Winter Book Festival and Giveaway: Joe Nobody Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival

books library (Custom)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.

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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.


owl reading bookA 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 website.


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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Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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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.

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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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32 Responses to “Winter Book Festival and Giveaway: Joe Nobody Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival”

  1. What am I personally preparing for? This is like asking what event am I expecting when I buy auto or homeowners insurance. A car driven by a drunk driver…a runaway truck…a deer running across the road….my house being hit by a meteor or destroyed by an earthquake? I don’t know what to expect I just know it is prudent to cover all the bases. This is the same with ‘prepping.’ No matter what the future brings, it is prudent to be able to care for oneself and family in the event of disruption of our normal routine whether that be a natural or manmade disaster.

  2. My prepping is 1st of all general,then specific for my location.I’m trying to prep for hyperinflation,civil disorder ,power outages ,of course hungry mobs perhaps violance.It’s all pretty awesome.I feel it’s better to make life saving decisions now before these emergencies happen than when there is no time to think it out.Your survival is critical.
    Thanks for getting me started thinking and preparing.Always some great ideas.

  3. I prep for fllods, wildfires, and pretty much anything. I am gradually becoming self-sufficient and hope to be mostly ready for anything by the end of the summer.

  4. We are preparing to be safe and secure, no matter what life throws at us. Being prepared is not a new thing to me. It is just a common sense thing that is adjusted according to the current threat and needs of my family.

  5. This book sounds like the reality movie “The Colony”. I never realized how marauders would affect my feelings. My blood pressure & breathing increased a lot when the colony was being attacked by the people that wanted what they had. I would love to read his book to see how he combated these marauders. I am prepared & practice for just this type of situation. Being in WI also is difficult to be ready for a BUG Out in cold weather, but we again have been out in the cold & finding ways to keep warmer. Practice is a big key – physically & mentally.

  6. I am preparing for economic collapse. I think we are headed down the same road as Greece and Spain. Our spending/debt problems are unsustainable and one day we will face the same problems they are.

  7. mainly eco square, economic and environmental collapse and the consequencial civil disorder, reading Joes list, we sound much the same probably same age, been at this since ’74 1974, when asked by any civiialain nonsurvivialist I always respond with “I have seen the end of the world (and much of the third world on the army’s dime) and I liked what I saw”

  8. Living in the Reno-Tahoe area makes earthquake preparedness the number one priority. If you read about the “Walker Lane” of faults that run through Nevada, you will see that it could take up to 25% of the brunt force of a major California quake. Next would be wildfires as we are in a drought situation. Next is an economic situation.

  9. I am prepping for economic collapse and government takeover of all aspects of American life. I hate to say it but I trust nothing about our government any longer.

  10. I believe we are trying to prep for anything that comes along. Economic, natural, it doesn’t matter. It is all in the end going to come down to how well you plan for security, shelter and supplies.

    We just had a small test. Our power was out for two days due to the winter storm that dropped 17″ of wet snow across our area. Found out that water is the one last thing we really need to concentrate on. We will be adding a hand pump to our well, hopefully this summer yet. Next project after that is a hide in the woods away from the house but within viewing distance. It is planned, we just have to get it done.

    Love your work Gaye. Keep it up!!!!

  11. I prep for everything from losing my source of income, to me losing the world as I know it. My preps give security to me and my family, my friends, my neighbors and my community, which IS my everything. I also prep in hopes that I never have to use them, Lord willing. That is will be remembered as a really cool hobby. So, in essence, I prep for everything and I prep for nothing.

  12. When I first started prepping I really did not have a reason other than everything getting so crazy in this world. Now my feeling are things are getting bad fast my kids have laughed a little at me but this has made me stronger and more of a reason to prep and be ready for what ever comes. Hoping I have learn enough to survive whatever comes in life.

  13. i think it is only a matter of time before we experience a prolonged grid down situation. i am working toward being as self reliant as possible.

  14. I am prepping for economic collapse followed by societal collapse. It will be nasty when it comes. May God protect us all.

  15. I’m prepping for the collapse of society due to the government and it’s continued abuse of power. I do not like the Democrats in Washington today. Nor, the Democrat Governors and Mayors of the cities. In my view, they are the new communist socialist An EMP. These two things concern me and if either were to happen then there would be hell on American streets and I want no part of it. Either of these two events could happen in my opinion. People are very angry in America today and, in certain countries at us and our government.

  16. I personal think we will soon suffer a economic collapse far worse than the Great Depression because people don’t have the skills that the had in those days. As bad as that was at least folks knew how to garden, can and raise livestock. So many today are dependent on the goverment for everything and when the welfare checks quit coming or are cut back you will see roiting and distruction on a scale that will be unreal.

  17. I’m fairly new to prepping but I have a BOB for a temporary situation. In northern Michigan the electric and communications go out fairly regularly so now I’ll start putting together bug in supplies. Since I’m on a limited budget I’ll be starting with supplies for 2 weeks, then 3 months, etc. My final goal is to be totally self sufficient for a year.

  18. I am personally prepping for an economic collapse, but my hubby is also trying to prep us for a grid-down situation.

  19. Well, here in Houston, I prepare for a major hurricane knocking out the power. The last time we had one it was as long as 14 days, in some areas, before power was restored. However, I also am concerned about the economy and hyper inflation. I think sooner or later the Treasury will have to start raising the interest rates on our national debt just to get someone else to fund it.

  20. With the way our national debt is and the unwillingness of the 2 sides to come to a meaningfull middle ground, i believe that a major economic problem is on its way. We as a nation can not continue to borrow trillions on top of our already stagering dept and expect nothing to change. I also hope that the recent events in Cyprus do not become a template for the future. Bill B

  21. We are preparing for several things from a personal financial crisis to a total economic collapse and a grid down situation. With the national debt climbing at the rate it is and the cut backs needed on the money Washington is spending, I am concerned we may be closer than we think to a total financial collapse.

  22. My family is preparing for a finacial crisis both a personal crisis from jobloss and a society crisis from an economic collapse.

  23. I, personally, am preparing for Hyperinflation followed by Economic Collapse. However, my first and foremost preparation is my spiritual relationship with God. I foresee a police state due to civil disorder caused by a deletion of our Constitutional Freedoms and Rights. Everything after that shall be Survival…whether it be manmade or natural disasters. Preparation now is critical and shall determine life or death.

  24. I am preparing for whatever disaster strikes because it seems more and more like something bad is going to happen with all that is going on in this country. Thank you very much for your book giveaways and all the advice you give! Also thank you, authors!

  25. my favorite site is Backdoor Survival and i’m preparing for my own peace of mind, the world is a scary place and it’s nice to know that i know i have a few months of meals and several skills that would be very valuable in an uncertain future. thanks so much!

  26. I’m preparing just go live and provide for my family when no one else can. Plain and simple.

  27. I’m prepping for economic collapse, whether personal or national. I believe that we need to be self sufficient if we want to not only survive but thrive in the future. Considering the cost of things today a single low salary is really not enough. Being able to feed myself and my son could make a big difference.

  28. i am preparing for what ever comes, mostly hard times. my other favorite site is Frugal Squirrels and Homesteadingtoday


  29. I started prepping years ago although I didn’t call it prepping back then. I filled my pantry “just in case”. Just in case I had an unexpected car repair; just in case my ex was late with his child support; just in case I had company drop in at dinner time. I never expected an ice storm to knock out power for 10 days but my family managed just fine. So why do I prep? Just in case. Just in case there is an earthquake. Just in case there is a gas shortage and supermarket shelves are empty. Just in case the economy collapses. Just in case the SHTF.

  30. Just when I think I have a handle on what is going to happen next, I am surprised by either humans, i.e. North Korea, or nature, a tornado coming through town. Although worldwide financial collapse and depression is inevitable. So I continue to be prepared for anything and everything, short term – long term; local – nationwide. Because only God knows the future.

  31. I have always been the one that “would probably have it” when we were camping or going on a trip. I grew up in a poor household with many children, in a rural area. Prepping was the “norm”. My mom saved everything and used everything. I’m getting back to that, because I believe the day is going to come when if you don’t have it or can’t make it or grow it yourself, you will do without it. So, I guess I’m preparing for very rough economic times with a breakdown in society as we know it. Not as prepared as I want to be for grid down, but getting there.

    • I prepared first for a natural disaster. Now I am preparing for the collapse of the US dollar. I am semi prepared but am always studying to improve and expand my preparation. Living in the city my concern is defense. If it was not for the criminal concerns I would be fine. With a strong understanding of man kind I am looking for land to bug out to when the need rises. Doing so has an increased cost and demand of time b/c now I have to plan on keeping two locations prepared and the right kind of transportation when needed. I have read clips of the book Holding Their Own and look forward to owqqning and finishing the book. Thanks and good luck everyone. Wade

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