Summer Book Festival: 299 Days-The Visitors

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
Summer Book Festival: 299 Days-The Visitors

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.

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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.


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.


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 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.

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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.

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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
Getting Home
Staying Home
Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico
Spiraling Downward: Thinking About and Planning for Economic Collapse


Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent
Apocalypse Drift
299 Days: The Visitors
The Western Front (Parts 1,2,3 – The Complete Collection)
The Wayward Journey

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38 Responses to “Summer Book Festival: 299 Days-The Visitors”

  1. I am beginning to prepare with caches. Neighbors are no help here & the house is too close to the roadway. Our Bug out location is about 10 miles away – so my husband & I are getting ready to deposit caches along our route. Any more suggestions on what to have in them would be greatly appreciated. EMP seems to be the coming threat & people will want what we have stored – so caching is our best bet.

  2. Short term I’m preparing for inclement weather. Long term I’m trying to be prepared for the economic collapse and the resulting societal collapse. My hope is to find like a minded community and be totally self sufficient before that happens.

  3. With our great country almost 17 trillion in debt, and with the new projected cost, to implement “health Care” to reach 2.6 trillion or more, I believe that America is in for a financial wake up call, some where in the not to distant future. Even though we are the USA, the best and most powerful country on the planet, there will come a day when lending nations or banks say they can not lend more money.

    Unlike, in the great depression, where people were willing to wait in bread lines for hours to get there food. We now live in an entitlement society. Last week on one of the major news outlets they reported that over one hundred million American adults are on some kind of government handout. That’s about 1/3rd of the adults. When the next “economic collapse or depression” hits I believe people will show the color of what they are made of now. I would like to think the best of people, but we see every day on the news that some peoples best isn’t very pretty. Bill B

  4. I am preparing for tough times that are coming. Whether it’s from an economic collapse with it’s resulting chaos, an emp, or a natural disaster it’s something that drives me forward. We have major snow and ice storms in my part of the country and there are times when a trip to the store just isn’t possible. I think “what do I hate being without?”, and know that I need to have stored shelf stable milk and canned juices. Toilet paper and soap products are part of everyday comfort so those are top priority also. The conveniences of today are wonderful but the time may come when they will not be available.

  5. Preparing for most likely short term situations – bad weather. Long term – economic collapse with following societal chaos.

  6. I am preparing for hard time. I don’t know I really believe that everything is going to fall apart. I do believe hard times comes and goes and that we should prepare for it.

  7. I believe we’re already in economic collapse. Grocery $ are up at least 10% a week, new jobs are part time only, ammo is as scarce as hens teeth, and political leaders of all persuasions are liars and thieves. The only thing lacking is the imminent round up of disitents and the removal of the dollar as the world currency of choice. I’m doing all I can to be ready when the SHTF.’

  8. I’m preparing for certain short-term storms and the long-term possibility of societal collapse. My go-to question is “If the worst had happened today, what would I wish I had put away?” It helps direct my preps.

    • I like that mind-set. It does help one focus on priorities which tend to be individualistic. For my mom, having enough Depends was her first response to preparedness.

  9. I feel that if you prepare for one scenario, you prepare for all scenarios. The biggest hurdle i face is my husband, he does not see the need to prep. In terms of the most likely cause for the downfall of society I list them from most to least: economic collapse, more than one natural disaster happening at the same time, terrorist attack, run out of gas. I have read a lot of story books on the subject. My favorite two are “Bugging Out to Nowhere” by Paylie Roberts, This book deals with an economic collapse and resulting martial law. The other book is “Grid Down Reality Bites” by Bruce Hemming & Sara Freeman. I look forward to reading the 299 Days series.

  10. I’ve been prepping for a national economic collapse. I didn’t think it was going to be my own. I was laid off about two months ago. We have started using some of our food stores to get by. I’m so glad to have something set aside. It doesn’t matter what you are preparing for, just get prepared!

  11. What are you personally preparing for?
    An economic meltdown, resulting in loss of government control and oversight.

  12. i am also preparing for an economical disaster along with a sudden food shortage which i guess comes along with an economic disaster.

  13. I’m preparing for economic collapse as well as the very possible hit by an EMP either man made or from the sun. There’s always the nuclear threat or dirty bombs because of all the people THIS government allows in and the very, very open borders. I also do NOT like the food we eat today because of all the poison that’s in it. That’s GMO or by corporate greed. There’s even the threat of a government shakeup leading to FEMA camps. This world and this country is in line for calamity. This too could be orchestrated by outside forces or by the very government that the majority of Americans have no faith in. That includes me. I do NOT like the direction this country is headed. I do NOT like “Progressiveness” at the expense of Almighty God, morals and common sense.

  14. To be more independent to take of care of myself for the future. Who knows what the next 10-20 years will be like. The price of food alone is a good reason to learn better food storage.

  15. I am preparing for the upcoming and I believe unavoidable economic collapse. The resulting chaos will be hell on earth for those that are unprepared as well as those who have blindly believed the nonsense that the government has shoved at everyone. As we prepare, we need to softly urge those that we can towards preparedness to help one another which is the right thing to do.

  16. As I have been involved with responding to disasters, I began prepping by securing those things that one would need in a short-term natural disaster situation. I have gradually stepped up to preparing for an economic crisis of short duration with the understanding that it could trigger major changes in the way we lived. This fall I hope to work with our local EMA to initiate a community-wide preparedness and response for major natural disasters. Every prep one makes for that scenario carries over to other emergencies. My hope is that our community will be able to minister to those who are not choosing to be self-sufficient. My principle aim is to provide for those unable to care for themselves (i.e. children, elderly, infirm).

    • Linda – I totally agree with “My principle aim is to provide for those unable to care for themselves (i.e. children, elderly, infirm).”

      I would add the hard working poor to that list as well. I know some families that barely have enough to get by let along prep. On the other hand, they have useful skills and are always willing to lend a hand. That has value, too.

  17. I believe the most likely disaster will be social chaos due to an economic crash. Once the economic system falls apart it will become a ‘dog eat dog’ society. Just picture your town when no one gets their allotment checks, no one gets their food stamps, no one gets their social security money or their pension checks let alone no checks from employers if you are still working. How long before all heck breaks loose? How will you survive?

  18. I prep against economic collapse and against inflation. I stock up on sale (ad match and couponing) as juch as I can afford to. I now have my pantry fully stocked and a good start on food storage and hygeine/feminine products storage. I am trying for one year of fully stocked.

  19. I think that prepping is pretty much the same for various scenarios. I just want to be able to take care of myself if things get really tight financially. I have read this author and enjoy his books.

  20. There will be an economic collapse or pandemic on a global scale. Either will disrupt our society and life as we know it today.

  21. I think the United States will suffer through an economic and food crisis. My preparations are stock piling food and barter items.

  22. My greatest fear is that our world might be soon going to go thru a pandemic which our health care system will not be equal to the task of taking care of us all. DH is a diabetic, both of us are in our 70’s and, while we are pretty healthy, we have the aches and pains of someone our ages. We do not want to become a drag on our children but since we already have one child and her children living with us and know we will be a destination for the rest of the kinder, we need to prepare so that even if we are not here what we have prepared can be put to good use for the rest of the family.

  23. I am preparing mostly for an economic collapse, but so much else goes along with that, that I am just getting prepared!

  24. I am preparing for the Unknown, whether it be financial melt-down, civil war, major earthquake, pandemic, or CME. I have a very long ways to go, but I do a little nearly everyday. My food and water preps are adequate, my medical preps are so-so. I also am looking out for the members of my family who do not quite share my mindset. I suspect they will end up here to help the entire family survive. Big task.

  25. I am preparing for economic collapse. I have been in the real estate industry 35+ years and been through several down turns. This one has been the worst 6 almost 7 years.

  26. My 28-year old son, his 24-year old wife and their 13-month old son live with me and my husband 60 miles northwest of Boston (e.g., rural MA). We have been stocking food, household supplies, water, non-hybrid seeds and ammo and learning how to raise our own food (including chickens). We are well-informed about the political and economic situation but know there is always more to learn and do to be prepared for the coming turmoil.

  27. I am prepping for economic collapse, there will just be utter chaos, and so many scenarios will rear their ugly heads. But also short term regular everyday “in family” collapse, such as job loss, or health issues.

  28. Honestly; SHTF not included, for this question.
    I’m preparing for when I get older and less independent.
    My 65th birthday is this month and besides the Medicare decisions, I started to think about what do I do if god forbid, something serious happens. Sixty Five is still young in my mind but in the govt. and younger mindeds, not so much. My worst fear is to burden my family, so I have to get my ducks in a row and make my own insurance policy.

    As far as prepping….I’m trying to stock for my family, if they need to bug out here.

    This is probably a little morbid for this contest, but I just wanted to answer the question.
    Good Luck to Everyone!!

  29. Short term-bad weather, natural disasters. Long term-economic collapse and breakdown of society. Keep up the good work you do to help us all!

  30. We’re not prepping for any single incident, We prep for what ever comes our way
    It could be a hurricane, blizzards, But things aren’t right in the USA, can’t say what is going to happen but just know something is. I’ll be as ready as I can be.

  31. Prepare for extreme weather and natural disasters first. Then look at economic collapse and nuclear fallout and learn how to protect ourselves the best we can.

  32. After watching CNBC almost every day for the last few years I believe an economic collapse is very possible. Our government can’t keep spending like they do and selling our “debt” to China and others without suffering consequences at some point.

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