Prepper Book Festival 11: Braving the Storms

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: July 2, 2019
Prepper Book Festival 11: Braving the Storms

By now you probably know that I have a virtual love-fest with certain authors. These are the individuals that consistently put out meaningful and educational work that we can learn from, whether it is the form of preparedness oriented reference books or survival fiction.

This week I once again feature one of those authors, Kyle Pratt, as I introduce you to the third book in his “Strengthen What Remains” series, Braving the Storms. I love audiobooks and lucky for me, I was able to listen to the book during my daily walks with Tucker the Dog, and during my nightly de-stressing while coloring in “adult” coloring books.

Braving the Storms by Kyle Pratt | Backdoor Survival

Braving the Storms was, for me, not so much about the consequences of the unraveling of society as about the human factor. It was about the feelings, the fears, and the optimism of the characters who, by the end of book, you really care about. I do not want to spoil things for you so I will leave it at that. This is Kyle Pratt at his best.

Today I share an all new interview with Kyle, plus, I have ten copies up of his book up for grabs in a giveaway. I did say this was huge giveaway, after all. But there is more. The winners will have their choice of a print book, eBook, or audio book. Pretty nice right?

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Kyle Pratt, Author of Braving the Storms

One question on everyone’s mind is what they would do if a disaster or even a collapse occurred in their own back yard. If that happened to you, would you bug-in or bug-out and why.

There are conceivable disasters that would force a family to flee their home, or bug-out. However, I have chosen to live in a place and in a way to minimize that possibility. I live in a rural area on a small farm.

There are many reasons I would want to stay put beyond the fact that this is my home. We have a pantry full of food and supplies. Over the years we have planted an orchard of apple and pear trees. There is a well with both an electric and hand pump. We have chickens and bees. These things, and many others, would be useful in a disaster and would be difficult, or impossible, to relocate.

However, I still have a bug-out bag (two actually) and could if the situation required it, leave quickly.

If you did decide to hunker down and bug-in, what items would you include for comfort? Or would you?

It is possible to store a lot of food as MREs or drums of rice and beans, but who would want to eat only that. I’ve already mentioned that we grow apples and pears. Part of the reason we do is because these are great snack foods. However, in addition to items like that we also stock things like coffee, cocoa, and chocolate.

Home defense and protection from the bad guys is a big deal. That said, not everyone is prepared or even qualified to use firearms. What do you recommend in that case?

Robert Heinlein once wrote that, “An armed society is a polite society.”

In that vein, I do believe every adult should have access to at least one firearm and know how to use it. Of course there are non-lethal weapons such as Tasers and Mace. However, I also recommend learning martial art techniques such as Krav Maga, Karate or Judo.

These days, it seems as though a new book about survival or preparedness is released daily. How is your book different from the others and why should we read it?

Braving the Storms is the third book in a series that, for me, started with a simple premise. If countries such as Iran, North Korea and China conspired with terrorists to weaken the United States, how might they accomplish it? Everything that happens in the book follows from the resulting terror and destruction. There are no vampires, zombies or aliens.

I am a prepper and include some information about prepping when and where it fits into the story, but my main character isn’t a prepper. He does have a military background and some skills (otherwise it might be a really short book) but he doesn’t know everything, and makes mistakes. He’s a good person, but very human.

All of my point-of-view characters are fairly average people just trying to survive and do the right thing. I believe that allows my readers (mostly average people trying to get along in life and survive) to identify with the characters and learn while being entertained.

What is your favorite survival, disaster, or post-apocalyptic film or TV show?

My favorite survival movie is Contagion. It came out in 2011, and starred Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet. The plot realistically portrays the spread of a flu-like virus around the world. While medical researchers and public health officials struggle to identify and contain the disease, law and order is breaking down.

6. It is said that everyone has a book inside them. What advice do you have for the budding author?

Finish your book. Many people say they always wanted to write a book, or they have several chapters done. Few people come to me and say, “I’ve finished my book, now what do I do?”

Today is a great time to be an author, but before an agent or publisher discusses possible options, they will want to know that you can finish a novel.

The Giveaway

Kyle has reserved 10 copies of Braving the Storms for this Book Festival Giveaway. The winners can choose their format: print book, eBook, or audiobook.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific 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.

Note: This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

By the way, did you know that you can get a free trial of Audible along with 2 free audio books? Be forewarned that you will be hooked!

The Final Word

As with the rest of the books in this prepper book festival, Braving the Storms is an outstanding example of the newest books coming out of the niche. These are books that not only help us learn, but they also cross the line into the mainstream, educating the world about the threats we face and what to do about them.

Please indulge me as I put in a plug for the entire Strength What Remains series. If you decide to read it, I am confident that you will not be disappointed.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight: Braving the Storms (Strengthen What Remains)

Braving the Storms, is the third book of the Strengthen What Remains series.

In the first book, Through Many Fires, nuclear terrorism strikes the nation’s capital and six other American cities. In the second book, A Time to Endure, society continues to unravel, and civil war threatens the divided and economically-crippled land.

Now a new and even more lethal problem emerges. A swift and deadly flu epidemic sweeps out of overcrowded FEMA camps and strikes the nation with horrific results. Caden Westmore struggles to keep his family and community safe, while others use the plague to advance their own military and political agendas.

Caden must succeed, but how can he, when both the epidemic and chaos attack his hometown and family?”


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No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage. The eBook print version is available.


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69 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 11: Braving the Storms”

  1. ;I always find I can’t have to many resources to refer to-love to win this bad boy-and am going to read the others soon-didn’t know about this author

  2. I have read each of these books, have them on Kindle. I think they are very well written, plot developed very well, educational and fun to read. I hope more people take time to buy and read his books – unless they are lucky enough to win!!! Have a great day! Keep Looking UP

  3. Adaptability. We’ve become so accustomed to our modern day conveniences, I think the ability to rethink and revise our daily lives would be crucial.

  4. I must admit I am an avid reader and will read a large variety of subjects. But this genre of books have become my all time favorite. I am on a search for new books and writers daily. Can’t seem to get enough! I look forward to indulging in this new one. I think the learning is the most important. You can never know too much, but this is sure a fun way to learn it!

  5. The trait I feel would help me the most is optimism. No matter what, there is always an upside, lesson to be learned, and opportunity to be grateful.
    That, and the fact that I am very organized which could be helpful as well.

  6. The one human trait that will allow us to survive a large scale event is our ability to adapt to the new reality and overcome the challenges faced.

  7. I think all I have learned in all my years in the “school of hard knocks” will help me in the coming hard knock times.

    • They can go either way. In this third book, I feel that the character development is such that the book can stand alone but at the end of the day, it is a matter of personal preference.

  8. I would absolutely love get this book. I’ve prepped for the last few years, but at 60 years of age, I can see that being prepared means staying alive longer. I may not be able to do all the things I could when I was younger, and I am constantly looking for ways to prep for the worst of times, while praying for the best…

  9. I would agree with past experiences…there is life on the other side, if you can get through whatever tragedy and obstacles are blocking your path.

  10. My faith would be number one. I would look to Him for direction. I have preps, I have skills and knowledge but all this will only get me so far. I believe much wisdom and discernment comes from our relationship with God.

    I look forward to reading your book!

  11. I’m torn between adaptability and courage. Perhaps courage is the base from which adaptabilty comes.

  12. My faith. I would know that there was some purpose to what was happening, and a plan, and I would try to discern and follow it.

  13. I think the one trait that will see me through is the instinct for survival. This leads to all other traits like wisdom, knowledge, and a myriad of others.

  14. In my house there is always room for another set of books. One can learn from all types of situational books. I cannot remember the times I have read fictional survival books and came away with “Why didn’t I think of this or that happening”.

  15. Don’t know what happened to my post, but it is gone. I will try again. Always room in my house for another set of books. I have purchased and read many. Each one I am amazed has some jewel of info that one can use if the “What if happens”.

  16. I think my “stubbornness” as my Hubs calls it(I call it perseverance) would be one of the traits I have. That and having parents and grands that taught us the “old” ways of doing things, if you know what I mean.

  17. My ability to adapt to any situation will be the key to my personal survival. I’m already a survivor no matter the situation, I learn and grow from it.

  18. I think adaptability is going to be very important. If you can’t adapt to changing situations, you’ll sit there until the situation overwhelms you and kills you.

  19. Oh man….great question. I will go with flexibility. The ability to adapt to whatever situation, danger, or need that arises will be a valuable human trait to have.

  20. This type of book is for all family members, young and old. You can learn things as well as enjoy a great story, and discuss it all together afterwards.

  21. Sounds like an awesome set of books. I haven’t read his stuff yet but even if I don’t win I will be downloading them and give them a try. Faith, when God gives you a plan it’s up to you to believe in his guidance and follow his plan.

  22. Determination. Even though I’m still learning and have a long way to go before being prepared, I feel that my determination to learn how to survive and adapt to any situation and to succeed in everything I do will see me through

  23. I really believe self-reliance is the key. We all have knowledge and skills and training that help, but intention is really more important. Preparation and attitude and a measure of luck all allow it to happen.

  24. I would think having the ability to work together with other like minded people would be important. Not only to just surviving but for rebuilding things afterwards. One person can’t do everything alone.

  25. I have to agree with several others above. The ability to remain calm is very important. We all have or have seen people make mistakes when they get flustered at something and can’t think straight. You can remain calm and still act appropriately fast in implementing your plan. This is why it is important to be prepared for a disruptive event.

  26. I think my positive attitude would be my greatest strength. It’s gotten me through some difficult times.

  27. My faith, after that I would say adaptability. Sure not my preparedness, I’m way behind! 🙂

  28. Being a voracious reader, especially on survivial & prepping subjects I’d really live to win a copy of one of these books!

  29. I love the Keep Calm message and even have it on note cards. So I’d Keep Calm and survive on! Keeping a level head and not panicking is a good idea in any situation, so you’re able to think through your plan.

  30. I believe my determination to keep my family together and safe will be my strength. My skills as a midwife and a farmers wife will be important also.

  31. I think that faith would be the key to my survival — faith in God and faith in the skills I’ve acquired and the other preparations I have made.

  32. I am a widow with children scattered all over the country, so no help there. I am doing what I can with a SS budget. I am learning all I can from books and trying to get a neighborhood group together, but that is almost impossible in a mobile home park of senior citizens. So any help I can learn will help when the shtf for sure.

  33. I think determination would be an all-encompassing trait that would be of primary importance.

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