Summer 2014 Book Festival: Event Horizon by Steve Konkoly

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Steve Konkoly, the author of Event Horizon  is back again for another interview with all new questions plus a really great giveaway.

Steve is offering three Backdoor Survival readers with personally signed copies of the first two books in the “The Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series”, The Perseid Collapse and Event Horizon.  That means there will be three winners!  Don’t you just love the generosity of our book festival authors?

Event Horizon

Before we start, I have to tell you that The Perseid Collapse (book #1) was a real page turner.  I read the entire book in two days which for me, is a huge accomplishment since it takes me a month to find the time to read most books.  I have just started to read Event Horizon and am already hooked.  You are going to love these books!

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Encore Interview with Steve Konkoly

1. Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

Great question.

Sorry if these are broad stroke answers, but the most important skills for me would be (not in this order) Campcraft (for outdoor living/travel familiarity), Gardening and First Aid. I can’t resist adding a few more. Firearms proficiency, carpentry (old school, no power) and any skills related to Homesteading.

2. What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?

With only $500 (to start I’ll assume), I’d purchase a Katadyn Vario water filter  $80 and five replacement cartridges $70, a small camp stove ($20) and ten small bottles of propane ($30), $75 in dry food (beans and rice), $70 of MRE’s (10), a good serrated folding knife ($30), four person tent ($50), tarp large enough to fit over tent and leave room for dry area outside tent ($25), stormproof lighter ($25) and as much paracord as the rest will buy.

My goal is to create a quick Bug Out kit that the family can transport in the backpacks we have at home.

3. To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

Without a doubt, I do most of the detail work and purchasing within the family. I put together the various bags, assemble Bug Out stockpiles, and constantly look for new ways to increase our family’s readiness.

The family takes an active role in garden and Campcraft projects (outdoor skills), which is important. They take the personal readiness plan seriously, but let me run the show…except for certain purchases. My wife takes a sudden interest when I suggest we might need a few thousand dollars of night vision gear. Overall, I need to engage them more in the plan and work required to enhance and maintain our disaster preparedness.

4. What is your favorite survival or pepping book? (It can be fiction or non-fiction.)

My favorite survival book is the SAS Survival Handbook. This never strays far from my Bug Out bag. I love the easy to understand descriptions and pictures…I need the pictures. With that said, I have numerous homesteading books for more practical advice on creating a more durable, prepared home.

5. Do you have anything else (announcement, message, personal experience) that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?

Always appreciate a quick plug. Point of Crisis, Book Three in my post-apocalyptic, prepper-themed series will be available on July 30, 2014 in eBook and hardcopy format via Amazon.

Soon after that, I will publish a companion book to the series, which will explore topics of prepping and survival framed around the fiction books. This books is a collaboration with Randy Powers of Practical Tactical, a personal readiness consultant working out of Georgia. We’ll share our thoughts and personal experiences, with some basic, practical advice geared toward beginners. I expect this to hit the shelves in August. I don’t have a title for this one yet, but I’ll update you when it’s ready.

The Book Giveaway

Three personally signed sets of the first two books in the Perseid Collapse Series have been reserved for Backdoor Survival readers.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Thursday with the winner notified by email and announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

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The Final Word

I always enjoy working with authors that return for a second or even a third book festival.  Each has a slightly different perspective on preparedness and it is always fun to get a glimpse into their personal lives as it related to preparedness.

I hope you will enter the giveaway to win your own copy of this fabulous new book!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item:  Event Horizon (The Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series Book 2)

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With Boston collapsing faster than Alex Fletcher predicted, his personal rescue mission deep into the heart of an increasingly unfamiliar city reaches a critical point. Pursued by a ruthless militia group and forced to navigate a treacherous landscape, he runs a gauntlet of grim decisions and impossible odds to reach perceived safety. Perceived because nothing is safe in the world rapidly emerging after the “event.”

In Maine, the consequences of a random, deadly encounter has left Kate Fletcher and her travel companions in a state of perpetual fear. Finally reaching the Fletcher’s western Maine retreat, they prepare for the worst—not truly understanding what that means to rogue militia leader, Eli Russell. Nothing can prepare them for what he is willing to unleash. A series of lethal coincidences fuels Eli’s ghastly strategy to raise a private army, planting the Fletcher’s firmly at the intersection of his shocking desires—and the epicenter of his rage.

The human darkness released on August 19, 2019 threatens to tear the fabric of society apart, until nothing remains but a distant memory of the past. Event Horizon sets the stage for an epic clash to keep those memories alive and restore hope to a battered nation.

Bargain Bin:  Today is all about books.  Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.

Note:  If you covet an e-Book reader, consider the Kindle.  Prices start at $119 although a basic kindle is only $69.  And if not, at the very least pick up the free Kindle app so that you can read Kindle books on your PC or favorite electronic device.

Summer 2014 Book Festival #6 – Fiction

Day After Disaster
Jingling Our Change (Liberty Dying Series Book 1)
Nanny State Nightmare (Liberty Dying Book 2)
The Shadow Patriots
Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die
Collective Retribution
Event Horizon (The Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series Book 2)
Forsaking Home
Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel
299 Days: The War
Bishop’s Song (Holding Their Own Book 6)

Summer 2014 Book Festival #6 – Non-Fiction

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch
Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival: The Essential Guide for Family Preparedness
The Practical Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies
The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness: Life-Saving Skills, Supplies, Tactics and Plans
Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together
The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster
Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness


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No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.

The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage is a book about food: What to store, how to store it and best practices. It is a roadmap for showing ordinary citizens that long-term food storage is not something that will overwhelm or burden the family budget.   It is based on my own tried and true experience as someone who has learned to live the preparedness lifestyle by approaching emergency preparedness and planning in a systematic, step-by-step manner.

Whether you simply want to prepare for natural disasters or whether you believe the world is headed toward a major food crisis, this book is for you. It covers basic tips and techniques you can use to stock your food storage pantry so that you can be assured that your family will have food to eat, no matter what.


Summer 2014 Book Festival: Event Horizon by Steve Konkoly — 65 Comments

  1. The most overlooked item by the average person is water. But, for the average prepper that is a more difficult question. Maybe the item I keep overlooking – good spare socks. Without good dry, comfortable socks you are not going to do much walking!

  2. Get in good physical condition. You have to take care of yourself or you won’t be able to take care of anyone else.

  3. The most overlooked prep item for me would have to be water. While preparing in other ways, for some reason I often overlook water

  4. I am pretty well prepared, but since I have the space, I think a few more water barrels. How could there ever be enough water?

  5. I think people rely in the rule of 3 to much meaning 3 days water 3 weeks food. This is probably fine if your sitting on the couch watching TV but as soon as you have work to do such as in an emergency this rule gets thrown out.

  6. Another great post! I am concerned that so few people have enough supplies to even make it through a two week hurricane power outage and it seems that very few people store any extra water. (shaking my head)

  7. We have water here in WI, but the main concern is that if SHTF during the winter months. Survival will only mean stocking up in food and a means to keep warm like fire & shelter.

  8. Enough water is probably what most people are lacking, but for myself it is probably the confidence/knowledge to use everything I already have–I really need to practice!

  9. I would say that the most important thing that too many people are lacking and that will probably get them killed or injured the fastest is the ability to get their head out of their ass. You could be surrounded by resources but if you keep your head firmly jammed in your butt by filling it with tons of useless and mostly unnecessary junk then, face it, you most likely deserve whatever is coming your way. Clean up your act.

  10. I think the most overlooking item in prepping is building a community of likeminded individuals. Having a bunch of supplies is fine, but if you don’t have others to help cover security, communications, gardening, etc., it may be for naught.

  11. I feel gardening is a much talked about, nothing done kind of prepping area. Gardening has a HUGE learning curve, not to mention learning how to preserve it. What works for some may not work for others, depending on the area of the country you live in. Until you’ve tried growing your own garden, keeping it weeded, then “putting up” your produce, you will never realize just how much work it is, and how often mother nature throws you curve balls…too much rain, not enough rain, hail, squash bugs (my nemesis!), etc. Please don’t just store heirloom seeds…learn how to garden NOW, before a crisis hits and you starve because you don’t know what you’re doing.

  12. Your community or what will your community or group be? The article ‘seven important elements in the survival kit of living’ yesterday’s post is a good place to start.

  13. I would have to say water. That’s a very daunting task and can be challenging to find the space to store enough for multiple people.

  14. Most overlooked prep item…. probably alternate sources of electricity. At least for us I think it is. I would really love to get solar panels for the house, but we keep putting it off, and focusing more on food & first aid.

  15. Small comfort items for children is often overlooked. A tiny stuffed animal gives a scared child a sense of normalcy and security.

    • It wouldn’t hurt to have extras around, even if you don’t have any small children. If, you are like me and saw someone who has a small child who didn’t have a stuffed toy, you would probably just give it to the child. Even though it could be a barter item, I couldn’t use it that way.

  16. I’m going for the most important thing being to keep learning. In my case, that’s gardening at the moment. Although I slacked off a little bit last week to read the Perseid Collapse followed by the trilogy…I think I now have Kindle finger! Really interesting read all round, and gripping stuff.

  17. I think the most overlooked prep is preparing for what to do when someone who is taking a vital medication or other medical treatment, runs out. People take many meds and think the only thing you have to do is try to get a back supply. But in the event of a long term disaster, you may not be able to find or barter for your medications.

  18. I generally enjoy reading and learning from the post-apocalyptic books.

    I would ask what kinds of first aid supplies would be beneficial to have for a BOB as well as for a more permanent location. I have a small first aid kit with me in my truck at all times and keep a really small one at work but I’m curious what others would recommend for a home first aid kit and why.

  19. Looking forward to reading these books. I have been pondering what books in my large library to keep and which to thin. This prompted an analysis of what types of recreational or fiction would be good to have around for the mental and emotional support of survivors around me. I would love to see some discussion of the mental and emotional support needed in high stress situations. Tougher subjects to discourse on for certain.

  20. After watching many hours of “Jerico” this week on HULU, it seems I haven’t put as much effort in storing as much salt as they sugest.

  21. I think the most overlooked prep is learning to be solidly grounded – mentally and spiritually or, in other words, have the ability to stay calm and focused in chaos. Having all the “stuff” can give a person a false sense of comfort that disappears in a real emergency. Have the stuff, know what to do and where to go, but most of all, be grounded.

  22. The obvious most overlooked item in prepping would have to be that all of your preparing and training, no matter what befalls you, is going to be enough to get you and yours safely through the dilemma. Have confidence friend.

  23. Most things I read, people have water, toilet items, fire starters, but nothing for entertainment, games or musical instrument to pass the time or bring everyone together. Boredom can be destructive.

  24. I think the most overlooked item is the one you use every day but don’t think about. Can openers, eye glasses, extra shoes, light bulbs, could be anything, but if it breaks after shtf, you can’t replace it. Think about all the things you use every day, that can’t be replaced if manufacturing goes down, or stores are closed. This is my next exercise in prepping.

  25. To me one of the overlooked prep is : How a person will deal mentally when the SHTF. One can have all the preps needed, but when it comes down to the bottom line, you will need to protect what you have worked hard to get. You will have to be strong physically and mantally to deal with the outcome.

  26. I think having enough socks and underwear is often overlooked and underestimated. Without those items life could get pretty miserable.

  27. Although I do see it mentioned once in a while, I would have to say books. I think it is important to build your own library. There will always be those skills that you do not practice much, if at all, or just info that you might need to reference. Without the internet, information in printed form will be important.

  28. In my case it would be diapers and wipes and formula for a brand new grandbaby that would probably be at our house if the shtf. I need to address this issue!

  29. Preserving your own food so you don’t have to spend a lot of money on food already prepared. Also, food that doesn’t need a lot of water to prepare.

  30. For me, I need to get off my duff and start buying gear. I have maybe a month’s worth of water in storage and several weeks’ worth of food in my pantry, but as of yet, no campstove, no AquaPod, no battery-operated radio, no waterproof matches, etc. I don’t even know where my duct tape is! In general, way too many people still don’t acknowledge the fact that during the first hours or days after a major event, they’ll likely be on their own. Laying in a few days’ supply of water would be an awesome start for a lot of folks.

  31. I think the most overlooked item in prepping is hope. Mental preparation is vital , even before the physical. If you don’t have your mind together and hope then you are liable to make some serious mistakes.

  32. I think the most overlooked prep item might be comfort foods. You need a break from beans and spam to keep up your morale.

  33. I believe that the most overlooked or underestimated prep item is sanitation. Just keeping clean and keeping your space clean can be a life an death situation. Vermin from the piles of garbage, disease from human waste mishandling, there are so many things to be thought of in this area of prepping.

    Stay Safe

  34. I think the most overlooked prep would be our own physical health. We should be doing what we can now to build up our physical strength so we are physically fit enough to deal with what may come our way.

  35. I believe the most overlooked item would be a plan. Knowing what you are going to do, how you’re going to do it, how you are going to get there if you are going to bug out, what you need, and so on. In addition, I think a lot of us overlook having copies (paper, flash drive, cloud) of our personal and important documents ready and in a designated location (with a relative, in bugout bag, etc.).

  36. I think the most overlooked items are those that would protect/benefit us in the event of an EMP or several years absence of the electrical grid. Just one example is hard copies of all of the information we have collected that is on computers.

    Great interview!

  37. Sorry to have been a stranger…I took a two week vacation and actually held myself accountable for NOT WORKING! Great responses to the question. I can’t wait to send copies to the winners. Back to work for me…not an easy task.

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