Title: The Green Beret Survival Guide – For the Apocalypse, Zombies, and More
Author: Bob Mayer
Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing
In Bob Mayer’s book, The Green Beret Survival Guide – For the Apocalypse, Zombies and More, the seasoned military soldier and author states, “This book’s first focus is how to prepare to survive and deal with accidents and emergencies. Preparation is half the battle and the easiest to do, yet most people ignore it.”
This two hundred and seventy-six page paperback book is written by a West Point graduate, former Special Forces Green Beret who also has authored over fifty books. With very minor profanity entwined with vampire and zombie light-heartedness, the crux of the book is how to realistically live through a catastrophic disaster, either man-made or natural. It is mainly targeted to those who want to hone in and improve their own survival skills and altered environment and what to do during specific emergencies and accidents.
Covering fifteen chapters with topics such as physical fitness to what to put in the Grab & Go bags for house, car, work and a hide site or how to handle the total collapse of civilization, the book also includes a twenty-four page appendix, mainly of websites and online QR codes to access (even though you may not have means to do so when a disaster hits) along with promotions of his second book in the series and other books he has written. With typographical errors, there is no index to quickly look up information. The writer mentions a myriad of movies and books with end-of-world scenarios and what he believes is realistic or inaccurate in each.
Due to Mayer’s background of being with the famed Tenth Special Forces, the book is geared especially to establishing a strong, reliable, highly-qualified team of family, neighbors or friends that will work in conjunction with you during a catastrophe. He promotes team-building, mentions the hierarchy of need, five fundamentals of survival, explains and applies military codes such as IRP, LRP, ERP and SOP often, in addition to including and commenting on sections of the U.S. Army Survival Handbook.
One can learn not only how to navigate using a topographical map, filter and purify water, deal with a spider bite, or have at least a thousand dollars cash on hand, but also what clothes work best and where to have hide sites (including the recommendation to cut a park or logging road’s gate locks and put on your own). Try to stab zombies in the leg to outrun them, look back as you go up a mountain for retreating, and it is best to wear a wool cap and wool socks when bugging out in the cold climate.
With seventy percent of people impaired during a crisis, the number one determination becomes to survive. After reading this book, you may want to have Bob Mayer as your neighbor before the next disaster strikes, try to qualify to be on his survival-prepared A-Team or get his next in the series Sustainment book.