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Title: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on August 07, 2012, 07:08:50 PM
As many of you probably know by now thanks to the announcment HERE: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=35534.270,
our very own Heavy G (Glen Tate) has penned a series of novels chronicling a possible future collapse of our system, the fall out from such an event and the effects of it on the lives of the people of the once-United States.
I was honored to be one of the first to actually read the novels, in it's draft form, and even with the rough edges it has drawn me in with it's compelling and gritty story, it's believable characters, and it's overall message of self sufficiency.
"299 Days" isn't your typical " civil unrest/collapse of society" fiction, no nuclear explosions, no EMPs, no zombies, not even a teensy little asteroid to be found in the entire series. No, Glen gives us a far more realistic and terrifying threat: Ourselves.
There is nothing more deadly to the human race, than humanity. It's a sober real look at what happens when a government and a society has stretched itself too thin and allowed it's arrogance and decadence to overshadow it's principles and it's morals.  As the Collapse takes place in the story, Man practices his fine art of self destruction, as his hand made god, the State, struggles to keep a firm grip on the people; by coercion,by brute force, by any means that it has. 
The characters are believable, as they should be. The protagonists are the kind of people you want to be friends and allies with, while the villains, and I do mean villains, will make you want to bash a skull in with rage. That's what I want a novel to do, make me believe in characters to the point that I am lost in the story.
 And 299 Days does just that.
I will not give any spoilers away, and I don't want to delve into the story too much, until the book is widely available. Then we will have to have a discussion thread and as they used to say on Saturday Night Live, "talk amongst ourselves".
But by all means, read "299 Days". In my humble opinion, it's about as real as a SHTF novel gets.

Official website:
http://299days.com/

Facebook Page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/299-Days-the-book/230715697015924
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nadir_E on August 07, 2012, 09:04:30 PM
Looking forward to it - and intrigued by the lack of one of the typical prepper-porn "trigger" events.

Rooting for a big hit for Heavy G.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 08, 2012, 06:47:52 AM
Thanks, Patriot. 

This seems like a good thread for me to answer any questions people have about the book series.  So let 'em fly.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Shaunypoo on August 08, 2012, 07:07:35 AM
 :popcorn:
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cheryl1 on August 08, 2012, 10:01:41 AM
Just checked out the website and really looking forward to the books!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: slingblade on August 08, 2012, 12:08:54 PM
Any plans for an audio book?  Maybe see if Jack would be interested in doing the reading?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 08, 2012, 01:04:28 PM

Any plans for an audio book?  Maybe see if Jack would be interested in doing the reading?


That's a good thought.  I'm going to guess Jack is super busy but I'd love for him to do it.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 08, 2012, 01:05:22 PM
Just got done being interviewed by Jack Spirko.  It was amazing.  You guys will love this episode.  It should be out in a day or two.

"Glen Tate"
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: hillclimber on August 08, 2012, 01:06:55 PM
Looking forward to both the books and the interview.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cheryl1 on August 08, 2012, 02:16:35 PM
I am wondering if these books will have an author page with a picture of Heavy G. And if he'll have a black box over his face. :)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nadir_E on August 08, 2012, 02:59:03 PM
I am wondering if these books will have an author page with a picture of Heavy G. And if he'll have a black box over his face. :)

...and an embarrassing cameo by an inflatable goat somewhere in the background?? ;)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 08, 2012, 03:52:42 PM

I am wondering if these books will have an author page with a picture of Heavy G. And if he'll have a black box over his face. :)


How about a white box:

(http://i628.photobucket.com/albums/uu5/Heavy_G/DSC_0766-1.jpg?t=1344462610)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: PistolWhipped on August 08, 2012, 06:09:17 PM
So, Mr. "Tate", when can we order those signed copies? 

And is there an approximate release schedule?  I don't want to start a series only to have it end up like Game Of Thrones, one book a decade.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 08, 2012, 06:37:30 PM

So, Mr. "Tate", when can we order those signed copies? 


We will have a formal system set up soon (the demand is more than we thought) for ordering signed copies.

In the mean time, send an email to me at glentate123@gmail.com and I'll put them in a folder.  Then, around September 1 when Book One and Book Two are available, I'll email you and everyone else in the folder the way to get them signed.

But we will have a way to get signed copies.  Count on it.

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And is there an approximate release schedule?  I don't want to start a series only to have it end up like Game Of Thrones, one book a decade.


Two-book releases every three months or so.  So:

1-2   September 2012
3-4   late November 2012
5-6   February 2013
7-8   May 2013
9-10 August 2013

This is an approximation.

Thanks for asking, man.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: PistolWhipped on August 08, 2012, 07:20:24 PM
Great.  The book releases run almost a year past the end of the world in December.  Great planning man. :P
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexasGirl on August 08, 2012, 07:25:26 PM
HG...

You left out the movie.  When will the movie be released??

*Hint:  Avoid the company that is doing Red Dawn II.

~TG
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 08, 2012, 07:30:01 PM

HG...

You left out the movie.  When will the movie be released??

*Hint:  Avoid the company that is doing Red Dawn II.

~TG


I retained the movie rights. 

I'll be honest: I can't imagine Hollywood libs green lighting a movie that has Patriots versus Loyalists.  If they want to talk me, I'm all ears.  But I just can't imagine it happening. 

Maybe an independent film maker or a TV producer would be interested.  It'd be a heck of a good story, especially with so many people in America realizing that something bad might be coming. 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexasGirl on August 08, 2012, 08:29:07 PM
I retained the movie rights. 

I'll be honest: I can't imagine Hollywood libs green lighting a movie that has Patriots versus Loyalists.  If they want to talk me, I'm all ears.  But I just can't imagine it happening. 

Maybe an independent film maker or a TV producer would be interested.  It'd be a heck of a good story, especially with so many people in America realizing that something bad might be coming.


If you're serious...

Dubai Film Productions - Dubai Film Production

"Dubai Film Productions is a multi-national production company with offices in Dubai, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Our goal is to create award ..."

www.dubaifilmproductions.com/contact.html (http://www.dubaifilmproductions.com/contact.html)


Or check with "Recconoiter" on this forum, he would have the inside track on "friendly" local firms. 

~TG
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: WVMan73 on August 08, 2012, 09:27:18 PM
:popcorn:

Me too!  :popcorn:
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Mr. Bill on August 08, 2012, 09:40:07 PM
I'll be honest: I can't imagine Hollywood libs green lighting a movie that has Patriots versus Loyalists.  If they want to talk me, I'm all ears.  But I just can't imagine it happening.

Joss Whedon.  I mean, obviously. 8)

Nathan Fillion can play your role.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Hootie on August 08, 2012, 09:58:04 PM
Any plans for an audio book?  Maybe see if Jack would be interested in doing the reading?

I would love an audio book. I spend too many hours in the car, and am always looking for a good audio book help make my 1.5hr commute a little better.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Docwatmo on August 09, 2012, 05:28:11 AM
You know, we could always get a group of TSP'ers and some camcorders and just go to town, just sayin.   ;) ;D ;D

I could play myself, the roguishly handsome, one legged, crossdressing, transvestite goat herder from book 9.   :-[ :-X

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 09, 2012, 05:44:15 AM
Got our first blog review, of sorts.  Since the book isn't out yet, it's not a review as much as it is an "I can't wait to read this book" statement.

CPT Caveman is a brilliant Army officer and friend of liberty.  I know what he does in the Army but I'm not sure I'm supposed to say.

Anyway, CPT Caveman wrote this about 299 Days: http://cptcaveman.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/299-days/ (http://cptcaveman.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/299-days/)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: WVMan73 on August 09, 2012, 09:17:20 AM
You know, we could always get a group of TSP'ers and some camcorders and just go to town, just sayin.   ;) ;D ;D

I could play myself, the roguishly handsome, one legged, crossdressing, transvestite goat herder from book 9.   :-[ :-X

Now there's a mental image I definitely did not need...  ???  :o  :rofl:

Actually that camcorder idea isn't a bad one, Doc. After all, after the SHTF big hollywood film crews wouldn't be there to film it. Do the film in a way that makes it look as if the survivors were documenting the collapse so future generations could know the truth about what happened.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexasGirl on August 09, 2012, 09:58:52 AM
You know, we could always get a group of TSP'ers and some camcorders and just go to town, just sayin.   ;) ;D ;D

I could play myself, the roguishly handsome, one legged, crossdressing, transvestite goat herder from book 9.   :-[ :-X

Somehow I think the "transvestite goat" advocacy groups would be all over it.  Once they caught wind of the non-union inflatable goat group affiliation, wouldn't the whole project risk being shut down?

~TG 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Docwatmo on August 09, 2012, 10:13:24 AM
Yeah, that's kind of what I was thinking.  There have been many "Camcorder" type movies the last couple of years, and some have been pretty successful.

I have access to 2 HD Camcorders and all the editing software and computing horsepower needed to produce the video.

"No goats were hurt or molested in the filming of this movie"  Should CYA us.  :-)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Saint on August 09, 2012, 10:41:58 AM
G,
just read your introduction; if you've taken the time to be as complete in your novels (wrt character arcs, scenario building, foreshadowing and unintended consequences) as you have here, you've got a winner on your hands.
I'll be sharing the intro with the wife tonight, I do believe its a "soft-sell" intro to realistic, pragmatic prepping.
Much appreciated and good luck! Looking forward to the release.
v/r
Saint
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 09, 2012, 01:14:04 PM

I'll be sharing the intro with the wife tonight, I do believe its a "soft-sell" intro to realistic, pragmatic prepping.


That's exactly why I wrote the book: to win over people, especially reluctant spouses.  I do this by (1) not having kooky stuff (conspiracies or racism) in the book, (2) portraying real people (like my wife) who struggle with normalacy bias but not insulting them for "not getting with the program" fast enough, (3) allowing characters to slowly develop and come to various conclusions based on events they are confronting, and (4) showing a REALISTIC collapse scenario.

You have honored me, Saint, by allowing my thoughts to be the thing you use to broach this topic with your wife.  I know how important this is, so I'm honored I'm a part of it.  Thanks, man.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexasGirl on August 09, 2012, 01:49:10 PM
I'm looking forward to it as well, because I have felt the odds are in favor of a collapse looking more like a playground slide than a cliff.  Most prepper porn involves the cliff-crash scenario, where government all but evaporates.  I think it will hang around, becoming more handicapped and corrupt as time goes on.

Will be fun to see how your series plays out!

~TG
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nadir_E on August 09, 2012, 06:16:52 PM
...Most prepper porn involves the cliff-crash scenario, where government all but evaporates.  I think it will hang around, becoming more handicapped and corrupt as time goes on.

Agree wrt most prepper-porn having too quick a transition to chaos. As for government, I couldn't agree more - it will NOT go quietly into the night, and some people, like abused spouses will rally to its defense, even at their own peril.

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Will be fun to see how your series plays out!
Ditto!

-N
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: USMCAllen on August 09, 2012, 09:31:09 PM
Ok let's get some questions going.

1)will the series enlighten us to tactics and tips not seen in other prepper porn novels?

2)will the writing style NOT contain vomit inducing language such as "thou art hath knelteth and prayed before blowing off the cannibals' heads who defiled the sanctity of survivalism".... Or something like that...

3) what age level would be sufficient for reading these books?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 10, 2012, 05:33:26 AM

Ok let's get some questions going.

1)will the series enlighten us to tactics and tips not seen in other prepper porn novels?


Absolutely.  One of the informative things about 299 Days is that it shows how to build a community.  It's done through characters describing things that are happening; you won't even know you're learning stuff until you're done with the books.  But when you put the book down, you'll have "aha" moments and start jotting down notes on how you could apply the lessons in your own prepping. 

There are a couple (I think) clever tactics used like "Operation Head Fake" which appears in Book Four.  A new tactic called "hammer and tag" that I think will be useful in a collapse appears in Book Nine.  Great uses for small items like little notebooks and uniquely colored beads come up in Book Eight.

I don't know if it counts as "tactics and tips," but 299 Days is very different from other prepper novels because it describes exactly how the collapse will come, how it unfolds, and how the good guys can overcome it.  Again, it's done through characters describing things that are happening.  It's not some cheesy scene where a guy is listening to the news that describes what's happening.  In 299 Days, many of the main characters are government people who describe what's going on at work.  There are also non-governmental characters who describe what's going on around them.  There are plenty of colorful and everyday descriptions of life during the collapse like when a character in a city describes what he had to do get a box of Pop Tarts, how good sweet things taste after not having sugar in a while, and what the Pop Tarts symbolize to his family.  The thrill of eating a Pop Tart shows how much life has changed and how much they want their normal lives back.  This is how I show the effects of the collapse. 

Another thing that might not be "tactics and tips" is how to motivate people in small and large groups to do what needs to be done.  I hate the "p" word (politics) but it's the only word that applies.  Not "politics" in the sense of "vote for me"--I hate that kind of politics.  The book describes how a leader (the main character, Grant Matson) keeps people together and focused when there are distractions and challenges.  It also shows how a leader uses politics to get a large group (the community) to do the right things.  And by "politics" I mean that the leader figures out who the free loaders are and understands that many in the community will have sympathy for the freeloaders; the leader crafts a plan to get the community over its sympathy and get the free loaders off the dole. 

Another "political" lesson is how to not be political.  Yep, that's right.  The leader wants the community to be Patriots but knows that he if starts talking about the Constitution and Federalist Papers that most people won't have any idea what he's talking about and will even get scared that he's a "radical."  So, instead of political speeches, the leader starts demonstrating to people that the Patriot way--being fair, rewarding hard work, following the Constitution, providing security and food, and boosting morale--works while the Loyalist way (the government way) doesn't.  Demonstrate to the people that they're better off doing it your way and they'll follow. 

A friend of mine in the special operations community (for real; I am not in that community by the way) told me that 299 Days is the best description of an American insurgency he's ever seen.  He said it's a "guide" for how to recruit, organize, and grow a community during a collapse.  That's what you'll learn from 299 Days--and you won't even know you're learning it because it's just the story as it unfolds.

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2)will the writing style NOT contain vomit inducing language such as "thou art hath knelteth and prayed before blowing off the cannibals' heads who defiled the sanctity of survivalism".... Or something like that...


Oh, hell no.  I hate that stuff.  Remember that I have never written anything before and--this is key--I don't even read books.  Seriously, I've read two books in twenty years.  So I don't have any "standard" language for a novel in my head.  Since I don't know "standard" novel writing style, I couldn't imitate it.  I just wrote it like I talk--a lot like this post.  The editors cleaned up my West Coast informal manner of speaking a bit to make it even smoother and flowing, but there is never a moment where you'll say, "Uh, no one talks that way." 

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3) what age level would be sufficient for reading these books?


I would say mid teens on up.  There is a little bit of swearing because the people in the story naturally swear.  I kept the "s" word spelled out but used asterisks for "f***."  I did this because, as much as I swear, I don't like seeing the "f" word in print.  There are no other bad words than the "s" word and the asterisked "f" word.

Drug use is portrayed negatively.  The main character does get a little drunk once but not for fun but for business.  I don't think alcohol is glorified at all. 

As far as sex goes, it is implied in a few places but almost always between married couples.  Things like, "The night went very well."  Nothing explicit or detailed.  In Book Five or so, there is some unmarried shackin' up with some twenty-something guys (the Team) and their girlfriends (the Team Chicks).  And by "shackin' up," I mean committed couples who are basically married but it's just that there's no government marriage certificates (because there is no functioning government anymore).  Marriage is touted by showing that, especially in a crisis, men and women need each other and need a strong relationship.  There is no casual sex by the good guys.  The downsides of casual sex in the old collapsed society are briefly noted.  In fact, the Team Chicks talk about how casual sex in the old society was a dead end and now they're glad to have committed boyfriends who are real men and treat them very well. 

Thanks for asking these questions.  Keep them coming.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Dusti on August 10, 2012, 08:39:53 AM
Any chance of a book signing event for those of us near Oly?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nicodemus on August 10, 2012, 08:47:55 AM
Our own Heavy G, AKA Glen Tate, is interviewed by Jack today (prerecorded) on TSP.

And thanks for the mention on the show, G!  ;D
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cheryl1 on August 10, 2012, 08:56:58 AM
After we get our hands on these books, we'll need a new thread: which character are you and who will play you in the movie :)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on August 10, 2012, 09:42:19 AM
Any chance of a book signing event for those of us near Oly?

While I'm an eBook fan (can read almost 2x faster on a kindle compared to paperback print for some reason), but I'd drive down to Olympia from South King Co. for a meetup/book signing.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on August 10, 2012, 07:54:46 PM
I KNOW which character I am. :)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: ColdHaven on August 10, 2012, 09:36:49 PM
I am excited. I can not wait to get my copies. Congrats on all the hard work you put into it! I think it will make a big impact on all who read it.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Alan Georges on August 10, 2012, 09:58:07 PM
I am excited. I can not wait to get my copies. Congrats on all the hard work you put into it! I think it will make a big impact on all who read it.
Couldn't put it any better, Coldhaven, so I'm seconding your post.  Will listen to the interview tomorrow, but reading Jack's write-up makes the books sound even better.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: ColdHaven on August 11, 2012, 05:52:38 AM
I'm traveling today so I am going to listen to that podcast on the way. I have actually been waiting for the podcast since I heard that they had a session a few days back.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: PrepperJim on August 11, 2012, 10:41:01 AM
This is definitely a book or series that needed to be written.

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A friend of mine in the special operations community (for real; I am not in that community by the way) told me that 299 Days is the best description of an American insurgency he's ever seen.  He said it's a "guide" for how to recruit, organize, and grow a community during a collapse.  That's what you'll learn from 299 Days--and you won't even know you're learning it because it's just the story as it unfolds.

I certainly hope that there are tips for growing a community before the collapse. That is what I struggle with since I am so busy and anti-social on top of that. And yet, I know that I cannot hope to come out the other side if I don't have a community to help me.

I look forward to reading the book. Thanks again!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cheryl1 on August 11, 2012, 11:36:34 AM
I KNOW which character I am. :)
No fair, you had a head start.  :P
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Docwatmo on August 11, 2012, 11:44:05 AM
I'm afraid of what character I am.   :-[ :-X :o
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on August 11, 2012, 12:35:30 PM
You should be. YOU SHOULD BE.  :excited: :excited: :excited: :excited:
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: archer on August 11, 2012, 06:48:16 PM
I'm afraid of what character I am.   :-[ :-X :o
i think you are the one armed, tutu wearing goat herder...
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: archer on August 11, 2012, 06:48:45 PM
I KNOW which character I am. :)

i'm not in it yet.....
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nicodemus on August 11, 2012, 07:12:00 PM
My character dies from an infected hangnail and is used as an impromptu sandbag in a firefight.  :o
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: eph2 on August 12, 2012, 12:26:22 AM
I can't wait to read all of them! 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: superman9219 on August 12, 2012, 10:54:13 AM
cant wait for this book been waiting for a good book on this subject without the typical spin that always gets put on everything.  Looks great really excited for this one.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: ncjeeper on August 12, 2012, 11:04:50 AM
My character dies from an infected hangnail and is used as an impromptu sandbag in a firefight.  :o
Darn hang nail. ;D
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 13, 2012, 07:22:00 AM

Any chance of a book signing event for those of us near Oly?


The problem with that is that people around Olympia might recognize me.  I could do beard/hat/sunglasses and maybe do it at the Lacey Cabelas.  None of the government-loving crap bags that might recognize me ever go to a place that has guns, so Cabelas is probably safe.

Cabela's has conference rooms they let groups use, so we could be a little secluded. 

Dusti: You wanna organize that?  Maybe in October after Book One and Book Two have been out for a few weeks?  I'd love the help, man.  PM me if you'd like.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 13, 2012, 08:32:28 AM

I certainly hope that there are tips for growing a community before the collapse.


Lots and lots of tips for growing a community before the collapse.  A few tips on putting together a pre-collapse community, but it's mostly a post-collapse community I focus on.  But the tips for community building would apply to a pre- or post-collapse situation.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on August 13, 2012, 09:20:26 AM
The problem with that is that people around Olympia might recognize me.  I could do beard/hat/sunglasses and maybe do it at the Lacey Cabelas.

Like this?

(http://images.politico.com/global/2012/07/120725_galifinakis_605_ap.jpg)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: PrepperJim on August 13, 2012, 09:58:09 AM
Lots and lots of tips for growing a community before the collapse.  A few tips on putting together a pre-collapse community, but it's mostly a post-collapse community I focus on.  But the tips for community building would apply to a pre- or post-collapse situation.
I think it Ferfal's who recommend a network consisting of a doctor, lawyer, police officers, a judge, money/currency changer, electrician, plumber and some farmers. Especially when the rule of law breaks down, having a good lawyer and knowing some police officers is a good idea.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Jesse2004 on August 13, 2012, 01:25:23 PM
Just heard the interview and I'm very excited to read the book.  I've always respected and enjoyed your comments on this forum and can't wait to get it. 

Not sure how things work with your publisher, but if there is any additional funding needed to get this done and out, you may want to investigate Kickstarter.  It could assist you with taking pre-orders and getting the project out to a wider community.  I've backed a number of projects there and am impressed with how it works.  The upside, when done right, you can reach a really big audience and get purchase commits in early.  The downside is they take their cut from the money raised. 

Thanks for your contributions, here on the forum, with your book and out in the world.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 13, 2012, 02:39:10 PM

Not sure how things work with your publisher, but if there is any additional funding needed to get this done and out, you may want to investigate Kickstarter. 


Thanks, Jesse.  We are keeping the overhead super lean on this so I don't think we need any capital.  That way we can keep the price of the books low.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Jonathon January on August 13, 2012, 03:15:10 PM
Congrats on the achievments Heavy G. Enjoyed the interview very much. Cant wait to get a my copies to read.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: WV Hillbilly on August 13, 2012, 07:28:39 PM
 :clap:
Heavy G,
Enjoyed the interview with Jack and reading the intro on your website.
Congratulations and looking forward to the release.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Prepper Recon on August 13, 2012, 09:48:38 PM
I can't wait! I hear the interview on TSP. I hope there will be an audio book.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 14, 2012, 06:30:59 AM
Thanks to everyone who has said something encouraging on this thread.  Each one means a lot.  You know that part in the Story Introduction that talks about how I never understood why authors thank readers?  I truly understand it now.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: PrepperJim on August 14, 2012, 05:44:01 PM
I am a little behind on TSP so I just heard the interview. Great job, but there is a problem.

Now I want to read that book immediately and it is not available!! I have a trip coming up and the book would be a perfect read while on vacation.

Great job and I look forward to reading your work. I don't say this lightly. Those books needed to be written. Thanks for doing it!!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Hootie on August 15, 2012, 10:52:58 AM
If I could buy this in an audio form... then I could listen to it on my 1.5hr drive to work. But reading while driving doesn't mix ;) Seriously love the idea behind the books can't wait.

Owwww... And the Mods could each be different characters if they helpped with reading!!!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: slingblade on August 15, 2012, 12:24:28 PM
Makes you wonder if it would be possible to do a group sourced audio book?  Each person record a role and send to a central editor to put it together.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Hootie on August 15, 2012, 01:35:14 PM
Makes you wonder if it would be possible to do a group sourced audio book?  Each person record a role and send to a central editor to put it together.

I like where this is going..
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 15, 2012, 07:29:23 PM

Makes you wonder if it would be possible to do a group sourced audio book?  Each person record a role and send to a central editor to put it together.


While that sounds sensible, it is extremely hard to pull off. 

Hey: any theater or drama majors out there who want to have a master's degree project?  I'd be happy to let you organize this and produce; I'd even pay you a little bit. 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on August 16, 2012, 01:58:39 PM
Not to sound like a curmudgeon against audio books, but actually reading text effectively is a sensible skill to practice pre-collapse :)

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexDaddy on August 16, 2012, 02:57:49 PM
To me, the very best way to enjoy a book is to hold it in your hands and turn the pages as you go.

Audio books do have a place, such as entertainment on car trips. We drove to Florida and back, a total of 2400 miles, and the audio books made a HUGE difference.

Also, I enjoy Nero Wolfe mysteries as my bedtime story every night. Really helps settle me in.

I intend to hold this series in my hand and enjoy it as books were meant to be.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: archer on August 16, 2012, 04:04:06 PM
i like paper books, the smell of them, the feel of them. you can read them in the sun, can read them in the shade, can read them w/o batteries, can read them in strange positions, no problem if you drop it.... and can use it for toilet paper if you dont like the author/story...
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: ironmany2k on August 16, 2012, 04:36:40 PM
I read the bonus chapters and am hooked already.  Any chance of us getting a sneak preview of chapter 1?  ;D
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nadir_E on August 16, 2012, 05:12:56 PM
Lately I've switched to reading novels* on my iPhone using the Kindle app.  For this series, however, I'll make an exception, and go back to paper. :) 

-N

*All reference books are always in paper editions - no batteries required! :D
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: chad on August 16, 2012, 07:03:17 PM
Anybody have any luck with downloading the bonus chapter on the iPhone, I've signed up and got the Email back,  but the link dose not download...
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Jesse2004 on August 16, 2012, 07:13:26 PM
I read the bonus chapters and am hooked already.  Any chance of us getting a sneak preview of chapter 1?  ;D

I second that request...  I'm hooked too...
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 16, 2012, 08:05:10 PM

Any chance of us getting a sneak preview of chapter 1?  ;D


Dude, September 1 is just two weeks away.

I'll give you a hint about the first chapter (the Prologue): it's the same as the last chapter (Chapter 299).  Because the things that are described in the Prologue seem so unlikely to occur... but by the last chapter, everything in the Prologue makes sense.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: eph2 on August 16, 2012, 09:02:37 PM
The problem with that is that people around Olympia might recognize me. 

Public book signings and prepper OPSEC clash head on!  I think we should have one in a cave with invitations issued by incrypted ham radio messages and requiring a challenge coin for entry.!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: snickers on August 16, 2012, 10:55:40 PM
So excited to get the books on my Kindle!  :excited: Ok, that was the important part, ignore the rest of my post if you want :)

I know this is a little off topic, and I hope this isn't detracting from how awesome HeavyG is, but I'm going to be a brat and stick up for Kindles:


Having said that I own three bookcases of regular print books and am more likely to buy a used print copy than a Kindle copy... and well, you know, I'm a regular at the library.  As for audiobooks, I started listening to them about two years ago and I always check them out from the library. I listen to them at work and in the car, and when I'm out doing distance running. The ability to multitask using audiobooks has greatly increased my consumption of books, which, can't be a bad thing. I feel like Audiobooks/Kindle books/print books are all equally valid but have different niches.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: rikkrack on August 17, 2012, 07:26:24 AM
I am not a book reader. But may have to make the extra effort. My 10 year old who reads at a 16-17 age level loves them. Didn’t get it from me. She reads the hunger games, Twilight series etc. She listens to Jacks show and would rather listen to it than the radio in the car. Thoughts on introducing it to her?

I got an hour commute each way and would love an audio book, and would definitely love to see a movie, but not sure a 2-3 hr would do the series justice. Must be a multi-parter.

What about the use of Kickstarter? www.kickstarter.com I have seen people get CD’s and movies made using crowdsourcing. If you were willing to put it on there, I am willing to put my money where mouth is and help support it to get it made. Lots of fans here….
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexDaddy on August 17, 2012, 08:27:13 AM
...nobody wants to be that 50 year old who is caught reading Twilight or Harry Potter (or, Dear God, Fifty Shades of Gray) in public...
I am over 50 and I read the Harry Potter series in hard back while waiting around on jury duty. Didn't bother me. Famous quote from my Dad, "Boy, we don't give a damn what anybody else thinks." 8)

Man, I can't wait for these books. Come on Sept. 1
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cheryl1 on August 17, 2012, 08:44:11 AM
On the beach this summer I walked past an elderly lady just starting 50 Shades of Gray. Laughed my rear end off, but also thought "you go girl!" too. Hope she knew what she was getting into, otherwise she's in for quite a shock!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: snickers on August 17, 2012, 10:17:47 AM
On the beach this summer I walked past an elderly lady just starting 50 Shades of Gray. Laughed my rear end off, but also thought "you go girl!" too. Hope she knew what she was getting into, otherwise she's in for quite a shock!

Someone told my Mom that her book club should read 50 Shades. She didn't know what it was and she bought it to check it out and then was super embarrassed once she started reading it. I didn't ask if she kept reading  ;)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on August 17, 2012, 10:32:20 AM
This was disturbing for me to hear:

http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/fifty-shades-grey-replaces-bible-british-hotel/story?id=16853389 (http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/fifty-shades-grey-replaces-bible-british-hotel/story?id=16853389)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cheryl1 on August 17, 2012, 10:47:54 AM
This was disturbing for me to hear:

http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/fifty-shades-grey-replaces-bible-british-hotel/story?id=16853389 (http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/fifty-shades-grey-replaces-bible-british-hotel/story?id=16853389)
I heard that too. Hotels are a business though, and customers seem to be satisfied with the change.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cheryl1 on August 17, 2012, 10:50:57 AM
 :rofl:
Someone told my Mom that her book club should read 50 Shades. She didn't know what it was and she bought it to check it out and then was super embarrassed once she started reading it. I didn't ask if she kept reading  ;)
Bet she felt pretty  :o by the time she got to cheaper 3! Lol

Back on topic- will Heavy G come out of the shadows and reveal his true identity of these books become the next cultural phenomenon?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: archer on August 17, 2012, 10:52:07 AM
:rofl:Bet she felt pretty  :o by the time she got to cheaper 3! Lol

Back on topic- will Heavy G come out of the shadows and reveal his true identity of these books become the next cultural phenomenon?
i would say only if he makes millions and millions off of the books..
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexasGirl on August 17, 2012, 11:22:48 AM
Hmmm...

I think the opposite.  If HG makes millions and millions, we may never hear of him again.  He might just be kicking back on his little private tropical reserve (island?) with a little entourage of fellow "characters" as the rest of us slide away into deep economic corruption.

~TG
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexDaddy on August 17, 2012, 12:25:41 PM
Hmmm...

I think the opposite.  If HG makes millions and millions, we may never hear of him again.  He might just be kicking back on his little private tropical reserve (island?) with a little entourage of fellow "characters" as the rest of us slide away into deep economic corruption.

~TG
I am leaning towards this outcome also.  ;)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: archer on August 17, 2012, 01:27:57 PM
Hmmm...

I think the opposite.  If HG makes millions and millions, we may never hear of him again.  He might just be kicking back on his little private tropical reserve (island?) with a little entourage of fellow "characters" as the rest of us slide away into deep economic corruption.

~TG
that is ok as long as i get included on the island and dont get kicked off...
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: WV Hillbilly on August 17, 2012, 02:59:43 PM
... Famous quote from my Dad, "Boy, we don't give a damn what anybody else thinks." 8)
My Dad never said it, but I say it to my kids all of the time ;D
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 17, 2012, 03:05:57 PM

If HG makes millions and millions, we may never hear of him again.  He might just be kicking back on his little private tropical reserve (island?) with a little entourage of fellow "characters" as the rest of us slide away into deep economic corruption.


Yep.  I have no desire to be famous, especially when "famous" means the government is really, really pissed at you.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexDaddy on August 17, 2012, 04:23:05 PM
Yep.  I have no desire to be famous, especially when "famous" means the government is really, really pissed at you.
She said nothing about famous.

...If HG makes millions and millions...
She said rich. I don't imagine you would turn that down.  ;)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 17, 2012, 07:59:53 PM

She said nothing about famous.
She said rich. I don't imagine you would turn that down.  ;)


Oh, yeah, I'll take the money.  If there is any...
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Saint on August 20, 2012, 08:40:22 AM
G,
just heard the podcast interview (I'm always a few days behind).
More intrigued than ever - very, very excited for you and transmitting positive vibes of success (from beneath my sometimes tin foil hat)
Your enthusiasm and sincerity come through loud and clear and you've got the pipes (voice clarity, intonation, articulation) for the audio book (maybe not all the characters, that is something of an art).
Might I recommend you record and post just a few short excerpts from the book - as teasers on your site, and as sound files folks could share to increase awareness.
v/r
Saint
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 21, 2012, 08:49:40 AM
G,

... very, very excited for you and transmitting positive vibes of success...

Might I recommend you record and post just a few short excerpts from the book - as teasers on your site, and as sound files folks could share to increase awareness.


Thanks for the positive vibes.

We have short exerpts for free. They are the bonus chapters and people can get them emailed to them by signing up for them on the home page of www.299Days.com www.299Days.com (http://www.299Days.com).

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 21, 2012, 08:53:44 AM
If you're LDS, I could really use your help.

Here's what I'm talking about: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=36948.msg416026#msg416026 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=36948.msg416026#msg416026)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 22, 2012, 10:50:25 AM
You might find this interesting: I explain the meaning of the songs accompanying Book One on the soundtrack.  Here's the link:

http://299days.com/meaning-of-the-songs-accompanying-book-one/ (http://299days.com/meaning-of-the-songs-accompanying-book-one/)

If nothing else, you'll maybe click on links to songs that you never thought you'd like.

The description of the songs gives you a little insight into the story in Book One a few days ahead of the September 1 release date.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on August 24, 2012, 09:31:03 PM
And here is the official video trailer for the book:
http://youtu.be/-Y_5xQai7s8

I kind of like it, but I'm a bit partial.  ;D
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: archer on August 24, 2012, 11:02:10 PM
And here is the official video trailer for the book:
http://youtu.be/-Y_5xQai7s8

I kind of like it, but I'm a bit partial.  ;D

hmm, that picture of the patriot looks familiar.....
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexDaddy on August 25, 2012, 07:43:37 PM
hmm, that picture of the patriot looks familiar.....
Yeah, I'm pretty sure I have seen him somewhere...
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Grannywhiskers on August 26, 2012, 12:44:33 PM
I am also looking forward to 299 Days.  Especially when I found it would be offered on Kindle.  It is a long way to a book store from where I live.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: MightyRunt on August 26, 2012, 04:05:30 PM
Is there going to be a book bomb day so we can all buy it at the same time and run it up the bestseller list?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexasGirl on August 26, 2012, 06:15:28 PM
Is there going to be a book bomb day so we can all buy it at the same time and run it up the bestseller list?

I'm waiting on that personalized autographed signed copy.  That's the real bomb!

~TG
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 26, 2012, 07:00:08 PM

Is there going to be a book bomb day so we can all buy it at the same time and run it up the bestseller list?


September 1.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: hedgewitch on August 26, 2012, 08:17:52 PM
Sept. 1, i  hope amazon is ready, i can't wait :)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Alan Georges on August 26, 2012, 10:40:21 PM
Is there going to be a book bomb day so we can all buy it at the same time and run it up the bestseller list?
Heavy G, do you have a preferred place we buy through on book bomb day to run up the numbers?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on August 26, 2012, 11:01:18 PM
September 1.

My alma mater San Diego State is in town playing the UW Huskies that day.  I'll have to set a reminder to buy the kindle edition before I start tailgating...
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 27, 2012, 07:01:28 AM
That's the kind of dedication I love to see.

Oh, by the way, the main character, Grant Matson, is a UW Husky.  So go Huskies.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: 16onRockandRoll on August 27, 2012, 08:49:04 AM
I don't know what I did wrong, but I can't access the bonus chapters. I got an email, but it looks like the attachment is just contact info for Prepper Press.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 27, 2012, 10:08:13 AM
Working on it.  Thx.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: fritz_monroe on August 27, 2012, 10:31:41 AM
I'm one of the lucky ones that have been given the honor of reading the pre-published edition of 299 Days.  Thanks, G.

I'm ~130 chapters in and can say that this is a great book.  I took it on vacation with me and had trouble putting it down.  Heavy G has developed good characters, both good guys and bad.  I think that his version of the collapse is the most likely way that the next collapse will happen.

Even though I have the early edition, I will buy the books as they come out.  I'm a believer in supporting people's work that I find worthy.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Twibble on August 27, 2012, 09:33:47 PM
People have talked about a Kindle version, but Amazon doesn't show one.  Is it being released later?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 28, 2012, 06:14:59 AM

People have talked about a Kindle version, but Amazon doesn't show one.  Is it being released later?


There will be a Kindle version by September 1.  Amazon takes a while to process a new book.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cheryl1 on August 28, 2012, 06:31:03 AM
I'm thinking Christmas presents. Maybe this book will help turn my whole family into preppers by February!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 28, 2012, 09:14:03 AM

Maybe this book will help turn my whole family into preppers by February!


That was actually a goal of mine.  I told the story like I would normally tell it, but I tried to make it extra palatable for non-preppers.  I want to "convert" people, but you can't do that by being "preachy" or too sensational.  I think I struck the correct balance.  I've already received word from a couple of friends who saw the pre-release version that it's getting them back to prepping and/or getting their spouses on board.  That was my goal.  Oh, and to tell a kick-ass story, too.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: 16onRockandRoll on August 28, 2012, 10:46:38 AM
Is there going to be a package deal for hardcopy/e-book? I'm not into ebooks yet, but it seems like it would be convenient, but I still like a hard copy of a book.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on August 28, 2012, 05:13:47 PM
Is there going to be a package deal for hardcopy/e-book? I'm not into ebooks yet, but it seems like it would be convenient, but I still like a hard copy of a book.

I was a holdout as well, but after borrowing my wife's kindle I discovered I could read about 30% faster than with print.  I still like "owning" the paper copy:  you can loan it, sell it or burn it to keep warm.  That's all nice, but 95% of the time I buy a book to read the contents, and in that case digital works very well in my opinion. 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 28, 2012, 05:22:08 PM

Is there going to be a package deal for hardcopy/e-book?


Nope.  Not enough demand for a combo to set one up.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Scooter123456789 on August 28, 2012, 07:23:54 PM
I ordered mine today can't wait to get them. Should be some good reading while relaxing over a long weekend.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nadir_E on August 28, 2012, 07:43:32 PM
I ordered mine today ...

Link?  I can't find them on Amazon nor on the Prepper Press website.  Would like to order in advance of a trip I have coming up in September.

-N
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 28, 2012, 07:48:59 PM
Link?  I can't find them on Amazon nor on the Prepper Press website.  Would like to order in advance of a trip I have coming up in September.

-N

We're working as I type this to get Book One and Book Two--and the hard copy and Kindle of each--up on Amazon.  We also need to link the two books so they show up together.  We'll definitely make the September 1 deadline. 

I'll let TSP know when it's all done and ready for ordering, even if that's before September 1.

I appreciate the enthusiasm!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Jesse2004 on August 28, 2012, 08:31:39 PM
Link?  I can't find them on Amazon nor on the Prepper Press website.  Would like to order in advance of a trip I have coming up in September.

-N

Here you go:

Book 1: http://amzn.com/0615680682  299 pages $14.95
Book 2: http://amzn.com/0615687466  150 pages $11.95

Just ordered my copies.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nadir_E on August 28, 2012, 08:45:50 PM
Here you go:

Book 1: http://amzn.com/0615680682  299 pages $14.95
Book 2: http://amzn.com/0615687466  150 pages $11.95

Just ordered my copies.

Sweet!  Order in!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 28, 2012, 08:52:38 PM
I love you guys.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: archer on August 28, 2012, 09:19:06 PM
I love you guys.
ssshh!!! ppl are listening! ;)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cheryl1 on August 29, 2012, 05:31:44 AM
Amazon has the books available for purchase now.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: rikkrack on August 29, 2012, 05:42:38 AM
Saw that too. I got the go ahead to get them. Will be reading ASAP tonight.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: PrepperJim on August 29, 2012, 05:48:00 AM
Downloaded to Kindle. I will start reading tonight.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: FrugalFannie on August 29, 2012, 05:58:08 AM
Been watching our money lately but I just splurged on 3 copies of each. 1 set for us,1 set each for 2 of my brothers.

Can't wait!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 29, 2012, 06:28:03 AM
Nadir, rikkrack, Prepper Jim, FrugalFannie:

You guys are amazing.  Thanks for your enthusiasm.

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: rikkrack on August 29, 2012, 06:45:03 AM
Couldn't wait, had to download now. Wife is going home to charge and upload to Kindle. Got 3 hours to kill tonight out of town, so will get started and let everyone know...and even two days early!!! Bonus.

Was serious about Kickstarter support to get audio book published. Not a big reader, but making the effort for this.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nadir_E on August 29, 2012, 07:42:39 AM
Nadir, rikkrack, Prepper Jim, FrugalFannie:

You guys are amazing.  Thanks for your enthusiasm.

LOL - Amazing?  Hardly.  We're not the ones who wrote a 10-book prepper novel, Mr. Pappendorf!! :) (sorry, that totally slipped, didn't mean to give away your real name, Benito!) ;D

I went Old School with my purchase and ordered the paper version.  If it gets down to the wire, though, I'll nab the Kindle edition so I can read it on my iPhone on my trip.  Eager to see this come to life.

-N
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: rikkrack on August 29, 2012, 07:48:28 AM
LOL - Amazing?  Hardly.  We're not the ones who wrote a 10-book prepper novel...

Second that.

Don't have enough hours in the day to prep, plan, AND write a novel, barely have enough time to ....work...which is what I am supposed to be doing. Just way more interesting here.

I skipped the Kindle and downloaded both Kindle reader and the book to my iPhone...what breaks are for. LOL
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexDaddy on August 29, 2012, 07:53:52 AM
So, "Mr. Tate," all I see on amazon is paperback and kindle. Is there a hardback version?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cheryl1 on August 29, 2012, 08:00:46 AM
I bought the paperbacks, but I think I'll save those for my dads Christmas present. I'll download the kindle version tonight so I can get started on this series!

Heavy G-I'm curious to know when you get your first report on sales. Keep us posted on how well the books are moving!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: rikkrack on August 29, 2012, 08:09:21 AM
How about a poll on here? How many sales from Forum/TSP members/TSP listeners? Know your markets.

Did you buy 299 Days? and Where did you hear about it? Paper or e-Copy?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: chad on August 29, 2012, 08:13:16 AM
Reading now on my iPhone!!!!

And the paperbacks are in the mail!!
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Post by: Smurf Hunter on August 29, 2012, 09:01:52 AM
Got the first book on kindle.  I'll sneak down to starbucks at lunch and sync it with my wifi-only reader.
One note, from the link to the hard copy, it said there wasn't a kindle edition.  Fortunately when I searched the "kindle" store it came up.

I'm guessing I hit a stale cache of their catalog and this will cycle through with the next sync of their inventory database.  I can only imagine how complex the replication of all that data must be behind the scenes.

In other words don't worry and it'll work tomorrow :)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Jesse2004 on August 29, 2012, 09:11:54 AM
Link?  I can't find them on Amazon nor on the Prepper Press website.  Would like to order in advance of a trip I have coming up in September.

-N

FYI: When I searched books on Amazon yesterday (I put in 299 days) with no quotes or special stuff the books showed up in position 25 and 26.  This morning, Preparation showed up as #5 on the search screen.  It also went from best sellers rank of 165,000 or so to #64,459.  Collapse was #23 on the search and #75,016 on the best sellers rank.  Guess a number of folks are just buying the first book...

My copies are scheduled to arrive Friday but sometimes things arrive early.  Here's hoping this is one of the early ones!!!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 29, 2012, 09:49:11 AM

So, "Mr. Tate," all I see on amazon is paperback and kindle. Is there a hardback version?


Nope.  They're very expensive to print.  If the series goes super gigantic, I could see a full set of all ten books in hard back.  But it would need to be super gigantic for that.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: WVMan73 on August 29, 2012, 09:51:42 AM
I'm waiting to buy the signed copy from G. Any news on when those will be available?
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Post by: 16onRockandRoll on August 29, 2012, 12:08:06 PM
Ordered both. If you order both at once, you save $5 on shipping. I may still look into the kindle version to get a start on it today. And seeing as we are both left coast, I hope I can get mine signed in person at some point in the future. If you ever come to CA, beers are on me. Way to go G!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: rikkrack on August 29, 2012, 12:12:38 PM
FYI: ... It also went from best sellers rank of 165,000 or so to #64,459.  Collapse was #23 on the search and #75,016 on the best sellers rank.  Guess a number of folks are just buying the first book...

As of Now...

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,773 Paid in Kindle Store
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Black November on August 29, 2012, 03:13:29 PM
I'm waiting to buy the signed copy from G. Any news on when those will be available?

I also interested in purchasing signed copies.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: fritz_monroe on August 29, 2012, 03:21:35 PM
150 chapters in and it's still great.

One thing that G did that I think will help get the non-preppers into the book is describe things that most of us on TSP already know.  For instance, he described how the economy will rebuild itself via supply and demand with no help from the government.
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Post by: 16onRockandRoll on August 29, 2012, 05:25:58 PM
I downloaded the first e-book when I got home, and I'm on chapter 3. I don't know how autobiographical this backstory is, but it is enthralling. I read a lot HG, and I have to say, if this is any indication of the rest of the series, you are an amazing author, and this series is going to go far for you. I've already posted links on other forums I'm on, and will post more.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: rikkrack on August 29, 2012, 07:15:13 PM
As of Now...

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,773 Paid in Kindle Store

Woo Hoo up to #7,607 and still 1st day. We see a number one in the future????
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 29, 2012, 07:22:44 PM

I'm waiting to buy the signed copy from G. Any news on when those will be available?


Around mid September.  If you'd like a signed copy, buy a hard copy and then send me an email at glentate123@gmail.com.  I'll let you know how I do the signings.  I'm really looking forward to that.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 29, 2012, 07:24:33 PM

...you are an amazing author, and this series is going to go far for you.


Wow.  Thanks.  I mean it. 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Prepper Press on August 29, 2012, 07:27:37 PM
The publisher here. Thank you everyone for the support. If you're having trouble accessing the free chapters from www.299days.com, please contact me. After the verification process you should get a link to a page on 299days.com where you can download the chapters.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 29, 2012, 08:51:41 PM
I was contacted today by a producer for National Geographic's "Doomsday Preppers" show about possibly being on the show.  They couldn't blur out my face, so I declined.  It felt a little like when Jerry Springer calls you and wants you to be on the show because your wife has something to tell you...
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on August 29, 2012, 09:11:23 PM
I think that was a good call. Bro.
The few episodes I managed to stomach made everyone on there look like complete jackasses....and some of the people that were highlighted made the rest of us look like lunatics. I'm kind of glad you didn't do it.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: archer on August 29, 2012, 10:19:59 PM
I was contacted today by a producer for National Geographic's "Doomsday Preppers" show about possibly being on the show.  They couldn't blur out my face, so I declined.  It felt a little like when Jerry Springer calls you and wants you to be on the show because your wife has something to tell you...
good job HeavyG!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nicodemus on August 30, 2012, 06:00:58 AM
I was contacted today by a producer for National Geographic's "Doomsday Preppers" show about possibly being on the show.  They couldn't blur out my face, so I declined.  It felt a little like when Jerry Springer calls you and wants you to be on the show because your wife has something to tell you...

Good call!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: DrJohn on August 30, 2012, 08:25:31 AM
Just downloaded the first two books for my Kindle!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on August 30, 2012, 08:30:07 AM
I'm about 25% through the first book.  I've got a busier than usual week, but I expect to finish it off over the long weekend.

As this thread is growing, someone (maybe me?) should start a new thread for discussion of each book.  Something along the lines of a virtual book club.  We've got the rare opportunity with the author available to address comments and questions.  I certainly don't want to taint this thread with spoilers, but do have some questions/compliments/etc. for Heavy G.

Anyone else who's actively reading interested in 299 Days book club thread?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: rikkrack on August 30, 2012, 08:45:26 AM
Anyone else who's actively reading interested in 299 Days book club thread?

I am interested, wife and daughter also reading. We discuss as we go along. Daughter who is 10 but reads at highschool level is really into book. Asks questions and relates to what we are doing at home for our own preparedness. "Is that why we are..." and my favorite "Dad, we really should be....." Opened wife's eyes and actually motivated her more on preps and what we are doing. She was already pretty gung ho.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: WVMan73 on August 30, 2012, 09:16:13 AM
I just ordered both books, hard copies. Really looking forward to reading these! I love this type of story anyway, but with knowing G from here it's really going to make these books a great read!  ;D
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Twibble on August 30, 2012, 09:20:19 AM
Got the first book on kindle.  I'll sneak down to starbucks at lunch and sync it with my wifi-only reader.
One note, from the link to the hard copy, it said there wasn't a kindle edition.  Fortunately when I searched the "kindle" store it came up.

I'm guessing I hit a stale cache of their catalog and this will cycle through with the next sync of their inventory database.  I can only imagine how complex the replication of all that data must be behind the scenes.

In other words don't worry and it'll work tomorrow :)

They both show together now.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 30, 2012, 09:48:50 AM
I think a book club thread on each book would be awesome.  Go forth and start a thread for each of the books.  I'd be happy to answer questions.

How cool is this?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Hootie on August 30, 2012, 02:48:00 PM
Just bought the Amazon copy... got a lot of reading to do
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 30, 2012, 04:43:55 PM
I had sex with the first person who bought Book One.  Seriously.  Luckily, it was my wife.  For real.

Don't know who bought the first copy of Book Two but it wasn't my wife.  The sex thing only applies to my wife.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: archer on August 30, 2012, 05:15:03 PM
I had sex with the first person who bought Book One.  Seriously.  Luckily, it was my wife.  For real.

Don't know who bought the first copy of Book Two but it wasn't my wife.  The sex thing only applies to my wife.
so much for that promo opportunity....
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nadir_E on August 30, 2012, 06:00:37 PM
When you're done with the, uh, "promo" thing with Mrs. Heavy G, could you point me to where I find the bonus chapters?  I signed up on the 299days.com website but doing so didn't lead to a download opportunity.

Thanks,
-N
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nadir_E on August 30, 2012, 06:22:11 PM
When you're done with the, uh, "promo" thing with Mrs. Heavy G, could you point me to where I find the bonus chapters?  I signed up on the 299days.com website but doing so didn't lead to a download opportunity.

Thanks,
-N

Never mind...  :o
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: chad on August 30, 2012, 07:18:16 PM
Smurf hunter... I'm in, start the book club thread.

1st question..

I'm at the point where the "matsons" have just been married...my first thought was... No boom boom.. There had to be boom boom..? :-*
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on August 30, 2012, 08:01:05 PM
Chad:

Post that in the book club thread.  You'll like the answer.

G
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cheryl1 on August 30, 2012, 09:44:26 PM
Stupid book. It's 1145 pm and the words are swimming before my eyes, and yet I just can't stop reading. I am holding Heavy G responsible for the bags under my eyes.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cheryl1 on August 30, 2012, 10:29:27 PM
Ok it's now 0:20 and I'm done. Not a stupid book, just an incredibly frustrating one. Because now I have to sleep and it's going to be at least 12 hours before I can start book 2. Which will be frustrating because I'll have to wait 3 more months for book 3! You're killing me here heavy G!

Seriously though, I really enjoyed your book. I think you did a great job with not sounding too far out there for the average grasshopper, and not getting bogged down in the details of prepping. I was afraid there would be an entire chapter on the proper way to seal a Mylar bag. Grant's frustration with the double life came through very well also. I am definitely recommending this book to all the ants, and grasshoppers, that I know.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 01, 2012, 10:57:34 AM
Awesome, cheryl1.  You guys don't know how much it means for me to see you are enjoying the books.

Tell your friends, and please go back onto Amazon and give the book a five-star review.  I was stunned to find out how important that is.  Amazon reviews are probably the single most important thing you can do to help the book get out to an even wider audience.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 01, 2012, 11:19:49 AM
Several million people had September 1st marked on their calendars as the day 299 Days was released.  Well, several people did.

It's September 1st and it's been released: http://299days.com/purchase/ (http://299days.com/purchase/)

Thanks for your patience.  A lot goes into publishing a book, as I found out, so it took a little time to get it done right.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: fritz_monroe on September 01, 2012, 11:33:06 AM
Review posted.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: clayfarmer on September 01, 2012, 12:16:11 PM
Just bought book one! We're expecting rain over the entire holiday weekend.....great time to get some reading done!
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Post by: chad on September 01, 2012, 04:43:11 PM
I can't put this dam book down G...

If it's this good through book 10.. Then you have some real good prepper porn...
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nadir_E on September 01, 2012, 05:08:44 PM
Ordered the Kindle editions of Books 1 & 2 today (on top of the paper copies I ordered a couple days ago) in hopes of helping boost sales / visibility.  Knock it out of the park, Heavy.

-N
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Monarks on September 01, 2012, 05:41:19 PM
Damn you Heavy G. My weekend has just disappeared reading your book. :)

I must admit that I did not like the first chapter. There was something I did not like about the writing style but I can't put my finger on what exactly. But from chapter 2 onwards the book is awesome. The story is great and the progression from sheeple to prepper was very logical. I saw many of the same things that I did and felt. ( I just wish I was as far along as he is by the end of the 1st book )

I just purchased the 2nd book so I will see you in a day or so !

Congratulations
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 01, 2012, 07:21:24 PM

Review posted.


Thanks for the Amazon review, Fritz.  It really, really helps.
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Post by: fritz_monroe on September 01, 2012, 07:21:49 PM
I can't put this dam book down G...

If it's this good through book 10.. Then you have some real good prepper porn...
I'm through about 165 chapters and it is still just as good as the first couple chapters.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 01, 2012, 07:31:58 PM
I just read the Amazon reviews.  *chokes up*  Wow is all I can say.  Thank you so much. 

PS: Many of those review are very incitefull.  I know Grant Matson better than anyone on the planet and you guys are seeing exactly what I was trying to get across.  Wow.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Jesse2004 on September 01, 2012, 09:30:27 PM
FYI: When I searched books on Amazon yesterday (I put in 299 days) with no quotes or special stuff the books showed up in position 25 and 26.  This morning, Preparation showed up as #5 on the search screen.  It also went from best sellers rank of 165,000 or so to #64,459.  Collapse was #23 on the search and #75,016 on the best sellers rank.  Guess a number of folks are just buying the first book...

My copies are scheduled to arrive Friday but sometimes things arrive early.  Here's hoping this is one of the early ones!!!

So the books didn't arrive until Friday late in the day.  Friday night I knocked out the first 200 pages, and tonight I finished Preparation and started and finished Collapse. 

BTW - I posted my 5 star reviews of each of them on Amazon.

One other quick aside.  Today, when I repeated my earlier search (299 days no quotes in category books), these two books showed as numbers 1 and 2.  Nice.  And I noticed you are up to 11,043 and 16,719 in best sellers rank.

Now how long do I need to wait for book 3?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Monarks on September 01, 2012, 09:38:48 PM
Just finished book 2. Just as good as the first book.

When will the next ones be available ?????????
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 02, 2012, 12:38:21 AM
Thanks for the Amazon review; it's huge. 

Books Three and Four are scheduled to be out around mid November, 2012.  Just in time for Christmas.   ;D
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Post by: MightyRunt on September 02, 2012, 05:01:32 PM
Books Three and Four are scheduled to be out around mid November, 2012.  Just in time for Christmas.   ;D
After all the raves, I hate to admit that I'm saving mine for my Christmas present. By ordering now, I forget what I've bought myself when Christmas rolls around. Will have 4 books in my stocking!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 02, 2012, 06:05:54 PM
If you give the book an Amazon review, PM me and let me know.  That way I can thank you.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: hedgewitch on September 02, 2012, 09:45:27 PM
Hey G,
i am new here and do not know how to PM yet, but i am lucky and i think i was the first one to get to review the book on amazon, no thanks necessary, thanks go to you for writing it, PS five stars:)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: fritz_monroe on September 03, 2012, 06:44:39 AM
Hey G,
i am new here and do not know how to PM yet, but i am lucky and i think i was the first one to get to review the book on amazon, no thanks necessary, thanks go to you for writing it, PS five stars:)
Hedgewitch, to PM you would click on the user's name that you want to PM.  That brings up their profile.  Along the left side under their avatar is a link that says Send PM.  Click there and fill in the form.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 03, 2012, 07:00:04 AM

Hey G,
i am new here and do not know how to PM yet, but i am lucky and i think i was the first one to get to review the book on amazon, no thanks necessary, thanks go to you for writing it, PS five stars:)


Thanks, hedgewitch.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 03, 2012, 08:03:10 AM
Wow.  I'm hearing from several people who have read Book One and Book Two and are telling me that their families are now on board with prepping and they're kicking their preps into high gear.  You have no idea how happy that makes me.

One PM in particular stood out.  A guy said he used the "Easter Bunny" line to explain where his preps came from.  (That's in Book Two; I mentioned it in Jack Spirko's interview of me.)

Keep 'em coming.  If 299 Days helped you and/or your family with prepping, please let me know.  It makes my day.  As in, I was grumpy this morning and now am smiling.
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Post by: TexasGirl on September 03, 2012, 08:16:26 AM
Keep 'em coming.  If 299 Days helped you and/or your family with prepping, please let me know.  It makes my day.  As in, I was grumpy this morning and now am smiling.

I'm shocked.  After all of this, how could the G ever be grumpy again?

~TG 
*wonders now if HG secretly stands for "Heavy Grump?"*
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Post by: dep190 on September 03, 2012, 08:24:10 AM
Good Luck! Hope to see an audio book for drive time!
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Post by: hedgewitch on September 03, 2012, 11:58:10 AM
Thanks Fritz:)
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Post by: Nadir_E on September 03, 2012, 05:35:27 PM
Books Three and Four are scheduled to be out around mid November, 2012.  Just in time for Christmas.   ;D

I'm a little less than halfway through Book 1 and it's already gotten me moving on some preps I'd been procrastinating about.  Enjoying the read very much (though I had some choice words for Larry).

Books 3 and 4 will coincide nicely with a coming birthday. :)
-N
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Post by: Ragnar on September 03, 2012, 06:51:51 PM
Read both 1 and 2 this weekend. Great job!  Awesome read, if I had a cash and carry near me I would have been shopping today.

I thought you did a great job explaining the collapse and I like it that you took you time building the case. Lots of Characters and you did a good job entering them in the story so that they are memorable.

I was chuckling when the main character was going into the gun store, Cash & Carry, and one other store and how he felt. My wife asked what I was reading and I read her the line to which she said I want to read that when you are through.

Congratulations!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nadir_E on September 06, 2012, 09:35:19 PM
Finished the Kindle edition of book 1 tonight and put a review up on Amazon.  Got word my paper copies will land right before I head out for vacation, going to save book 2 for the flight.

Nice work, G.  Really.

-N
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: monkeyboyf on September 07, 2012, 06:12:22 PM
How am I supposed to get my preppin' done since I haven't been able to lay down Book One since they arrived UPS yesterday? Might just starve if I don't go to the store before starting Book Two! WOW! ;D
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nadir_E on September 09, 2012, 03:38:20 PM
I lack willpower. :D  Finished Book 2 already - so much for saving it for my flight...

These books have been a great kick in the pants in terms of moving ahead on a number of prep-related fronts.  I was disappointed to discover that Cash & Carry's territory doesn't extend into Southern California...  But we do have Smart & Final, Big Lots! and some 99-cents stores that seem to carry many of the same things.  :)

Had a good time with the vacuum sealer and o2 absorbers this morning before 'regular' chores.  Stocked up on some spare parts and fluids for my generator and ordered a few other things that I realized I was procrastinating on for no reason.  Getting the long-term storage stuff better organized to boot.  Going to meet up with some friends to share canning gear so they can put up some of their harvest. (and they shoot, too!) ;)

The BEST part??  Talked to the wife about a little middle-of-nowhere cabin and she digs the idea.  O. M. G.   8)

I know this series wasn't supposed to be a manual-disguised-as-a-novel, but it's got more going for it than just a story. It's been a great motivator so far.

-N
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 09, 2012, 07:36:09 PM

The BEST part??  Talked to the wife about a little middle-of-nowhere cabin and she digs the idea.  O. M. G.   8)

I know this series wasn't supposed to be a manual-disguised-as-a-novel, but it's got more going for it than just a story. It's been a great motivator so far.

-N


That is the coolest thing about writing these books.  I am so, so happy that my books are helping people like this.  Happy for you, Nadir.  Very happy.

Just think: There's eight more books and at least eight more bonus chapters. 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Jesse2004 on September 09, 2012, 09:55:51 PM
We will have a formal system set up soon (the demand is more than we thought) for ordering signed copies.

In the mean time, send an email to me at glentate123@gmail.com and I'll put them in a folder.  Then, around September 1 when Book One and Book Two are available, I'll email you and everyone else in the folder the way to get them signed.

But we will have a way to get signed copies.  Count on it.

Having finished the first two books, I already wrapped them up and sent them to a friend to read.  I look forward to hearing from you on the signed copies...
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: antiwraith on September 10, 2012, 07:42:40 PM
Just wanted to tell the author that I purchased the 1st book on my Kindle, love it! I'm forcing myself to read it slowly so by the time I finish book 2, I won't have to wait as long for #3.   :)

5 stars in my book!  Even more so since I just finished reading "Patriots", and did NOT give it 5 stars.  In hindsight, that was a wasted $7 I should have saved for the 299 series.  Seriously dude, I read a lot.  These are plain out interesting books, and easily some of the best "prepping" books out there.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: N. Cal on September 10, 2012, 09:42:26 PM
I just read books one and two and really enjoyed them. GOOD JOB GLEN!!! I am looking forward to the next release. My wife is somewhat on board but she doesn't like talking about it. She prefers to let me take care of the details in the background.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: romeojuliethotel on September 10, 2012, 10:02:09 PM
Heavy G,
Thanks for the time and effort you put into this series.  My books arrived a few days ago and I finished them already.  Book 1 & Book 2 are utterly fascinating and they suck you into the storyline.  How you managed to tie in real-world events into the collapse timeline to depict how this could actually unfold is captivating.

I found myself going through a bit of a personal transformation as the story developed.  The idea of team building has struck a new chord with me.  I found myself going back several pages to take notes on ideas I picked up as to how I could be a more thoughtful and thorough prepper.  I envisioned this scenarios playing out in my quiet neighborhood.  Since I started this book I have expanded my preps to include more items talked about in the book.  I've already put to use what I've learned in my preps.

I have to say, I envy Grant's ability to go into a Cash&Carry.  After reading this in the book, I drive 30 miles to this store and I didn't have a food service license so I couldn't buy anything.  I guess that is why you call this a fiction novel, as this is probably the only fiction in the whole series ;)

I can't wait for the remainder of the novels!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Black November on September 11, 2012, 11:27:49 AM
...I didn't have a food service license so I couldn't buy anything. 

I live about 10 miles from a Cash & Carry and was thinking about going. You need a food service license to shop there?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: romeojuliethotel on September 11, 2012, 12:10:27 PM
I live about 10 miles from a Cash & Carry and was thinking about going. You need a food service license to shop there?

Yeah, check this out... https://www.smartfoodservice.com/about/faq/
What do I need to shop at Cash&Carry?
All you need to shop at Smart Foodservice Cash&Carry is your business license, tax permit or proof that you’re a nonprofit organization.

Plus, in large letters, on the main was "Businesses Only"
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: rikkrack on September 11, 2012, 12:19:05 PM
You can get a tax ID from the IRS for free. Also called an EIN. We started a “consulting” business for prepping to get a business account at our bank, and business benefits from other companies.  While most of our business is bartering and as such no profit and no taxes to be paid associated with the EIN. Our local store similar to a Cash n’ Carry required us to have an EIN for their discount/benefit program. All we needed was the EIN, and a business card which we print ourselves. We have been purchasing restaurant sizes for two years now. There are certain tax benefits from running a small business.

Disclaimer: I am not a business consultant or tax authority. Consult a professional if you have questions.

There is always a solution to any problem or roadblock.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Docwatmo on September 11, 2012, 12:30:14 PM
One thing.  When I grew up, we never had an actual "Cash and Carry" store near us.  But because of their prevalence in other areas, the term "Cash and Carry" became synonymous for bulk stores like Aldi's, or some of the old dime stores like Ben Franklins etc.   So we called any dime store or cash only grocery store cash and carry's even though they were not technically a brand name Cash and Carry".   

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on September 11, 2012, 02:41:01 PM
In WA anyone can shop at Cash and Carry, and ironically enough they accepted plastic (debit mastercard in my case).
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: romeojuliethotel on September 12, 2012, 06:46:18 PM
You can get a tax ID from the IRS for free. Also called an EIN. We started a “consulting” business for prepping to get a business account at our bank, and business benefits from other companies.  While most of our business is bartering and as such no profit and no taxes to be paid associated with the EIN. Our local store similar to a Cash n’ Carry required us to have an EIN for their discount/benefit program. All we needed was the EIN, and a business card which we print ourselves. We have been purchasing restaurant sizes for two years now. There are certain tax benefits from running a small business.

I love this forum.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cheryl1 on September 12, 2012, 07:07:29 PM
I love this forum.
Me too. That was a great tip.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: pokeshell on September 13, 2012, 01:52:56 AM
I signed up for Prepper Press notification the day Heavy G told us about it. I got my first email from them today, and it was not for 299 days. It was for:

Brushfire Plague by R.P. Ruggiero
The Brushfire Plague made the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 look like a case of the common cold.
When a virulent plague erupts across the globe, Cooper Adams faces a daily battle for survival as society unravels at a dizzying pace. As he organizes his neighbors for self-defense and strives to save those around him, he soon discovers the first clues about the origin of the Brushfire Plague that is killing untold millions around the world. In his pursuit to learn the truth, Cooper must combat looters, organized gangs, and those protecting the Brushfire Plague's secrets. When his son falls ill, his search to uncover the plague's origin and a possible cure transforms into a race against time. Ultimately, Cooper faces a paralyzing choice between exposing what he has learned with potentially shattering consequences, or abetting a horrible secret and giving his nation a chance to recover and rebuild.
Surviving the Plague was just the beginning.

I did check my spam filter to no avail. I knew the book was out. The email  did ask if I was liking the book 299 Days, but I still have not purchased. I was hoping there was going to be a special link to a signed physical copy. I will probably get the kindle version before the weekend.

Heavy G, you should have a chat with with your disributer.

PokeShell
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 13, 2012, 08:03:11 AM
PokeShell:

I sent your post to the publisher.  When people sign up for free 299 Days bonus chapters, they get an email every couple of months from Prepper Press about other prepper books from that publisher.

G
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexasGirl on September 13, 2012, 11:27:57 PM
PokeShell:

I sent your post to the publisher.  When people sign up for free 299 Days bonus chapters, they get an email every couple of months from Prepper Press about other prepper books from that publisher.

G

Ditto for me, too HG.  I never received a notice, and I pre-registered. 

If not for following up on all the threads and catching TSP tidbits, I'd still be waiting.

~TG
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: ID_Joker on September 14, 2012, 08:34:51 AM
Are the bonus chapters available?  I signed up, got a notice that the books were available, and already acquired them.  (Thanks again HG!  Great job!)  Wouldn't mind having a couple bonus chapters to bridge my Matson withdrawal until the next books come out!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: pokeshell on September 14, 2012, 01:16:06 PM
PokeShell:

I sent your post to the publisher.  When people sign up for free 299 Days bonus chapters, they get an email every couple of months from Prepper Press about other prepper books from that publisher.

G

I expected the other emails (I read what I was signing up for). I just wish they had sent the notice that the book was available on the correct date, and if I remember correctly, there was to be a link with signed copies? I am pretty sure they got a sizeable bump of people signing up from TSP, then they failed to do what the link said it would.

I did purchase the first book for my kindle. I will be starting to read it tonight.

Do you make more money from e-books or from paperback?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 14, 2012, 09:19:53 PM
US credit rating is cut again.  Who saw that comin'...

http://www.cnbc.com/id/49037337 (http://www.cnbc.com/id/49037337)

Another prediction from the book that's come true (this one wasn't exactly a hard one to make).
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: 16onRockandRoll on September 14, 2012, 10:05:02 PM
I had to read that a couple times before it sunk in that the Fed was planning on printing $40 billion every  month until the economy improved. $40 Billion per month?!?!  You've got to be kidding me.  Because the first few rounds of QE worked sooo well ::)

I read a couple days ago that Moody was considering a downgrade of the credit rating too, and thought of you, G.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on September 15, 2012, 08:13:39 AM
US credit rating is cut again.  Who saw that comin'...

http://www.cnbc.com/id/49037337 (http://www.cnbc.com/id/49037337)

Another prediction from the book that's come true (this one wasn't exactly a hard one to make).

HG:

Let's all hope Amazon doesn't re-categories the books under non-fiction/history one day  :-\
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Jonathon January on September 15, 2012, 12:50:07 PM
Just ordered a copy of each book. Just wanted to share my excitement.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: FrugalFannie on September 15, 2012, 02:49:53 PM
HG:

Let's all hope Amazon doesn't re-categories the books under non-fiction/history one day  :-\

They would have to create a category for prophecy I think.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Jonathon January on September 15, 2012, 04:41:11 PM
They would have to create a category for prophecy I think.


I just giggled hard enough to fart.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 19, 2012, 09:44:39 PM
I've been contacted by someone who wants to do merchandise for the book.

Would you buy stickers, patches, shirts, or hats?  Just trying to gauge interest for such things.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nicodemus on September 19, 2012, 11:42:10 PM
I've been contacted by someone who wants to do merchandise for the book.

Would you buy stickers, patches, shirts, or hats?  Just trying to gauge interest for such things.

Tan ball cap with that certain patch I can't mention on it because of spoilers... Hellllllz yeah!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Scooter123456789 on September 20, 2012, 12:10:05 AM
I would buy whatever you made, its about time the good guys make some
money off the governments f'UPS . Hope the books don't come true, but we will only see. This time hindsite will be better than 20/20.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: rikkrack on September 20, 2012, 05:18:58 AM
I am in. I will Pimp out the book, walking billboard. Totally worth it. Hat, shirt, sticker. Any thought on kids stuff?


Would Prepper Press do bulk buys for display in a prepper store? or display/poster material? I teach a few classes and the walls are bare in the classes.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on September 20, 2012, 10:37:34 AM
I would probably buy a hat. 

Frankly, a hat or patch that said "299 Days: The collpase" is a a little cheesy.  May I instead suggest it refer to a character or other reference inside the story?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Serenity Gulch on September 20, 2012, 11:06:04 AM
Heavy G,
I just finished reading the "Flip Your Spouse" thread. Up until now I was not aware of your backstory and how autobiographical your books are. My hat is off to you man, seriously.  :clap: 

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nadir_E on September 20, 2012, 04:01:26 PM
Hats, morale patches, and t-shirts for me - less likely to do the bumper sticker.

-N
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: NWPilgrim on September 20, 2012, 04:31:59 PM
Just starting 299 Book 2: Collapse.  Excellent read so far.  I'm in.

I would buy trinkets and shiny things to support the cause.   ;D   I really like my Bravo Company hat, quality tan ball cap with desert subdued American flag on front and "BCM" embroidered on the rear.  It is ambiguous enough that I wear it everywhere (even to visit my liberal family in Olympia), but anyone into AR15s will recognize it immediately.

(http://a248.e.akamai.net/origin-cdn.volusion.com/j4enh.r2en5/v/vspfiles/photos/BCM%20FLAG%20hat%20Tan-2T.jpg?1334734642)
(Prince Harry)

Maybe something with a patch like that on the front and "299" or "Team 299" on the rear.

Whatever you come up with I am in for at least a hat, but would go for a 5.11 lightweight vest (been meaning to get one), patch, etc.

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 20, 2012, 08:18:09 PM

Heavy G,
I just finished reading the "Flip Your Spouse" thread. Up until now I was not aware of your backstory and how autobiographical your books are. My hat is off to you man, seriously.  :clap:


Thanks.  I was waiting for someone to link Flip That Spouse to the book.  As you can see, this shit is real.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: NWPilgrim on September 21, 2012, 01:13:09 AM
Wow, what a great story.  Just finished Book 1 and 2 in three days. 

"Waiting is the hardest part..."  that part of the book is so true.  I wake up every day amazed the dollar has not collapsed.  I have a great high tech job and it is weird that every week we still have sales targets, project deadlines, staff meetings etc.  From all the corruptions, debt, bailouts, etc I expect the dollar to collapse some night and the next day will be pretty much how G describes it in 229 Days.  The book feels more like reality to me than what I see around me every week.  I go along with the flow at work with career development plans, project management, and all but another part of me yells inside that this cannot continue much longer.

I am going up to Olympia this weekend to visit family and now I half expect to see the Capitol buildings smoldering.  ;D

One thing I keep catching myself anticipating is horrible violence befalling innocent characters at every turn.  Perhaps from so many other survivalist novels that try to cram ever type of personal disaster into one book so that ever prep item is put to use.  It is refreshing in 229 Days that people make bad decisions but not every single instance results in rape, murder and devastation.  For instance, in the car ride to the "secure location" the way Menlow was talking I was anticipating that his passenger was going to get the black bag treatment right there.

Likewise there are many more genuinely good people in the story which is more like real life.  In many survival novels the main characters and a few  others are the only ones capable to function and survive and every one else is a ninny and sheeple.  Guess what, as G illustrates in his story there are lots of vets and "gun guys", and even the quite folks hardened by prior tragedies such as refugees,  dispersed through a community.  They may not be "operators" but they have varying levels of preparation and ability to fend for their families and pull together.  Nice to see a story in which many folks find a way to survive without the main character hero doing it ll for them or they die off without him.

All in all the story just sounds realistic and reflects what I feel is the most likely crash scenario in far more detail and thought than I have been able to imagine on my own.  I'll be driving on I-5 past the Olympia Capitol and City Center exits so I will look hard for any evidence of recent rioting because it sure sounds like what would happen there!  I even have a friend that lives in an area close to where Grant is supposed to have his cabin except his is not on the beach itself.  I can easily imagine the Grant's cabin.  I also grew up on Budd Inlet north of Olympia so the woods and pebble beaches and salt water were my playground.  G does a great job describing the area and the amazing beauty of it when it is not raining.  And of the lopsided ratio of government workers and liberals (what no mention of the invasion of The Evergreen State College hippie culture?!).

Finally, for now, I loved the part describing how nominally Republican officials get a taste of power and compromise their campaign statements just to hold onto office and go up the ladder.  That is the story of Washington State Republicans for as long as I can remember, at least back to Gov. Dan Evans.  Very accurate story telling which makes the sequence of events and how they unfold for the characters all that more believable.

Can't wait for Books 3 and 4.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: backwoods_engineer on September 21, 2012, 08:04:12 PM
I have now read both books twice. 

Now I REALLY can't wait until November, Heavy G!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: markl32 on September 22, 2012, 01:25:04 AM


Glen Tate you bastard.  Books 3 - 10 had better be coming soon. 

I just read 1 and 2 tonight.  Yes, both books in one setting.  I have not done that sense "The Road" came out. 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 22, 2012, 05:28:30 AM


I just read 1 and 2 tonight.  Yes, both books in one setting.  I have not done that sense "The Road" came out.
 

 ;D
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Robinelli on September 22, 2012, 06:21:46 AM
I just bought the kindle version of book 1. I am so excited! I'm in the middle of several other books but I'm pushing them to the bottom of the queue to read this one :)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: markl32 on September 22, 2012, 11:54:30 AM
I just bought the kindle version of book 1. I am so excited! I'm in the middle of several other books but I'm pushing them to the bottom of the queue to read this one :)

Excellent.  This book may help you whit the knowledge you are seeking. 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Cooter Brown on September 23, 2012, 07:39:57 PM
I'm really hoping that we find out soon whether Grant is a werewolf or a vampire; I mean being from Forks and all...
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 23, 2012, 07:43:08 PM

I'm really hoping that we find out soon whether Grant is a werewolf or a vampire; I mean being from Forks and all...


Anything is possible.  Maybe a vampire slayer named "Spirko" appears in Book Three.  You never know. 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Cooter Brown on September 23, 2012, 07:48:49 PM
I'm really hoping that we find out soon whether Grant is a werewolf or a vampire; I mean being from Forks and all...

Anything is possible.  Maybe a vampire slayer named "Spirko" appears in Book Three.  You never know. 

Just a dumb joke since Twilight was set in Forks.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 23, 2012, 07:50:16 PM

Just a dumb joke since Twilight was set in Forks.


If I could peel off 1% of Twilight readers, I'd put Spirko the Vampire Killer in Book Three.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Robinelli on September 24, 2012, 07:16:54 AM
LOL Yeah I kept thinking that, too! :D I'm 50% done with the book! I'd be closer to finished if I didn't have so much housework this past weekend! Darned real life getting in the way of my leisure time!  ;D
Anyway, I'm really excited to see what happens. I need to track down the book discussion thread! I'll wait and  post my review when I finish it. Hopefully today!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 25, 2012, 08:31:32 AM
The second interview on the Gun Runner Podcast is up:

http://299days.com/interview-on-the-gun-runner-podcast-episode-238/ (http://299days.com/interview-on-the-gun-runner-podcast-episode-238/)

You can email that show with your questions about the book and I'll answer them on a future show.  Pretty cool.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 27, 2012, 08:37:59 PM
Taped a fantastic interview with Jack today.  It will air Tuesday.  In it, Jack makes an announcement that will be of interest to readers of the books.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: rikkrack on September 28, 2012, 03:57:59 AM
Tuesday??????!!!!! At least not as long as mid November.

No hints? Teasers?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 28, 2012, 05:48:44 AM
Hint is that Jack is helping me with the project and doing something nice for readers.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: rikkrack on September 28, 2012, 05:53:38 AM
Goes without saying Jack Rocks  :clap:
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 28, 2012, 08:54:43 PM
The awesome mil/LE gear manufacturer Tactical Tailor is now displaying the books in their retail store and giving each customer a special 299 Days bookmark in their bags.  Customers can use the info on the bookmark to order the book.  How cool is that?

Here's the 299 Days blog piece on it: http://299days.com/tactical-tailor-joins-the-299-days-effort/ (http://299days.com/tactical-tailor-joins-the-299-days-effort/)

It's especially cool because the Team uses Tactical Tailor gear and I mention them in Book Three (chapter 91).  I love Tac T.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexDaddy on September 28, 2012, 08:57:52 PM
I finally ordered the first two books. I haven't been in a hurry since G let me read early rough drafts of them. I want to see how the finished product looks and be ready for 3 and 4.

I hope you sell a couple of million of them G.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Robinelli on September 29, 2012, 01:56:22 PM
I finished it! Took a few more days than I expected but I finally made the time :) I thought it was great. I want to figure a way to loan it to my husband so he can read it. He has a kindle whereas I have a kindle app. So I've gotta figure that out. Anyway, definitely going to read the next one!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: fritz_monroe on September 29, 2012, 05:32:01 PM
I finished it! Took a few more days than I expected but I finally made the time :) I thought it was great. I want to figure a way to loan it to my husband so he can read it. He has a kindle whereas I have a kindle app. So I've gotta figure that out. Anyway, definitely going to read the next one!
If you and he are using the same amazon account, you should just be able to send it to his Kindle.

If not, you can loan it to him.  You would just go to the Amazon page for the book.  Up top should be a link to loan the book.  Click it, fill in the details and that's that.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on September 30, 2012, 01:27:26 PM
Exclusive stuff for my TSP homies, since you're so cool.

This is from last night at the real "Colson" house, where we really ate deer steaks (as described in Book Three):

(http://i628.photobucket.com/albums/uu5/Heavy_G/photo-93-1.jpg?t=1349033087)

Pictured are "Paul," "Tammy," and "Missy."  The real "Mark" was getting some beers or something.

You know the "Colsons" are solid people when they have this on a table by the dinner table:

(http://i628.photobucket.com/albums/uu5/Heavy_G/photo-92.jpg?t=1349032412)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Robinelli on September 30, 2012, 02:06:20 PM
If you and he are using the same amazon account, you should just be able to send it to his Kindle.

If not, you can loan it to him.  You would just go to the Amazon page for the book.  Up top should be a link to loan the book.  Click it, fill in the details and that's that.
It worked!!! Thanks so much!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Hootie on October 01, 2012, 07:32:41 PM
just got done with book one.  great read so far!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 01, 2012, 09:41:30 PM
Got a great review from the Apocalyptic Fiction blog!

http://299days.com/review-from-blog-apocalyptic-fiction/ (http://299days.com/review-from-blog-apocalyptic-fiction/)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: backwoods_engineer on October 02, 2012, 09:33:38 AM
I am so pumped about today's interview on Jack's show, Heavy G!  Can't wait!
Title: Cash and Carry
Post by: Jesse2004 on October 05, 2012, 01:55:28 PM
Anyone have any information on an east coast equivalent to Cash and Carry.  I did some initial looking and really didn't find anything...
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Hootie on October 05, 2012, 03:25:06 PM
I have the same question, nothing like it in WI that I can find.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nadir_E on October 05, 2012, 03:38:53 PM
Start with "restaurant supply" companies and see if you can either go in as John Q Public or if you have to get a membership (which may mean having a resale number).  All you're doing is buying food items in bulk sizes, as opposed to grocery store sizes - there must be such businesses in your areas if there are restaurants there.

Because the good people of California require every business here to fork over a MINIMUM tax of $800 per year (even if they have $0 income), I can't go the business/resale number route, but between the Honeyville Grain store, Costco, and Smart & Final, it pretty much covers the same bases. 

-N
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on October 05, 2012, 04:15:00 PM
Start with "restaurant supply" companies and see if you can either go in as John Q Public or if you have to get a membership (which may mean having a resale number).  All you're doing is buying food items in bulk sizes, as opposed to grocery store sizes - there must be such businesses in your areas if there are restaurants there.

Because the good people of California require every business here to fork over a MINIMUM tax of $800 per year (even if they have $0 income), I can't go the business/resale number route, but between the Honeyville Grain store, Costco, and Smart & Final, it pretty much covers the same bases. 

-N

Did C&C previously require a membership or proof of commercial use?  It's literally "cash and carry" if you want to operate that way.  I paid with a Benjamin Franklin note and brought home 3 x 5 gallon buckets worth of food.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nadir_E on October 05, 2012, 06:15:20 PM
Did C&C previously require a membership or proof of commercial use?  It's literally "cash and carry" if you want to operate that way.  I paid with a Benjamin Franklin note and brought home 3 x 5 gallon buckets worth of food.

Wouldn't know -there aren't any Cash & Carry stores here in Southern California (there are some in Northern Cal).  My point what just that restaurant supply stores will have bulk food at better-than-grocery-store prices.  The other place to look for low prices on bulk amounts of food are the places that sell damaged groceries (dented cans and the like).  Can't recall the name for that type of store just now.

-N
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on October 05, 2012, 08:58:16 PM
Nadir,

BTW: where in SoCal are you? both my parents were from Redondo Beach area originally, so I spent a lot of time in my youth around there.  Also I attended San Diego State, so know that area very well too.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nadir_E on October 05, 2012, 09:34:14 PM
Nadir,

BTW: where in SoCal are you? both my parents were from Redondo Beach area originally, so I spent a lot of time in my youth around there.  Also I attended San Diego State, so know that area very well too.

First - I remembered the term for the other place to get cheap food - "salvage" grocery stores. 

Second - Smurf, I'm in the Pasadena area.  I have an elderly uncle (WWII and Korean War vet) who lives in Redondo Beach, though, and I spent some time learning to surf (which I'm still learning, lol) in nearby El Segundo.  Have only ever been to San Diego on vacation.  Heard someone once say SDSU stood for Still Drunk, Still Undecided! ;) 

Where are you kicking up your feet these days?

-N
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: 16onRockandRoll on October 05, 2012, 09:49:32 PM
Quote
Because the good people of California require every business here to fork over a MINIMUM tax of $800 per year (even if they have $0 income), I can't go the business/resale number route, but between the Honeyville Grain store, Costco, and Smart & Final, it pretty much covers the same bases.
FWIW, Last I checked, the $800 minimum is only for corporations, not sole proprietorships/partnerships.  That tax drove my small business into the ground.  Still digging out of that one.  I owe more in taxes than I made in 3ish years of business.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on October 05, 2012, 09:52:05 PM
First - I remembered the term for the other place to get cheap food - "salvage" grocery stores. 

Second - Smurf, I'm in the Pasadena area.  I have an elderly uncle (WWII and Korean War vet) who lives in Redondo Beach, though, and I spent some time learning to surf (which I'm still learning, lol) in nearby El Segundo.  Have only ever been to San Diego on vacation.  Heard someone once say SDSU stood for Still Drunk, Still Undecided! ;) 

Where are you kicking up your feet these days?

-N

Been in the greater Seattle area for about 12 years.  I missed the rain and moved back I guess :)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 06, 2012, 10:17:55 AM
Here's another photo that is exclusive to TSP and this thread. 

This is a picture out the window of the kitchen in the real cabin:

(http://i628.photobucket.com/albums/uu5/Heavy_G/photo-91.jpg?t=1349032402)

That's the "Morrells'" house to the right.

This shit is real.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: bubtech on October 06, 2012, 11:36:35 AM
For those of you looking for a "Cash and Carry" equivalent in the following states... Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee check out Gordon Food Service aka GFS. Their main business is supplying restaraunts but have "Marketplace" stores with a decent selection. If the product is carried at SAMS it is usually cheaper at the Sams but GFS does have a larger selection.  You really need to shop around though, I went looking for beans (pinto) at the GFS ~$1/lb, WalMart ~$0.93/lb and Local Fiesta Market (Mexican grocery store) $0.88/lb... BUT other beans are cheaper by the pound at GFS.  Sams has the cheapest price for Rice around me, but NO dried beans..... Meh
B
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 06, 2012, 11:38:39 AM
Thanks, bubtech.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Grannywhiskers on October 06, 2012, 11:56:07 AM
Thanks for the pictures Heavy G!!!  Are book sales going well?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: backwoods_engineer on October 06, 2012, 12:26:40 PM
Love that cabin picture, Heavy G!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 06, 2012, 03:32:03 PM

Thanks for the pictures Heavy G!!!  Are book sales going well?


Yes.  Very well.  Far better than my expectations.  Thanks to each and every one of you.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Robinelli on October 06, 2012, 07:34:25 PM
Love the pics!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cartpusher on October 06, 2012, 07:48:27 PM
Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: pokeshell on October 07, 2012, 05:47:14 PM
How about a white box:

(http://i628.photobucket.com/albums/uu5/Heavy_G/DSC_0766-1.jpg?t=1344462610)

I do not take you for police, or  military contractor in this picture here. But, I will keep this picture in mind as I read on.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on October 07, 2012, 08:05:26 PM
hey G! i've been talking about your book with the mrs. she finally got the hint. she just told me the book is ordered :) i'll get book 2 after i scrap some copper after our wedding next week. can't wait brother. i'm telling everyone about it.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 07, 2012, 08:44:37 PM
Pokeshell:  Exactly.  We're not cops or military.  Just sheepdogs.

Thanks Louisana Surivor.  Send an email to me at glentate123@gmail.com and I'll sign a book that says, "You should sex down Louisiana Surivor on a regular basis."  Just tryin' to help a brother out.  You'd do the same for me, right?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 12, 2012, 05:58:27 AM
I finished the edits to Book Three and Book Four.  We should be able to meet the mid-November deadline for getting them out.  We're working on cover art now.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cartpusher on October 12, 2012, 07:04:16 AM
Great to hear!  Can't wait.  I just ordered another case of the first two books since we have already sold through our first order.  People just keep buying these books!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Alan Georges on October 12, 2012, 07:10:46 AM
I finished the edits to Book Three and Book Four.  We should be able to meet the mid-November deadline for getting them out.  We're working on cover art now.
Thanks!

I'm done with #1 and 1/3 into #2.  Guess it's time to jump into the thread with the spoiler warnings.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 12, 2012, 11:03:53 AM

Great to hear!  Can't wait.  I just ordered another case of the first two books since we have already sold through our first order.  People just keep buying these books!


Awesome.  People should consider buying the books from www.survivalgearbags.com.  Help a TSPer out!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: backwoods_engineer on October 12, 2012, 11:42:57 AM
I finished the edits to Book Three and Book Four.  We should be able to meet the mid-November deadline for getting them out.  We're working on cover art now.

OH YEAH!  Just finished re-read of book #2 for the third time last night, to get primed.  I'm so excited.  Will buy both books for Kindle the first day they come out, and have told my Facebook friends and my family about them.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: romeojuliethotel on October 12, 2012, 03:00:58 PM
My opinion still stands that these book far surpass all other books available on collapse and survival.  I just finished Rawles' new book and it pales in comparison.  After the first few chapters, Glen's storyline and writing style became more fluid, the situations were believable and the chain of events were identifiable for me.  I also identified with the protagonist and the world he came from in the novel.  What intrigued me was how Glen placed current events into the books.  I will be rereading both books come early November in preparation of the next novels.

HeavyG, do you need any more reviewers? ;)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 13, 2012, 07:33:53 AM

... have told my Facebook friends and my family about them.


Awesome and thanks.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 13, 2012, 07:35:17 AM

HeavyG, do you need any more reviewers? ;)


Heck yeah.  If you bought the book, please put up a quick review on Amazon.  Don't forget to review Book Two, too.  Thanks.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Hootie on October 13, 2012, 08:51:44 PM
Just finished book 2. Great read, the cliff hanger of the sound of the trucks is going to make book 3 a killer long wait.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cartpusher on October 15, 2012, 05:47:53 PM
Stickers anyone?  These are now available for purchase on the 299 Days page of our store.

(http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-63492799070774_2233_1569924) (http://www.survivalgearbags.com/299dastve2.html)

(http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-63492799070774_2233_1486260) (http://www.survivalgearbags.com/299dastve1.html)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Melodee on October 15, 2012, 09:53:40 PM
Just got my books Saturday - I'm 1/3 thru book one (slow reader who doesn't have much time!)  But so far it's awesome!

And if you *really* felt that way going into Cash-n-Carry, you're not alone - it freaked me out the first time too! ;-)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 16, 2012, 08:19:51 AM
cartpusher beat me to the announcement: stickers are available!

http://299days.com/merchandise/ (http://299days.com/merchandise/)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: backwoods_engineer on October 16, 2012, 11:50:55 AM
Grrr.  Two of my favorite Prepper authors, Glen Tate and David Crawford, BOTH have cool new novels coming out in November.  BOTH are tantalizing me by dripping out little details.  (Crawford's new book is "Collision Course, which he first posted on AR15.com as "Lost and Found".)

I want this election OVER so 1) I have a better idea of the timeline, and 2) so I can read Glen and David's books!

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: clove on October 19, 2012, 09:53:58 PM
Really truly enjoyed these books! Book one was kind of slow, but in a good way. I've been randomly prepping for almost a year.  There was no focus or direction.  The way Glen Tate outlines it in the book really helped.  I've got a plan and my dad and brother are on board.  Unfortunately the husband is still kind of stuck in the normalcy bias, but luckily not as bad as 'Lisa' in the books.

Thanks Glen for the first time in a year I feel calm and purposeful, not scared or scatter-brained.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: pokeshell on October 20, 2012, 03:09:49 AM
Will we be able to get a signed set?

You should really consider including the pictures you have provided to us. The book make the cabin seem bunker-ish. 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: prepgal on October 20, 2012, 06:11:37 AM
I love these books.  I found this site through the first one.  Can't wait for the next.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 20, 2012, 06:50:56 AM
Here's me and the real "Chip".  I'm on the left and Chip is on the right:

(http://i628.photobucket.com/albums/uu5/Heavy_G/photo-106.jpg?t=1350737212)

Chip is just like I describe in the book.

This shit is real.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: SeePhour on October 20, 2012, 12:35:53 PM
Got the first one for my Nook after hearing the podcast. Nice to see the CAP get some props. Good stuff, looking forward to the rest of them.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: hanzel on October 21, 2012, 12:48:38 PM
Just read both books in two days.  Having spent 6 weeks in Seattle this year, showing up on May 1st of all days, it echoed a lot of what I "felt" about the people there.  I like how the breakup of the US is mirroring the USSR's breakup.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 21, 2012, 08:14:47 PM

Having spent 6 weeks in Seattle this year, showing up on May 1st of all days, it echoed a lot of what I "felt" about the people there. 


I'm glad I captured the "Seattle feel" (at least partially).  I wondered how people would react to my depiction of Seattle and Olympia because, if you don't know how screwed up people here are, you'd think I was kidding. 

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: hanzel on October 22, 2012, 07:31:31 AM
I'm glad I captured the "Seattle feel" (at least partially).  I wondered how people would react to my depiction of Seattle and Olympia because, if you don't know how screwed up people here are, you'd think I was kidding.

I travel a lot for work.  This year to more cities than normal.  Two weeks here, a month there, 6 weeks in Seattle.  I have to say, your depiction of Seattle was what I saw.  The OWS protesters were only a small part of it.  There is a lot of underlying racial issues that are building up that the city and the people seem to be turning a blind eye to.  I know, liberal cities can not have racial issues now can they ? That city will tear itself apart when the money starts running out.  There are a lot of angry people there.  Pity too, some of the beers were pretty good.  One thing we all seemed to agree on while we were there ... who designed the roads and the naming conventions ? My poor GPS.  Years ago I worked at a collection agency.  I found a reoccurring theme.  Where as the debtor ran up the charges, it was never their fault when the bill came due, that was someone else fault.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 24, 2012, 09:11:14 PM
Here's a great interview on the Handgun World Podcast:

http://299days.com/handgun-world-podcast-interview/ (http://299days.com/handgun-world-podcast-interview/)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nicodemus on October 25, 2012, 09:06:00 AM
I listened to the show this morning and it was pretty good!

Tell the host not to work in the background during the interview though. His tapping and clicking was distracting.  ;)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: PrepperJim on October 26, 2012, 04:57:12 PM
Did you see that Instapundit linked to 299 Days?

http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/155314/

Instalaunch!!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 26, 2012, 10:11:11 PM
Thanks, PrepperJim.  Instapundit is a big deal.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 26, 2012, 10:14:43 PM
A six-foot Korean dude I know who has a heart of gold has birthday this weekend:

(http://i628.photobucket.com/albums/uu5/Heavy_G/photo-108.jpg?t=1351311219)

And, yes, the real Pow looks like--and acts like--Kung Fu Panda.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: backwoods_engineer on October 27, 2012, 08:31:35 AM
Heavy G got Insta-Launched!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cartpusher on October 27, 2012, 06:05:25 PM
Don't forget we have 299 Days stickers available:
(http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-63492799070774_2233_1486260) (http://survivalgearbags.com/299days.html)

(http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-63492799070774_2233_1569924) (http://survivalgearbags.com/299days.html)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Erik the Red on October 29, 2012, 08:23:21 PM
I just had an awesome weekend with Glen here in Washington state. Among other things, I got an opportunity to meet several of the RL analogs of the book characters and to see several of the RL locales used in various scenes in the book. All of the people I met were real, stand-up guys with whom I would be happy to hang out any time. If any of you ever have an opportunity to meet Heavy G, take it and you won't be disappointed.

As an unexpected bonus, I also got to meet and shake the hand of the RL Grant that the character Grant was named (pseudonym-ed ?) for. All in all, it was one badass time!

Thank you Glen et al for showing me such a great time and being such an excellent host! Hope we can do it again real soon!

erik

PS - Glen, I think I forgot to thank you for dinner last night -- Thanks!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 29, 2012, 08:53:51 PM
Erik:

Had a blast with you.  Hope to see you again.

*Note: Erik took a tactical pistol/carbine/shotgun course from us.  And did a kick ass job.*

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: 16onRockandRoll on October 29, 2012, 11:42:36 PM
I lent book 1 to my BIL, and he has been slowly working through it.  A lot of it was stuff he was partly aware of, he has some prepper/country boy in him, but the part about just-in-time inventory was an eye-opener.  We were talking about it at work today, and it seems to have lit a fire under him to start preparing a bit.  He picked up some .223 ammo, a bag of rice, a bag of beans (before we really talked about this), and is planning on getting some propane to store at his house.  I was telling him to look into an inverter, then he could run his oven off the natural gas grid and the electric pilot would work.  I am just trying to keep him calm, he was talking about putting a shotgun and a pistol on his credit card.  He said if he needs them, it won't matter anyway  ::) .  I pointed out that if "they" manage to hold it together another 5-8 years, you're screwed in the meantime.  A soft sell, but it seemed to get the point across.  But the door is fully open now, and this will become a regular conversation, that's how we are.  And he is planning a huge expansion of his garden for the spring :D

Good stuff G, I can't wait until he hits book 2.  I'm pretty sure we are going to be doing more firearms training too.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: SmartLikeTruck on October 30, 2012, 12:51:19 AM
Got a glowing review from Lord Bison aka James M Dakin, wanted to read 'em, now gotta read em  :)

Quote
I could go on and on about all the crap I hated in this novel.  The love affair with Crap Carbines.  The lack of food ( sure, it was 9 months worth, but that ain’t crap come SHTF.  And, not only was it a mere fraction of the guns money wise, he got at least a third of it AFTER stuff started falling apart ).  The testicle crushing non-prepping wife.  Etc.  But like I said, once you just accept this is what normal people are like ( not us cool, special Loyal Minions ), you can just enjoy the story, which is quite good.  Perhaps I’ve lowered the bar, but the doomer novel universe is not know for its outstanding authors as a rule, and to me this was a talented author.  If you can get me to enjoy a story even as I’m screaming at the characters for being dumb-asses and not deserving to live, you’ve done a good job.

http://jamesmdakin.blogspot.ca/2012/10/299-days.html
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: johnauck on October 30, 2012, 04:28:02 AM
I got both books pretty much the day they were released for the Kindle. My wife loved them and devoured them in less than 2 days. Her response after finishing them was 'when can I get #3 and #4?'. I has not turned her into a full-on prepper but at least she appreciates why I am storing food away now. We are in Australia, so we are probably no where near the funk that the USA is in at the moment.

The characters were great, I particularly liked the young dudes in 'the team'. It nearly brought tears to my eyes how they handled their first real situation. This is where I think the narrative shines.

I was a bit disappointed with the partisan politics. The author laid it on a bit thick that the 'conservative' side are 'correct'. I don't doubt there are serious problems with the current 'democrat' admiistration, I just don't think that a 'conservative' crew would do any different (and the author did address this also). I thought the reference to Rush Linbaugh  as a sensible person with great ideas was a bit of a stretch. A more neutral approach would have given the story more credibility globally. I think the government is what it is regardless which 'side; is in power. Its difficult to develop characters without referring to their politics, but I think it might be possible. Anyway it still makes me think about politics and what role it may play in a collapse. 

My wife and I read Lights Out, and in that there were oblique references to 'god fearing conservative people'. But not over the top. And I think I noticed LO evolved and matured and was very different at the end to when it started. Writing improved, and the narrative just got better with each chapter. 299 Days, constant and solid writing from the beginning.

Politics aside, 299 Days are bloody good books, my wife and I have enjoyed them a lot. Looking forward to the next two books.



cheers

john
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: HawgWLd on October 30, 2012, 08:34:57 AM
Thanks HeavyG, Just finished up book 1 and good bit into 2. Really loving it, wife is getting ready to start on it once I figure out how to share on the Kindle.  I can really relate to Grant's prepping process, lucky for me my wife is on-board with prepping.  Looking forward to the whole series.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 30, 2012, 08:50:48 PM
I lent book 1 to my BIL, and he has been slowly working through it.  A lot of it was stuff he was partly aware of, he has some prepper/country boy in him, but the part about just-in-time inventory was an eye-opener.  We were talking about it at work today, and it seems to have lit a fire under him to start preparing a bit.  He picked up some .223 ammo, a bag of rice, a bag of beans (before we really talked about this), and is planning on getting some propane to store at his house.  I was telling him to look into an inverter, then he could run his oven off the natural gas grid and the electric pilot would work.  I am just trying to keep him calm, he was talking about putting a shotgun and a pistol on his credit card.  He said if he needs them, it won't matter anyway  ::) .  I pointed out that if "they" manage to hold it together another 5-8 years, you're screwed in the meantime.  A soft sell, but it seemed to get the point across.  But the door is fully open now, and this will become a regular conversation, that's how we are.  And he is planning a huge expansion of his garden for the spring :D

Good stuff G, I can't wait until he hits book 2.  I'm pretty sure we are going to be doing more firearms training too.

Awesome, 16.  That's what the book is all about.

You might have your BIL listen to the second interview I did with Jack Spirko.  We talk about why putting panicked prepper purchases (say that three times fast) onto a credit card is a bad idea.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on October 30, 2012, 08:54:16 PM

I thought the reference to Rush Linbaugh  as a sensible person with great ideas was a bit of a stretch. 


John:  Thanks for the good review of the book.  But I need to correct you (sorry): I don't say Rush Limbaugh is a sensible person.  I say Glenn Beck is.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexDaddy on October 31, 2012, 07:33:13 AM
Yeah, NO way G every said something like that about Rush, cause I woulda puked.  ;)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: hanzel on October 31, 2012, 05:16:04 PM

I was a bit disappointed with the partisan politics. The author laid it on a bit thick that the 'conservative' side are 'correct'. I don't doubt there are serious problems with the current 'democrat' admiistration, I just don't think that a 'conservative' crew would do any different (and the author did address this also). I thought the reference to Rush Linbaugh  as a sensible person with great ideas was a bit of a stretch. A more neutral approach would have given the story more credibility globally. I think the government is what it is regardless which 'side; is in power. Its difficult to develop characters without referring to their politics, but I think it might be possible. Anyway it still makes me think about politics and what role it may play in a collapse. 



As I pointed out in my review of what he described of the area from having to spend 6 weeks there, he hit the nail on the head of what is happening in that area and the attitude of a lot of the people there.

The following and NSFW video has just been put out by a Democrat PAC Moveon.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIecRcfQKI4

Acts of violence towards their opponents are becoming more and more acceptable to their followers.  Being in Australian, you may be misunderstanding the two groups that call themselves conservatives.  As a Libertarian and a strict constitutionalist I would be a "conservative" at the same time a right leaning Republican would also be called a "conservative" but we are two different things.  The politics of the characters is very important with one side wanting government to take care of them from cradle to grave and the other group wanting to be reliant on themselves and how they will react to each other based on their political beliefs. You can see the Libertarian conservative coming out in Grant. The "I must take care of myself and my family" vs the "someone else must take care of me and I endorse any means necessary to obtain that end".

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on November 04, 2012, 07:43:38 AM
Several people asked me for a bulk foods shopping list tracking the Cash n' Carry shopping trip described in the book.  I did that and added some vacuum sealing thoughts.  Here it is: http://299days.com/bulk-food-shopping-list-and-vacuum-sealing-thoughts/ (http://299days.com/bulk-food-shopping-list-and-vacuum-sealing-thoughts/)

If someone reading this thinks this is helpful, go ahead and repost the link with the shopping list and vacuum sealing thoughts in appropriate threads here on TSP.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: NWPilgrim on November 05, 2012, 10:46:28 AM
Regarding the partisan politics, it aptly describes the Puget Sound scene which is incredibly political and partisan, and hugely leaning left with pockets of conservatism.  This is the State in which the current Governor only won after the Dem State Secretary forced multiple recounts until the Dem candidate had a few more than the Repub and instantly declared it good.  It is one of the most blatant acts of voting corruption I have read about (happened shortly after I moved from Olympia to Oregon).

The capital, Olympia has been overtaken by the state funded hippie commune known as The Evergreen State College and has been ruled by Dems since at least 1980 (Dan Evans is last Repub I recall and he was a "moderate" and staunch defender of TESC).  There is only about one or two conservative leaning radio stations in Puget Sound (may be more or less today) and the bulk of radio and print media is heavily progressive (commie!!).  Being a conservative in that area is really being off the reservation.  I worked in State govt for 12 years and it is rife with partisan politics.  Back in the early eighties it didn't matter as a state worker whether you supported the current party in power or not, you were in a non-polictical job.  That all change when Mike Lowry became Governor around 1992.  He imposed an extreme level of partisan politics and from that day on you better keep your trap shut if you disagree with the liberal agenda.  One of the main reasons I left govt work (the other being govt work is inherently not merit based).

Partisan politics go way back.  In the 1930s union organizers from Aberdeen (port on the coast) were hung as commie conspirators by locals in Chehalis (then a logging town south of Olympia).  We do mock re-enactments of similar events whenever I visit my liberal-global-warming-ski-boat-liberal family there.

If you don't like the partisan politics then don't go there.  Try Forks. Or Chehalis. :)  But the book is just describing what is reality in Olympia/Seattle area. 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on November 05, 2012, 08:47:41 PM
...

the book is just describing what is reality in Olympia/Seattle area.


Thanks, NWPilgrim.  I don't think people from other parts of the country believe me when I describe things like I do.  You have to see it to believe it.  As I say about many other things in the book, this shit is real.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Serenity Gulch on November 07, 2012, 09:24:12 AM
Heavy G maybe you'd better bump up that publishing schedule so you can get all 10 books out before the collapse happens.  :-\
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexDaddy on November 07, 2012, 10:01:25 AM
So, can we narrow the release date for #3 and 4 to something more specific than "mid November" yet?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on November 07, 2012, 08:49:57 PM
The publisher tells me definitely before November 15.  The best way to get an alert on when the new books are released is to sign up for the email on the home page of www.299Days.com (http://www.299Days.com). 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: backwoods_engineer on November 08, 2012, 09:14:08 AM
The publisher tells me definitely before November 15.  The best way to get an alert on when the new books are released is to sign up for the email on the home page of www.299Days.com (http://www.299Days.com).

7 days.  That's cool.

In the meantime, I'll be reading Joe Nobody's 3rd "Bishop" novel called Holding Their Own III, and re-reading "Deep Winter/Remnant" (http://deepwinterstory.blogspot.com/) by Tom Sherry.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: gloomygus on November 09, 2012, 10:26:15 AM
Okay, I'm so reading this book.  It is way super cool that the author is on this forum!  Wow!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: rikkrack on November 13, 2012, 05:05:34 PM
BOOK 3 & 4 RELEASED!!!!! Can't wait to start reading.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Hootie on November 13, 2012, 06:37:14 PM
BOOK 3 & 4 RELEASED!!!!! Can't wait to start reading.

Dang it!!! I total fell for that. I am so gullible. I spent 5 mins searching Amazona and 299days.com

This is almost as bad as when HeavyG was teasing us about his secret.... almost as bad as that.  ;)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on November 13, 2012, 06:51:02 PM
Hey, there's no teasing going on. They went up on Amazon slightly ahead of schedule but the publisher is out of town. He wanted to do the launch when he's back, which will be Thursday.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Erik the Red on November 13, 2012, 07:20:24 PM
Nope, No Teasing. I just purchased 3 & 4 in Kindle format. They were both also available in print format on Amazon. Search for Glen Tate to see them up top -- when I searched '299 Days' they were buried near the bottom of the page.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Hootie on November 13, 2012, 07:43:02 PM
I found it... Life gets a little bit better.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: BadgerAngel on November 13, 2012, 07:44:24 PM
I just bought the first one.  It's going to be sort of a shared anniversary present for me and the husband. 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on November 13, 2012, 08:59:03 PM
Please do an Amazon review for Book Three and Book Four.  The contents of those reviews, and the number of them, are extremely important.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: BadgerAngel on November 16, 2012, 02:46:25 PM
Received the book.  Give me a day or two (give The Husband a week or two) and I'll join the discussion.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: 4bull on November 29, 2012, 06:25:06 PM
Book 1 done , raise your hand if you have every spent over a hundard dolars at a dollar / faimly dollar / kind of store . LOL they hate me LOL .
Nice job Hevy G
Inter personal relationships.  Looking  some one in the eye...
Our guy didnt have time to learn to barter , or work the gun shows , trade , books missing lots of books ,left around to get the wifes to look at and friends to read .
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: N. Cal on November 30, 2012, 10:50:46 PM
I finished 3 and 4, can't wait until the next set. One question I have is why do you run the militia down? Folks gather into militias to develop the team work and experience similar to what Grant and the team developed. Just saying they are not all nuts. Or any more nuts than the rest of us, lol. Some will be bad, just like the rest of the population. Some will be very good.
N. Cal.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nicodemus on December 02, 2012, 06:11:00 AM
Book 1 done , raise your hand if you have every spent over a hundard dolars at a dollar / faimly dollar / kind of store . LOL they hate me LOL .

Good to hear from you Bull.

I've never spent $100.00 at a dollar store. (All at once in one day)  ;)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on December 02, 2012, 06:26:17 AM

I finished 3 and 4, can't wait until the next set. One question I have is why do you run the militia down? Folks gather into militias to develop the team work and experience similar to what Grant and the team developed. Just saying they are not all nuts. Or any more nuts than the rest of us, lol. Some will be bad, just like the rest of the population. Some will be very good.

N. Cal.

N. Cal.: You make a good point.  I have a high regard for organized, constitutional militias and don't buy into the stereotypes. 

But...  most people don't know anything about militias.  They just see the word "militia" and roll their eyes.  Seriously, "militia" is one of the least popular mental images in America.  It's like naming your son "Adolf" and wondering why people don't want to be around him.

If I talked about militias, I think most people reading the books would roll their eyes and therefore quit listening to the other things they needed to hear, like the necessity of prepping.  So I could hitch my credibility cart to militias - and be misunderstood and marginalized by 99.9% of people - or I could make the points I wanted to make by not being stereotyped as a "militia" guy.

Related to this is the fact that these books are realistic.  The Team is a real bunch of UCGs ("untrained civilian goofballs") who are self-taught (with a little help from the real "Special Forces Ted.")  The Team is believable because we're real.  A "militia" isn't very believable.  Oh, sure, there are militias out there but not many average people reading the books can relate to a militia - but they can relate to an insurance salesman, hospital tech, white-collar defense contractor guy, rental shop guy, and a lawyer.

Yet another reason to not hitch my credibility cart to militias is that these books are designed to be used for preppers to persuade non-preppers to become preppers.  The quickest way to turn off a non-prepper is to talk about militias.

 

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: hanzel on December 02, 2012, 12:49:57 PM
N. Cal.: You make a good point.  I have a high regard for organized, constitutional militias and don't buy into the stereotypes. 

But...  most people don't know anything about militias.  They just see the word "militia" and roll their eyes.  Seriously, "militia" is one of the least popular mental images in America.  It's like naming your son "Adolf" and wondering why people don't want to be around him.

If I talked about militias, I think most people reading the books would roll their eyes and therefore quit listening to the other things they needed to hear, like the necessity of prepping.  So I could hitch my credibility cart to militias - and be misunderstood and marginalized by 99.9% of people - or I could make the points I wanted to make by not being stereotyped as a "militia" guy.

Related to this is the fact that these books are realistic.  The Team is a real bunch of UCGs ("untrained civilian goofballs") who are self-taught (with a little help from the real "Special Forces Ted.")  The Team is believable because we're real.  A "militia" isn't very believable.  Oh, sure, there are militias out there but not many average people reading the books can relate to a militia - but they can relate to an insurance salesman, hospital tech, white-collar defense contractor guy, rental shop guy, and a lawyer.

Yet another reason to not hitch my credibility cart to militias is that these books are designed to be used for preppers to persuade non-preppers to become preppers.  The quickest way to turn off a non-prepper is to talk about militias.

Heavy G  sometimes you need to turn it around on the person.  I once was told by a liberal friend of mine how racist and bigoted "militias" are so I asked a few simple questions to them.

Your between 18-45 arnt you ? ( Yes )
Your not currently in the military or reserve are you ? ( well no. )
Your not a law enforcement officer are you ? ( no )
and your not an elected official ( no )

Hmmm ... well then, as a member of the Texas ( insert your state here ) militia, those of us that in time of war would be called up for a draft which by law the states militia, why do you think your a hateful racist bigot ?

his response was " I am not in a militia !!" and I respond, " you may not think you are in one... but you are Texas State Militia so again .. why are you a racist bigot"  ( he then looked it up and found out he was )
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: jk1869 on December 04, 2012, 03:04:32 PM
Are these books for sale at major book stores, like Barnes and Noble or Books-a-Million?

EDIT: Nevermind. I went ahead and bought the first two on Amazon along with another book.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: IFixTeeth2000 on December 05, 2012, 06:58:25 PM
HeavyG

What would be the process to get my local library system to purchase your books?

Most books have an ISBN number that I can put into their search engine and find specific books.  If not in the local system in the "WorldCat" intra-library loan system.

All I can find on the Amazon listing of your book is an ASIN number.

It would be cool if we could get lots of forum memebers to start requesting the books through their libraries - if there is a demand for them through the library system the libraries would have to buck up and purchase your books.

Any suggestions?

Mark
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on December 05, 2012, 09:01:29 PM
Great question, Mark.

Here are the ISBN numbers:

Book One:    9780615680682

Book Two:    9780615687469

Book Three:  9780615720968

Book Four:    9780615720975

I encourage people to get their libraries to order this.  It will get the word out about prepping.  I'll lose some book sales, but I'd rather get the message out than sell a few more books.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: EOTS on December 06, 2012, 05:21:18 AM
I encourage people to get their libraries to order this.  It will get the word out about prepping.  I'll lose some book sales, but I'd rather get the message out than sell a few more books.

I'm not so sure about that. Perhaps short term, but I think it would have a positive sort of rebound. People who would never buy the book will read it for free...they may buy it then or not, but for sure, they'll talk about it. They may buy it for others as gifts. Certainly, they'll tell others who will be curious (even if they won't admit it) and will buy it either because Amazon is easier than the library or because they don't want to be seen checking it out.

I volunteer at our local (all-volunteer) library. People are funny. And, incidentally, in one year, we've bought multiple sets of a particular post-apocalyptic series because, when a title's hot, books disappear. Whether it's stealing or forgetfulness....people still want to read the book.

And there's always the fact that people will want to read the next book NOW...but since they already have to wait three months for the next two, they may not want to hop on the waiting list after that. (Doncha love Amazon's at-you-house-in-two-days shipping? And Kindle's even better for feeding the immediate gratification monster.)

Anyway, lots of maybes in there...but the main thing is that I believe exposure through libraries would get your books seen by people who might otherwise not hear about them.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on December 06, 2012, 08:13:46 AM
Good points, EOTS.  I hope everyone requests the series for their local library.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Serenity Gulch on December 14, 2012, 07:01:49 AM
I heard a clip on the news last night that stopped me in my tracks. Unfortunately I didn't see the screen in time to see what politician made this statement and I've been unable to find it online this morning. The topic was the fiscal cliff and the quote was "spending didn't cause the deficit. Not paying for spending caused the deficit"  :o

So let's just think about that for a minute. Basically what this asshat is saying is that they can spend whatever they want as long as they can extract another pound of flesh from the taxpayers to pay for it. It reminded me of the chapter in one of the books where the politicians are saying that "it's our money" and complaining that the taxpayers aren't giving it to them.  >:(

So Heavy G, do you have a side job working for the Psychic Friends Network?  ;)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on December 14, 2012, 08:37:17 PM
Ha! Nope.  I'm not psychic.  I'm just around these people and listen to what they say when they think no one is listening.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: 4bull on December 15, 2012, 09:02:44 AM
 I thought sharing your books may cost you some sales but thats what we do .
I was wrong , loaning out your book just caused the kindle sale to go up. LOL
You had to be there a larg group of people all talking about your books ,and unhappy
with me because they have to wait on the books to come out .
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on December 16, 2012, 05:11:03 AM

I thought sharing your books may cost you some sales but thats what we do .
I was wrong , loaning out your book just caused the kindle sale to go up. LOL
You had to be there a larg group of people all talking about your books ,and unhappy
with me because they have to wait on the books to come out .


Awesome, 4bull!  I want people to share the books.  It gets the message out about prepping - and that's why I wrote them.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: jk1869 on December 23, 2012, 01:42:16 PM
Read books Three and Four in just less than two days. Doing great and ready for more! Was happy to see the little mention of diabetes, because I tell you what, have Type 1 means you have to include quite a few more supplies and a lot of praying that we're able to find a cure before a collapse happens.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on December 24, 2012, 07:39:39 AM
There are so many things going on with the book that I can't put them all up here on TSP.

The almost-daily updates are on the home page of www.299days.com (http://www.299days.com)

Oh, and please do a short review on Amazon.  It really, really helps get the word out about the book.  Amazon's computers see lots of reviews as a sign that people care about the book.  This affects how Amazon treats the book.  For example, it pushes the book up on the order of things people see when they're browsing.  Another effect of the reviews is that now Amazon is buying ads on prepper web sites to promote the book.

Thanks to every single one of you.  You have no idea how cool it is to be helping people like this book is.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: jk1869 on December 24, 2012, 09:51:53 AM
Also, I found it fairly interesting that there was another character in a book I just read that was a badass also, and was also named Dan Morgan! Granted, he was a former CIA black ops badass, and not a, well, other kind of badass (trying to avoid spoiling too much), but still pretty interesting! The other book is Termination Orders by Leo J Maloney. Also just reminded me of a couple of real life Dan Morgan's who are/were badasses in their own right. In your case, I'm assuming you meant to reference Daniel Morgan, the Representative for Virginia and one of the more gifted battlefield tacticians in the Revolution and also the suppressor of the Whiskey Rebellion.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Docwatmo on December 24, 2012, 11:52:41 AM
Every Dan Morgan I've ever met was a total bad ass in real life too.   In fact, I'm considering renaming one of my children to Dan Morgan if my wife will let me.   ;)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on December 24, 2012, 04:27:50 PM
*snicker, snicker*  My "Dan Morgan" is a real dude.  Very real.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Twibble on December 29, 2012, 02:28:07 PM
Hubby got me some Amazon credit for Christmas!  Guess what I'm getting?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Twibble on December 30, 2012, 12:18:48 PM
Hubby got me some Amazon credit for Christmas!  Guess what I'm getting?

Dagnabbit.

I have to wait a day or 2 to buy the second book, although the first one is making me want to go refill all our water bottles and buy more rice...
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: RitaRose1945 on December 30, 2012, 07:25:22 PM
Finally got around to writing a review.  I really have enjoyed the series so far.

So... do we get books 5 and 6 now?

Here's wishing for quick publishers!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: robertov416 on December 30, 2012, 08:53:31 PM
Waiting for Book 4 to arrive.  Read the other 3 over the past two weeks.  That sure help vacation go quickly!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: backwoods_engineer on December 30, 2012, 09:08:28 PM
Finally got around to writing a review.  I really have enjoyed the series so far.

So... do we get books 5 and 6 now?

Here's wishing for quick publishers!

Heavy G said in a Christmas interview with Road Gunner Podcast that Books 5 & 6 would be available February 15th.

Here's hoping he beats that, just like he beat Sept 15th...
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on December 31, 2012, 08:56:17 PM
Mid February is a target for Book Five and Book Six.  With all the people reading the series (!), the publisher wants to make sure the remaining books are absolutely perfect.  This could take a little longer than the other books.  We're doing the best we can to get them out as soon as possible, though.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on January 02, 2013, 04:03:51 PM
Heavy G i'm so glad your book is so popular!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on January 02, 2013, 08:44:51 PM
Thanks, Louisiana Suvivor (yes, no "r" in Survivor).  I can't believe it's become so widely read. 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: ag2 on January 02, 2013, 11:51:19 PM
I listened to Bob Mayne's podcast the other day and, whadyaknow?, there you were, a guest on his show!  I was like, "Hey, I know who he is and kinda know him in an electronic sorta way, he's cool.  And he writes a good book!"  But there was no one else listening to the BlueTooth voices in my head.  :o
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on January 03, 2013, 04:36:38 AM
I listened to Bob Mayne's podcast the other day and, whadyaknow?, there you were, a guest on his show!  I was like, "Hey, I know who he is and kinda know him in an electronic sorta way, he's cool.  And he writes a good book!"  But there was no one else listening to the BlueTooth voices in my head.  :o


Are you sure there's no one listening? Maybe they're just shy?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on January 04, 2013, 08:39:03 PM
Is "Steve Briggs" real?

Judge for yourself: http://299days.com/weekend-with-the-real-steve-briggs/ (http://299days.com/weekend-with-the-real-steve-briggs/)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: nwbarter on January 15, 2013, 09:57:17 PM
My son (15) is eating up books 3 and 4, getting the itch to do some more shooting with you guys, talk soon.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on January 16, 2013, 05:13:23 AM

My son (15) is eating up books 3 and 4, getting the itch to do some more shooting with you guys, talk soon.


Awesome.  Take care out there.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Hypax on January 30, 2013, 05:21:31 PM
All I can say is WOW ! I have blown thru the first 3 since Jan 1, and am nursing my way thru 4 timing it for the next release. As a newbie to prepping I am finding a lot of good info in these. They are helping me in my prep planning. I thank you for that.
I find the family dynamic to be great very real and honest. I have a similar relationship with my daughter, and the Mrs. thinks we are both nuts.
Best of luck with the books to come Heavy G, I can't wait for them !

Hypax
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on January 30, 2013, 08:52:14 PM
Thanks, Hypax.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on January 30, 2013, 09:29:16 PM
BTW: aren't we mere weeks from books 5 and 6?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: backwoods_engineer on January 31, 2013, 11:52:08 AM
BTW: aren't we mere weeks from books 5 and 6?

According to the last Heavy G missive, we're about two weeks out.  WOOHOO!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on January 31, 2013, 07:55:43 PM
Sorry to disappoint, but Book Five should be out in March. 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: RitaRose1945 on January 31, 2013, 08:53:55 PM
Now you're just being mean.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: PrepperJim on January 31, 2013, 08:54:49 PM
Sorry to disappoint, but Book Five should be out in March.

Yes, disappoint.

I'll be watching for Kindle release March 1. You did say March. ;-)

Regardless, Heavy G is a role model. Rock on dude!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on February 08, 2013, 08:46:57 PM
Hey, guys, I finished a intensive and thorough edit of Book Five last weekend.  My editor saw it and is going bananas.  She loves it. 

I am really, really proud of Book Five and think you guys will love it.  The thorough edit - and the chapters we moved from Book Six into Book Five to make it a better value - will be worth the wait. 

Thanks for your patience.

"Glen"
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: shambo on February 08, 2013, 09:36:31 PM
Hey, guys, I finished a intensive and thorough edit of Book Five last weekend.  My editor saw it and is going bananas.  She loves it. 

I am really, really proud of Book Five and think you guys will love it.  The thorough edit - and the chapters we moved from Book Six into Book Five to make it a better value - will be worth the wait. 

Thanks for your patience.

"Glen"
Waiting for book five until march is going to be tough,  I will have to ask you to sigh all my 299 days books when I see you in Sept  in Salt lake.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Alan Georges on February 09, 2013, 06:11:16 AM
I am really, really proud of Book Five and think you guys will love it.  The thorough edit - and the chapters we moved from Book Six into Book Five to make it a better value - will be worth the wait. 

Thanks for your patience.
Thanks for the update G!  Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: 4bull on February 09, 2013, 07:05:48 AM
"Glen"



Waiting for book five until march is going to be tough,

Please tell me your working on 6,7,8 also 20 some people now ask me when that book coming out.
And not hi ,how are you , and when i say the end of march i get HMMM , not by ,no see you
LOL they must like it . 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: LJH on February 09, 2013, 12:43:46 PM
Yay! I was wondering what the holdup was, thanks for the update, I'll wait here.  :)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: JC2 on February 09, 2013, 07:04:33 PM
Heavy G - its hard to love something we are not reading.
I think we have been very patient with you up to this point. I'll try to hold off the masses - but i'm sensing a mutiny is coming:)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: RitaRose1945 on February 09, 2013, 08:34:57 PM
Heavy G - its hard to love something we are not reading.
I think we have been very patient with you up to this point. I'll try to hold off the masses - but i'm sensing a mutiny is coming:)

Is that why there has been an ammo shortage lately?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: JC2 on February 10, 2013, 06:05:02 PM
Quote
Is that why there has been an ammo shortage lately?
The government wanted us to believe it was all about them - but the real reason for ammo shortages is because Heavy G has been slacking and the masses are getting fired up. Well get the next book - by force if necessary. Our patience is running thin.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on February 10, 2013, 08:16:00 PM
*evil laughter*
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on February 10, 2013, 08:36:14 PM
Hey, can one of you guys do a Wikipedia entry for 299 Days?  I shouldn't for two reasons: (1) I'm biased, and (2) I'm lazy.

It would be cool if one of you did it. 

Thanks in advance - unless you say the series sucks.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Hootie on February 20, 2013, 10:27:52 AM
the video is old, but i watched it and thought "I miss America"


The most honest three and a half minutes of television
http://youtu.be/16K6m3Ua2nw (http://youtu.be/16K6m3Ua2nw)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: ferrelw on February 21, 2013, 02:19:01 PM
Hey Glen,

Regarding the movie version... Is there a thread for picking the actors and actresses for your characters?

So far, I'm thinking Sam Elliott for Chip and Dianne Feinstein for Nancy R.

Thanks,
--
Ferrel
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Chemsoldier on February 21, 2013, 03:34:02 PM
G;

I love the books, all of them so far.

I think one thing you should consider releasing soon though (cause it is needed!) is a single book containing The Preparation and The Collapse.  It is a great single volume how to get into prepping without being as heavy as a non-fiction read.  It also has a great cliff hanger for getting people into the series. 

I have considered getting people The Preparation as a hook into prepping but there is a some really good prepping material in The Collapse as well.  Please consider it!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: hoosiermom on February 21, 2013, 09:17:20 PM
Hey Glen,

Regarding the movie version... Is there a thread for picking the actors and actresses for your characters?

So far, I'm thinking Sam Elliott for Chip and Dianne Feinstein for Nancy R.

Thanks,
--
Ferrel

When I pictured Nancy while reading the books, the face of Ellen Barkin would pop in my head.  :)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: ag2 on February 21, 2013, 09:56:50 PM
Quote
When I pictured Nancy while reading the books, the face of Ellen Barkin would pop in my head.  :)

Oh, that's funny.  Good choice.  I kept picturing Betsy Markey, my former congressclownwoman.  They look a lot alike and Nancy and Betsy hold the very same views.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Roswell on February 21, 2013, 10:07:45 PM
I did a review of Book 1 - 299 Days: The Preparation on my website for those that wish to read it.  Feel free to rip me a new one. ;D

http://makingahomestead.com/2013/02/20/review-of-299-days-the-preparation-by-glen-tate/ (http://makingahomestead.com/2013/02/20/review-of-299-days-the-preparation-by-glen-tate/)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: robertov416 on February 23, 2013, 06:18:52 AM
Hey Glen,

Regarding the movie version... Is there a thread for picking the actors and actresses for your characters?

So far, I'm thinking Sam Elliott for Chip and Dianne Feinstein for Nancy R.

Thanks,
--
Ferrel

Pelosi could work too.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: hoosiermom on February 26, 2013, 08:38:29 PM
Oh, that's funny.  Good choice.  I kept picturing Betsy Markey, my former congressclownwoman.  They look a lot alike and Nancy and Betsy hold the very same views.

:)  I'll have to do a search on her; I've not heard of her, but sure she is a good choice.  In addition to Barkin, the other face that would pop in my head when Nancy would be talking was that of Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter movies/books.  If you've ever seen the movies, you remember her very condescending and smarmy tone.  So many choices!!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nicodemus on February 27, 2013, 05:24:56 AM
Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter movies

Ha! That's who I pictured!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexDaddy on February 27, 2013, 07:31:18 AM
Ha! That's who I pictured!
Yes, Imelda Staunton would be perfect!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imelda_Staunton
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: jbritely on March 15, 2013, 12:46:16 PM
Hey, can one of you guys do a Wikipedia entry for 299 Days?  I shouldn't for two reasons: (1) I'm biased, and (2) I'm lazy.

It would be cool if one of you did it. 

Thanks in advance - unless you say the series sucks.

So I tried my first ever Wikipedia entry:  User:Jbritely/299 days 
Please help me.  I need help with the formatting and more information about the books.  Especially those of you who did reviews.
If there is something else you want me to do, just let me know.  The next few weeks are kind of busy but I'll do what I can.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: hammerwrench on March 21, 2013, 10:44:01 AM
Book 5 is available on amazon! ;D
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Jesse2004 on March 21, 2013, 11:24:23 AM
Here's the direct link:  http://amzn.com/B00BXUSHWO
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: towles on March 21, 2013, 11:41:23 AM
I got a late start , I'm in book 2 right now, and will be giving the books as gifts when I finish each one! 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: backwoods_engineer on March 21, 2013, 01:07:01 PM
Just downloaded Book 5 from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/299-Days-The-Visitors-ebook/dp/B00BXUSHWO)!  AWESOME!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: RitaRose1945 on March 21, 2013, 07:37:32 PM
Got it!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on March 24, 2013, 06:51:39 AM
Book Five has been released: http://299days.com/book-five-released/ (http://299days.com/book-five-released/)

And here's a TSP thread on it: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=41855.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=41855.0)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Grannywhiskers on April 01, 2013, 07:05:01 PM
Loved Book 5 as well as the rest.  Now when will Book 6 be out?  Those who read fast go through books quickly.
OH!  I miss America!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Hootie on April 01, 2013, 10:19:06 PM
Finally got my fix with Book #5, but as with all junkies it is only a matter of time before I will be tweaking for the  next book...   ;D
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on April 16, 2013, 08:32:31 PM
Thanks everyone.  I love seeing that people are loving the series.

Book Six should be out in late May or early June.

I have been getting up at 3:45 am this week and doing the very detailed edits to Book Six.  I think you'll really like it.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Panhead Bill on April 18, 2013, 10:21:49 AM
I was a late starter on the series, and just got book 1 on my kindle last week. Well, I couldn't put it down and wound up reading all five over the weekend. Now I can't wait for the next release!  Of course, that means I won't get any work done for a few days, 'cause ill have my face stuck in my kindle until I finish the book.

Overall, it's a great series of books. I'm a fan of the EOTWAWKI genre of books (especially certain zombie series), but the realistic element of these books was a refreshing, if somewhat scary, change of pace. I almost had to double check the newspaper when I was done with the books to make sure I wasn't reading a current account of things.

Glenn, er...Heavy G, er I mean Benito ... er, um, whoever you are - great job!!  I'm a fan. Btw, it's nice to know that there are other non-dirtbag attorneys out there ;-)

Quick question: Is "Ryan", the newer addition to the team based on the "Gunrunner" Ryan? 

Thanks,

Bill
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Bonnieblue2A on April 18, 2013, 10:46:09 AM
Thanks everyone.  I love seeing that people are loving the series.

Book Six should be out in late May or early June.

I have been getting up at 3:45 am this week and doing the very detailed edits to Book Six.  I think you'll really like it.

Waiting to place my Amazon order for book #5 because I know I won't want to have to wait for book #6.

Do you think this series will be completely out before the collapse?

Recently I've been making donations to some libraries of liberty based media, be it books or DVDs. I figure that is one avenue through which to wake others up who may not be otherwise approachable. Once the series is completed do you think it might be possible for Prepper Press to offer a discount on the series, in its printed entirety, if (and only if) the shipping is directly to a public of school library? 

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on May 08, 2013, 09:52:47 PM
Thanks to all of you guys who have purchased the book and told people about it.  Wow.  I can't tell you how much of a pleasant surprise it has been to see so many people enjoying this book series. 

The easiest way to keep up on the book is to friend me on Facebook.  I'm "Glen Tate" (narrow it down from all the other Glen Tates with glentate123@gmail.com) and I'm also "299 Days (the book)."

Thanks again to all of you.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: kimdvm on May 08, 2013, 10:49:12 PM
sent you a FB request, "Glen".  Enjoying the books  and looking forward to the next one :)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Bonnieblue2A on May 24, 2013, 01:14:21 PM
How much longer will we have to wait for book #6 ???

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: bob3 on May 24, 2013, 03:50:58 PM
End of May, early June, okay.  I'd rather wait another week if it means you take a day or two off, finish strong, and feel good about your work.  Obviously this has become more important than a hobby to you, so just chill and do it right.  We'll all thank you even more. [but hurry on 7, okay!?!?  ;-) ]
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on May 24, 2013, 10:10:27 PM
just ordered books 3-5. can't wait to read them!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on May 25, 2013, 06:10:22 AM
Thanks to everyone.  TSP'ers have made this book successful.  I am so thankful.

I am reorganizing some things so I have more time to be on TSP.  I'll certainly try.  Let all the TSP'ers know that I hope to back here a little more in the coming weeks.

BTW: I just now - like 10 minutes ago - finished the final, final edits to Book Six.  You'll freakin' love it.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Alan Georges on May 25, 2013, 07:10:20 AM
Thanks for the update, G.  Looking forward to getting it.  You keep writin', we'll keep readin'.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on May 25, 2013, 10:52:08 AM
That's awesome G! The guy I let borrow the first two tried to buy the next ones from a big box book store (can't remember which one) and they said it was company policy not to carry "those types of books". He was flabbergasted as am I! I am going to find out which one and call their corporate office and get the word from them because I can't imagine that being accurate. I'm going to try to get your books down in the stores in Louisiana brother. It's the least I can do. These books are helping me open a lot of loved ones to prepping. Keep fighting the fight  man and always know you have an friend in south east Louisiana.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Mexican_Hippie on May 25, 2013, 12:08:12 PM
Awesome!  Can't wait for book 6.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: kimdvm on May 27, 2013, 01:30:00 AM
Is anyone else thinking that the recent exposure of some of the IRS and DOJ shenanigans make the 299 days books more realistic?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on May 27, 2013, 08:52:55 AM

That's awesome G! The guy I let borrow the first two tried to buy the next ones from a big box book store (can't remember which one) and they said it was company policy not to carry "those types of books". He was flabbergasted as am I! I am going to find out which one and call their corporate office and get the word from them because I can't imagine that being accurate. I'm going to try to get your books down in the stores in Louisiana brother. It's the least I can do. These books are helping me open a lot of loved ones to prepping. Keep fighting the fight  man and always know you have an friend in south east Louisiana.


Thanks, man.  I really appreciate it.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cartpusher on May 28, 2013, 07:37:14 PM
Glen and I have been working with our amazing designer and just launched some new merchandise in the store to go along with Book 6.  Lots of other new items are coming soon.

(http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-135127410348842_2265_0) (http://tspgear.com/299dabose.html)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Oldhomestead on May 30, 2013, 01:49:48 PM
I've been following the series as it came out and have really liked it as a whole but after Book 5 I’m deeply disappointed in the character Grant. After preaching the Constitution through the series and particularly the last couple books it turns out he’s no more interested in following it than the Government Officials hiding on the military base.

It’ll be interesting to see if there will be any fallout in the future on his flagrant abuses and illegal activities, although I assume the way it was glossed over the answer will be no. I guess even in the microcosm of Pierce Point power corrupts.

With book 6 coming out any time now I guess we’ll find out. Keep’em coming!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Panhead Bill on May 30, 2013, 07:53:43 PM
Unless I'm just forgetting something, I don't recall any flagrant Constitutional abuses by Grant - be might have walked a fine line a few times, or had a "human" moment where he simply reacted without thinking first, but nothing intentional and fragrant. Can you be more specific?  Might refresh my memory.

Bill
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Ms. Albatross on June 01, 2013, 07:25:02 PM
 :knitting:

Still waiting for book six.....
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: mithgar50 on June 01, 2013, 08:23:02 PM
Thanks Bill was gonna post along the same lines tonight.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Hypax on June 02, 2013, 06:41:26 PM
I saw a posting, think it was Glen's facebook, Book 6 due out June 10th. Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Oldhomestead on June 03, 2013, 12:38:39 PM
Unless I'm just forgetting something, I don't recall any flagrant Constitutional abuses by Grant - be might have walked a fine line a few times, or had a "human" moment where he simply reacted without thinking first, but nothing intentional and fragrant. Can you be more specific?  Might refresh my memory.

Bill

The tweaker raid was a case of theft and a warrant should have been issued listing who and for what they were looking. At the house no announcement was made of who they were before they kicked in the door. When a startled occupant jumped off the couch, Pow, who did not have the rights a warrant would provide to a deputy, murdered him. But that's OK because we don't shake Pow's confidence in case we need him to murder another unarmed civilian in the future.

Having open fired on the residence (killing the dogs) and then bursting into the home they were surprised to find occupants in various states of undress, this and scattered clothing in the otherwise pristine home hardcore drug users are known to keep, led them to jump to conclusions and severely beat someone in their custody, after denying his request for counsel. The fact that their suspicions were later verified is moot.

At the end of the raid they decided to seize the house for public use (training site)without compensation.

At the trial Pow's act of murder was pinned on the occupants, which would have fine if the raid was carried out properly and if a Grand Jury had been convened to review the facts and hand down a ruling. The beating was only revealed after the jury had been thoroughly prejudiced against the defendant and it would have no bearing on the case.

From my count that is multiple violations of the 4th, 5th, and 6th amendments as well as the use of his position to protect his friends.

Now I'm not saying the scumbag shouldn't have been hung. I'm just saying if you are going to preach the Constitution to me you damn well better follow it.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on June 03, 2013, 03:39:07 PM
 :popcorn:

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Post by: Smurf Hunter on June 03, 2013, 03:45:10 PM
:popcorn:

A warrant... hmm
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Oldhomestead on June 04, 2013, 10:59:28 AM
A warrant... hmm

Yeah, irritating how that 4th Amedment mucks up the authorities being able to just wander into your home and rummage through your belongings, isn't it.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Bonnieblue2A on June 06, 2013, 07:49:56 PM
:knitting:

Still waiting for book six.....


It is out!  Have book 6 on the NOOK right now.   ;D           http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/299-days-the-17th-irregulars?keyword=299+days+the+17th+irregulars&store=ebook
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on June 23, 2013, 08:04:40 PM
Hello amigos.  I've been super busy with all the book stuff, my day job, prepping, and family.

Sorry for my absence for a while.

The book series is doing amazingly well.  All you guys get the credit for that.  I should have some pretty cool announcements soon about some book stuff.  Not gigantic announcements, just some solid medium-sized ones.

You can keep up with the book on Facebook on 299 Days (the book) and Glen Tate.  There are a few Glen Tates on FB so search for the one that has the email glentate123@gmail.com.

Thanks, y'all. You have no idea how cool it is to know people like you.

"Glen"
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on July 07, 2013, 11:38:21 AM
Just checkin' in on y'all.

Been super busy prepping and working on the book.  We have patches, stickers, shirts, and a surprise product (can't spill the beans).

Facebook likes have almost doubled.  People reached on Facebook is up more than ten fold.  In a month.  Been on a zillion podcasts.  Check out http://299days.com/reviews/ (http://299days.com/reviews/) for links to all of them.

*takes deep breath*

Hey, I'm going to be signing books and talking to people on July 27 in northern Idaho: http://www.radiofreeredoubt.com/nw-patriot-preparedness-rally-2013/ (http://www.radiofreeredoubt.com/nw-patriot-preparedness-rally-2013/)  Stop by if you can.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Nicodemus on July 07, 2013, 11:40:51 AM
Hey, I'm going to be signing books and talking to people on July 27 in northern Idaho: http://www.radiofreeredoubt.com/nw-patriot-preparedness-rally-2013/ (http://www.radiofreeredoubt.com/nw-patriot-preparedness-rally-2013/)  Stop by if you can.

Look for the guy with the giant blue dot covering his face.  :o  ;)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: chad on July 07, 2013, 07:16:09 PM
G, just finished book 6, solid gold...

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: jk1869 on July 07, 2013, 10:29:59 PM
Bought and read book 5 yesterday and did the same to book 6 today. Thanks for some great reading! First full weekend I haven't had class in six weeks, so the books really helped me kick back for a little bit.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: chad on July 08, 2013, 06:36:21 PM
G.. I'm posting from the eastside of Detroit.. I think I found the place where the POI are being held...



(http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/zz215/need2dive/F932AA4E-080C-46EC-B75A-35862667B3CB-4917-00001388AF721112.jpg)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Ms. Albatross on September 25, 2013, 06:00:15 PM
Yo "G"

It's been awful quiet.  Book 6 was out in the beginning of June.  Anxiously waiting on book 7.  Can you give us any hints about the release date??  Please.....

 :knitting:
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Cylon on September 25, 2013, 06:07:25 PM
What Ms Albatross said....
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Keeder on September 29, 2013, 09:15:53 AM
Yes... an update please!  Even the web site for 299 Days has not been updated in a month.

-k
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Bonnieblue2A on October 05, 2013, 07:58:24 PM
Just found this interview in which Heavy G says book #7 of 299 Days will be out "probably in December".     

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPPYXRM2BGQ&feature=youtu.be

interview parts 2 & 3 of interview linked in the Youtube description.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Ms. Albatross on October 05, 2013, 10:48:21 PM
Just found this interview in which Heavy G says book #7 of 299 Days will be out "probably in December".     

I'm both sad and happy at the same time.  I'm sad because I was hoping the next book would be out sooner - I think I remember Glen saying, in an early interview with Jack, that all the books would be out by the end of this year.  But I'm happy because this delay probably means he is spending a lot of time with the "mechanics" and editing of the books.  The story is quite compelling but sometimes the editing oversights interrupt the flow for the reader.  I wish him well and look forward to the next book!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Alan Georges on October 06, 2013, 08:22:46 AM
Personally, I await the release of book #7 with bait breath.  That's right, "bait" not "bated."  The kids want to go out for sushi for lunch....
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: hanzel on October 06, 2013, 05:47:14 PM
Agree wrt most prepper-porn having too quick a transition to chaos. As for government, I couldn't agree more - it will NOT go quietly into the night, and some people, like abused spouses will rally to its defense, even at their own peril.
Ditto!

-N

Look how long it took Rome to "fall".  Granted "fall" would not be the right term, it more or less just faded away
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Alan Georges on October 22, 2013, 07:44:23 PM
Not directly related to the books, but it's over at Heavy G's site and an interesting read:
http://299days.com/ill-come-to-your-place-when-shtf-no-you-wont/

It's a letter to grasshopper friends that starts with:
Quote
“I’ll come to your place when SHTF” – no you won’t
by GLEN TATE on OCTOBER 22, 2013
(This post is something you can send to your friends or print out and hand to them when SHTF.)

Dear Friend:

I love my friends, but I will shoot you if I have to.  I’m serious.  Here’s why.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on October 23, 2013, 10:24:50 AM
Not directly related to the books, but it's over at Heavy G's site and an interesting read:
http://299days.com/ill-come-to-your-place-when-shtf-no-you-wont/

It's a letter to grasshopper friends that starts with:

There was a passionate FaceBook thread on the same.

I think the article presumes "friend" to be an associate, aquaintance, or just some person who shows up.  I consider a "Friend" to be a "loved one", that may as well be family.

Even if they were complete idiots who failed to prep, I'm almost certain I would provide at least some support to "loved ones" unless I was unable to do so.  That's why I buy cheapo cases of the WinCo brand instant Mac&Cheese for $0.30 a box.  It's actually cheaper to give away one of those boxes than fire a round of ammunition :)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Alan Georges on October 23, 2013, 05:08:13 PM
I largely agree.  The letter looks to be more of a figurative splash of cold water into a friend's face.  Used for that, it's an effective tool.

Hell, even Rawles advocates having pre-made care packages to hand to these idiots as you point them down the road.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: MacNobody on November 11, 2013, 09:12:55 AM
I have been trying to get through Book 3.  I have a hard time getting around the fawning descriptions of how much "The Team" looks like military contractors, but I am enjoying the story quite a bit.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Ken325 on November 12, 2013, 12:07:26 AM
I just re-read the first two books.  It is interesting to see how many things that were predicted are happening now.  The tracking POI with facebook was in the book before the NSA leaks that show how every purchase, email, website visit, phone call, and use of a smartphone is being tracked.  He also discussed rigging voting machines and I suspect this happened.  It makes no sense to me that voter turnout for Republicans was so low, when it was at a record high in democrat leaning precincts. You have predictions in the book that the media will spike the story on bad economic news. I think this is happening.  You have the apparent purge of military officers that is happening now.  I think this was discussed in the book also.  It is interesting to see how Heavy G did with his predictions.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: backwoods_engineer on November 12, 2013, 03:11:05 PM
I just re-read the first two books.  It is interesting to see how many things that were predicted are happening now.  The tracking POI with facebook was in the book before the NSA leaks that show how every purchase, email, website visit, phone call, and use of a smartphone is being tracked.  He also discussed rigging voting machines and I suspect this happened.  It makes no sense to me that voter turnout for Republicans was so low, when it was at a record high in democrat leaning precincts. You have predictions in the book that the media will spike the story on bad economic news. I think this is happening.  You have the apparent purge of military officers that is happening now.  I think this was discussed in the book also.  It is interesting to see how Heavy G did with his predictions.

Heavy G did well with his predictions.  We'll see how the more dire ones come out.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Poet on November 12, 2013, 07:35:52 PM
Is there any word on when the next installment will be released?
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Ms. Albatross on November 12, 2013, 07:43:14 PM
Is there any word on when the next installment will be released?

Just found this interview in which Heavy G says book #7 of 299 Days will be out "probably in December".     

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPPYXRM2BGQ&feature=youtu.be

interview parts 2 & 3 of interview linked in the Youtube description.

I haven't heard or seen anything to contradict or update what Bonnieblue posted. 
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Docwatmo on November 19, 2013, 12:04:04 PM
Heavy G is the "Nostradamus" of our time.   ;) ;D ;D
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: chad on November 19, 2013, 12:42:09 PM
What he said ^^^^^


Speaking of G where has He gone? Don't  see him on the forum.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Docwatmo on November 19, 2013, 12:55:52 PM
He has been VERY busy with the book and promoting it and some other stuff.  He pops in on occasion to say high and update us on whats going on.   But until things calm down for him, we just won't see him much.   
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Ms. Albatross on November 19, 2013, 01:00:58 PM
Speaking of G where has He gone? Don't  see him on the forum.

I'm coming up for air!  Let's see, what I did to prep today.  I got a great pair of boots: Salomon X4s.  The real "Scotty" highly recommends them.

I'm working on the final edits to Book Seven right now.  I'm looking forward to get the book out to my TSP homies in early December. 

"Glen Tate" aka Heavy G

I think being a book author and his real life are a bit overwhelming right now and he's had less time to spend on the forum.  I'll bet we'll see more of him again after book 10 is finished.  At least, I hope so.... :)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: sacramentosurvival on November 19, 2013, 02:40:35 PM
Just visited my favorite prepper store here in Sacramento (Last Stand Readiness and Tactical) asked them if they ever heard of the book 299 Days. The guy takes me to the shelf where they are selling them. That made my day.
This place is the proverbial candy store for preppers. They also sell weapons, ammo, and tactical stuff. Nice to be able to walk into an actual physical store to buy goodies. Great prices too.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Bonnieblue2A on November 29, 2013, 08:26:38 AM
I just re-read the first two books.  It is interesting to see how many things that were predicted are happening now.  The tracking POI with facebook was in the book before the NSA leaks that show how every purchase, email, website visit, phone call, and use of a smartphone is being tracked.  He also discussed rigging voting machines and I suspect this happened.  It makes no sense to me that voter turnout for Republicans was so low, when it was at a record high in democrat leaning precincts. You have predictions in the book that the media will spike the story on bad economic news. I think this is happening.  You have the apparent purge of military officers that is happening now.  I think this was discussed in the book also.  It is interesting to see how Heavy G did with his predictions.

I too have been re-reading the series to refresh my memory before book #7 comes out.  It is unsettling how many of the pre NSA leak book predictions have since come to fruition or exposed to sunlight.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Bonnieblue2A on December 05, 2013, 06:45:23 AM
A recent e-mail from Prepper Press suggests book #7  "The Changing Seasons" is completed and awaiting the final version of cover art. It may be out before Christmas.  Reportedly there is also a special Kindle deal in the works for theseries.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Rottenclam on December 05, 2013, 09:34:37 PM
Reportedly there is also a special Kindle deal in the works for the series.

I hope this is true.  I've been eager to check out the series (I read a ton of zombie / apocalypse / pulp on my kindle), but a bunch of the amazon reviews say that right now, value-wise, you end spending around $100 for the whole series.  So I've been holding off and hoping that they bundle the collection into some kind of cheaper package.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Bonnieblue2A on December 12, 2013, 07:16:24 PM
Book 7,  The Change in Seasons, is available on Nook and Kindle versions.  :happydance:

http://www.amazon.com/299-Days-Seasons-Glen-Tate-ebook/dp/B00H7H1VFC/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386900828&sr=1-2&keywords=299+days
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: backwoods_engineer on December 17, 2013, 07:42:57 AM
I hope this is true.  I've been eager to check out the series (I read a ton of zombie / apocalypse / pulp on my kindle), but a bunch of the amazon reviews say that right now, value-wise, you end spending around $100 for the whole series.  So I've been holding off and hoping that they bundle the collection into some kind of cheaper package.

This is one of my few gripes about the series.  Book 7 has only 35 chapters.  And they aren't that long.  For a $10 Kindle book.
I'm happy to support the author, but as this series goes on, it seems we get less for our $.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cartpusher on January 13, 2014, 12:39:46 PM
We are now taking orders at TSP Gear Shop for the new version of the 17th Irregs Patch.  Several new colors are available. http://tspgear.com/17irpvcpa.html

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Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Heavy G on March 04, 2014, 06:28:40 AM
I love reading the feedback.  Thanks for reading the series, everyone.

"Glen"/Heavy G/Grant/multiple personality disorders
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Ms. Albatross on March 28, 2014, 05:31:44 PM
Hey G,
I thought I read somewhere that the new book The War was coming out at the end of this month.  Only two days left.  Is it still on schedule?

Also, when you look up your books on Amazon, your latest book, The Change of Seasons doesn't show up on your author page.  All your other books, you are listed as Glen Tate but on The Change of Seasons, you are listed as Tate, Glen.  I guess it makes a difference.  You might want to make sure your new one is listed correctly as Glen Tate.

Looking forward to the next installment! :knitting:
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Ms. Albatross on March 29, 2014, 03:04:19 PM
Woo-hoo - Book 8 The War just showed up on Amazon. 

Kindle http://www.amazon.com/299-Days-The-Glen-Tate-ebook/dp/B00JC5DJ4I/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1396126933&sr=8-14&keywords=glen+tate

Paperback http://www.amazon.com/299-Days-The-War-Volume/dp/0615994458/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1396126967&sr=8-9&keywords=glen+tate

Ordering my paperback right now!! :)
 
:knitting: until it gets here
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: mountainmoma on March 29, 2014, 05:26:25 PM
Wondering if there will be any set discounts, or if someone here can loan or sell me theirs when they are done reading them ? I am afraid I cant do $100 to read the series, and it sounds like a real, real good read that I would be interested in.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on March 30, 2014, 07:37:14 AM
It's been very do able since the books have been spread out. Haven't got it yet G but can't wait!!!!!!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: chad on March 30, 2014, 01:22:17 PM
Mountaimoma...

I have all 7 books that I can loan you..

P.m. me your address and I'll mail them this week.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on March 30, 2014, 03:09:04 PM
That's very awesome of you Chad ! +1
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: pittsanne on March 30, 2014, 03:32:41 PM
I am new to this forum but so far I like what I see.  As to Glen Tate's books - they are the best books that I have read in the past 4 years.  What could happen in the future, I don't know but my fear is a financial collapse or EMP - both are very very bad for this country.  I have to say my politics have changed in the past four years also from very far left to right of center in my fiscal range but my leanings in the social area is still on the left side but a lot more center than in the past. This is from reading the 299 Days series among others.  Glad I found this.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: mountainmoma on March 30, 2014, 03:37:53 PM
Thanks Chad ! When you're on disability, and am a fast reader, these things can be otherwise out of reach !
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: CandyGram4Mongo on March 30, 2014, 09:12:01 PM
Is a kindle version coming, or just Nook & paperback?
Thanks!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cabowabo on March 30, 2014, 09:16:33 PM
CandyGram4Mongo,
I just bought it on nook a little while ago...
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Ms. Albatross on March 30, 2014, 09:18:02 PM
Is a kindle version coming, or just Nook & paperback?
Thanks!


Kindle http://www.amazon.com/299-Days-The-Glen-Tate-ebook/dp/B00JC5DJ4I/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1396126933&sr=8-14&keywords=glen+tate

Paperback http://www.amazon.com/299-Days-The-War-Volume/dp/0615994458/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1396126967&sr=8-9&keywords=glen+tate
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Roswell on March 31, 2014, 07:28:48 AM
Nook link

"299 Days: The War" By: Glen Tate - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/299-days-glen-tate/1119020817?ean=2940149369751 (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/299-days-glen-tate/1119020817?ean=2940149369751)
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Ms. Albatross on June 20, 2014, 05:44:40 PM
So over at the 299 Days Facebook page, I saw this quote from Glen Tate:

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I just saw the final version of the cover to Book Nine. Oh my goodness. It's so freakin' awesome. You'll love it. It captures the whole series in one image.

So, hopefully, book 9 will be coming out soon.   :popcorn:
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Russkie on June 21, 2014, 09:02:13 PM
Did anyone else see the new book cover on the facebook page? REALLY excited for this one!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Roswell on July 07, 2014, 01:10:46 PM
It looks great!

No release date yet, but I can't wait.  :)

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Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Ms. Albatross on July 07, 2014, 09:16:00 PM
Quote from the 299 days facebook page:
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"The Restoration" coming late Summer! Our most anticipated release!!!

It looks great!

No release date yet, but I can't wait.  :)

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Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: FarmerJim on July 08, 2014, 12:34:33 AM
Read several reviews, huge fan of Rawles work, I definitely plan on checking these out!!!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: cartpusher on March 06, 2015, 12:58:05 PM
We have released the new 17th Irregulars T-shirt over at TSP Gear Shop (http://tspgear.com/17irt.html).

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Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: designergirl28 on March 17, 2015, 02:33:19 PM
I just have to say I loved all 8 of them I have read so far. I have read them through twice and didnt realize that "TSP" was a real podcast till the second read through and thought I would just check to see if it was real. So far loving both the podcast and the forum!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on March 17, 2015, 05:18:13 PM
awesome! welcome designergirl28!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Alan Georges on March 17, 2015, 05:49:36 PM
didnt realize that "TSP" was a real podcast till the second read through and thought I would just check to see if it was real. So far loving both the podcast and the forum!
[pokes own arm]  Yeah, we're real.  Welcome aboard!
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: chad on March 17, 2015, 07:13:20 PM
I just have to say I loved all 8 of them I have read so far. I have read them through twice and didnt realize that "TSP" was a real podcast till the second read through and thought I would just check to see if it was real. So far loving both the podcast and the forum!

We're all real...

The author of 299 days is "Heavy G" on this forum, he's not posted in awhile  :(

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: TexDaddy on March 17, 2015, 07:43:10 PM
We're all real...
I am not absolutely sure about that.  :tinfoily:
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: RitaRose1945 on March 17, 2015, 08:09:17 PM
I am not absolutely sure about that.  :tinfoily:

 :crazy:
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on March 18, 2015, 10:19:56 AM
I've read the whole series, met "Heavy G" once in person and a couple of the characters as well.  Very enjoyable read overall.

Reading stuff being "real"...

To be more accurate, 3/4 of Book One may be "real", and a good number of the characters are based on "real" people from what I understand.

Given that 9.25 of the books are set during a political/economic collapse that has yet to happen, I take some objection to calling it reality.

"Pow" is an actual dude, and a very nice guy at that.  However, last I knew he hadn't raided any meth houses, cleared rooms with a real threat of hostilities - let alone had to kill another human in anger.

I mention all this because, as preppers if we convince ourselves that these things will eventually take place, we risk it becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Cedar on March 18, 2015, 10:23:31 AM
The author of 299 days is "Heavy G" on this forum, he's not posted in awhile  :(

I email him once in awhile to make sure he is still upright. He replies, so I presume he is.

Cedar
Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: designergirl28 on March 18, 2015, 11:13:42 AM
I've read the whole series, met "Heavy G" once in person and a couple of the characters as well.  Very enjoyable read overall.

Reading stuff being "real"...

To be more accurate, 3/4 of Book One may be "real", and a good number of the characters are based on "real" people from what I understand.

Given that 9.25 of the books are set during a political/economic collapse that has yet to happen, I take some objection to calling it reality.

"Pow" is an actual dude, and a very nice guy at that.  However, last I knew he hadn't raided any meth houses, cleared rooms with a real threat of hostilities - let alone had to kill another human in anger.

I mention all this because, as preppers if we convince ourselves that these things will eventually take place, we risk it becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I meant more that I thought the Podcast in the book was fictional too. Something in the second read through triggered a memory of a mention of it someplace else and I thought I would try and find the podcast that was the inspiration of the one in the book so I was so surprised to realize it wasn't really a inspiration, but a real podcast.  Oh geeze that was a long drawn out sentience, I think I need some sleep. 

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: Smurf Hunter on March 18, 2015, 11:26:57 AM
I meant more that I thought the Podcast in the book was fictional too. Something in the second read through triggered a memory of a mention of it someplace else and I thought I would try and find the podcast that was the inspiration of the one in the book so I was so surprised to realize it wasn't really a inspiration, but a real podcast.  Oh geeze that was a long drawn out sentience, I think I need some sleep.

Yes.  In some small way, many of us at TSP are part of the problem :)

Title: Re: 299 Days: A realistic view of what could and probably will come
Post by: pokeshell on April 22, 2015, 05:46:26 PM
Yes.  In some small way, many of us at TSP are part of the problem :)

I found several ideas in the books that came from the flip your spouse , and the ammo shortages threads on TSB.

The 2 things I really took from the book, that I believe would be true is how fast police, LEO, and military would walk from their posts, and how out gunned the US military is vs the civilians.