While I like post apocalyptic prepper type movies I am usually not a big reader of fiction. I am usually more into the biographic, political, and historical nonfiction when I do read actual books, but most of the time it is articles and how tos for me. So this book even being fiction really kept my attention as it has some of all these aspects in it.
American Exit Strategy is written by my friend Mark the owner of Prepperrecon.com and is a part of a series. He does many podcasts and discusses many areas of freedom and liberty from Christian Constitutional Libertarianish point of view. He also has many good articles on current economic events and being prepared. So be sure to check out his site.
First off one of the things I will say about the book is it is from a Christian point of view. As a Christian myself I really enjoyed many of the Christian characters and that there was a strong Christian presence in this book. So if you are easily offended by overtly Christian messages this book may not be for you or you may find it a little preachy.
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The book is set in the very near future and follows mainly husband and wife Matt & Karen Bair through the quick financial meltdown that has come to America because of overspending and bad financial decisions some by government and some by the people. It also follows the independent (possibly constitution party or libertarian party) candidate Paul Randall who is locked in a fierce battle for the presidency. He is really the only candidate who will honestly tell the people that the economic downfall is imminent even if he were to be elected. As we would expect the other two candidates one a Democrat and one a Republican try to sugarcoat what is really happening. So who will win the election? There are also a few side stories like a church that has decided to start its own prepper community to combat government and be more self sufficient and it also follows the Democrat candidate on his presidential election.
I thought this book was very interesting because it seemed so realistic. What Mark has done is taken some of the economic problems we are facing today and has taken them to what seems to be the possible future if there are not changes in many of the governmental and economic practices. I also like that he has incorporated some of the economic jargon and more complex economic problems, but has still been able to make a book that is an enjoyable and an easy read.
One of my favorite things about this book was the quotes at the beginning of every chapter that are relevant to the things that are happening in that chapter. Many of the quotes are from founding fathers and other early American patriots as well as bible verses that really foreshadow the things coming. The quotes from the founding fathers (many I had not read even though I read a lot of quotes by the founding fathers) are amazing because they are just as relevant today as they were over 200 years ago.
As is the case with many books that are not published by one of the big companies (even these have errors though) there is a capitalization or grammar error every once in a while. I didn’t feel it took away from the book and every error was very minor. I also like how Mark writes as some of the more complex financial problems that he talks about are usually explained from one character to another in a way that seems natural. Even if you are not in the know about some of the financial problems of today this book can be read and understood. He also goes into how to be prepared and what things you can do and should do by having the characters actually do the things to keep them prepared.
Personally this so far has been my favorite prepper type fiction book I have read. I have already started on the 2nd book of the series that is so far just as good as the first. There are two other books that I have read that are these prepper type books and they are Patriots by James Wesley Rawles and The Wayward Journey by Nathan Hale Jefferson. The reason I liked American Exit Strategy better than Patriots is that Patriots seemed to get extremely technical and sometimes a hard read at times. The Wayward Journey is also good as I have written a review on this as well, but I just felt like American Exit Strategy was most realistic with what is happening presently and it goes a little more into the economic reasons for the collapse while still keeping me wanting to know what happened next. Like American Exit Strategy, The Wayward Journey left a cliffhanger at the end, but there is a second book American Meltdown for Mark’s book whereas there is not a sequel to The Wayward Journey. I don’t know when or if a sequel to The Wayward Journey will come out even though that was the plan.
American Exit Strategy is definitely a great book and is a book I would highly recommend, especially those who are Christian constitutionalist or Christian Libertarian Patriots. When I get done the second one American Meltdown I will do another review of that book. From what I have read so far it seems to really take off and may be even better.