Having enjoyed one of his previous novels of survival during the “crunch,” Survivors, I welcomed the opportunity to read a preview copy of his newest book in the series, Expatriates, by James Wesley, Rawles. That’s the Amazon link. The book is set for release on October 1st, but you can pre-order it now. You should!

The “crunch” happens in the near future, when the world’s financial markets crash and governments (particularly that of the United States) collapse, leaving citizens to fight off looters, rioters, and a dictatorial, provisional replacement government. With money being worthless, and a near-destroyed infrastructure, everyone is basically on their own. Expatriates takes place in nearly the same time frame as Rawles’ other novels, Patriots, Survivors, and Founders. It extends to four-years past the “crunch” but involves different characters in other parts of the world; this one primarily in the Philippines and Australia. It is absolutely NOT necessary to have read the other books.

To get to the point; this is another exciting, well written, and action-packed novel of individuals and of townspeople using their courage, skills, and preparedness to survive during an economic and (in the U.S.) governmental plunge into chaos.

For the few who don’t know, Rawles is also the proprietor of the Survival Blog and he imparts much wisdom throughout the story. Mostly, though, it’s just a good-old-fashioned thriller in the best sense of the word.

There are several morals in Expatriates, but the one I took away as most important, was that even in a crisis, and the fog of war, an individual can make a difference — a huge one. Whether it’s the Filipino fisherman helping missionaries to flee, or an Australian aborigine striking a devastating blow to the enemy, one person doing what’s right can turn tides.

A wonderful work of fiction that I hope . . . remains fiction.