Today I am taking a break from the usual Friday fare to host a “Flash Giveaway”. What the heck is that? By my own definition, a flash giveaway is a short-term, three-day giveaway promotion that I pop into the schedule when preps, life, and simply too much to do gets the way of blogging.
Today I have three copies of the novel Rivers up for grabs. You might remember that Rivers: A Novel by Michael Farris Smith, was featured earlier this year in a BDS Book Festival. Now you might be asking why this book over others?
Rivers by Michael Farris Smith – Survival Fiction At Its Best
With each fiction book that comes across my desk, I do a quick review to determine whether I am going to read it now or set it aside for future reading enjoyment. I do this by reading the synopses and the first chapter or so of the book itself. A question I ask is whether the book will challenge me to think about my own tactics in a similar situation.
I knew right away the Rivers was such a book. Here is what Michael had to say about it in our interview:
Michael: Tell me about your book, RIVERS. What is it about?
RIVERS is set in a time where the hurricanes won’t stop. The Gulf Coast has been abandoned and life below the Line, which is drawn by the government 90 miles above the shoreline, is violent and lawless and those that stay behind, stay at their own risk.
It’s a devastated, marshy wasteland, no services and no electricity and no rebuilding, and the hurricanes keep coming. The story follows Cohen who has hidden himself away on family land in an effort to hold on to his dead wife and child, but when he’s attacked and left for dead, he sets out for revenge, unaware of the craziness that lurks out in the rain-soaked world.
I read Rivers, cover to cover in three days. It was a difficult read but I could not put it down.
Why was it difficult? What Cohen experienced was depressing and sad. He experienced everything from the death of loved ones to thugs, looters, and sabotage by his peers as he attempted to make his way back to what he hoped was a civilized world.
I won’t be a spoiler and tell you how it ends but will offer this: if you felt Cormac McCarthy’s The Road ended on a note of optimism and hope, you will feel the same about the novel Rivers.
The Book Giveaway
Three copies of the new, paperback version of RIVERS have been reserved for three lucky readers.
To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below. You will find a “free for everyone” and an “enter a comment” and sharing option. There are no social media options this time around.
The deadline to enter is 6:00 PM Pacific on Sunday (flash giveaway, right?) with the winners notified by email and announced in the following Sunday Survival Buzz. Please note that the winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
The Final Word
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Bargain Bin: Below you will find a few links to products that I recommend.
The Road: If you have not read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (or see the movie) you should. Now that I think about it, I need to put up an updated review, don’t you think?
One Second After For many, the novel “One Second After” was a game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared. If you have not read this book, you really should.
Coleman Mini Lantern: You already know that I have a thing about flashlights but this is a slightly different take on portable lighting. It is 7.5 inches tall lantern and weighs just seven ounces, including batteries. And boy does it give off light. Inexpensive plus, it is a genuine Coleman.
Grow Your Own Groceries: This DVD set from Marjory Wildcraft is perfect for the frustrated gardener (like me). Every time I watch them, I get re-encouraged (is that a word?) There is tons of useful information in this series – not only about gardening but about rabbits, chickens, water conservation and more. Here is a review I wrote: Is It Realistic to Grow Your Own Groceries?
Tac Force TF-705BK Tactical Assisted Opening Folding Knife 4.5-Inch Closed: The reviews raved about this knife so I bought one, used it, and can recommend it. See The Inexpensive Tac-Force Speedster Outdoor Knife.
Note: the price can vary by color so if you are not particular, scroll through the colors and save a couple of bucks.
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