Backdoor Survival Book Festival 2

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: August 24, 2021
Backdoor Survival Book Festival 2

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Are you ready for the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival?

Today I am launching the Summer Reading List along with some new author interviews and book giveaways – seventeen in all.  With the cooperation of some fabulous authors and their publishers, I have some great new books for you in both fiction and non-fiction.

Each author in the book festival brings his or her unique perspective to the quest for self-sufficiency and I am grateful for their willingness to share their thoughts and their books with me.

And then there is you – the readers of Backdoor Survival.  During past giveaways your comments allowed me to take a peek at your own prepping activities and gave me many suggestions for expanding the content here on Backdoor Survival.  Today, as we begin the Summer Book Festival, I want to again thank you for visiting.  I hope you will find something interesting to read in the coming weeks.

Before I start, for the benefit of the Backdoor Survival newbies, let me tell about the book festival and how it works.


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Over the course of the next couple of months, I will be featuring survival and prepping book giveaways coupled with one on one author interviews.  In some cases I will follow up with my own mini-reviews of many of the books but only after I have had a chance to read them.

Each week, as I announce a giveaway, I may ask a question and request that you answer in the comments section of the article.  Or, I may simply hold a raffle as I try to find new ways to select the winners.  Regardless of the rules, which may change with each giveaway, winners will be selected at random and the book or e-book will be sent directly by the author or the publisher.

Easy peasy.  Without further babble from me, let us get started on the Summer Reading List which is presented below in no particular order.


The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide

Train like a Tribute before you enter the Arena using this wilderness survival guide.  Some of the survival skills you’ll learn:

  • Building temporary shelters to protect from rain, cold, wind and sun.
  • Finding and purifying water–even when there are no streams or lakes nearby.
  • Building and using fire for cooking, signaling, warmth and making tools.
  • Identifying and cooking wild edible plants.
  • Building Gale’s famous twitch-up snares.
  • Peeta’s camouflage techniques.
  • Katniss’s hunting and stalking skills.
  • Making your own survival bow and arrows and other tools.
  • The materials you need to create a forage bag like Katniss’s.
  • Survival first aid.
  • Navigation tips and tricks for travel, rescue and evasion.

Detailed photos and step-by-step instructions will help you master real-life skills to help you in any wilderness or disaster survival situation.

Author: Creek Stewart

The Mini Farming Guide to Composting: Self-Sufficiency from Your Kitchen to Your Backyard

Composting has never been easier—learn how to incorporate Brett Markham’s amazing composting techniques to maximize your vegetable output, increase your self-sufficiency, and be kind to the ecosystem.

This handbook covers everything you need to know about composting. Whether it’s your mini farm or flower garden that needs nourishment, this book explains how to compost just about anything you can grow—and reminds you that developing your own composting practices can not only be fun but saves money and encourages self-sufficiency. Learn to make a backyard compost structure with easy-to-follow directions and learn the science behind how your food scraps become food for plants.

Author: Brett Markham

Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes

Stock your pantry with home made meals. Pull it off the shelf. Mix with water. Cook. Serve.  It’s as quick and easy as preparing a box of mac and cheese—but it’s not store-bought junk, it’s your favorite dishes made from scratch. With Meals in a Jar and a little planning, you’ll have your pantry stocked with healthy, delicious ready-to-cook meals.

Meals in a Jar is packed with step-by-step instructions for natural breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts that allow even the most inexperienced chefs to make scrumptious, nutritious dishes. Not only are the recipes in this book perfect for carry-along camping fare, rushed weeknight dinners and meals for Dad (or even a teenager) to prepare, they can also be life-savers in times of disasters like fires, blackouts or hurricanes.

Author:  Julie Languille

Fight, Flight, or Hide. The Guide to Surviving a Mass Shooting

This book is an easy-to-read guide to surviving a mass shooting. Mass shootings are a tragedy, but we can prepare for them in the same ways that we prepare for every other disaster.  This book is a simple, easy read that will begin your preparations.

Author:  John Forsythe

Don’t Be A Victim!: An Officer’s Advice on Preventing Crime

People are planning for world changing, collapse of society events in droves; from flu pandemics to potential electromagnetic pulses (EMPs). While this is a goal worth pursuing, the odds that any of these events will happen during an individual’s lifetime are dramatically low.

A mass killing, where four or more people (not including the shooter) are killed, happens about every two weeks. While it is prudent to be prepared for catastrophes that could weaken or destroy a fragile social structure, we should not do so at the expense of guarding ourselves from threats that we are more likely to encounter.

Written by a law enforcement veteran who has worked for police agencies across the United States, the U.S. Department of Justice and INTERPOL, Don’t Be a Victim, offers common sense strategies to help prevent crime, protect your home, and keep your family safe from criminals.

Author: John Elliott

Emergency Air for Shelter-In-Place Preppers and Home Built Bunkers

This book offers a reasonable solution for an affordable air filtration system.

After the events of 9/11, we as a nation were made aware of new technical threats that could be made against the public by terrorists. These threats include anthrax, dirty-bomb dispersions, radioactive nuclear fallout, biological warfare attacks, and pandemic viruses, to name a few.

It was at this time that we were also told we could seal up in a room using duct tape and plastic sheeting to protect from these threats. Many people joked about just taping a plastic bag over your head as being an equivalent plan, which really isn’t far from the truth of the matter. Sealing in a room (or anywhere) is problematic at best since your supply of breathable air is limited. Preppers facing any of the above mentioned threats would ultimately have to chose between suffocation or exposure to the threat.

The system detailed in this book allows anyone to breathe safely while under threat and while following FEMA guidelines for sheltering-in-place.

Author: F J Bohan

Real Time Machines: The Future is an APP

This is a book about time machines….real ones. If the terms “web bot project” and “predictive linguistics” are not on your radar, you’re way behind the information curve. You see humankind’s ability to “see through time” is rapidly evolving new science. So in a sense, time travel is becoming REAL.  Even before Jules Verne, people were fascinated with being able to tell the future accurately. The huge popularity of Nostradamus and other “seers” is only the tip of the iceberg.

This book is a complete course in how the future casts a shadow before it and how newly evolving software scanning wide or defined types of websites is improving the odds of being able to forecast future events correctly.

Author: George Ure

Survival Medicine Handbook

The #1 Amazon Bestseller “Survival Medicine Handbook” has been updated and will released soon with love 200 pages of new material.  This book  is meant for those who want to ensure the health of their loved ones in any disaster situation, from hurricanes to a complete societal collapse. Integrative medical strategies abound for situations in which medical help is NOT on the way. This book will teach the non-medical professional how to deal with all the likely medical issues they will face in a disaster situation in plain English.

You’ll learn skills like performing a physical exam, care of traumatic injuries and infectious disease, and even how to suture a wound!  The entire book assumes there are NO hospitals and there are NO doctors; YOU are now the end of the line with regards to your family’s medical well-being.

Authors:  Joseph Alton M.D. and  Amy Alton ARNP

Getting Home

What will you do when disaster strikes?  How will you get home to your family? What should you have with you to survive? Getting Home addresses these, and many more questions. Written in a clear and concise manner, with the reader that has beginning or intermediate knowledge of survival and disaster preparedness in mind, Getting Home explores the following topics:

1. Creating a robust Every Day Carry (EDC) kit
2. Supplementing your EDC with a Daypack (DP)
3. What to store in your office (or other facility while you are away from home)
4. Selecting and outfitting your vehicle
5. Selecting and outfitting a Get Home Bag (GHB)
6. Creating Caches
7. Getting Home: Tips and Tactics for Survival

Author:  Alex Smith

Staying Home

What will you do when disaster strikes? How will you protect your family? What should you have with you to survive? How will you manage an extended, grid-down scenario without the rule of law? Staying Home addresses these, and many more questions.

Written in a clear and concise manner, with the reader that has beginning or intermediate knowledge of survival and disaster preparedness in mind, Staying Home explores the following topics:

1. Selecting a the right region to weather a disaster
2. Selecting a defendable property
3. Making your property sustainable and independent
4. Hardening your property
5. Reinforcing your home
6. Preparations for hard times
7. Skills for self reliance
8. Leveraging your community
9. Disaster scenarios

Author:  Alex Smith

Guns Across the Border: How and Why the U.S. Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico: The Inside Story

The true and shocking story of an undercover smuggling operation. Conducted under the umbrella of Project Gunrunner, intended to stem the flow of firearms to Mexico, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) ran a series of “gun walking” sting operations, including Operations Wide Receiver and Operation Fast & Furious. The government allowed licensed gun dealers to sell weapons to illegal straw buyers so that they could continue to track the firearms as they were transferred to higher-level traffickers and key figures in Mexican cartels.

Motivated by a sense of patriotic duty, Tucson gun dealer and author Mike Detty alerted the local ATF office when he was first approached by suspected cartel associates.  Detty’s undercover involvement in Operation Wide Receiver, the precursor to Operation Fast & Furious, which was by far the largest “gun walking” probe, stretched on for an astonishing and dangerous three years.

Author: Mike Detty

Spiraling Downward: Thinking About and Planning for Economic Collapse

America has suffered two economic blows in less than a decade: the collapse of the bubble in 2000 and the collapse of the real estate bubble in 2007-2009. These blows have left the U.S. struggling to stay on its feet. Spiraling Downward considers the consequences if a still-weak America took another hit, another stock market crash and credit crunch. Given unaddressed imbalances in the US economy, an economic collapse, is indeed possible.

This book charts a path that an economic collapse might take. It starts with the anatomy of a market crash and a credit crunch. It seeks to identify the danger zones from which another crash might arise. It then looks at how a crash might shock an economy already weak into an un-arrested downward spiral. Spiraling Downward thus offers a way to think about the unthinkable. At a time when conventional views of recession and recovery prevail, this book asks us to consider a different proposition: maybe this time it’s different.

Author: Peter Damaris


Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent

The president is dead and the military divided, two powerful armies aligned to reignite a bloody, civil war. Millions struggle and starve, waiting for the government to reform and initiate a recovery. Bishop and Terri have a simple plan – they want to retreat to an isolated strip of West Texas desert and prepare for the expansion of their family. It’s not meant to be. The vacuum of leadership ignites an internal struggle that pulls the couple into the middle of a fast paced, dangerous adventure as powerful, desperate men fight to control what’s left of the United States.

Book four of Joe Nobody’s popular series, Holding Their Own, takes the reader on an adventure through a world trying to recover and rebuild after a complete collapse of society. The post-apocalyptic landscape is dangerous, unpredictable and often requires creative solutions just to survive. Join Bishop, Terri and their friends as The Ascent begins.

Author:  Joe Nobody

Apocalypse Drift

For years, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security issued warnings – the United States was vulnerable to a cyber-attack. It was 2017 when the attack was finally launched, coming from a direction that no one had predicted, with consequences beyond imagination. Wyatt and his family were already on the down and out. Years fighting through a struggling economy, tight credit, and government regulations had already taken their toll.

When society collapses, they have one chance left – a lifeboat awash in a sea of anarchy. There is a place of safety, a deserted island nicknamed Crusoe – but it won’t be easy. The journey requires passage through a landscape decimated by riots, ravaged by desperate looters, and plagued by ruthless pirates. Apocalypse Drift is the adventure of an everyday American family as they fight for survival in a world gone mad.

Author:  Joe Nobody

299 Days: The Visitors

The Visitors, the fifth book in the 299 Days series, follows Grant Matson, the Team, and other Pierce Point residents as they adjust to a rapidly changing post-Collapse reality. When the Team is summoned to bust a meth lab and protect their neighbors, they find themselves in an intense crime scene that results in the community having to decide innocence, guilt and punishment.

Adjusting to this “new normal” is a challenge to Grant and others as they navigate a world where Pop-Tarts cost $45 a box, neighbors die from easily preventable conditions, and what remains of the former U.S. Government is deliberately choosing who they will and will not help. As tensions grow in Pierce Point and the Team begins to face organized opposition, they are presented with an incredible opportunity by the arrival of Special Forces Ted and his game-changing proposal. Grant finds himself at a crossroads as he must decide whether he and the Team will formally join the Patriots and train to become guerilla fighters against the growing forces of the Loyalists or standby and watch events unfold. Grant knows one decision could risk his marriage and family, while another would mean letting others decide their fate.

Author: Glen Tate

The Western Front (Parts 1,2,3 – The Complete Collection)

Darkness has descended upon the world; the fabric of society has been torn asunder, sovereign nations collapse under their own burdens, once stable governments are ushered into revolution and allies of old are thrust into war. The tentacles of darkness have inevitably traveled across the Atlantic and are now tightening their grip on the American republic.

Now, faced with a collapsing economy, a failing currency and a society that is swiftly casting its humanity aside, the United States stands at the precipice of a bedlam and malevolence not witnessed since the fall of Rome.

The story follows several characters who strive to navigate the chaos.

Author: Archer Garrett

The Wayward Journey

With the economy slowing down and inflation heating up, John takes a new job to help make ends meet at home after his wife is laid off from her high paying job. This new job requires him to travel across the country and work long hours away from home. While on one fateful trip away, the heartland of the country is rocked by a series of devastating earthquakes that cripple the nation by destroying massive amounts of infrastructure, killing and injuring hundreds of thousands, and displacing millions of inhabitants.

John is stranded nearly 2,000 miles away from home with no easy way to make it back to his family. In his attempt to get home, he battles against the flow of refugees fleeing the devastated area and encounters many perilous–and sometimes deadly–trials along the way.

Author: Nathan Hale Jefferson

The Final Word

If you have been keeping count, you will seen that I have seventeen books lined up in the Summer Book Festival.  Some of the authors were also a part of the Fall or Winter Book Festivals so I am sending them a new batch of questions for our little chat.  All of the other interviews have been completed and are in hand and ready to go as we roll them out along with the giveaways, starting next week.

What started out as a way to share some great reading ideas with my readers has become so much more than that. The combination of reader comments along with the author insights have helped our little Backdoor Survival community become better prepared and better informed.

Thank you, everyone for your past and future participation in the Backdoor Survival Book Festivals.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Bargain Bin:  Curious about Backdoor Survival reader favorites at Amazon?  For the first quarter of 2013, these are the top selling items.  Needless to say, there were just a few surprises.  Notably, none of the items are over $25.00 and most are quite a bit less.  In a another few weeks I will put up a revised list for Q2.

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1.   Maximal Power FC999 Universal Rapid Charger for Alkaline, Ni-MH, Ni-CD, and RAM Batteries
2.   No Rinse Cleansing & Deodorizing Bathing Wipes
3.   Blocklite Mini Compact Size Ultra Bright 9V  LED Flashlight
4.   Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10)
5.   New Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage
6.   SE BT20 9-Volt Battery Tester
7.   Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite
8.   Streamlight Nano Light Miniature Keychain LED Flashlight
9.   Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener
10.  Amprobe BAT-200 Battery Tester
11.  Solar 11-in-1 Battery Charger
12.  Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets
13.  Adventure Medical QuikClot Sport
14.  Magnesium Fire Starter
15.  Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife
16.  Getting Home
17.  iOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets
18.  Where There Is No Doctor
19.  The Scoundrel’s Essential Survival Guide: Anarchy and Collapse
20.  Lodge Polycarbonate Pan Scrapers
21.  Cyalume SnapLight Industrial Grade Chemical Light Sticks
22.  10 – 5 Gallon (20″x30″) 4.3mil Mylar Bags & 10 – 2,000cc  Oxygen Absorbers
23.  20 – 1 Gallon (10″x14″) Mylar Bags & 20 – 300cc Oxygen Absorbers
24.  Maxell CR2032 lithium batteries
25.  Solar-powered LED Flashlight w/ Keychain

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