Holding Their Own — A Story of Survival Across Houston Texas — Book Review

Remember my book review on Holding Your Ground and TEOTWAWKI Tuxedo? Joe Nobody is baaaa-aaaack! I got to review Joe Nobody’s latest book – Holding Their Own – A Story of Survival.

Book description:

In the year 2015, the world is burdened by the second Great Depression. The United States, already weakened by internal strife, becomes the target of an international terror plot. A series of attacks results in thousands of casualties and disables the country’s core infrastructure. The combination of economic hardship and the staggering blow of the terror attacks results in a collapse of the government. This is a realistic story of how an average, middle class couple survives the cascading events brought on by international politics, high tech military actions and the eventual downfall of society. All of their survival skills are tested during the action packed expedition in a world that resembles the American West of 200 years past.

I take only one issue with the book description – “average, middle class couple.” The lead character, Bishop, is not an “average” person in terms of SHTF readiness. He’s a man with extensive combat experience and virtual sharpshooter skills. THAT is what makes the book interesting. This is one of those books where it not only reads fast from an interesting story perspective, but there are also a variety “huh, that’s an interesting idea” moments where you’ll find yourself making mental notes on pieces of gear, post-apocalypse survival strategies, threats, challenges, etc. If you’ve read Holding Your Ground, you’ll note a few instances where suggestions from the book are used in the story of Holding Their Own.

Going beyond the book description, without trying to reveal too much of the plot, Bishop is living in Texas when the U.S. economy is sinking. People are out of work, everything is expensive, etc. The Iranians “wake” their sleeper agents planted in the United States and initiate a variety of dramatic terrorist attacks. The U.S. responds with an EMP strike. Before long, Texas then goes into the dark – grid down.  Everything from shopping centers, gas stations, neighborhoods and apartments in Houston are left without power and without answers.  True to how it’d play out, no one knows who/what/why. Before long civil society crumbles. Bishop and his lady then make the belated decision to “bug out” to their retreat destination requiring them to travel across a post-apocalyptic Texas. They encounter a variety of people and circumstances.

The book won’t win the Pullitzer Prize, but what preparedness books do?  Holding Their Own is a great story for any Prepper that wants to take a break from non-fiction “how to” books in favor of easy, fun entertainment. It’d make a great Christmas stocking stuffer. The book is so good I added it to the List of 70 Great SHTF Fiction Books (and thereby made the list 71).

You can buy a copy of Holding Their Own – right here. Buy a copy of Holding Your Ground right here and TEOTWAWKI Tuxedo right here.

– Ranger Man

10 comments… add one
  • Trapper December 2, 2011, 7:51 am

    I liked Holding Your Ground. It was the most unique Prepper book I have ever read. I will pick this one up.

  • Spook45 December 2, 2011, 9:05 am

    I dont think I need to read this book. Weare living it and seeing it unfold as we speak. The next round boads to be very unpleasent.

  • R.C. December 2, 2011, 1:41 pm

    Both this book (Holding Their Own) and a previous book you reviewed (Holding Your Ground) are both available from Barnes & Nobles for $9.99 each. I picked them both up, as I am consuming this type of material at an alarming rate.


  • Brandon December 2, 2011, 3:49 pm

    R.C. -It looks like both books are ~$10 as ebooks……. on bn.com, did you see them in physical form for $10?

    • R.C. December 5, 2011, 11:35 pm

      Just the ebooks are what I was pricing, sorry I wasn’t any more specific.

  • Trapper December 2, 2011, 7:51 pm

    Paperbacks are $17.24 on both Amazon and B&N for Holding Your Ground. The new novel is $15.00 on Amazon.

    All of the ebooks, at both B&N and Amazon are $10.00. The tuxedo ebook and paperback is cheaper.

    You can get autographed copies at http://www.holdingyourground.com for the same price as Amazon. I ordered one of those.

  • russell1200 December 3, 2011, 8:45 pm

    Holding your ground was certainly an interesting effort. I liked some of his ideas a lot.

    My only concern is with the idea of using a modern stick built home as your strong point in the first place. It is one thing to strengthen your security in normal times, but in real violent times I am coming to the conclusion that they are usually too visible , too easily isolated, and too combustible. In Jakarta Pandemic, you can see an illustration of this problem. When the “hero” goes into defensive mode against the “bad guys” he does it away from his home in the (very cold) back yards of the development.

    I am working on a number of other books, but I did get the e-version of Holding Their Ground. Thank you for the heads up.

    • Odd Questioner December 5, 2011, 10:37 am

      I’m guessing that you don’t and won’t have much choice.

      You could bolster the defenses a bit by having a brick home, even if the bricks only go part-way up.

      • izzy December 11, 2011, 12:17 am

        Interesting scenario, russell1200. hmmm…
        Modern construction has a few pluses, like metal roofs (a lot of cities burnt to the ground because when the floating embers landed on your roof, your house burnt down in seconds too), some less-flammable materials and better insulation in newer homes, lower ceilings, improved windows, steel in commercial bldgs.
        Other choices? Brick like Odd Questioner suggests, or concrete cement, stone farmhouses in a few places, old factories /institutional /bank bldgs!, depending on strength and/or # of windows, old towers, old houses with strong doors & stairs (although in 1800’s they put servants in the attic, and comfort on the ground floor).
        [Been thinking about this lately, because one of my “zombie horde” friends is mighty proud of his armaments. Displays them all in a lit display case in his basement den man-cave. On 2nd floor is kitchen, bath, switch box, phone rechargers, also their super-duper entertainment system, by the picture window next to their fully-stocked bar. Installed alarm system w/ box on 2nd floor, that they disregard because they figure it’s just their spouse at the other end of the house. Worries about burglars. Wants to add a gun to the case in the den. He & his wife sleep on the third floor. Likes to read about medieval history. Fails to apply it to everyday security in the present…]

      • Destrey December 16, 2011, 3:26 am

        Brilliance for free; your parents must be a sweetheart and a cerftieid genius.


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