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alot of novel series there which is your favorite?
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I'm trying to remember the good one I read about a man who knows how to fly a small plane, his military minded partner. he meets a woman and her father...I won't spoil the ending but I really like it and I can never remember the name.
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It'd be nice to know which you highly recommend and which are crap though
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"It'd be nice to know which you highly recommend and which are crap though", sure would help people starting out!
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There is a thread here somewhere in which people recommend SHTF books they liked.
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is there a good thread for finding free SHTF ebooks?

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I'm trying to remember the good one I read about a man who knows how to fly a small plane, his military minded partner. he meets a woman and her father...I won't spoil the ending but I really like it and I can never remember the name.
The Dog Stars

Excellent book, whether you like shtf or not. Though I'd admit the first person style of writing takes a little getting use to, it makes perfect sense.
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Some of the ones on there are free. Go to Kindle & find the genre of book you want and then sort by price - low to high.

for example

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st_pr...price-asc-rank

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Recommendations: If there are more than 1 book by an author then I generally enjoyed it. Also I do not remember all of them as the list is several years old. But my standards may not be yours.

Books not on the list that I like
One Second After
World Made by Hand: A Novel
The War After Armageddon
Day by Day Armageddon
American Apocalypse: The Beginning (Beginnings)
American Apocalypse II: Refuge
Operation SERF
Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile (Book 2)
Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It's Too Late
Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile (Book 2)
Alas, Babylon
Horsemen of the Red Hand: Book Two of the Operation SERF Trilogy
Lights Out
American Apocalypse III
The Great New Orleans Gun Grab


Books on the list I like
299 Days Series
Enemies Foreign and Domestic
Foreign Enemies And Traitors
Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista
Going Home Series
Jeremy's Run Series - what happens if your in LA
No Normal Day Series
Holding Their Own Series
The Colter Saga Series
Author - John Grit
A New World Series - Zombies
The Walk is different than your typical SHTF - Story of guy trapped in LA (not to much guns et al)
Distant Eden Series
The Economic Collapse Chronicles
Surviving In America: Under Siege 2nd Edition (A Joe Anderson Novel Book 1)
TJ Reeder books (maybe too expensive for the length but enjoyable)
TOCABAGA Series
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is there a good thread for finding free SHTF ebooks?

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More often than not, I've found that the cheap one's are worth what you paid for them. ;-)

If you search there is a long thread here on Calguns with a list of SHTF book recommendations.
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Amazon Reviews are pretty accurate
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More often than not, I've found that the cheap one's are worth what you paid for them. ;-)

If you search there is a long thread here on Calguns with a list of SHTF book recommendations.
Actually, I've read most of the free books and enjoyed them more than the price. Many authors that have a series put the 1st out for free to get you hooked. About 20 on the list were free. Most reviews crap on free or low cost books for spelling and grammar but I'm not an English teacher so I don't give a dang.
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The Dog Stars

Excellent book, whether you like shtf or not. Though I'd admit the first person style of writing takes a little getting use to, it makes perfect sense.
Have not seen this but added it to my wish list.
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Here's the other thread with many good recommendations: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...ght=shtf+books

I'm not sure we need a second thread on the same topic, but here are some that I have enjoyed. I know some others have recommended some of these, but I figure a 2nd or 3rd vote will tell you something.

Jeremey's Run Series by G.F. Gustav
Eden's War Series by Lloyd Tackitt
Anything by Mathew Bracken. The Enemies Foreign & Domestic series is great, but don't miss Castigo Cay
The Holding Their Own series by Joe Nobody
The Colter Series by Joel Baker
The 299 Days Series by Glen Tate
Alas Babylon by Pat Frank
The Going Home series by A. American
World Made by Hand by James Kuntsler
The Road by Cormac Mccarthy
The Stand by Stephen King
The Renewal series by JF Perkins
The Wool series by Hugh Howey (perhaps more Sci Fi than SHTF, but a good series nevertheless)
On the Beach by Nevil Shute
The Walk by Lee Goldberg
Earth Abides by George Stewart
The Deep Winter Series by Thomas Sherry
Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
Lights Out by David Crawford
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Free Flight by Douglas Terman

http://www.amazon.com/Free-Flight-Do...ouglas+tierman

Vandenberg aka Defiance by Oliver Lange

http://www.amazon.com/Vandenberg-oli...y+oliver+lange

You won't be sorry with either one.

Out of the Deeps by John Wyndham

http://www.amazon.com/Out-Deeps-John...owViewpoints=1

Day of the Triffids by the same author

http://www.amazon.com/day-triffids-J...f+the+triffids

Wyndham was the master of the British 'cozy catastrophe' novel where everyone kept a stiff upper lip. It is interesting to read in both novels the author's scornful views of the authorities efforts to deny the citizenry the ability to defend themselves.

The Dog Star is simply outstanding. Try The Passage and The Twelve by Justin Cronin. Impossible to put down.

http://www.amazon.com/Passage-Novel-Book-One-Trilogy/dp/0345528174/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403942135&sr=1-1&keywords=the+passage

http://www.amazon.com/The-Twelve-Boo..._bxgy_b_text_y


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Cnynrat, it keeps the interest front and center. Thanks for the link and suggestions.
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Translation; Here's my list, it's my post, but I couldn't pay attention to the stuff that counts...
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Actually, I've read most of the free books and enjoyed them more than the price. Many authors that have a series put the 1st out for free to get you hooked. About 20 on the list were free. Most reviews crap on free or low cost books for spelling and grammar but I'm not an English teacher so I don't give a dang.
I agree there are some good books that are either very cheap, often by new authors that are taking advantage of the opportunities to self publish using e-books.

While I won't reject a book for a few grammar errors here and there, IMO it's too easy to get a good editor to bother putting up with books that are filled with spelling and grammar errors.


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Here's the other thread with many good recommendations: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...ght=shtf+books

I'm not sure we need a second thread on the same topic, but here are some that I have enjoyed. I know some others have recommended some of these, but I figure a 2nd or 3rd vote will tell you something.

Jeremey's Run Series by G.F. Gustav
Eden's War Series by Lloyd Tackitt
Anything by Mathew Bracken. The Enemies Foreign & Domestic series is great, but don't miss Castigo Cay
The Holding Their Own series by Joe Nobody
The Colter Series by Joel Baker
The 299 Days Series by Glen Tate
Alas Babylon by Pat Frank
The Going Home series by A. American
World Made by Hand by James Kuntsler
The Road by Cormac Mccarthy
The Stand by Stephen King
The Renewal series by JF Perkins
The Wool series by Hugh Howey (perhaps more Sci Fi than SHTF, but a good series nevertheless)
On the Beach by Nevil Shute
The Walk by Lee Goldberg
Earth Abides by George Stewart
The Deep Winter Series by Thomas Sherry
Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
Lights Out by David Crawford

Good list most are on mine. thanks.


Checked out the thread and now I remember why I stopped. 50 Shades of Grey was the next recommendation. Enough said.

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If you're looking for reference prep books, I have a thumbdrive of collected and organized stuff that's going around. At the moment theres no waiting list for either of the current thumbdrives that have been in rotation, so all I'd need is a snail mail address to send them to as long as you can get them back to me in a reasonable time so they can be sent on to the next person who asks for them.
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Can anyone recommend one or 2 that are good and involve going out to sea type bugout. I like boats

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I haven't found an entire book devoted to that ( usually just a chapter or two in a more general survival manual ) , but it comes up as a topic of discussion on many prep forums. I would suggest visiting several and start doing searches for various keywords that may link you to threads on the topic
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Try Castigo Cay by Matthew Bracken.
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Other genres of SHTF books but which are true that I've read and may start a list are
Mountaineering books - one in particular - Touching the Void
Dangerous Game Hunting - one in particular - Lions of Tsavo
Civil War Novels - one in particular - JACK HINSON'S ONE-MAN WAR

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The Last Ship.


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...Read people, read! Use your local public library. It is amazing the resources and books available for free through it. ...
Download E-Books too!

Kindle, ePub, PDF, etc. Most formats available. All free and most let you 'borrow' for 21 days.

Register online at various libraries and expand your choices.

I read 3-4 ebooks a week. All downloaded from the library. Haven't paid for a book in 4 years.

You might have to wait or scrounge for some of the more obscure titles, but that's why you register at multiple libraries.
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Most the the books on the list are < $3-4. I got the Bracken series - Domestic Enemy for free (all three on Amazon). Less than gas to the library unless you're close plus I'm almost positive many are not in print. IMO print books are going the way of the newspaper, which is in some cases too bad. I would want my survival how to books in print for obvious reasons.

Also if you have a Kindle or iPad or equivalent, you don't need rely on my or others opinion. Download a sample and read. My wife downloaded a Patterson book and it was the 1st 18 chapters; of course it took the 1st 15 to get her hooked.
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Bracken's Enemies Foreign And Domestic books were great (the first two anyway. The third one...not so much) especially with what's going on today. I highly recommend them.

I'm currently reading David Crawford's Collision Course but so far I'm not too excited about it. The storyline seems a bit rushed. I'm only 90 pages in so I'm not giving up on it yet. The author's first book, Light's Out, was of course phenomenal.

As far as Patriots is concerned....ugh, it was hard to get through it. I know it holds value as far as survival/prepping tips and techniques, but as a literary work of fiction it is a painful disaster. If anyone wants my copy just send me a few bucks for shipping and its yours.

The last really great novel I read was D.J. Molles's The Remaining. And that book was AMAZING. Its actually a series of four or five relatively short books and the writing, storyline, and characters are excellent. The thrill and suspense factors are sky-high chapter after chapter. Well worth your time.

I have to say though, if you only read one more novel for the rest of your life, (and I can't believe this book hasn't already been mentioned!) it absolutely MUST be John Ross's masterpiece Unintended Consequences. This should be required reading for every red-blooded American. It is a novel but actually contains more facts in it than some non-fiction books. I have read a TON of books and honestly I have yet to find one that even comes close to Unintended Consequences. It is the gold standard that I compare every other book to. Good luck finding a copy for under $200 dollars though. And no, you can't borrow mine.

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Bracken's Enemies Foreign And Domestic books were great (the first two anyway. The third one...not so much) especially with what's going on today. I highly recommend them.

I'm currently reading David Crawford's Collision Course but so far I'm not too excited about it. The storyline seems a bit rushed. I'm only 90 pages in so I'm not giving up on it yet. The author's first book, Light's Out, was of course phenomenal.

As far as Patriots is concerned....ugh, it was hard to get through it. I know it holds value as far as survival/prepping tips and techniques, but as a literary work of fiction it is a painful disaster. If anyone wants my copy just send me a few bucks for shipping and its yours.

The last really great novel I read was D.J. Molles's The Remaining. And that book was AMAZING. Its actually a series of four or five relatively short books and the writing, storyline, and characters are excellent. The thrill and suspense factors are sky-high chapter after chapter. Well worth your time.

I have to say though, if you only read one more novel for the rest of your life, (and I can't believe this book hasn't already been mentioned!) it absolutely MUST be John Ross's masterpiece Unintended Consequences. This should be required reading for every red-blooded American. It is a novel but actually contains more facts in it than some non-fiction books. I have read a TON of books and honestly I have yet to find one that even comes close to Unintended Consequences. It is the gold standard that I compare every other book to. Good luck finding a copy for under $200 dollars though. And no, you can't borrow mine.

Forgot to add Molles's books - they are good.

I liked all three Bracken's but agree the 3rd was a bit off.

Totally forgot about Unintended Consequences - read that about 12 years ago and again 2 years ago. That's what started me down this path. It is a must must must read. Feed the pigs.

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Excellent book, whether you like shtf or not. Though I'd admit the first person style of writing takes a little getting use to, it makes perfect sense.
Agree 100%.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Dog-Stars-.../dp/0307950476
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The Dog Stars

Excellent book, whether you like shtf or not. Though I'd admit the first person style of writing takes a little getting use to, it makes perfect sense.
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Tell me more about this book. I read a little bit about it and it got my attention. I am very selective about which books I read though. I also did a little research on the author and it appears as though he may be a liberal? If there are any liberal/leftist undertones to this book at all then forget it.
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Download a sample if you have a Kindle or iPad or equivalent e-reader.

Just finished the 4th book of the The Economic Collapse Chronicles by Mark Goodwin. Hopefully it's the last in the series. It ran out of steam and got too religious for my taste. However, I really liked the 1st 2 books in the series.
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Just finished One Second After (per this thread) and its a great one! :-) well worth the $3 bucks... Get it if you haven't already. I never gave much thought to this SHTF scenario but.... WOW!! Scary... Very scary
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