Prepper Book Festival 8: A Time to Endure

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Prepper Book Festival 8: A Time to Endure

Last year when I read Kyle Pratt’s “Through Many Fires”, I could not put it down.  In that book, nuclear terrorism destroys a number of American cities and chaos prevails.  A familiar story, perhaps, but written in such an engaging and thought-provoking manner that I anxiously awaited the sequel. With that introduction, today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 8.

Kyle Pratt, the author of A Time to Endure, is back with book #2 in his “Strengthen What Remains” series.  He has some answers to the encore interview questions and is generously offering a copy of his book to ten lucky readers.

A Time to Endure by Kyle Pratt - Backdoor Survival You read that right. This is a mega giveaway for your choice of a print book, eBook, or audiobook.  There will be ten winners! Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Kyle Pratt, Author of A Time to Endure

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

For the last twelve years my background and experience have been on a small farm so, from that perspective here are my three most important survival skills.

1. Farming: The knowledge and ability to raise your own food. When we moved to the farm we started growing a large garden and planted an orchard. The first year most of the fruit trees died and the garden produced very little. That went on for several years. We learned later that it is not uncommon for it to take several years to learn how to grow food. Years ago small scale farming was a life skills taught to children as they grew. Today it is not. It took us about five years to get good at it. Thankfully, no disasters occurred while we learned. 2. Canning: Harvesting food in the fall is great, but knowing how to preserve it through the long winter is vital to survival. As a child, I can remember my grandmother canning food from her garden. My wife learned this skill only after we moved to the farm. 3. Gun skills: The ability to aim, fire, clean and repair a weapon and reload the ammunition. If you have both one and two above, you are going to need this skill in a survival situation. Of course there are many other skills that are important, first aid, outdoor survival skills, amateur radio, engine repair and more, but you asked for three.

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

Well, assuming that I had ample food and water, but then was given $500 for preparedness supplies, I would use the money to fill a go-bag. I’ve probably spent more on my go-bag, but $500 dollars would go a long way toward a good one.

Do you feel totally prepared and if not, what prep area concerns you the most?

I don’t think you can ever be totally prepared. Preparedness is like learning. Hopefully each day we learn more, but you can never arrive at “totally learned.” However, I also feel that preparedness is like insurance. How much is enough? My wife and I store food, we have a well with both an electric and hand pump and an electric generator. We have an orchard, chickens, etc. Is that enough? I don’t know, but I don’t worry about it either. I just try to be prepared. I have two concerns. The first is a virus, either natural or manmade, like the 1918 flu pandemic. We will have another pandemic and there is little that can be done to prepare for it. The other concern is an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. Nations like Russia and China already have the capability to destroy our electric grid with an EMP attack. Rogue states such as North Korea and Iran are close to development of the technology. I fear that one of these nations will strike or give the technology to a terrorist group.

To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

My wife and two sons (now grown and living on their own) all see the value of, and participate in, prepping in different ways. My wife does the canning, much of the gardening and takes care of the chickens. I take care of the bees and maintain equipment, fences and repairs. One of my sons was an army medic so he helps with first aid supplies and ideas. My sons and I all know how to handle weapons. In an emergency my sons know to gather the supplies they have, get more if possible, and come to the farm.

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

During my teen years I read, The Earth Abides, by George Stewart. That book has remained one of my favorites. Another is Alas Babylon, by Pat Frank. Later I read On the Beach and Lucifer’s Hammer. More recent favorites include One Second After by William Forstchen and Lights Out by David Crawford.

What about your favorite movie?

I had to ponder this for several minutes. I think my favorite is Deep Impact, about a comet headed toward Earth. Part of it does impact, hence the title. Other favorite movies include Contagion, about a viral pandemic and both Red Dawn films.

Do you have anything else, such as an announcement, message, personal experience, that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?

If you enjoyed Through Many Fires and A Time to Endure, I’m writing two short stories and a third novel in the series. Visit my website at // and signup for the free newsletter to be among the first to know when they are released.

The Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

At some point you might be scratching your head and thinking, how the heck does Gaye read all of these books?  One a week?  Holy moly! The truth of the matter is that sometimes I read just a few chapters and other times I do a quick skim.  After all, I do need to preview these books to ensure they are suitable to Backdoor Survival readers.  A few, however, I read cover to cover, or if I can, listen via audiobook. Kyle’s books are the cover-to-cover type.  I know you will enjoy both Through Many Fires and A Time to Endure.  Just don’t blame me if you are sleepy the next the day for staying up to all hours reading!  One other thing.  Kyle’s books are some of the most reasonably priced books in the post-apocalyptic genre.  As of this writing, Through Many Fires is for the Kindle version. Something to keep in mind as you are filling up your shopping cart. That said, I encourage you to enter the giveaway.  With ten books up for grabs, you just might be a winner! Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation! Gaye If you enjoyed this article, consider voting for Backdoor Survival daily at Top Prepper Websites!  In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates  and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide. Spotlight:  A Time to Endure (Strengthen What Remains)

The exciting saga of Major Caden Westmore continues with A Time to Endure.  In the first book Through Many Fires: Strengthen What Remains, nuclear terrorism destroys six American cities. Caden struggles to get home across a stricken, terrified nation. image In the second book, A Time to Endure, the nation’s economy teeters on the verge of collapse. The dollar plunges, inflation runs rampant, and the next civil war threatens to decimate the wounded country. In the face of tyranny, panic, and growing hunger, Caden struggles to keep his family and town together. But how can he save his community when the nation is collapsing around it?

For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival.

Prepper Book Festival 8 – Non-Fiction

Tools for Survival: What You Need to Survive When You’re on Your Own The Organic Canner The NEW 2000-Hour Flashlight The Garden Pool – Feed Your Family From Your Backyard Ecosystem Survival Savvy Family: How to Be Your Best During the Absolute Worst Doctor Prepper’s Making the Best of Basics Family Preparedness Handbook – Version 12.5 The Prepper’s Financial Guide Saving Jimani: Life and Death in the Haiti Earthquake The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required: An Everyday Approach to Disaster Preparedness

Prepper Book Festival 8 – Fiction

After the Crumble (Volume 1) A Time to Endure (Strengthen What Remains) Aftermath: A Story of Survival Resurrecting Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series) Game Changer

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook print version is available.


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82 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 8: A Time to Endure”

  1. My favorite so far has been “one second after” but this series by Kyle are now on my must read list.

  2. Probably my favorite read is One Second After or Alas Babylon. I loved his first work “Through Many Fires” and will read this one. It would be great to get a copy through the give-a-way! Thanks again.

  3. So far,One Second After.I also enjoy really old cook books and health care guides from the early 1900’s.

  4. My favorite book has been One Second After. I was impressed by the way the hero manages and works to get his community together.

  5. The book that got me started in prepping was Doctor Prepper’s Making the Best of Basics by James Talmage Stevens. (Family Preparedness Handbook) It helped me formulate ideas for a plan tailor made for me and my family. Great book.

  6. I think the best book would be The Boy Scout Handbook, it containes the knowledge needed for basic survival. It is available everywhere, used its almost free. The more we can help those who aren’t prepaired or don’t understand how fragile our society is the better we will all be.

  7. I haven’t had a chance to read very many yet, but I am living and breathing the Ball Home Canning book these days, as I learn how to preserve the food I hope to produce for my family.

  8. Ditto for ‘One Second After’. It worked in the personal side which made it ever so believable! and scary! Everyone should read it. Thank you for this chance to win.

  9. I just finished One Second After. A total game changer for me and how I need to prep. I look forward to reading this author.

  10. The survival type books that I’ve read so far are wonderful fictions, like Lord of the Rings and Hunger Games. I would so much love to win A Time to Endure to get me started on this type of genre. Thanks so much for the chance! 🙂

  11. Prepped In A Year: Your 12-Month Guide to Emergency Preparedness is one, but I have a long list, mostly on my Kindle, that have been helpful.

  12. Mt favorite so far is John “Lofty” Wiseman’s book SAS Survival Handbook for any climate in any situation and followed closely by the Boy Scouts Handbook. Although it is old everything in it applies to getting by. Would love an opportunity to read Kyle Pratt’s book Time to Endure.

  13. I don’t have a favorite but the book that scared the willies out of me was One Second After. Followed by Light’s Out. Both kinda “kicked” me into doing more than just having things around for an emergency.

  14. As a lifelong bookie, have pondered this. A kindle full of books and pdf is stashed in a Faraday devise along with a solar charger. A dog eared accumulation of print resources occupies a bookcase, but my favorite book is the notebook holding 30 plus years of hand written notes and downloads that address self sufficiency issues of special importance to me.

    • That notebook sounds like something I would like to read! Perhaps you could get it out for the kindle??? Even if you need some help reformatting it and adding comments. It may be just what many people would like to read!

    • Thanks for the feedback…I wouldn’t dream of publishing since little of the material is original. In my opinion, part of the problem with many of the resources easily available to folks who share our interests is that they are often superficial and redundant. It takes persistance to get to the finer points of any topic and then to validate them. My notes and downloads tend to fill in gaps and provide specifics for my needs. Backdoor has been very helpful and I appreciate the careful research that supports many of these articles. May your well never pump dry…

  15. Thank you for another opportunity to win a book. I love apocalyptic fiction but have had to reserve my spending for equipment. I have bee making a list of equipment I already own that I would like to store in the car. My husband had dissuaded me due to the risk of theft, but I believe it is more important to have survival items with me at all times. These include things that don’t fit in a bug out bag such as rubber boots, Dutch oven, hand tools, clothes for all the seasons, buckets, and extra tarps and wool blankets and extra first aid supplies and ammo. Among the car items would be my foraging and medical books. Those are my favorite books because that’s what I would take on a bug out.

  16. I only have one work of survival fiction so far so I’ll call it my favorite, “Aftermath”. Based on the other comments looks like I need to get a copy of “One Second After”

  17. I’m just getting started on reading books about survival & have read just one series that I thoroughly enjoyed, and that is the Western Front Series by Archer Garrett. I loved it!

  18. I did not know there were any books like that. If I don’t win, I am definitely going to buy.

  19. My favorite prepper book is, ” One Second After”. I have a Kyle book but haven’t read it yet.

  20. My favorites would be the End Series (Edge of Apocalypse, Thunder of Heaven & Brink of Chaos) by Tim LaHaye & Craig Parshall. After reading these I became hooked on apocalyptic fiction. I’ve not had the opportunity to read any of Kyle Pratt’s books, but am buying “Through Many Fires” for my Kindle library. Thanks for your great book reviews & book giveaways.

  21. I also like one second after. I am now reading Edge of Apocalypse. ( The End Series book 1) both very good

  22. i also like the Zom blog set. although these are fiction, i think we can learn a lot from the vision of the authors

  23. “Alas Babylon!” I read many, many years ago. And have re-read several times. It is the first “apocalypse” book I can remember reading.
    Other favorites? Like Kyle, “Lights Out” (should be made into a movie!), and “One Second After”, though in the case of “One Second After” I listened to the audio book instead of reading it.
    I’ve also really enjoyed many of the recent apocalypse/survival books by various authors. (including the zombie genre!)

  24. I don’t really have one, OMG, single favorite Survival/Prepping Book. I read almost everything I can get my hands on, both online & in print. Even on subjects that I have read a number of different publications on, I find that I still discover new & interesting tidbits that I can put in my “Survival Toolbox”

  25. “Alas, Babylon” is the first prepper book, I guess you could call it, that I read and it is still one of my all time favorites. I also liked “When World Collide” by Philip Wylie. It’s pretty old but really interesting.

  26. I just finished reading Liberators by Rawles. I also love and keep in my BOB Edible Wild Plants- A North American Field Guide to over 200 Natural Foods. I would love to win this give-away!!!

  27. People may think I am strange but my favorite survival manual or Basic Instruction Book for Living on Earth would be the Bible. It is choke full of information and the safest place to be in what is coming is under the loving protection of our Savior, Jesus Christ:) God bless and protect all.

  28. What is your favorite survival or prepping book? Boy, is that hard to pick just one. Currently, I am enjoying 299 Days by Glen Tate and the Survivalist Series by A. American.

  29. One Second After and I have really enjoyed and made good use of the Back Door Survival website.

  30. I’m currently reading the Seal Survival Guide- very good information. For fiction I’d have to say Patriots.

  31. My favorite survival book is: Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual. I haven’t read much survival fiction, so winning a copy of A Time to Endure would be a good start!

  32. any of the Ahern books, but his character began with budget. I grew up in the Kentuckiana-Ohio culture, so we had original pioneer. homestead material to work from.

  33. Let me tell y’all, Kyle Pratt is the real deal! He is very down to earth and personable. He really does interact with his readers. And his writing really is engrossing, Gaye wasn’t kidding about not being able to put his books down!

    A post apocalyptic novel that I think gets overlooked by a lot of folks is Warday by Whitley Streiber and James Kunetka. It deals with nuclear war, and has great nuggets of wisdom in it, much like Alas Babylon.

    • Thank you for the kind words. I agree Warday is another good book in the post-apocalyptic genre. Again, thanks for the kind words.

  34. I am kind of new to the prepping game so I don’t have a book yet. Thank you for the chance to win one!

  35. The book One Second After is probably my favorite prepping/disaster book that I’ve read thus far. I started feeling the need to prepare a few years ago but have done little to attain a level of preparedness that I would like or even need. I’m ready to get back on it!!

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