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When the power mysteriously goes out across the country, Martin‘s Plan B is to walk the 50 miles from Boston to his home in New Hampshire. His plan B must be revised to include Susan: a woman he only knew as a teller in his bank. They make it to his home in New Hampshire but they still have to adapt to a grid-down world. This podcast is a reading of Mic Roland‘s Siege of New Hampshire series. Available at http://mic-roland.com
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Martin and Charles drive down to the border, noticing how life near the border is less tranquil. They meet up with the cranky Mr. Varney. Eartly the next morning, they meet a man named Harold out in the no-mans-land at the border but the trade does not go as planned. Fed drones interrupt. Some of them are equipped to shoot! If you're enjoying this …
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Mic, Jeff and Brian discuss books and movies about nuclear doom. There are two broad subgroups: Gloomy Doom -- in which no one survives, and Hopeful Doom -- in which people DO survive. Actual research suggests that a nuclear exchange could, indeed, be survivable if you aren't in or near a target zone. Mic, Jeff and Brian discuss preps to improve on…
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Martin arrives at the Hendricks' farm to do the welding he promised. He finds out that the brothers' plans depend on overhauling an old tractor engine. While Walter was able to use his ham radio connections to find the necessary parts, it turns out that they are in Massachusetts -- Fed territory. They can still make the trade, provided Martin can p…
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For over 200 years, people have been fearful that a comet would strike the earth and end civilization as we know it. For an event with so little probability of occurring, Comet Doom has produced many books and movies. This week, Mic looks into some of the amusing history of Comet Doom. He is joined by Brian and Jeff to discuss two more-recent Comet…
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With this sixth book in the series, the story continues as Cheshire moves into summer. Martin laments about projects and work not getting done. Everyone is too busy. Margaret makes cheese. Andy digs out the septic tank, etc. Despite have more to do than he has hours in a day, Martin agrees to help the Hendrick brothers with yet another entrepreneur…
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Mic, Jeff and Brian discuss the Get Home story -- a subgenera within prepper fiction -- of which Book 1 in the Siege of New Hampshire series is one of them. They discuss the novels: Going Home, by A. American. The Borrowed World, by Franklin Horton, 77 Days in September, by Ray Gorham, and others. And, since we're discussing Get Home Bags, here is …
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This was Mic's "week off" to drive out to the Midwest to see his newest grandson. Along the way, he listened to an EMP novel and mused about being stranded on the highways, farms and the cost of food, the future of farming, etc. Link Mic mentioned: Food Prices in 1919 and 2019 Link to Mic's Week-of-Groceries list To buy Mic a cup of virtual coffee,…
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Mic shares some author's notes and some of the backstory on the development of Book 5. He also shares some ideas on what might be coming up next for the Siege Podcast Mic appreciates all of you who supported this podcast by buying him a coffee at Buy Me A Coffee. Or becoming monthly supporters on both Buy Me A Coffee and on Patreon. Have a Happy Ne…
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Martin is back home and breaking sod in his back acre field with Robert and Jasmine. Andy emerges from the woods with a swollen eye, the result of a 'spear-handling accident' when he tried to invite Mara to the Spring Planting Festival. Margaret is recovering from her MRSA and brings Martin a couple bits of good news, and to remind him that he stil…
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The exchange of silver for medicine is complete on the river island. Susan realizes that she cannot return to New Hampshire with Martin, for his sake. After the patrol drone passes, Shively takes Erin hostage, intending to strand her and Susan on the island while he escapes. While Erin is disarming Susan (under duress) they are both reminded of how…
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Susan meets Shively at the river's edge, awaiting the drone to pass so they can venture across the river to island. Susan discovers that Shivley has a double-cross planned with four henchmen prepared to cross the river after them. She sabotages that plan before she, Erin and Shivley cross. When the people from New Hampshire appear, Susan is dumbstr…
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Three local men came to investigate the shot Robert fired. One of the men took his revenge on the dead bodies. Martin excused himself, briefly, to quietly tell the fallen raider in the woods that he was giving the man his best second chance by not telling the crazed man with the machete that he was there. Martin delivered the stark gospel that the …
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Martin, Trevor and Robert escape from captivity in Jaffrey. They can only collect a few of their possessions and flee at a full gallop. They have their guns, but no ammo. They resume their trek following the power line cuts west. When they figure they're far enough away, they stop for rest and water. Four raiders jump them. The man fighting Martin …
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Martin, Trevor and Robert ride long power line cuts and trails until they get close to the town of Jaffrey. When they try to cross a short bridge, a dozen men jump out and capture the three. They are held in an abandoned school. When the leader of one of the two factions controlling Jaffrey finds out the three are from Cheshire, she flies into a ra…
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Martin, Robert, and Trevor set out on horseback to make the rendezvous at Connecticut River. Saddle-riding is harder on the new riders than expected. While following trails in the power line cuts, they encounter a booby trap -- likely an outer defense for a settlement nearby. The three decide to go around. While pushing through the woods, they over…
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Martin is thrilled at the news that someone out there has the medicine his wife needs. He is also exasperated that the cost exorbitant -- 500 ounces of silver. In an outpouring of support for Margaret, many townsfolk gather to contribute silver to the cause. They come up far short. Clyde Graedig enters to provide the remainder -- in exchange for Ma…
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Susan and Erin walk up Doug's mountain to deliver the news that Shivley does have the medicine. This, so Doug can transmit the news to Cheshire. The problem is that the man Doug needs to set up a repeater for the call to Cheshire is being uncooperative. Doug needs Susan to convince the man that the cause is worth his effort. To do so, Susan must go…
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Erin visits Susan at Three Oaks, bringing gifts from the others at Five Corners. Erin seeing Susan's bloody knife prompts a confession about what happened. Erin tags along while Susan meets Shivley to find out if he found that medicine. Shivley suggests that he might trade the medicine for some certain "favors" from Susan. She barely contains her r…
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Douglas visits Susan at Three Oaks, telling her how he heard that Mrs. Simmons was sick with MRSA. She needed a very particular type of antibiotic. Susan wants to help but her only idea is to ask Shivley if he can procure the medicine. Shivley reluctantly agrees to see if he can. Susan follows him, curious to see where he would get such a thing. Sh…
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Meanwhile, back in Vermont, Susan is helping her hosts with chores -- making soap and beef jerky. While helping, a pan falls to the floor beside her. The loud bang triggers overpowering feelings of doom and danger. Nearly blind from the anxiety attack, Susan shoots at her demons -- the eyes that haunt her. Her shot narrowly misses Paul. Shocked and…
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Martin wakes up on the riverbank and learns that his companions had saved him from the river, though he suffers from hypothermia. Since he had no extra (dry) pants and shirts, they dressed him in Chandra's extra dry clothes. They meet up with Davy Walsh and Robert who had been searching for them. Once home in Cheshire, Martin can't go back in the h…
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Martin and Dr. Rowlett head across the river in a small boat by night to land on the west side -- the Kings gang's territory. Martin is hopeful that a doctor on the west side will have some of the antibiotics needed to cure Margaret's MRSA. Dr. Rowlett wants to smuggled back something larger. That mystery cargo proves to be highly problematic. Ther…
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In the search for the special antibiotics to treat Margaret's MRSA, Martin has to travel to Manchester on short notice. Connie told him to talk with a Dr. Rowlett at the Elliot hospital. Dr. Rowlett is kurt and dismissive. The only place with those antibiotics is the Catholic Medical Center on the west side -- which is tightly controlled by the Kin…
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After the capture of Quinn's men, a military truck is found, its back full of corn. While everyone sees it as a windfall, Martin insists that it be returned to Clyde, the rightful owner. Clyde is cantankerous toward Martin, but accepts the return nonetheless. Once home, Martin discovers that his wife Margaret has fallen ill. She has a severe infect…
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A bonus episode, tracing the origins of New Hampshire's stubborn, self-sufficient, independent attitude. It is this cultural mindset that underpins the onset of the "siege" in Book 2, and animates much of the remaining stories. This week, Mic looks at the historical roots of that NH mindset and shares some of his personal experience with it too. En…
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Martin, Dustin and Trevor accompany Sergeant McCutchin and his men. They prepare to sneak into the airport, that Quinn and his men have used as a fortified compound. Dustin uses his hacking skills to gain access to the compound's cameras. This lets Cutch and his men get in undetected, but it also lets Martin and the others watch as events unfold. Q…
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The Agriculture Committee of Cheshire meet to discuss plans to ensure enough food can be grown for winter. Their problem is that there isn't enough farmland to grow both crops and hay to feed the cattle and workhorses. Their meeting is interrupted with the prisoner, the captured raider. He tells what he knows of the raiding schemes. This provides s…
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While Margaret is tending to the milk cows at the dairy, an alarm is sounded. Mysterious raiders rush in to kill the cattle. The panicked cows scatter. Two of them escaped to the woods. Martin, Andy, and a worker named Dan set off to find one of the cows. While searching, they come across the concealed camp of the raiders. Among their scant belongi…
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Paul and Susan travel by horse cart to Adele's house to give her a ride up to Brattleboro to exchange her dollars for the new currency -- Shares. Adele's small house triggers Susan's mental trauma. She's not "over it" after all. At the exchange, Adele finds out that her three thousand dollars gets her only twenty-five Shares. As if that weren't bad…
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The Ames family drop Adele off at her house near Vernon, giving Susan an opportunity to check out the new border security measures and where she might hide a boat...if she could find one. When Susan and Paul return the next day to escort Adele to the currency exchange, Susan notices a row of motion sensors installed along the river. When a flock of…
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The people of Brattleboro listen to a speech by their new regional director, Jamal Baylem. He extols the virtues of the new America the leaders in Washington are making. The new America gets a new flag -- a rainbow flag. The new America also gets a new currency -- Shares. Barter becomes illegal. The old flags and old dollars are illegal. The change…
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Meanwhile, back in Vermont, Susan takes Erin out to hunt woodchucks with their hunting sticks. They get one, but also overhear the arrival of a new government leader for the region. Everyone in the area is ordered into Brattleboro for a meeting. Susan worries that her venture to the border has been found out and it's all a trap to arrest her. Becom…
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In this conclusion to Chapter 6, some of the men of Cheshire watch through the night to see if a fire-bomber will seek out the radio beacon that the Xs carried. They have people watching the little box in the middle of the post office's parking lot and telltales to signal if someone attempts to sneak between any of the nearby buildings. They get th…
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The confrontation with the hoodlums hiding in the hollow turned into a shootout. It looked like they were all killed, but one was faking it. He grabbed Andy as a hostage to cover his escape. Mara, however, ends his attempt. This solidified Andy's theory of them being sole mates. The hoodlums had a mysterious little gray box which, upon examination,…
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The action returns to New Hampshire. The Simmons house is getting a radio upgrade with Walter's help. He also delivers the message that Susan sent from Doug's mountain. Martin is relieved that she's okay. Andy suggests that Susan is Martin's soulmate, just as Mara is his. While pulling stumps in Martin's back acre, Mara arrives with news of four my…
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Susan and Paul meet up with Shivley, the sketchy scrounger, to arrange a deal to provide Byron's group with antibiotics. The negotiations dance around, finally settling on four boxes of ammo for the two bottles of pills. The meeting takes place on an island in the middle of the frozen Connecticut River. Bryon and Owen show up and close the deal. Su…
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The story shifts to Vermont. Susan and Paul travel to the house of a man with a ham radio. They listen to disturbing news from Detroit, a likely Fed trap, and a desperate plea for help from Byron Davis, lead of the group that sheltered Susan during her quest for her bridge. Podcast News: The Free Trial option is still open at Mic's Patreon page. Yo…
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The criminal-inhabitants of Baddaz hear the terms of their surrender. They can join the march to Portsmouth for trial and likely internment aboard an improvised prison ship in the harbor. Or, they can stay in Baddaz and grow their own food. The catch being that those who stay must accept a tattooed X on their foreheads. Anyone with an X caught outs…
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The quick defeat of the hoodlum compound -- Baddaz -- was completed. What remained was conducting the surrender. It did not go entirely peacefully. While chipping up more wood fuel for Tin Man, Martin spots Trish in the crowd of prisoners. She tells of a very harsh life after leaving Cheshire, betrayal by her husband, Adam and abuse by fellow 'comf…
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Book Five Begins! An armed contingent of people from Cheshire begin an assault on the compound of the group that attacked Cheshire (in the last chapters of Book 3). Despite detailed planning, things do not go as smoothly as hoped. >> Consider supporting this podcast by buying Mic a cup of coffee. Only $2. That's not so much, right? Check out Mic's …
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Following up on last week's Q & A about the Siege Stories, this week features an interview of Mic Roland by Brian Hawkins of NextStepSurvival.com. Brian had several questions of his own about the Siege stories, so he and Mic discussed things like writing techniques, whether the characters are based on real people and a bit of background Mic's profe…
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Here are the results of the survey question: Which characters you'd like to hear more of in the stories AND, answers to the questions listeners submitted about the Siege stories in general. Book 5 will begin soon. If you'd like to get a preview of what's in Book 6, consider becoming a Patron on Patreon, or a member at bmc.link/microland.…
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Susan settles into the daily routines of the extended family living a Five Corners. She figures out that Paul had been secretly part of Operation Longbow. Connecting some clues, she guesses that he is still part of some underground resistance network. As much as she has been fixated on getting back to Cheshire, she realizes that it would not be as …
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Susan's plan to run across the bridge to New Hampshire is interrupted by a stranger. His intervention saves her group from likely being shot by overzealous federal soldiers. Susan and Heather cautiously agree to accept his help with some temporary housing while Susan tries to figure out another way across the river. They are introduced to an extend…
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En route to Brattleboro, Susan's group is joined by a chatty old woman. She is an inadvertent source of much useful information. Within Brattleboro are many more housing options and support systems that could take care of Heather and her kids. However, the conditions turn out to be austere and the environment grim. Heather and her family decide the…
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Susan, Heather and family continue traveling north over hilly terrain toward Vernon, VT. Finding the hydroelectric plant busily occupied by soldiers. They join a general migration of people toward Brattleboro. A chatty old woman joins them. She provides useful information about what lies ahead and some cover for entering the Canton. Your support he…
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Susan emerges from the ravine, leaving Kirk behind to face his fate. She orders her ad hoc group to break camp while she checks out the junkyard garage. There, she discovers that Kirk lived in relative squalor and with medieval paraphernalia. She salvages useful items and food and fashions a makeshift sled to carry it all. Susan and the family resu…
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Baron Kirk's generosity suddenly drops away and his true intentions become obvious. He draws a gun on Susan before she can respond. She manages to free herself from the zip-ties and attacks Kirk. He's fighting to ensure he gets his 'rent,' from Heather. Susan is fighting for her life. Thanks for supporting my work on this story via BuyMeACoffee.com…
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The eccentric stranger that came upon Susan's camp settles in as if it were a social call. He distributes some snack bars and offers packs of oatmeal for Heather's family to have for breakfast. Susan remains suspicious of the stranger but his effusive politeness has Heather relaxing and accepting his help. Kirk even offers to find a house for Heath…
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