Showing posts with label books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label books. Show all posts

Sunday, November 29, 2015

New JWR Novel Land of Promise

Amazon just launched the paperback edition of my novel Land of Promise early.  This means that reviews can now be posted there!


Please wait until December 1st to order.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Book Review: 299 Days Volume 4

 Today I will be reviewing Book 4 of the 299 days Series by Glen Tate
Warning, I can't really review this book without some spoilers
This book continues where volume 3 left off. In the very first part Grant is going on and on about the 'Patriot Republic' he wants to set up. Next they end up coming into possession of a semi truck full of food. This leads to a potential conflict with the government in the nearby small town.

There is a debate over what to do with the food. The community ends up voting and using a meal card system similar to the one described in 'One Second After'.

The next significant event in the book comes when they trade some weapons to the town leadership for medical supplies.

Like the series tends to do the book ends in a cliff hanger that starts the next book.

The Good:
This book had action/ conflict but it was realistic. Too often in survivalist books folks get in these crazy gunfights where one dude with his magical prepper skills and wiz bang 7000 rifle kills 20 bikers with AK's or something else similarly stupid.

Building on this after every significant event the characters learned some things through their own failures. We should have had/ done X came up often.

The community had people with a realistic range of perspectives on most things. Viewpoints differed and there was natural, plausible conflict. Everyone is not going to agree and despite what some idiots think, the answer is not to shoot everyone who disagrees with you.

In terms of setting up this 'Patriot Republic' Grant hammered home the point that providing services and meeting people's needs matter a whole lot more than arguing ideology. In many ways an insurgency is more a race to administer to peoples basic needs with an armed component than the other way around. This is for a couple reasons. First most people are pretty ambivalent about politics and government in general. The side that meets/ helps them meet/ creates an environment where they can meet their basic needs is probably the one they will gravitate towards. Like American elections it is the soft supporters and mushy middle folks whose swing decides insurgencies. Hard core socialists or die hard Patriots waving Galdstead Flags are not going to be swung to the other side in any big numbers. They can be marginalized, isolated, killed or forcibly migrated but convincing them to go with the other teams program is unlikely. Second actions speak a lot louder than words. Having a great idea is going to be less important than being able to provide an area with security, a predictable method for resolving disputes and maybe help with different things is what matters.

The Bad:
I think the level of independent government these folks were trying to set up was awful premature in relation to being only a couple weeks after the collapse. It did not in my opinion match with the (otherwise realistic) scenario within the book. I think this reaction would be a lot more reasonable after a few months of 'collapse' especially a soft collapse.

Also fundamentally they made a big mistake in saying 'Patriot Republic' instead of 'community'. "Our Community needs a way to resolve disputes" just sounds a lot better than "Let's set up a court for our patriot republic".

While the characters in the book acknowledged failures in hind sight they failed to pay any costs for these oversights/ failures. While they didn't need to kill off a bunch of random characters to prove their point but my experience is that more often than not we pay for tactical mistakes.

Why did Grant not say in more medical supplies? In an early book he said "he didn't know how to use them" BUT HIS DARN WIFE IS AN ER DOCTOR. He should have gotten all sorts of tools, sutures, etc.

The concept of controlling peoples movements in the book was not in my opinion acceptable. They had security which is great. However the non elected (though one could argue there was at least a loose consensus) leaders of this area deciding who gets to go out the gate to town or whatever, or for what reasons they get to go is simply not acceptable. I would not tolerate that and I do not think many freedom minded people would.

Also the author specifically mentioned he didn't want people going on 'vice runs' for booze, drugs or whatever. That the community needed to trade their valuables for food. I get the sentiment but that is not the choice of a non elected leader and that attitude has no place in a supposedly free area.


They traded some guns, mags and ammo to the local town, which is their self described enemy. We could get into a long discussion about the concept of trading weapons in some sort of a collapse. One fairly extreme view is that you should not trade any guns or ammo because they are useful to you and could potentially be used against you. I do not necessarily take this viewpoint. Say in some sort of a collapse a neighbor wants to get a pistol for their wife or older teenage kid. They have something pretty valuable I want and I have a redundant pistol gathering dust in the safe. Seems like an easy decision to me. On the other hand trading military rifles to someone I consider an enemy and believe I will have to fight at some point seems rather foolhardy.

Also the group formed an immigration group who get to decide WHAT PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO LIVE ON THE PRIVATE PROPERTY OF OTHERS! This is especially ironic because the main character brought out a bunch of friends with guns who are living, without the knowledge or permission of the owner, in another persons cabin! That he brought a bunch of folks in then was part of a decision that the community should control who else comes in seems ridiculous to me. This is not freedom, it is some sort of totalitarian form of government.

I get the sentiment, especially since they were really talking about gang bangers (though it did show a generational thing with tattoos). However I do not believe it would be appropriate to A) tell a person who can stay with them on their private property or B) pre judge people based on appearance. As far as I can recall in the book this issue never came up but the way they planned to deal with it is not in my opinion acceptable. If the Jones family brings in a person who causes trouble then the community has a right to get involved and maybe somewhere in the continuum of agreed upon consequences is banishment. The difference between the community getting involved after a person does something vs before in some sort of thought crime way is significant and the difference between a valid community function and totalitarianism.

There is a fair bit of bad and ugly in this book. I think this is disproportionate because most of the general good stuff from the series has already been well covered in other reviews. That being said no way around me significantly disagreeing with some of the things our little 'Patriot Republic' does during this book.

Overall impression: An enjoyable read with enough excitement to keep things moving but still be realistic. The parts I disagreed with did not retract from enjoying the book.

Edited to include:
PT: Speedruck of 3.25 with 35-40 pounds. Time 44:07 or a 13:30ish/1 mile pace.

Dry Fire: Gear- Glock 19 with Safariland 6125
Drill- 1 shot from concealment.
Par time- 1.5 seconds.
Extreme low- 1.04
Extreme high- 1.6 seconds
Average 1.1-1.4.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ebola: Understanding and Preparing for an Outbreak

Ebola: Understanding and Preparing for an Outbreak Available on Amazon. Kindle editions are currently .99c and will stay at that price for several days before rising. I haven't got a chance to read it yet but for the price of a snickers bar it is almost surely a good deal.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Today's Happenings

1) It is hot.

2) A possibility came up that is very exciting. Don't want to say anything since it is still very much in the speculative stages and I am trying hard not too get set on it happening. However I am entirely distracted by it.

3) I have a hundred pages left to go in the newest Tom Clancy book. 

4) I'm a geo batchelor for a bit while Wifey and the kids are home to visit family.

5) Was going to go shopping for food today (on post) but realized it is payday. I would rather starve but thankfully there is a frozen pizza in the freezer.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Books From Commander Zero and Dave Ramseys Total Money Makeover

Every once in awhile I get a package from somebody on the interwebz. They want to pass on book or a piece of gear for me to test, whatever. I also do the same thing to other folks.

Anyway one of these packages arrived from Commander Zero the other day. It included a copy of Starship Troopers and Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover. I read Starship Troopers years ago as a teen. May already have a copy of it on inventory, honestly I'm not sure. We discovered Dave Ramsey right after college via the TV show. In true Dave Ramsey fashion we got one of his books at the local library.

Our overall financial plan does not exactly follow every tenant of the Dave Ramsey Baby Steps plan. We use credit and debit cards instead of the cash envelope thing. We saved a full emergency fund before paying off debt in part because the debt was at a low interest rate. Anyway despite the differences our low debt reasonable living lifestyle is probably one Dave would approve of.

Thanks for the books Zero!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Reluctant Partisan, Volume One: The Guerrilla by John Mosby

The Reluctant Partisan, Volume One: The Guerrilla 

This book is currently available for pre order (that ends today 1 Dec) in the form of an E Book for $15. It looks like I will receive the book itself tomorrow. Once the pre order is done I think the books availability in soft copy will end.

Personally I plan to get the hard copy when it becomes available. For books like this I typically prefer hard copies both for their grid down capability and that I can set it on a table or take it to the range as appropriate to look at while doing something. The price will understandably be higher as small run type production of large books (345 pages I think) is an expensive endeavor.
 That being said a soft copy has advantages in that it's easier to print, search (Control F to find), or read discretely. 

Also I wanted to support John's efforts as I've gotten a lot of value from his site and contributions to the community. Economically supporting people and their websites that bring value to my life is something I am doing more of these days. Sometimes it is in the form of a donation (cash or gear) or by purchasing a product from them. Even if the product is something they buy and resell (vs manufacture their self) so it costs an extra buck or two I am OK with that. Given the choice to buy from a survivalist owned small business or pay a dollar less at a big box I'll take the little guy every time. 

Go buy a copy of The Reluctant Partisan Volume One NOW. For the price of an 18 pack of beer or dinner at a casual dining restaurant you can have an excellent reference to become better prepared for an uncertain future.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Emergency Use Vs Longer Term Survival, System Compatability and Overall Gear Thoughts

Imagine if you will a continuum between the shortest term emergency we can think of (say an hour or two) all the way to a true Hatchet style long term survival situation.

Shorter term situations inherently lend themselves to carrying just the things we need.

Example, lets say I work 10 miles from home and am a pretty fit guy but not a marathon running champion (a reasonable description of me). Something happens, say a disaster in which a bridge a half mile from work goes down or is blocked. Thankfully this being Louisiana and not near the Mississippi it's not a huge water obstacle. Lets say it is the dry season so the water is shallow enough to walk but vehicles aren't getting through. There are no reasonable alternative routes so I'm walking home. Well what do I need? A comfortable set of seasonally appropriate clothes with a hat, good broken in boots, and a couple quarts of water. Some munchies to replace a meal or four would be nice. A weapon would be good as I just might need it for self protection. A flashlight in case it gets dark before I make it home. Really I do not NEED anything else for this scenario. I'll be home in under 3 hours hoofing it and that's if I can't hitch a ride with somebody.

On the other hand there is a breaking point where you simply cannot carry enough consumables to rely on them. One can't carry enough food to walk hundreds of miles or live for months as well as the other stuff they will need. I hesitate to say there is an exact breaking point but it is more of a gradual transition from consumables to tools and equipment to gather food, traps, fishing stuff, etc all. For example I do not carry trot lines, a cast net, 110 conifer traps, an ax and a cast iron frying pan all the time, though I would if I was going to the woods for a year.

On the low end I still like to be fairly tool heavy (as Dave Canterbury said). To me there are two primary reasons for this. First of all I like to keep a variety of capabilities all the time, cutting stuff, starting fires, carrying water, heating up water/ cooking, etc. The basic stuff to do this is within arms reach at work being a Power Point Ranger getting ready for some briefing. Second short term emergency situations can very easily turn into longer term ones. Situations start out bad then get worse. Lets say a violent conflict makes it so I cannot get back home and there are no good options in other population centers (Partisans in Central/ Eastern Europe during WWII come to mind) so I'm headed to the deepest darkest woods in the area. All of a sudden I need tools more than another box of granola bars.

Based on this my kits tend to include: a good fixed blade knife, some sort of container I could cook in, cordage, flint and steel (lighters too of course), some sort of shelter plan, etc. 

System compatibility is important. All your stuff needs to work together in it's intended pattern of use. This means your holster, fighting load (if applicable), ruck sack, etc all have to fit together. Carrying a handgun with modern type hiking backpacks that rely heavily on a big padded hip belt is difficult. Your options are to put the gun in a fanny pack, strap it to your pack's hip belt, put it in the pack or employ a chest rig/ hill people gear kit bag. A normal holster simply is not in the cards.

Honestly this is what led me to the current tiered system I am employing. I redid my fighting load into a war belt plus a plate carrier with (to be determined) pouches or the TAP. I have an assault pack/ get home bag as my level 2.5. It lives in my car but could be attached to the ALICE (which would suck a lot) or configured as needed based on the mission. Lastly is my Bug Out Bag.

Not saying the way I did it is the only way. There are a lot of ways to skin the proverbial cat. What matters is that your gear is compatible with the stuff it is going to be used with. Testing it is really the way to figure out of it will in fact work together.

Anyway those are my thoughts on that.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Breaking In Extra Boots

I started wearing a new pair of boots today. Basic USGI type jungle boots, though now that they're suede and tan they are probably called something else. I hate don't particularly like this style of boots but had em lying around. When I was organizing things I dug through the spare boots and figured I'd break in whatever is there before putting them back away. So I'll probably wear these boots for a month or so, doing a few road marches toward the end. Can't claim credit for this idea as it came from something John Mosby said forever ago about wearing boots long enough to break them in THEN stashing em away.

Incidentally John seems to have written a book. It is currently available pre sale in an e book format for the very reasonable price of $15. Down the road I think it will only be available in physical form with a correspondingly much higher price. I haven't got a copy yet but strongly recommend it.

I think it is worth noting that we are talking about breaking boots in then stashing them away vs stashing away a bunch of worn out boots with only a couple miles left on em. If you are pulling boots out when replacements are not available and you just might be fighting or living on the run the darn things will probably need to last awhile.

Are your spare boots broke in; like ready to put on then go broke in?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Reminder Matthew Bracken's Enemies For Free!

Matthew Bracken's Enemies Foreign and Domestic is currently free. Think this deal lasts till Thursday.

If you do not have a kindle there is an app you can download to read it on your computer. If you haven't read this book (and all Matt's stuff) I strongly recommend it. One could argue things are looking more and more like the beginning of Enemies these days.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

5 Question Spotlight with AK Steele author of Stacey's Quest

Today we will be doing a 5 question spotlight with AK Steele the author of Stacey's Quest.

1. A knife is the tool of choice. It will never run out of ammunition or fail unless you abuse it, and a good one will take lots of harsh abuse and not fail. It can be used to start fires, create other weapons, clothing or tools, for medical treatments and a myriad of other things. Without a good knife, chances of survival are slim no matter what else you have.

2. Boredom and imagination got me started writing. I often wonder how things might be, or how they should be, and try to share my thoughts through stories. My hope is also that I can spark new ideas and creativity in others to respond to challenging situations in their own lives, perhaps even providing some knowledge in the process.

3. My latest is the story, "Well Armed Militia", tells of a farm girl living in a society where government and business become one, squeezing out the individual for the needs of the collective, where lives are regulated from the time of leaving work until the time of return, so that existence is only to serve the corporate master. Julie is a free spirit desiring liberty, wondering why the constitution doesn't allow the right just to be left alone. Her family makes the ultimate sacrifice for their collective stance, and even as she enters adulthood, she faces challenges that will impact far beyond herself.

4. I worry about all scenarios, a person must. This summer our community faced a massive fire followed by minor floods and took it in stride because we are prepared. People need to consider and prepare for everything unexpected by their state of mind, not just physical things. What do we need to survive? Sustenance? Shelter? Protection? Companionship? There is little difference between any situation, civil or other, in the level of preparation to maintain all of these.

5. The biggest fallacy of the survival movement is arrogance. Any fixed fortress will fall; a person who thinks that they will survive on their own will eventually fail. In the book "The Postman", it shows clearly that tyranny will quickly raise its head to rally the downtrodden, the weak, the unprepared, to give up their liberty and rights for a mouthful of food, and once sacrificed, liberty is rarely regained. "Harvest of Sorrow" is an excellent, factual read about the plight of the Kulaks of Russia and the Ukraine during the great famine and how the general populace actively participated in their persecution and eradication. More recently, "When Broken Glass Floats" tells first hand of similar tragedy in Cambodia.

Only together do we have the tools and skills to survive as a society. One might live for a time on his own, but not a lifetime. Survival is a state of mind, things will help, but educating ourselves, our families and our communities should be our most important goal. I hope to do a little of this with my writing.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Top 5 Afghanistan Books

1) Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban. This book is not my favorite about Afghanistan but it is the best 'Afghanistan in 1 book' I have read.

2) The Bear Went Over The Mountain. A series of AAR type vignettes put together by the Russian Army. 

3) Charlie Wilsons War

4) The Other Side of the Mountain. A sequel to The Bear Went Over The Mountain but from the Mujaheddin perspective. 

5) Ghost Wars

I could consider the exact positioning of #1-4 but am pretty firm on the books themselves. That may of course change if I read something particularly awesome in the future.  

The Tribal Analysis Center has a lot of good stuff if you dig around a bit like Learning From History, The Soviet Experience in Afghanistan as well as their Research and External reference sections in general.  Also there is some good historic stuff on British experiences and tribal dynamics in the area.

Various honorable mentions:

Kill Bin Laden by Dalton Fury

The Kite Runner

The Places In Between by Rory Stewart

Anyway that should give folks who are interested some books to consider reading.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Ghost Wars

Trying to finish Ghost Wars by Steve Coll. Very interesting but long and dry. Really long and really dry. 50 more pages to go. Please excuse my lack of a full post today.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Book Review: The Survivalist Family by Joe Fox

Today I am going to be reviewing The Survivalist Family by Joe Fox. If you are not familiar with Pastor Joe Fox then check out his youtube channel which is full of great stuff. Anyway I picked this book up as an add on when ordering the Swack Shack.

The Good: Let's see, the book is chock full of great advice! I especially appreciate that while it has some lists they are well thought out, limited and for specific purposes. You will not see the same 30 pages of sloppy excell documents pasted into this book!

I also appreciated that Pastor Joe hit on budgeting and the financial side of affording survivalist stuff as well as making it work in a relationship where the spouse is less than entirely on board. These are two awesome topics that rarely get mentioned and even then it is usually a brief hand wave. Pastor Joe took the time to talk about the topics in a well thought out realistic manner. 

The book stayed on topic in a thought out way. The discussions of categories/ concept of use flowed into brief lists with occasional relevant and useful anecdotes along the way. It did not jump around or go into aimless rants on tangent topics like other books sometimes do.

Also obviously Pastor Joe really knows what he is talking about. Aside from his considerable and useful military experience Pastor Joe has been doing this for awhile and genuinely practices what he recommends. Very good stuff all around.

The Bad: At a bit under $20 the book is a little on the expensive side. To be fair to Pastor Joe and his book the per unit cost of publishing smaller runs of books is pretty high. Whatever the reason is the book is a touch spendy.

Ugly: Pastor Joe didn't write this book a decade ago and it didn't stumble into my life much earlier.

Overall Conclusion: The Survivalist Family was an excellent book. It gave me a lot of things to think about and implement in our pursuit of preparedness. I definitely think it would be an excellent book to give to a beginner starting out. I strongly recommend purchasing a copy

Camping Survival is running a 20% off sale on their Wise Food Products from the 24th to the 28th of June.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Random Tuesday Thoughts

-It might be time to re read the Matthew Bracken novels as they seem to be playing out in real life.

-This whole discussion about the NSA, Verizon, etc all data gathering is interesting. First that stuff called 'meta data' matters, modern computers using well designed programs combined with various other open source stuff can come up with huge amounts of information. Think pattern and link analysis that is largely automated based on huge amounts of information. Along these lines the idea that has been posed "it is legal under our law but may not be constitutional" says a lot about the current problems in our country.

-Silver is at 21.5ish right now. If you have a few dollars to spare that is definitely a buy. I cannot say why gold is down either but if you can afford it that is another fine place to park a few dollars.

-Ammo prices seem to be coming down (except .22lr which is going up) but availability is still spotty for sure.

-TEOTWAWKI Blog's post on Resupply Caches is worth checking out. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Just Read the FM's?

American Mercenary wrote an excellent post. Army Field Manuals, like any other sort of reference tend to be geared toward people with a working understanding of the topic. They are meant to help make sure you do not miss a step, not to teach you something from the ground up.

What I am getting at is that a guy with a background like AM or myself could get a bit rusty in a staff job then pick up a Ranger Handbook and one of FM 7-8 and quickly reorient ourselves to light infantry tactics. In contrast someplace I have a Chilton Manual for a '76-79 (or whatever the specific years of the book covered) Chevy half ton truck plus a reasonable variety of hand tools. That doesn't mean I can change out that particular truck's carburetor or give it a tune up. Joe Mechanic could take that Chilton Manual plus my tools then do all sorts of stuff to that truck because he has a frame of reference. However give Joe Mechanic a Ranger Handbook, FM 7-8, an AR-15 and a fighting load and he'll do about as good of a job with it as I would taking that engine apart.

Unfortunately some folks without a frame of reference think they can learn from manuals or other references. A few can, we call them geniuses or savants or whatever. That being said for the 1 in a million who can learn Jui Jitsu/ Piano/ Small Engine repair from a book there are the other 999,999 who cannot. Most people simply are unable to learn that way and need some sort of more organized instruction. Those who fail to realize this simply do not know what they do not know.

Anyway those are my thoughts on that.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Odds N' Ends

The lettuce, spinach and green beans went into pots today. That was big fun. This whole growing my own vegetables thing is pretty cool. Also I'm excited to say it looks like I'll be involved with an intro to canning thing in the near future.

Had dinner and a couple beers at a local bar. Since neither driving slightly inebriated or taking a cab appealed to me I decided to hang out drinking water and reading till the booze wore off. I am currently reading Ghost Wars:The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. I got halfway into this book way back in IBOLC but it lost my interest. These days I am a lot better informed on Afghanistan and the players involved, through research and personal experience, and am probably more patient so it's a bit easier to get through.

On the plus side guns are becoming more available. The local shop has a variety of evil black rifles and semi automatic pistols. They are also doing pretty well on mags. A variety of AR mags including PMAGs at $22ish were present. They had limited pistol mags, I think mostly various Ruger and XD mags plus a few Glock 19 mags at $32ish.

Ammo is trickling into the shops and flying out. A lot of guys are showing up at Wally World early in the morning. Some to meet their own needs and some to resell at stupid prices. The local shop sold 7k in .223 in 2 days with a 3 box per customer limit. Personally I'm semi actively looking and buying when prices are right.

As summer hits here we are seeing consistent temps in the 80's. My little .38 J frame is definitely earning its keep. The G19 is really only viable for open carry these days. However given that it I'm in Arizona that option is legally on the table and socially acceptable to boot. Sort of depends on my mood and the risk of a given venture. Since I'm much more of a grocery store at 4pm than an ATM at 3AM kind of guy the risk is usually pretty low.

In writing this rambling, I'm too lazy to do something serious post I realized that a month ago I wrote basically the same thing. Big fun.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Guest Post: Chapter 6 of Archer Garret's Newest Nine of the North (book 3 of the Western Front)

The Nine of the North (NotN), the third book in the Western Front series (Book 1:  the Western Front;  Book 2:  Kratocracy) and the fourth book in the series' universe, should be released in about a week.  Chapters 1-5 are available here.  Chapter 6 is available exclusively at TSLRF, and found below:

Chapter 6
 Texas State Capitol; Austin, Texas
The entire team sat in stunned silence as the final coded message was translated for them:
| Plane Down | 31o15’35.37”N | 87o44’03.41”W |
Reese leaned back in his chair and gazed around the room.  The governor’s aides and advisors all looked completely immobilized.  They had no answers; there was nothing they could do.
Nothing they can do.
This isn’t their specialty, but it is the specialty of someone in the room.  You, Reese.
Governor Baker’s booming voice interrupted Reese’s thoughts.
“Get me Morgan West on the phone, now!”
A young aide leaned across the conference table and dialed the old pilot.  The phone had barely begun to ring when the gruff voice echoed through the room.
“Morgan, this is Governor Baker.”
“Yes sir.”
“The plane’s been shot down.”
“I know.”
“Do you know the status of the pilot?”
“I was in communication with him immediately before ejection.  To the best of my knowledge, he was successful.”
“What’re the chances of survival from an ejection at that altitude?”
“About as good as any.  As long as his suit wasn’t damaged during the ejection, and all else went as it should, he should be fine.  His chances are good.”
Reese interjected, “His chances of surviving the crash are good, but once on the ground, he’s the most wanted man east of the Mississippi.  Washington will stop at nothing to find out who stole that plane.”
Morgan replied solemnly, “He’s right, governor.”
Baker massaged his temples with his hands as he asked, “Was there anything in that plane that would implicate Texas?”
“No sir,” Morgan replied.
“Nothing but Lobo,” Reese added.
A blanket of silence settled over the room.  The sense of inaction that surrounded Reese infuriated him.  He knew what had to be done.  He looked to each person in the room, but their eyes were closed, or their heads were averted down, or they mindlessly busied themselves with their notes.  Finally, he looked to the governor at the head of the table.  Baker stared back unblinkingly; he knew too.
“Scott, if they find him, it might be what Washington needs to justify a war.  We still don’t have public support of the other western states.  We’re too weak yet to take Washington on alone.”
“I know.”
“Then give the word.”
The governor stared down the table at his friend for several moments, before replying, “Reese, we can send someone else.  You’ve done so much already.”
This is what I do, Scott.”
Baker turned to the others and said, “Everybody, give Reese and I a few minutes.  Morgan, thanks for your help; keep your phone close by.”
“Yes sir.”
After the last of the group filtered out of the room, the governor arose from his chair and began to pace the room.  Reese took a sip from his lukewarm coffee and waited to be addressed.  Finally, Baker spoke.
“You got a plan?”
Reese shook his head as he replied, “Nope, but I can make one up as I go right now.”
“Let me hear it.”
Reese took several moments to gather his thoughts before beginning.
“Well, we certainly can’t show up in spurs and boots and scoop him up.  Can’t look the part of a rescue team, especially one from Texas.”
“And we can’t drive across three states in Humvees either.  They’d see us coming from a hundred miles away.  And that’s assuming we could even make it there.  There’s no telling what we might encounter along the way.”
“We don’t have that much time.”
Reese nodded in agreement.
“Could you fly in?”
Reese thought for several moments before replying, “We’d need a chopper’s flexibility to extricate, but the crash site is too far way.  We’d be pushing well past the range of any of our birds.  We could fly the mission from a ship in the Gulf, but that’d be too dangerous.  If they found the U-2 at eighty thousand feet, they’d surely find a ship bobbing in the water.”
Reese arose from his seat as well and stood silently beside the table.  He rested his hands atop his head and closed his eyes.  He breathed deeply as he searched for an answer.  All the while, Baker continued to pace the room.
Suddenly, the governor stopped mid-stride and turned to Reese.
“We’ll just go by boat.”
“It’s not that easy, Scott.  We can’t just cruise across the Gulf and then up into the mouth of the Mobile Bay.  Movement is restricted all across the country, especially around this crash site.”
“What about my contacts in Pascagoula?  If they could set you up as the crew of a barge, you might slip through under the radar.  In the meantime, we can be assembling some forged documents for the team – make you look like a legitimate outfit.”
 A smile began to creep across Reese’s face as the governor spoke. 
“That could work, Scott.  The team that’s been training up here is as ready as anyone.  I’ll take the best men and leave for Pascagoula as soon as possible – if they’re willing to help.”
“I’ll make the call to my contacts; see what they can do.”
“You’re getting good, governor.  Maybe you should’ve been a spook.”
“I’m learning from the best, Mr. Byers.”
Reese smirked, but then furrowed his brow and asked, “Say, any thoughts on how we’ll get back?”

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hard Copy References

 The Glock Reference Guide showed up in the mail today.

Something I have realized recently is that there are some hard copy references we need to add to the library. A good book on the AR platform would be helpful and The Foxfire Book, Foxfire 2, Foxfire 3 [Boxed Set] would be very useful. I have this stuff all on digits but hard copies would be nice. In fact some day they might be vital. A couple other books would be nice also. I have some time to think about it and put together a list of the stuff we can use. Just as importantly I will talk later about useful books we have lying around.

Just something to think about. A couple hundred dollars in books to have grid down knowledge might be vital some day.
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