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Preview — Founders by James Wesley, Rawles. Chaos reigns in the streets, medical treatment is no longer available, and a silent coup has placed a dangerous group of men at the helm of a false government. Hardcoverpages.
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Founders (Patriots , book 3) by James Wesley Rawles
I was in the mood for some “popcorn” fare, so I grabbed this book off the shelf at my local BAM, thinking “this should be fun.
By page 5, I thought “this guy can’t write dialogue for shit. When I was in the mood for some “popcorn” fare, so I grabbed this book off the shelf at my local BAM, thinking “this should be fun. When, in Chapter Three, Rawles introduced the Jew for Jesus, I threw the book down and resigned myself to having wasted eight bucks. James Wesley, Rawles – you suck! And what’s with the stupid comma in your name? Sep 08, Alan rated it did not like it.
I think this book was miscategorized. This is more right-wig fantasy that it is post-apocalyptical. The plot revolves around a financial collapse of the United States and an ensuing break-down in society.
The only ones that survive were Christians that didn’t live in large cities or got out of themstock-piled guns, ammo, food, and home schooled their children.
The book was a difficult to read. At times I wondered if I was reading a survival manual disguised as a novel due to the level of det I think this book was miscategorized. At times I wondered if I was reading a survival manual disguised as a novel due to the level of detail the author offered anytime a character modified a vehicle, used a survival tool or created some fortification.
Most annoying was each time a character was introduced, the author felt he needed to describe the type of gun and the amount of ammunition the character was carrying. Since each character carried more than one gun, it was a labor to read. I started skipping paragraphs anytime a new character appeared. There were socially disturbing ideas presented in the book as well.
The political right generally loaths the UN and the UN was presented as a major antagonist in the book. Looting was presented as rampant following the collapse, but the only looting character introduced and followed as a major character happened to be a Mexican. In the end surplus population was sent to Africa. Future foreign wars described in the book were all against “islamists” another right-wing antagonist in world affairs. After the UN controlled government was overthrown, the remaining states quickly passed several laws that would make libertarians wet dream: Oct 14, Robert rated it liked it Shelves: Having read the two previous novels, Patriots and Survivors, I felt somewhat obliged to read Founders.
Now looking back on all three I have to scratch my head and ponder on just what the hell the author was thinking, or not, when he wrote these books.
This latest one Founders kind of fleshes out some characters from the previous first two books. So now having read all three here is my comment.
Take all three books put them in a shredder, copy, edit cut paste, put a page in here and there and you Having read the two previous novels, Patriots and Survivors, I felt somewhat obliged to read Founders.
Take all three books put them in a shredder, copy, edit cut paste, put a page in here and there and you would have one complete book. Not three separate books that jump here, there and everywhere. I think as one cohesive unit this idea would have more impact and have come out as a better book than these three disjointed and jumpy books. So having said that why did I give this one three stars?
Because I know there are going to be a lot of atheist liberals that are going to “read” this book just so they can piss and moan their way through some kind of review. I really enjoy anything that can tick off a liberal. And my thinking on that is if you object to the material why the hell would you read it in the first place? You already know what the book is about yet you pick it up and “read” it just so you can bitch about it? Anyhow I really cannot say that I was impressed with the way these books were printed.
As I say, as one whole book put into proper chronological order this would have been much better off. Oct 15, Jason Taylor rated it it was ok. This book never got me interested.
I felt more like I was being preached to than anything else. Not my flavor for apocalyptic lit. Jul 05, Chris Sherwood rated it did not like it. Im giving it one star, and in doing so am being generous.
Rawles needs to stop writing. His first book was pretty good and they got progressively worse, this one I couldnt even finish. I finally said to hell with it and stopped.
A hint for you Mr Rawles, should you decide to continue writing: Not everyone is a born again Christian, and as such do not need a sermon disguised as a Im giving it one star, and in doing so am being generous.
Not everyone is a born again Christian, and as such do not need a sermon disguised as a fictional book. And honestly some of the “values” you espouse through your characters are as antiquated as it can get, just shy of arranged marriages and dowrys. Aug 07, Gophergirl58 rated it it was ok. Too much jumping back and forth, some characters went without telling what jaes to them.
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A mishmash of people and stories, kind of like it was all thrown together without thinking the entire story through. It started out pretty good, but just fell apart, IMO, by the halfway mark. Nov 22, Jean rated it really liked it Shelves: Good story that hits a little too close to what could happen if we don’t smarten up. I will probably read his other books. However, even as something of a dreamer of such a thing occurring, the book just felt bland to me. On a whole, the book came across as something like that show Life After People… except this one has people still in it.
I like the show, but this book just came across as bland. Two things that really kept me from enjoying it were I got really tired of the author always talking about the Crunch, his name for the economic collapse that hits; you can hardly go half a paragraph without seeing something about the Crunch, and, secondly, the book jumps around a lot in chronology — before the Crunch, first year of the Crunch, second year of the Crunch, first year of the Crunch, second year, first year.
Even thumbing through the book, I saw something about something like years after the Crunch, and not even in the epilogue either. So I just got tired of seeing mention of the Crunch. I decided I was happier in my own time, now, before the Crunch. I can only take so much make-believe in one sitting. Oct 31, Sheehan rated it it was ok.
If there was a “meh” list for prepper fiction, I would place this book on it. I’m pretty sure most of the narrative established in the first two iterations of this series, “Patriots” and “Survivors” was sufficient, so this third effort really felt a lot like filling in back stories missed in the other two. Founders is more like a remix album of some musicians greatest hits, it lacks the gravity and effort clearly placed in the original foray, “Patriots.
I’m pretty sure weskey least one chapter was lifted wholesale from Survivors the tale of the couple getting out of urban meltdown in Chicago word for word, and that just struck me as lame. All rawle being said, I have a great deal of respect for Rawles effort in writing these books and attempting to educate through entertainment; the underlying thesis is sound, it just gets a wee bit preachy around religion, but to the author goes the spoils, he gets to tell his story however HE wants, and I can take away what I want as the reader, fair trade.
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I wouldn’t really recommend this book out of the series, as the narrative bent beyond collapse and into revolt and rebuild is pretty contingent on the author’s specific circumstances, so the education aspects are seemingly less relevant. For example, I don’t believe I need to wwsley in the immediate how to organize a guerrilla cadre to agitate against unelected aggressors, nor how to effective encrypt information and courier dispatches in a totalitarian weslley.
Sep 29, Drew rated it it was ok Fkunders I was disappointed by Founders. After what I thought was a so-so book in Patriots, I thought the author knocked it out of the park with Survivors. This I feel is a significant step back. Rales you are read I was disappointed by Founders. Second the Author also seems to revert back to his lists to fill the pages. Not adding to the story brings my to my last gripe. At the beginning of the book there is a ton of talk about religion.
Sep 08, Chris rated it liked it. This is an odd book.