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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’ for my website and all they want is a ‘subtle link’ somewhere in the body.  Of course who knows what those links will be to, but I digress.

But there’s always a diamond in there, and a few weeks ago the kind folks over at Prepper Press offered to send me a couple review books.  One of them is Holding Their Own, which I devoured over the course of a couple days and figured I’d write a review today instead of obsess about crazy stuff going on in the world.

The premise of the book at a high level is pretty similar to a number of other books.  There’s issues in the country, and eventually things fall apart.  Commence survival story!

In Holding Their Own, things have been rocky for a while in the country and a middle eastern country decides to lash out and attacks the United States.  Utter chaos ensues, and our protagonists (a man and his wife) start to weather the storm.  Eventually (about half way through) things get too hot at home so they head out to what is essentially their bug out location.

The story follows the bug in timeline, and then transitions cleanly to the bug-out story.  It mostly follows our heros, but it does break away a few times.  I don’t want to go into the story much more than that, because it’s really a great read.

Survival fiction reviews almost always draw a comparison to Patriots, by Rawles.  This book is head and shoulders above Patriots.  It’s not that Patriots was a bad book, because I enjoyed it.

But Holding Their Own is a much better written book that reads like a story.  The biggest issue most folks had with Patriots was that it read like a textbook, with lots of acronyms, technical details, and the like.  Joe Nobody says in the forward of the book that one reason why he wrote the book is that some people learn well through stories, and this book is for them.

Probably the biggest thing I liked about the book was the fact that it was approachable.  There were no magic bullets or super-preppers that magically had everything squared away and never made any mistakes.

All in all, a fantastic read, and highly recommended.  Go and get it!


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4 Responses to Holding Their Own – A Review

  1. One of the more realistic pieces I have reaqd out of the past few hundred. Like any good story, I was ready for more, and unlike most post-apoc fiction, I was not left feeling dirty (grammatically) after i read it.

    Thank you for your review.

  2. Thank you so much for the review. The book sounds wonderful and I’ve added it to my queue. I’m always on the lookout for great post-apocalyptic literature. How would you say this compares in writing quality to Niven’s “Lucifer’s Hammer”?

    • I liked it more than Lucifer’s Hammer, but I don’t know that it was because of the writing quality.