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.
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.
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.
My two favorite topics are Baseball and Military History. But my favorite books of all time are Starship Troopers and Ready Player One.
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.
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.
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.
This book is about the author bragging about his prepping and lifestyle. There is some unexpected knowledge to gain but nothing useful for an average person. I've also trained in MMA, learned to shoot, hunt, ran ultra marathons and been at peak fitness. None of this gives me cause to tell others how to survive a disaster. Not to mention it's boring and poorly written.
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