liberators_-_a_novel_of_the_coming_global_collapse

'Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse' is a James Wesley Rawles New York Times best-selling survivalist fiction / dystopian fiction novel, published by Penguin Books in 2014.

According to Amazon.com, “The New York Times bestselling author of Patriots and How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It - Tactics, Techniques and Technologies for Uncertain Times and founder of The Survival Blog returns with his latest survival thriller and gives readers an unprecedented look into a post-apocalyptic world resulting from an all-too-real disaster scenario.

When looting and rioting overwhelm all the major US cities, Afghanistan War veteran Ray McGregor makes his way from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to his parents’ cattle ranch in Bella Coola, British Columbia, in remote western Canada. Joining him is his old friend Phil Adams, a Defense Intelligence Agency counterintelligence case officer based in Washington State.

Reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, and government negligence have led to an unprecedented socioeconomic collapse in America that quickly spreads throughout the world. Lightly populated Bella Coola is spared the worst of the chaos, but when order is restored it comes in the form of a tyrannical army of occupation. Ray and Phil soon become key players in the resistance movement, fighting the occupiers in a war that will determine not only their own personal survival, but also the future of North America.

Liberators depicts a world that is all too conceivable and terrifyingly familiar. Fast paced and packed with authentic information on outdoor survival, self-sufficiency, and small-unit tactics, James Wesley, Rawles’s latest thriller will resonate with his dedicated fan base and encourage new readers to prepare for anything from lesser disasters to the dreaded worst-case scenario.”<ref>https://www.amazon.com/Liberators-Novel-Coming-Global-Collapse-ebook/dp/B00INIXOX6 Amazon.com Product Description, Accessed December 18, 2014 </ref>

The Author: James Wesley Rawles

James Wesley Rawles (born 1960) is a non-fiction author, survivalist fiction author, economist, blogger, and Survivalist retreat consultant. He has appeared many times on the Alex Jones show InfoWars Nightly News. He has been called an expert<ref>Second Great Depression just weeks away, warns expert by Derek Clontz</ref> on survival and preparedness topics.<ref>Rawles is a [[Christian] who is a conservative, constitutionalist libertarian.<ref name=“blogbio”>SurvivalBlog Staff Biographies</ref>

The Survival Blog

Rawles is the editor of //charts.technorati.com/blogs/www.survivalblog.com on survival and preparedness topics. According to its statistics page, it has more than 220,000 unique visitors per week.<ref>SurvivalBlog home page</ref> <ref>://www.survivalblog.com/cgi-bin/awstats.pl</ref>

Liberators is Part of the Patriots Series

His first book, Patriots - Surviving the Coming Collapse, a dystopian economic collapse novel, was first released in 1998. It was first released as Internet shareware in the early 1990s, and later published in interim form as TEOTWAWKI: The End of The World as We Know It, in the late 1990s.<ref>://www.weyrich.com/book_reviews/teotwawki.html</ref> The story is set in the near future and describes a period of hyperinflation and a socio-economic collapse. While it is a fictional story, it is essentially a survival manual dressed as fiction.<ref>WND Commentary Five novels of freedom by Claire Wolfe, World Net Daily, September 30, 1999</ref> It was re-released in December, 2006 in expanded form. One early reviewer of the novel commented: “While it is true that the protagonists appear to be part of the religious right, it is clearly incorrect to stereotype them as intolerant racists or anti-government zealots.”<ref>://www.weyrich.com/book_reviews/teotwawki.html</ref>. The publisher's synopsis describes the novel as “distinctly pro-Christian, pro-preparedness, pro-gun ownership, and anti-racist.” <ref>://www.powells.com/biblio/61-1425734073-0</ref>

Quotes Before Each Chapter

Other Books by James Wesley Rawles

  • Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse from Huntington House Publishers, ISBN 978-1563841552 (November 1998)
  • Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse (33 chapter expanded edition) from Xlibris, ISBN 978-1425734077 (December 2006)
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse (33 chapter edition with Glossary and Index) from Ulysses Press. (April 2009)
  • Rawles on Retreats and Relocation from CafePress, No ISBN (January 2007)
  • SurvivalBlog: The Best of the Blog, Volume 1 from CafePress, No ISBN (February 2007)
  • How to Survive the End of The World as We Know It from Plume/Penguin Books (October 2009)
  • Survivors: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse, Atria Books (September, 2011)
  • Founders: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse, Atria Books (September, 2012)

See Also

References

Fair Use References are embedded in the above article as footnotes.

Dystopian Fiction Fiction Survivalism Christian Fiction Pro Second Amendment Anti-Communism American Redoubt Bug-out Bag Idaho


Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse

Written by: James Wesley Rawles

Narrated by: Eric G. Dove

Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

The Christianity is less than 4% of the entire novel.

Not enough dramatic tension. Couldn't develop enough interest in the characters to be satisfying.

“When looting and rioting overwhelm all the major US cities, Afghanistan War vet Ray McGregor makes his way from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to his parents' cattle ranch in Bella Coola, British Columbia, in remote western Canada. Joining him is his old friend Phil Adams, a Defense Intelligence Agency counterintelligence case officer based in Washington State.

Reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, and government negligence have led to an unprecedented socioeconomic collapse in America that quickly spreads throughout the world. Lightly populated Bella Coola is spared the worst of the chaos, but when order is restored it comes in the form of a tyrannical army of occupation. Ray and Phil soon become key players in the resistance movement, fighting the occupiers in a war that will determine not only their own personal survival, but also the future of North America.

Liberators depicts a world that is all too conceivable and terrifyingly familiar. Fast-paced and packed with authentic information on outdoor survival, self-sufficiency, and small-unit tactics, James Wesley, Rawles's latest thriller will resonate with his dedicated fanbase and encourage new readers to prepare for anything from lesser disasters to the dreaded worst-case scenario.

Fair Use Source: https://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Liberators-Audiobook/B00OI22K2W

https://smile.amazon.com/review/RAIXJQ0U07E3M

Survival preps referenced:

Quotes from Psalms, Thomas Jefferson, C.S. Lewis, John Stossel, John Jay Hooker, Chuck Baldwin, Al Gore, Richmond P. Hobson, Hávamál ancient Norse poem, Pope Benedict, Jeff Cooper situational awareness color code, Billy Graham, King James Bible Hebrews 11:7 on Noah's Ark, Jared Diamond's Collapse - How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Daniel Boone, Barton Biggs Wealth, War and Wisdom


Below is an interesting review on Amazon.com: Fair Use Source: http://smile.amazon.com/review/R15GGMKXUVK1ES

Title: Worth it for Bugout-Prepper how-to, but less so for the drama, November 17, 2014

This review is from: Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse (Coming Collapse) (Both the hardback and the Audible.com Edition)

“I just re-read with a highlighter marker the hardback book and re-listened to the Audible version with the goal of picking up useful survival-prepper-bugout info rather than expecting a great drama. Now I can say I grew to like the book more than my first reading, but it's still not a 5 star book like Patriots was. I've read all James Wesley Rawles' (JWR) books printed so far and will continue to buy his books (including his new book Tools for Survival: What You Need to Survive When You're on Your Own – https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0452298121) to support/thank him for his very useful and excellent quality free in-depth articles available on SurvivalBlog.com. The Audible.com version new narrator Eric G. Dove was better than Dick Hill on the first three novels and Phil Gigante on Founders.

For the actual drama, I'd give it 3.5 stars if Amazon allowed half stars or 7 out of 10 if that had a 10 point ranking system. But for prepper info, I'd give it a 4.5. So, I hesitantly gave it 4 stars since 3 stars would be too harsh for such a worthy effort on JWR's part. I really wanted to like it (as I liked his previous 3 novels as 4 Star books, and his first novel Patriots as 5 star), but it was disjointed and the characters were surprisingly and disappointingly “wooden”, as others have said; though **not** due to excessive Christian references as I will discuss in the last part of my review. There was not much more “Christianity” than his other books. 40 or 50 years ago, no one would make such a complaint that a book like this was “too Christian” or should be labeled “Christian fiction”. It shows the signs of the times and possibly the secularization / seemingly atheistic tendencies of younger folks nowadays.

As others have suggested JWR's first novel “Patriots” was actually a useful prepper survivalist “how to” manual couched in a fast moving compelling fiction story. The excessive acronyms in JWR novels have always been tiring and necessitate looking up in his glossary or on Google. There is less “how to” than his previous fiction books making this novel less compelling when combined with the woodenness of the characters in this his latest tome.

I strongly agree with Big Mo's 11/11/2014 review that “The author's prior and oft-criticized practice of jumping back and forth on the linear time line, sometimes several years back and forth and not merely as flashbacks but as part of the storyline progression, continues to be irritating and jarring to the reader.” I purchased the Audible.com version and the printed book as well since I so appreciate JWR's SurvivalBlog website and liked to play his previous books on long trips driving with friends or family new to prepping. During the Audible version, I fell asleep due to the somewhat monotonous performance of the narrator and the book itself wasn't as engaging as other JWR novels in the series.

Because of this irritating “jumping back and forth” on the part of the author, I had to actually read the book by first reading all of the separate chapters on the West Virginia character as one story. Then I read the Canadian British Columbia character as another story (which by the way, wasn't as interesting as the West Virginia - Idaho bugout storyline). Otherwise it was too hard to follow / keep interest.

I am of like mind with 3 Star reviewer Rinuchi, “It seems that with the defeat of the French, the story was over, but Rawles tossed in a Chinese occupation as an after thought, perhaps to make the needed page count.”

I agree with other reviewers, that the story lacked dramatic tension and yet the “suspension of disbelief” requirements were more than in his previous works. The West Virginia to Idaho portion didn't have enough difficulties to surmount – things went too easy for them compared to other prepper fiction I have read including JWR's previous novels. For instance, I much preferred the dramatic tension and difficulties-obstacles of the main protagonist in the excellent “prepper fiction” book recommended by JWR called “Wolf And Iron” (1991) by Gordon R. Dickson: (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GS9FLK6).

I strongly concur with reviewer Atcavage who said, “I wish that the HUGE plots were expanded upon more in depth, especially from the antagonists perspective, ala Tom Clancy, but Mr. Rawles is in the prepping business, not fiction.” Rarely does JWR seem to tell the antagonists side of the story. Comparatively, Clancy was a master of that type of recounting “both sides of the equation.”

Some have suggested that if each dystopian survivalist fiction book contained just one gem / “golden nugget” of useful preparedness information that they had not thought of or was unfamiliar with, it was worth it. I disagree, I can get those gems from reading non-fiction without having to sit through potentially dry fictional prose.

One reviewer suggested that “Woven into the storytelling are gems of practical knowledge, descriptive resistance options, and dozens of “ah hah moment” creating examples of thought through complete preparedness. It would be a surprise if any reader didn't pause to reflect on at least few of the examples as they might apply to their own lives.” This is definitely the case with any JWR book, which may be why I keep reading them even though the JWR story lines' extreme micro details telling without strong character building is at times boring compared to reading a detailed non-fiction book or blog entry.

I concur with G. Long “letranger66” 3 star review when he suggests that character flaws in an occasional or previously devout Christian or an agnostic would make it more “real” as would introducing sincerely moral figures from other non-Abrahamic faiths or Deists (à la a Benjamin Franklin type of God-believer). As an orthodox Asian Buddhist, the Christian morality and sincerity / piety that JWR infuses in all his novels doesn't put me off, but is somewhat refreshing since orthodox Buddhist morality shares more in common with Christian morality than it has differences. Although JWR adds a bit of Christian proselytizing that can be slightly tedious, it is still much less tedious than the incessant and insidious proselytizing in Hollywood movies, most 21st century TV series and in so many modern novels for the “liberal agenda” and/or “gay-friendly” and/or “sex-positive” (meaning lots of gratuitous-promiscuity sex, frequent vulgar “expletive deletives” and frequently drug use/glorification).

Nevertheless, despite not minding the strong Christianity of the characters, I still found Jeff Soyer's 4 star articulate and worth-it-to-read review to be right on – the characters are disappointingly wooden and don't draw me into their story or emotional life compared to JWR's previous fiction or to other “prepper fiction” / dystopian genre novels.


Question: Is JWR's Liberators a Christian Thriller? Or Christian Prepper Novel?

Answer: Some insist on calling JWR's novels as “Christian Thrillers” or “Christian Prepper fiction”(as reviewers Jeff Soyer and commentor Jeff Smith have suggested).

Quote from Jeff Soyor (a self-identified “Jewish libertarian, gay gun-nut living in Vermont” who is regularly on the NRA's Cam Edwards show): ”…this book is being marketed as a thriller, or in some cases, as a “prepper” novel. Truth in advertising would require that it be marked as a “Christian thriller” or “Christian fill in the blank” story. They (marketeers) do that in other media (movies, music, most books). Then, I would have no problem with it. I guess it's sort of like, if you're going to write a detective story, and the detective and all his friends are gay, you should probably market the book as “gay fiction” or something, so the perspective buyer knows what to expect. And, before all of you PC types jump on me here, yes, I'm gay and I still believe that books should be marketed as what they really are.”

Quote from Jeff Smith: “I'm with Jeff Soyer when he states that this book (and Rawles' other books in this series) should be labeled as a “Christian Thriller” if it is going to contain so much religion.”

By the same way of thinking in Jeff Soyer's and Jeff Smith's respective quotes above, then for example, Hollywood/HBO/Amazon Prime TV should follow “truth in advertising” and market True Blood (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B006GQHLOK) in the Amazon description as a Gay Horror TV series since it has way more gay references - characters - relationships - sex scenes, than any of the five JWR novels have Christian characters/references/quotes.

I literally did a count on a notepad as I read the book, on the Christian references compared to the overall total of the book, and very few paragraphs were dedicated to the Christian aspect than to the whole story – seemingly slightly less than in JWR's previous novels.

Although I am a life-long practicing orthodox Asian Buddhist (who BTW has read all of JWR's books and reads his SurvivalBlog daily since its inception), I very strongly appreciate his Christian characters in his PREVIOUS four novels, who are not as “wooden” as Jeff Soyer rightly suggests they are in this novel, but more real. But in this latest novel by JWR, I strongly concur with Jeff Soyer that the characters are indeed rather “wooden”, which is why I wanted to give it 3 stars, but opted finally for 4 due to its other merits.

JWR's Christian characters in each of his novels (including this one) closely match the Buddhist traditional morality and charitable values MUCH more than selfish atheist and agnostic characters with a worldly mixture of vulgar “potty mouth”, hard-drinking/drug use, and/or lewd-lasciviousness-promiscuity. If you replace the word God or Jesus with the word Buddha or Guanyin in the vast majority of JWR's Christian or Bible quotes from each of his books, I can say that I can find Buddhist Sutras containing very similar passages.

Jeff Smith says that “readers tire of so much “religion” in his books” – I beg to differ. I think there are a lot of us who love that strong morality and Christian values in his books and that is actually WHY we buy his books. In fact, the lack of strong morality and the use of so many “expletive-deletives” in other survival novels are why our family doesn't like reading many of them.

Jeff Smith says, “everyone in the series stopping to “pray” about a mission, or referencing the “good folk down the road who are law abiding christians”. In response, I assert that praying before an important activity or even a menial daily activity is a frequent exercise for most orthodox Buddhists (not American dilettante “Buddhists” who have not formally taken Refuge and the Moral Precepts but like to dabble in Buddhist meditation while ignoring the paramount moral foundation). Even in a small group of like-minded Buddhists, we would stop briefly to pray and/or set our moral intention. So, we find it refreshing that JWR adds such daily religious details as part of character building.

Jeff Smith complains of references of “good folk down the road who are law abiding christians” I would say, that is the whole reason behind the American Redoubt movement that our family is part of. We are very happy to live down the road from such liberty-minded naturally-prepared conservative Christian salt-of-the-earth people with strong morality rather than our former home in a “death spiral” Democrat Nanny State with unprepared Pollyanna “anything goes” atheist-agnostic leftist-Statists as our neighbors.

Jeff Smith says JWR's blog article writers are “always kissing the author's butt and submitting survival threads ending with “scripture” and/or “God bless our Nation”. A more likely possibility is that they actually believe in Scripture and do want those blessings upon our Republic.

Jeff Smith suggests JWR is “giving us the saaaaaame basic info” in his site's articles, I can say, visiting daily Jack Spirko's The Survival Podcast and M.D. Creekmore's blogs and a variety of other prepper blogs weekly, I find the quality and breadth of SurvivalBlog articles to be superior to any of them.

Buddhists don't proselytize. Christians generally do. And BTW, I don't find JWR's Christian characters or his brief scriptural quotes that sometimes preface a chapter to be proselytizing… more like refreshing compared to our atheistic immoral pop culture that so many modern writers adopt to appeal to the masses. That being said, there is some amount of proselytizing in JWR's novels, but not enough to call it “Christian fiction” or “Christian thriller”.


SUMMARY:

I strongly agree with Jeff Soyer's statement that “there seems to be more exposition rather than plot actions in contrast to previous works in the series. Fiction is best when it is of the “show, don't tell” modal.” My disappointment at the Idaho bugout arrival/ending was well said by Ryan at Total Survivalist blog, “Some of the connections between characters from different groups from previous books (Specifically the sisters from the last book and the original group from the first book) was forced yet for what did not really lead anywhere.”

Compared to Liberators, I preferred (in order) Wolf And Iron, Daniel H. Wilson: Robopocalypse: A Novel (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00866H896), Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00866H896), Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1 (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GAPWLLU), Enemies Foreign and Domestic (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0972831010), The Remaining (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0316404152), and One Second After (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0316404152).

So, in summary, don't get me wrong, I still mostly enjoyed the book, but it is no way near as good, fresh or as memorable as JWR's first novel Patriots. For survival-prepper-bugout tips couched in a pretty good story, I'd encourage you do buy it. If you are new to the series, better to read Patriots instead. If you are not a prepper and want a good thriller, then I frankly would recommend to look elsewhere. In general I'd say for your next prepper fiction book, read my book recommendations above. Or better yet, spend your valuable time and money actually prepping and acquiring new survival-homesteading - self-sufficiency skills rather than reading “prepper porn”.

Here are some other external reviews:

http://www.totalsurvivalist.com/2014/08/book-review-liberators-by-jim-wesley.html

http://survivalblog.com/liberators-by-james-wesley-rawles-reviewed-by-pat-cascio/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-rubinstein/liberators-a-talk-with-ja_b_6007686.html?utm_hp_ref=books&ir=Books

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