Episode-990- Glen Tate Author of 299 Days on Under the Radar Prepping and Family Life
October 2, 2012 Podcasts
The First of the 299 Days Series

The First of the 299 Days Series

Today you get an opportunity to win a signed set of the first editions of the first two books in the 299 Days series.  Not just by Glen but by me as well, make sure to pay attention to how to do that in today’s episode.

Glen Tate is the author of the ten-book prepper novel series “299 Days” published by Prepper Press. The books describe an average guy who prepares for, and lives through, a partial collapse of the United States.

Glen joins us today for a bit of a look at the next two books in the series, an update of feedback thus far on the release of the first two books and how people are opening minds with the first two books.  We also discuss prepping with a reluctant spouse and how it can be done under the radar if necessary along with the importance of never saying “I told you so” in such important matters.

The story line of 299 Days is as follows,

In it, the main character, Grant Matson, has a job that allows him to see what’s wrong with government. He realizes he needs to prepare for what’s coming and he does so. His wife, Lisa, is reluctant to prepare because she thinks things are just fine. When the civil unrest and political collapse hit in a dramatic way, it is undeniable that they need to leave their Olympia, Washington home and head to their cabin. But, Lisa is still reluctant; she desperately wants things to remain “normal.”

Out at the cabin, a collection of amazing–yet real–people assemble. They create their own community because the government isn’t functioning in their area. They have to work together and, as a community, they manage to achieve some impressive results. Unlike most prepper stories, in 299 Days America suffers a partial collapse. The utilities stay one (due to a spell-binding plot twist) and the government functions in larger cities. People in rural areas still get some food and services from the government, but must increasingly rely on themselves. There are no zombies or cannibalism; 299 Days describes a much more likely partial collapse scenario.

Grant’s friends, who work in government, describe how things continue to go down hill in the city and how the government is trying to maintain control. They describe exactly why the government, as big and powerful as it once was, cannot control things. Many in the military and law enforcement step in to stop the bad things; others in the military and law enforcement perpetuate the bad things.

After a while out at the cabin, some important visitors arrive and present Grant with a difficult choice. Eventually, the Patriots–the side Grant is on–are forced to take on what’s left of the former government. There is a huge battle. In the end, Grant has an important job at the beginning of the rebuilding.

Glen is a moderator on the TSP forum under the name “Heavy G.” He lives and works in Olympia, Washington where he has a front row seat to the corruption in government. Much like the main character in the series, the author is a forty-something resident of the capitol of Washington State, Olympia, and is a very active prepper. He grew up in the remote logging town of Forks, Washington.

“Glen” keeps his identity a secret so he won’t lose his job because, in his line of work, being a prepper and questioning the motives of government is not appreciated.

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

How to Enter the Contest

  • To enter the 299 Days contest to win one of twenty sets of the first two books in the series do as follows….
    • 1.  Purchase a set of the first two books (from any online retailer)
    • 2.  Forward your receipts by email to glentate123 at

On Oct. 31st 2012 we will draw 20 names and give out the books via US Mail.


"21" Comments
  1. Jack,
    love everything!
    How do I stop the annoying pop up of “Receive Updates” of TSP from popping up continually? I already get the updates.
    it drives me crazy on my IPAD.
    Please and ThankYou!

  2. Jack,

    Regarding the contest, do the copies of the first two need to be print copies, or is a Kindle version acceptable?


  3. Sounds great, but I all ready got the books, LOVE THEM.. Get me book 3 and I will be happy.. Keep them coming..
    Thanks to both
    Jack and Glenn

    • so give the old unsigned copies to a friend or relative and keep the new signed copies for yourself (assuming you win).

  4. I freakin’ love the idea of the dollar store emergency prep contest idea!

  5. I will have to start a piggy bank for the books. I’m money’d out right now.
    The mention about the fact that people will eventually stop working as tax slaves reminds me of a quote I recently saw: “They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work.”*

    -Anonymous Soviet Citizen

    The Russian economist, Grigory Yavlinsky, who ultimately became an important adviser to Mikhail Gorbachev, became convinced of the need for reform when he investigated the low productivity in the Soviet mines. He found the miners were not working because they had no incentives to work. Said Yavlinsky: “The Soviet system is not working because the workers are not working.”*

    No matter how good it might look on the drawing board, socialism just doesn’t work. It is a pretend world.

  6. I am LOVING this series. I have read a lot of prepper fiction as well as history, and I think the “partial collapse” scenario in G’s books are the most likely. (I think JW Rawles ‘Golden Horde’ is the least likely.)

    Can’t wait for November to read the next 2!

  7. best POD Cast yet.

  8. Is there a possibility that there will be an audiobook version of the 299 Days series read by Jack Spirko? Please?!!

  9. Great show, I really enjoyed listening to you guys on this one. Real eye opener for those of us that have been just sitting on the fance.

  10. I second BonnieBlue2A, I’m a slow reader so most of my books are audio books, would love to here this one digitally.

    • I listen to books during my commute, so I was disappointed when there wasn’t an audio version. However, I read the first book over the course of a weekend, and read the 2nd in one session. I hope the spacing between releases is decreased, I can’t wait for the next book.

  11. Great show Jack and Glen. I would like to second the thought of an audio version. Even though we are headed for tough times there is such a positive outlook that comes from the show and the people that are apart of of it. Thanks to all of you. We are “living a better life if time get tough of even if they don’t”


    • All of you guys asking for an audio version have NO IDEA the cost and work involved. I think Glen should price it out, set up a kickstarter and see if you guys are really serious about it.

  12. Excellent interview Gentlemen. Thank you. Great idea regarding the contest.
    “Glen”…Thank you for the personal reply to my e-mail.
    I just finished Book 2 and I’m anxiously anticipating the release of Books 3 and 4…and 5 & 6…

    I recently re-read Ross’s “Unintended Consequences”. Now I have to dig through the book case for something else to re-read while I’m waiting. But I think it’ll be worth the wait. 🙂

  13. Did anyone ever say if the Kindle versions were eligible for the contest? Those are the versions I bought.

  14. Kindle versions are eligible. I just got e-mail from Glen confirming it.

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