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.: 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.