July 19, 2024

On June 17, 1579, English navigator Francis Drake landed on the coast of California at Drakes Bay, and named it “New Albion”.

Sad News: I just heard of the untimely passing of George “GEO” Cox.  You may know of him by way of his very informative YouTube videos, posted under “Iridium242“.  Many folks in Nevada knew GEO as a founding member of the Nevada Shooters Forum. What a great loss to both the prepping and shooting communities. He will be missed!

Today is the birthday of Dean Charles Ing (June 17, 1931 – July 21, 2020). He was an American author, who usually wrote in the science fiction and techno-thriller genres. His novel The Ransom of Black Stealth One (1989) was a New York Times bestseller. He was a former member of the Citizens’ Advisory Council on National Space Policy. He wrote more than 30 novels, and co-authored novels with his friends Jerry Pournelle, S. M. Stirling, and Leik Myrabo. His novel Pulling Through was one of my inspirations for writing Patriots.

On June 17, 1775, the Battle of Bunker Hill began.

June 17th is the birthday of Libertarian economist Harry Browne. (June 17, 1933 – March 1, 2006.)

This is also the birthday of musician Red Foley (born, 1910, died September 19, 1968). His patriotic song Smoke on the Water topped the music charts for 13 weeks in late 1944 and early 1945, and charted for 24 weeks. This song, which describes the doom of tyrants, would be considered quite politically incorrect these days.

June 17th is also the birthday of novelist John Ross, who was born in 1957. He is best known as the author of the novel Unintended Consequences.

Because of a change in direction at Trident Media Group (my partner publisher) my novel Land Of Promise, will only be published in trade paperback by Amazon.com for one more month, at just $11.99 per copy. The last day of the sale (and of Amazon Print on Demand ordering capability) will be July 12, 2024. Thereafter, it may only be available as an e-book. I will try to get it back in print in trade paperback format within a few months, but I can’t make any promises.  So order your copy (or copies) soon!

Today’s feature article is a review penned by SurvivalBlog Field Gear Editor Tom Christainson.