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I just read "Far North". Pretty good book about social collapse seemingly without a political agenda.
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"Dies The Fire" and the two that follow it (forget their names) by S.M. Sterling.
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I found "Life As We Knew It",by Susan Beth Pfeffer to be a good read.
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Read "No Surrender : My 30 Year War" by Hiroo Onoda.
He survived & evaded capture - giving up in 1974 in the Philipines. He was still fighting WW2.............true story.

If you want to add some true horror, read "Factories of Death" by Sheldon Harris.
It documents the true biological warfare experiments the Japanese carried out against prisoners of war (and were never prosecuted for).

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Initially there is a terrorist nuclear attack on the east coast of the US which leads to World War three between the US, Russia and China. It is a devastating nuclear war. The East Coast and West Coasts of the US become radiated killing zones. To enter there is to die a slow agonizing death. When the war ends, most of the people on earth are dead.

An old 19th Century abandoned cattle ranch called Avalon becomes a refuge for a few people who want to survive. They fight off repeated attacks by cannibalistic motorcycle gangs who have banded together into large feudal groups led by cut throats, and savage butchers who eat children, and make slaves out of the other stragglers they encounter.

It is a world turned inside out, with no law, and nobody to protect the loner, there is no longer any military or law enforcement to protect those who have survived. The only protection is with the groups who band together. Some of those are residing at Avalon. The ranch, and the residents themselves, the citizen soldiers, are banded together for mutual support and protection. Avalon is a safe haven for those who live there. They have food and all the amenities a real sanctuary offers those who have nowhere to go or to hide, and had the foresight to prepare ahead of time, just in case a disaster happened. These are warrior residents in a world gone mad, and those who are left are mostly refugees, and at the mercy of anyone who happens along. Alone, one is either a slave, food, or simply a defenseless person at the mercy of anyone who comes along and ultimately wind up dead.

If you have ever wondered how to put together a retreat, stock it and make it ready for any eventuality of cataclysmic proportions, Avalon is a must read. You will see how they did it and realize, you can too.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!, October 25, 2010
This review is from: Avalon (Volume 1) (Paperback)

I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book, so I had already read it by the time it came out in print. This book was so good, that despite having read it already, I ordered the print copy for my personal library.

The story begins prior to a devastating apocalyptic event where the main characters, seeing the fragility of their world, set out to develop a self sufficient survival retreat, so they find and convert an old ranch resort into their dream survival compound. Later the world goes apocalyptic and they put their plans into action.

The book it written by a real survivalist and goes into great detail on how, and often why, the characters set Avalon up the way they did, then offers a fictional adventure of surviving the journey to safety at Avalon.

You have tough female characters, cannibal bikers, and a final battle royal that is sheer literal genius. But as much as this book is an incredible fantasy story that must be experienced to appreciate, it is also a well written, step by step, how to survival manual that is a must have in any survivalists library. I would also greatly recommend it to anyone looking to establish an off the grid, low carbon foot print, sustainable life style.

All in all, no matter who you are, this book is a must read.

Gian

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!, October 23, 2010
By Rick Lane (Miami, FL, US) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Avalon (Volume 1) (Paperback)

I have read many "survival" novels and this is one of the best. Previously I read a few chapters on the internet and the published book was definitely worth the wait. Once started I couldn't put it down.

This story is both entertaining (if the end of our world can be called entertaining) and very realistic. The explanation of how an abandoned and long-forgotten holiday resort called Avalon was re-discovered and rebuilt over a number of years by a small dedicated group of people was very believable and the characters were not "cartoon" types but seemed like actual friends. An additional bonus for me was the wealth of practical info. His novel might serve as a blueprint for putting together a real world retreat and as you read you just can't help but learn from it. The author is no mere "armchair" survivalist and obviously has something important to say about our world as it is and how it might become in the near future. However, the principle theme is not just gloom and doom but rather a receipt of hope for those who truly prepare.

When is Volume 2 coming out?

Rick
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The book that explains a lot of the current and future situation is

'Silent Spring'.
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Fahrenheit 451 . Not quite apocalyptic, but a good insight to the effects of totalitarian rule.
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Swan Song by Robert MacGammon/McGammon (not sure which is correct)
Robert R. Mcmammon. He wrote several good horror books. Swan Song I read twice. After the first time I read Swan Song I read The Stand. I thought The Stand was a bad knock off of Swan Song until I found out The Stand was written first.
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Earth Abides
A Canticle for Leibowitz
Oryx and Crake
I Am Legend
Mara and Dann
The Postman
Cat's Cradle
A Gift Upon the Shore (if you can get past the strong anti-Christian bias)

"Happy" reading!
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The two major inspirations for my book (which is post apocalyptic, but not a classic (yet!)) were The Postman and especially Lucifer's Hammer.
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Autumn Breeze... >.> ok self promoting aside,
i'd say "Dies the Fire", "I am Legend", and "As Far as my Feet will Carry me (<-- not post apoc. but its an amazing survival story none the less).
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One second after was just awesome, one of the best books i've read in a long time, i'm reading Avalon now I'm halfway through the book and its really good also, i've got the patriot at home which im reading next and just ordered Lucifer's Hammer.
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I've read a handful of those mentioned and there are several more I have yet to read. A lot of overlap in both. As soon as I finish this post, it is off to bed to read as I'm just starting, "Lucifer's Hammer"
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Avalon
One Second After
How to Survive the End of the World
The Road
Dies the Fires
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Lucifer's Hammer - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.
Pulling Through - Dean Ing
There Will Be Dragons - John Ringo. This may not count? Oh well I'm putting it on anyway.
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I won't limit it to five, all the ones above are good, the only one I'd add would be Overshoot by Mona Klee.
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Alas, Babylon
Earth Abides
On the Beach
One Second After
Swan Song

And one I really liked was Last Ship. But the author's writing
style puts some people off.

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Atlas Shrugged and One Second After
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A really really old one but good "OnThe Beach".
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