A Few Words About Prepper Fiction
I read plenty of science fiction and even some fantasy. (There’s quite a bit of crossover between the two these days._ So I’ve developed a certain amount of tolerance for the outlandish or weird. But not too much, if you please. I don’t mind having my disbelief suspended while I escape into a good story. But it had better be a good story indeed.
However, if I’m going to read a prepper novel that supposedly portrays a projected reality in the not too distant future, it shouldn’t be weird or outlandish. It shouldn’t be ridiculously complicated with a political or religious world that’s hard to comprehend. I don’t want to learn a whole new universe.
Characters should be believable to me. I have a hard time relating to military types or super survivalists. I want to read about people who aren’t so extraordinary.
I also don’t want to get bogged down in a lot of technical sidetracks. Granted, factual material makes the story credible, but I don’t want to be overloaded. After all, am I reading an entertaining story, or am I reading a survival manual? How credible is the technical stuff anyway? And how am I supposed to know for sure?
OK, so call me fussy. You may have a different outlook on prepper fiction, and you’re certainly entitled to your opinion. I’m simply telling you mine.
A Few Words About Scott B. Williams
Scott B. Williams has been writing about his adventures for more than twenty-five years. His published work includes dozens of magazine articles and eleven books, with more projects currently underway. His interest in backpacking, sea kayaking and sailing small boats to remote places led him to pursue the wilderness survival skills that he has written about in his popular survival books such as Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late, and Bug Out Vehicles and Shelters: Build and Outfit Your Life-Saving Escape. He has also authored travel narratives such as On Island Time, an account of his two-year solo sea kayaking journey through the Caribbean. With the release of The Pulse (2012) and The Darkness After (2013), Scott moved into writing fiction with plans for many more novels in the future.
A Few Words About Refuge
In the first novel, The Pulse, Artie and Casey, his college age daughter in New Orleans, are hundreds of miles apart when the EMP hits. Somehow they get back together in spite of the odds. That’s where Refuge picks up. Casey’s friends Grant and Jessica need to meet up with Artie’s brother Larry. Along with them is Larry’s friend Scully. They plan to meet up with Larry down river and escape in his boat to a safer place than the wilderness of Mississippi and Louisiana.
Only things don’t go as they intended. Grant and Scully go to get supplies from a cabin Grant knows about, and they have trouble with unwelcome intruders. Artie and Casey discover Larry has had his own problem with unwelcome visitors. It soon becomes clear that, while the EMP has definitely created its own difficulties, the characters in Refuge, find their greatest threat comes from other people.
This isn’t a novel with nonstop action, but you’ll be surprised when and where the action does take place. There’s time to get comfortable with the characters and their setting between bursts of activity. Chapter breaks will leave you in suspense to hold your interest. That’s definitely the case with the first chapter, where the scene begins with Larry on his catamaran. Believe me, you’ll want to keep reading.
I believe Refuge does what Scott intends for the story to do. It makes you, the reader, think about ordinary people who face challenging situations in a post-disaster setting which is far different from normal life. It entertains without being either frothy or too heavy. If it’s been a while since you’ve read the first novel in this series, the story is written so that you’ll remember what happened then as events in this second book unfold.
A Few Words About Our Conversation
Scott and I don’t give much of the story away, so I encourage you to read it for yourself. We covered several points I’ve already touched on above, and we discussed some important things I don’t want you to miss. I hope our conversation will pique your interest in reading Refuge.
Hear that conversation by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for November 6, 2014 (Right click to download.) Click on any of the book titles you see linked above to get info and place your order for that book. Find more information about Scott and his current works in progress at www.scottbwilliams.com. Why not keep up to date by subscribing to his newsletter?
As always, if you have any thoughts on what you’ve read above or heard on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio, feel free to leave a comment below. How do you think you would cope in the aftermath of a giant EMP? Do you think we’ll face a greater challenge from disrupted technology or from other people?