Reading Material (Some fiction) and the Kindle Fire

My girlfriend and I bought each other a Kindle Fire from Amazon.com for Christmas this past year. Man what a cool little device! I have read more the last 3 months than I have in the past 10 years! I used to be a pretty avid reader when I was in the Navy on deployments and tried to keep up with the reading when at home. I kind of fell out of the habit after I discharged and got caught up in the rat race.

I find the Kindle so easy to pack and carry through airport security and use in a hotel room. During my travels it has held up pretty good and keeps my mind occupied. The only thing that sucks is having to keep an eye on your battery level. I have found that if I turn off the WiFi I can stretch the battery life a bit longer. Surfing the web is ok, I am a current events junkie and most websites are mobile device friendly. Sites are easy to read on the screen in dark or brightlight. If you use a iPhone then you now how to increase and decrease the size of the screen. You can also store and view most PDF and Microsoft Office files without to much of a hassle.

A little service I found called SugarSync allows me to access important files on the Kindle just as though they were on my laptop. Check out SugarSync, its free up to I want to say 2 GB of storage. Could be more but unless you have allot of pictures an account should allow an average person more than enough storage for your documents. They offer a large compatibility across many platforms, mobile and traditional.  I mostly use it to to keep track of my prep list when I run across a surplus or camping store when I travel, always looking for a deal.

Here are couple of books that might get your thought juices flowing some. I have read them all and recommend each as having a good story line or having good information. On the Kindle most are not more than $9 some are only $2!. Much cheaper than a hard cover.

The Accidental Guerrilla by David Kilcullen: A book about Insurgencies and the whys and hows of Insurgencies and small wars start. (I am a Psyop Solider so this is more of a professional read for me) David has also written a few other books on this subject and I have read Counter Insurgency which is also informative.

First Aid For Soldiers by HQ Deptartment of The Army: The is FM21-11 Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook. FM stands for Field Manual.

The Disaster Preparedness Handbook 2nd Edition, A Guide For Families by Dr. Arthur T. Bradley: A good primer on getting started to prep and good food for thought.

The Warriors Ethos by Steven Pressfield: A good book on the mindset of a warrior i.e: soldier, Marine.

America’s Covert Warriors by Shawn Engbrecht: Inside the world of Private Military Contractors (PMC). Did you know there are more PMC’s in Afghanistan and Iraq than active duty military?

High Risk Civilian Contracting by James Yeager: Short book, a good insight on the authors tour in Iraq during the “surge”. Mr. Yeager also runs Tactical Response school in Tennessee. Intensive weapons training to help prepare for a job as a PMC or just someone looking to improve their weapon handling skills.

Just 2 Seconds by Gavin De Becker: A really good book on how to prepare for sudden violence. Deals mostly with assassinations, assassination attempts, stalking and sudden violence situations. A good fact based book that is pretty eye opening.

The Gift Of Feat by Gavin De Becker: Talks allot about intuition, how to pay attention to your intuition. Very good book in my opinion. Has a number of real life examples that prove De Beckers theory. I recommend this book highly (I think I already said that)

Corps Strength by Paul J. Roarke Jr. USMC (ret): Wanna prep your body? This book WILL get you in shape.

Bug Out by Scott B. Williams: Generally takes each section of the US dissects and gives the pros and cons of each in regards to bugging out. Also talks about the type a equipment that one would need to survive, types of vehicles etc. For a new prepper, good information. Again food for thought.

Fiction

Lights Out by David Crawford: A pretty good fiction write. Talks about a large EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse) attack on the US and the main characters attempt to keep himself and those around him alive in a post technology world.

One Second After by William Forstchen: Same theme as Lights Out but a much darker story. Chilling in my opinion.

Holding Their Own by Joe Nobody (yes that’s his name):  Based on an economic collapse of the US. Pretty good read, still a fiction story and relevant. I will give you a bit of a spoiler, it ends with a cliff hanger. Can you say book two?

Desperate Times by Nicholas Antinozzi: Only about half way through this one. Base on a economic collapse. So far a ok story. Update: Finished the book and found out it is part of a trilogy. An ok book, kind of hokey at times. I’ll see if I read the other two in the series.

That’s it for now. Told you I have read allot. Again I try not to buy into the hysteria and read for knowledge and formulate my own ideas. There are quite a few other books that I have read lately but not on the Kindle. Some are re-reads just to keep the information fresh in my head.

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