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The Western Front, and More!

The Western Front, and More!

western front 200x200 The Western Front, and More!A little unplanned, but today I’m going to talk about another set of survival/prepper fiction books, this time by a gentleman by the name of Archer Garrett.  He emailed me to let me know that he’s got a special going on one of his latest books for another day or two.  More on that later.

Archer has written a number of books, but the ones I found were a three part series called ‘The Western Front’.  Set mostly in Texas (if I recall correctly) these books cover what happens when the Federal government loses its ability to defend the border and the drug runners and gangs move into the South East.

A great series, easy reads, and definitely ones that kept me up all night reading them.

The first book is free on Amazon (Kindle format only!) for a limited time.  But honestly, the entire set only costs $3 right now, and it’s great entertainment for not much money!

If you’re not sure, try the first book for free, and see if you like it.

In any case, there’s a new book out called Flashback, and Archer has it on a special promotion for FREE at Amazon.  Again with the kindle version only, but since you can get a kindle reader for any computer, and you’re reading this post, that shouldn’t be an issue.

I haven’t read Flashback yet, but will be reading it over the next couple days.  I’d have waited until I was done reading it but the special promotion is over on Friday, so go and get it today.

Happy reading!

 

Holding Their Own – A Review

Holding Their Own – A Review

Today a bit of a lighter topic.  Another review, this time of the book Holding Their Own, by Joe Nobody.  Short version:  Go read it. As with many bloggers, I’m inundated with offers and proposals on a regular basis.  Most of them involve bargain basement writers from India who want to write a ‘relevant article’Continue Reading

Rocks, Dirt, Worms and Weeds

Rocks, Dirt, Worms and Weeds

Recently I’ve had a number of books sent to me for review. So you can expect a number of reviews coming down the pipe. The first one will be a bit brief. It’s a review of a book called “Rocks, Dirt, Worms, and Weeds” written by Jeff Hutton. When I first got this book IContinue Reading

The Self Sufficiency Series

The Self Sufficiency Series

Today I want to write about a couple books that Patrice Lewis over at the Rural Revolution blog has put together. She was kind enough to send over copies of four new booklets in her Self-Sufficiency Series. The first two books are How-To books on canning with water bath canners and canning with pressure canners.Continue Reading

The Complete Root Cellar Book

The Complete Root Cellar Book

As most of you already know, a very common historical way of preserving foods from harvest to table is a root cellar.  But using modern technology you can take an old concept and improve it way beyond what it once was. Back when Borders was shutting down operations, my wife and I went browsing, andContinue Reading

Gatco Edgemate Professional Knife Sharpening System Review

Gatco Edgemate Professional Knife Sharpening System Review

Like most men, I suppose, I’ve purchased quite a few gadgets and gizmos for sharpening knives. Despite all of them, my favorite until now has been a classic whetstone. Guess that’s because I learned with one. That said, a buddy of mine at work suggested I try something different. And I’m glad he did. IContinue Reading

Cold Smoking and Salt Curing of Meat, Fish and Game

Cold Smoking and Salt Curing of Meat, Fish and Game

A critical consideration for any longer term emergency situation is the ability to preserve food. While we all understand the concepts of root cellars and foods that store longer on their own, storing and preserving meat, fish, and other proteins is a bit hairy without refrigeration. Well, I think the point is we DON’T wantContinue Reading

Folks, This Ain’t Normal

Folks, This Ain’t Normal

Today I have a brief review for you of Joel Salatin’s latest book ‘Folks, This Ain’t Normal!‘ For those of you unafamiliar with him, Joel Salatin runs Polyface Farms in Virginia. He raises grassfed beef, pastured poultry, and pastured pork, among other things. In particular the way he ties all of his livestock systems togetherContinue Reading

Water Storage:  Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds

Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds

One of the projects we are undertaking on our land this year is a private ‘Water Utility Service’ that will let us take water from a variety of sources, stockpile it, and then use a mixture of gravity and some power to feed home sites, orchards and gardens, and stock tank sites. Ideally the overflowContinue Reading

The Road Home – A Book Review and Giveaway

The Road Home – A Book Review and Giveaway

So today, for a change of pace, a book review! Recently a new author, Andrew Baze, sent me a copy of his recent book ‘The Road Home‘ and I’ve gotten around to reading it. I enjoyed it so much that I managed to talk him into sending me two more copies, signed ones this time,Continue Reading

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