on 27 September 2013
This book was provided to the Ministry of Zombies for review purposes.
This book along with its sister volume, Prepper's Home Defense, arrived in the UK a few weeks ago & I have to say I devoured both - I predict these two are going to become much-loved, dog-eared favourites.
The Prepper's Complete Book is just that - it goes through the whole survival universe from skills & supplies through to tactics & plans. The balance of technical knowledge & readability is finely balanced, making it the ideal read for a newcomer but something that will still offer information to the hardcore fan.
It's a beefy 290 odd pages with well-placed diagrams & pictures. There's a brilliant opening chapter on the `why' - something prepper books often leave it. The author's approach throughout is to inform, teach & coach rather than scare.
Jim Cobb has been a `go to guy' on the internet for a long time & I think with this volume, he's collected a canon of survival knowledge & training. The chapters on survivalism in fiction & the survival library section are worth it alone.
The book also works well for those of us in the UK & Europe where guns are much harder to come by & in general, folks like in urbanised society. Virtually of the knowledge & techniques work all over.
The Prepper's Complete Book of Disaster Readiness now sits alongside the SAS Survival Guide as my two essential survival source books.