BDS Book Festival – The Border Marches + Encore Visit with Archer Garrett

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 28, 2021
BDS Book Festival – The Border Marches + Encore Visit with Archer Garrett

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Backdoor Survival readers love Archer Garrett and Archer loves us back.  Today he is back to answer some additional questions and to give away a copy of his newest book, The Border Marches. The Border Marches is the 5th book in the Western Front Series and picks up shortly after the events in his book, The Nine of the North.

If you are not familiar with Archer Garrett and his writing, you are in for a treat.  You can even get the first book in his Western Front series for free (click here) so you can jump right in before reading this one.

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I love to sit in my window seat and read survival fiction!

You know how I like to get authors to share their thoughts on prepping, right?  Enjoy the interview with Archer be sure to check out the details of the giveaway below.

An Interview with Archer Garrett

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

In no particular order, with a bonus answer:

· Having the knowledge and ability to feed yourself indefinitely. This may mean being learned in the practice of amending soil, growing and prepare crops for long-term storage and proper storage of seeds for next year. It could also mean animal husbandry.

· Having an adequate means to earn a living – being “recession-proof” so to speak. This may mean technical skills or an online business for slow-slide recessions, or knowing how to manually drill a well, repair engines, carpentry, etc. for a harder crash.

· Having the knowledge and ability to procure potable water. Depending on your location, this may mean rain harvesting, manual well drilling, or other options. It may also mean knowing how to build a sand or charcoal filter to treat your water.

· Having the proper weapons and tactical training (tailored to your locale) to properly defend yourself and your family. Spend the money on professional training. Going to the range and shooting paper is not enough.

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

Slow-slide economic malaise. With but a few exceptions, the preparation for most scenarios are very similar.

3. What is your favorite survival or prepping book? It can be fiction or non-fiction.

Probably Max’s Brooks ZSG.  Max is entertaining, and it’s a great way to get someone not into the scene thinking about preparedness.

4. Do you have anything else that you would like to share with the readers of Backdoor Survival?

Try out my Western Front series. Part 1 of Book 1 is FREE on Amazon and B&N. It’s hard to beat free. 😉

The Book Giveaway

A copy of The Border Marches has been reserved for one lucky reader.  Here is this week’s question:

What are you preparing for?

To enter the giveaway, you need to answer this question by responding in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Monday with the winner notified by email and announced in the following Sunday Survival Buzz.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.

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The Final Word

The first page of The Border Marches starts out by saying:  “Something wicked’s headed our way. I don’t know when, but if I had to say, I’d recon sooner than later.”

These words sum up how many of us feel these days.  That is the reason I am personally interested in learning what you are preparing for.  I hope you will enter the giveaway to win your own copy of Archer Garrett’s new book!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item:  The Border Marches

In the latest book of the Western Front Series, 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.

Note:  You can read book #1 of the Western Front Series for free.

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.owl reading book


Backyard Cuisine: Bringing Foraged Food to Your Table
Home Remedies
Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency
Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving the Things We Love
Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills
The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms: Helpful Tips for Mushrooming in the Field
Good Clean Food
The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight
Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living
The People’s Apocalypse
Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better


Going Home: A Novel of Survival (The Survivalist Series)
Surviving Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
The Border Marches
Rivers: A Novel
After the Blackout
The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
The Long Road: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
3 Prepper Romances:  Escape To My Arms, plus 2 other e-books (your choice)
Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids


The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Escaping Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival


Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.

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Recent purchases from Emergency Essentials

I am thrilled to see that one of the specials this month is the Freeze-Dried Garden Vegetable Combo for $24.99 which is 42% off.  If you have never cooked with FD veggies, this assortment is perfect for getting started and for learning how to use these items in meal preparation.  The Super Supply of Freeze-Dried Fruit Combo is 33% off.

New:  Gourmet Freeze-Dried Pet Food With Real Beef! I wonder if Tucker the Dog would like some of this?

These are just a few of the items that are on sale.  Click on this link for more:  Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials.


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My new eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage will provide you with everything you need to create an affordable food storage plan, including what to buy and how to store it. Nothing scary and nothing overwhelming – you really can do this!  Now available at Amazon.


11 Steps to Living a Strategic LifeThis little book will provide you with the motivation to get started or stay on track with a self-reliant life. 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life, co-authored with my long time pal, George Ure (, and can purchased from Amazon.

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37 Responses to “BDS Book Festival – The Border Marches + Encore Visit with Archer Garrett”

  1. We are trying to prepare for any events which might cut us off from electrical, water, or natural gas supplies and/or food and medical supplies. Natural disasters (we live about 70 miles from the coast, so hurricanes are very possible) and economic collapse loom large in our thinking as to events for which we need to prepare.

  2. I was in Sandy last year and I want to be prepared for natural disasters. I am also preparing for a complete economic crash in the next two years \.

  3. I’m preparing for a contaminated water supply and also an inability to find groceries due to a storm, earthquake, or even a trucker’s strike – or anything else that would prevent food deliveries.

  4. EMP and/or Financial collapse which will eventually lead to marauders that want what you have.
    Prepping for family or friends, warding off the evil and eventually not submitting to tyranny from our own government.

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