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1/22/14

Quick Review: Max Velocity's Patriot Dawn

With the ease of self-publishing, there are a LOT of survivalist/post-apocalyptic novels out there these days. Most of them a mediocre quality or worse. Even the 'big name' books from guys like Rawles can be a chore to get through.

Patriot Dawn is not one of these.

Folks who have been raving out Patriot Dawn for a while now and I should have listened sooner.

Once I picked it up, I plowed through it in a couple of days. It's taken a place atop my short favorite survival/post-apocalypse books and on the short list of books.

Quick synopsis: economic collapse, terror attacks and cyber warfare allow leftist extremists to seize control of the federal government. Quickly, they start setting up a socialist regime that would make Stalin proud, complete with RFID identity chips.

We follow former Army Ranger Jack Berenger as he bugs out with his family from the city, escaping Regime hit squads, and heads for the hills. There, he joins up with the Resistance and gets to work training up a force to fight a guerrilla war against the corrupt dictators that have taken control of the region.

Max's experience and knowledge of modern light infantry operations are what makes this book tick...and once it gets going, it is awesome. I've not encountered a book with Patriot Dawn's level of detail around small unit tactics...for someone who has not served in light infantry, it is eye opening and vastly instructive.

Lots of action, military firepower...and several great battle scenes with the outgunned Resistance facing off against the technologically and numerically superior Regime forces. Great stuff, with a constant pace that keeps the pages turning.

I never read books twice--seriously. I can count the books I've read multiple times on one hand. But Patriot Dawn will get another read from me, with a notepad handy.

Highly recommended.

Patriot Dawn is Available on Amazon >

BTW: I've got Max's Contact! traveling in the mail my way...expecting some similarly eye opening and instructive stuff.

24 comments :

  1. Any chance you could put up a list of your " favorite survival/post-apocalypse books" I am always having trouble finding good ones.

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    1. Going to make me think, huh? Sure, I will put a list up soon.

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  2. I picked this book up when you posted it a few weeks (months) ago.

    And I couldn't get through it. It was painfully suffering from Rambo syndrome.

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    1. And every other tale of post-apocalyptic survival does not?

      If you have little/no interest in the small unit tactics stuff though, I could understand Patriot Dawn not being your cup o' tea.

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  3. I will not purchase anything from Max. I read his blog and I just disagree on some of his views to the point I would not give him any of my money. If you do that is your right of course, but I do recommend prospective purchaser read his blog first.

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    1. Care to elaborate on what specifically you disagree with?

      Is it the lack of love for leftists? Focus on a civil/partisan war in the U.S.?

      Even if you disagree with Max on some points, there is still some instructive stuff here.

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    2. Sure, I was interesting in buying his book so I decided to check out the author by reading his blog. While his Bio appears to be legit and his small unit tactics teaching sound, it was his writings concerning law enforcement. He post are always anti law enforcement. I know he come from a socialist country (UK) and maybe that is where he developed his dislike of law enforcement, who knows. Example in one of his post he compares a SWAT team's tactics(bad) to the tactics(good) Marines used in Fallujah. How do you compare the two it is apples and oranges. What someone who has only been in the military does not understand verse someone who has done both there are different rule of engagement. The military goes out to killed the enemy and destroy things. Law enforcement is required to use minimum force necessary to effect the arrest, sometimes thing go bad and people die including officers. I for one do not want law enforcement to operate like Marines in Fallujah. The point is do not attack law enforcement because you think they are being militarized and than on the other hand trash them for not using the same military tactic as the Marines. I also see his political view are more Alex Jones than where mine are, which I would describe conservative leaning to libertarian in some areas. The point is if you like his views support him, for me I will get my training from people like Paul Howe. I think people would get more out of his book "Leadership and Training for the Fight" than this book. Maybe that helps answer your question. Just my 2cent.

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    3. I'm not familiar with the post in particular, but what I've read from him talking about SWAT style tactics is really around the discussion that they aren't particularly applicable in the post-collapse, not that they aren't functional for what SWAT guys do today.

      Where you may see him as anti-LEO is likely from the legit discussion that with an oppressive/tyrannical/corrupt government in place, SWAT teams and the like quickly become the Regime's hit squad of choice. Lots of history to support this. For those who chose to stand up against a government of this kind - whether through word or deed - a SWAT-style team would be threat number one.

      ...not that ALL LEO today are bad, poorly trained jack booted thugs.

      Anyways, different stuff for different folks, though I will say that Max is one of the few people with legit creds that has really spent the time to think through what post-collapse defense would look like.

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    4. It is hard to say he has legit creds when he uses a pseudonym. No way to validate his claim.

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    5. The article I was referring to has been removed since this morning. Max must read you also. Haha

      He also remove another one of his article attacking LE that was attached to this post. Funny thing is if you read the article title it would indicate there were previous postings on the subject but there are none. Must be DHS or NSA behind it!

      http://maxvelocitytactical.com/2013/02/more-on-swat-raids-etc/

      Photos from one of his classes.
      http://maxvelocitytactical.com/2014/01/combat-patrol-update/

      This is an interesting read though.
      http://maxvelocitytactical.com/2012/11/disclaimer-a-reality-check/

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  4. His book was very informative. It looked like towards the end he started to get tired and shrunk things down a bit. It went pretty fast from there into pacifying the proletariat. I've read a bunch of post apocalyptic books recently, like 30. His was pretty good, but far from the best. His was more from the standpoint of a commando/vet and the perfect situation for that person to thrive. Some of the more interesting reads were the Going Home series from A American, The Dark series by David Waldron and a few others. I'm currently halfway through the Apocalypse Law series by John Grit. Some are good, some are great, but most have a rambo. I guess that's why I like the A American series. The lead character screws up many times and shows cowardice in the face of superior force and doesn't seem to be larger than life. Good people die, mistakes are made and the true color of normal people comes through once polite society is gone.

    Honestly, with all I've read, it's hard to keep many straight. The Bracken books are unique, as was Max's. Many others bleed together with One Second After. All the books share one common thread; The DHS will not be your friend when the deification meets the oscillation.

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    1. I like the Going Home series as well.

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    2. I am actually halfway through the first 'Going Home' book. Can't say that I've made up my mind about whether or not I like it yet, though it is certainly more in the vein of entertainment versus informational & entertaining.

      Author seems very much like someone with not a lot of background but a fondness for gear of all kinds.

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    3. I was the same way with the first book, it does have a high entertainment value and is fairly well written for a niche book. I think he did more research for the second and third book. The forth book will be out in June.

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    4. Another one I ended up liking is a new series by author, Arthur Bradley called The Survivalist not to be confused with The Survivalist series from the 80s.

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  5. Is there ever one of these books in which a "right wing" corporatist dictatorship takes over the country? Is that a posibility? Just a thought.

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    1. I guess it's possible, but killing such freedoms, and thus the free market, is generally bad for business, so my guess is not so much. ;>)

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    2. Most right wing people are about freedom for the most part, it's the socialist left that is the enemy of freedom. And guess what, I'm a registered Democrat. Too bad there are no Democrats left in the Democratic party, just socialists and communist. They're all about equality unless they would have to contribute. Kinda funny really. Like a Millionaire speaking out on the floor of congress about economic inequality as the US's largest issue. haha

      If 15 years ago you would have told me that Democrats would be the ones to support the curtailing of 4th amendment rights, I would have called you crazy. These days, it's a nutty world.

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    3. I really appreciate both replies. Thank you. For many years, I shared your perspective, one hundred percent. As to the first reply, why is it accepted as truth that business or the free market care about freedom. Many U.S. companies operate quite profitabily in China and use near slave labor in the third world to manufacture numerous products we find on our shelves.

      As to the second reply, I guess a lot depends on how you difine freedom. Prior to such programs as Social Security and Medicare, which many on the right would consider socialist, one half of the eldery in the U.S. lived in poverty. Not exactly a sterling outcome as I doubt the old and poor felt very free.









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    4. This isn't china, yet. Social security is the world's greatest Ponzi Scheme, plain and simple. Medicare is another illegal government program utilized to enable the government further into the lives of the people. It wasn't until government got involved in medicine that rates skyrocketed and people could no longer afford medical care without insurance. In nearly all things that cause this country harm, the government is responsible for the program, problem or incident.

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  6. Max's books are fantastic, all of them. He definitely realizes this country is headed in the wrong direction and pulls no punches when he talks about it.

    I for one, appreciate his open forum, and insight with SUTs.

    A class with him is next on the list this spring.

    -Mervo

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  7. Hey Alex check this article out. It is an article about the Marine Corps teaching SWAT tactic to their MPs. Hell they are even using Army instructors, what is this world coming to. Haha, but seriously it make you rethink the whole SWAT tactics argument.

    http://www.imef.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3963/Article/148732/marines-learn-ways-of-swat.aspx


    http://www.imef.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3963/Article/148732/marines-learn-ways-of-swat.aspx

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  8. It sounds like the soldier version of Red Dawn...

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