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Today I am thrilled to welcome back Joe Nobody and to give away a copy of his book, Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival .
But first, I am pleased to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway. “Sue” has won a copy of The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book.
Everyone who entered the giveaway was asked to provide the name of their favorite Preparedness or Survival website, after Backdoor Survival,of course. Sue likes Food Storage Made Easy – a website that I plant to check out myself.
Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JOE NOBODY
You might recall that Joe was interviewed back in January when we featured his book The Home Schooled Shootist: Training to Fight with a Carbine. This time around, I had some new questions for him that I am sure you will find interesting given his extensive background as an author in the survival niche.
1. Given your background and knowledge, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?
I’m known for the quote:
“All the food and water in the world won’t do you a bit of good if armed, desperate men come and take it from you. Security must be job one.”
That being said, security isn’t really considered a “skill” by most preppers, so with that mindset taken into consideration, my list follows:
1) Hunter – In addition to providing food, the knowledge of firearms and the general outdoor skills associated with hunting would be extremely valuable. As an example, a hunter would have a better chance of defending his/her family versus someone who had never fired a weapon before.
2) Sprouter – Experience with gardening, and the associated supplies involved with this skill might become critical to survive. In this skill set I include knowledge of local edible/medicinal plants.
3) Medical – People will become ill after a collapse and medical training/knowledge will be indispensable. This applies both for your family/group as well as barter. In the old American West, having a local physician was critical for the survival of the community. Because a doctor’s specialized skills often governed life and death, healers could easily barter for goods and services as they needed. If an event occurs, I believe such skill sets would become critical again.
There are several honorable mentions that could be just a valuable: small engine repair, electrical engineer, pilot, dentist, seamstress, trapper, fisherman…the list could go on and on.
2. As an author in the survival and/or prepping niche, what are you personally preparing for?
I prepare for a grid-down level of collapse, most likely due to economic failure. Although the cause isn’t really that important, I think that without electrical and transportation systems being operational, our world would turn into a very inhospitable place within 4-8 weeks. Any number of variables could come into play as the primary catalyst, with secondary actions precipitating a downward cascade. For example, a terror attack on the scale of 9-11 could push our economy over the edge. The government might react with martial law, and that could degrade things further.
Regardless of the cause, a grid-down environment is my limit of preparing. We aren’t ready for radiation exposure, plague isolation or even volcanic winters. What my group can handle is a practically infinite amount of time having to provide our own food, water, medical treatment and security. This assumes we can operate outside with similar weather patterns as exist today.
THE BOOK GIVEAWAY
A copy of Joe’s book, Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival has been reserved for one lucky reader. I know I have asked this question before, but given that Joe was asked this same question, I will ask you as well:
What are you personally preparing for?
To enter the giveaway, please respond with your answer in the comments section below.
The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Friday. A winner will be selected next Friday at random using tools on the random.org website.
THE FINAL WORD
In closing this week, I would like to thank all of the Winter Book Festival authors for their time and for donating a book for the weekly giveaway.
Not only that, but a few of the authors are proving additional copies of their books for an additional giveaway. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of Ron Foster, James Talmadge Stevens (Doctor Prepper) and Patrick Robinson!
Spring is half over so my next round of author interviews and book giveaways will be called the SUMMER BOOK FESTIVAL. I am still putting the final touches on the list but hope to make an announcement in a a couple of weeks and definitely by the end of the month. And as I have said before, I will keep doing this for as long as you are interested.
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Spotlight Item: The first in a series, Joe Nobody’s Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival is set in the year 2015, when the world is burdened by the second Great Depression. The United States, already weakened by internal strife, becomes the target of an international terror plot. A series of attacks results in thousands of casualties and disables the country’s core infrastructure. The combination of economic hardship and the staggering blow of the terror attacks results in a collapse of the government.
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)
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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