Winter Book Festival and Giveaway: Max Velocity Returns

books library (Custom)Today I have a special return visit from Max Velocity who has agreed to share some additional thoughts during the Backdoor Survival Winter Book Festival. In addition, he has two new books that we will be giving away this week:  Rapid Fire!: Tactics for High Threat, Protection and Combat Operations and his fabulous entry in the survival fiction genre, Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises.

Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.  “Karen” has won a copy of Understanding the Use of Handguns for Self-Defense.  Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your prize.

Here is why Karen wanted to win a copy of Understanding the Use of Handguns for Self-Defense.

I appreciate being entered to win a copy of the latest book in review.

I believe that I can always learn more about any topic, and this is a very important topic. I’m 51 and have been shooting since I was 23. But ammo is expensive and recently there is little of it on the shelves. Reading this book could help maximize range time while using less ammo. And I would also like to read the book to find out whether there is anything faulty in my thought-process or technique.

I’m sure I can learn something worthwhile.

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


The Survival Husband recently read Patriot Dawn and can not quit talking about it (in a good way, of course).  I am thrilled to share his mini-review with you.

Survival Husband reviews Patriot Dawn by Max Velocity

A major jihadist attack on Washington D.C. allows the administration to turn the U.S. into a  police state by basically stripping the citizenry of their rights. The story follows one man and his family who has prepared for an event such as this. Using his skill as a former army ranger, he fights back.  He also uses a former military contact to help him form and lead a patriot unit.

I won’t say any more specifically regarding the novel, but want to let you know that Patriot Dawn opened my eyes to how unprepared I am.  I thought I had planned fairly well but there are skills I need to learn and hone.  Even more important, there is a mindset I need to develop in order to be prepared for a crisis event be it natural disaster, economic collapse or a synopsis of what I just described.

This not something you can do on your own, you need to form a community and to plan for any event. I thought I knew that before but now even more so.

This novel will open your eyes and while it is entertaining, it also will help you gain insight relative to what skills and what sustenance plans you need to make in order to survive.

Survival Husband Reads Max Velocity


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

There are a multitude of ‘skills’ that could be considered important or vital and be relevant in survival or prepping situations. For example, in a pure ‘plane crash’ style survival situation, making fire and emergency shelter are primary skills. For prepping, you may want to look at homesteading style skills aimed at self-sufficiency. But of course the more complicated skills require the right tools, which you need to have knowledge of and collect, so you can farm or make cheese or whatever. I use these as examples. So, there are a multitude of skills from basic survival through to full self-sufficiency of a retreat homestead.

I say all that so that I can point out that in my opinion the most important skills are of the mind and body. We cannot know the situation we will face, and what equipment we may have. Therefore, to list three, I would list mental resilience, physical fitness and resourcefulness. To explain:

1. Mental resilience is essential in a survival situation so that we will never give up, we will keep fighting for the survival of our family and ourselves. The mental battle is easily lost giving way to despair and death. You don’t even need a great deal of hope, just a little; sheer ‘bloody mindedness’ to never give up is what will help the most. There are many stories of boats found afloat after storms, the crews having given up to despair before their equipment ever did. Fight the mental battle.

2. Physical fitness is very important. This is not the same as athleticism. Granted if you have health issues you may be disadvantaged but perhaps the mental resilience will get you through? What I mean by physical fitness (or resilience) is the physical strength and endurance to drive yourself to keep working. It is tied very closely to mental resilience, and if the mental gives out the physical will also. There is much to do in a survival and prepping situation: physical labor, chores, collecting of things etc. You don’t have to be a marathon runner or an Olympic athlete, you just need to be able to go out and dig a hole, for example, and not give up while doing it.

3. Resourcefulness is that ability to think in a survival situation and make things work, taking the equipment and tools that you have to improve your situation.

Its taking non-optimal situations and fashion ‘stuff’ to improve your lot. It could be building shelter, or working out how to fix something I’m not really talking about learning a mechanical skill, its more simple than that it’s the ability to take what you have and improve it, even if that goes back to metal resilience and physical fitness because you have to work hard to achieve it. Maybe you have to build a shelter or fix part of your cabin that suffered from a tree fall, examples that come to mind.

As an author in the survival and/or prepping niche, what are you personally preparing for?

I am personally most concerned about the potential for economic collapse. I see the danger of such a situation potentially in the near future, leading to massive civil unrest, perhaps causing or caused by a grid down situation. I think that however we get there, the threat we face is once the grid goes down and we face mass starvation. I see economic collapse as a very real threat, but of course that may be a rapid or a slow process. Any situation, including something like a cyber-attack, that overlays an economic crisis and puts the grid down will drop us into the fan blades.


owl reading bookA copy of Max Velocity’s two books, Rapid Fire!: Tactics for High Threat, Protection and Combat Operations and Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises have been reserved for two lucky readers.

As always, you must leave a comment in order to be entered in the giveaway.  This week, we are having the equivalent of an open mic.  You may comment on anything you like.  Share a concern, offer a tip, indicate why your prepare – whatever you wish.

Please indicate which book you are interested in and if you wish to be considered for both books, you will need to enter a second comment (sorry, that is the easiest way for me to keep track of the entries).

The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Friday. A winner will be selected next Friday at random using tools on the website.


It is always a joy to hear from authors that want to do an encore visit with Backdoor Survival.  In closing this week, I want to remind you that mental resilience is essential to survival – we must never give up.  That means we need to maintain a stronghold of tenacity and willingness to prevail.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Spotlight Items: Naturally, today’s spotlight are the two books that are part of the Winter Book Festival.

Rapid Fire!: Tactics for High Threat, Protection and Combat Operations is a manual that provides information to enhance tactics and protection skills for those operating in high threat, protection and combat environments. This is serious stuff!

Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises: The United States has descended into Civil War. A terrorist attack on the United States leads to war with Iran, followed by collapse, as the economy goes over the cliff. The final blow is a widespread opportunistic Chinese cyber attack, taking down the North American Power Grid. From the ashes, the Regime emerges. Liberty is dead. What remains of the United States of America is polarized. The resistance rises and the fight begins.

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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  1. The DH and I have taught BASIC Prepping at the local level; we have been dedicated preppers, ourselves, for only about 3 years, with limited financial resources. In spite of limitations, we’ve accomplished quite a lot. Even so, I have a feeling that for all our study, all our work, and, yes, even “teaching what we know”, it’s time to “kick it up a notch”. I have this gut feeling that Patriot Dawn will do just that.

  2. The book RAPID FIRE would make a fine addition to my library. Even at age 65, one never stops learning about self-defense.

  3. OOPS. That comment is in the wrong place, and I don’t know how to fix it. Obviously, would like to be on the Patriot Dawn list.

  4. I would like to enter the contest for Rapid Fire because of all our preps I think defense is the weakest.I would love to learn some tactics to help protect my family in case of a SHTF event.

  5. I really would like to wina coy of this book.I am a new prepper and realize that my fitness is something that I need to work on. I am in the process of getting in shape,and look for any way to do so.

  6. I would like to win this book. My retreat group could use a book on defense that’s geared towards survivalists and not the military.

  7. As I set here at the computer each morning drinking my pot of joe, I look at many survival websites. I may read many web post for many days to find one that has something new to make me ponder. Some post makes me laugh at someone’s gullability, but I think these fiction books would boggle my mind at things I hadn’t thought of. This has to be my next line of prepardness.
    I have the mind set that there will be “War Lords” when the crap hits. Very few web post have even touched on this proposition. I feel these fictional books will have to give insight to War Lords.

  8. I’ll put my hat into the ring for the other book. I am old and living on SS and I spend all my income on preparing. I am of the mind set that a prepper is not a person that is scared. I get so much joy in the fact that I am doing all I can for my children and grandchildren. When I can another 15 pints of chicken, when my goats give birth, when I build a “rocket stove mass heater”, I feel so much joy that I could almost burst.
    Also, I am at the point that I look at all the things that could go wrong in this country that I prep for, I have the feeling that it is becoming overwhelming for me to do all of it by myself. Even tho I haven’t been to church in years, I think it is time that I need the good Lords help.

  9. I’d like to submit a tip. Being new to preping and trying to catch up as fast as I could due to the current economic house of cards I would double/triple up on items when I went to the grocery store. I also read as much as possible and soon realized I was buying items that would end up being thrown out. Luckily I hit the link here for the Emergency Essentials March sale and got a great deal on way more stuff for much less money than I was spending. I’m going to order another couple specials and can’t wait to see what next month’s special is.

    1. That’s a good tip, Randy, and you bring up a valid point that every “newbie” must learn. If you and/or your posse won’t like it now, you won’t like it in IHTF (“It” Hits the Fan – because we don’t know what “it” is yet, and it suits me better!). When IHTF, people will be eating whatever they can find, but, why create more stress? The adjustments that will forced in “everyday life” will be stressful enough; don’t add to that stress by creating an unsustainable diet, or one people will not want to eat.

      Make a list of what you eat now, and what you LIKE to eat (they aren’t always the same, are they?!). How much do you need for one week of all those food items? Don’t leave out your pets; they’ll need to eat, too. Now stock up on an extra week’s worth of all those things, even if you have to add one day per pay period. Don’t forget condiments and spices – it will be the little things that make life more pleasant when IHTF. Don’t forget a few storable treats, for people and pets; they will become psychologically very important.

      Got a week’s worth of “extra” food and water? Great. Now go for two. Then three. Then…and keep going, until you have as much as you can possibly store. Line your house walls with it if you have no other place to put it (just be prepared to be very selective about who comes in your house from that point forward).

      Forget about winning the “Good Housekeeping” award; think, “survive and thrive!”.

      I, too, use Emergency Essentials, but, shop around, for best values. there are some great resource sites posted here, and “Food Storage Secrets” and “Survive Any Food Crisis” would help anyone move forward at warp speed, IMHO. Another excellent resource, and possibly the BEST PRICES for ready-to-store foods (very limited choices, but great prices) are at the LDS/Mormon sites:
      // LDS Online Store – buy a few things for long-term storage

      Hope this helps you in some way; I do suggest some good books (and they’re here!), because a hard copy book may be the only media available before too much longer.

      Good for you that you have gotten started so that you will “be ready, for anything – at any time – for any reason”!

  10. I would like to win Rapid Fire.
    Started reading Patriot Dawn on my Kindle last night and this is one scenario I can actually see happening. Very real and very frightening. Something in the news this a.m. was straight out of the book. Can’t wait to continue. A community of like minded people is key.

    1. Sharon, for those of us who have not read the book and don’t have the book, could you tell us what that “something straight out of the book” was? I, for one, would really appreciate knowing. Thank you!

  11. Thank you for entering me in the contest for “Rapid Fire!” Civil unrest is the inevitable outcome of any disaster that does not kill off the world’s population. Unless I manage to rally a group in my neighborhood, I may be defending my life and home by myself. This is a seemingly impossible task without thinking outside the civilian box. I would like to win this book to help create a tactical defense plan. Thank you.

  12. Thank you for entering me to win a copy of “Patriot Dawn.” I love post-apocolyptic fiction. The scenario for Max Velocity’s book has a high probability of being real in the near future. P.A. Fiction gives me the push to keep prepping, the hope that my efforts will make a difference, and actual prepping information. In fact I have found some survival fiction books have as much or more prepping info than non-fiction. Max Velocity’s books are 5-star and I would really like to start reading them. Thank you.

  13. (note that I already entered the two contests) I just wanted to comment on Carol’s post, above. I have already started lining the hallways with water jugs. I buy kitty litter in a plastic jug. When it is empty I wash thoroughly and rinse with bleach/water. Then I fill with tap water. These jugs will be my supply for NON-drinking water. The lids are not tight and they must be kept upright, but they are free since I have to buy kitty litter anyway. I will be filling 24 jugs per year. For drinking water I rinse out 2L soda bottles and fill with filtered water. And have nowhere to put them but the floor. I will be filling 52 soda bottles per year. So if anyone out there is dealing with space or money issues I just wanted to say these 2 water preps have taken a lot of pressure off me to buy a large storage tank.

    1. Also, Karen, a few suggestions: when you empty a plastic bottle of liquid bleach, fill it with tap water and store it (mark the outside with “Emerg H20, or some identifier). It has more than enough bleach in it (residual) to keep it for some time in storage; this is NOT drinking water – it’s for “daily use”, just so we’re clear, folks.

      Milk-type plastic jugs are not suggested for long-term water storage; they are prone to leak, and you lose your stored water. Been there – done that.

      The 2-litre soda bottles are plenty strong enough for long-term storage. We don’t drink sodas, but we do buy bottled SPRING water, as we haven’t consumed municipal water in 35 years. We buy ONLY bottled Spring water in the one-gallon heavy bottle; we consume the spring water, then fill the bottle with tap water and a tiny bit of chlorine bleach (1/2 tsp. is enough!). The bottles we buy have deep indentations (Ozarka Spring Water)and stack beautifully.

      We built a frame for a green house and used these refilled bottles as “walls”, even through the winter; with no heat and a cold winter in the South, I still have 4 citrus trees full of lime and lemon blooms, in my water bottle greenhouse, right now! The roof is opaque corrugated fiberglass. My next project will be an outdoor storage building, using the filled bottles for walls. I’m also going to line the 6′ wood privacy fence with filled bottles. When IHTF, we’ll have ample supply of potable (consumable) Spring Water as well as water for “household” and “cleanliness” purposes.

      May I also suggest a Bathtub, or, “Water” BOB? They sell for about $30, hold about 100 gallons, and will keep water fresh for about 4 weeks, and they’re available in lots of places. When the threat is imminent, place it in the bathtub, hook it up to the faucet, and fill. There is a bulb-type hand-pump pre-attached that you will use to draw it out. You won’t be able to use that bathtub while it’s holding water but it will be a good supply in an emergency. Just don’t wait too long to fill it when there is a possible threat. Do be aware that water weighs about 8 lbs. per gallon, and this holds 100 gallons; make sure your tub can hold the weight of 800 lbs! A flimsy fiberglass tub not properly supported will crack.

      You can often get free food-grade 5-gallon buckets from restaurants, as well; they will often have held dill pickles; you’ll have to soak them a long time to get the smell and taste of dill pickles out, but, they’re free! And when IHTF, you won’t likely care if it tastes and smells like dill pickles.

      There are so many things you can do to re-purpose these heavy plastic bottles AND have emergency water stored. Your imagination is the limit!

  14. If you find yourself tentless and in the open in cold weather, one way of generating heat from a campfire—without catching the forest on fire while you sleep—is to dig a trench a little longer than your height and about 2’ across by 18” or so deep. Fill the trench about 2/3 of its depth with rocks (not smooth river rocks, which sometimes contain moisture and can explode when too hot), then build a big fire, the length of the trench. Heat your water or cook your meal with the fire and enjoy it until it burns down to red coals. Shovel dirt over it—a covering of at least 6”, spread out your tarp and sleep on top of the covered trench. You’ll stay toasty-warm all night. In the morning, you can oftentimes dig up last night’s coals, and start a morning fire…
    (If my submission is drawn, my first choice book would be “Patriot Dawn!”)

  15. i would also like “patriot dawn”. I have just begun to prep and am trying to read all the information and as may perspectives as I can.

  16. Either book sounds interesting. As a mid term prep (about 13 yrs) i am at the stage of fine tuning. Learning the skills my parents and grand parents used as i was growing up. If and or when things go wrong becomming self sufficient will be hard work but doable.

    The hard part i believe will be security or keeping what you have stored or made for your self in the aftermath. Guns and tactical training alone will not be enough, even if you are with a small group. With few exceptions there will always be a better armed and better traqined group out there, conceivably using high tech equipment. This is where my road block comes into view. Unlike the movies, a macho attitude will not win the day against a superior force or a sniper 3 or 400 yards or further away. Currently i only have part of a plan for my delema, but i will keep working on it untill i have come up with the best possible strategy for my property, area and possible threat level.

    Bill B

  17. I would like to enter the contest . I am new to prepping so im trying gain more info everyday for me and my family. Patriot dawn sounds very interesting.

  18. Thank you so much for these contests! I would like to win a copy of Rapid Fire because self defense is something I have not dealt with yet.

  19. I would also like to win a copy of Patriot Dawn because it sounds like it addresses a lot of things and makes you think clearer. I have 2 concerns. We do not have an alternate form of heat & no room for one. Also, where do you get warm wool clothes? Thank you very much!

  20. I would like the Rapid Fire book because living in a large city I feel learning any tactics to stay alive and keep my family alive when things “go bad” would be very helpful.

  21. I would like the Patrit Dawn book because, even though it is fiction, there is always something to be learned and used in a survival situation.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  22. My wife is a diabetic dependent on insulin needs to refrigerated and we are both disabled and senior citizens with little money so we have to stay in! That plus little money but we do have some dry good that will keep for awhile and a excellent water purifier. But our menu would have to be be mostly rice and beans if we went any length of time. We would live but it would sure be a problem! It would get be not rice & beans AGAIN!!!

    Thank you very much.

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