Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: The Western Front Trilogy by Archer Garrett

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: August 24, 2021
Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: The Western Front Trilogy by Archer Garrett

summer book festival 2013_01Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival. Archer Garrett, the author of The Western Front Trilogy, shares his answers to my questions and is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of his complete three-book trilogy including The Western Front, Kratocracy and the Nine of the North.


Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway as well as the winners of the recent Ron Foster Prepper Trilogy encore giveaway.

“Seth” has won a copy of The Mini Farming Guide to Composting by Brett Markham. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book. Here is how Seth answered the question “What, in your opinion, is the biggest mistake you have made relative to your prepping?”

I would have to say my biggest mistake is thought process. I tend to catch myself saying,” i can’t afford to do this or that because I can’t afford the supplies to build this or dehydrated that.”

The two winners of the Ron Foster Prepper Trilogy are “Ron” and “Linda”. You have also been notified by email with instructions for claiming your books.

Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.


Tell me about your book, the Western Front. What is it about?

The Western Front is the first book of my series of the same name. It is about a slow-slide economic collapse that is leveraged by opportunists in the federal government to gain power, which ultimately results in Texas’ secession. Meanwhile the nation’s southern border is also exploding with violence. The series follows an ensemble cast of characters that struggled to navigate the chaos.

What type of research did you have to do while writing the Western Front?

I studied the violence that is going on right now on the border, to aid in writing that story arc. Borderland Beat is an excellent blog to visit if you’re interested in just how bad it is. Other than that, an occasional military manual and history book helped as well.

How long did it take to write?

The Western Front was started in June 2012, and the Nine of the North was finished in March 2013. There were several other books written during that time as well, but all in all, it took about 10 months to start and finish the trilogy.

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

Faith is important to a lot of the characters, and a return to the wisdom of our Founding Fathers is also embraced.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I am a Christian, husband and conservative-libertarian (or a classical liberal). You write about what you know or have a passion for, so these ideals will resound in my work. I enjoy hunting, fishing, firearms, writing and time spent with my wife and dogs.

Do you have plans for another book?

I’ve got a dozen books in my mind on backlog, just dying to get put on paper. There will be more books in the Western Front universe, but I also have plans for other projects as well.

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

Some of my other works include: Phases, Flashback, Crescent City, The Blighted, Book 1, and Pulse Chaser. In addition, Part 1 of the Western Front is available for free on Amazon.


A copy of the complete Western Front Trilogy has been reserved for one lucky reader. Not only that, but you will have your choice of the paperback or e-book versions. Here is this week’s question:

What is your #1 prepping goal for 2013?

To enter, respond in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Friday. A winner will be selected at random using tools on the website.

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.

summer book festival 2013_04THE FINAL WORD

As much as I enjoy my e-book reader, there is something quite satisfying in picking up a real book and flipping through the pages. That is probably not as much of a factor with survival fiction, such as Archer’s Western Front Trilogy, but most certainly it is better, in my opinion, to have print books for reference materials, DIY handbooks and other works of non-fiction.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Spotlight Items: 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.

Preppers Road March, BUG OUT! Preppers on the move! and The Light In The Lake: The Survival Lake Retreat are the three books that make up the Prepper Trilogy. The Preppers Trilogy covers what happens after a solar EMP knocks the electrical grid completely out. As you read through the series, you will follow along as a displaced prepper attempts to get home from Atlanta to Montgomery and survive while making do the best he can given the dire circumstances.

Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Summer Reading List. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone. Also, some of these books are Kindle e-books but you do not need a Kindle to read Kindle e-books. Simply download the free Kindle app from the Amazon site and you are good to go.

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The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide
The Mini Farming Guide to Composting
Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipe
Fight, Flight, or Hide. The Guide to Surviving a Mass Shooting
Don’t Be A Victim!: An Officer’s Advice on Preventing Crime
Emergency Air for Shelter-in-Place Preppers and Home-Built Bunkers
Real Time Machines: The Future is an APP
Survival Medicine Handbook
Getting Home
Staying Home
Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico
Spiraling Downward: Thinking About and Planning for Economic Collapse


Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent
Apocalypse Drift
299 Days: The Visitors
The Western Front (Parts 1,2,3 – The Complete Collection)
The Wayward Journey

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33 Responses to “Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: The Western Front Trilogy by Archer Garrett”

    • My #1 prepping goal for 2013 is to collect 65 gallon storage containers for water. I have been working on food, medical supplies, seeds, weapons and ammo, fishing gear, camping equipment for 3 years now. Also, I have been working on binders which can be carried with us if our computers are out. They are full of information which include everything on how to garden, canning, dehydrating, medical herbs and emergencies, water purification, location of springs for water near by our home etc. We also have our go bags ready.With water containers, I will be totally ready to bug in our home. But, my final prep will be to locate a piece of land that we can afford, where my family can go in case the shtf to survive. This trilogy set would be a great asset for my prepping.

    • My big goal is to create a cellar area to store vegetables for the winter. I have a large garden with alot of potatoes and root crops. Always happy to learn methods of every aspect of living with out modern convieniences so on the look out for good teaching books.

  1. My prepping goal for 2013 is to finish family bug-out bags. I have already gotten done initial bob’s for our 7 grandchildren (the moms and dads can take over from there!). Now I need to get cracking on mine and my husband’s. Thankful that hubby, both daughters and both sons-in-law ‘get it’ and are on board.

  2. The 1st 1/2 of 2013 has been full of getting onto prepping beyond the standard Hurricane stuff. I have updated my BOB and now my goal for 2013 is build a group of friends that will be able to work together when/if SHTF.

  3. What is my #1 prepping goal for 2013? To fence in a large part of the backyard to include a garden area in one half and an chicken run in the other half. Not an easy task for a couple of old timers!

  4. I am new to prepping so my goal would be to stock enough food for our family and get to essential surviving items we need. Also to try to convince my surrounding family to help me since my house seems to be the gathering pla e.

  5. My #1 goal is family. I think most of us feel we are not nearly as prepared as we think we should be but we all have friends and family who have not even started to prepare. I have made some great progress with a few but there is much more work to be done. My greatest tool in reaching my goal has been to send the link to Backdoor Survival to someone and say “hey, check out this story/recipe/etc” and once they check it out they are usually hooked and at least thinking about getting prepared.

  6. My #1 goal is two-fold this year…learn to save seeds from my heirloom veggie garden (it’s huge and 99% heirloom) and the second is to get my food preps into a more climate-controlled location. This means my hubby has to insulate our porch. 🙂

  7. I just finished my 72 hour BoB. Now on to supplies for 2 weeks. By the end of the year I’d like to have enough for 3 months.

  8. My #1 prepping goal for 2013? Start learning to preserve my harvest, ie canning, dehydrating, freezing, so that I can estimate how much to expand the garden next year.

  9. My main goal is to learn more skills. I have read about canning, herbal medicine, radio operation, soap making etc. I want to start doing these things so I feel comfortable and confident before heading into a SHTF situation.

  10. Our goal for 2013 is to make sure our food and water supply/storage is ready. 3 weeks for 4 people to start. SLOWLY getting there, but some progress is better than no progress.

  11. My main goal this year is the installation of a reliable backup energy source. I’m looking strongly at a whole house propane system.

  12. My #1 goal for this year is to get my backup water pump repaired, and become proficient in doing the repairs myself.

  13. My main goal for 2013 is to build some kind of outdoor wood fired oven for baking. Still researching what kind I want.

  14. My #1 prepping goal this year is to fill in my hand tool collection, things like auger bits,spare blades for coping saws,etc

  15. My goal is to get my butt in gear…i have some food and ammo stored away but have slowed down…it’s time to think of BOB’s

  16. I’ll play along, but not for cash and prizes. 2013 Goals?

    In a word: Mini-Galt

    In a bunch of words:

    We all have skills/abilities/talents/whatever that we were endowed with or learned along the way. We are all certainly not equal in this manner, but we do all have some manner of things we are good at.

    Rawles talks a lot about developing skills for a work from home type scenario, but his tend to be hands-on and low tech. Carpentry, Ranching, Gardening, Mechanics, Weaving/Sewing/Needlework, Metalworking (be it Blacksmithing or Fabricating at either ends of the spectrum), etc. Nothing wrong with those and they will certainly be needed. But I think that focusing only on skills like that is limiting yourself, to an extent.

    Let’s face it: things can not stay the same. Not for much longer; something has to give. What happens then? Will it be painful? Oh yes – I believe so, but not forever. But after the short-term pain, then what? What does the future look like?

    I don’t think that stays the same either.

    How we live and work and communicate is certainly going to change over the next 10 years, and it will change in ways that are quite hard to fathom at the moment. Just like each decade was a stark technological contrast from the previous one (1990 v 1980 / 2010 v 1990 / etc.), the future will certainly be different.

    Writing indie has helped me realize this more so than anything else I suppose – technology is creating opportunities for us to be more and more independent, even as the State (big “S”) fights to make us more and more dependent. But with every passing day and every new advance, that genie gets harder and harder (impossible, sans an EMP?) to put back in a bottle.

    Most of the population is still focused on that old paradigm (the 9-5 or more realistically these days – the 6-5 x 6 days a week – even if it is spread over several, low-paying, part-time jobs), and they are suffering because of it. The way our fathers and grandfathers earned a living is dying folks. In the 40s and 50s it was noble to be a company man – to find a good company with a great pension system and stay with them for your entire career. I remember it being said in the 00s that if you didn’t have 3 or 4 employers under your belt in the first several years of your career, you were limiting your earning potential. Now? in the 10s? Employers are dumping expensive, experienced old hats and squeezing the remainder of their personnel – or at best – bringing in some young kid with drive that can make up his lack of experience with long nights at the office.

    I was asked the other day why I don’t contribute to my company’s stock plan (401k contributions are matched with company stock). I simply said, “I don’t trust the market.” but that’s a half-truth. The rest of the story is, “I don’t expect this company will be around in 40-50 years when (if?) I retire, so the company stock’ll likely be worth nil.

    I’m sorry, I’m rambling. So that’s the old paradigm. What about the future?

    Well, it can go 2 directions:
    1. We all work for a centralized gov’t/mega-corporations.
    2. We are all contractors, so to speak.

    Let me say that “ALL” is a blanket statement and there will always be exceptions. So let’s say that “ALL” means 65-80% of the working population.

    Let’s address #1: I don’t think this is sustainable and like I said before, the technology is out-pacing the government as we speak. And technology is accelerating.

    #2: Let me explain what I mean. Just as technology is affording more opportunities for artists such as indie musicians and filmmakers (I mean, hate him or hate him, but Justin Beiber was discovered on Youtube. Follow me?) or writers (Amazon and Smashwords) or voice actors (ACX), or bloggers selling ad space on their site (I’m talking about you – ToR), it is also affording more opportunities for technical-minded people. I know a 25-ish Y.O. Geologist who just broke off from a major company and is now working jobs all across the Coast – by himself. Technology.

    I think (hope?) that large, central governance is doomed to fail, at least in the future in my head. I believe we will revert back to a more local system. In my utopia – it’s an Articles of Confederation system with most of the power focused at the state and county level. Probable? Probably NOT. What it will most likely be (in my scatter-brained mind) is a central governance that is utterly inefficient and impotent. It’s there, and it hassles people a lot and ruins a bunch of lives, but communities develop that are more freedom oriented – and people flourish.

    But this isn’t some Greek city-state type of life. The technology is still there, so the possibilities are still endless for the individual. At least I hope.

    So learn those old-world skills, like Rawles recommends. But learn computer programming, and still focus on the arts (if your the artsy type – ’cause let’s face it, there were minstrels and jesters in the Dark Ages, so you might snag some sweet jester gig, who knows?), and continue to stay knowledgeable of developing technologies. Understanding how these technologies function, at the system level, will be critical to leveraging them. If you enjoy something enough and are passionate about it, you can probably package it and sell it to somebody (and probably a lot of somebodies) out there.

    Barter your old-world and new-world skills with people. So you have the capability of creating a 30 second trailer for your neighbor (author,musician,etc) or an ad for his e-business? Trade out for his some of his wife’s fig preserves or a tune-up on your car. Whatever; be creative.

    Work outside of the system as much as possible. That’s how oppressed minorities have survived tyrannical regimes for millenia.

    I remember back in like 2005 hearing this story about a reporter who ran across this goat herder in the hills of Afghanistan. Very austere place – I’m talking mountain-top village, stone-age stuff. So in the middle of this interview about the local comings and goings and American forces in the area, the dude pulls out a satellite smart-phone and executes a sell of some stocks half-way around the world. The reporter was utterly astonished. Was this guy the norm? Of course not, but he found a way to look beyond the realities of his lot in life and capitalize on a better future. I bet that same dude today has a butt-load of goats. Just sayin’. Look to the past, but also to the future. Mini-Galt: straddle the fence and find ways to survive whatever comes our way.

  17. My #1 prepping goal is to get started! I am planning on buying a little extra at the grocery store everytime I go, and start rotating these supplies in my storage cupboard.

  18. My goals for 2013 is not just getting prepared myself and learning what I need to learn but also to educate my family and friends. Also to try to defeat my mindset that “I can’t afford this: I can’t do that” just because I am on such a minimal budget. I need to educate myself that I can just one step at a time. I want so much to do this – getting prepared for disasters or whatever. I want to defeat this idea of defeat before I even begin.

  19. #1 prepping goal for 2013?

    To have enough food to thrive for 1 year and have fuel to travel to where I need to be.

  20. Since I’m new to this Alaskan island, it’s a learning curve…..about what we can produce to support myself and my partner. We live in the woods, but we are within walking distance of fishing and ….hunting, and gathering. The biggest challenge is finding what we can easily grow in the ground or some sort of greenhouse. It will take a couple of years to get things figured out, I’m sure. This year is a tester. We’ve planted food that we’ve been told grow well in this area, so we aren’t too worried about that but it’s the things like tomatoes,and softer vegies and fruits that I THINK will need that greenhouse.Besides that we’ve already found that winter doesn’t stop, just because the calendar says so…here. Planting things in the ground can be delayed. So 2013 is or trial and error period…mostly.
    Oh, and I have to learn to fish…..better, but because of all the bugs, Fall will be a better time for that lesson. :+)

  21. My #1 prepping goal for 2013 is to become more aware and to revive some of my past skills which were put on the back burner over the past few years.

  22. My goals for this year are to continue storing food, and to find space to put it! I would also like to learn a few new skills, and maybe do some more reading. Thanks for the give away!!

  23. My #1 prepping goal is to keep trying to convince my children how important it is to learn different skills so that we can help each other. Also, getting my bug-out-bag completed. I have only been started just a few months. I need all the help I can get to learn and understand how to do many things.

  24. My goal for 2013 is to finish my water storage. I’m about half way there to cover my household, and have buckets of water purifier just in case. But I can store enough water containers to keep us for a month, and I need to get that finished.

  25. My #1 goal is to add to my knowledge of what is “prepping” and how to improve on what I’m doing at this time.

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