First Wave: A Travis Combs Post-Apocalyptic Thriller
Today’s Critical Preparedness Radio interview with Doctor Prepper is with a skilled and veteran outdoors man Tony Nester, who practices his skills in the Southwest desert. Tony has more than 25 years ‘experience teaching outdoor survival and guiding wilderness trips since 1989. Tony established his company Ancient Pathways as his business for training others in all types of wilderness skills, specializing in desert survival and primitive technology. The focus of all Ancient Pathways courses is to provide hands-on training in practical survival skills and outdoor safety techniques. Tony’s survival courses emphasize direct experience with the valuable skills you need to take care of yourself in the wilderness.
Tony has instructed desert survival courses for the National Transportation & Safety Board, National Weather Service, U.S. Military Special Operations Units, and for private corporations. He is also a longtime faculty member of the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park.
Tony has extensive experience working with the media and film industry and has provided survival training for actors Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex) and Emile Hirsch (Into The Wild) along with working with Andrew Zimmern, the host of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods.
Tony has been featured in numerous media outlets including on NBC News, the Travel Channel, Maxim Magazine, the New York Times, and the Discovery Channel. In addition to extensive experience in wilderness survival, Tony has a BA in Anthropology and is an Emergency Medical Tech (EMT-B). He is also the author of numerous books on outdoor survival through Diamond Creek Press, and writes a popular monthly column for Outside Magazine.
This interview centers on his recently-released First Wave: A Travis Combs Post-Apocalyptic Thriller. This book is written under his JT Sawyer pseudonym, and his series of books are available at www.JTSawyer.com. FIRST WAVE is about a Special Forces veteran Travis Combs, who just wanted to forget his weary years of leading combat missions while taking an extended rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. As he and his small party complete a 22-day trip on the Colorado River, they find the world has unraveled from a deadly pandemic. Now, he has to show his small band how to live off the land and cross the rugged Arizona desert while evading blood-drinking zombies, gangs of cartel bikers and a rogue government agency. This volume is comprised of three previously-released eBooks, now in one anthology: The First Wave, The Longest Day, and No Place to Hide.
Following is a review of some of the other books by Tony Nester:
When The Grid Goes Down––Disaster Preparations and Survival Gear for Making Your Home Self-Reliant
Disasters come and go each year. It is through developing a self-reliant mindset, having essential survival gear and a handful of critical skills, that you and your family will be able to prevail in an urban crisis. Jammed with field-tested information from real-world applications, survival instructor Tony Nester covers how to prepare for both short-term survival ranging from 24-72 hours.
The Modern Hunter-Gatherer––A Practical Guide to Living Off the Land
A Survival Book by Tony Nester
This innovative book illustrates, with detailed photos, the essential methods for harvesting, preserving, and cooking small game, fish, edible plants, and how to reduce your dependence on “the system.”
Recapture the excitement of wandering on the land unencumbered while depending on nature’s resources and the skill in your hands.
Surviving a Disaster––Evacuation Strategies and Emergency Kits for Staying Alive
A Disaster Survival Book by Tony Nester
The most effective means of surviving a disaster is to have the essential gear and plans in place beforehand and this comes only from developing a mindset of self-reliance. This book takes you through the mental attitude, scenarios, planning, and gear for overcoming natural and manmade disasters where you are forced to evacuate your home.
Desert Survival––Tips, Tricks, & Skills
An Outdoor Survival Book by Tony Nester
Few books on desert survival have ever contained such detailed examples of the fundamental skills necessary for traveling and hiking in the land of little water. Containing over 30 photos and a wealth of field-expedient methods related to arid land survival, this book is an excellent outdoor guide for the first-time visitor or veteran desert explorer. Also available on DVD.
James Talmage Stevens, Author
James Talmage Stevens (aka Doctor Prepper™) began his career in the preparedness industry from the days of his youth. His family lived with his Grandparents immediately following the end of WWII. He learned the basics on the Pace farm in rural Guilford County (NC). Farm chores and gardening were standard fare––plowing the back 40 behind a stubborn mule was substandard! In 1974, upon finishing graduate school with 4 young children and no prospects for a job due to economic conditions during a national economic slump, James reverted to his past experiences on the farm and chronicled in his notebook, along with some hand-me-down recipes from his mother and grandmother. Noting there were no viable books that dealt with all the basics, i.e.: a broad range of food products, he began to utilize his analytical skills, organizing handwritten notes, recipes, and food lore into one volume of information. He spent his spare time while job-hunting, and Making the Best of Basics was created. Before going to press, the subtitle Family Preparedness Handbook was added to distinguish Basics… from the emergency preparedness genre of the existing Civil Defense and governmental agency information.