Some of you might remember Odd Questioner – a guy that used to haunt the various survivalist blogs making insightful comments. Then one day – poof! He vanished. Where the heck did he go?
Turns out he was busy putting his money where his mouth was. He got serious, got busy, and wrote a book! But I’ll let him tell the story in his own words…
This book began as a collection of notes, odd thoughts put to paper, and an intent to use it as a personal means of keeping track of my own prepping activities. And then, I started thinking: Most survival books out there focused on the individual, or on small groups at best. Most of them didn’t really look too far into the future. Many of them focused a bit too much on the equipment or supplies and not on the person. Way too many of them worked on assumptions about the reader that simply didn’t fit.
To that end, I started writing… a lot. The thing grew way beyond just a collection of notes. Then I started looking beyond just myself and my family. After all, without a solid community around you things will be dicey at best. This still left the big, fat question: How does one build a community? I also discovered that a lot of vital things were missing: How do you make soap, or gunpowder, or booze? What else besides gold can you replace paper money with? What happens to your mind during and after all of this? How do you get more stuff that you may need to survive? How does a community actually run itself? How to build a fair market? These and many other questions get tackled, and I trust that they are answered enough to satisfy, or at least help you along.
One thing I wanted to do was to avoid having to anticipate an entire bouquet of catastrophes. I mean, you have EMPs, Nuclear warfare, pandemics, economic collapse, asteroids, supervolcanoes and dozens of other possibilities. Instead of all that, I decided to focus on watching how government and society reacts to the events as they develop – then you cue off of those.
Another thing I avoided entirely was to recommend any particular spot, place, or setting in which to best survive. Not everyone can (or should) move to Montana or Idaho, or even move out to the country. You stand a solid chance of survival in a suburb or small town as you would in some howling wilderness. I wanted to walk you, the reader, through assessing where you are right now, and guide you on deciding where you would be the most comfortable – then you prep from there. I wanted to dispense with the tinfoil, conspiracy, and other crap that unfortunately clings to the prepper community. Everything in the book can be put to use by anybody, period. You don’t have to pray a certain way, subscribe to a certain ideology, or even wear camouflage if you don’t want to. I boiled it all down to just the essence, so that you can still be you – just better.
Finally, I wanted to give away the electronic copy for free in .pdf format – Jarhead has been kind enough to host it, so thank him before you even think of thanking me for anything. :)
Why? I actually explain all of that in the book itself. You can make as many copies as you want for non-commercial use only. You can print off copies for your own use. If you wish to make a paper copy for cheaper that it would cost in printer ink and paper, no problem – I actually sell it here.
I had a link to the file to what I thought was an easy download, but turns out it wasn’t. I took the link down, but will if I can find another place to download it. My apologies to Odd Questioner and any readers interested in downloading his book.