The Holding Their Own series, by bestselling author Joe Nobody, follows the adventures of a young couple as they survive in a world where anarchy prevails and society struggles to establish rule of law.
Book One – A Story of Survival
This first book of the Holding Their Own series is set in the year 2015, when the world is burdened by the second Great Depression. The United States, already weakened by internal strife, becomes the target of an international terror plot. A series of attacks results in thousands of casualties and disables the country’s core infrastructure. The combination of economic hardship and the staggering blow of the terror attacks results in a collapse of the government.
Book Two – The Independents
The Independents continues the saga of a young couple trying to survive in the post-apocalyptic American West. Unable to maintain rule of law, the federal government now faces an opposition movement and the threat of civil war. Bishop and Terri are drawn into the struggle and have to risk everything to save both an old friend and the country they love.
Book Three – Pedestals of Ash
Pedestals of Ash continues the saga of Bishop and Terri, as their post-apocalyptic world attempts to recover. Caught up in a power struggle to lead the recovery, the young couple are drawn away from their West Texas retreat and must use all of their skills to survive. The year is 2015 and the government of the United States has all but ceased to exist. The military controls some of the larger cities, but its loyalties are divided.
Book Four – The Ascent
The president is dead and the military divided, two powerful armies aligned to reignite a bloody, civil war. Millions struggle and starve, waiting for the government to reform and initiate a recovery. Bishop and Terri have a simple plan – they want to retreat to an isolated strip of West Texas desert and prepare for the expansion of their family.
It’s not meant to be. The vacuum of leadership ignites an internal struggle that pulls the couple into the middle of a fast paced, dangerous adventure as powerful, desperate men fight to control what’s left of the United States.
Book Five – The Alpha Chronicles
Word of Alpha’s recovery spreads throughout the region. The news is welcomed by most – but not all. Some see the small Texas town as a threat, others want to dominate the prosperous community. Often, it’s difficult to discern friend from foe, and miscommunication can be deadly. The legendary range wars of the early American West were brutal, bloody affairs. Water was often an excuse for the skirmishes, but rarely was it the true root of conflict. Political competition, an unquenchable thirst for power, and poor communications were the real catalysts for these violent struggles. In the post-apocalyptic world of Bishop and Terri, circumstances are ripe for history to repeat. Electricity replaces water as the point of contention, the new world on the brink of falling into violent chaos, just like in the past. The issues run in tandem, human nature apparently unchanged in 200 years. Join the citizens of post-collapse West Texas as they struggle to rebuild and improve their lives. It’s a journey filled with the joy of success and fraught with the peril of defeat.
Book Six – Bishop’s Song
Bishop’s Song continues the adventures of Bishop and Terri as the communities of the Alliance strive to improve the quality of life for all. But the obstacles are many.
War looms on the horizon as treachery threatens to destroy everything they’ve worked so hard to build. Bishop must survive the most challenging mission of his life, navigating a post-apocalyptic world that threatens danger at every step, testing his will beyond anything he’s ever imagined.
Book Seven – Phoenix Star
Treachery has made Bishop an outlaw and rocked the Alliance to its foundation. Forced into exile while his friends strive to clear his name, Bishop and his family encounter the best and worst mankind has to offer while they travel the badlands. The human animal is trying to regroup, striving to fill the vacuum in leadership left after the collapse and form productive societies.
But it’s not easy. The lack of basic necessities has weakened the resolve of many, allowing age-old tendencies to cloud the minds of men. Those that do step up and take the helm of governance may have alternative motives and hidden agendas.
Follow the adventures of Bishop, Terri, and Hunter as they seek refuge, trying to survive while their friends uncover the truth and keep the Alliance whole.
Book Eight – The Directives
The Directives is the eighth book in Joe Nobody’s widely acclaimed series, Holding Their Own.
A leaderless, exhausted federal government is pulling out of Texas, leaving 9 million survivors of the apocalypse to fend for themselves. In an attempt to fill the void, the Alliance of West Texas prepares to step in. The ruling council establishes five directives; Energy, Agriculture, Transportation, Communications and Security.
Follow Bishop, Terri and their friends as they struggle to implement these priorities and save millions of lives threatened by anarchy and famine. The Directives is a collection of three novelettes that take the reader along on a fast paced, action packed adventure through the post-collapse Texas landscape. New heroes will emerge, and old friends may fall.
Book Nine – The Salt War
The Salt War explores how old grudges and long-simmering social divisions could threaten the recovery of post-apocalyptic Texas.
Bishop hatches a plan to pull Terri away from the stressful responsibility of managing the Alliance, but his scheme quickly goes awry. The couple finds themselves isolated, hunted, and in the middle of a modern-day range war.
Nick is leading Bishop’s team while the Texan is away bonding with his family. Sent on a mission to integrate another community into the Alliance’s fold, the operator becomes the subject of an extensive manhunt. His life depends on Grim, Cory, and Kevin igniting an uprising and exposing the foul deeds of a ruthless dictator.
The Salt War takes the reader on a high-speed, low-drag gallop through a world still struggling with social and economic recovery. Join Bishop, Terri, and their friends as the struggle to rebuild continues.
Book Ten – The Toymaker
Life as a post-apocalyptic rancher isn’t easy for Bishop and his family. The Texan’s struggles are further complicated by a recovery that has left him feeling out-of-touch with the new realities of a rapidly changing society. Out of the West comes the most serious challenge the Alliance has ever faced, a danger so potent that it could lead to another downfall and spell the end of the grand experiment in self-reliance. Respecting Bishop and Terri’s wishes to live a normal, secluded life, the Alliance leadership does its best to overcome the new threat. Despite heroic acts and the best intentions, their efforts only succeed in pulling society closer to the brink of another collapse. With their friends in danger, war looming on the horizon, and the Alliance’s future teetering on the brink, the couple is thrust into a fast-paced adventure that tests the limits of their skills, intellect, and love for each other.