Beginning right on the heels of the exciting finale of "The Independents (Holding Their Own Book 2)" by Joe Nobody, we continue to follow the lives of Bishop and Terri, who seem to want nothing more than to quietly retire to their West Texas retreat property, care for the child they are expecting, and wait out the harsh rebuilding years after the collapse of the United States following an economic meltdown. Yet, such tranquil plans seem further and further from being a reality for them as they continue to be drawn into the larger conflict between two competing government entities over which will ultimately come to power and lead the recovery of the nation. This installment in the series also features the welcomed return of a character from the earlier novels that I, for one, was glad to see.
Also, readers can expect to experience some very detailed and interesting military action as the two competing governments actually carry their conflict into action. Other points of interest for me, as a preparedness-minded reader, included the idea of cheap and rudimentary ballistic protection in the possibility of a firefight that basically involved simply filling trash bags with dirt, sand, and gravel to create enclosed firing positions. At one point in the story, we also witnessed a garbage truck being used as on offensive weapon of war to break through a fortification, and I couldn't help but think that such would actually also make a fairly decent bug-out vehicle for getting from one place to another in uncertain times: the rear garbage compartment being constructed of heavy steel that would make it virtually bullet-proof as well as being large enough to allow it to be used either to protect passengers and gear during a bug-out escape or in a role similar to an armored personnel carrier like in the novel.
And, finally, this installment also included a group fortifying a location I have mentioned previously here on Backwoods Survival Blog as a possible target for foraging for supplies, namely one of the many Walmart regional distribution centers. The group in the novel also took the interesting step of foraging solar panels from a nearby state park and wiring them to batteries from the automotive department to create a rudimentary off grid power system as well as taking a nearby patch of flat ground within the fence-protected property and planting it extensively with seed from the lawn and garden department to make a large garden in order to supplement the supplies already on-site and ensure future survival. A very good plan, honestly.
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