It's the End of the World or, Whatever....
I read a book about the collapse of the United States and how chaos and disorder ruled the day. While the book sounds like what is actually happening today, I feel deeply that--while this was not within my range of interest--it might not be so off the mark after all. The book is "Patriots: A Novel of Surviving in the Coming Collapse" by James Wesley, Rawles. The book disclaims that it is not intended to be used as a manual for "bushcrafting," "prepping" or military tactics, it does offer an amazing amount of information if that is your interest. From how to make your own solar panel power source to changing frequency channel crystals on a radio so that you can't be traced or intercepted.
The story is about a group of friends who become concerned after the debacle of Hurricane Katrina. They all were allowed into the original group by means of their expertise and what they could contribute to their cause. While most of them are from urban areas, their "compound" is purchased and prepared before the actual collapse... weapons, ammunition, food, gasoline, and an array of upgrades to the home (some of which were so absolutely over the top in how they were explained it is nearly impossible not to image using the book as a do-it-yourself instructional), the group prepares for absolutely everything that could come up. Other characters show up throughout, alliances are made with other groups. Ultimately, the military confrontation with Federal and United Nations troops hits a fever pitch and the Constitutional Republic is restored.
This is definitely a book that I enjoyed reading despite the topic. It is well written and I even enjoyed the "instructional" aspect of it.