BDS Book Festival 7: Liberators by James Wesley Rawles

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
BDS Book Festival 7: Liberators by James Wesley Rawles

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.

James Wesley Rawles, who we all know as the founder of, is back again to answer a new round of questions and to give away a copy of his latest book of fiction, Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse.

I can not speak for you, but when someone mentions James Wesley Rawles, I am in awe. He is, after, all the granddaddy of survival bloggers and in many ways can be credited with jump-starting many of us on the path to preparedness.

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Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Interview with James Wesley Rawles, Author of Liberators

Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

A.) small-scale farming skills with an emphasis on self-sufficiency through cultivating heirloom varieties and saving seeds.

B.) Mastery of rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting.

C.) Advanced medical skills, preferably to the EMT level.

What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?
  • $250 worth of storage food
  • A top quality water filter (such as a Katadyn Pocket Filter ) (+/- $125)
  • $50 worth of sprouting seeds
  • Set of sprouting jars and stainless steel screen lids (+/- $25)
  • $25 worth of multivitamins
  • A utility tool, such as a used Leatherman or Gerber Multiplier (+/- $25)

To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

They are fully integrated into all aspects of gardening, raising livestock, beekeeping, cutting-hauling-splitting firewood, haying, et cetera.

What is your favorite survival or prepping book? (It can be fiction or non-fiction.)

Boston’s Gun Bible, by Boston T. Party.

Do you have anything else that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?

Liberators” is the fifth novel in the “Patriots” series, but it is written so that it can stand on its own. (There is no need to have read the previous books.)

The Book Giveaway

A copy of Jim’s book, Liberators, has been reserved for one lucky reader. To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next 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.

The Final Word

Anyone who has been following Backdoor Survival for awhile knows that James Wesley Rawles book, Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse, is a book of fiction as well as a subtle survival manual filled with lessons on preparedness. Liberators is more of the same. It is a book you will enjoy and a book you will learn from.

Good luck, everyone!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight: Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse

When looting and rioting overwhelm all the major US cities, Afghanistan War vet Ray McGregor makes his way from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to his parents’ cattle ranch in Bella Coola, British Columbia, in remote western Canada. Joining him is his old friend Phil Adams, a Defense Intelligence Agency counterintelligence case officer based in Washington State.

Reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, and government negligence have led to an unprecedented socioeconomic collapse in America that quickly spreads throughout the world. Lightly populated Bella Coola is spared the worst of the chaos, but when order is restored it comes in the form of a tyrannical army of occupation. Ray and Phil soon become key players in the resistance movement, fighting the occupiers in a war that will determine not only their own personal survival, but also the future of North America.

Liberators depicts a world that is all too conceivable and terrifyingly familiar.

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When most people start thinking about family preparedness, they focus on food. Not shelter, gear, sanitation, power, self-defense or the myriad of other concerns that need to be addressed following an emergency or disaster situation. Quite simply, food is the number one concern people have second only to their concern for having an adequate supply of water.

The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage is a book about food: What to store, how to store it and best practices. It is a roadmap for showing ordinary citizens that long-term food storage is not something that will overwhelm or burden the family budget.

This book is based upon my own tried and true personal experience as someone who has learned to live the preparedness lifestyle by approaching emergency preparedness and planning in a systematic, step-by-step manner. Nothing scary and nothing overwhelming - you really can do this!

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58 Responses to “BDS Book Festival 7: Liberators by James Wesley Rawles”

  1. My dad has been a “prepper” for years and growing up I always thought he was weird but was still kind of interested and always wanted to pick his brain about what he was doing and why. However I didn’t get into it and really understand it until many years later. I always figured if anything happened I would have him to fall back on. When I had my daughter I started to be a little more prepared and knew I needed to do everything I could to always protect her but still was sort of lazy about my preps. Last year when the government shut down it all really hit me hard. The main provider for my family is my boyfriend and father of my daughter, he works for the government and all of the sudden he was not getting paid. We had a little money in savings enough for a house payment and maybe a few other bills but that was it. Thank goodness it wasn’t shut down for very long or we probably would have lost everything. At that moment I knew even if it wasn’t a “catastrophic event” I still needed to step my game up and understand anything can happen at anytime and being prepared is FARRRRRR better than losing everything!

  2. I have always been more ‘prepared’ than. Yet the hen the tornadoes came through and we were without power for days I really realized I was not prepared enough or for the right things

  3. My survival planning began after a tornado many years ago. It made me want to store away goods for a troubled time – whatever that might be. As our nation has become more unsettled I have stepped up my efforts. Thanks for the interview and offering the book – needless to say I’d love to have it!

  4. Living in a hurricane area, I learned about preparation sooner rather than later. You will never be prepared enough.

  5. I think the main tipping point for us was when we both lost our jobs within a few months of each other. It really helped us realize how fragile things are and how quickly your world can get turned upside down. Getting money built up and bills down, so something like that wouldn’t hit us so hard was the first focus. Then it just started to grow from there, with what if this or that were to happen questions. We still have a long way to go, but with the help we get from websites like this, it’s been a lot easier process.

  6. I have always been a little more prepared than the average person just because I hate being caught without something that I need. But the real starting line to become a really real prepper was when I had my first child. To think about her ever having to do without necessities that I could have taken measures to prevent was too much for me to handle.

  7. being raised LDS, we always were taught provident living, self reliance, from the time we were kids. Now that it is coming closer to “end times” we are more focused on survival and emergency preparedness, rather than just food storage.

  8. I’ve always had extra food supplies, etc. on hand – growing up on an isolated farm in MN impacted howmI ran my household. But when Huricane Ike winds hit Ohio a few years ago, I decided I needed to be a little more prepared. We were flying home from a vacation the. ight after the big wind not realizing what had happened to the central Obio area. Coming into the Columbus airport for landing it felt like something was strange – the sea of lights one normally observes in a metropolitan area was absent. And driving home on 270 – mostly darkness everywhere with patches of light here and there. Our subdivision was fine, but a good portion of our city was dark – and was to remain so for a good week. So many people – smart, well educated, industrious people – were basically helpless. I vowed I would do what was necessary to hopefully never find myself in that position. Thus began my journey.

  9. No one incident made me look to prepping. I just evolved into knowing that ‘something’ was going to happen according to Revelation and went from there…

  10. During hurricane Irene, several years ago, I was in the basement, in my nightgown without a flashlight, bailing water with a small shop vac when the lights went out, the barely functioning sump pump quit and the shop vac quit too. I was already cold and wet and hide to find my way across the basement in pitch black. Once upstairs I found ONE flashlight, barely working and used that to find the ONE candle and ONE half used pack of matched I owned. Then located a tiny crank radio given me by an ex boyfriend. I climbed under the covers, lit the little candle, and wound up the radio, finding one station from a distant town. I have never been so grateful for anything as I was for the candle and radio that night.

  11. I’ve never felt comfortable relying on someone else to take care of everything I need. Unfortunately, modern society often makes it difficult for one to stay independent.

  12. There wasn’t one incident that got me started. I grew up in the northeast and just learned to be prepared for ice and snow storms (knocking out power, not being able to go anywhere). Now there are a lot more things to be concerned about. To not be prepared, to me, means that someone else has control and I’ve will have given up many of my freedoms – not acceptable.

  13. Following world events and economic issues in this country and a government that just keeps making it worse.

  14. Fiction books are my “get away” from daily prepping and learning to do activities. I have read a lot and always come away with instances of “I never thought of that”. There are bits of info in each one.

  15. I was pretty fortunate growing up in that my family always had extra food put away as well as livestock and gardens. I was raised to always be ready for any type of emergency natural or manmade, and I have tried to instill this into my children. For a short while I slipped away from this mindset but in the last 20 years got back into it due to raising my own family.

  16. I had been feeling “agitated” about several things, and was buying “extra” food when it was on sale, beginning in the middle of the last decade. As the economy began to deteriorate, and the ways in which government only made it worse began to ratchet up, I realized that, in truth, no one would be looking out for us if we didn’t do it ourselves. So I began to research … and discovered the prepper movement.

  17. No one incident was my wake up call. I have lived in areas of special circumstance so have always been aware of needing extras just in case. The world is so much more precarious today as weather, diminishing incomes, family values, and lies taken as truth by the media continue to weaken our society and make it more susceptible to disease and pestilence caused by huge corporations who care nothing for the little man. Greed!

  18. I don’t know that any single event set off my prepper mindset. However, after watching the movie, The Road, my eyes were definitely opened to my lack of preparations should something occur.

  19. My Mom and Dad were kids during the Great Depression. My Dad made sure we had a small stockpile of food and my Mom sewed, canned and gardened. It is with shame and chagrin that I confess to thinking my Mom was hopelessly old-fashioned and that I never learned to sew, can or garden. I did, however, keep a small stockpile of food. It was not until about 5 years ago that I started seriously preparing for TEOTWAWKI. I had read a book called One Second After that scared the holy hannah out of me, and that’s all it took.

  20. I was given a message half of which was in an ancient language that I dont speak or hear anyone speaking (I only speak English) regarding an earthquake. Once I was able to decode the msg in the other language,I began my prepping! The msg was repeated 3 times in a row on Mar 20 of 2012, makes me wonder if 3 times means 3 yrs? Take a look at whats happening this yr on Mar 20 on the Hebrew calender. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever had an experience like this! Due to my many specific dreams that come true I’ve been having since I was 18 I thought I’d better pay attention. I am a devout Christian and throughout Bible history God always warns his people before disaster. So…at this point I’m giving Him the credit. Those of you that live in Cali I recommend to step it up a notch with your earthquake preparedness.

  21. I can tell you what actually jolted me into “prepping”, we’ve had always had things on hand “for emergencies” but when my brother lost everything in 2009 and I mean everything due to the economy tanking,jobs, cars and their home. It scared me. He had a daughter that had just been in a terrible car accident and was struggling to make ends meet with his family of 7. They were subsisting on the unemployment from his wife and himself ,while trying to get jobs and his military retirement. With the hubs HAVING to retire sooner than we had planned, thanks to our governor we were in a serious situation. So that’s when I made a conscious decision to make preparations in case I lost my job and had to decide whether to pay our bills or eat. Yes it was that serious at the time. I have been prepping now for the last two years and am confident with the support of friends I’ve met here and at another site I will make it.
    LOL altho DH still thinks I’m a bit looney.He loves me and is tolerating it.He even built me shelves to store the things and has been helping me get rid of “clutter”

  22. This book is a great resource for gathering supplies. I’ve read it all the way through, not reading another book. I’d give it to a friend if I won it, or throw it at the boogie man since it’s a big book and for sure would scare him flying through the air.

  23. I have always been a sort of outdoors person hunting, fishing, camping etc and I grew up on a farm back in the 50’s with my grandparents who always had extra set aside for a rainy day.
    Given the state of world affairs this past few years and our own country the last 6 or so years was a real motivation for me to begin in earnest to become much more prepared.
    I am always looking for new information that might assist me so I joined a local preparedness group and have learned and taught others what I know.
    Sounds like a good read.

  24. Just looking around at what we are facing,or could face got me preparing.I see how precarious our current way of life is,and things are looking dark on the horizon, so I would rather be smart and prepared than out of luck !

  25. My prepping began to be increase as I began watching our country go down and our freedoms being abused. I actually started because I lived on the coast of Georgia.

  26. 9/11 is what woke me up to the preparedness lifestyle. I started in a small way back then and over the years have just gradually added to my stores. We also were able to move to a 7 acre small homestead in Northern Minnesota in 2007 where we have ramped things up a bit.

  27. Living for a long time in both California (lost home in a wildfire) and then in the Pacific Northwest (both locations prone to earthquakes) I’ve always kept some emergency supplies at home & in my car. But after 2008, I realized how fragile our JIT delivery system is and began stocking my “home” pantry & drugstore more deliberately. Since then I have been paying much more attention to the economy and social issues thanks to blogs like this one and have really upped my preparations as much as my physical and financial limitations allow.

    Thanks so much, Gaye, for all you do. You are such an encouragement to me.

  28. My journey started summer of 2013..prices of groceries and meat began to climb…drought and heat where the talk in my area….we are lifetime farmers and we just can’t walk away and go to the hills….so..I started to read ..first thing I was curious about was what was a BOB…..found out that and was confused cause I thought to myself..we live in flat surroundings…where in the heck are we bugging out to….well then I read about Bugging In…that was my salvation..until then I kept my mind whirling with crazy ideas…Now I am buying three of everything…in most cases in food preps I buy cases…I kept all this to myself and then one day my husband came home with a small rocket type stove..I asked why did he buy it..for emergencies…he said…then little by little he would ask me questions and give me advice on items I had already researched..kinda funny but I just kept adding to our preps…this summer some how I am going to start gardening again…I know most of the basics…sewing…canning…and I am not afraid to try most anything…..knitting would be a great help…my husband is a college graduate and big time farmer so he can be a huge help..along with my children and their families…we could do it…much more to tell but I think you get my point…loved telling my story..thank you Gaye..

  29. Recently retired and watching my purchasing power decline knowing I can’t be alone shocked me into prepping.

  30. With parents and grandparents that lived through the depression, living with the knowledge that everything can be swept away at any time, was instilled in me early. So saving and storing for a rainy day became second nature.

  31. There wasn’t any one incident. I’ve always been interested in a life that is as self sufficient as I could make it.

  32. No single thing. I was raised in the country instead of the city and gardening and canning were always done there. We could not run to the corner store to buy a quick meal so we had to have a variety of wholesom food on hand. So, bad weather didn’t affect us much, maybe the loss of electricty, but that what oil lamps and candles are for! Maybe spend a few hours in the storm cellar, but that was actually fun for us younger kids!!
    So, “prepping” (though it wasn’t called that) was our lifestyle as we grew up.

  33. My mothers husband lost his job, and my mother does not work, so they live paycheck to paycheck, saving and storing nothing. So during the 6 months he was out of work, We had to buy them groceries, pay their bills, put gas in their car, etc. Not long into that 6 months my husband and I were discussing what would happen if we lost our jobs, and decided we should start taking measures to cover us just in case. After reading books and websites, we have started expanding it to cover more scenarios than job loss 🙂

  34. Coming from Colorado to Los Angeles, I didn’t fully realize the level of preparedness needed if the big one hit (earthquake). After several years of warnings, finally got serious and started prepping for it.

  35. Quite honestly it wasn’t any one incident…when we decided to move further out in the country (and down-sized our acreage from 10ac to 5ac) we decided we wanted to be more conscientiously “homesteader” or “self-sufficient”. I already had a few girlfriends who go to the Mormon church and one of them started teaching classes on food storage, since food storage goes hand-in-hand with being self-sufficient, I was hooked. My husband also found TheSurvivalPodcast with Jack Spierko and was hooked, between the two of us we started dreaming and building. 🙂

  36. No one incident made me think more about “prepping”. I love hunting and fishing and felt it a natural offshoot of those interests to try to know more about being self-reliant.

  37. Our prepping got more serious after a series of events, but we had already been storing supplies for earthquake. Then there was a wildfire and we were evacuated for that. Then the power grid to So. Calif. was shut down ‘accidently’. Then the economy tanked. After each event the prepping got more serious, to the point now that we consider ourselves hardcore preppers.

  38. Honestly, it was when my son and I watched the first year of doomsday preppers, that I became aware of and interested in prepping as a way of life.

  39. I believe my mother was a prepper and didn’t know it. I have always prepared for the worst. Both of my boys are preppers but my daughter just says ” I know where you live, I’ll come running”.

  40. We became preppers when we realized the direction the country is headed and it’s going to get alot worse before it becomes better, and the dangers of EMPs and grid failures. We realized we needed to learn to be more self-reliant

  41. There was no particular incident, it was how I was raised. My Grandparents survived the Great Depression, and cooking from scratch having a garden having a workshop and having a well stocked pantry were all things they did. When my parents were young and struggling, my Grandparents would help them with groceries, not cash. My parents did the same for me. As I got older, I did my best to always maintain a decent pantry. Of course, events of recent years have given me the urge to kick it up a notch.

  42. No one event led us to prepping. Our parents lived through the depression and wars with rationing. As a child, I saw my mother always stocking up on items (food and otherwise) when on sale. I’ve been through 3 major hurricanes in my life and know what it’s like to be without electricity and water for long periods of time. The current events we hear about every day on the news and the rising prices of all items in the stores make it seem to be a necessity to acquire food, other items, and skills that we will need in difficult times.

  43. I was simply looking for a book on my Kindle and “One Second After” came up and the premise intrigued me so I bought it. It certainly opened my eyes and I read more apocalyptic books and they really got me thinking. I’ve begun to prep by storing food, planning to start my first vegetable garden this spring and brushing off my military weapons skills. Thanks for the chance to win.

  44. About four years ago I asked my husband to teach me to make a garden. Growing up in a large family in the country does make you more prepared then the usual person but doing without electricity eight days when Katrina hit was an eye opener.

  45. Pleased that as my sons have gotten older they are prepping as quickly as possible, and it’s gone from “never happen” to “it’s only a matter of time”.

  46. Growing up in the Upper peninsula of Mi had very hard winters and you learned young to have the things you need in case you cannot or do not want to go out. I have always been interested in these types of things or scenarios of what if…

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