Welcome to the Working for the Mandroid tour stop on Eric Walters' blog tour for Fight the Power. This is the sequel to the fantastic post-apocalypse-in-real-time YA novel The Rule of Three that came out last year. It's a great and incredibly realistic look at what might happen to modern society in a suburban town if electricity sudden disappeared along with anything electrical. The first book was a whirlwind that freaked me out and the second looks to be the same sort of thing that will leave me cowering in my bed at night in paranoia.
16 Tips for Paranoid Travelers (And Especially Paranoid Everyday Life)
I travel fairly extensively – I’ve been in more than 30 countries in the world and have put myself in some fairly dangerous situations including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking across Kenya, walking across the Sahara Desert, entering the biggest slum in Africa and walking tigers on a leash. My characters in The Rule of Three talk about being rather paranoid at times and I think I have a healthy sense of paranoia myself.
Here are some of the things I do to keep safe – well safer – in my travels.
1) Be aware of your physical surroundings. Nobody can ever follow me – by foot or car more than a short distance – before I’m aware of their presence. I stop, pull over and let them pass.
2) Always have local people on the ground who can direct you, give you guidance and support.
3) Be aware of local traditions, customs, unique dangers and situations that could cause trouble.
4) Always have a back-up plan.
5) Arrive early, ask questions, be suspicious.
6) Have a supply of medications available to cover what might be needed – especially when you’re in places you can’t get things readily.
7) Have a back-up credit card and extra money.
8) Keep your extra money in at least three different locations on your person.
9) Never pack anything of value in anywhere except your carry-on luggage.
10) Sometimes you have to be the ‘biggest’ guy in the room. Sometimes you have to be assertive, sometimes you have to be aggressive, sometimes you have to let people think you’re just a little bit crazy because others leave crazy people alone.
11) If you want to be completely safe stay at home, in bed, with the door locked and a pillow over your head.
12) Have a photocopy of your passport and credit cards stashed somewhere safely away from the real things.
13) Try to look like you belong.
14) Walk in such a determined way so that you look like you own the place.
15) Keep hydrated and make sure that water source is clean.
16) And most important – zippered pockets!
Fight the Power
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Releases January 20, 2015
YA / Post-Apocalyptic
The world keeps getting darker in this second reality-based survival adventure in the Rule of Three trilogy
After sixty-six days of a catastrophic global blackout, life in the suburbs is not what it used to be for Adam and his fortified neighborhood of Eden Mills. Although an explosive clash has minimized one threat from outside the walls, Adam’s battle-hardened mentor, Herb, continues to make decisions in the name of security that are increasingly wrenching and questionable. Like his police chief mom and others, Adam will follow Herb’s lead. But when the next threat comes from an unexpected direction, nobody is ready for it. And someone is going to pay the price—because of Adam’s mistakes and mistaken trust.