Book and Product Reviews

Below you’ll find book and product reviews at The Survivalist – each review is based on the authors personal experience with the product or book, followed by the authors thoughts and recommendations regarding the quality of the product or book and it’s usefulness (or lack of) in a survival situation.

Questions and answers with The Wolf Pack : What are The Three must have books for preppers?

by M.D. Creekmore - April 2, 2014 • 171 comments

Hi MD, hope you are well. If you see fit, can you ask the pack if they could chose three books to start over with, what would the books be ? I presume the bible will feature heavily, but the other two I can’t even decide for myself. btw Nice tower gardens I spied in […]

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Recomended Survival Fiction by Wolverine

by Guest Blogger - March 19, 2014 • 64 comments

I would like to thank Wolverine for sending this list – looks like we have a lot of reading to catch up on. If you have other suggestions please let us know in the comments below. Patriots, by James W. Rawles, Economic collapse scenario. Lots of useful information on tactics, food storage, fuel storage, retreat […]

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A Quick Book Review: The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible

by M.D. Creekmore - February 10, 2014 • 8 comments

Spring is my favorite time of year (and thankfully it’s only a few weeks away), not because of girls in short-shorts and skimpy tops (even though that helps) but because spring is the start of the growing season. Gardening to me is akin to a spiritual experience, the awakening of life and growth, with every […]

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Bam Bam’s TV Show and Movie List

by Guest Blogger - January 29, 2014 • 107 comments

By Bam Bam Here’s a list of my favorite survival/post-apocalyptic TV shows and movies. Watching TV shows and movies is a way to have fun and perhaps gain a few tips. Most importantly, such shows can help broach the topic of survivalism to friends and family members who think we’re nuts. They present us with […]

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Which do you think is the most useful homesteading book?

by M.D. Creekmore - January 22, 2014 • 29 comments


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Letter from Dawn : S&W Bodyguard 380

by M.D. Creekmore - January 10, 2014 • 28 comments

I just found your blog today while I was looking for reviews for the S&W Bodyguard 380. I read your entire review along with all of the comments. I was disappointed when I reached the bottom and found that you were no longer accepting comments about this gun. I noticed that a lot of men were inquiring […]

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The Shocking Public Reaction to Survivalists and Preppers

by M.D. Creekmore - December 27, 2013 • 57 comments

Public Reaction to survivalists Dave Bailie I guess I have been a survivalist or prepper for a long time, long before it became popular in main stream media. Back then I wasn’t aware it had a name I just figured it was common sense like changing the oil in your car. If I didn’t […]

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Solo Stove for the bug out or get home bag

by M.D. Creekmore - December 23, 2013 • 10 comments

by Jeff P I recently purchase a complete Solo Stove system from after seeing it mentioned again on MD’s blog, this time as a sponsor. I am VERY impressed. The system with alcohol burner and pot weighs in at about 1 pound! I also got the optional wind screen which adds about another 5 […]

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by M.D. Creekmore - November 29, 2013 • 23 comments

A simple review of a ‘tool’ most of us have seen and to few of us own.  By…. Thomas T. Tinker (note.. spell and grammer check are in use.. dosen’t mean it’ll have any effect or affect on the outcome of this tome.) Assuming the picture I imported has made it to the head of this post…. […]

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Review of The Prepper, Part 1: The Collapse, by Karl A.D. Brown

by M.D. Creekmore - November 25, 2013 • 32 comments

Review written by Michele O The Prepper, Part 1:  The Collapse : Since I do not see a publisher listed, I’m assuming this book is self-published. I have found it on Amazon (using M.D.’s link) It is in both paperback for $4.55 and Kindle for $2.99. The book has 4 stars, from 82 comments and […]

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Movie Review: National Geographic’s ‘American Blackout’

by M.D. Creekmore - November 4, 2013 • 96 comments

By Tom B We watched National Geographic’s ‘American Blackout’ on Sunday and thought it was excellent. Our hurricane bug out location host thought it was “horrible”. Go figure. If you missed it, it depicts the ten days after a cyber attack takes down the electrical grid nationwide, from the perspective of half a dozen different people/groups. […]

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Book Review : Making the Best of Basics – Family Preparedness Handbook

by M.D. Creekmore - October 28, 2013 • 8 comments

Making the Best of Basics – Family Preparedness Handbook 11th Edition. James Talmage Stevens. Get Ready! Network, LLC, 2009. Paperback , illus. With more than 750,000 copies of previous editions sold, Making the Best of Basics, has long been the standard in-home food storage and family preparedness reference – many of you, no doubt, have […]

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Book Suggestion for the pack from Jim M

by M.D. Creekmore - October 16, 2013 • 3 comments

I read a lot of post apocalyptic fiction and non fiction! I read The Yellowstone Conundrum by John Randall. I would strongly suggest this book for you or for those members of the pack that like fiction. My only negative about the book is that there is quite a bit of profanity and some very adult […]

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A short review of the Ruger Mod. SP-101, cal. 38/357

by M.D. Creekmore - October 14, 2013 • 41 comments

This is a guest post by Thomas The Tinker and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. Specs: Brushed stainless steel. Capacity 5 rds. 2.25 or 3.06 in barrel. Overall length 8 in. Unloaded weight 27oz. D.A., S.A.O., optional Bobbed hammer. Standard black front ramp sight. (See and surf the site.) Where to start……… I own one. […]

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A Short Review of The Streamlight 61052 Septor LED Headlamp with Strap

by M.D. Creekmore - October 7, 2013 • 7 comments

I’ve spent a lot of time away from the utility pole and the water meter. It’s not that bad – it just takes getting used to. When I lived in a van, my nights were spent reading under the light of a LED headlamp. These things are work great and leave your hands free for […]

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A Short Product Review : Mora Carbon Steel Knives

by M.D. Creekmore - October 7, 2013 • 17 comments

A comparison by JP in MT I recently was shown a Carbon Steel bladed Mora knife, green sheath with green and black handles. These knives are made in Sweden, and have a very good reputation. The knife locks into the sheath very well, so loosing it is not a fear. My friend said he got […]

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Product Review : Gamo BIG CAT .22 Air Rifle

by M.D. Creekmore - September 16, 2013 • 12 comments

At around $130.00 the price is very reasonable and ammo cost is next to nothing. The BIG CAT comes out of the box ready to go after mounting the scope with a couple screws (provided). This not your kids Daisy, it packs a serious punch and comes in just under the sound barrier so there is a little “crack” when you squeeze off a round.

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Product review : Axes for splitting wood…

by M.D. Creekmore - September 9, 2013 • 23 comments

Review by Robert Miller After the adventure of cutting down trees in my backyard and dealing with the mess, I began to address splitting the wood. Of course a mechanical splitter is easy, but what do you do when it’s all manual labor? What tools are needed and work well? Currently I have an old 36” […]

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What is Your Favorite Survival Fiction Book?

by M.D. Creekmore - August 9, 2013 • 196 comments

Okay – this reader question is going to exclude some readers who don’t read survival fiction (my apologies – next one will be more inclusive). What is your Favorite Survival Fiction Book – and Why? How about your least favorite? This question must be in the top five questions that I’m asked each week by readers […]

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Video Review: Kalashnikov Rifle Gunfighting

by M.D. Creekmore - August 5, 2013 • 21 comments

Kalashnikov Rifle Gunfighting – Too Simple to Be Tactical: Featuring Gabriel Suarez (From the rear book cover) The AK-47 series of rifle is one of the most prolific and useful weapons on earth. More than 100 million have been made in various parts of the world, and the odds of encountering one of these weapons […]

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