There's some high spots that were okay, but it really rambles too much on side subjects. The zombie scenario is meant to be cute I guess, but it's not as clever as I think he meant it to be.
This isn't a dystopian novel, but rather a guide to point the average joe in the right direction as to how to prep for certain apocalyptic scenarios. It's written like it was pitched as a television series for the Discovery channel. Sheridan introduces in a few paragraphs some end of the world scenario and then discusses the key skill one would need to have in order to likely survive the situation in question -- family trapped after an Earthquake (weightlifting skills), zombies (shooting skills), friend injured by a band of marauders (wilderness medicine), et al. -- in the form of discussing the training that he actually did (did weights with an Olympian, took a shooting course in Alabama, underwent wilderness paramedic training in New Hampshire) et al., in a first person narrative that flows pretty well. Lots of pop science and interesting tidbits that makes this a pretty interesting read, but not as captivating as a good end of the world novel or as informative as something out of a good preppers website.
The book is not a story or a how to necessarily. It's both fiction and non-fiction. Sam sounded like a free spirit until his son was born. I can relate. The birth of his son brought on certain fears.So he tells a fictional story where he is faced with a disaster. Then he talks about what he actually did in life to fix, avoid, train or prepare for said disaster. The book clips back to the story and he applies those learned skills. For example some one is shot in his fictional story and then the book goes to the non-fictional side where he talks about how he got EMT training. Back to the fictional story and he stops bleeding and stabilizes his friend. It's an awesome concept for a book. He's hit by flood, earthquakes, zombies, aliens, robots, gangs and all out SHTF cocktail. Performance was great.
I downloaded this book as an on-sale filler gap between monthly credits. It was worth it, I think.
The guy who got his hand chopped off in the empty city.
I like his manly narration style that goes well with the apocalyptic scenarios.
You cannot prepare yourself for every dystopian scenario, but just having supplies to get you through an emergency for a week or a month (even better) will let you live with greater confidence and peace of mind.
Sam Sheridan has been an amateur boxer, mixed martial arts fighter, professional wilderness firefighter, EMT, sailor, and cowboy, and has worked in construction at the South Pole... This book wanders is and about as aimless as Sam Sheridan's personal life. Don't waste your time.
I really connected to the opening. Insightful.
Really nice beginning, Strong, thoughtful prose throughout, After the first few survival training segments they start to blend together, but never boring. Solid, well presented information without typical 'bias' for this genre.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I bought this on a special sale for less than $5.00. No surprise why this was discounted so much. It's really about nothing. The skills you need to survive after apocalypse. Like what? Go to a high end driving school. Work as an EMT. Learn to fire a gun. What a waste of money. This book is a joke.
I'm nearly through this book and have enjoyed the author's description of his learnings and his process of preparing himself to take care of himself and his family in times of small or large disasters. There's a chapter about his 3 week firearms training with an interesting trainer the North Alabama, for example. Another chapter was about his month-long SOLO Wilderness First Aid training in New England. It's a good book for my library and I can foresee listening to it again down the road.
I picked this book up, only by chance during an audible sale. I had just finished 'The Beginning of the End: Apocalypse Z' so I was still in a mood for post apocalyptic chaos, but what I got was a thoroughly researched book on how to survive the immediate aftermath.
The majority genre of end of the world scenarios paint a romanticized version of a dystopia, but 'The Disaster Diaries' (title insinuates an epistolary fiction similar to the aforementioned) is about 95% legitimate survival information and techniques and only 5% story telling (used to combine each scenario together).
The author focuses on key areas of potential doom (e.g., personal fitness, shooting, infection, water, knife fighting) that if overlooked is a silly way to die if you already beat the odds and survived an Extinction Level Event.
Get this book if you're a self-proclaimed prepper, or even if you want to be able to live through a temporary local disaster. Save yourself, save your family.
I believe the thesis of this book is somewhat naïve, or perhaps the authors conclusions are based on wishful thinking.
The book is an attempt to present a moderate view of what could result from the breakdown of societal norms. Honestly, it's not very convincing.