According to his bio, “Joe Nobody” is a survival consultant for government and private firms, including the U.S. military, who wishes to remain anonymous. He might be better known for his non-fiction books on how to survive the breakdown of society, when we can no longer depend on the government for protection.
A Story of Survival is the first novel in his survivalist series Holding Their Own. In this scenario it’s economic collapse on top of a well coordinated terrorist attack from Iran that sends American society into a tailspin. As they watch their quiet cul-de-sac turn into an indefensible enclave besieged by raiders, abandoned by the police and split by ideological differences, a middle class couple–Bishop and Terri–bugs out for Bishop’s west Texas farm.
The trip is fraught with peril as society regresses into an amalgam of violent tribes that line the roads and prey on ordinary citizens fleeing their dysfunctional cities.
Luckily, Bishop is a weapons expert and survivalist who has the skills and guns and the gutsy partner it will take to stand a chance at running this gauntlet.
A Story of Survival is fast-paced with sufficient shooting and explosions to make any Hollywood executive sit up and take notice. Bishop and Terri are engaging characters who are competent enough to earn our respect and just flawed enough to win our sympathy.
The book could use a polish by an experienced copy editor, especially since the author is charging a professional rate for the books. Still, the prose is clean and smooth and Nobody keeps the story charging along at a pace that will keep the reader turning pages until the very end.