Book Review: “Holding Your Ground”

I just finished reading “Holding Your Ground; Preparing For Defense If It All Falls Apart” by Joe Nobody. The author uses a pen name as he is still an active security consultant and wishes to remain anonymous. He has over thirty years of experience as a firearms instructor and security consultant. This experience comes through in his writing, which I thought was excellent.

The book is written as an instructional guide as well as a tool for your own planning but has a very nice flow to it that makes it easy and fun to read. At about 170 pages it won’t take you long to get through but I’m sure most folks will want to circle back to use the formulas explained in the book’s “Location Defense Worksheet”. I loved this aspect of the book. The clear and concise way that the author explains how to calculate how you the reader rank currently in a few important areas such as Location, Group Strength and Skill, and Defense. After all, it’s much easier to make improvements to your preparedness plan when you know what your weaknesses are.

The book starts off by describing some general terms and concepts as well as types of attacks and ways to defend against them. The author uses caution in describing the types of Events he is preparing for and frequently calls out how unlikely any of them are to happen. I appreciate this and think it leads to Prudent, Reasonable Emergency Preparedness, which is what we’re all about here.

There’s also a lot of discussion about the location you may find yourself trying to defend. I thought this section was eye opening, even for me, and was left feeling like my suburban home would not be a safe place for long term post-event living. There are many factors such as population density, proximity to major highways, open access, and visibility that leave it too vulnerable. However the advice given in the book has given me many new ideas for securing and defending my home should I need to for the short or medium term. Long Term I’m going to need to come up with another option.

The book goes on to help the reader evaluate their current Assets and describes, in a simple and effective way, how to employ some basic military tactics to defend your group and location. I thought this part of the book was written in a crisp, clear style that was full of great advice that would be easy to employ for the average Prepper. It’s not easy to explain concepts like these without the feel of a military manual (which are so dull) but the author does an excellent job and keeps the narrative flowing and fun to read.

The author is clearly knowledgeable about weapons and tactics and his ability to explain them at a basic level while employing more complex concepts at the same time is excellent. I particularly enjoyed the information on how to use Area Denial Systems and Early Warning Systems to maximize the safety of your group.

The book wraps up with a description of the author’s own plan including a rundown of his assets. I liked the way he used his Location Defense Worksheet to score himself, and called out areas he still needs to improve on. This is something we all should be doing in every area of preparedness.

This is a book that focuses on preparing to defend your chosen post-event location against attack. And in my opinion it does a great job. You can find out more about it at, or buy it on Amazon here.


One Response to Book Review: “Holding Your Ground”

  1. Joe Nobody clearly knows his subject matter. Having quite a bit of military time behind me (Marine Corps, Army Guard, and Army Reserce), and having read numerous military manuals in the process, I believe that Joe Nobody explains important security related concepts in a clear manner, one that an untrained civilian can quickly grasp and put to use.

    I recommend this book to anyone who believes that there is the possibility that some social upheaval may potentially require them to defend themselves and their loved ones because law enforcement is incapable of doing so effectively. I suspect that the great majority of the people reading this message fall in that category. If they didn’t, they probably wouldn’t be visiting this web site.