Prepper Book Festival 8: Resurrecting Home by A. American

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  November 24, 2020
Prepper Book Festival 8: Resurrecting Home by A. American

Have you ever noticed the number of fiction authors in the preparedness and survival niche that are able to come back time and again with a new book to grab our attention?  It always astounds me that there are so many knowledgeable individuals, who, as preppers or survivalists themselves, are able to continually come back with novels that are both entertaining and educational.

With that introduction, today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 8.  A. American is back for his fourth interview and book giveaway, this time with Resurrecting Home: A Novel.

Resurrecting Home by A. American - Backdoor Survival

This time around, A. American tells the story of Morgan Carter and his efforts to build a sustainable community.  As with the entire Survivalist Series, there are a lot of twists and turns along the way, as nothing every happens according to plan.

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the book giveaway below where you can win a copy of Resurrecting Home by A. American.

An Interview with A. American, Author of Resurrecting Home

What one single event (or point in time) did you decide to become a prepper?

I have been in the prepper mindset for a long time but I would have to say it was hurricane Andrew in ’92 that really spurred me on. I was young and the devastation from the storm had a real impact on me.

Most preppers have some sort of EDC (Every Day Carry). What items do you carry with you at all times?

Of course! LOL.

I have a Maxpedition bag that goes everywhere with me. In it is a very high quality PSK that I assembled myself. The kit will cover almost anything I’d need if caught out. The bag also contains my pistol and spare mags, a HAM radio, flashlight and various small tools, Otis cleaning kit, marker panels for signaling, chemlights, and of course some first aid.

I have a tourniquet attached to the outside of the bag with rubber bands so I can tear it off if needed. I keep it prepped so it can be applied one handed. I believe if you carry a gun you should have one with you, it’s not always the bad guy that get’s shot.

Additionally I have a large pack I keep in my truck that could sustain myself for weeks if needed. I can also supplement these items if I’m going on a trip and I often do.

Have you ever lived through a real disaster and therefore had to live on your preps?  If so, for how long? What were some of the mistakes you encountered along the way?

Live in Florida long enough and you will! We have lived through several hurricanes. In 2010 we had back to back storms but I was ready. We lost power for weeks at time, only to have it restored and taken out by the next storm. My youngest daughter was born the day before the storm hit so I was concerned about her and my wife and took steps to ensure they would ok.

At the time I had three generators and powered my entire house short of the hot water heater and central air. For my wife and the baby I put a window shaker AC in the bedroom and ran generators 24/7. It was expensive and took a lot of gas but was worth it. While everyone around us was waiting in line for ice and water, my kids were watching satellite TV and living as though it was normal. It was kind of funny and to this day my oldest daughter looks forward to a big storm knocking the power out.

The plan worked very well and honestly there isn’t anything I would do differently. It was validation for why I do what I do, we made it through with hardly any noticeable inconvenience.

If not, what steps have you taken to ensure that your and your family are disaster-proof?

While being disaster proof is a lofty goal, I think anyone who feels they are are foolish. You can be as prepared as you want to be and a fire could take it all away or a tornado could wipe it all from the face of the earth. You need to think about what are the emergencies you are most likely to face and prepare for them as best you can.

Bugging out poses a major dilemma for many preppers. Family obligations, money, jobs, and health considerations all play a role in the bug-out, bug-in decision. What advice do you have for those that who will be required to bug-in?

This is always a topic of conversation among preppers. Personally I’m in the bug in camp but that such a situational issue that you just won’t know until you know. But for those that plan to do it the biggest thing they can do is to form a group, and it doesn’t have to be in the formal sense either.

Just staying friendly with the neighbors and knowing who has equipment and the skills to use them for instance. Always be willing to offer a hand because some day it could you needing their help. A single family cannot take care of themselves, they simply cannot provide adequate security and fulfill their daily needs, it takes a tribe, a group.

What specifically would you like Backdoor Survival readers to learn from your book?

I try really hard to put actual useful info into the books. I want to tell a good story but I want everyone who reads them to take something away, a nugget that you can use. But the overall idea I want people to take away is, it’s up to you, the reader to take care of yourself, your family, your community and your nation. No one is going to do it for you, no matter what they say.

Along with the next installment of the series I will have a novella coming out on Kindle in May. The novella will be set in the Kindle World of Steven Konkoly’s The Perseid Collapse, it’s been a lot of fun to do and I hope everyone enjoys it. This story is quite the departure from the Going Home series, with entirely different characters and whole new setting.

The Giveaway

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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

When I first read A. American’s Going Home, my foremost thought was that I hope to heck that I am close to home if there is a major disruptive event.  The very last thing I want to do is trek home on foot, whether it is 10 miles or 50 miles.

That said, through each of the books in the Survivalist series, I have been able to think through the strategies that will ensure my survival if the worst were to happen.  Resurrecting Home is perhaps my favorite, if only because I feel so strongly about building a community of like-minded souls that will keep a close watch out for each other.

This is another great book from A. American.  Be sure to enter the giveaway to win a copy of your own.  Good luck!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight:  Resurrecting Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)

Against all odds, Morgan Carter and his family have endured despite the deteriorating conditions surrounding them. Armed with survivalist tactics, Morgan’s crew, alongside their  new friends from the recently-liberated DHS camp, have worked together to build a sustainable community. But not all situations can be prepared for. When a massive wildfire threatens their very existence, they must decide: fight or flight?

imageFrom the author of the hit Survivalist Series books, Resurrecting Home is an action-packed adventure that depicts the harrowing possibilities of a world gone awry, and the courage it takes to protect what matters most.

For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival.

Prepper Book Festival 8 – Non-Fiction

Handbook – Version 12.5
The Prepper’s Financial Guide
Saving Jimani: Life and Death in the Haiti Earthquake
The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present
Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required: An Everyday Approach to Disaster PreparednessDoctor Prepper’s Making the Best of Basics Family Preparedness 

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook print version is available.

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41 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 8: Resurrecting Home by A. American”

  1. Hopefully my car still works and I am able to G.O.O.D. quickly. I would gather all survival bags and weapons if my child was not with me head to her first and then head for my house if possible. If not find a place out of sight I can hunker down for a few days.

  2. If I’m 50 miles away from home and there’s some sort of event. First, make sure if my family is with me that we get out of the danger zone. Second, make sure that there are no serious injuries, again if my family is with me. Third, see if anyone else affected by the event in my immediate area need help. Four, try to determine how large and extensive the event is. Fifth, keep in the back of my mind how to get all with my home safe in a reasonable amount of time.

  3. I would head straight home to meet up with other family members and then decide if it is safe to stay at home or if we need to bug out to a secondary location.

  4. See if I can get out of the area, ie condition of roads, car is running, etc. Make sure anyone with me is ok and able to walk if needed. Get the GHB out of car, change clothes, if at work and start hiking it home if car is out of commission or the roads unpassable.

  5. When my granddaughter, asked why I buy so many books, that are about the same topic, I explained that each author had their own way of looking at the same topic, differently. Not one, knew everything about the subject, but each had a fresh view of it, and would offer through their view of it, which included ideas that the others hadn’t considered, or thought of. She said she would get tired of reading the same thing over, and over, again, just to see if there was something new in this one. I said, what if you gave up, and ended up suffering, when, if you had continued reading, and found one piece of advice, that would have prevented you from suffering, or kept you alive? She didn’t reply, she just began reading again. So I thank you, for aiding everyone, by introducing new authors, with their own views of the topics.

  6. Try to get home as safely as possible,make sure my family’s safe if they’re not with me, get things ready for bugging in or bob’s if we have to bug out. Then find a safe place to hide out for as long as we need to

  7. In my case it would be more likely to be only 35 miles, but the result is the same. It depends on what the disaster is. If an EMP and it takes out my vehicle, then I’d grab my kit and as much bottled water as I could and start walking! If my vehicle was still operational I’d make sure my pistol is in easy reach and the try to find a safe route to my home.
    Again, a lot depends on what the disaster is. I also always keep enough fuel in my vehicles to drive from my house to my sisters house about 300 miles away.

  8. If car not working or traffic jam, wait to see if will clear, can determine if roads would be clearing within reasonable time, if not, I’d start hoofin it home if daylight would allow me to get home before getting dark, if not,I’d look for local hotel, if none, sleep in car till nxt am & start walking early morning to get home. My child knows to walk hm if disaster occurs and I dont pick him up in reasonable time. (Cells may not be working).

  9. If the car worked, find out where traffic is compromised and find a way around it. If no car, then change into GH clothes, grab the bag and start walking.

  10. I’d first try my phone to contact my husband. Comparing the information we each have, I would either stay where I am or meet at a previously agreed upon location. If feasible, I would travel by car as far as I could (already knowing at least two ways to get there) and then take the bag I already have in the car and walk the rest of the way. If unable to contact my husband, I would proceed according the plans we had already made. It just really depends on the event as to the actions I would take.

  11. If my car still worked, I would drive home as safely as possible. If my cell phone still worked, I would call my husband, daughters and grandson who is at college and tell them to get here asap. If my car didn’t work, I would grab my GHB and start walking home.

  12. First is communication with the family. Land line, cell phone, ham radio. If family is okay then do my job as a first responder. If I can’t reach family then go home either in 4wheel drive rig or on/off road motorcycle, which ever makes more sense. If home is compromised then we meet at our secondary near by location. If that is compromised as well then meet at our farther away location. If that is compromised then I guess just wait in the government line with everyone else.

  13. My wife or I would get home asap. It would also depend on what was going on and how serious it was. The plan might change depending on circumstances.

  14. Communication with home, transportation to get home, shelter, water and food to stay alive in order to get home.

  15. I would love to read a book that has a sense of the present problems, but comes up with some solutions, even if only fiction, that would give me some solace and serenity.

  16. I think that I would try to ascertain what was happening first–if it was merely local or more widespread. Having as much information as possible helps immensely when making all the rest of the decisions. Getting home by some means and communicating with family would be at the top of the list.

  17. Try to understand what is going on, attempt to get in touch with my family, and then try and get home as safely as possible by what ever means is available to me.

  18. That sounds about the distance I travel to see an elderly friend, so I’d have my car and emergency stores in the trunk. I usually make a point to know the area I’m going to so I would get help probably the same place as my friend (a facility equipped for emergencies). I’m a nurse so I’d focused on checking those hurt first.

  19. I have a BOB and water in my vehicle, and make sure there’s always fuel in the tank. I’d get home and wait for the rest of the family to gather.

  20. If I were 50 miles from home, hopefully my vehicle was still operational. I would try to make contact via cell phone or ham radio to locate my spouse. If vehicle works I would make my way home. If it didn’t and my spouses vehicle works I would have her load up and pick me up. If neither vehicle worked, I would contact ham friends. I would also look for other means such as a bicycle.

  21. i would get to my home or to my brothers appartment than to my home. We would determine what to do from there.

  22. I would start heading home. I have a get-home bag and hiking boots, so if the car weren’t functional, I’d start hoofing it!

  23. We just had this conversation this weekend, and are in the midst of writing down a plan, meeting place, etc. I work 50 miles from home and 50 miles from our “bug out” location. If I can drive, I would head home for my more long term supplies, but if required, would head to the bug out, even if I had to walk. I have emergency supplies in my car at all times.

  24. Depending on the disaster things may be slightly different, but I think I would first gather up any supplies available in my immediate area I think I may need. Being somewhat selective and keeping ease of portability in mind. Weapon, water, food, shelter items would be at the top of the list. These may be in my car or if that is unreachable for any reason then anything i come across or can quickly get to. Then head for home, trying to avoid any congested areas and other groups of people. doing that may take me out of the way a bit but I think it would be safer to avoid as many people as possible.

  25. If the phones still work, call family to put the plan in action that we’ve been working on recently then get home as fast as possible.

  26. It would depend if my family was with me. If they were, I would determine if we could get home, or if it was better to go to one of two potential locations that we have scoped out (which are in opposite directions from home). If my family was not with me, then I would grab my get-home bag and move heaven and earth to get home to them, walking the 50 miles if I had to. They are the most important thing.

  27. Assess the situation, inventory what I have on hand, try to determine if getting home is possible and if so plan the route as best I can, then, finally, start the trek home. Unsaid is if at all possible contact my wife to tell her the situation as well as find out her status.

  28. We’d all be together since I don’t go ANYWHERE alone. I have a BOB in the car and truck, so my top priority would be trying to get in touch with other family members, see if we can get home or head elsewhere. Assessing the situation is key- check out surroundings, natural resources or what was available.

  29. I would try to make it home as quickly as possible. In the meantime, I would assess the situation and gather resources. If necessary, I would hang back and find a good hiding spot if other people were the danger.

  30. Short of fire or flood I will be bugging in for practical reasons (physical limitations and no car) but having said that I travel a great deal so could find myself a lot more than 50 miles from home or family. I will be seriously rethinking my travel EDC. Suggestions always welcome.

  31. This morning I was thinking about urging (strongly) my son to get his ham radio license so we could communicate. He commutes about 3 hours daily through horrible traffic conditions. I was pleased to find out he had a sort-off equipped winter emergency bag. It is time to get all in the family up to speed. My age dictates staying put. However, I have been thinking about a “safe place” in the woods in case of invaders. I believe it is time to expand the “what-if” scenarios. I appreciate all the book reviews and chances to win a copy.

  32. I’d try to gather what info I could with small hand crank radio, then gather what ever supplies were with me or available around me and head for home if possible. Really depends on disaster or crisis.

  33. I would start walking home (I walk between 3 and 5 miles a day to keep in shape) with a constant eye on my surroundings!

  34. Take a moment to assess the situation. Your response will vary according to circumstances. Grab your bag, and any other resources/supplies you may have on hand/need. Get away from the city as quietly and quickly as possible. Remember to ‘be the grey man’: don’t attract attention to yourself. Once in an area of ‘relative’ safety, take a short break, reassess things and adjust your plan accordingly.

  35. If I could get home, I would do that as we are best prepared to bug in. If the danger area is south of us, we would drive north to a bug out location that is available. If the danger area is north of us, we would make our way south to family members. If the car isn’t operational, we would grab our bug out bag and other supplies in the car and take off on foot. If my husband wasn’t with me and we couldn’t contact each other, we would meet at one of our predetermined locations.

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