In the latest survivalist thriller from founder of survivalblog.com and New York Times bestselling author James Wesley, Rawles, two expat families struggle for their very survival in the midst of a global economic collapse.
When the United States suffers a major socioeconomic collapse, a power vacuum sweeps the globe. A newly radicalized Islamic government rises to power in Indonesia, invades the Philippines, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, and finally northern Australia. No longer protected by American military interests, Australia must repel an invasion alone.
In the thick of these political maneuvers, an American family of missionaries living in the Philippines and a Texan petroleum engineer in Australia must face the fear of being strangers in a world in flux. Are their relatives back home healthy and safe? Will they ever see them again?
In its depiction of the authentic survivalist skills and techniques needed to survive a global socioeconomic meltdown, Expatriates is as informative as it is suspense-filled.
I loved seeing the international implications played out in this book.
The Author needs a good editor
Too much detail about gun types, ammunition and military vehicles (unnecesary detail). I am sure the the survivalists out there would disagree. The story is good but sometimes I got the feeling I was reading a manual. The chapters are also split strangely - as if to find extra space for all the quotes the author wanted to stuff in. Or maybe it was all inserted to make a 150 page book into 300 pages?
It's all too bad- a good editor could have helped Mr. Rawles develop this short story into a really good novel.
Not as good as Patriots
If you’re looking for good description of survival techniques, like in Patriots, you’ll be disappointed. And neither the narrative nor the characters are that compelling, so without survival technique descriptions the book as a whole falls flat. Furthermore, (spoiler alert), the book escalates the conflict for 30-some-odd chapters and then ends the conflict without warning in one chapter with just a couple wind-down chapters. Felt extremely rushed resolution, as if the author wasn’t sure if he could hit a minimum page requirement and then, after hitting it, finished as quickly as he could. Can’t really recommend it.