Tuesday, June 7, 2016

SHTF Self-Education Tuesday Book Review: Patriot Rising - The Unbroken

As we take pause to honor those who have died for our freedom this past weekend, it is fitting that I write today a review of Max Velocity's novel "Patriot Rising - The Unbroken".

I have previously reviewed his other works "Contact!" (non-fictional tactical training manual) and the prequel "Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises" (fictional enterTRAINment).

As you may recall from his last book I reviewed, I coined the term "enterTRAINment" for the combination of engaging story line, believable human characters and word pictures of tactics, techniques and procedures that directly relate to the story and its development.  It is a means to train your intellect and sensitize you to the actual conduct of operations and planning that are inherent in any military operation so that when you see the material again, it is not foreign to you.

The copy I am reviewing today is copyrighted by Max Alexander in 2015, and bears ISBN-13: 978-1519738950.   About 400 pages in length, with  appropriate maps and graphics, Max Alexander in true American fashion has published this work himself.  The production value is high, with a sturdy glossy cover and a solid binding that should last for quite a few readings over the years.





What Max has accomplished here is no mean feat.  To break down the topics Barney-style and use the progression as part of the story line takes immense discipline, creativity and vision.  Your time spent on his books is a lot easier to get through than going to doctrinal manuals that lack any semblance of character or engagement with the Reader.  The time melts away if you enjoy what you are reading and it is not in the stilted fashion that the Pentagon beats into people. He accomplishes that ably by drawing on his long military career in service to more than one nation but ultimately for the preservation of Western Civilization.

The previous novel in the series left the protagonist, his family and surviving unit safe for the time being.  Their actions in the Shenandoah had built up to the crescendo that had left regime troops largely defeated in smoking ruins after a series of intense battles, yet left them dangerously depleted.  While the intensity of the combat as Max writes it may stun and shock some Readers, any casual review of combat in lesser reported areas will show you the truth of the matter to be as depicted.  In particular, you have no further to look than Ukraine and the Donbass area for ample illustration.  For ideas on just how intense urban combat can be, I would recommend the Reader to look into the battles of Grozny in 1994-1995.

Grozny on a TPC Chart, courtesy of University of Texas/Perry-Castenada map room.  It looks remarkably similar to the Shenandoah!
Patriot Dawn - The Resistance Rises starts off with a stunning deep strike that has to be read to be appreciated.  The narrative is crisp and lively as the characters you have followed from the previous work fight for their lives while you are simultaneously learning their tactics, techniques and procedures through osmosis.  The beginning culminates in unexpected developments as the Resistance fights its way off the objective to the familiar sights of the Shenandoah.


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The introduction of some surprise elements, some which are merely hinted at in the first book lead to some innovative fictionalized events and combat that you are quite simply not going to get anywhere else.  As highly specific as it gets (and I would do you and Max a disservice by giving you spoilers), it may at times wander from immediate applicability to a "neighborhood protection team" (NPT) and its training needs.  However, the story line hammers away at a staccato pace and you can feel the tension in the writing, the looming sense of finality that rises like a blood dimmed tide.  The underlying pace of planning and operations is instructive, giving the Reader a sense of what the planning process is like and the critical importance of logistics.



The combination of story lines regarding urban combat, patrolling and rural operations will grip the Reader in a way that few other works in the genre can hope to match.  I would like to do my job as a critical reviewer here, but I just have no scab to pick at with his work.  Max Velocity delivers excellent value for your training and entertrainment dollar, hands down.  These books are going to get read, highlighted, dog eared and referred back to again and again.  One of the guiding principles of good writing is to always leave the Reader wanting more.  In this, Max Velocity has succeeded where many others fail.




Review of the first book in this series, Patriot Dawn, The Resistance Rises

Review of CONTACT! - a practical training manual for post collapse survival

You can read other book reviews previously published, by clicking HERE.

 


Given the importance of comms in the book, and in real life it would be advisable to familiarize yourself with the concepts.  Good starting points to educate yourself on this critical skill are Brushbeater's blog (with a mention to the Yaesu 817) and Dialtone blog and Sparks 31 which discuss comms for preppers in detail.



You may also wish to read my review of an excellent "body weight" training plan that allows you to build strength and stamina in the privacy of your own home, with no equipment other than yourself as a necessary first step towards becoming physically fit.
    
Written by StopShoutingBlog contributor and #FAB50 Blog Award Winner Partyzantski, coolest cat on teh inner webs, retired Mustang, former FID embedded military Advisor, SASO trainer and scenario developer, Electronic Warfare Aviator, PME instructor, certified Force Protection and Anti-terrorism officer and combat seasoned USMC (0202) field grade intelligence officer. When not blogging or maintaining weapons proficiency at the range, he enjoys cat herding and travel to off-the-beaten-track locales. You can follow him on Twitter @Partyzantsk 

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