Forsaking Home – Book Review

Forsaking Home – Book Review

Regular readers may recall that I reviewed the first three books in A. American’s The Survivalist Series back in January.  Those books,  Going Home, Surviving Home and Escaping Home weren’t just chock full of action, novel story lines and interesting ideas for preppers but also grew progressively better in both the form and the function of their construction and presentation.  In his latest sequel, Forsaking HomeA. American has demonstrated a true mastery, not just of his genre, but also of the writer’s craft.

No electricity. No running water. No food. No end in sight. If life as you knew it changed in an instant, would you be prepared?

Forsaking Home picks up where Escaping Home leaves off.  Morgan Carter, his family and several friends… including Morgan’s longtime companion, Thad, are surviving in the primitive riverside cabins they were forced to flee to when those in power decided to bully everyone into moving into a nearby refugee camp. ‘Sarge’ and the soldiers under his command continue to fight for their country by opposing a tyrannical local Department of Homeland Security camp commander while Jessie suffers within that same camp.

Much of Forsaking Home deals with life on the river in a post collapse era.  Some of the more memorable passages involve organizing foraging parties, the teaching of foraging techniques to Morgan’s children and companions and dealing with the emotions and depression that such a significant change in fortunes would necessarily create.  However, the Carter family’s sylvan life on the river is far from safe, but those dangers as well as Sarge’s ongoing war against the forces of oppression provide an interesting juxtaposition to Carter’s search for a peaceful and tranquil life for his family.  Meanwhile, unknown to the other characters, Morgan’s former traveling companion, Jessie is enduring incarceration in the very camp that Morgan avoided and Sarge is opposing.  Jessie’s existence is one of forced labor, tyrannical guards and frustrating vulnerability.

One of the things that I’ve previously mentioned that I like about this series is that the Army is largely portrayed as a force for good.  In this book the active duty soldiers (Sarge’s immediate companions), retired soldiers (Sarge himself) and the National Guardsmen Sarge works with continue their mission to supporting and defend the Constitution.  My only complaint about the military aspects of this book is the distracting nature of a very few passages that incorrectly describe Army rank insignia, Army uniforms and military terms like the use of the term ‘maverick’ to describe all officers instead of just officers that came up through the enlisted ranks.  That said, these passages won’t affect your enjoyment of the book at all if you don’t have a military background and just expect a few annoyances if you do.  A. American would be well advised to have an editor or proofreader with an Army background review future books in this series and update the first four novels before additional editions are printed.

Forsaking Home runs 371 pages (11 hours and 15 minutes if purchased as an Audio Book) which is an improvement over the preceding book, Escaping Home, which was a little disappointing at 336 pages and carries the primary characters’ stories forward in a way that would make a satisfactory initial read but would be more enjoyable for those familiar with the three previous books in the series.

The Survivalist Series by A. American:

  • Going Home is about getting home when caught hundreds of miles away with no modern transportation options
  • Surviving Home is about bugging in and negotiating the difficulties of living in a society that is falling apart do to lack of power, medicine, transportation, food, hygiene and governance.
  • Escaping Home realistically tells of the logistical and emotional challenges of abandoning one’s home and bugging out to a safer location.
  • Forsaking Home tells the story of the aftermath of the collapse while living at a bug out location and internment camp.

Andrew’s Note:  I was sent a review copy of Forsaking Home by the publisher but actually purchased the Audio Version
narrated by Duke Fontaine to listen to on my recent drive to New York City…but that’s a whole other story.

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One Response to “Forsaking Home – Book Review”

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this whole series! Thanks for being a part of the tour. I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.


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