Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival. Glen Tate, the author of the hugely popular “299 Days” series is back with his book, 299 Days: The Visitors. He was also kind enough to answer a couple of new questions for my readers. And of course, he is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of his book.
Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.
“Bill” has won a copy of Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book. Here is how Bill answered the question “When it comes to survival and prepping, what topics interest you the most and why?”
I am interested in a wide array of preps. I try to learn broadly and practice regularly. I learn from others and from reading and from practicing. Any topics can be interesting to me.
Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.
AN ENCORE INTERVIEW WITH GLEN TATE
1. Given your background and knowledge, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?
Mental preparation (accepting that the situation has changed instead of suffering from normalcy bias), networking, and hope. You’ll notice that these are not physical skills like bullets, beans, and band-aids.
If you are not mentally prepared for a collapse, you’ll constantly fight against the situation and make bad decisions. For example, not saying, “What do you mean there’s no food at the store? That’s crazy. Let’s walk over to the next grocery store because there is always food in America.” – and on the way to the next store you get robbed or worse.
Networking is key because no single person can know everything and have all the stuff. You need medical people, security people, food people, mechanics, etc. – and you need people who can share generators, food, guns, medical supplies, communications – the list goes on.
Hope is a final skill. You can’t get through what’s coming without hope. If you don’t have any hope, then just give up at the beginning of the collapse and die. Study after study shows that the main thing that separates survivors from victims is the hope that they’ll make it.
2. As an author in the survival and/or prepping niche, what are you personally preparing for?
The answer to this question is an economic collapse with the resulting political collapse, crime, and attempted government oppression.
The United States will soon run out of money. Someday, probably soon, there will be no more money magically appearing on the welfare cards. There will be looting and massive crime. The government will attempt to crack down. However, in my view, the crack down will be short-lived. The government doesn’t have the resources to control 310 million well armed people.
I think many military and law enforcement people will ultimately decide to not follow orders to round up people and take guns.
THE BOOK GIVEAWAY
A copy of 299 Days: The Visitors been reserved for one lucky reader. Here is this week’s question:
What are you personally preparing for?
To enter, respond in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Friday. A winner will be selected at random using tools on the random.org website. In addition, the winner must respond to my email within 72 hours or an alternate winner will be selected.
Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.
THE FINAL WORD
The question of how law enforcement and military personnel will react to orders to round up their neighbors is something I have pondered. Both the Survival Husband and myself agree with Glen – it just will not happen. Not only that, they will be consumed with protecting their own families and going after their friends, relatives and neighbors will be low on their list of priorities.
I may be wrong, but that is what I think. One more thing. Although I am preparing for thugs and gangs and other sorts of bad people emerging from the chaos of collapse, I truly hope that it never happens.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight Item: The Visitors is the fifth book in the 299 Days series. It follows Grant Matson, the Team, and other Pierce Point residents as they adjust to a rapidly changing post-Collapse reality. When the Team is summoned to bust a meth lab and protect their neighbors, they find themselves in an intense crime scene that results in the community having to decide innocence, guilt and punishment.
Adjusting to this “new normal” is a challenge to Grant and others as they navigate a world where Pop-Tarts cost $45 a box, neighbors die from easily preventable conditions, and what remains of the former U.S. Government is deliberately choosing who they will and will not help.
Glen Tate has written another great piece of survival fiction – fiction that could possibly become a reality.
Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Summer Reading List. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone. Also, some of these books are Kindle e-books but you do not need a Kindle to read Kindle e-books. Simply download the free Kindle app from the Amazon site and you are good to go.
THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL SUMMER READING LIST – NON-FICTION
The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide
The Mini Farming Guide to Composting
Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipe
Fight, Flight, or Hide. The Guide to Surviving a Mass Shooting
Don’t Be A Victim!: An Officer’s Advice on Preventing Crime
Emergency Air for Shelter-in-Place Preppers and Home-Built Bunkers
Survival Medicine Handbook
Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico
Spiraling Downward: Thinking About and Planning for Economic Collapse
THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL SUMMER READING LIST – FICTION
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