As Wind in Dry Grass by H. Grant Llewellyn is the story of Albert Smythe, an eccentric, retired truck driver (after 20 years) who lives a self-sustainable life on his rural Indiana farm, and his survival after TSHTF.
This story is a bit unique in that it has two waves of events that alone could take down our society. The first is an apparently well-planned attack on the trucking infrastructure – terrorists – it’s not known if they’re domestic or foreign – plant bombs on hundreds of long-haul trucks and in their cargos, causing a lock up of that system that eventually crashes the economy.
My guess is most people don’t realize how vulnerable our trucking and rail transit infrastructure is, and how much we rely on it since the advent of just-in-time delivery awhile back. IMO, when any competent bad guys figure this out, we’re screwed.
The terrorist induced collapse was followed by some sort of global pandemic that finished off the job of collapsing civilization.
Albert, a man with no family ties, had been a frugal trucker who saved for 20 years, then retired to his rural Indiana farm where he had live stock, small scale farming, generators with lots of fuel, etc. He also constructed a hidden bunker on his property, and stockpiled weapons, ammo, etc. He had no family, wife, children, etc.
His perfect life ended when the terrorist induced shortages caused FEMA, backed up by local officials, to devise a plan to confiscate from local farmers their food stores. Without getting into too much detail, Albert ended up killing the FEMA reps and local authorities that came to take his food, and became a guerilla fighter. Then the global pandemic came and everything got even worse.
There are a lot of good preps detailed in this book. It’s also one of the best written self-published books out there.
However, the tinfoil hat conspiracies are in full force, complete with UN forces terrorizing Americans, raping and killing at will to restore law and order for the government. There is a long, somewhat bizarre rant on this topic. There is also a lot of racist talk/sentiment that detracts from the book.
A major flaw is the UN occupation (with U.S. government permission) – it doesn’t make sense, there is no logical reason or goal. It’s unlikely UN nations would be able to field troops after a financial collapse (that would affect the global economy) and a global pandemic, especially considering the U.S. funds most of the UN.
Good writing and interesting scenario, but I’m not comfortable with the racist rants and UN conspiracy theories. If you can ignore those aspects, it’s a good read.