The Reality of it All

  The idea that you can survive social collapse unscathed without the means to defend yourself, your family and your property is naive, foolish and a death sentence. It’s not hard to find examples of what happens today when the “system” breaks down. Just look at New Orleans after Katrina. It was chaos and the cops turned out to be worse than the looters. Speaking of the looters, they were shooting at the helicopters that were showing up to rescue … Continue reading

Are you ready?

On the television this morning as I ate breakfast was yet another economic guy explaining how the U.S. economy is nothing but a shaky house of cards. He explained about how the Fed is just propping it all up by buying bonds and keeping interest rates low while at the same time printing money at an unprecedented rate. “Their goal,” he said, “or at least what I believe is their goal, is to keep all the balls in the air … Continue reading

Are You Ready?

 While researching a new book project I bought both of Mel Tappan’s books. For those of you who don’t know, he was pretty much the Godfather of the prepper movement. They called it Survival back then, but Tappan ruled the market in those bleak Jimmy Carter years. Although he died young and unexpectedly, his book “Survival Guns” is a classic. After his death his wife put together some of his columns from Guns and Ammo and Solider of Fortune and … Continue reading

The Best Place

I am just back from 12 days off the grid in Alaska. Well OK, I confess; I did have a Satellite phone. But other than that we were out of touch with the world and a long way away from any other people. My guide was a native of the area, at least in loose terms. We were an eight hour boat ride from his house with pretty much nothing but wilderness in between. As we were hunting brown bear, … Continue reading

What is Prepping?

Recently a writer I have read for years, but never met, contacted me through mutual friends.  He is doing a piece for a national magazine on preppers and asked for an interview. While I write about prepping for magazines and prepping was an undercurrent in The 14th Reinstated, I have never really considered myself to be a prepper. But, I guess in looking at the issue I am one of sorts. I don’t have a bunker or a small army, … Continue reading

Guns That Keep You Alive

I don’t know why, but I have a bad habit of finding a hunting company on its last legs and throwing money at them for lousy hunts. I just did that again in Zimbabwe. You know that old adage, “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me?” Well this was my second trip with this bunch and it just keeps getting worse.  So I guess, “shame on me.” Part of the problem is the corrupt government … Continue reading

Now Is the Time to Start

I was worn out from travel and trying to recover from some minor surgery, so I spent the day riding the couch. It was my misfortune to turn on a cable show about preppers. If you didn’t know any better you would think they are all complete fools that are a little bit crazy and a lot bit dangerous. This show was set in a compound in Florida which they ran like a military camp. It showed them “training” by … Continue reading

Getting Home

The truth is that I hope The 14th Reinstated remains fiction. But I fear it will not. Just look at what’s happening around the world right now, with riots in multiple countries, including in the USA. I don’t believe that these are all spontaneous uprisings. I think some of them are being orchestrated and I fear they may be the prelude to bad times ahead. When I personalize a copy of the book I usually add the inscription, “Keep your … Continue reading

Ninety Second Bug Out Bag

    If the scenarios predicted in the 14th Reinstated become reality, and it’s looking more and more like they might, you need to be prepared. If you must leave your home in a hurry, can you survive the next few days? When the shit hits the fan nobody can predict the splatter pattern. In the world of understatement it might be a classic to say we live in uncertain times. Floods, fires, severe weather, social collapse and terrorism all hang … Continue reading

Obama’s End Game? America’s Downfall

Here is another excerpt from The 14th Reinstated.  It’s looking more and more like the book is a window to the future and America’s downfall. At the rate our debt is piling up, all this could happen in only a few years. After Congress passed the “America First” trade bill, foreign trade ground to a halt. In fact, that one act alone had a lot to do with what China did to our country. We owed them trillions of dollars … Continue reading

The 14th Reinstated — Fiction or Prophecy?

When I started writing The 14th Reinstated in the fall of 2011, I believed it was fiction. It was, of course, one possible scenario for where the United States and the world were headed, but it was a worst possible scenario. A great story, but not such a great world. I meant the story to be entertaining and a bit scary. I also wanted a cautionary tale about the horrors that are possible if we let our guard down. It … Continue reading