The 7 Prepper Fiction Authors You Should Be Following

I read a lot; 2-3 books a week, and frequently more. Due to the fact that prepping is one of the largest interests in my life, when I read fiction (which is most of the time, to be honest) it tends to be Prepper Fiction, and these authors are at the top of their game in my opinion. With the exception of Thomas Watson, whom I just discovered last week when I picked up Dark Titan Journey Book 1, I’ve read almost everything these authors have published and can recommend them without hesitation.

A. American

As the author of what is quite possibly my favorite book series (The Survivalist Series), I can’t help but put him at the top of the list. I’ve previously reviewed the first four books, and have a review of his latest novel in draft form.

One of my favorite quotes from the series?

“Yeah, it always amazes me how quickly people turn into good little socialists when they run out of their stuff. As long as they have something, it’s theirs. Let them run out, and you need to share.” – Going Home (Book 1)

You can visit his website – which has a nice forum as well – here, and follow him on twitter here.

Steven Konkoly

I discovered Steven Konkoly this past summer, almost on accident, when I picked up a copy of The Perseid Collapse, the first of three books in the series. It’s an excellent series, offering good character development in the form of Alex Fletcher, along with a fantastic story line, and superb writing. Mr. Konkoly is also the author of a series of techno-thrillers I haven’t read yet, even though I did buy a copy of Black Flagged. I’m sure they’re at the same level as The Perseid Collapse, so I’m looking forward to reading them eventually.

You can visit his website here, and follow him on twitter here.

John W. Vance

With writing The Death Trilogy, John W. Vance brings us a truly terrifying post apocalyptic world with a worldwide pandemic, The Death, killing off over 90% of the world’s population. In an interesting choice, one of the protagonists starts out as a completely unprepared city dweller; watching how he changes made me wonder how would change post-civilization. I have definitely enjoyed the story that has unwoven through the first two books, and have the third on pre-order.

You can visit his website here, and follow him on twitter here.

Thomas Watson

When I ordered Dark Titan Journey Book 1 on a whim last week, I wasn’t expecting to finish it less than 24 hours later. Instantly hooked on both the story and the writing style, I was initially bummed that Book 2 hasn’t been announced yet, then I was pleasantly surprised to discover another series by Mr. Watson. The five books in the Blue Plague series should keep me busy for a couple weeks; I’m currently about halfway through Blue Plague The Fall and am thoroughly enjoying it. That said, I’m really looking forward to Dark Titan Journey Book 2!

You can find him on Facebook here, and follow him on twitter here.

Arthur Bradley

Mr. Bradley has a PhD in Engineering, works at NASA, and has authored an excellent series entitled The Survivalist. After Superpox-99 wipes out almost the entire human race, we meet US Deputy Marshall Mason Raines, a man dead set on maintaining order, and Tanner Raines, Mason’s father who is in prison for murder. An interesting twist in the first few chapters of the book, combined with a well flowing story, told me that I would enjoy this series and I have done just that. I look forward to the next book!

You can find his website here, and follow him on Facebook here.

M L Banner

With Stone Age, and it’s sequel DESOLATION, ML Banner drops us straight into a world hit by another Carrington Event, yielding world wide catastrophy as power is gone, and most technology destroyed. I’m usually not fond of books that jump between multiple disparate plot lines since most authors can’t pull it off, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that Mr. Banner can do just that.

What convinced me to buy the first book? This little ditty in the Amazon description:

A vacationing family is separated;
A friend readies them for a catastrophe;
A young love blossoms;
A prophet’s fame rises;
A prepper waits for the violence to come.

All are unprepared for the apocalypse about to strike the Earth, one so great and unprecedented, it will bring humanity into a new Stone Age.

You can find his website here, and follow him on twitter here.

R. P. Ruggiero

When browsing through the authors website, I found this line“In Brushfire Plague, I set out first and foremost to tell a compelling tale with real, evolving, and engaging characters interacting within a dramatic storyline. Second, I wanted to focus on two things often neglected in this genre: the very first days and weeks as civilization is rocked to its core and how a group of neighbors might respond to the situation.”

Well, he nailed it. The protagonist, Cooper Adams, is one of the most “real” characters I’ve read in recent years. Brushfire Plague takes you through a rapid collapse of society in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, with Cooper Adams trying to protect his family. It’s an engaging tale that I couldn’t put down and played with my emotions to the point that I found myself in tears once. The sequel, Brushfire Plague: Reckoning, starts off at a sprint and just keeps going. I am eagerly awaiting the third book to be released!

You can find his website here, and follow him on twitter here.

Reviews

I firmly intend upon writing reviews of all the fiction I’ve mentioned here, and in fact have drafts of three reviews. Alas, life gets in the way of authoring blog posts sometimes, but I figured I could at least point people in a good direction in the meantime.

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  1. I thought I might mention my books if you don’t mind. Many people enjoy them and say they are worth a try

    • Absolutely! You’re definitely a prolific author, can you expound on your books a bit? Are they in a series, or a recommended order perhaps?

      I actually own Preppers Road March, but it’s still in my “To Read” collection on my Kindle. =)

      • Prepper Road March was my first fiction book and has become a classic. If you google Prepper Road March you will find lots of pleased readers on youtube etc. Here is a partial order of books http://www.displaced-prepper.com/2011/11/order-of-books-prepper-trilogy-saga.html Most people like my books because they teach survival through the fictional characters in the books. People say they remember the information better that way and many people say that Prepper Road March got them or their spouses prepping because it was fun but serious and they learned a lot. I have over 30 books out at the moment and two in the works coming out soon. Most of my books are written in a style I call “southern prepper fiction” a light hearted approach to preparedness written in the deep south. My dialect or southern way of speaking drives some people nuts others love it and says it really adds to the stores to make them more real. I don’t write shoot um up rambo stories or anything containing zombies like other writers in my apocalyptic niche but instead focus on leaving people with a message of hope and some skills to see them through.
        http://ronfoster.webs.com/

  2. Thank you for the mention, and all the Great info you share here.

  3. Quick question, I would love for you to add how much “colorful” language we can expect when we read these books. My first read was Patriots, second was One Second After, then it seems from there on the books I read seemed to have a bit too much foul language for me.

    • Hi Mary,

      Thanks for the comment! I would love to, but I don’t know what people consider to be “colorful” language so maybe instead I’ll add “Would I let my child read this book?”.

      • As For my books I never use the F word and try to watch my language but its also how people converse or express their angst. I also don,t do shootum ups so if you want more of a message of hope then my books might be a match.

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