Friday Flash Giveaway: Rivers by Michael Farris Smith

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Today I am taking a break from the usual Friday fare to host a “Flash Giveaway”.  What the heck is that?  By my own definition, a flash giveaway is a short-term, three day giveaway promotion that I pop into the schedule when preps, life, and simply too much to do gets the the way of blogging.

Today I have three copies of the novel Rivers up for grabs.  You might remember that Rivers: A Novel by Michael Farris Smith, was featured earlier this year in a BDS Book Festival.  Now you might be asking why this book over others?

Rivers Friday Flash Giveaway

Rivers by Michael Farris Smith – Survival Fiction At Its Best

With each fiction book that comes across my desk, I do a quick review to determine whether I am going to read it now or set it aside for future reading enjoyment.  I do this by reading the synopses and the first chapter or so of the book itself.  A question I ask is whether the book will challenge me to think about my own tactics in a similar situation.

I knew right away the Rivers was such a book.  Here is what Michael had to say about it in our interview:

Michael:  Tell me about your book, RIVERS. What is it about?

RIVERS is set in a time where the hurricanes won’t stop. The Gulf Coast has been abandoned and life below the Line, which is drawn by the government 90 miles above the shoreline, is violent and lawless and those that stay behind, stay at their own risk.

It’s a devastated, marshy wasteland, no services and no electricity and no rebuilding, and the hurricanes keep coming. The story follows Cohen who has hidden himself away on family land in an effort to hold on to his dead wife and child, but when he’s attacked and left for dead, he sets out for revenge, unaware of the craziness that lurks out in the rain-soaked world.

I read Rivers, cover to cover in three days.  It was a difficult read but I could not put it down.

Why was it difficult?  What Cohen experienced was depressing and sad.  He experienced everything from the death of loved ones, to thugs, looters and sabotage by his peers as he attempted to make his way back to what he hoped was a civilized world.

I won’t be a spoiler and tell you how it ends but will offer this:  if you felt Cormac McCarthy’s The Road ended on a note of optimism and hope, you will feel the same about the novel Rivers.

The Book Giveaway

Three copies of the new, paperback version of RIVERS have been reserved for three lucky readers.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  You will find a “free for everyone” and an “enter a comment” and sharing option.  There are no social media options this time around.

The deadline to enter is 6:00 PM Pacific on Sunday (flash giveaway, right?) with the winners notified by email and announced in the following Sunday Survival Buzz.  Please note that the winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

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The Final Word

In closing today, I want to express my thanks to everyone who has become part of the Backdoor Survival family.  You know you are the best, right?

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The Road:  If you have not read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (or see the movie) you should.  Now that I think about it, I need to put up an updated review, don’t you think?

One Second After:  For many, the novel “One Second After” was a game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared.  I did not realize until now that the price for the Kindle version was only $2.99.  If you have not read this book, you really should.


Coleman Mini Lantern:  You already know that I have a thing about flashlights but this is a slightly different take on portable lighting.  It is 7.5 inches tall lantern and weighs just seven ounces, including batteries.  And boy does it give off light.  Inexpensive plus, it is a genuine Coleman.

Grow Your Own Groceries:  This DVD set from Marjory Wildcraft is perfect for the frustrated gardener (like me). Every time I watch them, I get re-encouraged (is that a word?)  I paid $69 for this DVD set a few years ago but now it is being offered at $27.75 to Backdoor Survival readers.  There is tons of useful information in this series – not only about gardening but about rabbits, chickens, water conservation and more.  Here is a review I wrote: Is It Realistic to Grow Your Own Groceries?

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Friday Flash Giveaway: Rivers by Michael Farris Smith — 76 Comments

  1. We are planning on fixing more things at the house to get ready to sell. Patiently waiting to get moved to our next homestead where we can continue our quest toward self reliance.

  2. This weekend I am prepping by releasing my “internal weaponry” so I can enter every future moment with true wellness, with focus in the present no matter, with peace & calm, open hearted patience, strength, ability to give & receive & care more. That’s my latest survive & thrive focus! …There go those old guns, rusted anyhow.

    Thanks for a great blog & site Gaye!

  3. Am so excited to be taking a map/terrain reading course on Saturday. Then Sunday will be heading out to a friends property to discuss ideas for its BOL development. A fun prepper weekend!

  4. Think this website is the best out there. Wouldn’t miss a day! Husband and I live in deep deep South. Rivers sounds like a trial run for us or worse, one of us should the SHTF. There isn’t much out there for survival in the hot, tropical end of the Earth locations.

  5. I’m working on my water storage, ammo storage, and physical fitness. Have a great weekend and Keep Looking UP – that’s where our help and hope come from!!!

  6. My plans for this weekend is to get my Mom a go bag for the car. She kept telling me she was working on it and finally said she didn’t know where to start. I’m glad she’s willing to let me help!!

  7. I have a lot of food preps in plastic totes, this weekend I need to go through & determine what needs to be rotatedinto our daily food. Living in a tiny home (less than 400 sqft) we have little cupboard space, so regular rotation of stored food is difficult.

  8. I plan on attending a class on Saturday that one of our local growers is having. There are three speakers and one of them covers growing uncommon local trees – like pawpaws that I have had no luck with.

  9. I finally received all the replacement items for our bug-out and medical bags. Since it is National Preparedness Month, this is typically when I go through them to replace outdated items or items that can be replaced with better product when I can afford to upgrade. I also review to see if there is anything missing or anything we don’t need to cut down on weight and unnecessary redundancy (although some is good).

  10. This is my work weekend, so only thing I’ll be able to prep-wise is to read and research, but then again I’m pretty tired after work!

  11. I’m gonna bust some caps and make holes in the “X” ring. I’m working on .750″ at 100 yards (.308 home loads). Practice means food on the table.

  12. I am continuing to work on getting rid of things that are cluttering up the house. DH installed another shelving unit for me but due to death in the family nothing much will be done this week end

  13. I’m planning a short hike on Saturday morning. I’m really working to improve my overall health and this is a great way to do it. Also, it’s time to rotate out my prescription meds in my get home bag. I like to keep a weeks supply but I rotate them every 3 months.

  14. We’re expecting severe storms here this weekend, so we’ll be be staying indoors and reading our survival/prepping books.

  15. I am going to my local farmer’s market to purchase fresh produce. As for prepping this weekend I plan to attempt to can some of what I purchase. I am also preparing my yard for spring planting of my first garden. Wish me luck.

  16. We are going to change out our stored bottled water and then spend a good chunk of Sunday outside stocking up on some Vitamin D (relaxation, stress relief, and self-care all in one!)

  17. Had the threat of our first snowflakes of the season. So a wake-up call to make sure the car & home are winterized, the emergency supplies in the car checked and repacked. It’s also the last of the peach season so canning & dehydrating are on the schedule.

  18. Continue to build my 3-month food supply, establish my 72-hr BoB for the car, and prep the fall garden area. Seems these are a continued work in progress, but I believe it is worthwhile work.

  19. Just a heads-up, if you have an Aldi store near you, water is $1.99 for 24. Best price around here and a good add on supply for water.

  20. I am in process of replacing the water in my storage containers with fresh water. I plan to work on my two 7 gallon containers. I also need to go through my bugout bags and update food, clothes, etc.

  21. Prepping for the weekend includes canning the last of the pears, sighting in a rifle, and splitting firewood for the coming winter. Some folks call it prepping, for me it’s just another weekend on the homestead!

  22. We just moved into a house with a big backyard so I can work on the gardening part of my preps. Rotated all the food and everything was packed and replaced And added more food.

  23. We are going through boxes and boxes of stuff for garage sale. Money from sale will by more preps and eliminate house clutter all at the same time 🙂

  24. I am visiting relatives that I haven’t seen in many years. I am learning about my great grand parents, and I have been so surprised by some of the information I am learning. I am visiting in Lexington Ky and that happens to be the site of Bud’s gun shop and range. Anytime I am in Lexington, I go see Bud. He has a range with the programmable pop-up targets, and I love it. I can go through quite a bit of ammo, so I had a visit to Wally World and cleaned them out of 40 cal ammo. I’m not going to tell you who’s photo I imagine on the targets I am blowing away, but he has big ears.
    I’ll be on my way to Cincinnati Monday to visit relatives on the other side of the family. I’m having a great weekend.

  25. We’ll be prepping in a way by adding inventory (i.e. books) to our store to help new and seasoned preppers get much needed knowledge/information.

  26. This weekend I will be doing more canning of the tomatoes, peppers and onions from our garden. Until the garden items are all done, that will be my main prepping focus for the next few weeks.

  27. Today we will can Italian sauce and salsa and freeze green peppers. Dig potatoes and onions for the root celler. My husband is also working on the wood pile.

  28. I am going to update my inventory of food preps and fill more water jugs. I had hoped to be moving by now, so put off filling bottles with water. Guess I will get it done! Would love a good book to read!

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