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Title: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Smurf Hunter on August 30, 2012, 10:34:18 AM
I'm barely 1/3 through this book, but wanted to get this thread started as a place to have a discussion about the story.  There may be plot details revealed, so read at your own risk.

Otherwise, don't feel pressured to structure the conversation in any way.  We can talk about whatever is interesting or confusing.

Title: Re: 299 Days: The Collapse - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Smurf Hunter on August 30, 2012, 10:36:47 AM
I appreciate how the main character's life experiences are explained.  Too many books start out with the protagonist an assumed bad-ass tactical operator, and you've got no back story to validate it.  On the other extreme, some books feature Joe Sixpack who magically rises to the challenge just because the plot needed an underdog hero.  Neither is easy to relate to, and neither is instructional for the reader.

I feel Grant Matson is a legitimate character.  Even someone from the opposite political spectrum should be able to at least understand how/why he became the man he is.  I'm guessing this is deliberate by the author to give credibility to this bigger mission these books are focused on.

That's my biggest take away at this point.  I'm sure I'll return to nitpick technical stuff as I encounter it.  :)
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Collapse - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on August 30, 2012, 08:05:00 PM

I feel Grant Matson is a legitimate character. 


Yep.  'Cause he's me.  In the books, you'll see Grant do stupid and cowardly things, and you'll see him worry about things that shouldn't matter.  Because that's real. 

You'll also see lots of smart, brave, and mentally tough things.  Because that's real too.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Prepper Press on August 30, 2012, 08:10:10 PM
Smurf Hunter, a.k.a. Gargamel, if you enjoy the book(s), we'd really appreciate your honest review on Amazon and "liking" it on the site as well. This is the single biggest way you could help the series, to get people aware of the need to prep. Because remember, a prepared neighbor, is a good neighbor.

PP
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: cheryl1 on August 31, 2012, 05:35:39 AM
Maybe it's because I'm a girl, but the relationship between Grant and Lisa really bothered me. I felt so bad for Grant that he couldn't talk to his wife about his new outlook. I found myself rooting for the collapse mainly so that she would wake the f up before they got a divorce, or Grant went crazy. I really wanted to grab her by the shoulders and shake her! The fact that this frustration came through to the reader is part of what makes this a good book.

I hope this series takes off. I think some grasshoppers will still be uneasy with the large amount of food storage, but the warm-up to weapons was handled nicely. Especially Grant's thoughts on how if a group of men kicked in his door there was NO chance he could stop them. ( Why can't Lisa see that? *growl*)
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Smurf Hunter on August 31, 2012, 09:20:55 AM
Smurf Hunter, a.k.a. Gargamel, if you enjoy the book(s), we'd really appreciate your honest review on Amazon and "liking" it on the site as well. This is the single biggest way you could help the series, to get people aware of the need to prep. Because remember, a prepared neighbor, is a good neighbor.

PP

I'm 55% through the first book and will do that when I finish it up.  Probably early next week.

re: "Gargamel" - that was actually a college nickname for me.  Often that is taken on forums, etc. so I came up with "smurf hunter" as an alternate.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Smurf Hunter on August 31, 2012, 09:30:58 AM
Maybe it's because I'm a girl, but the relationship between Grant and Lisa really bothered me. I felt so bad for Grant that he couldn't talk to his wife about his new outlook. I found myself rooting for the collapse mainly so that she would wake the f up before they got a divorce, or Grant went crazy. I really wanted to grab her by the shoulders and shake her! The fact that this frustration came through to the reader is part of what makes this a good book.

I hope this series takes off. I think some grasshoppers will still be uneasy with the large amount of food storage, but the warm-up to weapons was handled nicely. Especially Grant's thoughts on how if a group of men kicked in his door there was NO chance he could stop them. ( Why can't Lisa see that? *growl*)

My wife's name is "Lisa" and she grew up in Kirkland, WA - which is the city on the northern boundary of Bellevue, WA (where Lisa in the book was from).  Being a resident of the same region there are numerous other boring details I could related to :)

As far as "my" Lisa, we're making slow progress.  My preps have come in handy during winter storms.  So she's on board for that other regional problems.  This last year she got her carry permit and took a women's only gun class.  She's not carrying routinely, (mindset) but knows she immediately could if civil unrest developed, etc.

The best news, I convinced her to read 299 Days.  Now it's 3rd in her personal reading queue, but it's in the queue.  That's big.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: chad on August 31, 2012, 06:15:08 PM
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: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: chad on August 31, 2012, 06:35:21 PM

I won't read this thread until I read book one, just because I don't want a Spoiler.

But I'll ask questions as I read and then after reading book 1 I'll read the answers to my questions.


Question:

Grant and Lisa are being married... But no mention of grants mom? I understand the no dad.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: chad on August 31, 2012, 06:45:42 PM
After rethinking it.. About the "no mom at the wedding" is it because she was not a very good sheepdog or not a sheepdog at all?

I don't mean to offend.. Just trying to get the most out of the book.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: fritz_monroe on August 31, 2012, 07:10:48 PM
That's sort of explained a little farther into the book.  He doesn't just say "my mother wasn't at the wedding because..."  But the tone of describing his relationship with her says it all.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: hedgewitch on September 01, 2012, 07:34:08 AM
i have finished book one and nearly finished book two, could not put them down, i got a little frustrated with Lisa also, but i was raised a country girl and cannot imagine that mind set.  i will go on amazon and post
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on September 01, 2012, 08:06:15 AM
I love that the frustration with Lisa is coming through.  I worked hard to make that happen.

Don't worry: all ten books don't have Lisa being like that.  Books One and Two set the stage for Three through Ten when it comes to Lisa.  *evil laughter because I know what's going to happen*
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Smurf Hunter on September 01, 2012, 12:07:36 PM
I love that the frustration with Lisa is coming through.  I worked hard to make that happen.

You sir, are blessed.  My wife ends up frustrated, often with little to no effort from me :)

BTW: I killed off the book late last night while I was finishing up a batch of home brewed beer on the back patio.

Well done.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Chemsoldier on September 01, 2012, 03:26:34 PM
Dang you G! I stayed up till 1AM reading, knowing full well a hyperactive 5 year old would wake me too early.  To add insult to injury I have read both books now and want more!  When is the next  two parts coming out?

To G and all the others who have dealt with spouses that are not down with the prepping, my hats are off to you for the efforts you go through.  I am blessed with a spouse who is down with the prepping and likes guns.  I understood that it would be hard to live that dual life, but I didnt really GET IT till I read G's book.

I will be dropping a review on Amazon when I get some more time to type. 

Great work!
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on September 01, 2012, 07:34:53 PM

When is the next  two parts coming out?


Mid November, 2012.  Thanks for the kind words, Chemsoldier.  A "can't-put-down" book was what I was aiming for.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: 16onRockandRoll on September 01, 2012, 09:42:41 PM
I have openly laughed a few times, My mouth has dropped open at a few times, and I clenched my fist in triumph when, umm, Grant, finally whooped his fathers ass.  Good story G.  Just how autobiographical is this, if you don't mind me asking?
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on September 02, 2012, 12:36:26 AM

I have openly laughed a few times, My mouth has dropped open at a few times, and I clenched my fist in triumph when, umm, Grant, finally whooped his fathers ass.  Good story G.  Just how autobiographical is this, if you don't mind me asking?


I am trying not to say which things are real and which aren't because when people know something isn't real then it takes away from the story.

The important part about the part of the story you mention is that whipping the father's ass formed Grant's outlook on life.  He realized that (1) he needed to fight to survive because no one will come to help you (like the government) when bad people do bad things, and (2) beating the bad guys feels good. 
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Grannywhiskers on September 03, 2012, 03:39:35 PM
G where was the powdered milk.  It met Grants  criteria and he had children?  Love both books.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on September 03, 2012, 04:23:53 PM

G where was the powdered milk.  It met Grants  criteria and he had children?  Love both books.


Great point.  I didn't include it because my kids don't like it, but your post reminds me to get some in my next run to Cash n' Carry.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Smurf Hunter on September 03, 2012, 10:19:08 PM
Heavy G,

Given that so many folks (myself included) have become first time Cash and Carry customer in the past week, do you have any tips?  Perhaps a starter shopping list for new preppers?

This weekend my family went to the C&C up in Kent.  My wife was even excited.  It's unreal what we got for just over $100.  I focus on medium-long term storage items that were easily divisible. 

Thanks
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on September 04, 2012, 07:40:14 AM
I'm going to C&C this weekend (it looks like) so I can have a pretty precise list in mind when I do.

Send me an email to glentate123@gmail.com and I'll put it in my "to do" folder. 

Anyone else wanting a C&C suggested list can do the same.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: PrepperJim on September 04, 2012, 05:07:51 PM
I finished the first book today. I'm going to put a list of questions for Heavy G based on the first book here:

1) In your personal experience, did you have to hide preps from your wife like Grant did in the book? If so, how did you prepare in the face of possibly getting caught at any time? I really would have a hard time hiding my preps from my wife. I have not been entirely open, but I have not hidden anything of substance from her.

2) You talked about choosing a .40 caliber Glock based upon the availability of ammo. Was that the deciding factor? I am thinking about my next gun purchase and would like a .45 Glock. The ammo is about 10% more expensive and I am thinking a .40 might be better. But, I have a 9 mm pistol for conceal-carry and am wondering if I should just stick with a full sized 9 mm pistol or branch out to another caliber.

3) My gun inventory is a .357 revolver, .22 revolver, Rem 870 12 gauge shotgun, .22 10/22 takedown and a 9 mm Kahr PM9. When considering my next purchase, would you recommend a Glock .40 or go for an AR? Of course, my wife would flip out if I brought home an AR, but that is another story....

4) Grant appears to never sleep. Between working, prepping, going to the cabin, hanging out at the gun shop and going to the tactical range, I doubt he had time for anything else. In reality, what Grant did in a short time period would probably take something like 4-5 years. Is this reasonable?

5) Grant started hanging out at the gun store as a way of getting connected with tactical shooters. Is that what you did? How long did it take until you got invited along for a tactical shooting weekend? Would it be better to just take a class and try and meet people that way?

Those are my questions for now. 

Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Smurf Hunter on September 04, 2012, 05:32:56 PM
I finished the first book today. I'm going to put a list of questions for Heavy G based on the first book here:

1) In your personal experience, did you have to hide preps from your wife like Grant did in the book? If so, how did you prepare in the face of possibly getting caught at any time? I really would have a hard time hiding my preps from my wife. I have not been entirely open, but I have not hidden anything of substance from her.

2) You talked about choosing a .40 caliber Glock based upon the availability of ammo. Was that the deciding factor? I am thinking about my next gun purchase and would like a .45 Glock. The ammo is about 10% more expensive and I am thinking a .40 might be better. But, I have a 9 mm pistol for conceal-carry and am wondering if I should just stick with a full sized 9 mm pistol or branch out to another caliber.

3) My gun inventory is a .357 revolver, .22 revolver, Rem 870 12 gauge shotgun, .22 10/22 takedown and a 9 mm Kahr PM9. When considering my next purchase, would you recommend a Glock .40 or go for an AR? Of course, my wife would flip out if I brought home an AR, but that is another story....

4) Grant appears to never sleep. Between working, prepping, going to the cabin, hanging out at the gun shop and going to the tactical range, I doubt he had time for anything else. In reality, what Grant did in a short time period would probably take something like 4-5 years. Is this reasonable?

5) Grant started hanging out at the gun store as a way of getting connected with tactical shooters. Is that what you did? How long did it take until you got invited along for a tactical shooting weekend? Would it be better to just take a class and try and meet people that way?

Those are my questions for now.

Regarding an AR - get a stripped lower.  It's cheap, small and the only "legal" part requiring paperwork, etc.  After that you can web order parts as desired.  Not to encourage sneaking around, but in my case asking forgiveness was more expedient than asking permission to build an AR.  I'm actually not done, but have the complete lower and a few other pieces.  I went temporarily grasshopper and spent my extra money on kid activities this past summer :(
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: fritz_monroe on September 04, 2012, 07:11:05 PM
Obviously I'm not Heavy G, but I know he preps or prepped in secret.  Here's a thread he started about this, Flip that Spouse (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3239.msg31217#msg31217).  I'm sure some of your questions are probably in there.

Jack's done several shows with some statistics about the effectiveness of the various calibers.  It's going to be a personal choice.  But based on your current inventory, you may want to consider sticking to the 9mm.  There's something to say about commonality of ammo in your inventory.

Smurf Hunter, you wouldn't happen to have some good links to selecting your stripped lower, would you?
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on September 04, 2012, 09:42:54 PM

I finished the first book today. I'm going to put a list of questions for Heavy G based on the first book here:

1) In your personal experience, did you have to hide preps from your wife like Grant did in the book? If so, how did you prepare in the face of possibly getting caught at any time? I really would have a hard time hiding my preps from my wife. I have not been entirely open, but I have not hidden anything of substance from her.


Yep, I had to hide them.  I just kept prepping even at the risk of getting caught.  Prepping was more important than getting caught.  Hiding my prepping from her was enormously difficult.  You can see the hardship of hiding things from her in the story.

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2) You talked about choosing a .40 caliber Glock based upon the availability of ammo. Was that the deciding factor? I am thinking about my next gun purchase and would like a .45 Glock. The ammo is about 10% more expensive and I am thinking a .40 might be better. But, I have a 9 mm pistol for conceal-carry and am wondering if I should just stick with a full sized 9 mm pistol or branch out to another caliber.


Availability of ammo was the prime factor in choosing a .40, but I think 9mm is plentiful.  In fact, I think 9mm is perfectly fine.  If you have a 9mm, I would suggest sticking with it.  I am not one of those internet commandos who says that a particular caliber is the be-all and end-all, and that other calibers suck.  9mm does the job just fine and it seems to be much more available than when I wrote those parts of the book.

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3) My gun inventory is a .357 revolver, .22 revolver, Rem 870 12 gauge shotgun, .22 10/22 takedown and a 9 mm Kahr PM9. When considering my next purchase, would you recommend a Glock .40 or go for an AR? Of course, my wife would flip out if I brought home an AR, but that is another story....


Definitely an AR.  Hands down.  No question.

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4) Grant appears to never sleep. Between working, prepping, going to the cabin, hanging out at the gun shop and going to the tactical range, I doubt he had time for anything else. In reality, what Grant did in a short time period would probably take something like 4-5 years. Is this reasonable?


I did all this in a three-year range or so.  I started prepping in the summer of 2008.  I started writing the book in early 2010.  I sleep but I don't do much else other than the activities you mentioned.  I get up at about 4:30 am and go until I drop at about 9:00 pm.  I have a lot to do: getting ready for SHTF, my family, and writing the books.  *shrugs*  It's just how I am.

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5) Grant started hanging out at the gun store as a way of getting connected with tactical shooters. Is that what you did? How long did it take until you got invited along for a tactical shooting weekend? Would it be better to just take a class and try and meet people that way?


I hung out at the gun store because there were lots of cool people.  The real "Chip" has a magnetic personality and I hung out to be around him.  I was hanging out there about six months when I got invited out to shoot. 

I'm not sure how to meet people who are tactical shooters; Chip asking me out to shoot was a fluke (I think it was God who set me on this path).  I wonder if going to IDPA shoots or something similar would be a good way to find fellow preppers.   I don't know how I would have done this if I hadn't run into Chip.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Smurf Hunter on September 04, 2012, 09:50:37 PM
Smurf Hunter, you wouldn't happen to have some good links to selecting your stripped lower, would you?

No.  I paid a little more than I had to, but the upside was the lower was machined in the same town I live and I got to shake the man's hand that owned the shop.  I frequently hear rumors of $75 lowers at gun shows, etc.  but in practice seems like you gotta spend $125 to get one that's undoubtedly trusted to not have machine or spec flaws.  For my first build I needed a bit of confidence.  While we're talking ARs, last year during Black Friday sales, I grabbed about 8x 30rnd pmags for $11 each.  Given the current political climate, I probably should've got at least twice as many.  Keep your eyes open for the same this season.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: PrepperJim on September 05, 2012, 05:11:12 AM


I did all this in a three-year range or so.  I started prepping in the summer of 2008.  I started writing the book in early 2010.  I sleep but I don't do much else other than the activities you mentioned.  I get up at about 4:30 am and go until I drop at about 9:00 pm.  I have a lot to do: getting ready for SHTF, my family, and writing the books.  *shrugs*  It's just how I am.


Thanks Heavy G.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on September 05, 2012, 08:55:16 PM

5) Grant started hanging out at the gun store as a way of getting connected with tactical shooters. Is that what you did? How long did it take until you got invited along for a tactical shooting weekend? Would it be better to just take a class and try and meet people that way?


PrepperJim:  I have a few more thoughts on this. Sorta.  I just talked to the real Pow.  He agrees with me that there isn't any magical formula for meeting guys and forming a team.  It just happens.  He said that the key is like-minded people hanging out and if a team forms, it forms.  Sorry that that's vague, but I wanted to give you Pow's thoughts on this.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Collapse - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Nadir_E on September 06, 2012, 09:50:49 PM
I appreciate how the main character's life experiences are explained.  Too many books start out with the protagonist an assumed bad-ass tactical operator, and you've got no back story to validate it.  On the other extreme, some books feature Joe Sixpack who magically rises to the challenge just because the plot needed an underdog hero.  Neither is easy to relate to, and neither is instructional for the reader.

I couldn't agree more.  I recently quit reading a post-apocalyptic novel (very early on, actually) when the protagonist, who knew he needed to lose weight and quit smoking, out-ran an Army patrol in a HMMWV.  If that wasn't the author dreaming that rather than get in shape now, he'd just "rise to the occasion" when the SHTF, I don't know what is.  That kind of "I'll fix it later" thinking is going to get a lot of people killed (que Zombieland over-write - Rule Number 1: Cardio).

That Grant goes through the evolution from slug to physically capable I think is very important.  People who choose to follow in his footsteps will learn a critical lesson - one I learned personally.  You CAN change your life.  There is a tendency to accept things the way they are rather than make them as they should be.  Eating right and exercising become empowering and WILL lead to other changes (ask me how I know).

Long-winded way of saying I found Grant very believable and the life he was living (i.e. spousal / child issues) equally so.  That makes much of the rest of the story more readily digestible.

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I feel Grant Matson is a legitimate character.  Even someone from the opposite political spectrum should be able to at least understand how/why he became the man he is.  I'm guessing this is deliberate by the author to give credibility to this bigger mission these books are focused on.

That's my biggest take away at this point.  I'm sure I'll return to nitpick technical stuff as I encounter it.  :)

Given some of the shenanigans we've seen in government over the past several decades, the corruption depicted there is probably on the light side. :D

I didn't find any technical issues over which to quibble, just the odd typo here or there.  I DID find a kick in the pants about a few areas of my own preps where I'd been procrastinating.  In that way it was a little spendy to read the book! ;D

One area where I wonder how I'd handle things compared to Grant is the BOL.  I have a very large extended family and a larger group of friends, many of whom know I prep.  I have often gotten the "if the SHTF I'm coming to your house!" remark, to which I nervously smirk.  Now that I'm actually contemplating a land purchase for BOL / vacation purposes, though, I know it could never be big enough for all those people.  Disclosing that purchase (if, God willing it happens), will be a real hurdle for me.  I know the character expresses concern about disclosing his and even leads Pow to the BOL in a roundabout way for security reasons.  I wonder if I'd go a step further and keep some of the preps hidden on/around the property, even from those invited to visit.

-N
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Andy44 on September 07, 2012, 08:07:29 AM
Heavy G,

Just finished reading books 1 and 2 - can't wait for the next two!

The way normalcy bias was used in the storyline, particularly in relation to Lisa's character really made me think about how it would be in the real world. I guess it depends on the individuals background and upbringing, but I reckon you have it pretty much spot on.

If you based the prepping in the books on the stuff you actually did - way to go, and more power to you! Absolutely awesome!

Small piece of constructive feedback (and I feel bad even saying this because I can guess how much work has gone in, and the result is truly awesome): I downloaded the kindle versions, and there were quiet a few typo's and grammar points in the two books (not enough to spoil the enjoyment, but more than you might find in a conventionally published book).

That aside - a big "Congratulations".
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: PrepperJim on September 07, 2012, 08:19:13 AM
PrepperJim:  I have a few more thoughts on this. Sorta.  I just talked to the real Pow.  He agrees with me that there isn't any magical formula for meeting guys and forming a team.  It just happens.  He said that the key is like-minded people hanging out and if a team forms, it forms.  Sorry that that's vague, but I wanted to give you Pow's thoughts on this.

Thanks Heavy G.

This one is tough for me because I am anti-social. I spent too much time at work talking to people that when I come home I just want to not talk to people. Ask my wife, she will tell you. ;-)
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: backwoods_engineer on September 08, 2012, 08:43:11 AM
I agree with Smurf that Grant seems like a real person, someone that I can relate to.  His experiences, both good and bad, have made him the man that he is, and the exposition of those experiences early in Book 1 really pay off.

I finished both Book 1 and Book 2 last weekend.  I bought them on Kindle, and I could not put the thing down.  Incredibly well paced, very exciting but I am DYING to see how the story continues!

Heavy G, I know you need to stretch this out for revenue's sake, but dude, November? Yer killin' me :-)
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: PrepperJim on September 08, 2012, 09:00:28 AM
I posted a separate review on my blog (http://winterant.com/home.html/2012/09/book-review-299-days-one/). All 5 readers regularly shut down the server so don't go there all at once!! :-)

Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: cheryl1 on September 08, 2012, 09:30:57 AM
What happened to the little sister? Seemed like Grant protected her growing up, but then she dropped off the face of the Earth (unless I missed a reference somewhere).
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on September 08, 2012, 10:18:31 AM

I posted a separate review on my blog (http://winterant.com/home.html/2012/09/book-review-299-days-one/). All 5 readers regularly shut down the server so don't go there all at once!! :-)


Thanks, "Winter Ant."  I put your review on the 299 Days' blog.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on September 08, 2012, 10:20:57 AM

What happened to the little sister? Seemed like Grant protected her growing up, but then she dropped off the face of the Earth (unless I missed a reference somewhere).


Cheryl:

You'll be hearing lots more from Grant's sister.  She has a chapter in every book and a prominent role in the epilogue.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: cheryl1 on September 08, 2012, 10:41:44 AM
Ok good, I was afraid Grant had just abandoned her.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Grannywhiskers on September 08, 2012, 10:55:30 AM
I have read both books as Kindle downloads.  When I get into a good book...my mind just automaticaly corrects typos unles their are to many.  So...I had no problem with typos  ;D
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: IFixTeeth2000 on September 08, 2012, 02:23:00 PM
Heavy G (or anyone else that may know)...

When Grant goes to Cash and Carry then takes all his spagetti, beans, etc to the storage unit, he vacuum seals all of it.

Is this just into the clear bags that go with a food saver machine?  Are you throwing an O2 absorber into it as well (it reads as if you are not).

Just curious.  I have a few hours to kill tonight and have lots of bulk food and a food saver machine with plenty of bags... but no O2 absorbers!

Mark
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Post by: Nadir_E on September 08, 2012, 03:23:53 PM
Heavy G (or anyone else that may know)...

When Grant goes to Cash and Carry then takes all his spagetti, beans, etc to the storage unit, he vacuum seals all of it.

Is this just into the clear bags that go with a food saver machine?  Are you throwing an O2 absorber into it as well (it reads as if you are not).

Just curious.  I have a few hours to kill tonight and have lots of bulk food and a food saver machine with plenty of bags... but no O2 absorbers!

Mark

Mark - it's a matter of degree.  The vacuum sealing goes a LONG way toward increasing longevity of the item stored.  The 02 absorber just goes that much further, eliminating the oxygen the vacuum couldn't get out.  You'll be increasing the shelf life considerably with just the vacuum sealer, don't sweat not having o2 absorbers this time around (but if you DO have *hand*warmers* around, they're the same thing - use them).

-N
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on September 08, 2012, 09:21:32 PM

Heavy G (or anyone else that may know)...

When Grant goes to Cash and Carry then takes all his spagetti, beans, etc to the storage unit, he vacuum seals all of it.

Is this just into the clear bags that go with a food saver machine?  Are you throwing an O2 absorber into it as well (it reads as if you are not).

Just curious.  I have a few hours to kill tonight and have lots of bulk food and a food saver machine with plenty of bags... but no O2 absorbers!

Mark


The book apparently doesn't specify this, but I throw 02 absorbers in most of the time.  Nadir is right: 02 absorbers are not critical.  Nice, but not critical. 
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Post by: Heavy G on September 09, 2012, 07:39:52 PM
The songs in the soundtrack for Book One are explained here:

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

Don't read this unless you've already read Book One.
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Post by: Black November on September 11, 2012, 12:47:34 PM
Great Book

I could literally feel Grant's hesitation as he walked into the Capitol City Guns and the Cash & Carry for the first time.

Having shopped at these kinds of establishments for many years now, I had long forgotten what that felt like.
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Post by: WVMan73 on September 12, 2012, 04:34:54 PM
Hey G! After reading both the first two books, I passed them on to my father. He's 75 and a big reader. He's loving book 1! (He's kind of picky too, so this is saying something. lol) I'd say you've got another reader hooked on your books. ;) Great job!

After reading both books I'm amazed that you aren't a long time writer. These really don't read like something written by a new author. Are you sure you aren't... oh, I don't know... John Grisham or someone like that, hiding under a new name so the .gov doesn't find out you prep???  :tinfoily:

 8) ;)
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Post by: Heavy G on September 12, 2012, 08:37:58 PM

After reading both books I'm amazed that you aren't a long time writer. These really don't read like something written by a new author. Are you sure you aren't... oh, I don't know... John Grisham or someone like that, hiding under a new name so the .gov doesn't find out you prep???  :tinfoily:

 8) ;)


*evil laughter*  I'm a super famous author hiding out as "Glen Tate."  *more evil laughter*  *lying*  *just a regular guy who wrote down some stuff*
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Post by: Serenity Gulch on September 13, 2012, 08:30:11 AM
I'm about 2/3 of the way thru book one. It's taking me a little longer to start enjoying this book than the rest of you. Maybe it's a woman thing but I just kept thinking if he spends all that time at the gun range, gun store, storage unit, cabin, etc no wonder his marriage is in trouble. And the way he's subverting his daughter against mom just seems really wrong to me. I kept wishing he would give his wife more of a chance. I hope Lisa gets a chance to come around in later books and becomes a strong character because so far all the female characters seem to either be shrews or doormats.

With that being said, the book has motivated me to get my butt in gear again as far as our food stores. Really wishing we had Cash and Carry in the midwest but at least I have a Costco membership.

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Post by: WVMan73 on September 13, 2012, 03:24:24 PM
*evil laughter*  I'm a super famous author hiding out as "Glen Tate."  *more evil laughter*  *lying*  *just a regular guy who wrote down some stuff*

Pretty damn good stuff ya wrote down there G. Careful though, you'll make us all believe that it was easy. lol
 ;)
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Post by: Heavy G on September 13, 2012, 09:19:55 PM

I hope Lisa gets a chance to come around in later books and becomes a strong character because so far all the female characters seem to either be shrews or doormats.


You will like Book Three and onward.
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Post by: Serenity Gulch on September 14, 2012, 08:14:55 AM
You will like Book Three and onward.

Yay! Finished book 1 last night and immediately bought book 2 for my kindle. IMO the writing style was a little rough in the first few chapters but the style and story improved exponentially as the book progressed. Thankfully I have the kindle software on my computer at work so hopefully I can sneak in getting started on book 2 during lunch.  ;)

Now that Bernanke has unleased "QE To Infinity and Beyond" I feel like I should be going thru your books with a highlighter and a to-do list.
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Post by: JC2 on September 15, 2012, 11:12:24 PM
Heavy G
Just had to give you a thumbs up for your series. Just finished the second book and have thoroughly enjoyed the first two in the series.
Yours is only the second book i have ever left a review on in Amazon (the other was an extremely bad review of a CD) but when a book brings out actual emotions from me i thought it at least deserved a few minutes of my time to let others know.
I look forward to the other books. Thanks again for such a great read.
JC2
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on September 16, 2012, 06:59:18 AM
Thanks, JC2.  You bring up a good point about emotional reactions to the book.  I need to say some things about that.

Before I wrote the book, I would have been stunned to hear that I brought out emotions in someone.  But when I wrote the book, I brought out emotions in myself.  A couple times when I wrote things that happen later in the series, I actually teared up.  And they weren't things about myself.  They were about the enormity of what's coming (good and bad). 

The emotions in Book One and Book Two are just a warm up for what's coming in later books.  Get ready for some very, very big emotional impacts (at least I hope so).  If the chapter "Lives, Fortunes, and Sacred Honor" (Book Five) doesn't hit you hard, then nothing will.  So will the chapter "The Octopus Family" (Book Five) and "Lil' Sissy" (Book Eight).  The chapter "Every New Years Day From Here on Out" (Book Ten) is very powerful too.

If you will indulge me...  There are a couple of lines from a Jamey Johnson song called "That's Why I Write Songs" that sum up how I am totally amazed that a regular guy like me can bring out emotions in people through a book, and how I think I was put here to write this book and help people.

Here is the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzXu37K4tIY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzXu37K4tIY)

The lines (at 2:18 to 2:46) are:

     I remember how it blew my mind
     I played a song and watched a grown man cry
     It was at that moment when I just knew
     What I was born to do

Another amazing thing about writing this book is that it's my life right there on paper or a Kindle screen.  When people react strongly to my own life, it's a stunning sensation.  In the song, Jamey Johnson is talking about why he writes songs (at 1:50 to 2:00) and says:

     It ain't what I do
     It's who I am

That's not too amazing for Jamey Johnson, who is a professional songwriter.  But it is amazing for me because writing this book isn't what I do--I'm not a professional author.  This book is who I am.  And it is an extreme honor for that to impact people like it is.  An extreme honor.

Thank each of you for reading the book.  Thank you.
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Post by: Heavy G on September 18, 2012, 08:55:42 PM
cheryl1 is raisin' 'em right...

(http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q611/cherylrussell1/8608B38A-728D-44F4-BD97-F0E02B408C6D-4635-0000095A489C8881.jpg)
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Post by: markl32 on September 22, 2012, 01:35:13 AM
Possible technical glitch;

I think its in book one that Grant talks about a shotgun sling that he had custom made "2 years ago" but he had just gotten back into shooting and recently (less than two year) bought his shotgun. 

Or maybe I read it wrong. 

In any case - great work!
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Post by: cpf240 on September 23, 2012, 02:47:16 PM
First off, I have to say that I'm really enjoying book 1 so far.

What I'd like to suggest, if it hasn't been already, would be for a links section either here or on the blog to TSP threads and other sites / info mentioned in the books.

For example, I'd love to find the dosage guide that Grant was putting in this preps with the fish antibiotics. I couldn't find it here on TSP, so perhaps my search-foo isn't what it should be...

Looking forward to the rest of the series!
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on September 23, 2012, 07:46:50 PM

What I'd like to suggest, if it hasn't been already, would be for a links section either here or on the blog to TSP threads and other sites / info mentioned in the books.

For example, I'd love to find the dosage guide that Grant was putting in this preps with the fish antibiotics. I couldn't find it here on TSP, so perhaps my search-foo isn't what it should be...


I thought about that, but, to be honest, it would be hours of work.  I don't have the time.

Hey, could some of you guys put up a thread called something like "TSP Threads About Stuff in 299 Days."  You guys could take an item from the book (like the fish antibiotic dosing) and then put in a link to the thread.
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Post by: EMichael on September 24, 2012, 01:47:19 PM
Heavy G,

I have enjoyed both books.  There are a number of eerie parallels to my personal life.  I also grew up in a small Washington logging town (Deming, near Mount Baker).  My father was only occasionally around during my teenage years, leaving me to learn many rural life skills on my own.  I left home (and home town) to go to college and never looked back, although I do not have a dysfunctional relationship with my parents.  Post college I spent eight years living 'in town' before realizing in 2003 that I needed to get back to the country, and currently live in rural NW Oregon.

And to keep going...  I've done a lot of shopping at the Lacey Cabela's, including putting together most of our BOBs there.  My sister & father both live on Hartstine Island, and have to cross the neighbor's property to get to the beach. 

Any my personal kicker...  My wife's name is Lisa.  She goes along with my prepping, but hasn't fully bought into it.  And, while not a ER doctor, she does work in the legal field.

Small piece of constructive feedback (and I feel bad even saying this because I can guess how much work has gone in, and the result is truly awesome): I downloaded the kindle versions, and there were quiet a few typo's and grammar points in the two books (not enough to spoil the enjoyment, but more than you might find in a conventionally published book).

Question, and this is directed more to you as an author than as a prepper....  I have often wondered if author's want to know about typos and errors in their books.  For example, when I read Patriots I realized some of the time lines were implausible and did not make sense.  I would like to point out those sorts of story line problems, but I do not want to be insulting or overly critical of the author.  However, if it was my literary work, I would want to know about the problems so I could correct them for future releases. 

So my question...  If we readers spot something goofy, do you want to know about it, or should we just keep reading?

Heavy G, I know you need to stretch this out for revenue's sake, but dude, November? Yer killin' me :-)

Plus one on this point! 


Tell ya what...  I will give you today a top line price for a big hard cover novel for all 10 books.  I have read books 1 & 2 and I am anxious to continue.  My biggest fear right now is that I will lose interest and forget the plot lines if I have to stretch this out over the next year.  I really want to know what happens and I don't want the series to go by my personal wayside.   :D

As for the entire set being too long....  Ever ready any of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels?  It takes me a couple weeks to get through one of those.  In contrast, I started & finished book 2 between MSP & SEA on the plane yesterday.  (Just one guy's $.02)

Thanks for the books,
-Eric
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Post by: MTUCache on September 24, 2012, 02:55:07 PM
Finished Book 1 late last week, will likely finish Book 2 on the train home this evening. Reading on Kindle.

Concerning Style:
I noticed there was at least one commenter on the Amazon store who gave the book 3/5 based upon the editing. For as enthralled as I was by the story, I have to say that I did notice that too... not so much the editing (a few swapped words here and there, but nothing that makes it look too amateurish), but the sentence structure. It's not a "right" or "wrong" thing, it's just a writing style that takes some getting used to.

Short, simple, staccato sentences are personable, even if they don't flow. It matches the way you think internally, but it makes for slightly awkward reading sometimes, especially if you have an internal pattern like I do. Like I said, it's a personal preference, and once I got used to it it didn't impact my enjoyment of the books at all. If it makes you feel any better, it's a lot easier to get used to than Hemingway's prose, and while there's plenty of discussion about his style you can't argue with his results.  ;D

If there was any additional editing work to be done, I'd just mention that with the "internal dialogue" style you need to be clear about who's "internal dialogue" you're reading. Typically it's Grant's, which is perfect for his type of character, but other times it shifts to another character (where it feels slightly out of place), and sometimes it's without a character and you're inside the author's head... not necessarily a problem, but it is noticeable.

Concerning Content:
The story here is very engaging. Anyone who's got any background at all in preparedness is going to enjoy these, because it puts on paper the things we think (and talk) about all the time. Seeing this from someone else's perspective, and not knowing how the story will progress is endlessly fascinating. At every critical moment you're thinking through the "Choose Your Own Adventure" scenarios and either nodding in consent with the character or (silently) cursing him out for not doing what you'd do, but not in a comical "horror movie" way where you know what's going to happen to them.

You've got a very good mix here of action and doldrums, and the right amount of going into details for someone who's a relatively newb-prepper (explaining some basics while leaving others to be explained by context). I'm not a gun guy, but I absorb a lot of it through forums and podcasts. If there's any one area where there may be a few too many details it's probably here, but again, that's coming from a guy who's not all that into guns.

Without a doubt a page-turner, and I'm confident you'll be reading "Couldn't put it down!" reviews from everyone around here. Not quite sure how it will be received outside of the TSP, if at all, but I think you've done a fantastic job here.

I'm a little skeptical about trying to get this into my wife's hands, if only for the large amount of firearms info in Book 1, but I do think that this is a very good "Intro to Prepping: Get Your Mind Around This" kind of book for anyone who is at least mildly comfortable with the idea of owning a weapon. If they're not open to that, I don't see them enjoying the first one (and therefore not moving onto the rest)... but then again, this book certainly wasn't written for "everyone".

Excellent. I, like everyone else here, is anxiously awaiting the next two installments.  :)
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Post by: Never2L8 on September 24, 2012, 06:57:41 PM
Let me first say that I am enjoying the books so far.  I do, however, have a couple of concerns surrounding the topic of autism.

First, I thought that Grant's response to Cole's diagnosis of autism was a little like being told that "your son has stubbed his toe".  Rather, I would expect more of a slight panic, as almost everything from then on would somehow revolve around accommodations for Cole.  Dietary considerations, education issues, end of normal social life, occupational therapy, and other 'special needs' come to mind.

Second, with Cole's diagnosis, I would expect a Gluten Free - Casein Free diet would have been implemented.  This would have cut out any wheat products, which would include 'normal' pancakes, Cole's favorite.  Yes, powdered milk would have been a no-no also.  I would have thought that Lisa, being an ER Doctor, would have started the GFCF diet for Cole.  (Oh, wait a minute.... I forgot about the medical community's 'official' stance on the cause and treatment of autism.  Thimerosal and GMOs anyone?)

As someone who has dealt with autism for over 13 years, there is very little that is done within the family confines that doesn't somehow revolve around certain accommodations.  I would like to see how this is handled in the remainder of the series.

As stated above, I really am enjoying the series thus far.  I just wish that the books read a little slower (or that I could read them slower).
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on September 24, 2012, 10:11:56 PM
Eric:

I got drunk in a tavern in Deming once.  Deming and Forks are very similar.

You will be pleased to know that Harstine Island is discussed in a later book in the series.

I do want to know about typos.  You (or anyone else) can email them to me at glentate123@gmail.com.  We can fix them and put out new hardcopy and Kindle and Nook editions.  We are fixing a couple of typos in Book Two.  This makes the first editions rare.

G
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on September 24, 2012, 10:17:17 PM
Thanks, MTUCache.

On the short sentences, you should have seen the first draft I sent to the publisher.  Many short sentences.  Many.  (There, I did it right there.)

The editors made some of the sentences longer and more "novel-y" as I call it.  But not all of them.  They kept my writing style my own.

Remember: I don't read fiction so I had no idea how it was supposed to sound.

On the guns thing, I hear you.  I go into "shopping list" detail in Book One.  But wait until Book Three.  Many wives and girlfriends who wonder about this Lisa character will see themselves in Book Three and they'll like what they see in Lisa. 

Thanks for your thoughtful post.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on September 24, 2012, 10:22:30 PM
Never2L8: You will like how Cole's autism is treated in future books, especially Chapter 225 "Lil' Sissy" in Book Eight.  There is a reason why I don't dwell in Book One and Book Two on the things Cole can't do.  And remember that he has a medium case of autism.
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Post by: Robinelli on September 29, 2012, 02:23:27 PM
My favorite thing about the book was the continual reminders of normalcy bias and the examples provided. Excellent!

I loved how the essential prep items were underlined (I have the kindle version).

It took time to get used to the short sentences but once I did I didn't think about it anymore.

I loved hearing about Cole and look forward to learning more. My son has Aspergers so this was a personal interest of mine.

I did want to hear more about what Lisa was doing when grant was out every weekend. I wanted more from her perspective. I understand that's coming.

There was a little too much gun gun gun conversation haha for me. I don't know anything about guns so my eyes glazed over a couple of times lol. But I did highlight some areas to
Come back to, I am actually considering a gun now. This is a big step for me. I recently posted about my gun fears on this forum.

I'm highly jealous of Grant's cabin and preps!
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on September 29, 2012, 05:51:17 PM

I am actually considering a gun now.


Email me, Robinelli, and I'd be happy to give you some thoughts on a good starter gun to get.  I'm very practical; no "mall ninja" stuff.
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Post by: Veritas on September 30, 2012, 10:10:36 AM
HG,
Read both of the books nearly non-stop. Really loved them. Can't wait for the rest of the series to come out. The Lisa character really frustrated me but I understand that personality. My GF is exactly the same way. She actually will tell me she doesn't want to talk about it because she just doesnt like thinking about bad things happening.  :o As if that will make them go away.

Anyway, really enjoyed books 1 and 2. I wish you could / would release the rest of the series more rapidly.
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Post by: Robinelli on September 30, 2012, 02:16:20 PM
HG,
Read both of the books nearly non-stop. Really loved them. Can't wait for the rest of the series to come out. The Lisa character really frustrated me but I understand that personality. My GF is exactly the same way. She actually will tell me she doesn't want to talk about it because she just doesnt like thinking about bad things happening.  :o As if that will make them go away.

Anyway, really enjoyed books 1 and 2. I wish you could / would release the rest of the series more rapidly.

My mom is the SAME way. She says she'd rather not think about it until/unless something happens  :o
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Post by: MTUCache on September 30, 2012, 03:08:33 PM
My mom is the SAME way. She says she'd rather not think about it until/unless something happens  :o
Same with my wife... it's a struggle simply to talk about saving for retirement because she's terrified to even think about growing old or a rainy day showing up... and don't even talk about SHTF scenarios... she won't even have a discussion about our kids growing up without being on the verge of tears.   ::)

Sure makes discussing things like food storage and home protection a one-sided struggle.
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Post by: Mental Arson on October 06, 2012, 10:13:39 PM
Will there be audio book versions?
I work 14+ hours a day and commute 1hr each way...zero time to site down and read.
Lots of time to soak up audio books, podcasts, etc.
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Post by: Heavy G on October 07, 2012, 10:39:10 AM
Audio books might be on the horizon.  Don't know yet.  It has to do with knowing if there would be enough sales to cover the hard costs.
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Post by: Alan Georges on October 12, 2012, 09:37:17 PM
Will there be audio book versions?
I work 14+ hours a day and commute 1hr each way...zero time to site down and read.
Lots of time to soak up audio books, podcasts, etc.
On a Kindle (or other e-readers, maybe) there's an earbud output, and the text-to-speach works pretty well.  Kind of robotic sounding, but it is easy to understand and good enough.  A lot of newer car stereos have an aux input for mp3 players.  Patched in through that, it's almost as good as an audio book.   Kind of clunky, but it works.

Back on topic: the first book was slow and frustrating for me -- just like real life!  The second one is taking off like a rollercoaster just starting to roll.
Title: Re: 299 Days: The Preparation (Book One) - book discussion [SPOILER ALERT]
Post by: Heavy G on October 13, 2012, 07:32:26 AM

Back on topic: the first book was slow and frustrating for me -- just like real life!  The second one is taking off like a rollercoaster just starting to roll.


Book Three is the gas pedal.  You hit it and off you go.
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Post by: devildog78 on October 19, 2012, 09:11:04 AM
Well I just started book 1 and I am almost finished.  Very good book, I can't wait to get started on The Collapse.  Heavy G is a great author.
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Post by: Heavy G on October 19, 2012, 08:50:23 PM
Thank you, Sergeant.
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Post by: Peringle on October 21, 2012, 06:09:30 PM
Love the book one so far. Just got to the part where Grant showed his daughter the shed. The only part in the book that made me go WTF was when Grant was asked how much it all cost and responded with "as much as an ounce of gold would have cost when i wanted to buy it but mom wouldn't let me". To me it just seems to put in a possibility of causing conflict between the daughter and her mother. Basically by saying I wanted to prepare to save us but mom didn't want me too. Besides that point its a great story so far.
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Post by: Chemsoldier on October 21, 2012, 07:23:20 PM
Love the book one so far. Just got to the part where Grant showed his daughter the shed. The only part in the book that made me go WTF was when Grant was asked how much it all cost and responded with "as much as an ounce of gold would have cost when i wanted to buy it but mom wouldn't let me". To me it just seems to put in a possibility of causing conflict between the daughter and her mother. Basically by saying I wanted to prepare to save us but mom didn't want me too. Besides that point its a great story so far.
We all say intemperate things at times.  If Grant was perfect it wouldnt be very interesting.

G, I read the first two books again.  Great series.  Thinking about getting an AK-74 now also.
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Post by: Heavy G on October 21, 2012, 08:08:08 PM

Love the book one so far. Just got to the part where Grant showed his daughter the shed. The only part in the book that made me go WTF was when Grant was asked how much it all cost and responded with "as much as an ounce of gold would have cost when i wanted to buy it but mom wouldn't let me". To me it just seems to put in a possibility of causing conflict between the daughter and her mother. Basically by saying I wanted to prepare to save us but mom didn't want me too. Besides that point its a great story so far.


I see your point, but that's what I blurted out to my daughter.  This is an example of Grant (me) not being perfect. 
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Post by: Heavy G on October 21, 2012, 08:09:50 PM

Thinking about getting an AK-74 now also.


Cool.  I just got done shooting mine today.  Not as accurate as an AR, but waaayyy cheaper. 
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Post by: Peringle on October 23, 2012, 06:53:12 PM
I see your point, but that's what I blurted out to my daughter.  This is an example of Grant (me) not being perfect.

Awesome book man! hopefully picking up book two on friday.
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Post by: Absit on November 27, 2012, 05:48:32 PM
I just wish I could find a gun store that had people hanging out there that I actually trusted and wanted to hang out with..
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Post by: 4bull on November 27, 2012, 07:57:10 PM
Just got the  first 4 books . half way through the fist one .
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Post by: Heavy G on November 27, 2012, 08:30:36 PM

I just wish I could find a gun store that had people hanging out there that I actually trusted and wanted to hang out with..


I'll admit it's unusual.  But true.  I have a good imagination, but how could I make up a guy in a suit working on an AR because he has "shop privileges"?  You can't make that stuff up.

PS, speaking of the gun shop, here are some of the real live people, including "Chip" (farthest away on the right):

(http://i628.photobucket.com/albums/uu5/Heavy_G/IMG_0648-1.jpg?t=1352678993)
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Post by: Heavy G on November 27, 2012, 08:31:27 PM

Just got the  first 4 books . half way through the fist one .


Let me know what you think about the books, 4bull.  I love what you have to say on this forum.
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Post by: 4bull on November 29, 2012, 06:41:54 PM
I liked it ..
it helps me see how diffrent we all are .
in the book the fixing things , well it back fires to a point that you can do it they know you can .
and they get mad when you don't . i had guns all over when we married and that was the way it was ,and would stay that way. LOL I'm not right. being a packrat when Y2K my wife freaked out 2 days out " what are we going to do "LOL so book one reminds me of what i did for Y2K, Oh when they wake up .
Great job
On to book 2
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Post by: frjoeb on December 17, 2012, 01:37:09 PM
Finished Book 1 and couldn't stop.  Finished Book 2 in like 2 days.  Can't get enough Heavy G -great books.  I am going to leave feedback on Amazon tonight.  Can't wait for Book 3.
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Post by: backwoods_engineer on December 17, 2012, 02:41:36 PM
Finished Book 1 and couldn't stop.  Finished Book 2 in like 2 days.  Can't get enough Heavy G -great books.  I am going to leave feedback on Amazon tonight.  Can't wait for Book 3.

You do know Books 3 & 4 are already out?
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Post by: frjoeb on December 21, 2012, 07:13:01 AM
backwoods_engineer

Yes I do.  I am about half way through Book 3.  Thanks and Merry Christmas.   
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Post by: Heavy G on December 21, 2012, 10:51:29 AM

Thanks and Merry Christmas.


You too, frjoeb - and EVERYONE else who has read the books.  Every single day I marvel at how this book is helping people.  It never gets old.
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Post by: Hootie on December 21, 2012, 10:59:19 AM
Every single day I marvel at how this book is helping people.  It never gets old.

+1 for getting this idea out there and in a book form. It is a good read.
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Post by: kellgy on December 22, 2012, 09:18:30 PM
Well, I just got and read the first book. Near the end of the book, I had to pick up some supplies for our Christmas party. While there, I got bulk salt, and some canned goods. I felt like I was sneaking around in plain site not unlike what I read in the book. It is eerie how the book portrays some of my real life experiences.

I am guessing the series is trying to simulate a most likely scenario. I love how reality is sprinkled throughout the writing. You have done us a great service with your book writing efforts. Thank you Heavy G.

~D
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Post by: Heavy G on December 23, 2012, 05:46:30 AM

It is eerie how the book portrays some of my real life experiences.


Thanks, kellgy.  The reason for that is not my brilliance; it's the fact that I was writing about things we've all done or at least thought. 
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Post by: bunnyhunter on February 07, 2013, 03:59:02 PM
  I just finished book one and loved it. Which is how I found this sight. I read a little bit the first night I got it.  Then the next night I thought I would read a little more.  Well I ended up staying up half the night so I could finish it. Definitely couldn't put it down. It wasn't a very productive day in the shop the next day. I think it was so good because I could relate to it and see myself doing the same things.  I ordered books 2-4 from Amazon right away. Now Im kicking myself for paying next day air delivery. Its going to be a lond weekend waiting for them to come.  great writing hope the rest are half as good. Jeremy






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Post by: backwoods_engineer on February 08, 2013, 12:06:10 PM
  I just finished book one and loved it. Which is how I found this sight. I read a little bit the first night I got it.  Then the next night I thought I would read a little more.  Well I ended up staying up half the night so I could finish it. Definitely couldn't put it down. It wasn't a very productive day in the shop the next day. I think it was so good because I could relate to it and see myself doing the same things.  I ordered books 2-4 from Amazon right away. Now Im kicking myself for paying next day air delivery. Its going to be a lond weekend waiting for them to come.  great writing hope the rest are half as good. Jeremy

Jeremy, you might want to slow down... "Glen Tate" (our own Heavy G) said the other day on Armed American Radio that Book 5 won't be out until the end of March.  Word to the wise...
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Post by: Heavy G on February 08, 2013, 08:44:20 PM

  I just finished book one and loved it. Which is how I found this sight. I read a little bit the first night I got it.  Then the next night I thought I would read a little more.  Well I ended up staying up half the night so I could finish it. Definitely couldn't put it down. It wasn't a very productive day in the shop the next day. I think it was so good because I could relate to it and see myself doing the same things.  I ordered books 2-4 from Amazon right away. Now Im kicking myself for paying next day air delivery. Its going to be a lond weekend waiting for them to come.  great writing hope the rest are half as good. Jeremy


Great, Jeremy.  Thanks, man.
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Post by: MississippiJarhead on June 06, 2013, 04:12:38 AM
The character development was superb and held my attention in parts that could easily been boring if not handled properly.

The story of Grants' path to prepping is very familiar to me because it's nearly identical to my own. I was already a gun guy and a hunter but the rest is amazingly like my experience. Heck, I also happen to carry a Glock 22/27 and LCP!

Like most everyone has said, the Wife is VERY frustrating but you need some conflict in a book.

My only knock is the price to material ration. I read all five books since last Friday.
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Post by: Slow runner on November 17, 2013, 03:13:04 PM
Halfway into the first book, can put it down. I was wondering how some people had posted that they had gone through two or three books so fast! Now I know! So real!