299 Days: The Community, the third book in the 299 Days series, reunites Grant Matson with his family after his wife, children, and in-laws accept that the only way to survive the Collapse is to flee the comfort of their suburban lives and join him at his isolated cabin in the woods. With riots becoming more violent, power outages more widespread, and the military crumbling, Grant and others throughout Washington State realize they must organize if they want to endure. From the secure confines of the relocated state capitol building, to a rural self-sustaining farm, to the developing community of Pierce Point, The Community explores the mental, emotional, and physical changes everyone must make to adapt to a collapsed society. The years of preparing and training position Grant to lead Pierce Point as he begins to navigate complex interpersonal dynamics and unpredictable situations to help build a new community that can withstand the threats closing in on them. Will people join forces or stand alone? Can communities successfully organize themselves in times of chaos? Will what is left of government help those who cannot help themselves? And if so, at what cost?
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Mr. Tate does not disappoint with Book 3
Yes, the story is riveting enough to keep me interested several times through.
Grant Matson, I can relate to this character as someone who was forced to "closet prep" until the family got on board.
Grant Matson, I enjoyed the inner monologue by Mr. Pierce. It really added a great dimension to the story for me.
While I have been a prepper for some time before these books came out, it did make me think about a lot of aspects of prepping that had not occurred to me, i.e. dealing with the Libs etc.
One of the many things I love about this series, Book 3 especially, is how there are so many "stories in the story". A lot to be learned from Mr. Tate, especially for newcomers to prepping. Its almost a blueprint for getting started, from food storage to fitness. The strong sense of community that will be needed in times such as these can not be overstated. Well done, Mr. Tate.
- KentuckyLake Prepper
3rd book got kind of strange
Posers would love it; people with low self esteem; wannabee police officers... douchebags in general.
I really enjoyed the first book even though the writing itself is very amateurish. It was still intriguing and the second book came along and was okay but not nearly as good. Then I started the third book and wow. It hit me that the author WANTS a collapse to happen! Not because he's evil or hates the government. No, he wants a collapse to happen so he can live some childish dream about becoming a post apocalyptic special forces superhero. This hit me after about the fourth time the author talked about how "cool" and "badass" he and his team looked in their "511's" and "romeo boots" and how everyone was so floored about how awesome they looked and yada yada yada. I mean I know the author has said this was a semi-autobiography so after the main character spent an entire chapter or two describing how everyone was in absolute awe who saw him and his 'team' of militarized insurance salesman, store clerks, and lawyers dressed up like 'Military Contractors' (he uses that term no less than 30 times to describe how he looks) I immediately discounted the whole series. I pictured a middle aged white fat man wearing all the clothes his main character sports and with an AR-15 slung around his back and sitting in view of a large mirror all while writing the novel (this would be the author).It was way too transparent and it makes real preppers look like idiots. I quit the series after this book. The author is a poser that has a need to be a hero and thinks the apocalypse will give him license to play special forces soldier which is why his assessment of the 'coming partial collapse', true or not, loses credibility.
The narrator added to the dismal writing. He sounds like an 80 year old man trying to use the slang and jargon of a twenty-something. The guy sounds like he should be narrating WW1 documentaries or something.
The author made everyone who he disagreed with politically into some kind of cartoon character. I'm a libertarian and I have no love of the liberal point of view but the way the author decided to portray the liberals was so child like. It was like taking every cliche of the left and multiplying by ten and making all of them like that. It takes brain power to flesh out realistic antagonistic characters in a novel. All it takes to do what this author did with his antagonists is laziness. The author shows his lack of depth by doing this.
The author uses a pseudonym presumably because he works closely with government workers as he states in the intro in book 1 and doesn't want to reveal himself or his opinions to them. There is something about that fact that makes me think he is a coward and seeks to throw a jab at government workers (which he might well be one) through his novel. It just doesn't sit right with me. Man up "Greg".
- Carmen A. Ledesma