From the New York Times Bestselling author of Patriots, James Wesley, Rawles, comes LAND OF PROMISE, a bold piece of speculative fiction that posits the establishment of a Christian nation of refuge, in response to the establishment of a global Islamic Caliphate in the near future. Launched by a pair of free-thinking venture capitalists and an Israeli art dealer, the fictional Ilemi Republic is carved out of a disputed border region between Kenya and South Sudan, with the consent of the governments of these two neighboring nations.
The fledgling Ilemi Republic is a nation of firsts in modern history: The first nation as a dedicated place of refuge for Christians and Messianic Jews; The first nation with absolutely no taxes or levies of any kind; The first nation with no licenses or permits; The first nation with minimalist government; The first nation to reject fiat currency and establish a tri-metallic currency (gold, silver, and platinum); The first nation to have a self-policing citizenry with a citizen's militia--and hence no standing army and no police force; The first nation with a near absolute right to keep and bear arms, where only weapons of mass destruction are restricted from private ownership; and the first nation without a parliament or congress, where all decisions are made by public referendum.
"In Land of Promise, [Jim Rawles] crafts an exception to the rule: He speculates on proactive efforts to carve out a liberty lifeboat on Earth. It is the last refuge of free people in charge of their own lives. In every other place on Earth that man has put down roots, the usual suspects come out of the woodwork to offer advice on how to run his life and eventually develop systems that strangle that very life out of them. Some of these have been much worse than others as witnessed in the blood-soaked twentieth century." - Bill Buppert, ZeroGov Forums
Praise for James Wesley, Rawles:
“Rawles is an amazingly gifted author who has singlehandedly reignited the postapocalyptic thriller. Survivors is an instant classic.” – Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Rawles' Survivors is well worth reading. . . well-written and informative, and speaks with an honesty and bluntness often missing from the policy prognotications of the political elite.” – The New American
About the Author James Wesley, Rawles is a internationally recognized authority on family disaster preparedness and survivalism. He has been described by journalists as the "conscience of survivalism." Formerly a U.S. Army intelligence officer, Rawles is now a fiction and nonfiction author, as well as a rancher. Some of his his books have been translated into six languages. He is also a lecturer and the founder and Senior Editor of http://www.SurvivalBlog.com, the Internet's first blogs on preparedness that has enjoyed perennial popularity and now receives more than 320,000 unique visits per week. He and his family live at a remote self-sufficient ranch surrounded by National Forest lands that is is cryptically identified as located "somewhere west of the Rockies.
James Wesley Rawles
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am somewhat disappointed in the latest Rawles book in spite of loving Patriots and some of Rawles' other works. However, when I first wrote the review, I had only read 25% of the book and gave Land of Promise just one star. But after forcing myself to finish the book, I began to understand the reasoning behind the location and uprated it to 3 stars. I must add that the biggest reason for my disappointment in the location is that I wanted a reasonable alternative to living in the US when the SHTF.
However, I still question the establishment of any nation as a Christian refuge in Africa. Money, even enormous sums will not tame or paper over problems in that region. That said, after further reading, I understand that establishing a new nation with such a huge military build-up had to be outside the US. American Progressives complain about a little old AR 15 and a paltry 2,000 rounds of ammo so I can only imagine the hue and cry if a religious group within the US sought to...
I'm a big Rawles fan, and was really looking forward to this, but it was a huge disappointment. It was really dry and tedious, and the characters were incredibly underdeveloped, and therefore implausible. Huge swaths of the book were just tedious shopping lists of gear, rather than the development of an actual story. Given the immense stakes of its premise, I kept waiting for a Brad Thor or Vince Flynn-like gravity to the characters and their narratives, but it never came. I forced myself to finish it, but I regret doing so.
I continue to be a fan of Rawles and his work, and am grateful for the influence it's had on my own life. Therefore, I really hope the next installments are actual stories with things like arcs, development, drama, and interesting characters.
I like his blog and read it often. That being said this is one of the worst books I have ever picked up. One useless shopping list after another regarding munitions. A complete joke of a book. I was halfway through the book and was ready to delete it before any action started. Then back to these shopping lists – and the selling of citizenships . . . is he kidding? This is a plan? For what? Two close friends that read the hard copy felt he exact same way. If it were not for the fact that it’s in my Kindle I would have burned it.
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