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This book will appeal to the adventurer and the spy in you.
on 12 April 2001
Although at first glance you may be tempted to dismiss 'The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel' as a gimmick, it is actually packed full of fascinating information which could save your life one day, provided you are the type of person who finds themselves falling through ice or being trapped in a high rise hotel which is on fire. From practical information on how to land a plane, to the improbable scenario of an alien abduction, you are guided through your worst fears in a step by step manner. The aim is always survival -- a good story to tell the grandchildren is the added bonus. This book will capture the imagination of anyone who reads it. Perhaps I will never have to cross a piranha-infested river, but if the worst case scenario should arise, I now know that it can be done in the dead of night. I have, however, travelled extensively throughout Asia and could have done with knowing how to remove a leech, stop a runaway horse, survive a riot, not to mention pass a bribe! Of course the first question on my mind when I read the book was how correct the information was. After all, I don't want to be up to my knees in piranha before I find out that the author was dealing in 'old wives tales'. But each scenario is accompanied by a qualified scource. For example, the I know piranha don't attack at night because Paul Cripps, an Amazonian explorer of thirteen years, tells me so. I can check everyone's credentials at the back of the book. In fact, the only negative aspect of this book is that the chances of you having it with you, or of your having a free hand to read it in the event of one of these worst case scenarios actually happened to you, are slim to none! So while it is perfect for all the Indianna Jones' out there with photographic memories, for the rest of us, no matter who we are, it is simply a very entertaining read to dip in and out of.