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. If he isn't ready for the apocalypse, we're all in a lot of trouble.
Despite an arsenal of skills that would put most of us to shame, when Sam had his son and settled down, he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect him. Apocalyptic images filled his head. If a rogue wave hit his beach community, could he get out? If he was forced outside the city, could he survive in the wilderness? Let's not even talk about plagues, zombies, and aliens. Unable to quiet his mind, Sam decided to face his fears head-on, embarking on a quest to gain as many skills as possible that might come in handy should the world as we know it end.
Each possible doomsday required a different skill set. Trying to navigate a clogged highway when everyone is trying to leave town? Better go to the best stunt-driving school in the country. Need to protect your family but have no ammunition? Better learn how to handle a knife. Is your kid hurt or mentally strained? Better brush up on emergency medicine and study the psychological effects of trauma. From training with an Olympic weightlifter to an apprenticeship in stealing cars with an ex-gang member, from an intense three-week gun course in the 100-degree heat of Alabama to agonizing lessons in wilderness survival, Sam left no stone unturned. Would it be enough if a meteor rocked the earth? Who's to say? But as Sam points out, it would be a damn shame to survive the initial impact only to die a few days later because you didn't know how to build a fire.
This is participatory journalism at its finest. A rollicking narrative with each chapter framed by a hypothetical doomsday scenario, The Disaster Diaries is for everyone who wants to know what it might take to make it through a cataclysmic event - or just wants to watch someone else struggle to find out.
©2013 Sam Sheridan (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc
"Sheridan, an amateur boxer and mixed-martial-arts fighter, uses a collection of stark disaster scenarios to wise up the reader on how to live through those final times…. As a quirky survivalist primer, Sheridan’s work spells out how to stay alive when the world goes topsy-turvy." (Publishers Weekly)
"How to survive any possible disaster, from aliens to zombies to everything in between…. An upbeat and entertaining survival guide for the end of the world." (Kirkus Reviews)
"This is no mere guide to surviving disaster; it's also the author's personal account of learning to prepare for catastrophe…. A clever and very useful guide to getting ready to face the unknown." (Booklist)
A very interesting look at possible doomsday scenarios. Well written. The research and preparation was intriguing.
The author has a novel hiding in him, and I'll read it when he brings it out. But what makes this how-to guide different from everything else out there, is that the author took an idea of each aspect of what is most important to survival (of anything, really, up to and including a zombie apocalypse), and then went out and lived the aspect. He learned the stuff, instead of just researching it (which he also does). Then wrote about it, and did the writing very well. The horrific aspects are covered dynamically, with humor, and the snippets of apocalyptic fiction woven into the narrative were well done and will surge your pulse. Dealing with the unthinkable is more than stocking food, or spraying a whole lot of bullets (yet these are are covered comprehensively), and Sam Sheridan hits every bull's eye. Great presentation, and great listen. Art et Amour Toujours
Absolutely. Great effort.
All of the good recounting of the survival training experiences and how they might be used in a real world situation.
Lost of great advice.
A little overblown, but interesting. I thought it was worth the time. I would suggest previewing the narrator (if you dont usually) to make sure he's not a little over-the-top for you.
Most apocalyptic fiction is so far fetched that it is difficult for it to be much more than an entertainment piece. This book was entertaining in the way the author maintained a storyline while educating the reader about skills that would be needed in an apocalyptic situation. In reality, the skills that the author discusses should be basic requirements for any person to learn as the grow older. These are practical skills that most of society has forgotten in our ingrained complacency with modern technology. Thanks for a well written book and the well narrated audio.
It is a fun, realist, and well rounded look at prepping for the worst for the layman.
Sam's trip to Canada. I liked how he went out of his element and the way he described people living an almost subsistence lifestyle.
I heard of this book from a JRE podcast interview that Sam Sheridan did. It was a great podcast and the audiobook did not disappoint.
I'm a guy. I like books about war and sci-fi. I listen to 2 or 3 books a week.
The author definately had a new take on the end of the world. It's all about the preparation. He concentrates on the skills and the knowledge necessary to survive and thrive. A must read for every doomsday prepper.
Please don't waste your time, or your credits on this book. I downloaded it believing that the author's portfolio of experiences might be useful to me as I begin prepping. Instead, it's memoir-type journal interspersed with tabloid / fantasy fiction. JRR Tolkien he ain't.
Since the author's experiences sounded great, I had high hopes. He learned stunt driving, trained with gun experts, did SOLO wilderness training. Well, I hoped that it would at least give me a place to start my own research. Instead the whole book sounds like a veteran recounting war stories. Interesting at times, but there's no real educational benefit for the listener. A few hours on YouTube would give me more education...and that's saying something.
The only thing I actually took away from this book (besides a headache) was that you do need to practice your preparedness and survival skills.
I have a lot of respect for the author - he's done and learned amazing things. It's just a totally useless text. No one can hope to possibly pick up all the skills he's learned with a twenty minute explanation, no matter how detailed. Too much scope, not enough substance here. That, and the periodic fiction was just disturbing.
This book is like a text book on how to prepare yourself for a real Apocalypse.I am sure he was trying to cater a a certain niche of readers when he mentions Zombies but I don't think those scenarios were needed.
In my opinion, this book would have been better if read by the author. I have heard him on several podcasts, Joe Rogan and Adam Carolla and I would have liked to hear this book read straight from his lips.
I listen over several days, a couple of hours at a time, at work.
This guy is a man's man and knows what he is talking about.
Oh yes. It is very interesting and informative, even if I don't anticipate being up to similar training for the apocalypse. The author went to great lengths to seek out real experts to advance his own skills, which sounded not inconsiderable, and I appreciate people who understand there is always more learning to be done.
I liked the behind the scenes view of Cody Lundeen and his school, and the section on martial arts/true self defense and offense were clear headed and useful for anyone.
SLOW THE HECK DOWN! I had to keep checking my speed setting, thinking I accidentally nudged it to "faster" rather than "normal" on my iPod. He races along, and my aging hearing found it hard to keep up, especially when there was other noise around (in the gym, etc.). Hard to process information when you can't quite catch it.
"There MIGHT be zombies. . . "
This is a very good book. Though I am not a hard core disaster-ist, I am a realist and do recognize that problems are looming for our society, and this book is very thought provoking in an out-of the box way. At first I thought it might lose people with its references to potentially fighting zombies and space aliens, but then I thought that might have been a more politically correct way of saying, watch out for the REAL scary people that will surely surface in a mega-disaster. Now excuse me, I need to finish the book and set about getting solar power running my well. . .
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