Prepper Book Festival 11: Dark Ages 2020

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Prepper Book Festival 11: Dark Ages 2020

One of the pleasures of being an author and blogger is that you become acquainted with a wide range of people and personalities.  During that process, sometimes you happen upon someone who is wonderfully helpful and seems like an all-around nice person.

A couple of years ago I met such a person, JD Dutra, the developer of the hugely popular Conflicted Card Game series.  Although we only touched base occasionally, I found JD to be responsive and always willing to help with whatever I was doing to spread the word about Conflicted.

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It gives me great pleasure to lead the newest prepper book festival with JD’s novel, Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller.  I recently settled down to start reading Dark Ages and was hooked from the get go.  My imagination has always been drawn to plausible conspiracies and Dark Ages promises not to disappoint.

Today I share an interview with JD, plus I have three print copies up for grabs in a giveaway.  Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with JD Dutra, Author of Dark Ages 2020

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

It’s about how a secret society brings modern civilization into another Dark Age, through a man-made pandemic; and about the lives of 5 people who are unprepared for it.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

I researched several different conspiracies theories, but the most interesting ones were about the Bohemian Grove, and about the elongated skulls with no match to human DNA found anywhere in the world.

How long did it take to write?

It took me 6 months.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

That the world we live in is fragile and full of illusions.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I was born and raised in Brazil, but I chose to become an American a few years ago. I live in California with my wife and 3 children, and I enjoy reading, shooting and developing more material for both my novels and for Conflicted: The Survival Card Game.

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

The financial collapse of our civilization and the world war 3 that will follow.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

Read good books on preparedness.

What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

A hard one, but I do think that the 3rd World War will be nuclear, so The Road would be a scenario many people who survived the attacks would face.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes, I have plans for more books in these series and others! Including some non-post-apocalyptic books focused on American and Latin American politics.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

I’d like to leave you with one of my favorite quotes of all time – “We will be the same person in 5 years that we are today except for 2 things: the people we meet and the book we read” ― Charles Jones

The Giveaway

JD has reserved three copies of Dark Ages 2020 for this Book Festival Giveaway.

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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.

The Final Word

I would like to say a few words about Conflicted, the Survival Card Game.  The way the game works is that there is a set of cards, each describing a survival scenario following the collapse of society.  The point is to open up a discussion of how best to deal with the situation by coming up with workable strategies.

In this week’s giveaway, I pose a question asking what scenarios would you like help with. What scenarios would you like to discuss as a group?  I am fascinated by the prospect, and for that reason, hope you will enter the giveaway and record your entry in the comments.  Who knows?  Perhaps I can convince JD to create a Backdoor Survival deck of Conflicted playing cards!

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive.  There is truly something for everyone!

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Spotlight:  Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller

The Dark Ages ended when the Black Death pandemic decimated over 60% of the European population. Millions of sudden deaths, created an immediate surplus of goods and lands, which catapulted that part of the world into a new age of rebirth: The Renaissance.

The outbreak was unleashed on purpose, by an ancient and occult cabal which still operates at the present time, behind the secret societies of the rich and powerful.

In the year 2020, moved by the desire to launch humanity into a new era of enlightenment and scientific advancements, this same obscure society plans to release a virus which can wipe out up to 90% of the world’s population. Political maneuvering and the biggest false flag event in generations sets their plan in motion, and immediately the President of The United States is caught in a web of horror, weaved by this powerful global elite.

As modern society crumbles and the final unleashing of a New World Order takes place, 5 lives will collide in a violent struggle for control, power and ultimate survival.

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56 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 11: Dark Ages 2020”

  1. You are in a survival group. While standing guard duty you see someone you know and liked before the disaster coming toward your post. You know this person has no skills that may be needed within the group and would not be an asset to the group. Do you call for someone else to turn them away or do you do it?

  2. I have a core group of good friends that actually do this. We come together from time to time to plan for scenarios. For example large scale flooding, home fire, long term wide spread power outage, and an extreme economic situation. We discuss and plan how we might support and help each other. Maybe pump out a basement, find temporary housing, help with the repairs to a friends home. And how we might gather our individual resources to support all in the event we needed to homestead together.

  3. I would be the one to turn this person away. It would be difficult, but i would have a small bag of food and cleanliness products to put out for them. Explain why they were not invited in, wish them good luck and close the door. If force was needed i would rely on my backup to help.

    • If you know the person is lying in order to get food stamps and welfare, lays around the house all day drinking (every day), abuses spouse and children. Well, if the group lets someone, that I know, is like that in, then I’m gone!!

  4. No one can do everything, so you must use people’s best skills in needed areas. Everyone does their job or none survive. The reason the military works so well is that you do your jobs because someone is doing theirs for your survival as well. You may only be a child who can gather biomass for cooking, but that job brings nurishment to the group. Your maybe disabled or elderly, but if your skill is telling stories or just being positive and supportive, it brings encouragment to your group. I heard someone say once, you should have a doctor in your group or someone skilled with tools….but everyone has value!!

  5. I belong to a group of friends and we have played the game – love it. Another step to mentally prepping for real life situations. The book sounds great! Keep Looking UP

    • Have you checked out Ham Radio? Even in an EMP, if you have prepared, then ham gear would be protected. (Faraday cage – // )

  6. I would want to discuss and determine how the group decides who would have to be turned away, for the sake of harmony within the group. I suspect I would be harsher than the others and would not want to have that cause dissension by being the most extreme hard-liner.

  7. I would love getting a copy of the book. 🙂
    Deciding who might work well with your group and who to send along would be a tough decision. Perhaps the group would establish criteria and then it would be followed when the time came? One person would have to be in charge and decide those things.

  8. I have a large extended family, many who cannot get along with each other. We can’t even get through Thanksgiving – I hate to think about the apocalypse! Sounds like 2020 would be a book I would love. Thanks for all your hard work, Gaye.

  9. How important is common belief in the group? If you are all Christians would you be willing to take in someone who doesn’t believe in God? What would this do to the harmony of the group?

  10. I’d like to put together a list of everyone’s skills and what they have to contribute and make a plan for who does what. This would also allow us to see what holes were in our plan so we could begin to fill them now.

  11. Scenario is civil unrest/riots like Ferguson/Baltimore. Our discussion would consider how close the civil unrest/riots would likely be to our area and what our current individual and group resources currently are. Then discuss how we would proceed to make sure our families were safe and had the resources to stay that way until the situation was resolved. Main topics would likely be how to communication with each other, stay current on local information, and if a “last run” to fill in supplies would be a good idea.

  12. Describe a survival scenario that you would like to discuss so that you can come up with a workable strategy. We have been discussing that in a group, man it brings up all kinds of different ideas and personalities.

  13. I would enjoy the input of others on how to defend your home from hungry mobs. I think the only people that would be invited into my home would be my family. As time went on, then I may join a larger group of people. Anyone that can survive a few months in a apocalyptic scenario is the kind of group that I would want to join.

  14. What an interesting book!

    Scenario discussion I think would be how to manage what we have and keep it safe. When groups start looting, keeping our families and supplies safe seem to be a priority to me.

  15. I would really like to win a copy of this book. For now, our group consists of extended family. We have a doctor and a nurse. But we have never gotten past the stage of knowing to get to my house asap.

  16. My biggest fear is violence. Gangs and others who want to take what you have by force. Also violent is the police state scenario.

    Of course a person should be well armed But I just don’t see that as a good solution. At some point you have to sleep, boil water and everything else.

    I really do hope the neighborhood can pull together when the time comes. I do have stuff and skills to share.

  17. My family, like many, is scattered…would like to discuss with them how to communicate in a grid-down situation and which places might be best for gathering, if necessary. Beginner stuff.

  18. We would discuss a dirty bomb, possibly a bio terror attack. Living so close to our porous border I am concerned with something like this happening.

  19. We would have a discussion about some of the moral aspects of a survival scenario. Would we turn away a hungry neighbor? Would we turn away a child? Would we be able and willing to shoot or kill someone?

  20. I’m having trouble imagining this kind of scenario simply because I haven’t been in a group that isn’t overloaded with ego and people more interested in showing off all the expensive gear they have. Yes, looking for a new group.

  21. Right now our group consists of family members only. We have a plan if one member and their family is displaced due to a house fire, etc. but we need to discuss a strategy for coping with a major disaster where more than one member is displaced and has to leave home or if we all do. In the near future, we hope to start adding some trusted friends who are not family members to the group. When we do, we will have to rework the strategy.

  22. I would like to discuss the scenerio where a person not in the group comes up. How would each person handle this situation? Would we offer help, for example a BOB, and send them on their way? If children are involved would we allow them in?

  23. The scenario would be if gangs, gov’t. etc are in the area killing, robbing, and etc. What would a person do, especially if there is only 1 or 2 of us. There is always, fight back, run and hide or etc ?. What else?

    • Dennis, this is exactly the situation I fear. Also relating because there is only one or two of us. For this reason I have chosen caches, escaping and hiding. Getting ready to bury equipment and supplies in various nearby wooded areas. Everything will be placed in dry bags with backpack straps and then tied up in a few layers of contractor trash bags before burying. Going to be expensive because essentially I’m buying the same set of equipment and supplies in several areas. My goal is to become extremely practiced at camouflage shelters, foraging, dakota fire holes, setting up and breaking down camp really fast and running and hiding again and again if need be. I am very serious about staying alive. It would be wonderful to stay at home, collect rainwater, cook in the backyard and grow food. But without a large group living together patrolling 24/7 I just don’t see how 1 person can survive more than a short term crisis at home. So #1 is skills, skills, skills and #2 is cache, cache, cache!

  24. The scenario I’d like us to discuss is, first, how to get into communication with each other, then, figuring out how to know when it’s time to “circle the wagons”, so to speak…when do we meet up to bug-in together?

  25. I think of scenarios related to the everyday weather disasters I see here in California. An earthquake situation comes to mind the most and I’d have the group discuss how we would triage and handle an earthquake situation, concerning safety and each choosing a task that we were able to handle. An example of a work group, where we would be in the same area, is what I’m thinking of. It happens so fast though, sometimes you have no warning, but at least the group can discuss what we planned to do. I’m a nurse so I’d go for the wounded, after getting in a safe area.

  26. Apocalyptic—in the greek and hebrew meaning is lifting of the veil,reveling of knowledge,revelation…Amagedin is major or finl war or distruction.

  27. So much to do. Difficult to decide where to start. Sometimes too much info causes one to
    delay prepping. Perhaps another look at a scenario will help. This book looks very interesting.

  28. apocalypse=——–ancient greek apokalypsis…uncovering,,,disclosier of knowledge,,,lifting of the veil or a revelation……In the last days the veil would be lifted…..Rev 19;10 the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy…pray for a spirit of decernment to come upon you and your loved ones that they will be prepared not like the 10 foolish virgins who had no oil for there lamps. Bob

  29. I to discuss how to how to possible drill a well within the city limitz of my —- logistics, etc. Since we will probably be “bugging in” — lack of water is one of my biggest fears.

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