efforts. He must realize that himself, since he went back and revised the first book.

You can learn a lot from these books, and still have a thoroughly enjoyable time reading them. I look forward to getting a copy.

For those of you who wonder if the reclusive J.W. Rawles really exists, I know only one individual who has ever seen him and talked to him  in person.  Can't say who it was because he doesn't want his name bandied about, but I believe him when he says he did meet the Invisible Man. I hope some day he will write about it because it's a very interesting tale.

Incidentally,  a sequel to "How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It is coming out mid December.   I've read the first book several times, and I bought copies and mailed them to all my siblings and my nephews and nieces (thereby confirming some of the younger set in their opinion that the Unabomber is alive and well, and living in North Georgia.)


I have absolutely no doubt I'll wind up buying a bunch of these and mailing them to the same family members.  Especially since my nephews and nieces are all married now and have children of their own, they need to make at least rudimentary preparations.  After this latest Yellowstone scare we got our kids squared away, at least in terms of equipment, supplies and a plan of action.   It's an ongoing thing with my kids, they tend to let their supplies run down, but at least they are players. Some of the younger adults in our clan snigger behind their hands at their dads and uncles, but we keep working on them.  I'll make sure they get their copies of this book as well.

39 comments:

  1. I have the opposite opinion, his first book was the only good/readable one. The rest have all been yawn-fests and his pandering to the Multi-Cult entertainment crowd has only gotten worse.

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    1. Well, one thing you have to say for the man, he's not boring and his books seem to inspire a wide diversity of opinion. I actually liked "Expats" best now that I think about it. Rawles is the only writer of post apocalyptic fiction I can think of that dares to have his villains include different ethnicities, which is accurate. Everybody else has minority members as heroic champions of freedom while the bad guys are improbable hordes of bikers, or the Ku Klux Klan, or rogue Boy Scouts.

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    2. Harry - i have to agree with PP here *cough* barf* (awww, you know that i am just kidding PP!). i thought Rawles' first book was the only good one. lots of good info in the other books but just yawn-fests as PP says. and i don't hold a very big opinion of anyone whose blog is for one reason - to make money and sell his books. just my opinion. much love to you and all of yours always. your friend,
      kymber

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    3. They aren't the best, but there's a real dearth of post apocalyptic fiction out there, and I like the detail in his books. Strangely, I like Expats better than the first one, I guess we all have different tastes. I know he has adds and the like on survival blog but it must cost him a hell of a lot of money to keep it up, he has to go to a lot of trouble security wise.

      Don't get me wrong, they aren't my favorite books by any means, but I have enjoyed them. I know an awful lot of people have given up on them though.

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  2. Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I read most of his books. Trying to find the last one used of course so I can save money.
    His books are pretty good overall. I really liked "One Second After" and a few others also.
    I recently went to a Barnes and Nobles and browsed the overpriced books and found many books on "Zombies" and the whole "Walking Dead" Zombie Apoclypse books in an attempt to cash in the 'Zombie Craze" that has swept this country.
    I bet some of the books are good and may offer some good survival scenario's and tips, however I am skeptical.

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    1. I bought one of the Zombie books years ago. I picked it up and was surprised to find it full of pretty good information on survivalism. This was long before it became a great craze. Personally, I have some kind of vague aversion to the whole zombie concept and have not watched the shows for the most part.

      I'd be glad to loan you my collection of the Rawles books if you like. I have all the novels in hardback. Just email me .

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  3. It's nice of you to make sure everyone has a copy! They sound good.

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    1. Lisa, that particular book is probably the best all around guide I've ever read. It's a small little paperback. Very readable.

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  4. His first novel, Patriots, was the best, and he should have stopped writing. The following novels were mere money makers to tout his beliefs.

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    1. Well, I look at it this way. He is a fundamentalist Christian. A lot of people here are so I am not put off by that. I've enjoyed the books. I get a little irked with some of the things in them, but that's par for the course with me.

      You do have to just pass over some things, if you let them bug you they will spoil the books.

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    2. K, what would you have him write then? Someone else's belief's?

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    3. again - i'm with K. not trying to be a trouble-maker (bahahhaha!) but in my mind Patriots was his best book. everything since, including the blog, although full of good information, is just about making money. i don't like that at all.

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    4. I'm not carrying Rawles water here. I find his books semi-awkward to read and I don't endorse his Calvanist religious beliefs. I don't see any issue, though, with him using his books to make money and tout his beliefs. I'm not sure why some of you are having issues with him making money from his books or websites. I only wish I had the ability to do what he has done and the freedom he has attained from having to work constantly for another company or person. He is living the dream as far as I'm concerned.

      Will someone please explain what is wrong with his capitalistic and entrepreneurial approach to making money?

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    5. Matt - first off - he doesn't even write the posts - he has others do it and that is fine if all you are trying to do is make money. i am happy for anyone who makes money doing anything.....but i quit the Canadian Preppers Network and the American Preppers Network when it became about making money. there are so many blogs out there sharing hard-earned experience and information for free...and they are doing it to help people. i want as many informed North Americans to learn about growing their own food, preserving their own food and helping each other for no other reason than to help. when it starts involving money and some people making so much money from blogs and books that they can own a huge chunk of land, many tools, many animals and can safely take care of their family from their safecastle fortress - i take issue with that. if you don't agree, that's fine. but that is MY position and opinion. there are tons of us who could write books off their blogs and make money....i only visit the ones who don't. i hope that you can respect my opinion....because you are my little brother. if you want clarification on any of my points - just yell. i am always available to you as you were for me when i needed you.

      your friend,
      kymber

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    6. No, no need for clarification. At least I see where you are coming from. I recognize everyone's right to their positions and opinions. But I also will challenge them from time to time when someone lobs something out there out of the blue. That's the problem with this country, far too many don't question what get's said or written. I believe in asking why occasionally.

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    7. Matt - there is a reason that i have always called you a friend. YOU will actually listen to another's opinion and from all of my experiences with you, you will not judge or condemn. you will consider thoughtfully. and you still might not agree. but you never hold someone's position against them. i love and welcome questions. and i love when you ask why. even if you don't agree with the answer. that is not the point. the point is to question, be questioned and provide an answer. i really hope that you understand what i truly mean about blogs making money. there are so many, like yours when you had yours up, and Harry's, and too many others to name, that i have learned so much from. it is why we are here and trying to provide for ourselves and teach others along the way. everything that we have learned from others has always come free. that is my favourite way of learning. i think i already told you that i love you a few times now...but i really do. and i thank you for your "whys" because it gives me a chance to really remember my reasons. i know that you know what i mean/ xox

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    8. Matt - The problem I have with Rawles and making money has nothing to do with his religious beliefs. However making money and being upfront and honest especially statistically speaking in the survival world rarely go hand in hand. I have big issues with his so called "American Redoubt" crap that would have people moving to an area that has little water while most of the good locations were taken long ago along with the water rights. He also goes well out of his way to paste over cultural issues and differences that will flat out get people killed if they adopt his attitude in real life.

      Those kind of money making schemes make someone more dangerous than they are helpful.

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    9. Well, I had a guy once offer me a job flying stolen airplanes into cowpastures at night in Florida, full of dope. Being the upright guy I am, of course I refused.

      Also I knew him really well from the Marines, and I was afraid he would just shoot me and not pay me........

      There's all kind of ways to make a buck..... :-0

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    10. PP, I vaguely remembered yours and Max's complaints from the last time we did this on JWR a few months ago here on this blog. But today I get this " making money is evil and touting ones beliefs while making money is even more evil " from K and Kymber and I just needed more from them, because it stood by itself, it was baloney.

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    11. Matt - i have no problem with anyone touting their beliefs in their own books and on their own blog/website. that was never my point. i think Pioneer Preppy explained his position very well and i really agree with his points. i just didn't explain it as well as he did. and i didn't even go into my feelings on the "american redoubt" stuff because it would have taken too long. but it is my opinion that he is sitting on acres of safe land, probably in a "safecastle" fortress that he probably got for free for all of the advertising he does for them (and don't even get me going on that), and the fact that most of the info that he has gotten from his last few books come from posts on his blog written by others.

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  5. Honestly I haven't finished expats, once it got preachy I put it away for a while. I've read about 20 other books since then so it's almost time to circle back to it and see what I can learn.
    If I learn one thing, or one idea, it's worth the time. Better than TV time for sure.

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    1. That's a feature of the books that alienates a lot of people. On a personal level, Rawles is constantly harping about the need to exterminate the wolves in his part of the country where he lives, and I don't go along with that. I once got a whole slug of nasty emails for making fun of the hyper religious aspect of one of the books. But I have enjoyed them overall and I think he is a good person, just fixated on some aspects of life.

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    2. I've decided I don't even care about the religious aspect anymore. It seems a lot of the books I've read lately go like this:
      1. EMP
      2. Guy grabs his preps and starts walking home
      3: 30 minutes after the EMP guy has to kill several gang bangers or rapists.

      If everything is unrealistic then I'll just read and hopefully enjoy it and/or learn from it.

      I'll be sad if an EMP hits, I'm only 15 minutes from home and will have to wait around for people to shoot.

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    3. I honestly think that self publishing on line has put a lot of not so hot literature out there. I bought a bunch of books in digital form. They were more like chapters, and you had to buy each "book" as it came out. They got progressively more expensive and I just quit.

      I'm always looking for a good read. If you come cross something you think is decent let me know. I have al the "classics", like the Deep Winter Trilogy, Lights Out, etc.

      If an EMP hits here, the only thing that will change for me is that I don't expect the cell system to work, but it doesn't work at my house anyway. I don't need power from the grid, I have a good generator that is EMP proof, and plenty of diesel. I wonder if I would run it though, since it gives away my location. I don't know. I have plenty of kerosene lamps , candle, and what not for light though.

      Let it come! After me, the Deluge!

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    4. I'm trying to think of a book that is worth mentioning. They are all worth reading, even if I skip a few pages here and there. Grid Down, Reality bites. Society's collapse, the bug out. The latest in the holding their own series, the 299 days series, etc. I haven't read any that were amazing but at least they were all entertaining and sometimes gave me some knowledge. The survivalist series (2 books so far) was pretty good even if it reminded me of the tv series, Justified.

      Lately a lot of main characters get killed suddenly, it does make things interesting.

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  6. Rawles and I have shared an email or two but I have never met the gentleman. I liked his first book, basically a primer in fiction form, but his other have left me a little dry. I will purchase the new editions and give 'em a try.

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    1. You can borrow mine if you want to. I offered to lend them to CC, he could send them on to you after he reads them. Or, if he wants to get his own, I could send them direct to you.

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  7. Harry - it is with great apprehension that i will buy and read his new book. the only book that i enjoyed was Patriots and the rest just left me yawning and dying to finish them. i have a rare disorder called "if you pick the book up you must read all of it". it really hurts when i pick up a book that i want to just chuck in the burn barrel.

    as for it being set in canada - oh dear Lord. the man knows nothing about Canada as can be seen in a link to one of his comments on a very-well written blog post on his own site, which can be seen here, in mine and jambaloney's post. please read the original post of Rawles' which is referenced in our blog post, read Rawles' comment and then read our post, if you have the time.

    http://framboisemanor.blogspot.ca/2012/06/she-said-he-said.html

    much love to you and yours always! your friend,
    kymber

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. the original article on Rawles' is here...our link takes you somewhere else. but please read this article and then read our article above...thanks Harry.

      http://www.survivalblog.com/2012/06/why-not-canada-by-cn.html

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    2. Kymber, I'll check that link out. I did kind of wonder how the Canadians were going to resist the invaders in the book. I had visions of them attacking the armored columns with slingshots and hair pins! I think that's about all you folks up there can have these days isn't it?

      Just kidding.

      Considering your disorder, I hope you never pick up Websters Complete and Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language. It would kill you!

      ;-)

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    3. Kymber,
      I went and read that article you gave me the link to. It was pretty well written. I don't think, based on my own experience, that the Canadian government would let us in. I haven't forgotten the Canadian border guards throwing my kids in a cell and dumping all their luggage out on a long table to grub through it. I don't think most Canadians like Americans very much. You and J are really the only Canadians I have ever really hit it off with. I know you would be good about Americans coming up there in bad times but I think you are the minority.

      I saw Rawle's comments on gun laws. In all seriousness, I know you can have lever guns and that kind of thing, but I doubt I could bring even a twentieth of my collection across the Canadian border. I'd have to leave my beloved guns behind, :-0

      I personally like Canadians. I understand why they would feel about us like we in the mountains here feel about a lot of the urban dwellers who come up here.

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    4. Harry - the Canadian gov has been cracking down on letting anyone in the country who isn't a bona-fide refugee. and as you know, americans have to go through hell to get into Canada and stay. and, you also may know that canadians in bc have nothing in common with canadians in northern ontario and certainly have nothing in common with people here! canada is very large and for the most part, very rural. we only have 5 major cities that count as cities and for the most part, the MSM puts those canadians and their belief systems on the boob-tube. northern albertans have more in common with your north-western states and all the way down to texas than they do with canadians from toronto. and nobody in maine knows where new brunswick and maine start and end - they are the same people. most hardworking rural canadians are already preppers and survivalists and would have no problem with some hardworking americans joining them.

      and remember - if S really hit the fan - there would be no more border patrols. you could bring whatever beloved guns you wanted to bring.

      anyway, back to Rawles' new book - my major complaint is that based on his contracting for ONE survivalist group in interior BC - i just don't think he is going to be able to portray canada very well. or canadians for that matter. and that bugs me!

      as an aside and a reference to my disorder - many, many years ago i read Websters front to back and even sent them a letter with all of the mistakes i found. and there were many. i have never heard back from them. much love to you and yours always!

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    5. Kymber, must of us down here don't know much about Canada. I think there is a vague notion that it is all woods and forests but I know from the tar sands thing that you have lots of prarie and other topography as well.

      It stands to reason that people from different regions of the country might think differently but that's a concept that most Americans don't really ponder, I'd have to say I'm guilty of that myself.

      Dear God, did you really read Websters front to back! I was only joking. What a horrible experience. Maybe that's why , as my mom would say, you have a great vocabulary but that's a tough way to get it.

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  8. I'm waiting for the ,Rawles cookbook.. 50 pages of recipes and 150 pages of Jesus talk.

    I kid, I kid....!

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    1. Now see! You can say that and get away with it. But when I make a similar comment in just I get all these emails accusing me of being Anti-Christian!
      >:-(

      I made a joke to the effect that in his stories, nobody can relieve himself without they all have to get in a prayer circle and ask the Almighty's guidance. Geez, did that wake up the people who don't usually comment!

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  9. Commander - if i didn't respect you so much i would hit you with a big slice of balogna - bahahahahahah!

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    1. Get him Kymber. I think he's the Anti-Christ!

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    2. Commander - the Man has spoken. therefore i must slap you upside the head with some balogna! i'll make sure it's the good kind - bahahhahah!

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