Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Apocalypse Drift by Joe Nobody

Avatar 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.

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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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