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The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse | [Sam Sheridan]

The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse

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. But when Sam had his son and settled down, he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect him. 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....
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    john 07-21-14
    john 07-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good survival tips with some story thrown in."
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really connected to the opening. Insightful.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    John S MA 07-17-14
    John S MA 07-17-14

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    "This is all about nothing"

    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.

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    Enderlame Georgia, USA 07-13-14
    Enderlame Georgia, USA 07-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not a Story as much as a Self Disclosure"

    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.

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    Michelle Love CLEARFIELD, UT, United States 07-09-14
    Michelle Love CLEARFIELD, UT, United States 07-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A bad title for this excellent WCS user's manual"

    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.

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    JerryL 04-06-13
    JerryL 04-06-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Good, but not great..."

    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.

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    Daniel Sylmar, California, United States 03-25-13
    Daniel Sylmar, California, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Disaster Diaries the most enjoyable?

    I loved every minute of it! So much useful information! I would have never conceived all of the possibilities so interesting.


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    Ken OLYMPIA, WA, United States 03-12-13
    Ken OLYMPIA, WA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2006

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    "I haven't read anything quite like it."

    I loved the way the author would present a difficult hypothetical situation, for instance being chased by brigands, then describe what he would need to do to survive.
    Then the lucky bastard would actually get to go train in that skill. He worked out with an Olympic weight lifter, learned shooting at a professional shooting school, driving at a stunt driver academy, the list goes on.

    This isn't a fiction novel. The author describes a situation then actually goes himself and trains, telling you about the experience and what he's learned. I love it.

    The narrator does a great job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Rohnert Park, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Pete Rohnert Park, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2000
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    "Not what I expected, but ended up being a great bo"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I did not read the description of this book closely enough and thought it was your standard post-apocalypse book, but its not. It does have a story that runs along that line; however, this more about the author describing how he learned his unique survival skills necessary to survive the apocalypse.

    At first, I was mildly annoyed, but kept listening as I was mildly interested. The more I listened the more I liked it.

    This book will truly teach you the skills to survive the apocalypse, or even a Katrina. Lots of really good information reduced to the real skills and info you need.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, obviously.


    What does Donald Corren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Really kept the book fast paced and conversational..


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    Must read for any preper or post apoc. aficionado.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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