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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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    Bradley FREDERICK, MD, United States 08-16-13
    Bradley FREDERICK, MD, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Well written, well researched, and entertaining."

    A very interesting look at possible doomsday scenarios. Well written. The research and preparation was intriguing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DCLWolf Colorado Springs, Colorado 06-25-14
    DCLWolf Colorado Springs, Colorado 06-25-14 Member Since 2006

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    Any additional comments?

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    george Ladson, SC, United States 06-23-14
    george Ladson, SC, United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Book. Great advice tied to a good story"
    Would you listen to The Disaster Diaries again? Why?

    Absolutely. Great effort.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Disaster Diaries?

    All of the good recounting of the survival training experiences and how they might be used in a real world situation.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Lost of great advice.


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    Brooke Louisville, KY, United States 05-20-13
    Brooke Louisville, KY, United States 05-20-13

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    "Zombies, Aliens and Cannibalistic Bikers...."

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Seong S You Atlanta, GA USA 03-31-13
    Seong S You Atlanta, GA USA 03-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining, Educational and Practical"
    What made the experience of listening to The Disaster Diaries the most enjoyable?

    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.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Tucson, AZ, USA 03-18-13
    Cindy Tucson, AZ, USA 03-18-13 Member Since 2003
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    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    mikhail United States 03-17-13
    mikhail United States 03-17-13
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    "The Disaster Diaries is a Great Audiobook"
    If you could sum up The Disaster Diaries in three words, what would they be?

    It is a fun, realist, and well rounded look at prepping for the worst for the layman.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Patterson, LA, United States 02-25-13
    Jason Patterson, LA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2008

    I'm a guy. I like books about war and sci-fi. I listen to 2 or 3 books a week.

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    "A different take on the apacolypse."

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 02-08-13
    James SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Get it!"
    What did you love best about The Disaster Diaries?

    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.


    What about Donald Corren’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen over several days, a couple of hours at a time, at work.


    Any additional comments?

    This guy is a man's man and knows what he is talking about.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    john 07-21-14
    john 07-21-14
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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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