Summer 2014 Book Festival: Sanctuary

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Summer 2014 Book Festival: Sanctuary

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The next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival are G. Michael Hopf and his latest book, Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel.

He is here not only to answer some new interview questions, but also to award one lucky reader with a set of all three books in his New World Series. Is that cool or what?


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

An Encore Interview with G. Michael Hopf

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

Mindset, fitness and foraging knowledge.

First: Mindset is often overlooked, gathering resources and learning skill sets in a controlled environment are very good and I highly recommend, but I feel people should take those skills and tools in the wild or into training where the intensity level is raised and done over a period of time. This will teach you many things, and one of those is do you have the temperament to tackle SHTF situations.

My mindset was forged as a combat veteran and continued as an executive protection agent. There I dealt with situations that challenged me and gave me a breadth of knowledge that no classroom or book could ever. My experiences showed me I could do things I only theorized I could do before.

Second: Fitness is something that I know without a doubt is overlooked in the survivalist but mainly in the prepping community.  If you are going to survive anything, you must have the ability to tackle it.  Fitness is tied to survival, you can’t rely on your adrenaline to take your through an event.

Third: My foraging and ability to identify plants and roots to eat has been with me since the mid 1990’s. I’m a hunter but I think foraging can be more important because edible and medicinal plants can be found in many different environments, from rural to urban.

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

My wife contributes and my children have now been included in a collective effort, but I am still the one who runs point.

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

I will go with fiction on this one.  Alas, Babylon is a timeless read.

Do you have anything else (announcement, message, personal experience) that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?

Look for Book 4 in The New World Series to come out this upcoming winter.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of all three books in The New World Series, including Sanctuary, has been reserved for one lucky reader.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  There are a number of options including a “free for everyone” option that requires just a single click. Easy peasy!  Also, please note that this giveaway is open to residents of both the US and Canada.

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Thursday with the winner notified by email and announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

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The Final Word

More and more, fiction novels centering on the aftermath of an EMP are being written and virtually consumed by survivalist and prepper types wanting to learn tactics for dealing with the resulting chaos.

In each, the human condition stands out like a talisman of the future, sometimes for the better and other times not so much.  Regardless of the outcome, the mindset of the characters becomes ingrained in our psyche and the characters of The New World Series and Sanctuary are no exception.

Please take a few moments to enter the giveaway to win all three books. I know you will enjoy them.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item:  Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel

Surviving the attack proved to be more than they could have imagined…

Months after a super-EMP attack devastated the United States the country is now unrecognizable. Major cities are run by gangs, survivors are dying of starvation, and the government is falling victim to lawlessness. Those who were prepared for the end find that they weren’t really prepared at all.

While some seek vengeance for their losses, others are determined to restore the nation. Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Barone, Connor, and Pablo are all on different paths; but they are all in search of a home away from chaos. They are all in search of a sanctuary.

Bargain Bin:  Today is all about books.  Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.

Note:  If you covet an e-Book reader, consider the Kindle.   And if not, at the very least pick up the free Kindle app so that you can read Kindle books on your PC or favorite electronic device.

Summer 2014 Book Festival #6 – Fiction

Day After Disaster
Jingling Our Change (Liberty Dying Series Book 1)
Nanny State Nightmare (Liberty Dying Book 2)
The Shadow Patriots
Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die
Collective Retribution
Event Horizon (The Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series Book 2)
Forsaking Home
Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel
299 Days: The War
Bishop’s Song (Holding Their Own Book 6)

Summer 2014 Book Festival #6 – Non-Fiction

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch
Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival: The Essential Guide for Family Preparedness
The Provident Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies
Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living
Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together
The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster
Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness


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77 Responses to “Summer 2014 Book Festival: Sanctuary”

  1. In 1991 we were two weeks in March do to an ice storm that took down power and if we didn’t have a wood burning stove we would have froze and been unable to cook or stay clean.

  2. The longest I have gone grid-down was about a 1-1/2 days when I was a kid. I remember my mom and dad talking about needing a back up plan for how to save the food in the frig if things continued.

  3. Although with hurricanes, power outages are always a definite possibility, it was unplanned that we would be without power for 8 days following Hurricane Ike. We went and got our motor home out of storage and used extension cords and the generator off and on to keep the refrigerator and freezer at temperatures that would save our food. We could also run a fan or a light. We have gotten rid of the motor home, so now we have a propane run generator with capabilities to provide power if we have another outage. We keep a number of filled tanks on hand.

  4. Recently we had a two day issue while they replaced a pole in my backyard. When I was a kid we lived in Turkey and had issues of weeks at a time.

  5. We were without power for 5 days during a spring ice storm. We were fortunate to have a portable generator and we had our furnace wired up so we could connect it to the generator to keep us warm. We were able to keep the furnace, freezer and hot water heater going enough to get by with by alternating what was hooked up. And most meals were cooked in the microwave hooked up to the generator or we just went out to eat. Needless to say, this year we are putting in a wood stove to act as a back up for our heat and we added an extra stove that runs on propane for back up cooking. That should help make things go better the next time it happens.

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