Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Apocalypse Drift by Joe Nobody

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Apocalypse Drift by Joe Nobody

Today I share another interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival. Joe Nobody, the author of Apocalypse Drift, is back again for an encore interview and shares his answers to some new questions.  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.

“Tammy” has won a copy of Staying Home. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book.  Here is how Tammy answered the question “Do you consider yourself a beginning newbie, an intermediate or an experienced prepper?”

Newbie! I’ve got my emergency toilet, solar battery chargers and batteries, and the extra food I’ve stockpiled over the past year was very handy in sending my kid to grad school this fall. Working now on expanding my stores and hard currency back ups. This book would be great; my father-in-law lives with us and is too frail to bug-out.

Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

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How did you come up with your pen name “Joe Nobody”?

I decided to use this pseudonym for a couple of reasons: first, in the tactical world, there is always someone better, more skilled, more experienced… with a new method.  Professionals know this and always approach both learning and teaching with the attitude of, “I’m just a Joe Nobody.” They embrace training opportunities with a humble, absorbent mindset – eyes and ears wide open. They take away the lessons that make sense for them. I want my readers to do the same with my instruction guides, deciding for themselves which concepts are beneficial for them. My desire is to initiate the creative juices, not stand on a pedestal and dictate that “my way is the only way.”

The second reason I chose that name is because I try and pen my instruction guides at a level that can be followed by any Joe Nobody. Many preppers have jobs, children and family responsibilities, so they can’t train all day, every day, like professional operators. And let’s face it, most of us are not in our prime. My work is for average, everyday Joes.

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

I have a wife of 22 years and two teenage children (14 & 17, girl and boy). My bride is a natural-born prepper and strong believer in self-reliance. We have tried to instill similar values in our children. We’ve done this not because we think the apocalypse is imminent, but because we want our offspring to understand that the less they are dependent on someone else, the more freedom they will have in life. Mrs. Nobody and I both believe this makes for happier, more productive people.

It also helps with parenting. I know my children will never starve as long as they have land to use for survival. I know they’ll never die of dehydration. We haven’t taught them these skills because we think they’ll need them tomorrow. We’ve educated them because it builds self-confidence and raises their esteem.

Will either of them ever need to know how to filter water using campfire charcoal? Probably not. Are they stronger, more confident kids because they know how? Yes.

Personally, I believe our country would be a better place if all able-bodied Americans of sound mind could fend for themselves. If we all knew how to grow and gather food – if we were confident we could survive without help from anybody – people would live happier, more meaningful lives. Look at the success of Eagle Scouts and how well they do throughout life.

I believe the skill to sustain ourselves should be required learning, like the ability to pass a driving test or a prerequisite for high school graduation.


A copy of Apocalypse Drift has been reserved for one lucky reader. Today I am going to ask you the same question I asked Joe:

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

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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As many of you know, Joe is a prolific writer and has many outstanding titles under his belt.  He has been a big supporter of the Backdoor Survival book festivals and for that I am grateful.  Having read a number of his books, I do agree that they are suitable for the average Joe – or Jane – and that even with his fiction, we can learn valuable lessons from the characters that he brings to life for our entertainment and our learning pleasure.

In addition to today’s interview and giveaway, Joe will be back next week for one more question and one more giveaway.  See you then!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item:   Today’s featured book is Apocalypse Drift by Joe Nobody.

image For years, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security issued warnings – the United States was vulnerable to a cyber-attack. It was 2017 when the attack was finally launched, coming from a direction that no one had predicted, with consequences beyond imagination. Wyatt and his family were already on the down and out. Years fighting through a struggling economy, tight credit, and government regulations had already taken their toll.

When society collapses, they have one chance left – a lifeboat awash in a sea of anarchy. There is a place of safety, a deserted island nicknamed Crusoe – but it won’t be easy. The journey requires passage through a landscape decimated by riots, ravaged by desperate looters, and plagued by ruthless pirates. Apocalypse Drift is the adventure of an everyday American family as they fight for survival in a world gone mad.

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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56 Responses to “Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Apocalypse Drift by Joe Nobody”

  1. it,s just my wife and i here and i,d like to let everyone know that my wife evan with all her medical disabilities keeps up with me in all our prepping activities. she,s a great partner!!!!!!

  2. It is just the two of us & I am very lucky that my wife comes from a self sufficient background. We make a good team by bringing our strengths together to minimalize our weaknesses. We do most everything together & she has been inbound with making the step up from storm prepping to longer term prepping.

  3. I am now a single. The ex believes all this ‘doomsday stuff’ is hokey, half my family feels the same, the other half a couple feel they should be worried the others not. So I stand alone in my prepping – I have gotten back to living on a farm, I now raise chickens, turkeys, ducks etc and have a small garden. The hours are long & the pay stinks (lol) but it feels great to be more self sufficient! My next goal is a family milk cow!

  4. They don’t, but the do laugh whenever they see me coming home with more toilet paper from Sam’s club and the items that are starting to arrive from Amazon and other prepper sites. I’m a newbie and since my job went away back in April I have seen the darkness coming and am doing what I can without much money and very little family support. Water is most important to me so I have my Waterbobs for the tubs, several waterstraws, and stocking paper products. Every time the family empties a jug of juice they at least wawsh it out and fill it with filtered water and put it in the chest freezer for me. Next on the list is a place further out in a rural area with a stream, natural spring, or deep well that I can put my solar power ideas to work.

    • Tim, my wife doesn’t like water, so she says she will trade her water for my toilet paper. LOL. We did a test to see how long it takes to use a roll under normal circumstances with that or other things that we take for granted that makes our life much easier. As to water, the more the better and so easy to store. Rotation is not necessary if you have a purifier, not just a filter. We have about 800 gal. Keep up the prepping. It is a great sense of peace of mind.

  5. All my siblings were brought up around the Mormon church that teaches self reliance and a long term food storage. They all have the back ground, but when I speak to them of their storage, I just get blank stares. They don’t see the need or urgency of preparing now. Some try joking by saying that they will come live with me to change the subject, but they have all been taught, but they don’t “do”. I now live alone, but my wife of over 40 years was just like me. She and I worked the garden, she and I did the canning, but mostly she and I lived with the peace of mind that we were prepared. I miss her.

  6. I do the research and the buying of the larger items. My wife and I prep together as with almost everything else. Our kids, all out of the home, don’t even talk about it except for the one that lives further away. I guess they feel they can come here when SHTF. Although they can, it would be nice to have them expand their knowledge so I won’t have to teach them when things are hectic. I wish I knew another family that we could work together.

  7. It is pretty much just me alone. My husband and grown children realize things are getting worse but they feel like everyone will be in the same boat or if you have something it will just be taken away. Also times are tight and they prefer not to address the problem.

  8. When I brought up the subject of the threats that surround us and how fragile the world that we live in has become, I thought my wife would be a hard sell on prepping. To my surprise and delight she bought into it immediately and has become a full partner in preparedness. God has blessed me with a wonderful woman.

  9. I live with my sister and brother-in-law. He and I stock food and necessities and she rolls her eyes. But at least she doesn’t complain. I have noticed that lately she’s even started to point things out that she sees on the internet. So maybe she’s not as uninterested as she seems.

  10. It’s just me and my son now, he’s 15, but he helps a little about 20% and he listens and learns about 80% so i know he is getting something no one can take from him, knowledge. this book could be good for both of us as we do live on the coast and the sea is a part of my/our long term survival.


  11. Not at all. I’m on my own on this one. Even my friends think it’s nuts. But I will persevere!! Printed out my lists last night and am organizing my folders and “to do” lists today. Will start shopping next week.

  12. Just my husband and I, both working on being prepared. Kind of thankful I don’t have children to worry about in this world.

  13. It’s just me and my husband and we are a great team. I do most of the research, due to having more free time, but he’s right there with me to check things out and make a final choice, once I narrow down our options. We spend a lot of our free time learning new skills together. A lot of friends are on board, but not so much with any of our extended family.

  14. My wife and I are a team with just about everything. We have our personal interests, but work as a team for our future, whatever that may bring. WE are preppers.

  15. My wife is on board with me 100% about prepping for the inevitable and is in charge of the organization side of things. Good to have her.

  16. My sister and I live alone. We are both retired. Our children are grown and have children of their own. They are not into prepping. My sis and I are avid readers, reading everything we can get our hands on. Loved the Foxfire books. We have a small vegetable garden and are learning to can our food. I feel that things are headed on a downhill path, economically and politically. Now is the time to learn all we can and practice our skills. Our Spiritual Faith is most important. We need to be prepared in all areas of life. We don’t know exactly what to expect. Even the weather is unpredictable now. I would love to have your book, Apocalypse Drift. Thanks for all the great information you provide. Keep up the good work.

  17. I do all the prepping in our house, there’s the two of us and my elderly father. He thinks its silly. My DH is supportive, so he will fund larger items and wants me to put aside supplies for 20 people for a year. Unfortunately he doesn’t help with the actual doing. When I spend time or money on courses (canning, suturing, fire starting, etc) or meet up with my prepping group, he doesn’t understand why. I garden and raise chickens, am working on getting milk goats. I read books and have given them to him to read, but he doesn’t. Am anxious that when something does happen, he will bring home 18 people and they will all sit there looking at me like “now what”. Talk about the SHTF!!
    You are lucky to have such a committed survival husband!!!

  18. My husband is planning to build a rotating storage for me so that I can get all my #10 cans out of the boxes and organized by product. He encourages me to continue to set food and items aside. He believes in what I do to prepare.

  19. I am the only one actively prepping. My wife rolls her eyes until I remind her of Katrina and other natural disasters and then she’s lukewarm. My kids were in Scouting and learned some skills but both have bailed on that now. So, it’s just me putting stuff away, learning new skills, keeping up with current vents and praying. Really enjoy Joe’s work, have read almost all of them.

  20. It’s pretty much me, myself and I. Kids think I am a nutjob. Husband also thinks that, but is at least a little bit more supportive than he used to be, in that he doesn’t begrudge my buying (most) things, as long as they aren’t too expensive. He also built me a storage area for food. But he is pretty adamantly opposed to some of the bigger things that I feel we need (such as solar generator, chickens, etc.), so I am working on it slowly but surely. Feeling like time is running out, so I am wishing to have more resources to convince them.

  21. My wife is starting to scoff less lately. We have always raised a decent garden, and she understands the value of buying many things in bulk. My daughter has grown up knowing the hand pump at the well has a real function, and celebrates reasonable preparation. And luckily my grandchildren don’t think I’m a total wingnut, so they pitch in occasionally.

  22. I got the ball rolling around here and then my hubby finally “saw the light” and kicked into gear things I’m just not physically capable of. I have 3 in highschool who are all supportive, all know the value of what we’re doing and help with what they can. We live rural, so self sufficiency is the name of the game here…sometimes we have flooding and our roads will wash out, too. Glad my pantry is always fully stocked!

  23. My daughter, son-in-law, and their 3 kids (8 and under) live with me and my husband. All the adults are supportive of my efforts. All of us have our CCWs, and have various stages of skill with firearms. I have, for the most part, been the one to spur the others educating themselves. We have a good store of food; we have, in the past couple years, learned how to can, and as I speak, I’ve got 20 pints of corn in the pressure canner cooling down, and 7 pints of corn relish processing in the water bath. (From our garden!)

  24. My husband and I are working together on this. He is making some changes to make our home more secure and I am working on lists and learning.

  25. I live alone most of the year so I can do as I please. I have just started prepping so I haven’t said much to my grown children about preps yet. However, I am putting aside extra for them.

  26. My husband is not on board but permits me to purchase without censor if it isn’t a major purchase. The kids have their heads in the sand. They have funds, but don’t want to bother — or think of unpleasant things. We are out of a large metropolitan area but after reading One Second After, I realize we simply won’t be able to survive the hoards trekking our way. So I need all of us on board planning, prepping, preparing, and praying.

  27. It is very difficult to be prepared on our 1400 dollar a month SS income when our house payment takes up most of those dollars. Fortunately there is just my wife and I. My wife is supportive of my ideas and preparation but is disabled and cannot do much to help. While I had a job I did purchase a generator and freezer so we have those to fall back on. I have recently purchased a dehydrator and am trying to learn what to do with it. I have a childhood farming background and am trying to grow food but it seems that the bug a ratcoons got most of this years crops. I have no communications with siblings and relatives all of whom think I’m a crack-pot and should be put away. I have my skills and my ham radio to fall back on in case of a total collapse of our country.

  28. My husband and I are totally on board. We have a grown son on his own who got us started and a grown married daughter who wants nothing to do with preps, but we keep working on her.

  29. I’m new at this. I’m alone, just me the dog and the cat. I get to the library about once a week to read you online. I started getting blankets and water and food in small boxes I could carry into the car or the truck about 5 years ago. When the tornados would hit I would grab the leash, the dog and let the cat out,(noway was she going inthat awful car!) and we would bug out to a friends old stone cabin, or if he wasn’t in town we’d go down to the old car wash that was made with heavy brick. It was alot safer than our mobile home. Then I found you online and am really stocking up and prepping as best I can. Hopefully one day we’ll have a place in the country with a real house.

  30. Hubby and I work together on our prepping. Our grown children are in different states of the country along with being in different states of preparedness. We hope and pray if the need arises they will be able to make their way back here to the farm.

  31. it’s just hubby and myself, and finances are quite tight.
    1200 monthly between the both of us, and will soon have
    250 less per month, so it will be even harder. we do have supplies, but
    I dont think it will last very long, especially if friends or(non-preppers) show up.

  32. Although my husband & daughter thought it silly, they’ve both been paying some attention…husband got me a nice propane camp stove for mother’s day, and carried the emergency toilet out of the store! While I haven’t convinced them yet to buy land for a retreat, they both agree that prepping for a bad storm, electrical failures, etc is a good idea, esp since my father in law lives with us, and he’s quite frail. Daughter takes a bug out bag with her to college, and husband surprises me with ammo out of the blue sometimes!

  33. My wife would rather not know what I do for prepping. She doesn’t discourage me but she rolls her eyes when I bring up the subject most times.

  34. Well, for starters, I am pretty young (not even out of high school) and relatively new at prepping. My mother isn’t really into the whole weapons/self-defense stuff, but I have her support in finding bug out locations or other things pertaining to that. My younger siblings, however, LOVE helping me prep! They like to help me store water or fix up our Bug out/ Grab and Go bags. They even watch videos with me on YouTube about different methods for post-collapse survival. Its great having them around to help me. I have recently been trying to convince my parents to help start a garden,so hopefully we’ll be able to do that soon! Other than that, I am really the main person who preps in my home.

  35. My husband and I started about a year ago and are working hard. Our middle daughter and her family are on board and started prepping food stores about six months ago. Our oldest daughter & her family – and youngest daughter & her family are slowly coming around. We take care of my parents – who have medical issues – so bugging out will only be an absolute last resort for us. I gave my dad a couple books to read – The Patriot and the Going Home/Surviving Home books. We talked last night that his eyes are now open to so many potential issues and he is fully on board with us. We were actually talking about ordering Apocalypse Drift just last night! And might I say – we are loving canning and dehydrating!!!! Definitely opens up additional ways to store meats and veggies and fruits without tons of preservatives. Our budget is limited but doing what we can 🙂

  36. i’m pretty much flying solo on this, my daughter and son can’t see the forest for the trees, and my husband while he does see some value in prepping, he just doesn’t want to spend the extra money, so i squirrel a few things away here and there. my proudest achievement is a bug out bag that is have, ready and waiting if the worst ever happens 🙂

  37. 0%…..My family think I’m just a gloomy gus, thinking the worst, well yeeeahhhh, sort of. I just think about ” what ifs”. I don’t try to convince them anymore. When or if something happens and they can get here, hopefully I’ll be ready. I know I’ll be more prepared then they will be… matter how little I might actually be, I’ll still be ahead of them and many many others.

  38. My wife and I share pretty much equal in this venture. Alto we are not really prepared yet we are working on it together.

  39. My husband is who got me started on it. We are working on it together, and I am really glad he got me thinking about it.

  40. My husband and I are retired and have been working on prepping for about a year and a half. We try to do a number of things each month to increase our readiness. In addition to getting food, water, equipment, and supplies gathered, we’ve been creating gardens and planting various vegetables and fruits. We’re hoping to become more successful with our gardening so that we can process more of it for storage. So far, the only items that we’ve produced more than we managed to eat was various greens, which I’ve cooked and placed in the freezer. We do a lot of reading on prepping subjects, and I print out pertinent information and place it in a large notebook after we have both read the material.

  41. I think I have a ream of information that I’ve acquired from here and other places; not all of it has been gone through yet.
    Has anyone gotten a flyer from “Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness 7 Day Survival Kit”?
    I went to the market and it was handed to me – a week to week things to get ( it’s a calendar type list from 1-12 weeks of preparedness). shopping list to buy for the kit, and a section ” Things To Do”. The State of Alaska put this one out and not sure if every state had the same thing. Just a wonder!

  42. I am pretty much on my own. My family understands and shares my concerns, but not enough to really do much about it. However I do have some life long friends who are in my network and they feel and prepare like I do, so we’ll be fine.

  43. I have been on my own for a long time. However, lately my husband has been open to more ideas, for the first time ever we tried our hand at our own garden. He would always say “why can it if you can buy it cheaper” I would answer” I need to learn how, at some piont i would like to be able to grow what i need to can.” He also finally agreed to getting chickens. ( thats a big one )

  44. I am a newbie and am trying very hard to prepare and not break the bank. My wife supports me. I do hope there will never be a need for the preparations, but if I do I will be ready. Slow and steady and stay the course.

  45. I am a widow and live alone with my guns, dog and cats. I do organic gardening and have always canned and prepped for winter and extras…just a thing my mother did. I tell some of my family members what to watch for and when to be ready to come to my place…so not just prepping for myself. My son and grandson furnish my wood for my woodstove…love your blog..we are of the same mind. Always download books you reccommend…Thanks so much.

  46. My wife and I share but the children do not have much interest as of yet. Hopefully they will come around to realizing the need.

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