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Winter Book Festival and Giveaway: FJ Bohan and Barbed Wire, Barricades and Bunkers

Avatar for Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: August 1, 2022
Winter Book Festival and Giveaway: FJ Bohan and Barbed Wire, Barricades and Bunkers

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books library (Custom)Today I share the next author interview in the Backdoor Survival Winter Book Festival.  F.J. Bohan, the author of Barbed Wire, Barricades, and Bunkers: The Free Citizen’s Guide to Fortifying the Home Retreat shares his answers to my questions and is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of his book.

Before we begin, I want to let you know that there will be a short delay in announcing the winner of last week’s book giveaway.  The winner of George Ure’s How to Live on $10,000 a Year – Or Less will be announced as soon as I return from my travels.

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


Tell me about your book, Barbed Wire, Barricades, and Bunkers: The Free Citizen’s Guide to Fortifying the Home Retreat.  What is it about?

BWBB is a book about longevity. It reviews information that is common in the world of warfare and counter-terrorism protections, yet not completely understood by the average citizen. It covers what I believe to be essential information that every citizen should have when considering the defense of their homes to protect their families, friends, and neighbors.

The uncertainty of the future that exists today by far surpasses the uncertainty felt by Americans in earlier times. In reviewing the shelters and measures offered to the citizenry by our government in the past and comparing those measures with how our military does things, it is easy to conclude that preserving the citizens comes second to preserving the military and the power that politicians hold over us, commonly referred to as the continuity of government.

Today, when we are witness to Russia, China, Norway, and many other nations building shelters for their citizens at breakneck speed, I see us all stepping back and taking pause for a collective head scratch.

Once the truth sinks in, we realize that survival is up to us. There will not be anyone coming to our aid. There is no rescue or relief heading to our doors; only trouble.

This book covers just a segment of what it will take to preserve your overall survivability by explaining how to use tried-and-true methods in fortifying your home against various types of attacks.

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

The information covered in BWBB draws from my personal experiences, as well as many other resources such as Army field manuals, government publications, and several rewarding visits to the US Army Heritage and Education Center and Army Heritage Trail in Carlisle, PA.

Anyone who is within reasonable driving distance of Carlisle should visit the museum, Heritage Trail, and research center which are all free and open to the public.

How long did it take to write?

This project took a bit longer than I thought it would when I started. I kept uncovering more information that I wanted to include. All told, I’d say it took four months scattered over a six month period.

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

The one message I hope everyone understands when they read this book is that time is of the essence. As a country and a free people, we have been under attack for decades and are just now prepping for survival.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

My wife and I live in the Appalachian Mountains on a small mountain ranch. We have been preppers since long before the term was coined but enjoy being a part of the new awakening we see in our fellow countrymen.

Do you have plans for another book?

BWBB is actually my second book with Paladin Press. The first book is titled Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiencyand details our experiences living off-grid while out west. Ultimately, we relocated back east, recognizing that water is everything as far as survival is concerned.

I do have plans for several new books. The next, I hope, will be another Paladin Press book which should be of interest to preppers, as well.

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

While it is true that time is short, there is still time to do something to better increase your survivability in the troubles that lay ahead. Giving up and relying on others is not a valid option for the free citizen. There will be many who toss up their arms and surrender their freedoms in exchange for a new role as a refugee. They will not be the survivors.

Gather all the information you can and act now to prepare.

I am a believer in keeping a library of hard copy books on all subjects relating to self-sufficiency, living off the land, survival, hunting, and trapping, as well as defensive measures. While it may be convenient to review information electronically, EMPs, solar flares, and other technical threats can destroy your electronic library in a flash. Our children and grandchildren will need this information for their survival, as well.

A special thanks to Gaye for taking the time to read and review my book!


owl reading bookA copy of FJ’s book, Barbed Wire, Barricades, and Bunkers: The Free Citizen’s Guide to Fortifying the Home Retreat has been reserved for one lucky reader.

This week’s question?  We are going to have some fun this week by asking you this:

What is your favorite survival or prepping book or e-book?

This can be something in your own library, something you have borrowed, or even one of those free e-books from Amazon that I promote on my Facebook page.

Please reply with your answer in the comments form at the bottom of this page.  If you are reading this in an email, you will need to click through to the website to get to the form.

The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Friday. A winner will be selected next Friday at random using tools on the website.  (Note: Due to my upcoming travels, there may be a delay in selecting and announcing the winner but absolutely, a winner will be selected.)


After food and water, defending my home is my number one prepping priority.  I can never get my hands on enough reading material to educate myself on this topic.  Like many of my readers, in all but the most catastrophic of circumstances, I plan to bug in.

I am grateful to authors such as FJ for providing me with the tools I need to insure that my home is safe.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Barbed Wire FL Bohan BookSpotlight Item: Todays featured book is, of course, Barbed Wire, Barricades, and Bunkers: The Free Citizen’s Guide to Fortifying the Home Retreat.

This is a guide to readying your home retreat for any scenario. You will learn how to take proven designs for fortified structures and adapt them to your personal defense plan. Examples include barbed-wire fences and entanglements, concrete posts and barriers, and simple but effective sandbags— and a lot more.

Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Winter 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.

The Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List – Non-Fiction

The Prepper Next Door: A Practical Guide For Disaster And Emergency Planning (Author Charlie Palmer)

Rapid Fire!: Tactics for High Threat, Protection and Combat Operations (Author Max Velocity)

Lanterns, Lamps and Candles (Author Ron Brown)

An Operations Manual For Humankind – The Complete Compendium Of Natural Health: (Author: Paul Patrick Robinson)

Understanding the Use of Handguns for Self-Defense (Author David Nash)

Where There Is No Doctor (Authors David Werner, Jane Maxwell, Carol Thuman)

Making the Best of Basics – Family Preparedness Handbook: (Author James Talmadge Stevens)

How to Live on $10,000 a Year – Or Less – Newly Revised for 2013 (Author George Ure)

Barbed Wire, Barricades, and Bunkers: The Free Citizen’s Guide to Fortifying the Home Retreat (Author F.J. Bohan)

The Prepper’s Pantry: Building and Thriving with Food Storage (Author Anne Lang)

The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living (Author Estar Holmes)

The Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List – Fiction

Preppers Road March (Author Ron Foster)

BUG OUT! Preppers on the move! (Author Ron Foster)

The Light In The Lake: The Survival Lake Retreat (Author Ron Foster)

Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises: (Author Max Velocity)

Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival (Author Joe Nobody)

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29 Responses to “Winter Book Festival and Giveaway: FJ Bohan and Barbed Wire, Barricades and Bunkers”

  1. My favorite book is URBAN SURVIVAL GUIDE by David Morris. He has step by step instructions that have been incredibly helpful in getting started.

  2. Currently, my favorite is “where there is no doctor”. Tons of information that cover a wide range of situations. In the fiction arena it is “one second after”. It reminded me of reading a true account of a person who lived in a small town when Bosnia went through the civel war in the early 90’s. there were many similarities. Bill B

  3. My favorite survival or prepping book is URBAN SURVIVAL GUIDE by David Morris. Most of us live in or near big cities and so this book applies to most people.

  4. Gaye, my favorite fiction survivalist book is the classic ‘Alas, Babylon’, by Pat Frank. Although the book was written in 1959, it is still pertinent because it concentrates more on the psychological aspects of making it through, rather than equipment or tactics. It’s also a good insight into the mindset of people during the height of the cold war.

    It’s also the book that got me interested in prepping, although at the time it wasn’t called that. I usually re-read it every couple of years, because it’s a good story.

    As far as non-fiction books go, IMHO, nothing tops ‘The Foxfire Series’. In addition to folk medicine, folklore, history and the like, it’s a good how-to-do-it manual for everything from shrinking an iron tire onto a wooden wheel to making a rope bed. [Sleep tight….]


  5. The encyclopedia of country living is my go-to book around here. We are semi-homesteading on5 acres and this book always answers my questions about our animals and poultry, as well as some practical advice for us modern day homesteaders. 🙂

  6. One of my favorite fictional books on survival is an oldie, “Lucifer’s Hammer”. A more recent good read is “One Second After”.

  7. Really liked “One Second After”, but in my present financial state, I’m going with “Poverty Prepping, How to stock up for tomorrow when you can’t afford to eat today” by Susan Gregersen

  8. Would love to have this book to add to my small collection. “Patriots”, “One Second After”, Survival handbooks, and the great free gardening books from Amazon are among my favorites. But I read a lot of things, and try to keep up to date on the world.

  9. My favorite of this genre is still One Second After, because it is the one that opened my eyes. Their response was inescapably militaristic.

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