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


Total War(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Nightmare Begins(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Quest(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Doomsayer(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Web(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Savage Horde(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Prophet(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The End is Coming(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Earth Fire(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Awakening(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Reprisal(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Rebellion(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pursuit(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Terror(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Overlord(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Arsenal(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mid-Wake(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ordeal(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Struggle(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Final Rain(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Firestorm(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
To End All War(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Legend(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Brutal Conquest(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Call To Battle(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Assassins(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
War Mountain(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Countdown(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Watch(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Inheritors of Earth(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Earth Shine(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Survivalist Collections


Shades of Love(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Once Upon a Time(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: Starting in 2013, the series is written by Sharon Ahern and Bob Anderson, based on the work of Jerry Ahern.

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