The Solitary Man, Volume 1 : Countdown to Prepperdom

  • by Ron Foster
  • Narrated by Duane Sharp
  • Series: Countdown to Prepperdom
  • 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Some folks might call what Donald is trying to create with his little rural house an effort to become more self-sufficient. Donald can agree with that line of thinking, but the way he sees it, it is going to be an uphill battle and race against time to create a safe haven, "bugout" location before a NASA predicted solar storm hits.
His friends and family think his extra workload is a waste of time and energy. His neighbors think he is a bit quirky somewhat or eccentric. He is not. He is just another personally driven good ol' boy prepper on a mission. He is about to perform a labor of love and preparedness that he hopes might just save him and the little dead end community he just moved into. He believersr and heeds NASA's warnings, as well as his own premonitions of impending societal breakdown.
Like all Ron's books, he takes his adventure story and weaves in prepper tricks and introduces some new survival supplies that most folks haven't thought about, integrating them into his storyline. This book focuses on building a "bugout" location from scratch, with permaculture and disaster psychology applied to an unfolding catastrophe.
It explores how people act as an apocalyptic event unfolds. This book is dedicated to the new Real Day Prepper show and Mr. Foster has actually accomplished much of what is written in this book as a real life experience in developing a self reliant lifestyle.

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Not much fiction in this novel

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if they are die hard preppers who don't care much about fiction.


Would you be willing to try another book from Ron Foster? Why or why not?

Yes, I'm hoping he becomes a better writter.


How could the performance have been better?

I dont think it can be based on the content and lack of story continuity.


Could you see The Solitary Man, Volume 1 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Ugh, not at the moment, it would end up like Atlas, Shrugged or some other crap adaptation. I'd rather see a better novel, then a movie off of 'that' better novel. Will Patton could star though :)


Any additional comments?

The fiction in the book HAS to get better, I know the author receives great reviews, but that might be confusing the didactic nature of the content (preppin stuff and how-tos) instead of the fictional prose (the story) it has some decent spots, but exposition ruins it. It is worse than James Wesley Rawles 'Survivors'. I do like the Don and mother survivor combo/interaction, you don't see that much. Don's friends seem to have better dialog than he does. The narrator does well with female voices. The other books should be reread by Duane Sharp.

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- Omar

Interesting information presented as fiction

This was one of those audiobooks that I almost gave up on in the first couple of minutes due to the idiosyncratic reading style of the narrator, but I'm glad I didn't. There is a wealth of information being presented here, and the author has obviously done extensive research on the topic of survival after a solar flare. This is one book I might have to pick up in hard copy (you know, because if a solar flare does hit, I doubt anyone will be listening to audiobooks). The author covered a wide range of topics, and discussed at length agriculture considerations that I had not even thought of before. Even if you aren't a "prepper", there is a great deal of food for thought contained in this book. If you can power through the first couple of minutes of the narrator's deadpan reading style, you will enjoy this book.
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- Chap Walker "tattooed viking"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-11-2013
  • Publisher: PAL Productions