BDS Book Festival 7: Rebellion in the Northwoods

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Can you believe that there are just two books remaining in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7?  Where does the time go?  It seems as though it was just yesterday when I was contacting authors and publishers to generate interest and ply them with interview questions.

Today’s book is from encore author, Chris Bostic, who you may remember from Fugitives of the Northwoods.  This second book, Rebellion in the Northwoods, picks up where “Fugitives” left off and is even more outdoorsy than the first.  Both books in the Northwoods series are adventure oriented, and are well suited for teens.  Personally, I feel they are both a good introduction to survival and the challenges young people may face in a stuff hits the fan situation.

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Of course there is a giveaway but first, enjoy the all-new interview with Chris.

An All-New Interview with Chris Bostic, Author of Rebellion in the Northwoods

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

Most of my outdoors wilderness survival training comes from Boy Scouting, so I’d have to go with fire building as one of the top skills. This would be closely followed by hunting/fishing/foraging and also the ability to locate freshwater, such as reading a map and/or using a compass.

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

A water purifier would have to be high on the list. When I canoed with my son in the Boundary Waters a couple years back, there were two basic options for drinking water if you weren’t brave/crazy enough to dip your cup in the lake – iodine drops or filtration. The little hand pump purifiers were faster and tastier than iodine, though I’d definitely buy a higher quality one than a backpacking model.

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

Not very much, but to be honest I don’t do as much as I should either. We have a remote location where we can wait out a potential disaster. There’s a huge supply of firewood for the wood stove waiting for us in a cabin in the hills of southeast Missouri, but I’ll admit that we’re short on food stockpiles. I’d really like to get into canning and do more with the dehydrator.

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

That’s a tough one. It’s mostly thanks to the BDS site that I became more interested in prepping books. And there’s so many! It’s kindled an interest that I’m just now beginning to explore, so I can’t say that I have a favorite one yet.

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

As far as my writing goes, 2015 should be an exciting year. The final book of the trilogy Return to Northwoods, should be coming out early in the year. I also have a brand new adventure novel set in my home state of Missouri. Look for Game Changer, a float trip gone wrong book, to be released in early 2015 too. It’s a bit like Deliverance…for teens.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of Rebellion in Northwoods has been reserved for one lucky reader.  To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

Rebellion is the Northwoods would make a great gift for the teen or young adult in your life. I say this because while there are many survival-oriented books for children, those for teens are lacking.  This is a good one in that it is not about zombies,but about real people who must escape tyranny and survive in the outdoors.

Good luck, everyone!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Spotlight:  Rebellion in Northwoods (The Northwoods Trilogy Book 2)

Penn and Cesswi, the teen survivors of a brutal northern Minnesota work camp, escape to the Greater Albertan Federation, only to become unwilling recruits in a deadly civil war.

The Albertan camp is riddled with dark undercurrents, and sabotage that strike close to Penn and his dearest friends, leaving them disillusioned with the supposedly “better” life. But Penn’s girlfriend, Cesswi, sees only wild conspiracy theories.

They survived their flight from the Northwoods camp, and must now brave the bullets once again for another chance at freedom, while caught up in a bloody rebellion that could drive them apart forever.  Penn and Cesswi’s better life seems further away than ever. Can Penn bring his scattered crew together again, and lead them all home to safety?

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival.

Book Festival 7 – Non-Fiction

The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide
The Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness
The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse
Developing a Personal Preparedness Plan
Survival Guns: A Beginner’s Guide
5 Acres & A Dream
Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook
Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon
Urban Emergency Survival Plan: Readiness Strategies for the City and Suburbs

Book Festival 7 – Fiction

Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
77 Days in September and Daunting Days of Winter
Good Crazy
Point of Crisis
Avalon: The Retreat and Avalon: Beyond the Retreat
Rebellion in Northwoods
Prepper Pete’s Twelve Days of Prepper Christmas
Prepper Pete’s Gun of a Son: A Gun Safety Book for Kids


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BDS Book Festival 7: Rebellion in the Northwoods — 33 Comments

  1. certainly want to get some copies for my grandchildren. Like to have them to develop preparedness thinking and preparation. Survival in any calamity requires working with family and friends and having the willingness to keep on keeping on, regardless of the situation. Thanks for what you share!

  2. My sons and I have been talking about this for a long time. One of them is much more “into” prepping than I am, and the other has a couple friends who prep, so they already know the possibilities. We began talking about it via shared books.

  3. Having been involved in youth ministry for several years I’ve come to understand that teens very much want to be treated as adults and will rise to the occasion when we set the “bar” high for them. They have a strong desire to have a purpose and to work along side of you. Our society has made a huge mistake shoving teens into a kind of holding pattern – they aren’t children anymore but we don’t welcome them into our world either. No wonder they are floundering!
    So give them purpose and teach them they have something important to contribute and then watch them fly!

  4. Teach them as many skills as I could. Encourage scouting or other organizations that teach skills and do outdoor things together.
    Go camping often. Encourage reading of young adult books that deal with being stranded in the wilderness and other challenging situations.

  5. We focus our teen on helping others and the bigger picture. To help prepare for the family and others that need our help, gives greater satisfaction than the latest gizzmo.

  6. Camping is the only thing I can do,talking to him is futile (my teenager) he thinks I’m paranoid. So I will be all open ears to anyones advice. Somehow I think someone other than myself talking to him about preparedness is more effective. But I don’t know anyone else that prepares thats the problem!! Watching prep movies/seties like Revolution is a good teaching tool without my harping on him. He likes the zombie movies so The Walking Dead he loves, I hate the zombies but there is some learning involved about life w/o electricity, how people band together and the problems society faces (sans the zombies:).

  7. That age is hard to tell them anything but they watch and tease me about the prepping I do but I know they are learning the basics by watching me.

  8. I grew up as a USAF dependent mostly in the middle east seeing the corruption and crime of a society outside the comfort zone of the U.S. My experiences growing up have been exposed to my adult children and they have also traveled to southern Mexico camping as children and personally witnessed the poverty and desperation that is present there. I think the best way to prepare a young person for extream hardship would be to expose them to other, less fortunate, lifestyles. Even if it is only to volunteer down on skid row with food drives or building shelters.

  9. First of all I really like what several people said about taking kids camping. And one person mentioned trusting teens with responsibility through through youth ministry. My idea is to think about how today’s teens are different than I am at 53 and how they are different than I was at 15. They are really accustomed to technology. The Internet is full of Life Hacks …. How to do something quickly and easily using available materials. So what is the best way to build a fire? The fastest wY to build shelter? To sterilize water? Trust them with firearms training. Locate knife training. Challenge them to find many ways to use their blade. Pack shelf stable junk food for camping trips but introduce foraged food. Just ideas.

  10. This sounds like a good read! Thanks for the chance to win it. I think offering them a few good survival books (perhaps read aloud?), taking them camping / backpacking, and occasionally mentioning what you are currently doing to prepare. Some of it is bound to sink in.

  11. In order to help a young person psychologically prepare for a SHTF senario, I would use facts and real life examples of hardship/survival as opposed to hyperbole/sensationalism. Our society has delayed adulthood well past a young person’s capabilities. Don’t sell them short.

  12. Camping is good practice for such a scenario, or at least camping as we did it when I was a kid. We didn’t have camper or trailer, or a tent. We cooked over an open fire and slept on the ground. Fish supplied a lot of our camping food. So I guess this is a long-winded way of saying that teaching camping skills would be a good first step, followed by marksmanship.

  13. It would be tough for me to prepare someone else psychologically, when I don’t feel I”m mentally prepared for the collapse of our society.

  14. How would you psychologically prepare a teen or young adult for a potential collapse of society? Teach them as much as possible in the numerous areas. Basic auto, plumbing and electrical repair, cooking, hunting, fishing, trapping, tracking, gardening, canning, safe firearm handling, self defense, outdoor survival, and anything else I can dream up. The more you know, the less you fear and the easier it is for you to adapt!

  15. I totally agree that learning everything basic is absolutely necessary. The more a person knows, not including technology, the better off a person can survive.

  16. Not having a teen or young adult in my house it’s rather difficult to answer that one. I would probably have been talking to them for many years and letting them know of the various things that could happen and what we may have to do to survive. That way when something did happen they would at least have had time to think about what I said and would know something about what to expect.

  17. I don’t have teens but I would explain by likening it to a movie they’ve seen about the end of the world–plenty of those these days–and have them imagine it is real. I’d ask what the first thing they would do, just to get them thinking about the real thing.

  18. I have always given my 10 grandchildren a book for Christmas along with their other gifts, to encourage reading. I would give the 4 who are teens copies of these books, I’d talk to them about the economic situation in our country, then I’d show them my preps and how to use them. We’d have a big sleep-over for practice or go camping.

  19. This would be wonderful for my teen daughter. I already teach her daily, and have incorporated prepping as part of our home school curriculum under the guise of home economics. She also daily watches the news, and we discuss actual events and how to be ready for something “like that” happening where we are- from storms to terrorism. It’s just how we live. She knows canning, archery, water safety and gathering, foraging, sewing, crocheting, shooting, bread making, candle making, cooking outdoors, learning to do with what is available…the list goes on. Important is to keep up with the what if scenarios- the more we talk about it, the less scary it is and the better prepared we are if it did happen. Psychologically, it’s more than having a talk, it’s making it real, making it life.

  20. Having 3 teens at home (well, the oldest just turned 20), we have been prepping our teens right along with our own preps. We talk daily about the political climate not only in our own country, but the world. We discuss why we prep. what we are prepping for, what other things should we include in our preps, etc., preparing a teen for the future is a parent’s J.O.B., please remember it is not the gov’t schools’ job, teachers, etc., it is YOU the parents. TALK to your kids, begin early. My youngest was probably 12/13 when we began discussing the current political climate, she’s now almost 18. I believe my kids all have good heads on their shoulders because we did not shelter them too much from the world, but gave them confidence in their own abilities.

  21. Talking about current events and discussing prep books we both read. Having them think about what they could have or not have in a survival situation.

  22. I’ve always talked to my kids (who are now a teen and a young adult) about how things can go wrong, and what is happening in the world, but that they need not worry, because we are working to prepare ourselves as best we can. I just pray they will take this into their lives when they are on their own.

  23. How to prepare a young person – good question seeing how most adults aren’t ready. Perhaps leading by example – they see you live, work, and approach life.

  24. Prepping has been such a big part of our family for many years and because of that my daughter, who is 24, is very much aware of the situation and is prepping for her own family now. We never tried to scare her or hide anything….we simply explained why it was important

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