Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations

Every week I throw out a few recommendations on things such as movies, books, knives, flashlights – all kinds of stuff. Some of these are not related to preparedness whatsoever – rather, just stuff I like. Most are available on Amazon but not all. I have a particular fondness for movies as one of my favorite things to do is to sit back and watch a good one.

So – for this week……here is my list:


Books (non-fiction)

Realistic Bug Out Bag

Bushcraft 101 by Dave Canterbury

Outdoor Life Ultimate Survival Manual – excellent!



John Wick – This movie is packed with action. ¬†I loved it! If you are offended by profanity it’s not for you.

House of Cards – One of the best TV series I have ever scene. Free on Netflix but available on DVD from Amazon.

God’s Not Dead – Uplifting and well done movie. Really enjoyed it.


Water Filtration 

Sawyer Mini Water Filter

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Katadyn Hiker Pro Water Filter

Big Berkey Water Filtration System





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  1. We bought John Wick a few days ago. We both loved it, my Wife bought it, on her own accord. That is always a good sign, to me.
    I obtained my copy of the Canterbury book a few weeks ago. it is very well written, and easy to follow. I read a bit each night, before retiring. it is a nice change from the ‘survival’ type stuff I read.
    My Wife and I watch Dave’s YouTube videos. it amazes us how little gear he carries into the woods with him. We need pony carts for all of our stuff. I have been learning a lot from him.

  2. Rourke, have you seen
    #1 Panic in the year zero (Ray Miland, Franky Avalon)

    #2 Dark of the Sun (Rod Taylor, Jim Brown)

    #3 Omega Man (Charleston Heston)

    #4 The Challenge (Darren McGavin)

  3. I am unfamiliar with Panic in the Year Zero, and The Challenge. I’ll be looking those up, shortly.

    Omega Man is my all-time favorite movie.

    Just looked up ‘Year Zero’, it sounds pretty good!

  4. Thanks to you guys, I have to watch Omega Man and I Am Legend tonight. Plus, the Vincent Price version. Up All Night!!

    I am totally unfamiliar with House of Cards; I will look into that one, as well. What is it about?

    • rooikat – This is one of the reviews on Amazon:

      “West Wing” gave viewers a taste of a White House populated by government folk who fought the good fight and had its citizenry foremost in their concerns. No such luck here. In this outing, the people of the United States barely exist in the minds of government. They are fodder for those seeking to gain, or seeking to stay in, power.

      Here’s the scoop. Kevin Spacey plays congressman Frank Underwood, a very bright, savvy individual who knows his way around Capitol Hill. He knows how to get things done because he knows what’s in people’s souls and how to play them to his advantage. His wife, Claire (Robin Wright) heads up a a more socially conscious organization in the private sector but is no less addicted to power than her husband. They have a peculiar relationship to say the least. This is almost a diary of the various ‘projects’ in which they are involved and how they play them, even when unforeseen things happen.

      This is some ugly, scary stuff. In my heart of hearts I don’t want to believe this view of our government, but I fear it is probably a closer take on reality than is “The West Wing.” The manipulation of people, the press and other politicians will make you puke in your shorts. The relationship between Frank and Claire alone can only make me wonder what world they must have lived in as children that allowed them to grow up in a way that would make them think behavior like this was Okay.

      David Fincher (one of my favorite directors) helmed the first 2 episodes and well establishes the color and tone for the rest of the series. There is a greenish pallor to it which gives it a sickly feel. All the acting is top shelf and a fleet of veterans are on hand to insure that. The directing is good. The writing is exceptional.

  5. Sounds interesting. I did find it on our netfliks (it is new to us, still getting used to it). I’ll have to add it to the list.

    Currently, we are watching Justified, Vikings, Walking Dead, Peaky Blinders, and, believe it or not, The X Files for the first time.

    My Wife just went to sleep, so it is time to start the Omega Man marathon, beginning with the Canadian release of the OM DVD.

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