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

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
BDS Book Festival – The Border Marches + Encore Visit with Archer Garrett

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


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

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

  1. Our most constant threats are wildfire and earthquakes, so those are numbers one and two. In addition, we are preparing for economic collapse, pandemics, and EMPs.

  2. I’m preparing for a natural disaster first, then economic collapse. I think that preparing for more than on type of scenario makes the most sense and covers all the bases.

  3. What am I prepping for? Anything imaginable and some that aren’t! We all have our one or two great fears, but if we are only prepping for those fears we may get blindsided by something we did not prep for.

  4. I was prepping for winter storms and other localized natural disasters first. But after seeing what happened in WV this week I suddenly felt compelled to up my water storage and my open and eat food for storage.

  5. The most immediate threat that I am preparing for is natural disaster. I live in an area that has been devastated by hurricanes in the past and it will most likely happen again. I am also preparing for the implementation of martial law due to economic collapse.

  6. My worries are a toss up between the New Madrid fault and economic default. Of course we all have to worry about those pesky EMP’s.

  7. I’m trying to prepare for anything that interferes with life as normal. I figure if I have access to food, water, shelter, & ability to cook, I should be ready for anything. Better throw in hygiene & first aid.

  8. There are so many unknowns in this world…earthquakes here, riots, terrorism, economic issues. I believe it is best to at least attempt to be ready for whatever life throws at us….aided by a lot of prayer

  9. I am preparing for the eventual societal collapse that will follow any number of catastrophes, how soon depends on the government.

  10. We don’t live in tornado alley, but do get our fair share I guess. But first before spring and summer is to contend with the rest of winter. After -65 wind chills the last week, we need to think of what would happen if the heat would go. Warmth, food, water, etc. My mother is 86 years young (?) and my brother, mother, and I are all in wheelchairs. So barring moving to a warmer climate, which won’t happen, we need to seriously think of what to do if the power goes out and we are stuck in the cold.

  11. I am preparing for financial breakdown. That can be the government collapse or my husband losing his job. Either way if we do not have the money to keep food in our stomach, shelter and safety then there is a problem.

  12. In addition to all the standard prepping fears, My biggest boogieman is a president, legal or illegal, backed discretely by a billionaire who hates this country, who constantly flaunts his authority by changing laws and making appointments willy-nilly, and is aided by a congress that won’t hold him accountable. When Carter was in office I told myself, “Self, Take it easy young man. This could never happen here. Now self says Yeah…right.” So now this is what I fear and prep for.

    • Unfortunately, I have to agree with your assesment. Wish it weren’t true but it is there staring us in the face every day now.

  13. Wildfire and economic collapse. Economic collapse seems more likely all the time. Our national debt is out of control.

  14. Preparing for economic collapse. Loss of the petro dollar and resulting crash of our fiat currency. Will need a great series of books for my cabin! Thanks1

  15. We have frequent power outages in the fall and winter so that is number 1. We are also on a fault line so a major earthquake is number 2. I also want to be out of debt with enough savings to manage for at least 6 months if there is an economic collapse.

  16. – I have been thinking seriously about finding A {Community for Assisted Living!}
    ~Which consist of prepping/ survival plans, place! Yep, I Believe in Miracles~ <3
    (My Life has Been a Big MIRACLE XOX
    I am Collecting canning jars/ planting herbs/ rotating water+ foods and dry goods…on my shelves.
    and Believing in Miracles!
    With Love+Gratitude, for This Moment! Today! 🙂

  17. What am I preparing for? Any event that’s out side the norm. The events could be lose of my job, hurricane, power outage, nuclear event (because I live near a nuclear generating power plant), hazmat chemical release, potential terrorist event, tornado, and even an earth quake. With each purchase of gear I make or new skill learned, is justified when looking at current events. Things that come to mind right away are, recent West Virginia chemical spill, Fukushima, and minor earth quake in my home state. There’s no way I’m standing in a FEMA line with my family. I pride myself in being self sufficient and it’s important to instill that in my children. Adapt, learn, improve and move forward.

  18. I wanted to share this, so I had to write. I hardly ever go to Facebook, but my daughter called me and told me to go to my niece’s page. She lives in WVa where the water is bad. She has posted a video of her using a cigarette lighter to catch the water from her faucet on fire. She has talked with her friends out side the “no drink” zone and half of her friends water also burns. She lives about 3 miles from the Ohio river. I think someone is in for a world of hurt. This is a long way from being over. Start saving your water.

  19. I am prepping for economic disasters, mostly. we don’t have many natural disasters in southern az. man made disasters are everywhere. WV just this week. so I have food stored, water stored, a homemade big berky type water filter system, a hydroponics system, xtra cash in case the banks are closed etc. a pool, water on fire!!

    • I just emailed her and told her she is among the very few people on earth that could say if she lost power and no way to heat her home, she could burn her water.

  20. I am preparing for a economic collapse, but also the possibility of a EMP. These seem to me to be the top possible ones. Although with living in TN, I confess the idea of a New Madrid earthquake has crossed my mind. Have put 6 months of food away for about 10 non believing family members. Also have water stored( 3 55 gal barrels) and of course a Berkey. First Aid supplies are in and also did not forget about my pets. I have 5 kitties that depend upon me…would not forget about them. Also have seeds stored and garden tools.

  21. Economic collapse and loss of the grid are my two main worries. But, prepping for them covers a lot of other situations. Keep up the good work!

  22. I am prepping for a bad economy…job loss, etc. Recently our water pipes frozed, but I had plenty of water to get us throu. I never have to “run to the store” when I hear bad weather is coming! 🙂

  23. I’m preparing for a natural disaster first, then economic collapse. I think that preparing for more than on type of scenario makes the most sense and covers all the bases.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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 \.

  27. 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.

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