Summer Book Festival: Holding Their Own IV by Joe Nobody

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
Summer Book Festival: Holding Their Own IV by Joe Nobody

Today I share a very special interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival. Joe Nobody is back one more time this week to share his personal thoughts on a number of his books.  Plus, he is providing one of my readers with a free copy of his book Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent.

Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.

“Jannie” has won a copy of Apocalypse Drift. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book.  Here is how Jannie answered the question “To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

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.

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


summer book festival 2013_01

As a prolific writer in the survival and prepping niche (both non-fiction and fiction), what is your own personal favorite and why?

I think this is the most difficult question anyone has ever asked me as a writer, and I really don’t have a favorite. I have a view of each book and what its strengths and weaknesses are, but to name a single favorite title is impossible. Here’s a few thoughts on each manuscript:

Home Schooled Shootist: Contains the most information of any book I’ve written. Packed with more tips, tricks and methods than any other. It also required the most time to write.

TEOTWAWKI Tuxedo: For beginning preppers, important info. In some respects, I regret the title. If I had named this book “The Ultimate Bug-out Kit,” I think it would have resonated with more folks. In reality, that’s what the book is about.

Holding Your Ground – Preparing for Defense: I’m so proud of HYG. Every day, dozens of folks pick up a copy and realize the importance of security and defense in their preps. Not some Rambo, shoot-em-up stuff, but commonsense defensive measures should it all fall apart. Of all my books, this one did the best job of meeting my goal of educating people. When I see review after review saying that “I’m looking at defensive preparations in an entirely new light,” it is very gratifying.

Without Rule of Law: My most misunderstood title. Folks either hate it or love it. If I knew the end of days was next week, and I had time to implement the lessons/skills/equipment contained in a single Joe Nobody book, this would be the one.

Apocalypse Drift: Most folks don’t realize this, but I intentionally wrote Drift to be family friendly. I wanted to create prepper fiction that a parent could appreciate and then pass along to a 12 – 18 year old adolescent who would enjoy it as well. It was extremely difficult for me to write with this restriction. An example would be the lack of foul language. I’ve never been in a life and death, shooting situation, where foul language didn’t occur from someone. For the younger readers, I intentionally kept it squeaky clean and some readers have commented that it wasn’t realistic dialogue for this very reason. Other folks expected a Bishop and Terri type work, but the intent of this novel was completely different.

The Holding Their Own Series… What can you say about our protagonists Bishop and Terri? For those of you who are not familiar with this unfolding narrative, it chronicles the story of a young couple during a financial collapse of the United States. Of the series:

HTO I – Contains the most prepper tips and tricks, especially concerning security and travel.

HTO II – My favorite Bishop book. I unleash the tiger inside of our protagonist in this story. It’s as close to super-hero as I write, but packed with great action.

HTO III – Is the most fun to read. Bishop, in his element, with a mission.

HTO IV – Right when things are looking up… The best story/plot I’ve written.

HTO V – I almost named this book Terri’s Song. It’s her book much like HTO II belongs to Bishop.

I have agreed, in writing, to pen one more Bishop and Terri novel. That doesn’t mean I’ll end the series… there will probably be a few more in 2014.

Thank you for letting me tell your readers about my books and thoughts, and the best of luck to everyone.



A copy of Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent has been reserved for one lucky reader.  Here is this week’s question:

What is your preferred method of self defense?  Pepper Spray? Firearm? Baseball Bat? Or Something Else????

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 48 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.

summer book festival 2013_04


If you have not taken the time to read survival fiction, I challenge you to pick up a book and give it a try.  I can tell you from personal experience that reading survival fiction will kick your critical thinking into high gear as you come up with your own solutions to the situations faced by the characters.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

If you have not done so already, please be sure to like Backdoor Survival on Facebook to be updated every time there is an awesome new article, news byte, or free survival, prepping or homesteading book on Amazon.

In addition, when you sign up to receive email updates you will receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

Spotlight Item: Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent

Holding Their Own The AscentThe president is dead and the military divided, two powerful armies aligned to reignite a bloody, civil war. Millions struggle and starve, waiting for the government to reform and initiate a recovery. Bishop and Terri have a simple plan – they want to retreat to an isolated strip of West Texas desert and prepare for the expansion of their family. It’s not meant to be. The vacuum of leadership ignites an internal struggle that pulls the couple into the middle of a fast paced, dangerous adventure as powerful, desperate men fight to control what’s left of the United States.

Book four of Joe Nobody’s popular series, Holding Their Own, takes the reader on an adventure through a world trying to recover and rebuild after a complete collapse of society. The post-apocalyptic landscape is dangerous, unpredictable and often requires creative solutions just to survive. Join Bishop, Terri and their friends as The Ascent begins.

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.

owl reading book


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

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials

Emergency Candle

Although I have plenty of flashlights and batteries (you might even say I have a flashlight fetish) I also stay stocked up with a dozen of these Clear Mist 100 Hour Plus Emergency Candles as well.  For the best deal, purchase a dozen at a time to get a discounted price.

Speaking of which, Emergency Essentials is having some great sales this month on many of your favorites.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials


Like this and want more?

Follow Backdoor Survival on Facebook
Follow Backdoor Survival on Twitter
Follow Backdoor Survival on Pinterest

I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here.

Amazon has a cool feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are ‘wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are. Like I said, very cool.

Amazon’s Most Wished For Items in Sports and Outdoors

Help support Backdoor Survival. Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you!

11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: This little book will provide you with the motivation to get started or stay on track with a self-reliant life. 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life, co-authored with my long time pal, George Ure (, and can purchased from Amazon.

Aff | Emergency Survival Blanket

[DEAL] Emergency Survival Blanket

Pocket-size survival blanket could save a life - throw in your bag or car.

Get Cheap Security
Aff | Emergency Survival Blanket
[DEAL] Emergency Survival Blanket Get Cheap Security

30 Responses to “Summer Book Festival: Holding Their Own IV by Joe Nobody”

  1. My preferred method would be concealing and avoiding trouble if at all possible. Failing that, my old, trusty .30-30 Remington would be used.

  2. I recently got my concealed carry license, but still need more target practice before I feel comfortable carrying. At this point, my method is being careful and aware of my surroundings.

  3. we have all sorts of defense objects here and there about the house and outside at different places but i think the first easy thing we would use would be the “wasp spray” cans at the front and back doors. my wife hates the thought of having to hurt someone as i do to but i am going to protect our little peace of heaven here!!!! the wasp spray shoots out a stream about 15 or 20 feet so she,s comfortable with that for first defense.i would like to add that i bought a few more sets of the can openers from amazon. we use to get those in the army, i think they were called :p-38s:. any how they work great for opening cans and i plan to put some of them with our stored can foods. and also i,d like to give a thumbs up to the 18 can vegetable sale we got from emergency essentials for $229.99. talk about a great deal! ok, i,m sorry for rambling on.

  4. In the car, step one is either the can of wasp/hornet spray or the “T-ball” ball bat that is two feet long. In the home it is the Remington 870 – in 20 gauge, for old shoulders.

  5. A pocket pistol, don’t leave home without it. I wont even go to the mail box without it. For home protection, a Remington 870, 12 gage beside the bed, with waxed bullets. For home protection while not in bed, I have a soft holster velcrowed to my recliner to hold my Springfield XDM 40.
    Recently I saw a young man in WalMart with his Glock 45 cal strapped to his waist. I chatted with him a while, and he said his weapon had saved his live twice. I wondered if the fact that he was so brazen in the fact that he showed it to the world, may have necessitated him needing it. I personally conceal with the pocket pistol, not showing the world I am carrying.

  6. my brain is probably my best defensive weapon. i take every place i go without thinking about not forgetting it. as backup i have weapons which are an extension to my arm.

    • let me clarify my answer. as a 3rd degree black belt in moo duk kwan,own an T56SKS,2 T53 mosin nagant carbines,! mosin nagant M91-30,a savage 12 ga pump and a mossberg 152 .22 LR semi auto with a 3-9X32 scope none of it is any good if i dont use my brain and 21 years military traing.

  7. As I am 70 years old, I am opting for wasp spray at this time. Glad someone mentioned keeping a can in the car. Last night as a group of ladies were discussing defense. A friend said that wasp spray could clog and not spray when it was old. We might need to remember to periodically make sure the hole is opened.

  8. Hopefully will never have to use any. We have many of what you listed. Still working on the self defense. Out in the barn we have a nail gun set up and within reach.

  9. We just had a demo. of an exploding target. We were trying out a new 22 rifle. They are white with a red center. The object is to make sure to hit the red target. When hit, the target explodes into a white 10 foot cloud with a big cherry bomb boom. This would work well for marauders that are still down the road, you don’t want them to see you or get too close. This is a real good show of a non-bomb but scary enough to send people in the opposite direction. One more defense tool. These are sold thru Sportman’s Guide catalog.

  10. I really don’t think that there is a one item fits all answer. My choice would be a firearm. Even that is up for grabs-pistol or rifle? No one item will do in all conceivable circumstances. Ex. If pepper spray would work in a situation then nothing else will generally work without going to jail for assault. and even then you might. The only solution that I can see is to carry several types of personal defense weapons.

  11. My first line of defense is to stay aware of my surroundings and the people coming in and out of it. Avoiding is my best defense. Then I have two watch dogs at home who are pretty protective and a variety of ‘tools’ inside my house and car that I can and will use if necessary. Since I have already made the decision to use them if necessary I seem to be more comfortable with the idea of doing it.

  12. Self defense for my “safe place” is multi tiered. I will be using a combination of self made traps, holes, snares, mini sentry trip alarms (I didn’t know about these until you featured them), security cameras (from Costco) and of course firearms.

  13. I have a plan in place and would defend my family and friends with the firearms that I own I am trained in firearm use and I have a concealed handgun license set up a border and have regular patrols

  14. I do not have a firearm at present (it is on my wish list). My best defense at present is just to be aware of my surroundings and try to stay safe in whatever situation I am in.

  15. Avoid a fight if at all possible. But, if there is no way to avoid a fight have a rifle and a handgun within reach at all times. Make sure you know how to use both.

  16. i have the usual methods, but a little off beat one that i will share. i love snowglobes, have them scattered all through the house, all various sizes. if the absolute worst came to happen in an home invasion, no one would suspect an innocent snowglobe, but it could pack a punch and give me time to either get away or get to a better method of defense.

  17. At this point , bear spray is my self defense, but in the near future, I plan to learn the skill of the cross bow. I don’t hunt, so it’s for the future…..practice practice practice!!

  18. Discretion is always the better part of valor, but if (when) pushed into a corner from which there is no retreat …

    Respond with absolute violence and brutality, using whatever might be at hand … gun, knife, fork, spoon, elbow, chair, bat … fingernails and teeth if that’s all I have. Research has shown that s/he who responds to a threat most violently will be the survivor.

    (But, having said that, as a competitive shooter … I’m never more than half an arm’s length from a firearm wherever I am. .45ACP when you care to send the very best!)

  19. I live in an area where I’m hardly ever without my bearspray….especially when I do my walks. I also have a walking staff with a pick on the bottom, a nice baseball bat in the kitchen that I have used, by the way. I have a BBpistol but there is something about a gun…. I don’t know. I think when TSHTF, a cross bow helps keep my …..privacy ( no noise ), and the ammo is retireveable (sp?). I have the perfect place to practice….a rock quarry. If I miss, I don’t want some hunter or passer by to catch my miss. There is a huge sandy slope….so I shouldn’t be that bad. Of course I will use anything if threatened……even at my age. Funny, how a little adrenalin can give one strength to get the job done.
    The bat wasn’t practically used…..but it got the point across to someone who decided they were going ” picking” around my place. Calling the police out here, is possible but time and miles might make them too late.

  20. I would prefer to have a rifle or crossbow, but neither are currently in my budget. So for now, I carry a knife and try to improvise the rest.

  21. My preferred method of self defense is to walk away and defuse the situation.
    #2 would be to use karate I have learned.
    #3 A gun. But if I am at the point I need to pull a gun then they will die. I do not use a gun to threaten someone. It is a last resort to protect my family or myself.

Leave a Reply