Monday, September 16, 2013

Book Review: The Disaster Diaries by Sam Sheridan

The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the ApocalypseThe Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse by Sam Sheridan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sam Sheridan has a child. Now, he is freaking out. Not about diapers and sleep. He is freaking about zombies, a tsunami, an earthquake, aliens, robots, bombs, cannibals....he is freaking out about the end of the world, the apocalypse. As a new father, he realizes he is solely responsible for safeguarding someone's life, his wife and son. Now it is the time to put all the knowledge he has learned, all the training he has done and all the instincts he has developed to the test. And he realizes he is woefully underprepared.

Sheridan, an MMA fighter, a trained EMT, wilderness firefighter, sailor and whatever else he has done, thinks he is very unprepared to survive in a long term disaster. If he, with those credentials, thinks that, we are all in a world of trouble. Sheridan then goes out of his way to train in areas that he thinks will be essential in a post apocalyptic world. Shooting, hunting, surviving in an eternal winter, earthquake preparedness, how to steal a car, knife fighting (he has hand to hand combat down thanks to his MMA). [Check out one of his fights on YouTube. Impressive. He just takes them down!]

Sheridan seeks out experts in the field for extensive and intense training. He learns a lot during the process: from building an igloo to hunting and skinning an elk. All throughout he is plagued with images of possible apocalyptic futures (and he shares every single one with us). There are earthquakes in which he has to get his family out alive from the road, a world where the zombies attacked, then looters, then giant robot spiders, aliens, cannibals, and then there was a bomb and the sun went out and it's winter forever. Woah! Makes my zombie dreams tame.

The books provides a good overview of what he did to train as a survivalist. It is a diary, not a manual. Sheridan shares helpful hints as to gear and areas in which to train (EMT is a must). It is well told and entertaining. I have both the book and the audiobook and the latter is more engaging. It also helps that Sheridan is a likable guy. I definitely enjoyed the book.

This book has definitely helped me out figure out what i am going to do for an apocalyse. My plan for the apocalypse is to find Sam Sheridan.

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Here is Sam Sheridan.

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