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Title: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Smurf Hunter on March 07, 2013, 07:23:23 AM
Apologies for forgetting the book's title.  Hopefully the thread title has been updated.

In any case, this is the thread for questions, comments and speculation about book 5 of the series.

*smurfhunter: I put the title of the book into the thread title.  Thanks for doing this.  - "Glen," who has magical moderator powers to edit titles of threads.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The [title here] (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: aguyinky on March 07, 2013, 06:41:45 PM
 hey i don't post much but i got the 1st 4 for Christmas and ran thru em by middle of February. i am really looking forward to book 5. great job Mr. Tate ;)
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on March 09, 2013, 05:41:51 AM
You guys are gonna love Book Five.  I had an epiphany during the editing process and we put it into the published version.

Also, the original version of Book Five was pretty short and we wanted to give people more for their money.  So we moved quite a few chapters from the old Book Six into Book Five and adjusted the time line accordingly (which is why it took longer to publish Book Five).

I won't spoil what the epiphany was.  You'll have to try to find it.  I might describe the epiphany on my next interview with Jack, which is in early April.

Thanks for reading the series.  I seriously appreciate each person who takes their valuable time to spend reading my deepest thoughts.

"Glen"
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on March 24, 2013, 06:48:53 AM
Book Five is out in paperback, Kindle, and Nook: http://299days.com/book-five-released/ (http://299days.com/book-five-released/)
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: cheryl1 on March 25, 2013, 11:50:20 AM
Again, my only complaint is that it's too short. I want good books to go on forever:)
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Mark54 on March 26, 2013, 02:09:46 PM
Finished Book 5:  Like the new direction of the storyline... Like others I concur that this book (as well as the entire Series) is simply too short.  While it's a very nice read, I don't consider the series a great value. If one was tight on money, there are several other series I'd recommend over this one based on the value issue.  (Going Home comes to mind - longer books with better prices).

Technically I had the same problem I have with so many "prepper fiction" books - the copy editing sucks.  Many misspellings, and editing failures.  (I used to be an editor of a magazine.) 

The one that really caught me in this book was a mistake that totally changes the point of the quoted sentence from the Declaration of Independence.  When grant remembers the DOI, he remembers "Lives, fortunes, and scared honor."  The word is sacred, not scared.  A simple mistake yes, but goes to the heart of why such self-published works need finishing. 

With all the interest in the 299 days series, I'd imagine it would pretty easy to find a dozen people here willing to sign an NDA and trade their copy editing for an advanced peek at what's coming up.  (I know I would.)  The net effect should be a much more professional product.

My 2 cents.

Mark
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Smurf Hunter on March 26, 2013, 02:16:21 PM
I finished the other day.

The writing and story both continue to improve.  I paid closer attention to the hypothetical aspects of the collapse.  Specifically which government or business services remain in place.  Some of those, like reduced law enforcement make sense.  Some of the black market bartering I had to accept on faith.

That brings up a small complaint I have.  We hear from the author "this shit is real", but clearly the sequence of events are not (yet?) real.  There's a vast difference between a character being real, and a future event being promised.  The books are somewhat instructional with regards to prepping and managing social situations.  In the first couple books I made paper notes of preps to buy, and how to implement certain steps.  Then I caught myself doing the same in books 4 and 5, but had to stop and remember it's basically sci-fi at this point.  The case of yellow spray paint ultimately didn't remain my shopping cart  :(

I am curious to see how SF Ted and the new group will develop in the story.  I've read competing theories on how such a resistence movement (starting with Snelling and crew) might play out.

Did you refer to other work in this genre for the special forces story line?

Here are some rather dark "patriot" books I've read in the past couple years that feature some form asymmetrical guerilla war between patriots and loyalists:

http://www.amazon.com/Unintended-Consequences-John-Ross/dp/1888118059/ (http://www.amazon.com/Unintended-Consequences-John-Ross/dp/1888118059/)

http://www.amazon.com/Enemies-Foreign-Domestic-Matthew-Bracken/dp/0972831010/ (http://www.amazon.com/Enemies-Foreign-Domestic-Matthew-Bracken/dp/0972831010/)

http://www.amazon.com/The-Gods-of-Color-ebook/dp/B004H4XC32/ (http://www.amazon.com/The-Gods-of-Color-ebook/dp/B004H4XC32/)

I think Bracken's analysis of the military chain of command during a collapse is very detailed.  There are clearly loyalist "yes men" commanders, more agnostic ones and full on rebels.   What I learned was, there's a big difference between an oath keeper refusing an unconsitutional order compared to a general telling the sec-def to pound sand while nukes are aimed at DC.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: bigjim71 on March 26, 2013, 02:50:52 PM
I have been waiting for this since christmas time .... just went and bought it as soon as I saw your thread but If there is a spoiler .... I aint reading it... lol
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: MTUCache on March 26, 2013, 03:38:15 PM
About 2/3 of the way through Book 5 at this point.

Story-line wise? I don't have any real feedback to this point. I haven't read the part where SF Ted comes in, but it doesn't really feel like we've moved the narrative anywhere in this book. The raid/trial were necessary to show the rest of the community getting over their normalcy bias, but the rest of it is just political gamesmanship by the narrator... frankly, not enough action to fill the book.


I'll echo the other opinion and just say that this was too short to be a good value. I appreciate the fact that it had to be split up into many different volumes in order to get published in the timeframe you and your publisher wanted, but at the rate we're going this is going to end up what would be a 2 or 3 novel series that's going to cost $100+ to read. I'm willing to do that, if for no other reason than to support the author and the message, but I wouldn't expect to be buying over many converts with this if they're seeing that kind of price tag. Anyone who doesn't immediately identify with Grant in the first two books is going to find something else to do with their money.

Heavy G, I'm loving the series, and I'm excited for it to continue... don't take any of these criticisms too heavily. Writing a story this size is an effort that I can't even imagine, and even if a bunch of spelling errors and minor errors ended up in the published version, it's still something to be very proud of. Who knows... if we can get this thing into the hands of enough people that some bigger publisher wants to buy out the rights to it, you may end up with a chance to get all sorts of editors and "consultants" to help you out with it for round 2. Maybe even some illustrators.  ;D

Hell, the way this story could inspire spin-offs within the same time-line, I may have to write some fan-fic about what's going on in other parts of the country.  :P
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Ken325 on March 27, 2013, 12:11:30 AM
I really liked the book and I like the new direction.  I also wish it was longer or less expensive but you have me hooked and I can't wait for the next one.  The SF story line is very interesting.

One thing that I sort of worry about is Amazon selling my name as someone who bought this book.  I think that if the federal government starts to throw out the Constitution and do some of the things that were done in the book then it would be time for a revolution.  The problem is I don't want to be on someones list.  These books really made me think about things like who I am Facebook friends with.  A lot of interesting ideas in the books. 
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Mark54 on March 27, 2013, 05:55:17 AM
...One thing that I sort of worry about is Amazon selling my name as someone who bought this book... The problem is I don't want to be on someones list.

Well, at least you know you have a flag available, as Heavy-G will "disappear" before anyone comes for you.  ;)

Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: bob3 on March 27, 2013, 11:10:39 AM
The thread title includes Spoiler Alert and I'll echo that here -- since this post is intended for people who've read it, I'm going to give something away.  Nothing huge, but definitely spoilery.

I had a hard time with Grant's conversion to (spoiler, told you) agreeing to kill Snellen.  He got control over his emotions enough to just barely restrain himself with the pedophile.  Logically, Snellen could be a larger threat, but his social development was still centered on individual rights.  When SF Ted pressed, Grant seemed to cave too quickly.  "Oh, there's a WAR?  Then okay."  Also, the way written, it seemed a large part of this decision was based on his belief that the Team would lose respect for him if he didn't agree to go kill the guy.  This small plot point my play out differently and make my criticism moot, but it seemed like a large out of character moment.  I understand the utility of using this quick conversion to illustrate the final abandonment of Grant's own normalcy bias, the ultimate "we ain't in Kansas anymore" moment, but I wasn't sold.

I enjoy this, though I echo the sentiment of those doing the dollars-per-word count and realizing it's a lot of money.  But I'm still buying.  Some if it is obviously an outlet for someone who's done a lot of thinking about this scenario, and is glad to have an outlet to express that thought, even at the expense of the narrative.  Frankly, I'm fine with that, too, because if I want very well-crafted story I'll go get a Jack Reacher novel; I value this for it's predictive value, and a "future history" needs some exposition. 

My biggest problem?  I read cool "fiction" like this to escape and enjoy.  As Cyprus steals accounts, the second amendment gets attacked, and other real life events echo the series, its escape value is getting smaller!!

Thanks, Heavy G.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: MTUCache on March 27, 2013, 11:23:52 AM
When SF Ted pressed, Grant seemed to cave too quickly.  "Oh, there's a WAR?  Then okay."  Also, the way written, it seemed a large part of this decision was based on his belief that the Team would lose respect for him if he didn't agree to go kill the guy.  This small plot point my play out differently and make my criticism moot, but it seemed like a large out of character moment.
Agree, it did seem like he rolled over pretty quickly... but as Heavy G has said many times, Grant isn't perfect. He's not a hero all the time, and he's going to make plenty of big and little mistakes along the way.

Frankly, this book was the second time in the series when I really felt like I might dislike Grant if I knew him in real life (the first being when he left his family in... Book 2?...) . Most of the time you're getting into the story by putting yourself in his shoes, but as hard as these decisions are that he's making... I just couldn't do the same thing he's done.

I don't know how the rest of you felt about the courtroom drama and the legal proceedings, but I honestly think I would have been closer to Snelling's side than Grant's. I'm okay with the raid, that had to be done, and once they found out what had been going on it was obvious that they had to do something. But I can't get my head into a spot where I would be okay with executing somebody.... I don't know if it would have been as effective, but I think I would have pushed hard to have these criminals driven to the nearest Loyalist town and dropped off with whatever authorities are there, or taken out into the woods dozens of miles from anywhere (or off on an island in the Sound) and dropped off with nothing so nature could take care of it. Maybe that makes me a softy, but I don't think I could get my head there.

Likewise, at the end, when he agreed to ditch his family again. Maybe I don't have what it takes to be a true "patriot" in that sense of the word, but I wouldn't be willing to leave my family after I had done as much work as he has to ensure their safety. I get that he's not 100% secure where he's at, and there is lots of work left to be done... but at my center I'm ten times more interested in enjoying the rest of my life with my family than in the political and military goals that he's now signed up for. I know somebody has to do that job... and there might have been a time when I was ready to get in that line. But not now... I've got people who's lives are depending on me. People who are more important than me. I don't get to pick and choose what I sacrifice my life for now, no matter how noble that other cause may be.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Serenity Gulch on March 27, 2013, 01:56:52 PM
IMO this book was nothing but fluff and filler. When longer and better-written ebooks (such as Going Home or Wool) can be found on Amazon for under $4 it doesn't make any sense to continue paying twice that much for this series. At this point I really don't care what happens next.

I share the complaints listed above so I won't repeat them here, but one that hasn't been mentioned yet is the 'outside voice'. I just sigh and roll my eyes every time it pops up. Are we to believe that Grant is some sort of modern-day Moses getting ready to lead his people out of the collapse? As preppers we have a hard enough time convincing people we're not crazy, and now in this prepper series the main character is hearing voices. Not the sort of thing I would pass along to my non-prepping family members to get them to change their minds.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: bigjim71 on March 27, 2013, 08:12:59 PM
So far realy digging the book.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Smurf Hunter on March 29, 2013, 11:07:27 AM
I'm hopeful that Grant's moral compromises will eventually have consequences, otherwise the narrative will lose some authenticity.

He wasn't beholden to SF Ted.  Even if his best friend or brother came by and said "you're with us or against us", that might be B.S.  A man can have his own integrity and need not cave to peer pressure.   Perhaps the character development will follow King David:  starts out as a chosen hero of the people, gets complacent, commits horrible selfish sins, then ultimately reprents.

Maybe there's some slick Machiavelian way to "use" Snelling?

Regarding the "outside voice", my guess if that HG is trying to present the Holy Spirit (as most Christians understand it) to a secular audience.  I won't digress into spirituality much, except to say different individuals have different ways of relating to a higher power.  Many pray and "hear" answers in various ways.  If the story explicitly had Grant bowing his head and praying to Jesus, I personally know some folks who would use that to dismiss the story and possibly stop reading at that point.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Hypax on March 31, 2013, 10:36:12 AM
I enjoy the story line so far over all.
I do agree with the price / size issue raised above. 9 bucks for the nook version was way to much. While I will await the next book, I will also be looking to reviews as to length.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Chemsoldier on March 31, 2013, 04:33:24 PM
Regarding the "outside voice", my guess if that HG is trying to present the Holy Spirit (as most Christians understand it) to a secular audience.  I won't digress into spirituality much, except to say different individuals have different ways of relating to a higher power.  Many pray and "hear" answers in various ways.  If the story explicitly had Grant bowing his head and praying to Jesus, I personally know some folks who would use that to dismiss the story and possibly stop reading at that point.
Or Grant's just a nutter   :P

Its no worse than most prepper fiction and I know G through the forum and interviews so I am more than happy to spend the money on the product.  From Grant starting to prep to shortly after May Day the story was really interesting and a good intro to prepping for those who are not into prepping yet.  My mother really enjoyed it.  After that point it is no worse than other prepper fiction and better than many.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Nicodemus on March 31, 2013, 05:30:28 PM
I'm hopeful that Grant's moral compromises will eventually have consequences, otherwise the narrative will lose some authenticity.

I think there was a hint of that covered in chapter one of book one.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: 4bull on March 31, 2013, 09:58:05 PM
Book 5 came in the mail on Friday just as my wife finished book 4 .
So I haven't seen it yet . Im not to happy about this .
She did say she didn't like the first couple of chapters ?
I cant wait to find out .. She is only a third of the way through it.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Mexican_Hippie on April 01, 2013, 09:14:05 AM
Read the day I got it on the Kindle.

Edit quality isn't as good as it could be (e.g. mis-spellings), but it didn't detract from the story for me.  Cheaper than a movie and a better experience.  Can't wait for book six.

From a story line perspective I gotta agree with MTUCache.  Leaving his family behind in book 2 just left me wondering about his character.  No way, no how, would a man leave behind his children in a dangerous situation to fend for themselves.  The wife is an adult and can make those decisions for herself, but that children are his children too.  That really changed the way I thought about Grant.

Also, caving to Ted on killing Snelling just bothered the hell out of me.  You can't go around killing political opponents.  I can see putting them in prison but not preemptively killing them.  They're not combatants.  War and killing are dirty but can still be prosecuted without violating your integrity and what's right.

Sorry but God, Family, Country go in that exact order for me.  Compromising on murder (God) and deserting his kids (family) has me questioning Grant's integrity.  Maybe those glaring flaws are all part of his character development?  Maybe they show how modern Americans aren't really sure what is right and don't hold deep convictions? Maybe they are simply there to provoke thought?

Anyway, I'm hooked for the duration.  Now we just need the release dates sped up!!!!!



Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: RitaRose1945 on April 03, 2013, 04:59:57 PM
Edit quality isn't as good as it could be (e.g. mis-spellings), but it didn't detract from the story for me.

Agree.  G, I'd be willing to proofread for you.  I'm kind of a grammar Nazi of sorts and not a complete stranger to the written word.  Just let me know.

Edit quality isn't as good as it could be (e.g. mis-spellings), but it didn't detract from the story for me.

Also, caving to Ted on killing Snelling just bothered the hell out of me.  You can't go around killing political opponents.  I can see putting them in prison but not preemptively killing them.  They're not combatants.  War and killing are dirty but can still be prosecuted without violating your integrity and what's right.

Sorry but God, Family, Country go in that exact order for me.  Compromising on murder (God) and deserting his kids (family) has me questioning Grant's integrity.  Maybe those glaring flaws are all part of his character development?

I was thinking the same thing.  I know war is different, but I come from a "no aggression" line of thinking, so killing in self defense is just fine, but killing on a suspicion is not.  I'm curious where this is going to lead and if Snelling will actually try something, making it all a moot point.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on April 07, 2013, 10:06:45 PM
Two things for you guys to keep in mind:

1. You are looking at this from a peacetime perspective.  You're sitting in comfy chairs thinking about these things.  I'm all for comfy chairs (I'm in one now) and I'm a huge fan of peace and tranquility.  But remember that in a horrible situation, after several weeks of that horrible situation, people will not be thinking like you and I are during peacetime.

2.  You have only seen half of the series (Book Five out of a ten-book series).  Many of you acknowledge that twists and explanations may be coming.  I think you'll see a valid basis for the concern about Snelling. 

And, if you don't think he's a threat that needs to be dealt with, that's cool.  I won't get mad at you.  Some of you will simply never consider hurting someone like Snelling no matter what.  You can choose that course of action, but I think in a collapse situation you will be exposing yourself to danger if you have an absolute "never hurt anyone I disagree with" position. 

The books have made it really clear - and will continue to do so - that killing people based on political differences is not cool.  Think back to Book One and elsewhere where the American Revolution and French Revolution are contrasted.  Large-scale revenge killings are thoroughly discouraged by this book. That being said, when someone is trying to hurt you, and you don't have non-violent peacetime options, hard choices will have to be made. 

Here's a hint: "Lima down."  That will make sense in Book Six.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Hootie on April 08, 2013, 08:21:46 AM
I just hate that time period between finishing a good book and waiting for the next one.
Its' like I got itch, which is the first sign of me tweaking out...   ;D



So here are my questions (as I wait for book 6):

1:  Does Snelling deserve to die?
Of course when I think about it, I have to agree with HeavyG.
You are looking at this from a peacetime perspective.



2: How do you keep the Green Team hidden?
Isn't someone is going to hear the gun fire?
How would you secretly feed them?
What if one of your Green Team guys needs medical treatment?
What if a Green Team guy/gal goes AWOL?



3: How much pancake mix does Grant have? :)
Seriously, that guy is making pancakes for 4 adults and 2 kids (plus any Team guys that show up). And what about the maple syrup? I am hoping this is complete mix, because you would need a lot of eggs and milk.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Mexican_Hippie on April 08, 2013, 08:41:28 AM
I have zero problem killing folks that need it.  I just don't think he needs it yet  ;)  I am sitting in a very comfortable chair though.  Maybe that's affecting my judgement - LOL

The family part hit close to home.  My oldest son is autistic as well.  No way I could leave them behind.  In fact I'd probably erase Nancy Ringman before Snelling. 

Still, its a great read with lots to think about.  Can't wait to see how it turns out in books 5-10.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: RitaRose1945 on April 08, 2013, 02:39:44 PM
Some of you will simply never consider hurting someone like Snelling no matter what.  You can choose that course of action, but I think in a collapse situation you will be exposing yourself to danger if you have an absolute "never hurt anyone I disagree with" position.

It's not that I wouldn't be able to hurt someone.  In my line of work, I think about how I might have to hurt someone that messes with me on a daily basis.

I have a problem with killing someone that hasn't tried to kill or hurt me with anything other than words.  Now if he proved to be an actual threat, I'd be fine with letting him meet his maker.  But I think at this point we're getting into "thought police" territory, and that makes me uncomfortable since my views are often controversial and sometimes combative to the current authority (my boss HATES to see me raise my hand...)
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: MTUCache on April 08, 2013, 03:01:15 PM
(my boss HATES to see me raise my hand...)
Lol... I hear that. Anybody questioning the program must be put down! Don't question my authority! You might give other people ideas!

That's the kind of thought that I could see creeping into Grant's head though... not only was he looking for Snelling to cause problems at the Grange, he had a mentally scripted smack-down that he couldn't wait to unleash on him the second he opened his mouth (regardless of whether what he was saying actually made sense or not).

I almost feel guilty saying it, but I'll say it again... at this point into a crisis (a few weeks now? maybe a couple months?) I'd still be more in Snelling's head than I would be in Grant's. I'm trying to figure out a way to get from one to the other, and I'm sure a few scary or violent encounters happening to my family would do it, but I'm not going to be looking for a Rebel Alliance militia group to sign up for just because the cops have stopped coming around and Walmart hasn't been open for a month. I guess this normalcy-bias thing might just be stuck to me a little more than others around here, but I can't figure out how some people are going to be so ready (eager?) to flip that switch to WROL. I'm not saying I'm going to be the moron showing up for work in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, but I'm probably not going to be the guy that's making plans for breaking into a weapons depot either. Once I'm at my BOL and I've got my family safe and fed for the foreseeable future it's going to take some convincing before I'm buying into a new local government, or even volunteering to pull harbor duty.

Grant has seen the corruption that's taking over, he knows what the government is doing (actively encouraging gangs, picking and choosing people to help, hoarding/mis-using supplies, etc)... the rest of these people barely have any information at all. All they know is second-hand rumors from people coming in:  the cities all went ape-shit, media sources are down and/or corrupted, the National Guard is deployed, and a bunch of conflicting reports on the internet (probably ranging from Rapture to "Everything is Normal, go back to the mall!"). He's expecting them to agree with him, and maybe they would, but they haven't seen what he's seen. Just because he's a good guy doesn't mean that everyone is going to believe whatever he tells them...
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Smurf Hunter on April 08, 2013, 03:31:27 PM
Yup.  It's a slippery slope.  Next thing, chairman Grant will have popular rivals removed.  All evidence of their existence erased from history archives, etc.
At least that's how Stalin rolled.

Maybe winning isn't worth everything else.

Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: 4bull on April 08, 2013, 06:59:30 PM
LOL. I am enjoyed the whole book , I would try to give Snelling a job ,if he cant get on my team Well ? and he cant be swayed , life would get damn hard . You cant just let him go tell the world on you? his time has not yet come . Im waiting to see if he comes to a sticky end .

I see people train all the time , in plain sight , but in this case eather all the good people are in on it or there will be a hell of a lot of dry firing ? But feeding a load of guys and all of the people at the point is Going to be hard.

Pancake mix ,some brands or water only . and damn you HG  I cant walk by pancake mix with out looking at the price everywhere I go.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: 4bull on April 10, 2013, 07:07:43 PM
Has anyone found the extra chapter for book 5 ?
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on April 10, 2013, 09:20:35 PM

Has anyone found the extra chapter for book 5 ?


It will be out soon. When it is, you can find it here (along with all the other bonus chapters): http://299days.com/free-download/ (http://299days.com/free-download/)
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: MississippiJarhead on June 06, 2013, 05:48:05 AM
I think watching Snelling to see if he is communicating with the Tories Loyalist on the outside would be in order. Miss-information could be spread by "accidentally" letting Snelling find out about the fifty Marines or whatever other subterfuge you would like the enemy to think.

Once war has been declared, and you're fooling yourself if you do not believe that to be the case by this point in the story, you are foolish to allow an enemy sympathizer to roam free in your midst. It's ugly but something has to be done about it. They need to on some level, take the fight to the enemy before the winter depletes their supplies and disease make further resistance less likely to succeed.

My only knock remains the price to material ratio. I read all five books since last Friday but I did enjoy them and I will get the rest. If the sentiment of the books wasn't lining up so well with my personal Libertarian beliefs I couldn't justify the price.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Smurf Hunter on June 06, 2013, 09:53:01 AM
I think watching Snelling to see if he is communicating with the Tories Loyalist on the outside would be in order. Miss-information could be spread by "accidentally" letting Snelling find out about the fifty Marines or whatever other subterfuge you would like the enemy to think.


That's legit stratego thinking, but my money says Grant and crew chop him up into pieces and feed him to the hogs in the middle of the night.

Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Alan Georges on June 06, 2013, 06:44:52 PM

That's legit stratego thinking, but my money says Grant and crew chop him up into pieces and feed him to the hogs in the middle of the night.

So you enjoyed "Surviving Home" too, I take it?  I sure did!
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: shambo on June 06, 2013, 07:25:48 PM
So you enjoyed "Surviving Home" too, I take it?  I sure did!
I am a hugh fan of the surviving home series.  I read all three books.  Its a great read till Glen gets his other books out.  The price is easier to take too.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: 4bull on June 06, 2013, 07:32:26 PM
Just finished all 5 books for the 3rd time .  Thanks ill look at surviving home next .

Title: Re: 299 Days: The Visitors (Book Five) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Bonnieblue2A on June 06, 2013, 07:53:09 PM
Time to open a thread for Book #6, it is out!

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/299-days-the-17th-irregulars?store=allproducts&keyword=299+days+the+17th+irregulars


NOOK:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/299-days-glen-tate/1115481168?ean=2940016649962