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Review of The Western Front – Fictional Account of a Post-SHTF World

I was asked by the author if I was interested in reviewing his book, The Western Front, and though I said yes I was hesitant because I wasn’t sure I would make the time to read a novel anytime soon. After all, I can’t remember the last time I actually read a book for enjoyment and not trying to learn something.

Well, I can happily report that I sat down this weekend and wound up reading the whole thing! Needless to say, I did enjoy the book and, as you might suspect, it’s about life here in America after major collapse, specifically Texas and neighboring states. I should note while I’m thinking about it that the book follows three or four main characters back and forth from chapter to chapter, which is similar to Rawles series of novels if you like that sort of writing. Personally, it’s not for me but I enjoyed the story well enough to not let it bother me too terribly much.

The easiest way to describe the book is to just let you read the description from Amazon:

“Darkness has descended upon the world; the fabric of society has been torn asunder, sovereign nations collapse under their own burdens, once stable governments are ushered into revolution and allies of old are thrust into war. The tentacles of darkness have inevitably traveled across the Atlantic and are now tightening their grip on the American republic.

Now, faced with a collapsing economy, a failing currency and a society that is swiftly casting its humanity aside, the United States stands at the precipice of a bedlam and malevolence not witnessed since the fall of Rome.

The story follows several characters who strive to navigate the chaos, including:

Jake, his wife and brother are forced to flee the maelstrom of violence as it spills from the distant cities and into their small town enclave.

A Texas State Guardsmen deep behind enemy lines on South Padre Island, stands with his compatriots against a wave of unspeakable atrocities committed by a ruthless cartel alliance committed to seizing the spoils of the American southwest.

An outlaw and his Catahoula cur companion, learn to survive and even thrive in their river swamp domain as they seek a redoubt from the troubles that plague the world around them.

Meanwhile, a radical revolutionary intent on plunging the wounded nation into revolution, stokes the flames of hatred and destruction.”

Sadly, much of the book could be a spot-on look into our future. I’ll also say that I hadn’t considered how much Mexico might cause trouble for us on the Western Front, especially Texas. Granted, it is a novel but the problems that arise could happen.

Overall, I was quite pleased to read the novel and found myself passing hours without any thought. If you’re looking for a fun weekend read consider this book. In fact, you can read the entire first eight chapters for free here as a Kindle edition. The entire book can be purchased via Kindle download for only $4.99 or you can still buy a paperback edition if you like as well.

By Damian Brindle

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