Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook: The Portable Guide to Getting Out Alive by Mykel Hawke is an excellent follow-up to his book Mykel Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual: Essential Strategies For: Shelter and Water, Food and Fire, Tools and Medicine, Navigation and Signaling, Survival Psychology and Getting Out Alive! In this portable guide you will find a ton of useful and relevant survival information that is small enough to throw in with your gear to have as a valuable resource should your situation turn south.
In this great handbook Hawke will go over the essentials of survival to include:
-Make a plan
-Expectation is the source of all unhappiness; but never give up hope
-Covers basic shelter designs such as an A-frame, tree shelter, swamp bed, ground based shelter, etc
-Reviews shelters for different environments such as the jungle, desert, arctic, seashore/island, woodlands, mountains, swamp and urban
-Water needs to be one of your first priorities
-Be aggressive in your pursuit of water
-Signs and symptoms of dehydration
-Making water safe for consumption
-Keys to finding water
-Always carry a lighter on you and matches
-Alternative fire starting methods include Magnesium bars, magnifying glass, chemicals, fuel, electricity
-Primitive methods include friction, percussion, combustion (you will wish you had a lighter)
-Phases of starvation
-Hunting styles: Tracker, Waiter, Baiter, Ranger
-Snares and traps
-Eating plants and plants to avoid
-The Universal Edibility Test
-Eating bugs - one of the best survival foods if you can get enough of them
-Weapons to include a stick and knife
-Potential weapons include dirt, rocks, throw sticks, clubs, spears, slingshots, bow and arrow, bolas
-Tools include utensils, baskets, bowls, backpack frames
-Making rope and cordage
-Knots to include the overhand knot, half hitch, square, granny and Prusik knot
-Maps and compasses
-Reading the sun, moon and stars
-Signals can include radios, lights, fire, smoke, mirrors, Morse code, etc.
-Anatomy and physiology
-Immunizations, diseases and antibiotics
-Real first aid to include CPR, shock, exposure, self treatment, sprains, strains, dislocations, fracture, cricothyroidotomy, amputation, bites
The book wraps up with Hawke's recommended survival kit items that you carry on your person and in your bug out bag.
Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook is a must have portable survival guide that is an excellent reference. Its small size makes it convenient and easy to carry as part of your gear. The book cover and internal pages are pliable yet durable so they will be able to handle some abuse as part of your gear. I highly recommend reading Hawke's first book mentioned above prior to reading this book as it goes into significantly more detail. This book will reinforce all the lessons of his first book and will provide excellent guidance during a survival situation.
I highly recommend Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook.