Summer 2014 Book Festival: Sanctuary

The next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival is 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.

2. What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?

Water purification and fire starting tools are critical for survival. So if I only had that amount to spend, that’s the direction I’d go.

3. 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 as 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.

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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.  Prices start at $119 although a basic kindle is only $69.  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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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.   It is based on my own tried and true experience as someone who has learned to live the preparedness lifestyle by approaching emergency preparedness and planning in a systematic, step-by-step manner.

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  1. I think I’ve been lucky enough to have always lived in an area where the power came back on within 24-48 hours or less. The ice storm that ripped across where my folks live in 94 had areas in the backwoods without power for 4 months or more. We had power restored within 24 hours (president of electric company lived down our road). The rest of our grid downs were by choice – annual camping trips, etc. I knock on wood and try not to take where we live currently for granted by having alternate methods for heating, cooking, and lighting in such situations.

  2. A few days several years ago due to grid failure during a summer storm.
    Interestingly enough we were not preppers then but survived just fine. Gas still worked to cook with.

  3. We were without power for over a month after hurricane Katrina. It was terrifying with all the gangs looting and raping. The worst part was law enforcement taking our guns and leaving us defenseless. The police was just as scary as the gangs for the most part.

  4. I became a Survivalist in 1980. I modified a tiny bit of my mindset and became a Prepper in 2013. Plan and prepare for everything and hope for the best and then when the best doesn’t show up…TA DAAAH!… you’re ready for everything!

  5. Longest period at home was only about 36 hours during a power outage, but we still had running water. Backpacking longest time is 4 weeks. Boy do I miss those days!

  6. In 1993 we had a major ice storm in our area of western NY. We were without power for 5 days. many did not get power back on for 3 weeks or more. Our natural gas stayed on and we had a wood burning fireplace. But it got old really fast. Many in our neighborhood had basements filled with water when their sump pumps stopped working, the fire dept spent most of their time pumping out basements. We did ok but that was the germ of why I started prepping

  7. 1972 an ice storm hit us just north of Nashville. I was a lucky one that got to Nashville to rent a large generator before they were all gone.. All our neighbors were without power for 2 weeks. I saw my neighbors move to other cities to live with relatives. We knew what caused the outage.
    1976 a power outage in all of southern Florida. No one knew why. Rumors had it that terrorist blew up the power plant in central Fl. Power was only out from late morning to early evening. This was the scariest outage. This one was the one that made a believer out of me.

  8. The longest time I’ve been with out power has been just a few hours, just lucky. The possibility is real that at any time my family could experience an extended power outage for days or weeks.

  9. Most recently was Hurricane Irene, ironically not Hurricane Sandy, while I was at work. 12 hour night shift at a nursing home with no phone no electricity. We had the luxury of a back up generator for our ventilators and minimal lighting.

  10. Longest continuous was 8 days. We had one this summer where we lost it for 5 days, had it back on for 2-3 days and lost it again for another 4. That was a pain in the butt

  11. We have been without powers cor hours due to storms. That wasn’t lost time really, since it showed us what we needed to add to our preparations.

  12. We were not affected by the hurricane but the people from the hurricane came here for gas and food. We are about an hour further from the coast and the first sizeable town that had power. The stores were wiped clean of some items and we had to wait in long lines for gasoline. This went on for over a week. The power in the city was out for three weeks in some areas due to downed trees that took out the power lines.

  13. Where I live now, in Ky, there have been storms that knock out power and sometimes for a couple of weeks, but I am lucky in that from my back porch, I can see Big Rivers Power Plant on the horizon. My power is the first to come back on, usually in a few hours, where others in the county may take 2 weeks.

  14. I’ve been without power for 4-5 days due to a winter storm. We had gravity fed water, a fireplace and woodstove so we managed fine.

  15. Our “grid-down” has not been drastic, although we came VERY close during the ice storms a few years ago. Thankfully our power was only out a day, many just up the road were down for WEEKS! HOWEVER, I grew up very poor (and this was in the 70s, so really not that long ago) and had NO running water, indoor plumbing, or central heat/air. I lived that way the first 9 years of my life. As a kid you really don’t know anything different, until you go to school that is, then you learn how very POOR you really are. We lived way up in NW Wisconsin, just south of Duluth/Superior. It was COLD & HARSH in the winters, and they lasted FOREVER! We did have electricity, so we had electric lights, a plug in radio, a TV that sometimes worked (mostly you could hear the sound but no picture) and in the summer we could run fans. We cut wood all summer to burn all winter for heat, my mom had an LP cook stove, but sometimes she’d cook on a wood stove in the kitchen. We had an outhouse that we used in all seasons, and before the well broke we pumped water by hand and stored it in the house in old milk cans. My mom used a wringer washer & the clothesline for laundry, even in wintertime. I guess that’s where I get my love for hanging clothes on the line. So I may have never been deprived of electricity for very long, but I do know how to do without all the many modern conveniences, although I hope I never have to. 🙂

  16. In 8 hours last winter, with outside temp near -12 degrees (F), the temperature in the house fell to about 40.

    I was just getting ready to head out to the shop and fire up the wood stove when power came on, again. The lesson here, for me, is to get a wood burning insert into the fireplace to replace the pellet stove – which doesn’t work without electricity.

  17. The longest I’ve gone without power is 7 days. It was unplanned and the result of an ice storm. It was localized and we donated our food from the freezer to the fire house who was feeding people and housing them. Spent a couple of nights there sleeping on a cot. That was before we got a generator.

  18. August 1983 Hurricane Alicia hit Galveston and the Houston area. Our home was located in an area an hour away from downtown Houston. Too few people were here at that time for us to get the people from the power and water companies to get to us quickly. So we waited 14 days for power and 6 days for water. Thankfully I was only in my 30s at that time and able to cope, which I am not sure I could now. It was really tough going. No air conditioning at the hottest season of the year was the worst. We were all cutting up trees and hauling debris and burning as well. It was tough. We all used a neighbors pool to cool off after working each day. The men went to the lake with garbage cans to fill for flushing toilets. The women would stand in line at the nearest grocery store and wait for the water trucks to arrive.
    When Rita hit in 2005, we were able to purchase a generator after only 4 days. That helped tremendously. The water was only out a few days as well, so that wasn’t so bad. I had stored water, and we used our hot tub water to flush toilets.
    When Ike hit in 2008, we had our preps so we were as comfortable as any one could be that had to go through what we all had to deal with.

  19. In recent years, we were caught by surprise by a wind storm. No electric for 9 days. We were fine because we were prepared. As a child, we were isolated in the country for several months when a dam went out.No electricity, of course. I remember doing laundry from a rowboat, bathing in a Sun warmed washtub and pulling a wagon with containers of drinking water from a natural spring.My parents made it all seem like a grand adventure.They seeded my pepper mentality.

  20. Four and a half days in December of 2008. We lived in Tacoma, WA and snow, ice and wind took out power transformers everywhere. We had a very small fireplace and by building a small lean-to in front of it to capture heat were able to keep the indoor temp in that area a bit above freezing. I almost lost one of my elderly cats to hypothermia. I took to carrying here around inside my coat in a jury rigged ‘cat sling’.

  21. We were without power in Southeast Texas for a week and then we went to *rolling* power (where your electricity is turned on for a couple of hours every six hours) for the next week. That happened during the last hurricane to hit the Texas gulf coast. We were lucky–others had to wait another further week or so to get their power turned on.

  22. The longest we have been without power is about a week…It was definitely unplanned. There was a snow storm that had downed lines all over the state. And I feel very fortunate that it wasn’t longer!

  23. It was 8 days after a hurricane. Depending on the direction & force of the hurricane when it hits determines if is planned or unplanned. In this case we planned for a day or two, but 8 days was pushing it. Especially since the temps were up in the 90’s and humidity was also in the 90% range. Kinda of like living in a sauna for 8 days.

  24. A few years ago, there was a terrific windstorm on a Sunday evening, and pretty much our whole town lost power. Our house, which is 3 miles out of town, was without power until Monday morning – we got it back surprisingly fast! However, my husband is a family doctor, and I am his office manager. The office was without power until Thursday! So we transferred our vaccines to another location for refrigeration, took in propane lanterns and flashlights, and became a ‘walk-in clinic’ because we didn’t have our computerized schedule available! It’s a good thing we were still on paper charts at that point – it would not have been very workable with electronic medical records, like we have now!

  25. While going to college, I lived in an unheated, unfinished barn in NE Oregon. Slept in long underwear, socks, gloves, knitted cap and LOTS of blankets, like 15 I think. I became so accustomed to the weight that it took years before I could sleep with “normal” bedding. I still miss that close, heavy feeling of all those blankets.

  26. Unplanned – I lived in a little town outside of Raleigh, NC about 12 years ago when an Ice storm took out power for 7 days. Our neighbor let us borrow a tiny propane space heater, so we bundled up in 1 room with that.

  27. 3 days in a snowstorm. Was bad enough without heat,a way to cook food and do without a washer and dryer for wet clothes for 3 days. I have so much respect for those who lost power for a longer time.

  28. We did a 3 day trial of going without power when my kids were younger. I learned a lot–like, don’t plan on cooking on my wood burning stove in Oct. when it is too warm to have it going all day.

  29. We were without power on and off for 2 days a cpl yeas ago, snowed in for 1 week and had to live on food on hand ( thank God I like to keep a full pantry) and recently was without a well pump for 2 days. I became a Prepper after being snowed in and found out how much water we truly use on a daily basis when the pump went out. I immed ordered quite a few more 5 gallon stacking water containers and a good water filter. We also have plans to speak to a neighbor about regularly using their lake for water should the area lose power for any length of time.

  30. Being a resident of Jacksonville, Florida, I and my fellow inhabitants are fortunate to have the technical expertise of the Jacksonville Electric Authority linemen who are so good at keeping electricity supplied to the inhabitants that they frequently send repair crews to weather disaster sites all over the country to help restore power. Despite damage from frequent severe storms we are seldom without power for more than a handful of hours. I guess the protective umbrella of the JEA has spoiled us. Oh well…

  31. Luckily, I’ve only been without power for a day or so. It’s the best reminder of how much I depend upon electricity. It’s also one of the best motivators for getting my preps in order.

  32. No electricity or water for about a month, winter of 2000. Long story ,short, me and my 3 kids, living by kerocene. Used it to cook, heat, and boiling water for cleaning clothes and bodies. It was a true learning time. We survived and actually thrived.

  33. If an EMP happens in the late fall/early winter as the alarmists are saying, this would be the worst time for us people in the north country. We have the wood stove, but many people do not. Many people will freeze to death and or starve from not being prepared. I would love to read these series of books to improve on sustainability.

  34. I used to spend summers at our cabin as a kid. No power just oil lanterns, wood stove, well water (we drank a lot of koolaid cause the water was gross to us kids). We had an outhouse and ate a lot of fish from the river. Mom had an old fashioned wash tub and our clothes hung in the breeze. I’ve been lucky to not have any long power outages in the city but neighbors just across the street were down for over a week. I’m trying to prep for long term outages during a winter storm because we are due for a bad one and one of those make you cover all bases.

  35. I was once without electric for a week. We had a gas-powered generator to run our and one neighbor’s refrigerators and one light.

  36. During a recent bought of severe weather my entire neighborhood lost power for three weeks because lightning hit a transformer and it took the power company that long to get a new one because it was outdated. So we made do. We were lucky because the gas still came on and we have a gas stove. We used candles, lanterns, and flashlights to get around after dark. My family went stir crazy but I enjoyed having all the peace and quiet for reading. I was able to charge phones and laptops in the car. Only thing I really missed was reading my blogs every day.

  37. The longest I’ve gone, planned, without power was about a week, while camping. Unplanned, was about 2 1/2 to 3 days. Our main source of light were kerosine lamps and we used a wood stove for heat. The little bit of warm food that we ate was cooked on the bbq.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

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