December 2, 2016

Forsaking Home by A. American – Book Review

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Today we are looking at Forsaking Home, Book 4 of the Survivalist Series by A. American.  As you know, I am a fan of the Survivalist Series, having reviewed the books in the past.  As soon as I heard the fourth book was available for review, I jumped at the chance.

As a quick summary, Forsaking Home delves into what our main character, Morgan Carter has to do for his family’s survival in the aftermath of the failure of the electric grid.  At the same time, the book also covers the actions of Sarge, who plans to take down a refugee camp run by oppressors.

I enjoyed reading this book and was happy to find out what happened after we left off in the third book.  However, I the book felt divided to me, as about 1/3 of the book dealt with Morgan Carter and his family, and 2/3 dealt with Sarge and the planned take down of the camp.  I would have preferred more of the book dedicated to Morgan, as I was more attached to Morgan’s character than Sarge.

As in the previous books, you can pick up some great survival tips as you are reading Forsaking Home.  The story moves along at a satisfying pace, and keeps the reader interested in the unfolding events.

I like the books overall, and hope this is not the final book in the series.

Now for the giveaway…

If you have not started reading the books, this is a great opportunity!  One winner can win all four books in the entire series.

Going Home

Surviving Home

Escaping Home

Forsaking Home

To enter, please leave a comment below regarding:

What outdoor or bushcraft skills are you most interested in learning and why?

The winner* will be chosen at a random “Pick a Giveaway Winner” drawing on Saturday, July 26th at 8 pm Central.

*Winner will be notified via email.  Winner must reply to email notification within 48 hours or another winner will be drawn.

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.

 

14 Comments on Forsaking Home by A. American – Book Review

  1. Learning to create a living, become more self-sufficient and learn skills all of which would be important.

  2. I would like to learn more than one way to start a campfire. I think I have the match with dry tinder thing down, but I know there are so many other scenarios where fire-starting isn’t so easy, yet imperative for survival.

  3. Literally making fire with two sticks, or rocks, or whatever you can find. Fire is almost always a needed thing in the wild and by learning to make fire with materials that may be lying around in the woods just adds to your level of preparedness should your lighter, matches, or fire steel fail you. As always, skills weigh nothing and are the most valuable things you can have.

  4. I would like to be able to identify edible plants and be able to fish and hunt (snares, traps, bows/arrows and firearms) with skill and confidence. Then be able to cook them with minimal resources. Maybe being able to find and purify water may be better. When you start thinking about it, survival skills are somehow connected to one another.

  5. Wow, there are so many things I want to learn. I think I need more training in lashing/knots. If I ever needed to make a shelter, I would like to not depend on having enough zipties, bungee, etc.

  6. I think the basics of setting up an expedient camp – what to do first, what things to have prepared, etc.

  7. I feel that learning as many ways to purify water, build shelters, and start fires as possible would be the most important bushcrafting skills to learn. If you follow the rule of threes, you can live for 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter (depending on environmental conditions), 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. Following this logic and assuming the air is still breathable, shelter and water should be your highest priorities. As for fire, its uses in heating, purifying water, and cooking food can’t be overstated. The ability to make and use fire is one of the main reasons our ancestors became the dominant species on the planet

  8. I would like to learn skills on fire starting and shelter building. I would also like to learn navigation skills. My reasons for learning fire starting would be to get a fire going and as a useful tool to bring stability into a survival setting. Shelter building would be helpful to keep my body warm and out of the rain. Navigation would be important to make my way to safety if I am separated from my group.

  9. I would be interested in learning more about edible plants. How to identify them and how to then use them! I know there is more to my backyard than meets the eye! Thank you!

  10. What outdoor or bushcraft skills are you most interested in learning and why?

    I would like to know more about edible plants and how to recognize them. I know a few but not enough, in my opinion, to keep me alive for long.

    The reason I’m interested in learning this is because I am experienced in many other aspects of bushcraft. Through many years as a Scout, Scouter and 3.5 years of learning and teaching survival skills in the Air Force.

  11. I would like to learn different ways to build a shelter, no matter how primitive or showy it is….we don’t know what is going to happen or when and I would like to be able to provide shelter in any situation or season.

  12. I’m good with fire, water & shelter but need to be able to get food from the wilderness…. So I would like to learn archery & foraging.

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