Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Survivor Max

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  July 4, 2019
Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Survivor Max

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the latest Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  And what a treat I have for you today!

Davi Barker, the author of Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die, is joining us for his first Backdoor Survival interview and will award one lucky reader with a copy of his book.

As one reviewer put it:  “How does a fifth-grader survive on his own?  It’s Home Alone with zombies!”  Now honestly, although this is a children’s book, I needed to lighten up one evening so I read it myself.  The “home alone” metaphor was just too good to pass up!

Survivor Max

From an adult point of view, Survivor Max is a hoot and for the kiddos?  It is entertaining and will teach them about preparedness in a delightful and non-threatening manner.  Zombies notwithstanding, of course.

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

An Interview with Davi Barker

Tell me about your book, Survivor Max. What is it about?

Survivor Max is a young adult thriller about 11-year-old Max surviving alone in the Zombie Apocalypse. Along the way he applies survival training he learned from his father, and makes use of prepper supplies his father left behind.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

The book is dedicated to the 2015 graduated class of Thornton Central School, and those middle school students wrote their own zombie stories, which helped me understand how a child thinks about zombies.

I also consulted with Neurobiologist Dr. Stephanie Murphy who is featured as a character, to design a plausible zombie infection. And of course writing the book required reviewing basic survivor training to present it in a way accessible to young readers.

How long did it take to write?

From the first day of writing to the finished product was almost exactly 1 year to the day.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading Survivor Max?

This is the first of three books to come, so the ultimate message of the series is only foreshadowed in the first book. But there are certainly a few valuable lessons contained in the first book.

For example, Max succeeds where other survivors fail because he’s independent minded. He improvises where others might give up.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

My first book was non-fiction and was titled Voluntary Islam. It explored the confluence of values between libertarianism and Islam.

I am the co-host of a liberty oriented radio show called Freedom Feens, the co-founder of Bitcoin Not Bombs, proprietor of, and the editor of

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

More than anything, I’m preparing for a monetary collapse. That entails emergency supplies and food storage for the interim period, as well as a savings in alternative currencies that would retain their value after the dollar is gone.

But it also means forming an existing network of like-minded people who have the knowledge and expertise that I lack, and who appreciate the knowledge and expertise that I have, that way when the time comes to rebuild we’ll have the groundwork in place for a barter economy, and division of labor.

Do you have plans for another book?

I have at least 2 more Survivor Max books planned. The second book is titled School Bites and follows Max into a refugee center set up at the local middle school. The third book is titled Psychoclass A, when Max seeks out the aforementioned Dr. Murphy to seek a cure for the disease.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

In the book Max and his father are part of a group called the Porcupine Freedom Scouts, which is a community of parents and children that teaches survivor training, firearms safety and the philosophy of liberty.

The fictional group was created for the novel, but some fans of the book have created Porcupine Freedom Scouts as a Facebook group to begin self organizing. If you’re a child or a parent interested in teaching or learning such things you should check them out on Facebook.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die has been reserved for one lucky reader in the United States or Canada.

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!

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Thursday with the winner notified by email and announced in an upcoming 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

I love kids and believe they are our future, regardless of how it all turns out.  You will find that Survivor Max has a great storyline and kids of all ages will find the book quite engaging.

Good luck, everyone!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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imageSpotlight Item:  Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die

Meet Max, an 11-year old boy who was stuck in another boring day at school when the lock down alarm went off. They were under quarantine. He escaped and made it home, only to discover he’d have to find a way to survive this plague alone.

Little did he know his father, his only parent, was among the infected.


Slow-moving and non-thinking, the “lamebrains” swarmed his apartment complex, hunting survivors to feed their insatiable hunger for living flesh. Now he must rely on his Porcupine Freedom Scouts training, and scarce supplies to survive. A chance discovery reveals his father’s research on the virus, which in the right hands may be the key to a cure, but first he must prove that he’s too smart to die.

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 Livingimage
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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Whether you simply want to prepare for natural disasters or whether you believe the world is headed toward a major food crisis, this book is for you. It covers basic tips and techniques you can use to stock your food storage pantry so that you can be assured that your family will have food to eat, no matter what.

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49 Responses to “Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Survivor Max”

  1. Honestly, I haven’t seen any prepper survival shows. The only reality show I watch is Survivor, which I’m highly addicted to LOL

  2. Sounds interesting. I like the fact that children’s stories were researched to understand how they think about Zombies.

  3. It was the first season, but since I have seen the fakeness of the shows. If I had prepared to the extent that these people had, I certainly would not say or do some of the things they portrayed on tv, or let them know that I had prepared to that extent.

  4. I don’t watch television, but have seen doomsday preppers a few times. It seemed to me that the producers were trying to make people look like idiots more than they were trying to educate viewers. So, no, those kind of shows are not among my enjoyments.

  5. We watched the first 2 seasons of Doomsday Prepper’s. The first season gave good ideas and seemed reasonable. It’s actually when I started prepping for the power outages we’re prone & got me started on my path, so I’m thankful for that. However we stopped watching when they seemed to get reckless, for us the turning point was an episode where the guy made home-made armor and his cousin shot him with a shotgun to test it out. I think they were the same group who were going to be marauders not Prepper’s.

  6. I love the survivor shows and have actually visited in length with many of the people on the shows and consider them friends or close acquaintances.. I love listening to their insights and experiences on living off the land in a survival situations and how they just live the life on a daily basis. I love the idea of this book to giving a great reading experience and a lesson to the children and adults is so important in my mind. so many of the kids today have not experienced the short supplies lack of jobs or money from the seventies and the eighties and have pretty much grown up in the land of plenty with tools that years ago we never would have imagined including the internet. back then our books were paper and ink today they are digital recreations that in an instant of time during an emp.. worlds of knowledge would be lost to eternity. How much we all take for granted and what information would be lost. How many here could actually make themselves a pencil or know how much less use the resources around them to make everyday items.. well turn off your water and electricity toss out the mobile brain we call a phone in your pocket and go for three days, no car, no bicycle,only what you have and a quick lesson will soon be learnt . I think reading the book giving it to the kids to read may open their minds to the great question of WHAT IF and HOW TO..

  7. Umm, yes I do watch Doomsday Preppers. Most of the time, the show has examples of what I don’t want to do, ha! I do get some good ideas, however.

  8. I like reading these type of books because I always get some tidbit out of them. I also have learned that I have to take a few minutes each day to not focus on the news and prepping because it seriously affects my mood. I love learning about self sufficiency but when it takes over your whole life it gets very daunting and depressing. I appreciate you and your site! Thank you for all of the helpful insights. P.S. I love the laundry detergent/soap recipe. Works great and saves me money to spend on preps!

  9. I watch DP and other survival shows. They can be informative if you put yourself in their situation and compare what you would do against what they do. Try to see things that they didn’t do that would have helped their situation.

  10. Any ideas on surviving any catastrophe is beneficial. I would love to be able to send a copy to my grandsons. We did alot of “what if” situations this summer. This book would just keep them interested. The best survival reality show, that I have ever seen is “The Colony”. Two shows showing survival after a disaster. Everyone should see this one.

  11. Yes I watch Doomsday Preppers. I also watch survivor shows like Survivorman, Naked and Afraid, Man vs. Wild, Duel Survivor, and Man Woman Wild. I love these shows because they teach me what to do and what not to do.

  12. I don’t usually watch reality TV shows like Doomsday Preppers, although I have seen some of them. You might find some suggestions that are worth your time, but (in my humble opinion) these shows are about extremes in order to garner ratings. I know someone who was on Doomsday Preppers. Three solid days of filming for maybe a 15 minute slot on the show. Lots of editing going on.

  13. Not Doomsday Preppers as much as many of the other ‘reality shows’ that demonstrate how someone is doing something on a regular basis.

  14. We don’t receive signal here to watch TV shows, unless we buy cable or something like that. We do watch U-tube for ideas and then tie them out. More in the line of what you post.

  15. I don’t have satellite or cable TV, so Doomsday Preppers, or anything else of that genre are just never seen in my home. I might like to check them out someday, just to see what all the fuss is about, but I’ve never watched anything.

  16. I have grandchildren in this age group. I would love to read it with them. I watch some reality TV but take it all with a grain of salt. I do not like extremists.

  17. I watch them as you never know when you might find a new way to do something or find something you have overlooked. As far as them being a guilty pleasure, not so much.

  18. NO, I’ve never seen that show at all, I don’t have satellite or cable(and I love it). but since I have young kids that I am raising to be future preppers, I would love to read this book.

  19. Doomsday preppers is one of my guilty pleasures. I wish I had some of the money these people had to build an underground shelter or ultimate bug out vehicle. It’s a fun show to watch.

  20. I watch the news and HOPE that is a reality show. I also watch American Ninja Warrior and then attempt to get into shape to survive. Then I read books about prepping. Then I get really fed up with all the escapism crap and just cross my fingers and HOPE for the best! (Seems to be working so far.)

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