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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, to give away to my readership. More on that later.

The basic premise of the book is a father and son go away on a day hike in the Cascade Mountains. While they’re out and about, there’s a massive earthquake that causes a bunch of damage. They suffer a number of challenges on the way home, which I won’t go into in detail.

There’s a couple of side stories, one of which includes the wife and daughter back home. It all ties together nicely, and you’re not left hanging.The story overall is quite congruent, and makes sense. It’s a realistic scenario, and definitely not one of those unbelievable scenarios with Superman as a main character.

When I spoke with Andrew, he said he wrote the book to provide an introduction to using Ham Radio during emergency situations. And I think he’s done that quite well. As someone without much ham background, I was able to follow the story, and he provides a comprehensive glossary in the back that explains technical details in an easy to read and understand way.

The book is a quick and easy read, and completely kid friendly. I’d be willing to let my ten year old read it, but probably not younger, because I don’t really want too much ‘disaster can happen’ going through the younger brains. It comes in at 170 pages overall.

My overall recommendation: Pick this one up, and maybe a spare copy or two. Not only is it a good read, but it also makes a good gift for someone who you’d like to introduce to the world of emergency preparedness.

Now, on to the contest! I’m going to run this just like I run most of them. To get a ‘raffle ticket’ simply post a comment, retweet this post, post about it on your blog, and/or post about it on Facebook. If you post about it on your blog, be sure to send me a link! You CAN get more than one chance to win if you do more than one of these entry methods, so go for it!

Winner will be chosen on Nov 1 … if you win, I’ll be in touch!

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26 Responses to The Road Home – A Book Review and Giveaway

  1. Sounds interesting! My knowledge of Ham radios is nil, so it would be great to learn more in an entertaining format.

  2. Looks like a book we should all read. Maybe easier to read for some because it sounds more like a story than a how to book. Got to get my ham lis.

  3. The rule-of-thumb for disasters is “If it can fail to function, it surely will – in a big way”. That includes radios, disaster plans, common sense and authority.
    Here in the foothills of the Appalachians, we experince tornados that drive in quickly from the Gulf Coast states. After a major one in 1994, I was in the local VFD at that time and quickly found out that our county government was paralyzed with inability to make decisions, the county and state police refused to cooperate with local Fire Depts, and the emergency radio system failed when the power failed.
    FEMA came in on the second day and wanted every emergency worker to go out and count damaged houses so they could file their application for Fed funding asap – don’t worry about the people trapped in the houses, just count them! The best thing we accomplished was to hook up a generator to the county fuel depot so emergency trucks could refuel.
    The lesson learned here is that Preppers shouldn’t adopt a “me and mine and forget about the rest” attitude. That only lets the idiots have complete (lack of) control throughout the emergency. Instead, make friends with your county sheriff, fire chief and others; then ask them about their emergency preparedness; make suggestions and offer to help with training or just review from a different perspective. We need to think about forming what one author calls Voluntary Random Social Alliances throughout our town, county, etc. Mutual Aid works a lot better than reliance on the government and during a disaster is not the time to seek mutual agreement on anything.

  4. Looking forward to reading it! I’m a licensed HAM, but don’t practice much anymore. Ironic since there is more a need for it today than any other time I believe. The main reason is this was an activity my young daughter and I decided to get in together around 2002-03. She completed the classes with me, but never took the exam and really lost interest which was ok with me. I went on to become licensed and “practiced for about year or so. In 2004, she lost her life in an auto accident at age 17. Among many things, ham radio has never been the same and over the years, I’ve tried to pick it back up, but it’s been difficult. I can’t really enjoy it like I did in the early days. Nonetheless I maintain my license and hope to get back into it someday.

    Take Care –

  5. Well, for now I will just comment, since I’m reading via cell phone, but I’ll come back and let you know when I’ve blogged about the giveaway. :) Looking forward to (possibly) reading the book!

  6. So interesting that I would read this book review today. I have just started to look into HAM radio and what it would take to get licensed in this area. I don’t believe in coincidence, so this will be a must read for me now. Thanks for all that you do to spread your knowledge.

    • I’m actually trying to get him to write up a set of guest posts or something to give a good Ham intro, since it’s something I don’t know a whole lot about yet either. It’s definitely on the list though…

  7. I’ve been interested in ham radio since I was a kid and saw my uncle using his unit after disasterous tornado in MI. Was glad to hear that didn’t have to pass morse code test anymore. Really think it would be the best way to communicate in many possible scenarios.

  8. As a Ham it would be great to see this service explained to the public in general. Hams have provided emergency communications far more often than most know about.

  9. Thanks for the chance at a free book. have been interested in Ham radios since high school (1966), ut never tried to take the test because of the code requirment. Understand the code reqmnt has been dropped, but not sure. Have to check it out.

  10. Hi! I definitely want to read this book. Thank you for making me aware of it. I haven’t started with ham radios yet but I am always looking for tools to help teach about being prepared. Once I read the book I will be happy to chime in with my two cents worth of a review.

  11. Here’s what we have posted on our site at
    Unabashed: trying to win a contest
    Rudy at is holding a contest to give away a book called The Road Home by Andrew Baze. The book is about a father and son who go on a hike in the mountains. When they are out a massive earthquake hits. The story, from what I read on Rudy’s blog, details their trek back home. It also tells the story of the wife and daughter who are at home when the earthquake strikes. It sounds like a good book, at least better than Survivors.

  12. I am currently taking a class to get my HAM license. This book would help explain how we could use amatuer radio in an emergency situtation. I look forward to reading it and will share the information about this book with the rest of the class.

    For those who are thinking about getting their license, may I recommend “”. It is inexpensive and a great way to learn.

    Wish me luck, test is this upcoming Saturday.

      • I passed the test with the score of 100%. Everyone in our group passed the test with a 97% or higher.

        Come on guys, you can pass the test, too. I used and also used the book “The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual” from the ARRL to pass. The last chapter of the book has every question that could possibly be on the test. Also, there is a practice CD to help you study and take practice tests. It took about 6 weeks of classes for all of us but I truly believe a person could do this in a couple weeks on their own.

        A group of us throughout our city now has our ham license and will be setting up a communications grid to help each other out should any situation arise.

        Now that study time is over…think I will reward myself with a good book.