Order of Survivalist Books
The Survivalist is a series of action-adventure pulp fiction novels by American author Jerry Ahern. The central character is John Thomas Rourke, a doctor, weapons expect and survivalist who was in the CIA as a paramilitary ops officer. His eyesight is so good that he is sensitive to bright lights and often needs to wear sunglasses. While the novels were not the first survivalist novels out, they were the first to capture the true nature of survivalism and inspired authors such as David L. Robbins.
Jerry Ahern began his Survivalist series in 1981 with Total War. He wrote 27 numbered novels plus two other unnumbered novels (Mid-Wake and The Legend). The novels contain lengthy recaps, the reading order is not essential. In 2013, his widow Sharon Ahern revived the series, along with co-author Bob Anderson. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Jerry Ahern’s Survivalist novels in order of when they were originally published (which is also their chronological order):
Publication Order of Survivalist Books
Publication Order of Survivalist Collections
Note: Starting in 2013, the series is written by Sharon Ahern and Bob Anderson, based on the work of Jerry Ahern.